Re: Willie Classen 'Forgotten Warrior'
It actually goes back further than that.
Willie Classen was knocked out by John LoCicero back in April 1979.
That bout was a brutal war, as Willie took an enormous amount of head
blows in that bout. He was stopped in the 8th round.
The punishment that he received was so bad, that the New York State Athletic
Commision put him on indefinite suspension. And in September his license had expired.
To get re-instated, Willie Classen would have to undergo a neurological exam.
Enter Mickey Duff. On October 6th, The matchmaker was seeking a
fill-in opponent for Tony Sibson for a fight in England on October 8th.
Willie Classen's manager, Marco Minuto, accepted the fight on 2-days notice.
The British Boxing Board approved Classen as an opponent, without even
checking to see if he had a New York State Boxing license.
Needless to say, Willie performed poorly, and was stopped in the 2nd round,
after being dropped to the canvas 3 times. Questions of Classen's health
surrounded that fight, as seemingly mediocre punches dropped him.
Classen later complained of headaches and double-vision.
The result of that bout was never reported (as some say) to the New York
State Athletic Commision, who would have suspended Classen for fighting
abroad without a valid boxing license.