In March of 1983, Rich Wilcox headed off on a ski trip to Lake Tahoe, Nevada with young teenage son, Dave riding shotgun. That weekend was filled with a couple firsts. My first and as it turned out only ski trip ever, but more importantly it was the first time yours truly placed a bet on a boxing match.
Silly laws couldn’t stop me from underage betting. My father gladly went into a casino and dropped an Alexander Hamilton on my main man, Dwight Braxton (who would later become known by Dwight Muhammad Qawi) to defeat the “Spinks Jinx” Michael Spinks and unify the WBC and WBA light heavyweight titles. It was a sure bet in young Dave’s eye’s.
As it turned out, Spinks defeated “The Camden Buzzsaw” by unanimous decision over 15 rounds and thus started the tradition of me picking the wrong guy to win a fight. I have perfected the art ever since!