February 12, 1968 -- Boxing has had a decline throughout the United States. Perhaps that wouldn't be try if all of the fights were as, um, lively, as the one on this night in Memorial Auditorium.
Vic Brown of Buffalo must have felt very much at home at the Aud. He was in the midst of a stretch where he fought six straight times there, winning the middle four bouts.
His first opponent of 1968 was Johnny Barazza. Brown scored a technical knockout in the second round, and probably had a few seconds to celebrate his win.
Then, Barazza broke away from his handler and headed straight across the ring to confront Brown. The local heavyweight wasn't flustered; he delivered another right hand, sending Barazza to the canvas.
Barazza still hadn't had enough at that point, but he was restrained from taking on further punishment.
Brown finished his career with a 28-28 record. He lost to such fighters as Ernie Terrell, Floyd Patterson and Ken Norton.
--- Budd Bailey