AIR DATE: May 06 2021 20:34UTC
EPISODE: Episode 23
Virgil Hill | The Scoop | Talkin Fight
Virgil Eugene Hill is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1984 to 2007, and in 2015.
Okay, folks, this is an old saying that to be the man, you have to beat the man and it never ran more true than in the case of roy jones, jr, gifted with blistering speed in both hands and feet.
Of course, power in both hands.
In a boxing iq, i was out of this world when he was great.
He was the best now today i will be talking about yet another absolute great that faced off against roy jones jr and was unsuccessful in this contest.
Yet super successful with roger’s career, this former wba light heavyweight champion who defended the strap his strap a remarkable 200 um 21 times and won it twice.
This class of 84 los angeles olympic summer games, silver medalist from the us amassed an incredible 288 wins until 11 losses at an amateur um yeah.
My name is bola raymond olive wally, and this is the scoop born january 18.
1964 in clinton.
Missouri was none other than virgil eugene hill.
Now, what an absolute specimen he was at a young age, his family moved to williston north carolina north dakota, and it was there that he started his amateur boxing campaign now what a career he had also ended up with a silver medal in the 84 olympic games And, like i said, a record of 280 wins and 11 losses wow after that.
I’M not sure exactly what else to do but turn pro and that’s exactly what he did so.
Uh fighting out of north dakota, virgil, traveled to madison square gardens in new york city and on november 15, 1984 virgil into the squared circle to face off against an arthur wright in his professional debut now, phil made short work of him and stopped him in the Second round with the tko, but the legend was born hill started out his career with him on an absolute terror.
Racking up an impressive record of 18 fights, 18 wins with 12 of them being stoppages.
His next contest was against a newly crowned w uh world boxing association, light every champion in leslie stewart of trinidad tobago.
This contest was in atlantic city now, after an event uneven match in the early going hill floored the defending title holder twice in the fourth round.
First, with a left hook and then second time with an uppercut to take the title by knockout of victory.
So as a champion, hill did two things that were were noteworthy.
One hill made 10 successful defenses of the wba title, but more admirably, eight of those 10 defenses were done in bismarck north dakota.
I don’t know.
I don’t think that this that state had showcased any world title fights prior or since virgil hill.
When asked why he was offered the opportunity to take more lucrative fights in las vegas in other places, he simply said he wanted to defend his title where his roots were and his fan base was strongest during his run as a champion, he made successful defenses against Bobby chaz and uh james kitchens.
Now then he ran into the super legend.
My man tommy the hitman hearns that light heavyweight june 3rd 1991 hill steps into the into this office to dance with the man which proved to be unsuccessful, with it going the way of a unanimous decision for the man.
This was the end of his first brain as a light heavily champion of the world, and, ironically, it happened in las vegas nevada.
Who knows what would have happened if it had taken place in bismarck? This fight was a very close contest.
Like i said, who knows? Phil didn’t take much time off after the loss and was back in the ring doing what he does almost nine months later, almost to the day, actually uh june, 1st 19 1992 against the game on audrey nelson now another win after another one was hit with hill.
He is set to face off against his former teammate from the 84 olympic games, who actually won the gold medal in those games at lake middleweight.
None other than frank tate, that frank tape yeah and it was going to be for the newly like vacated by tommy wba, light heavyweight, strap again so hill went into when in went on to win this uh.
This contest with a one-sided boxing lesson.
It was um.
It was, it was uh deemed a unanimous decision and he was back.
Baby hill goes on to have another 10 fight, win streak on the defend and on his defense with this time, around only two come in the way of a stoppage, but he was still amazing out pointing and out boxing eight other drivers.
Now he had more notable wins against like saul montana, which is one of the two guys he knocked out um.
He had a rematch against his old foe and teammate frank tate, where he put on an even more impressive uh boxing lesson and won again by united states.
But this time they barely even gave frank a round, and then he um has a win over drake thadsey.
That drake fadzi that handed the great james tony a decision, uh a decision loss and none more noteworthy than henry maskey.
The pride of former germany, former east germany.
That is, excuse me, excuse me, former east jeremy, the olympic gold medalist, who actually wanted over my friend and a friend of the scoop exercise in the 88 seoul summer olympic games.
This fight was a unification boat between hills, wba, strap and maskies, um ibf strap and then they tossed in for good measure.
The lineal title, so phil um hill walked away with a 12 round split decision now.
Hill’S very next fight.
June 13th 1997 was against darius mikkel zeuski for all the marvels, and now this time it was hill that was leaving the ring unhappy and three belts lighter due to a 12-round, unanimous decision post.
This fight phil didn’t return to the ring for almost almost a year, but when he did, he was facing the man, the man roy jones jr.
Now this is when things get super interesting.
Okay, it is reported that early in 1998 jones actually relinquished his wbc light.
Heavyweight strap because he wanted to fight at heavyweight.
He actually signed to fight buster douglas that buster douglas that knocked out mike tyson seven years prior in uh in 98.
Actually from may may 2nd 1998 um.
On march 21st 1998, the wbc’s uh number one contender, michael nunn fought number two contender: um graciano rachi, gianni, roger gianni for the vacant, light heavyweight title the title that roy had vacated to move up now.
Meanwhile, roy changed his mind because rory can do these things.
Roy changes his mind and moves and uh doesn’t move up to heavy weight and backside of the fight with buster douglas and signs to fight virgil, ill well now, [, Music, ].
On a side note, june 1998, the wc stated that jones was ref, um referenced in a promotional and contract to the rock uh rocciani rock rocky.
None fight as a championship, boat and rock chicane was a champion had been a typographical error.
Yeah um the wbc loved roy too.
They made him roche gianni.
They made him the interim champion and gave the title back to roy.
I said interesting interesting.
They got sued and lost a lot of money.
Yeah, that’s just again an aside um april 25th.
The fight was on roy was absolutely spectacular in this contest, where he completely dominated hill um, with footwork until well.
He’Ll had nothing left jones knocked out hill with a right hand to the body bam.
It was his first knockout our knockout loss in hills, uh illustrious career jones landed 34 of 69 power punches, which was a 49 uh ratio, two hills, landing 11 of 30 of 30 power punches, which is 37 now folks, understand something roy landed, more punches than hill Through yeah, let that sink in post this fight hill left the fight um left the light heavyweight division for good and went on to the cruiserweight where he saw some success and won the wba title strapped twice only to lose it the next time out.
First time he lost it to jean-marc uh, mormac and uh, which was the second time he was stocked in his career um this time with the ninth round, where he just refused to come out of the office tool, um and then the second time he lost to [, Music ].
Well, i wouldn’t call him a friend, but we know each other um uh ferta, arslan, um, yeah, that that that was painful yeah and in between those two fights he had a rematch against his full old foe, um masking and lost a unanimous decision.
Um post the arseland hill fight um hill took a eight year.
Hiatus and uh came back for one more dance against one jimmy campbell, uh february 15th, 2000 2015 of which he won us by a second round stoppage.
But the fire was gone and it was his last dance now he’ll finish his career off with an impressive record of 51 wins to seven losses in 2013.
He was actually inducted into the international boxing hall of fame, well deserved, to say the least.
Few can argue that hill was wasn’t an absolute legend, yet roy, he was great, not only gave him a loss, but also by way of stoppage.
Roy really was a step above, and this is just another example as to why use that dominant and folks.
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