Has there ever been a significant fight on Thanksgiving?

Discussion in 'Classic Boxing Forum' started by Saintpat, Nov 25, 2021.

  1. Saintpat

    Saintpat Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Jun 26, 2009
    I mean in the U.S., of course, as this holiday is observed on different days worldwide (and in many places not at all, or not in a similar way).

    Just curious of anyone can think of a case of it happening.
  2. surfinghb

    surfinghb Boxing Addict Full Member

    Aug 26, 2017
    Jack Johnson had 2 fights on Thanksgiving Day while he was in Leavenworth ... the Warden scheduled the fights for a crowd of a couple thousand people .. state officials , hundreds of reportes ... It was a big event
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  3. Dubblechin

    Dubblechin Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Jun 25, 2014
    The only one I can think of that came close was Wlad-Fury, which took place the Saturday after. We were still visiting at my parents' house. I convinced some relatives to watch it with me. Not a fight that wowed anyone. But they all remember Fury singing afterward.;)

    Happy Thanksgiving!
  4. Gazelle Punch

    Gazelle Punch Boxing Addict Full Member

    Aug 15, 2018
    How great would an early fight on thanksgiving be? A main event in between 3-8
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  5. Rubber Glove Sandwich

    Rubber Glove Sandwich Member Full Member

    Aug 15, 2020
    Rocky vs Creed 2 was on thanksgiving
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  6. NoNeck

    NoNeck Pugilist Specialist Full Member

    Apr 3, 2012
    It's searchable
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  7. Bukkake

    Bukkake Boxing Addict Full Member

    Apr 20, 2010
    Nov. 28, 1901 Young Corbett captured the featherweight crown with a 2nd round ko of Terry McGovern.

    Nov. 26, 1908 Stanley Ketchel regained his middleweight title by stopping Billy Papke in 11 rounds.

    Nov. 28, 1912 Willie Ritchie beat Ad Wolgast on a 16 rounds DQ for the lightweight title.
  8. clum

    clum Member Full Member

    Jan 4, 2017
    Thanksgiving isn't always on the 25th. I don't know if there's a search engine that lets you search for boxing matches held on the fourth Thursday in November of each year.

    Holmes-Cobb was the day after Thanksgiving. Howard Cosell was supposedly annoyed about having to spend Thanksgiving away from his family. When informed of this important situation, Cobb responded, "I know. I got a thank-you note from his wife."
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  9. NoNeck

    NoNeck Pugilist Specialist Full Member

    Apr 3, 2012
    You'd need to manually enter each date on boxrec. It might take an hour, but it's doable.
  10. AwardedSteak863

    AwardedSteak863 Boxing Addict Full Member

    Aug 16, 2018
  11. Saintpat

    Saintpat Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Jun 26, 2009
    Balboa had a habit of big holiday fights:

    1) He fought Apollo Creed to a split decision loss on Jan. 1, 1976, in a title bout booked on that day to be the first major sporting event of the Bicentennial (I guess the college bowl games didn’t count, haha).

    2) As you noted, rematch was on Thanksgiving.

    3) Fought Ivan Drago in an unsanctioned fight on Christmas Day in Russia.
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