The Memory Bank: Part Fourteen

By Ted Sares on August 8, 2012
The Memory Bank: Part Fourteen
These nine minutes of unmitigated mayhem featured everything. (PhillyBoxingHistory.com)


On March 10, 1992, welterweight Tim Rabon met Philadelphian William “The Hammer” Jones at the Blue Horizon in a four-rounder that was televised on Tuesday Night fights as part of a bigger card. Those who were fortunate enough to see this one will never forget it. Rabon was 13-7-2 at the time. Jones was 18-0 but his only notable win was a KO over rugged Rafael Williams, and his overall level of opposition had been very poor. In fact, only five of his opponents had winning records, and most of the Hammer’s fights took place in the friendly confines of The Blue.

Rabon, out of Broussard, Louisiana, had duked with much better fighters, but had only fair success. He was knocked out by Santos Cardona and Tyrone Moore, fought a draw with then undefeated Chad Parker (19-0), split a pair of split-decisions with Jason Watters, and lost on points to Kevin Pompey, Reggie Miller, and the very capable Aussie road warrior Jeff “Flash” Malcolm in a 12-rounder for the IBC Welterweight Title. (Malcolm was 77-21-10 at the time.) One other thing, Rabon had been a National Golden Gloves Champion in 1984, along with such notables as Ronnie Essett, Virgil Hill, Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson. On paper, the undefeated Jones looked ripe for the picking.

Havoc at the Horizon 

The fight was a closet classic deluxe. Both fighters were tall and skinny and they wasted no time as they immediately teed off on each other with long and looping shots that had extreme prejudice written all over them. The punishment absorbed by both fighters was alarming, and those at ringside were sprayed by the sweat as each thundering shot came down the pike with pinpoint accuracy. Then, in the incredible third round, things heated up even more as “The Hammer” lived up to his nickname by decking and punishing Rabon in the early going and appeared to be on his way to a crunching finish.

But miraculously, Rabon caught Jones with a solid hook coming in that had him hurt and hanging on. Rabon then floored him. When Jones got up, Tim stalked him down like a tiger sensing a fresh kill and floored him again. But in so doing, he used up serious energy. Jones, who somehow weathered the onslaught, sensed it. Indeed, Rabon had punched himself out and was now helplessly gassed and ready to be hammered into submission, but time was running out. With just seconds to go in the round, Jones backed Rabon into a corner and took him out with a single debilitating shot to the liver. The bell had rung but Tim could not get up. He was counted out four seconds after the round was over.

These nine minutes of unmitigated mayhem featured everything: give and take, ebb and flow, courage, determination and ferocity. And the third round had to be seen to be believed.

Rabon would lose most of his remaining fights against very creditable opposition and finished with a record of 14-12-2. Jones would never be the same losing two of his next four. Both defeats came at the hands of another ultra tough warrior by the name of Eric Holland who was a Blue Horizon regular. Tim’s final record was 21-2 and he retired in 1994 after being KOd by Holland.

The career of both would be defined by what happened at the Blue Horizon on March 10, 1992. They call it the “Legendary Blue Horizon” and fights like this contributed greatly to that Moniker.

Postscript: Timmy Rabon passed away a while back from Lou Gehrig’s disease, but he retained his great humor and bubbling personality to the end. Timmy was a sweet kid.

The Memory Bank: Part One
The Memory Bank: Part Two
The Memory Bank: Part Three
The Memory Bank: Part Four
The Memory Bank: Part Five
The Memory Bank: Part Six
The Memory Bank: Part Seven
The Memory Bank: Part Eight
The Memory Bank: Part Nine
The Memory Bank: Part Ten
The Memory Bank: Part Eleven
The Memory Bank: Part Twelve
The Memory Bank: Part Thirteen
The Memory Bank: Part Fourteen

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  1. pugknows 07:57pm, 08/08/2012

    Neat gem here, Ted. Your description of the action is spot on.

  2. TEX HASSLER 06:09pm, 08/08/2012

    Thanks for bringing back to life this fight from 1992. It does not have to be a title fight to be interesting and a good fight. We regret that Tim has passed away. Both men expended all they had in that fight.

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