Tuesday, June 21, 2016

ALEX "ALI" BABA

 

   Accra Ghana's Alex "Ali" Baba made his Professional Debut on April 10, 1993 in his home country, and scored a 3rd round technical knockout over Tetteh Bonaparte beginning a pro career that would span 16 years.

   He campaigned in Ghana, and by his 6th pro fight, he fought for and won the vacant African Boxing Union Flyweight Title with an 8th round tko over highly regarded Nigerian prospect Bashiru Thompson (8-1, 5 ko).

   3 fights later he was facing England's Harry Woods (8-1-2, 4 ko) for the vacant WBC International Flyweight Title.  He took his second Title belt via 12 round decision.  He would go on to make 4 successful defenses of that title, and never lost it in the ring.

   Baba decided to move to the USA to further his career, and planted his self in Florida.  He won 4 straight before he took his first pro defeat in 2000 via 8 round decision loss to Panama's Leopoldo Arrocha.  He picked up with 2 straight wins incuding a 3rd round tko over WBC Title challenger Javier Varguez to set up his first World Title Challenge.

   Baba traveled to Thailand and challenged defending WBC Flyweight Champion Pongsaklek Wonjongkam (41-2, 23 ko).  It was a good action bout, but when the Champion suffered a cut due to an accidental 4th round head butt, the bout was stopped and went to the scorecards giving the victory to the Thai World Champion.

   It didn't get any easier as Alex faced undefeated WBA World Champion & former U.S. Olympian "Little Hands of Steel" - Eric Morel (30-0, 17 ko) in Caguas, Puerto Rico.  Baba dropped a lopsided unanimous decision in the non-title bout.

   "Ali" Baba returned to to Ghana to regroup, and he added 3 more impressive wins to his ledger, building his record to 21-3, 16 ko's.  He was world ranked and got the call to move up a weight class and challenge Mexico's Ricardo "Chapo" Vargas (35-9-3, 11 ko's) for his NABF Bantamweight Title.  This started a 4 fight losing streak, which ended with an 8 round draw against former World Champion Danny Romero on the undercard of Felix Trinidad/Winky Wright in Las Vegas, Nevada.

   After 2 more losses including a very tough decision loss to former Texas State Champion Gabe Elizondo (18-1, 8 ko's), he would get a big win against former NABF Champion and World Title Challenger - Miguel "Maikito" Martinez by 2nd round tko.  

   He earned the chance to challenge NABO champion Antonio Escalante (12-1, 7 ko) for the Title, but was stopped at the end of round 9 in a spirited bout.  He bounced back with a good win against Jose German Cruz (16-4-1, 13 ko) via clear cut unanimous decision over 10 rounds.

   That victory led to one last world title shot for the vacant IBA Bantamweight Title against Cecilio Santos (20-7-2, 12 ko).  Baba dropped a unanimous decision to Santos, but bounced back with 3 straight wins including a landslide unanimous decision victory to claim the IBA Americas Bantamweight Title Belt.  That would be Baba's last pro boxing win.


 
   He went out like the true champion he was, losing his last 5 bouts to high level opponents with a combined record of 99-10-7, including his final bout which was an 8th round tko stoppage at the hands of former World Champion Clarence "Bones" Adams (43-6-4, 19 ko) at the Palms Resort Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Alex Baba ended his pro career with a record of: 26 wins, 16 losses, 1 Draw and 19 wins by knockout.  An outstanding record in a career that lasted 16 years!  Baba was well skilled, all heart and accomplished much, making Ghanaian boxing fans so proud.

