On more than one occasion I have written commentary about what I call the golden age of boxing (1964 – 1995)….and expressed how fortunate Ima Sportsphile is to have 620 world championship title fights from this golden era to post on our webpage herewith….for it is this lil ole chiweenie Sportsphile’s opinion that this 30 year period in professional boxing had more super great legends of the sport than during any other period….plus, there was a plethora of great to really good boxers in dang near every weight division than ever in history….who are basically too rapidly being forgotten in the annals of boxing’s long and storied history….for this 10 round lightweight bout between WBC Lightweight Champion Hector “Macho” Camacho, a true boxing legend against a really good lightweight in Howard Davis Jr…..in one heck of a match that is well worth the watch.
Macho Camacho competed professionally from 1980 to 2010….and was a four-time, three-weight division world champion….as he held the WBC super featherweight title from 1983 to 1984….the WBC lightweight title from 1985 to 1987….and the WBO junior welterweight title twice between 1989 and 1992….while ending his career with 79 wins and 6 losses.
Camacho’s opponent Howard Davis Jr. in this May 2, 1987 fight that took place at the Convention Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey was carried by ABC’s Wide World of Sports with fight broadcasters Jim Lampley and Alex Wallau. Davis turned professional in 1977….who after winning his first thirteen fights challenged Jim Watt for the WBC lightweight title in 1980….as Watt won by a fifteen-round unanimous decision. In 1984, with a record of 26–1, Davis fought Edwin Rosario for the WBC lightweight title…..when Rosario retained his title with a 12 round split decision. Then he fought then WBC Lightweight Champion Hector Camacho….as seen in this video herewith….in a 10 round not-title fight that also went the distance….with Davis Jr. losing by unanimous decision. His final attempt to win a world title came in 1988 as Davis Jr. was stunningly knocked out in the 1st round by IBF junior welterweight champion Buddy McGirt….after which he retired….only to return to the ring In 1994 by launching a comeback as a middleweight. He retired for good after losing by second-round knockout to Dana Rosenblatt on April 13, 1996….as he finished his professional career with a record of 36 – 6 – 1 with 14 KO’s.
Simply put, this 1987 lightweight bout between a boxing legend and a really good lightweight is a fight well worth watching by any boxing fan anywhere.