title bout [Updated October 2004]  

2004 WBC Report  

 2005 Status: pending December Membership Century Vote

Timothy Tilch, MI

2004 Champion

2nd: Marshall Collins, CT

3rd: Steven May, MD

4th: Jim Bell, MD

5th: Christian Moffa, NJ

6th: Alex Vye, NB

Event History
1993    David Walrath      16
1994    Terry Coleman      20
1995    Ken Gutermuth      26
1996    Ken Gutermuth      20
1997    Bruce Reiff      24
1998    Dennis Nicholson      32
1999    Jim Bell     16
2000    Bruno Passacantando     16
2001    Terry Coleman     12
2002    Derek Landel     14
2003     Steve May     15
2004    Timothy Tilch     12


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 Laurels
Rank Name

From

Last
Total
 1. Jim Bell

MD

04
28
 2. Terry Coleman

MD

03
26
 3. Bruno Passacantando

CT

00
20
 4. Dennis Nicholson

NY

01
18
 5. Derek Landel

NJ

02
18
 6.   Marshall Collins

CT

04
14
 7. Steven May

MD

04
14
 8. Peter Staab

PA

99
12
 9. Timothy Tilch

MI

04
10
10. Ray Stakenas

MI

03
10
11. Ken Gutermuth

TX

03
  9
12. Jeremy Billones

VA

03
  6
13. Daniel Hoffman

NY

99
  6
14. Lind Pratt

OH

99
  4
15. Mike Destro

NJ

03
  3
16. Christian Moffa

NJ

04
  2
17. Jonathan Lockwood

VA

01
  2
18. Alex Vye

NB

04
  1
19. Stuart Tucker

MD

03
  1

Past Winners

David Walrath - MA
1993

Terry Coleman - CA
1994, 2001

Ken Gutermuth - MD
1995-1996

Bruce Reiff - OH
1997

Dennis Nicholson - NY
1998

Jim Bell - MD
1999

Bruno Passacantando - CT
2000

Derek Landel - NJ
2002


Steve May - MD
2003
       
 


Kissing the Canvas to Victory ...

The 2004 version had 12 fighters on the card to determine who was the best heavyweight of the year. While that was a drop from last year, the promoter claims the bouts were of a higher quality. Instead of a lot of quick KO's, the fights went longer with some going to the judge's cards.

The first round started with Gene Tunney (Jim Bell) and Bob Fitzsimmons (Stan Buck) going at it. This fight went into the last round before Tunney got a TKO. Next up were Joe Frazier (Tim Tilch) and Cleveland Williams (Dennis Nicholson). In the first round Williams kocked Frazier down and just beat him up. During the break between rounds Friazier decided to go all out. He then reversed the momentum and beat the hell out of Williams and in two minutes forced the ref to stop the fight. The third fight of the round saw Sam Langford (Derek Landell) and Sonny Liston (Christian Motta) hook up. This fight went back and forth with Liston knocking down Langford in the 2nd, but Langford came back to dominate the 3rd and 4th rounds. In the 5th Liston again knocked down Langford and when he again knocked down Langford in the 6th the ref stopped it. The last fight of the round saw Rocky Marciano (Marshall Collins) and George Foreman (Alex Vye) go at it. Marciano controlled the fight for the most part but it was still up in the air as the last round began. Marciano dominated the round though and the ref stepped in to stop the fight before it went the distance. There was no controversy though and Rocky was leading comfortably on all three cards.

The quarter-finals started with Peter Jackson (defending champion Steven May) going against Sonny Liston. This fight was all Jackson as he easily won the first two rounds. In the 3rd, both fighters went for the KO and Jackson continued the beating until the ref stopped the fight at the 1:47 mark. The next fight was Jack Johnson (Dan Dolan) against Joe Frazier. Frazier won the first round, knocking down Johnson but Johnson won the next two. The 4th and 5th rounds were in Frazier's favor and then Frazier took control in the 6th, forcing a tko with one second left. The third fight of the round saw Jim Jefferies (Jeremy Billones) go against Rocky Marciano. Marciano dominated the first three rounds and looked to have an easy win. But the Jefferies took the next two and was pushing Rocky. Then in the 6th, Marciano knocked down Jefferies and used him as a punching bag. He finished the job in the 7th winning by TKO late in the round. The last fight of the round saw top seeded Jack Dempsey (Ray Stakenas) go against Gene Tunney. Dempsey was a prohibitive favorite but could history repeat itself? It was a very even fight as Dempsey could not get his power game going save for a knock down in the 2nd, but Tunney balanced it out with a knock down of his own in the 6th. After the last bell both fighters celebrated, thinking they had won. Tunney's scores were 77-77-77, Dempsey's scores were 77-77-76, a majority draw! On to overtime. In the 9th round a late flurry by Tunney gave him the round and the fight. It was the upset of the tournament as the top seed goes down.

The semi-final started with Peter Jackson and Joe Frazier going at it. This was all Frazier. He dominated the first round, knocked down Jackson in the second, and forced the ref to stop the fight at the 1:20 mark of the third. The other fight proved to be the most controversial of the tournament. Rocky Marciano and Gene Tunney hooked up for a great fight. Tunney controlled the first half of the contest, winning the 2nd round and having an edge in the other three. In the 5th round Marciano cut Tunney over the left eye but Tunney came back and had the edge in the round. Rocky then had a big round in the 7th and was just just able to win the 8th. As the fighters waited for the results from the judges it looked like there could be another OT. The results from the judges, 77-75, 79-75, 77-75 Marciano! Every round that Tunney had the advantage was either tied or went to Marciano. The crowd was not happy with the result but Marciano was going on.

That provided a final of Frazier vs Marciano. The over/under in Vegas on the length of the 15 round fight was 3 and they were right. As he had done in his previous fight. Smokin' Joe came out and used Marciano as a punching bag. The second round also went Frazier's way. Marciano made a brief comeback in the 3rd but Frazier countered and at 2:19 of the 3rd the ref stepped in and stopped the fight. Frazier was the WBC champion.

Congratulations to Tim Tilch on winning the tournament. Outside of the first round of his first match Frazier was never in trouble. Jim Bell gets special mention for his play. He upset the #1 seed in the second round and with some breaks from the judges could have been in the final. Hope to see more pugilists next year.

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