                        Click to see: Alex "Ali" Baba's complete Pro Record on boxrec.com

If you would like to see Baba in action between the ropes, I have the following bouts available on DVD:

LUIS "Chino"BENAVIDES                                [tko-5]
ANTONIO "Villasana" RUIZ                              [ko-4]
LEOPOLDO ARROCHA                                  [L-8]
ERIC MOREL                                                    [L-10]
RICARDO "Chapo" VARGAS                            [L-12] {NABF Bantam title}
JOSE AGUINIGA                                               [L-8]
ANTONIO ESCALANTE                                   [tko-by-10] {NABO Jr. Feather Title}
CECILIO SANTOS  (Rds. 8, 10 & 12 ONLY)   [L-12] {Vacant IBA Bantam Title}
RAUL MARTINEZ                                              [L-8]


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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

ADRIANO SANCHEZ

Nickname: "Amazing"



   Albuquerque, NM's Adriano Sanchez was an outstanding all around athlete who started his ring campaign as a  kickboxer/boxer in the amateur ranks.  He was drafted by the Chicago Cubs organization as a pitcher but decided to turn professional in the boxing ring on August 8, 1998.  He showed his "Fastball" with an explosive first round knockout over A.J. Martinez of Santa Fe, NM.  It was a showcase for the potential punching power of Sanchez earning him the nickname of "Amazing Adriano".

   He defeated Denver's Eugene Lopez, and fellow Albuquerquean Freddie Chavez both by ko's to set up a showdown of New Mexican KO artists against Alamogordo, NM's Jose Terrazas (5-2, 4 ko).  In a power packed slugfest, it was Terrazas scoring the tko at 2:58 of round 4 to hand Sanchez his first defeat as a Pro.

   Sanchez always had a great attitude towards his boxing career, and took the defeat in stride, getting right back to work and scoring a string of 3 first round ko wins, moving his record to 6-1, 6 ko's and setting him up for his anticipated showdown with former ABF State Champion and fellow Albuquerque favorite - Marty Maestas.  This night belonged to "Amazing Adriano" as he stopped Maestas in round 5 of a very spirited battle that had the fans roaring.

   He heard the final bell for the first time in his next bout as he fought to a draw against Houston's Amado Navarro via majority draw over 6 rounds with one judge seeing it 58-55 for Sanchez, but being over-ruled by the other two judges who had it 57-57.

   4 months later he was matched against a man who was considered one of New Mexico's hardest punchers in the division - Marcos "Pit Bull" Rodriguez of Los Lunas, NM.  It was a "KO or be KO'd" showdown and after 1 wild round, it was Adriano Sanchez's hand raised in victory, moving his record to 8-1-1, 8 by ko.



   It was time for the rematch with the only man to go the distance with Sanchez - Amado Navarro, the bout again went the distance, but this time it was an 8 round victory for Navarro.  Sanchez bounced back with a decision win against highly regarded Benjie Marquez of Denver.

   One victory later, he found his self in an ESPN2 televised bout against world ranked former WBC Fecarbox and California State Champion - Carlos "El Elegante" Bojorquez (15-2-5, 11 ko).  It was another "KO or be KO'd" bout, but this time it was Sanchez being stopped at 2:00 of round 1.

   Sanchez returned to New Mexico to score a big win on the undercard of an ESPN2 televised event that featured two NABF Title bouts as co-main events in Bernalillo, NM against undefeated former amateur star - St. Louis' Lamar Alexander (6-0) via 4 round decision.  His bout did not make the ESPN2 broadcast, but it was a big win for Sanchez.  It was also the last time he would have his arm raised in victory in a professional boxing ring.

   Adriano had two more fights, being stopped by Colorado's Earl "The New Generation" Jackson,  and losing via decision in his final bout on June 3, 2004 to Rodney Moore in Lincoln City, Oregon.

It was a fun ride for Adriano's fans and in the 6 years he never fought for a pro title, but delighted his New Mexico boxing fans with some devastating knockouts, and his humble attitude made him a definite fan favorite with the locals.

