The Memory Bank: Part Three

By Ted Sares on April 20, 2012
The Memory Bank: Part Three
Floyd Mayweather Jr. kissed off Vicious Victor Ortiz with a real combo! (Chris Cozzone)

On April 26, 1975, George Foreman fought an exhibition against five other fighters all in the same day. George won all five bouts, three by stoppage, but looked ordinary, overweight, and sluggish. It turned out to be a bad embarrassment for Big George. Things got really sticky when one of the so-called “frightful five,” Jerry Judge, planted a wet kiss on Foreman’s cheek during the stare down. The place went up for grabs. To make bad matters even worse, Judge taunted Forman during the fight telling him he couldn’t hit worth a damm. The other four men; Charley Polite, Boone Kirkman, Alonzo Johnson and Terry Daniels also joined in. All in all, it was a night to forget for Foreman but not for me.

Some years later in 2006, Alejandro “Naco” Berrio met highly regarded and undefeated (at the time) Yusaf Mack in a 12-round championship eliminator on Friday Night Fights in Pompano Beach, Florida. In the third round, the 6’1” Berrio rocked the younger Mack back on his heels with a sharp left hook to the chin, and by the end of the of the round, Mack was bleeding badly from the nose and appeared ripe for the picking. With 1:41 to go, Berrio, to my astonishment, bizarrely planted a kiss on the top of Mack’s skull and proceeded to land several sharp punches. This was a new kind of “kiss and punch” combination. Berrio then floored Mack before eventually ending matters with a straight right down the pipe and a follow-up left uppercut that again landed flush on the button.

Finally, Dereck “Del Boy” Chisora joined the “Kiss Club” in 2010 when he grabbed opponent Carl Baker in a weigh-in and planted a wet kiss fully on the lips of the shocked Baker who was no trip to Hollywood. A mini riot almost ensued. Del Boy previously had joined Mike Tyson and Andrew Golota as a proud member of “The Biters” when he took a chunk out of Paul Buttin’s ear in a 2009 bout in York Hall.

More recently, when Chris Arreola stopped Joey Abell in the first round, “The Nightmare” was apparently overwhelmed by emotion and kissed the beaten Abell on the right cheek.

Finally, after receiving a head butt and kiss combo from Victor Ortiz, Floyd Mayweather Jr. kissed off Vicious Victor with a real combo!

Maybe they’re not the best memories, but they certainly are indelible.

The Memory Bank: Part One
The Memory Bank: Part Two
The Memory Bank: Part Three

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  1. MRBILL-HARDCORE XXX 07:00am, 04/22/2012

    I’m curious to see what B-Hops has left or what he can do in the ring here in 2012 against Chad Dawson… My gut feeling says Hops loses a decision….

  2. MRBILL-HARDCORE XXX 06:58am, 04/22/2012

    Actually, I believe it was Charlie Polite who kissed Foreman on the cheek up in Toronto back in ‘75… I have the card on tape…

  3. john coiley 01:31am, 04/21/2012

    THANK YOU, Frankie…no need or call to be shamed by anything that has been. we are a result of all our experiences, good and not so. change and growth are partners…you are changing to be who and what your karma entails…best to you…thank you…john

  4. TEX HASSLER 12:27pm, 04/20/2012

    George Foreman might not have looked to be in top form against the 5 but he was the better man.

  5. Don from Prov 12:25pm, 04/20/2012

    “The place went up for grabs” ?????

    I’m not 100% sure of what Mr. S means—

    But I must say that I like it.  A lot.

    Anyway, has Valentine’s Day just passed with this turning to kisses?  Yet great stories all, only I’d just a soon forget Foreman’s carnival like-afternoon.  Good lord, talk about an extended breakdown: All the way from Ali knee-capping his will, through being dropped by Jimmy Young, and then the years of self-imposed exile and preaching.  Old George did reincarnate as a much more engaging guy, but….

  6. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo 12:08pm, 04/20/2012

    johnwriter60-I know your post was for Ted Sares….but there’s a sadness there that causes me a twinge of shame….you see I’m one of those fans whose favorite fighters i.e. Jerry Quarry and Frankie Crawford did my fighting for me all those years ago because years before in my last amateur fight I pretended that I couldn’t tell how many fingers the ref was holding up. You would have been one of “my fighters” too if you had been out here on the west coast….just thought I’d let you know.

  7. johnwriter60 10:58am, 04/20/2012

    Only time I ever had “fun” in a boxing ring was in 1979 when BOMBIN’ BOBBY COVINO and I faced off against 26 opponents (some pro, some ex, and the rest, our Boxing Club proteges) for 1 round each (yeah, that totals 52 rounds, but 26 opponents made up the “marathon”) as Fund Raiser for our newly incorporated Somerville Boxing Club. You were there, weren’t you, Ted?

  8. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo 06:23am, 04/20/2012

    Ted Sares-Which reminds me….we’ve all seen fighters who enter the ring in get ups worthy of any gay pride parade….or fighters who primp in the corner before intros….or fighters who de-pants their opponents by pulling down their trunks….or do the bump and grind over fallen foes. What’s next….how about this….the fighter being kissed will respond in kind and they will fall into a loving embrace for the whole world to see….instead of fighting they will become engaged.

  9. the thresher 05:57am, 04/20/2012

    “Oh, and of course, the virtual smooches given by sleazy scribes to fighters whose promoter/manager buys ad space on their site.” Yeah, those are the worse because they are planted on big fat asses like Fat Dan’s. Ugh!!

  10. Paul Magno 05:45am, 04/20/2012

    ...How about all the wet kisses Manny Pacquiao gets from the HBO broadcast crew?

    Or the french kisses to the house fighter(s) in any gig Col. Bob Sheridan gets?

    Oh, and of course, the virtual smooches given by sleazy scribes to fighters whose promoter/manager buys ad space on their site.

  11. Lonesome Coyote 05:28am, 04/20/2012

    Kiss and tell, eh, Ted?

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