EVEN PAZ DIDN'T HAVE ENOUGH KRYPTONITE TO STOP "SUPERMAN"
by Jim Amato
He may be one of the most overlooked champions of
the 1990's. He had style and skill. He won 49 of 55 bouts and a piece of the
welterweight title. He knocked out 31 but he himself was never stopped. His name
was Aaron Davis and they called him "Superman"
Davis was born in the Bronx in 1967 and turned
professional in 1986. He reeled off 29 straight victories to establish himself
as a top contender for the welterweight title. Along the way he beat the likes
of Horace Shufford, Luis Santana, Gene Hatcher and Curtis Summit. Finally on
July 8, 1990 he challenged Mark Breland for the WBA welterweight title. It was a
give and take contest but Aaron stood up to Breland's power. Finally in round
nine it was Breland that crashed to the canvas. It was a brutal knockout and "
Superman " was now a champion.
After two non-title victories, Aaron was challenged by the talented former
junior welterweight titleholder, Meldrick Taylor. The hand speed of Taylor
proved to be too much and Aaron left the ring an ex-champion. To Aaron's credit
he bounced back with six straight wins that led to a 1993 shot at the WBA junior
middleweight title. In Monte Carlo Davis lost a hairline majority decision to
Julio Cesar Vasquez.
In 1994 Aaron was upset by Tony Marshall. He rebounded in 1995 stopping Dennis
Milton. He then lost a controversial verdict to rugged Bronco McKart. Aaron
closed the year beating the respected ex-champion Simon Brown. A 1996 loss to
Anthony Stephens began Aaron's decline in the ratings. He did beat Marshall in a
1997 rematch but lost to rough and tough Jose Luis Lopez.
Over the next five years Davis won his last six bouts including a 2001 bloodbath
against Vinny Pazienza. Paz was as tough and game as they come. There was no
quit in Vinny. In this battle though Davis was a sharpshooter. His pinpoint jabs
and uppercuts ripped Vinny's face to pieces. Aaron was well ahead on points when
despite the protests of Pazienza, the ringside doctor and referee Frank
Cappucino halted the contest in round eight. Vinny was ever gracious in defeat
and called Aaron a great fighter.
Aaron would have one more fight in 2002 winning a close one over Ross Thompson.
Aaron Davis was surely among New York's finest.
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