Click here to see: Adriano Sanchez's complete pro ledger on Boxrec.com

If you would like to see "Amazing" Adriano Sanchez in action for yourself, I have the following bouts available on DVD:

1. ANTHONY "A.J." MARTINEZ             [ko-1] (Pro Debut)
2. EUGENE LOPEZ                                   [tko-3]
3. FREDDIE CHAVEZ                               [tko-1]
4. ELOY MIERA                                        [tko-1]
5. MIKE MANCHA                                   [ko-1]
6. CARLOS BOJORQUEZ                        [ko-by-1]
7. LAMAR ALEXANDER                          [w-4]


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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

GERRY COONEY

Nickname: "Gentleman Gerry"



   After quite a successful amateur boxing career of 55 wins and 3 losses, 2 New York Golden Gloves Titles, and some international experience, 6' 5" Gerry Cooney was ready to turn professional and did so with a bang on Feb. 15, 1977 with an easy first round knockout over Bill Jackson.

   In just 1 year he built his record to 9-0, 8 ko's against some pretty soft opposition with a total record of 9-45-4.  He handled them easily and proved that he was ready for a step up in competition and faced Gary Bates (18-18-3, 5 ko's) on the undercard of Carlos Palomino vs Ryu Sorimachi for the WBC Welter Title.  Cooney had no trouble dispatching Bates in 4 rounds and was starting to get some real notice.

   Cooney was now facing a tougher level of opponents with some very well regarded journeymen boxers including future WBC Cruiserweight Champion S.T. Gordon who was dispatched in 4 rounds.

   Jan. 13, 1979 Cooney was placed in a crossroads matchup against a prospect out of East Los Angeles, CA - Eddie "The Animal" Lopez (12-1, 8 ko).  Gentleman Gerry came through in impressive fashion winning handily on a unanimous decision and he was being regarded as a contender rather than a prospect.

   He was now introduced to some world class opponents and steam rolled his way through them.  Among the list were world ranked contenders:  John Dino Denis (35-2-1, 16 ko) and Leroy Boone (12-3, 5 ko).

   It was time to see what they had, and his management matched him against former World Title Challenger - Jimmy Young (25-9-2, 9 ko).  A cut over Young's left eye led to a 4th round stoppage and a big win for Gerry.

   Gerry Cooney was now the talk of the boxing world, and why not?  With a record of 23-0, 19 by knockout, he was impressive and captured the imaginations of boxing fans around the world.  Next up was another former World Title challenger, 39 year old Ron Lyle.  Even though he was older, he was still considered dangerous.  Cooney made it a short night stopping Lyle in the first round and setting up a showdown with former WBC World Heavyweight Champion Ken Norton (42-6-1, 33 ko).

   May 11, 1981.  Madison Square Garden.   Cooney dispatched the former champion in devastating fashion, leaving Norton hanging on the ropes in a daze.  It was Norton's last pro bout, and that image stuck in the minds of many boxing fans and cemented Cooney's legitimacy as a challenger to the king of the heavyweight division - WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes (39-0, 29 ko's).

   June 11, 1982 and Caesars Palace in Las Vegas Nevada was the site of one of the decade's "Superfights".  It had all of the elements a boxing fan could want.  The unbeaten challenger with big time knockout power against the unbeaten champion who seemed invincible.  Some saw Cooney as a media creation with no real chance to win, others saw him as an irresistible force ready to take the crown from Holmes.  It turned out to be quite an event, and a pretty darn good fight.  Cooney kept it close through 12 rounds, but the champion started to get to him and stopped him in round 13 as Cooney's trainer (Victor Valle) jumped in to stop the fight and keep Cooney from taking any more punishment.  At the time of the stoppage Holmes was ahead on the 3 judges scorecards, by scores of 113-111 x 2, and 115-109.  An amazing score when you consider that Referee Mills Lane deducted 3 points from Cooney for Low Blows!

A night most boxing fans will never forget!


   Cooney's title challenging performance by no means hurt his reputation as a contender, but it did leave some questions about just how good the New York Heavyweight really was.  It was a bitter defeat, and left Cooney himself unsure about where to go next.

