In boxing the referees job is to protect the fighters and enforce the rules of the sport. Sometimes however the referee gets more involved than they need to and sadly this was the case for referee Vic Drakulich who was the 3rd man in the ring when Julio Cesar Green defended his NABF Light Middleweight title against Lonnie Beasley in 1994.
Going into this bout Green was 16-1 (10) and on a 12 fight winning streak which had seen him defeat the experienced Wayne Powell for the NABF title 6 months earlier. This series of wins had seen Green earn a number of solid world rankings including top 10 rankings with the IBF, WBC and WBA. Beasley had also come to the ring with a solid record of 22-1-1 (7) and had been a former IBO world champion who was looking to move into world contention with a win against Green.
Whilst Beasley had started the bout well he was starting to look tired and had started to take solid shots through the second half of the bout with his eye and ear swelling noticeably as Green started to pour on the pressure. Although Beasley was still surviving he was starting to take real damage and must have been well down on the scorecards. Green came out aggressively for the final round and early on he landed 2 excruciating body shots which appeared to take it all out of Beasley who held on for dear life. The referee attempted to split the two men but sadly Beasley didn't seem to have enough left in the tank to get up causing the referee to wave the bout off.
Since the bout Drakulich has gone on to become one of the most well known referees in the sport. Green would later go on to win the WBA Middleweight title before retiring in 2004 with a record of 27-6-1 (19) with losses to the likes of Mikkel Kessler, William Joppy, Carl Daniels and Byron Mitchell. Sadly this loss would spell the start of the end for Beasley who would win just 5 of his next 11 bouts before retiring in 1999 with a record of 27-7-2 (8) with 5 straight losses to end his career.
The video of the end of this bout is thanks to torontogem
Whilst boxing at it's core is 2 men fighting they are fighting with some rules in place...well usually. This WBA Featherweight title bout between Derrick Gainer and Freddie Norwood from 2000 seems to have been a fight where the referee (Mr Paul Sita) has forgotten that boxing has rules, in fact at the end he seems to have decided to just make up his own rules.
Going into the bout Norwood was the defending WBA Featherweight champion, he was unbeaten going into the bout with an impressive record of 38-0-1 (22) with 6 title defenses and wins over the likes of Juan Manuel Marquez, Takashi Koshimoto, Antonio Cermeno and Agapito Sanchez. Gainer however had been less successful in terms of his record with a ledger of 35-5 (22) which had included losses to Diego Corrales and Kevin Kelley as well as wins over Kelley (in a rematch) and Manuel Medina.
Following this bout Norwood retired before returning to the ring almost 6 years later to win 4 bouts before suffering 2 losses to Johnnie Edwards (including a DQ loss after repeatedly landing low blows). Following the two losses to Edwards many though we'd seen the end of Norwood but he came back in 2009 to out point Jose Celaya and then resurfaced in 2011 to lose to Ray Narh by decision. Currently aged 42 Norwood has a record of 43-4-1 (23).
Gainer on the other hand defended his title 3 times before losing a unification bout to Juan Manuel Marquez in 2003. Gainer would return to the ring 17 months after the loss to Marquez and lose to Chris John in a bout for his old title. He then fought 3 more times over the following 5 and a half half years before hanging up his gloves in 2010 with a record of 42-7-1 (24).
Sita would never referee in a major bout again after this farce which included the most interesting count in boxing history.
This video thanks to Strongboy1770 features highlights from the bout. Note the numerous low blows, a body slam and the count at the end of the bout (which is seriously the most bizarre thing in the whole video).
To start this section of our site we are reminiscing on one of the shortest ever bouts in boxing history. Phil "The Drill" Williams entered this bout with a record of 3-0 (3) and he was facing Brandon Burke (0-2-1) who didn't only look a bit of a berk in his ring attire but looked even more of a berk after literally running into the first punch Williams threw.
This Light Heavyweight clash from 2007 is surely the most memorable bout either guy had. For Williams it was a highlight reel victory, for Burke it was a lesson that you never run in to an opponents fist.
Following this bout Burke would fight twice more retiring in 2009 with a record of 0-5-1 whilst Williams, who is still active at the time of writing, has moved to 11-5-1 (10). With 4 losses in his last 5 fights Williams also seems likely to call an end on his own career.
Enjoy one of the weirdest, shortest and funniest boxing bouts in history.
Video thanks to HateFreeTV