Spotting Superman

By Ted Sares on September 17, 2013
Spotting Superman
“When we were fighting, we hated each other. But once it’s over, we’re all friends.”

“I asked for Aaron Davis. I’m a crazy fuck and I asked for him and I didn’t care. I thought I could beat him…”

“I asked for Davis. I’m a crazy fuck and I asked for him and I didn’t care. I thought I could beat him and I didn’t give a shit if I took 10 years off. I thought I could beat the guy.”—Vinny Paz

On September 8, my wife and I attended the annual Ring 10 Awards Banquet and Fundraiser at the Marina Del Ray in Throgs Neck, NY. Among the many luminaries present was a quiet, unassuming guy who was sitting in the back with his lady. It took me a while but then I realized it was none other than one of my favorite New York City fighters, Bronx native Aaron “Superman” Davis.

Aaron finished his outstanding career with a 49-6 mark and was never stopped in a career that went from 1986 to 2002. In fact, two of his losses came by way of MD and two others by way of SD. Each was hairline close. Fact is, Davis had never been dominated by another fighter in his entire career.

He won the WBC Continental Americas welterweight title in 1989 by beating Luis Santana and that same year beat former world champion Gene Hatcher and then conquered TKOd Russell Mitchell fort the NABF crown. In his career defining fight, Davis had a KO win over Mark Breland (27-1-1) in 1990 to capture the WBA World welterweight title. It was a brutal and bloody slugfest in which both fighters were badly hurt, but Davis, with his right eye closed, finally caught an exhausted Mark Breland with a crunching right that rendered Breland unconscious. He would go 32-0 before losing his title to a fast-handed and prime Meldrick Taylor in 1991.

Later he stopped slick Edwin Curet and decisioned Nick Rupa. In 1995, he beat the aforementioned Dennis Milton and Simon Brown.

Unlike the real Superman, the slick, tough and underrated Davis flew under the radar for much of his career, but he was a handful for any opponent. He finished his career with six straight wins including a bloody eighth round TKO over Vinny Pazienza in February 2001 that I witnessed at Foxwoods. Aaron’s deadly accurate jabs sliced and diced Vinny’s face into a gory mess. Davis was a sharpshooter and was way ahead when the ringside doctor and referee Frank Cappucino halted the slaughter. The game Vinny was cut in two places above and below his right eye, he had a right eye puff, and his nose was cut and battered. It was the definition of a bloodbath, particularly for those around ringside.

Aaron operates his own sports related business these days and seems very content.

The Connections

As Harold Lederman worked the crowd as a fabulous MC and as the awards continued to be handed out, I noticed a number of other ex-fighters, their family members, promoters, referees, writers, and historians who were having reunions of sorts and displaying warm NYC-style camaraderie. Two-time title contender Larry Barnes (44-3) was there and I saw him waiving to Tyrone “The Harlem Butcher” Jackson (31-6) whom he beat in 1997. Then I noticed Barnes waiving to Dennis “The Magician” Milton (16-5-1) over in the far back row and I soon realized that there was a close connective thread that ran run throughout the place. Milton, whose record was highly deceptive, had wins over Pedro Rivera, Robbie Sims, Michael Olajide, and Gerald McClellan—yes that Gerald McClellan. He lost his last three fights to Julian Jackson (for the WBC middleweight title), Bernard Hopkins, and Superman Davis. 

Breland was seated at the front table with another old nemesis Marlon “Moochie” Starling. And Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini was up there reuniting with Livingston “Pit Bull” Bramble. Space will not allow a listing of all the attendees, but RING 10 president Matt Farrago summed up things best when he said, “When we were fighting, we hated—I mean hated—each other. But once it’s over, we’re all friends.”

On this beautiful Sunday afternoon off the water in Throgs Neck, Bronx, New York, there was nothing but love and friendship.

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  1. Ted 05:32am, 09/19/2013

    Every one from egg roll to I’ll be dammed if I know.

  2. kid vegas 06:08pm, 09/18/2013

    Great photos on your Facebook page. Who else was there, Ted?

  3. Ted 05:57pm, 09/18/2013

    Two recommendations for City Island plus two others from guys I met at the Marina Del Ray. I might just go back to NY for City Island.

  4. Pete The Sneak 05:40pm, 09/18/2013

    Toro, yeah definitely stop by City Island when you come back to the BX. You and the Misses will love it…Also, Frankie and Johnnies Pine Restaurant on Bronxdale Avenue (a stones throw from the Morris Park boxing gym) for some real good vino and great Italian meal…Peace.