   It was over 2 years later when Cooney returned to the ring and faced undefeated Philipp Brown (23-0-2, 15 ko) in a bout televised on CBS.  The once beaten Cooney seemed a bit rusty, but effective enough to stop Brown in round 4.  He easily dispatched two very good opponents in former Maryland State Champion and USBA Title Challenger - George Chaplin (22-6-2, 10 ko), and former New York State Champion and NABF Title Challenger - Eddie Gregg (24-1-1, 18 ko) both by early knockouts.

   Cooney ended his career against two World Champions.  June 15, 1987 saw Cooney put his impressive record of 28-1, 24 by ko, against undefeated IBF World Heavyweight Champion - Michael Spinks (30-0, 20 ko).  It was a fascinating matchup of the former Light-Heavyweight Champion, now undefeated Heavyweight Champion (IBF version), against the once beaten power punching contender, a fascinating contrast in styles, but in a bout that was even up to the point of the stoppage, it was Spinks stopping Cooney late in the 5th round.  Spinks would fight just once more after this, being ko'd by Mike Tyson in 91 seconds of their title unifying match.

   Gerry's last pro bout was also a high profile bout against former and future Heavyweight Champion George Foreman (64-2, 60 ko).  The bout was stopped in just under 2 minutes of round 2 and "Big George" would go on to caputure the IBF, WBA, IBA and WBU Heavyweight Titles.

Gerry Cooney will always be remembered fondly by fans of boxing's heavyweight division, if you were a supporter, or not, no one can ever say that he didn't bring lots of excitement to the boxing scene in the late 1970's and 1980's era!  He finished his pro boxing career with an excellent record of: 28 wins, 3 losses, and 24 knockouts.


Click Here to see:
Gerry Cooney's complete Pro Record

If you would like to see "Gentleman" Gerry Cooney in ring action, I have the following bouts available on DVD:

1. S.T. GORDON                 [w-DQ-4]
2. GRADY DANIELS           [tko-5]
3. CHARLIE JOHNSON      [ko-1]
4. TOM PRATER                  [tko-2]
5. JOHN DINO DENIS         [tko-3]
6. LEROY BOONE               [tko-6]
7. JIMMY YOUNG               [tko-4]
8. RON LYLE                        [ko-1]
9. KEN NORTON                 [tko-1]
10. LARRY HOLMES           [tko-by-13] {WBC Heavy Title}
11. PHILLIP BROWN           [tko-4]
12. GEORGE CHAPLIN        [tko-2]
13. EDDIE GREGG                [ko-1]
14. MICHAEL SPINKS        [tko-by-5]
15. GEORGE FOREMAN     [tko-by-2] (*Cooney's LAST Pro Bout)
                                      
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Amateur:

1. Larry Derrick           [RSC-3] (1973 NYGG)
2. Earlous Tripp            [w-3] (1973 NYGG)                       

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Training and Exhibitions:

1. Wesley Watson (Exhibition)
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Other Stuff:

a) Michael Spinks Pre-fight "stuff": d131(Short Clips)
b) Weigh In (vs. Foreman)
c) Fightin' Words (1 Min.)
d) Visit on ESPN2 FNF  (4 Min.)
e) IN THIS CORNER: GERRY COONEY (hosted by James Smith)(22 Min.)


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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

STEVE LUEVANO

   La Puente California's Steve Luevano had a huge and successful amateur career (over 300 bouts!).  He turned professional in June of 2000 with a 2nd round ko over Hugo Rosales at the Bicycle Club in Bell Gardens, CA.



   He ran off an incredible unbeaten string and after 5 years he was 27-0, 13 ko's and challenging for his first shot at a title belt when he challenged Genaro Trazancos (21-6-1, 12 ko) for the interim WBC Continental Americas Featherweight Title.  He was quite successful stopping the defending interim Champion in round 5.

   In his next fight he dropped down to the 122 Lb. division to challenge for and win the NABO Jr. Featherweight Championship via Unanimous decision over Ruben Estanislao to pick up his 2nd title belt.

