Vinnie Curto

Championships

                 VINNIE CURTO -- WBF CRUISERWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPION -- 1996

                   



VINNIE CURTO WINS THE WBC CONTINENTAL AMERICAS 
LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE

   1984 Vinnie Curto vs. Mark Frazie in Miami Beach

                                      


                                VINNIE CURTO WINS THE USBA MIDDLEWEIGHT TITLE


4# USBA Vinnie Curto 44-5-3 (16) Massachusetts vs. 
20# Danny Long 18-0 (11) Massachusetts
Venue: Hynes Convention Center; Boston, MA
Television: ABC 
                          


                    



For the second week in a row ABC televised “Friday Night Fights”, with Howard Cosell calling the fight, and fans in Massachusetts were enthusiastically anticipating the main event. On this night two local middleweights with World Championship aspirations traded blows. The undercard was full of more Massachusetts talent. Curto is aiming towards a clash with fellow Massachusetts fighter, Middleweight World Champion Marvelous Marvin Hagler. First however, he’d have to get past the undefeated Bostonian boxer Danny Long. 

Taking on Curto was a huge step up for the 22 year old Long, who had yet to face anyone remotely close to the caliber of Curto. A veteran of 52 fights, Curto has been on an 18 fight winning streak. He showed what he can do against inexperienced foes when he blitzed the up and coming Wilford Scypion, in 1 round earlier this year. Curto then trumped that performance when he lifted the USBA title from top contender Ronnie Harris, via a disqualification. 

Known to be difficult to manage, he had 5 managers the first 6 years of his pro career, Curto’s team believe he is now ready to consistently showcase his classy boxing talents and excellent defensive skills. “He’s a lunatic, but he can fight! He can be Middleweight World Champion,” said his trainer Angelo Dundee.

“I couldn’t handle the success. I was too young to handle it mentally. I’m trying to excel this year. I want to show I can do it,” adds Vinnie Curto. [Quote pulled from a late 1970’s newspaper article.]

Round 1: First Curto stunned Long, but then Long fired back sending Curto into the ropes, which was where he spent the rest of the round covering up. (Long 18-17; Scorecard of Ringside Expert David Myers: 10-9 Vinnie Curto)

Round 2: Nice job of boxing by Curto. (Curto 24-0; Scorecard of Ringside Expert David Myers: 10-9 Curto; 20-18 Curto) 

Round 3: Lots of good counterpunching by both. (Long 24-18; Scorecard of Ringside Expert David Myers: 10-9 Long; 29-28 Long) 

Round 4: Edge to Curto in a round for the purist. (Curto 24-11; Scorecard of Ringside Expert David Myers: 10-9 Curto; 39-37 Curto) 

Round 5: Long has a good final minute. (Long 30-18; Scorecard of Ringside Expert David Myers: 10-9 Long; 48-47 Curto) 

Round 6: Curto sends the momentum back his way with a busy round. (Curto 24-12; Scorecard of Ringside Expert David Myers: 10-9 Curto; 58-56 Curto) 

Round 7: Curto shook Long with a pair of right hands. (Curto 36-12; Scorecard of Ringside Expert David Myers: 10-9 Curto; 68-65 Curto) 
Round 8: Curto was on his bicycle, but Long couldn’t catch him and ate plenty of punches trying. The left eye of Long was now 23% closed. (Curto 36-12; Scorecard of Ringside Expert David Myers: 10-9 Curto; 78-74) 

Round 9: Curto now administering a boxing lesson, as he took Long to school. (Curto 36-0; Scorecard of Ringside Expert David Myers: 10-9 Curto; 88-83 Curto) 

Round 10: Long’s eye now 40% closed and drawing a close inspection from the referee. (Curto 24-10; Scorecard of Ringside Expert David Myers: 10-9 Curto; 98-92 Curto) 

Round 11: Long now taking a beating, but refusing to fold. (Long 18-11; Scorecard of Ringside Expert David Myers 10-9 Long; 107-102 Curto)

Round 12: A very uneventful round. (Curto 11-6 Scorecard of Ringside Expert David Myers: 10-9 Long; 116-112 Curto) 

Decision: 117-112, 117-111, and 118-111 all for the winner by unanimous decision and …..still holder of the USBA middleweight title Vinnie Curto!
Vinnie Curto Wu12 Danny Long (Defends USBA MW title)






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