  5. Tex Hassler 09:33am, 09/18/2013

    I remember Davis’s fights. He was a good, solid fighter with power and much heart.

  6. Ted 09:07am, 09/18/2013


  7. john coiley 09:03am, 09/18/2013

    The mutual respect thing, winner or loser, as long as the effort is sincere….yes?

  8. Ted 07:26am, 09/18/2013

    Peter, he seemed very happy in a low key way. He was a real tough operator and clearly has been neglected by the pundits.

    John, it’s what sets boxing apart.

  9. john coiley 01:42am, 09/18/2013

    it’s amazing how 2 men can battle against each other within the square circle and come as friends…it was with me an Mike Pusateri…

  10. Peter Silkov 01:07am, 09/18/2013

    Great article Ted, I used to enjoy watching Davis fight, he was always skilful and exciting, but never seemed to get the credit he was due. Good to know he is doing well in ‘retirement’.

  11. Ted 07:29pm, 09/17/2013

    FD, I will.

  12. FrankinDallas 04:29pm, 09/17/2013

    It’s good to know that nice things still happen in the Bronx.
    Next time down there, Ted, check out City Island. There are some good seafood restaurants and you’d never know you were in NYC.

  13. Ted 04:06pm, 09/17/2013

    Thanks Peter. You were missed.

  14. peter 02:22pm, 09/17/2013

    Thanks for bringing the Ring 10 dinner to us in the enjoyable form of this wonderful article. I should have attended the dinner. I liked your appreciation, Ted,  of the “connections” between the fighters in attendance. Regarding Aaron Davis, there is another connection worth mentioning—his father, Larry “Tumbler” Davis. Aaron’s father was a 1972 NYC GG amateur middleweight champion in Madison Square Garden. He was a guy I’m glad I never fought, but he was a father who taught Aaron the game of boxing.

  15. Ted 01:18pm, 09/17/2013

    That’s a difficult question to answer so I won’t answer it. I like Geneva, Switzerland better than either.

    The Acela takes the airport crap out of the equation. But it’s best to travel light because you deal with your own luggage.

  16. dollarbond 12:06pm, 09/17/2013

    You say you like NYC?  Even better than Boston.  The Acela is a nice trip.  I take it when I have to go to Wall Street.

  17. Ted 10:43am, 09/17/2013

    dollarbond, Not long enough. 4 days and I day in Boston. We combined a mini-vacation with the Banquet. I’ll be going to the Ring 8 Banquet in December. The Acela (150 mph) makes the trip easy from Boston.

    I used to work in NYC in the 70’s and dearly love the place.

  18. Ted 10:40am, 09/17/2013

    Prove, it was indeed. Lots of luminaries were there and lot’s of my friends. Mike Silver was there.

  19. Ted 10:38am, 09/17/2013

    Thanks Jilrenee. Much appreciated.

  20. Ted 10:36am, 09/17/2013

    Iris, lots of great fighters have an off night. Davis had very few.

  21. Ted 10:35am, 09/17/2013

    Kid, I have photos for anyone who wants to see them. All they have to do is email me, and I’ll show them. Some are on my Facebook page, I wife and I fancy ourselves as pretty decent photographers so we have some good ones,

  22. Jilrenee 10:07am, 09/17/2013

    I have found it to be this way, too. thanks for reminding us. wouldn’t it be great if it was all worked out within 4 ropes? lovely article.

  23. MRBILL-HARDCORE XXX 10:05am, 09/17/2013

    I taped “Breland-Davis” off ABC TV back in ‘90….... I still have the tape…. Davis took Breland out pretty hardcore to win the WBA title….....

  24. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 09:57am, 09/17/2013

    Ted Sares-Bronco McKart wasn’t a “crazy fuck” he was “Superman”.....Davis must have spitefully lifted that sobriquet after Bronco beat his ass in ‘95….review the 11th round of that fight and you’ll see who the real superman was. What was Bronco’s reward? get screwed in his own home town while his high school alma mater’s band played in the first Wright fight.

  25. kid vegas 09:56am, 09/17/2013

    Any photo ops?

  26. dollarbond 09:39am, 09/17/2013

    How long were you in NYC?  Surely you didn’t go down just for this?

  27. Don from Prov 09:34am, 09/17/2013

    “Superman” was indeed a handful—

    Sounds like a great banquet

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