   Nov. 25th of 2005 saw Luevano take his first loss to World Ranked Martin Honorio (19-3-1, 12 ko) in a non title bout held at the Santa Ana Star resort casino in Bernalillo, NM.  It was a close but unanimous decision loss.  Even though Luevano dropped Honorio in round 2, it ended on scores of 96-93, 95-92, and 94-93 all in favor of Martin Honorio.

   About one year later he went after and won his 3rd title belt - the NABO Featherweight Title via landslide unanimous decision over Baudel Cardenas (15-6-3, 7 ko) in Nogales, Arizona.

The stage was set for the biggest fight of his career to date as he got the call and took his 32-1, 14 ko record to London, England for a shot at the vacant WBO Featherweight World Championship against undefeated English hero Nicky Cook (27-0, 15 ko).  Luevano dominated from the opening bell and finally stopped Cook in round 11 to win the World Title.

   He was an outstanding champion defending that title 5 times before finally losing it to legendary Juan Manuel Marquez (27-0, 24 ko) being stopped in round 7 of what turned out to be Steve's last professional bout.

   Steve was only 29 years old when he announced his retirement.  He finished his great boxing career with a final record of 37 wins, 2 defeats and 1 draw winning 15 times via the knockout route.

Click to see: Steve Luevano's entire pro ledger

If you would like to see Steve Luevano in action on DVD, I have the following bouts available:

1. JUAN CARLOS MARTINEZ      [w-6]
2. JUSTO SANCHEZ                       [tko-4]
3. IVAN ALVAREZ                          [tko-1]
4. ARISTEO PEREZ #1                    [w-6]
5. JOHN NOLASCO                       [w-8]
6. MIGUEL ESCAMILLA               [w-6]
7. ARMANDO CORDOBA            [w-8]
8. RODRIGO CERDA                     [ko-1] 
9. CRISTIAN FAVELA                  [w-10]
10. ALDO VALTIERRA                 [w-10]
11. GENARO TRAZANCOS         [tko-5] {Interim WBC Cont-Am Feather Title}
12. RUBEN ESTANISLAO            [w-12] {NABO Jr. Feather Title}
13. MARTIN HONORIO               [L-10]
14. JORGE MARTINEZ                 [w-10]
15. CRISTOBAL CRUZ                 [w-12] {NABO Feather Title}
16. BAUDEL CARDENAS            [w-12] {NABO Feather Title}

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AMATEUR:
1. Tiger Allen                   (1998 Under 19 Championships)
2. Ricardo Rocky Juarez  (1999 Olympic Boxing Trials)


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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

FERMIN CHIRINO

 

   Venezuela's Fermin Chirino made his professional debut on June 4, 1981 with a 4 round draw against Pedro Zapata.  He then ran off 4 straight wins against lower level local opposition, but he was building his record and was unbeaten at 4-0-1 after 5 bouts.

   He faced fellow unbeaten Venezuelan Armando Rodriguez (4-0, 4 ko) and lost a decision in his first real "test".  But he "passed" that test with a solid performance and began to earn respect from locals.

   He scored a 3rd round stoppage over Edgar Rodriguez, and then got a shot at the Venezuelan Middleweight Title against Basante Blanco (7-1, 5 ko).  Chirino was stopped in round 8.

   3 fights later... he returned the favor and stopped Blanco in round 5 to win the Venezuela Middleweight Championship and really began to get noticed as a solid pro boxer.  After winning the Venezuelan Title, he fought once more in his home country scoring a 2nd round knockout.  He would never again fight for a title, but would go on to face some world class boxers.  He would also fight just once more in his home country of Venezuela.

   1988 started out with a call to fight in England against an up and coming prospect named Nigel "The Dark Destroyer" Benn (12-0, 12 ko).  Chirino was stopped in the 2nd round, and probably had no idea (well, maybe some idea) that he had just faced a man who would become a legendary World Champion.

   Chirino was improving as he stepped up in class, and now made his United States Debut.  It was Dec. 13, 1988 and he made a grand entrance to the U.S. Boxing fans with a 3rd round TKO over undefeated and favored Pedro Rivera (11-0-1, 5 ko).

   He stepped up again as he faced former USBA Middleweight Champion Lindell Holmes (39-5, 35 ko's).  Chirino performed well, but lost a unanimous 10 round decision to Holmes.  Both men gained from the experience.  Chirino showed well against a world class opponent, and Lindell Holmes defeated Frank Tate for the IBF World Title in his next fight!

   Two fights later, Fermin displayed his talents with a great performance against world ranked former IBF Jr. Middleweight Champion Matthew Hilton.  The Judges saw it differently as one Judge had Chirino winning clearly 98-92, one Judge saw is close for Hilton 96-94, and the deciding Judge had it even at 95-95 for  a 3 way split draw.  Even though Chirino didn't get the win, it was a huge performance for the Venezuelan middleweight.

   Chirino would go on to face the best including:  Steve Collins, Tony Thornton, Mike Mccallum, Derrick Rolon, Charles Brewer, and Sven Ottke to name a few.

   Fermin Chirino ended his nearly 20 year pro boxing career with a final record of 13 wins, 25 losses, 2 draws, winnin 9 of the 13 by knockout.  He never fought for a World Title, but proudly held the Venezuelan National Title, and tested some of the best boxers in the world.

Click here to see: Fermin Chirino's entire pro ledger on boxrec.com

If you would like to see Fermin Chirino in action, I have the following bouts available on DVD:

1. NIGEL BENN                     [ko-by-2]
2. MATTHEW HILTON          [Draw-10]
3. STEVE COLLINS               [tko-by-6]
4. KEITH PROVIDENCE        [tko-2]
5. TONY THORNTON           [L-10]
6. MIKE MCCALLUM           [L-10]
7. ROYJONES JR.                  [L-10]

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Monday, May 9, 2016

RICK ORTEGA

 

   Albuquerque New Mexico's Rick Ortega started as a kickboxer and after a limited amateur boxing career, he made the jump to the Pro ranks.  It was Sept. 3, 1992 when he made his Pro Debut against Raul Montes and opened with a "bang" knocking out his opponent at 1:37 of the opening round.

   He lost his second pro bout in front of his home crowd as he was stopped by Tucson's Pey Castillo in round 2.

   5 Months later, he found his self in a big local showdown against fellow Albuquerque favorite Joe Chavez.  Ortega was 1-1, and Chavez was 0-0-1 after opening with a draw against New Mexico's Chris Crespin.  The bout was scheduled for 4 rounds, and it went 2 action packed rounds with Ortega catching Chavez with a bomb, leaving him stunned on his feet as the Referee called a halt to the bout in front of a roaring Albuquerque crowd.



   In his next bout Ortega heard the sound of the final bell for the first time as he won a unanimous decision over Mexico's Miguel Torres.  2 weeks later, he took on Tucson Arizona's hard punching Ruben Granillo, It was short notice, but they took the chance to fight in front of a big crowd on the undercard of Danny Romero's Albuquerque Debut.  Ortega did not make it out of round 3.  Granillo left Albuquerque still unbeaten.

   It was a year and a half before Ortega would return to the ring, but he returned in grand fashion as he scored 3 straight wins over fellow New Mexicans - Jerome "Mike" Johnson, Chris Crespin, and Richard Fowler.

   Sept. 29, 1995 Ortega had a record of 6-2 and found his self in an ESPN2 televised bout against 1995 United States Amateur Champion - Arturo Ramos who was fighting his 2nd bout as a professional.  The bout was held at Buffalo Bill's Resort Casino in Stateline Nevada.  It was the experienced and powerful Ramos' night as he stopped Ortega in the final round.

   Rick fought his last pro bout on August 17, 1996.  And what a way to end things.  On the undercard of Johnny Tapia's 7th WBO title defense against Hugo Soto in front of a huge crowd at the outdoor Albuquerque Sports Stadium.  He faced an unbeaten up and coming Albuquerque prospect named Jacob "Razor Sharp" Romero.  The bout went all 4 rounds, and it was Romero getting the win by majority decision with 2 judges scoring it for Romero, and one judge seeing it even.

Rick Ortega finished his 4 year pro boxing career with a winning record of 6 wins, 4 defeats, 2 by knockout.  His warm smile and friendly attitude made him an instant hit with local boxing fans.  His reputation in the world of kickboxing brought fans to the local boxing events to see him in action.  And his performance between the ropes made him one of Albuquerque's favorites!

Click here to see: Rick Ortega's entire pro boxing ledger on boxrec.com

If you would like to see Rick Ortega in boxing action, I have the following bouts available on DVD:

1. RAUL MONTES                      [ko-1] (Pro Debut)
2. PEY CASTILLO                       [ko-by-2]
3. JOE CHAVEZ                           [ko-2]
4. MIGUEL TORRES                    [w-4]
5. RUBEN GRANILLO                 [tko-by-3]
6. JEROME MIKE JOHNSON     [w-4]
7. CHRIS CRESPIN                      [w-4]
8. RICHARD FOWLER                [w-6]
9. ARTURO RAMOS                    [tko-by-4]
10. JACOB ROMERO                   [L-4] (Rick Ortega's LAST Pro Bout)


Amateur Boxing:
1. Jesus Meraz

Amateur Kickboxing:
1. Joe Cupp


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Monday, May 2, 2016

ANDREW MAYNARD

Nickname: "Boxing Andrew Maynard"



   Maryland's Andrew Maynard was a U.S. Amateur great.  Winning U.S. National Championships, and the Gold Medal at the 1988 Olympic Games.  In the amateurs Maynard was known for his aggressive style and was very effective in some wild battles both at home and internationally.

   Andrew turned professional Feb. 24, 1989 with a first round tko of Zack Worthy.  He sailed through his first 8 bouts against non-threatening opposition, and then stepped it up with wins against a pair of ranked contenders, first against Mike Devito (11-3-2, 8 ko) on the undercard of Leonard/Duran #3 and then Kemper Morton (16-4-2, 10 ko).

   Maynard got his first shot at a title on April 1, 1990 for the vacant NABF Light Heavyweight championship against fellow contender Mike Sedillo (22-7, 12 ko).  It was a tough one, but Maynard got the majority decision victory on scores of 113-113 on one judge's card, and the other two had Maynard winning pretty handily 115-111 and 116-110.  Andrew Maynard was now 11-0, 9 ko and holder of the NABF Title belt.  As is usually the case, from here on Maynard's level of competition went way up.

   After a 3rd round tko victory over Art Jimmerson (14-4, 7 ko) to defend the NABF Title, Maynard's managers felt it was time to really test him, and on June 24, 1990 he faced former IBF World Champion Bobby Czyz (35-5, 24 ko).  It was Czyz stopping Maynard in the 7th round of the non-title bout.  Maynard tasted his first defeat but still had a title belt to defend and that's exactly what he did.

   He bounced back with wins over "Sir-Jab-A-Lot" Keith McMurray and Robert Curry before
One of America's greatest amateur Ligh-Heavyweights
making his 2nd successful title defense against Lenzie Morgan (10-3-1, 4 ko) via 8th round tko.  Andrew made 2 more high level NABF Title defenses against Govoner Chavers (9-0-1, 6 ko) and Ed "Mack-Attack" Mack (13-1-1, 8 ko) and scored a big win over faded but legendary former World Champion Matthew Saad Muhammad via tko at 20 seconds of round 3.

   That set up a showdown of Olympic Gold Medalists when former IBF World Middleweight champion Frank Tate (28-2, 15 ko) challenged Maynard for his NABF Light Heavyweight Championship.  It was a fascinating bout but in the 11th round Maynard was dropped, he got up, but was dropped again and Referee Frank Santarpia made the decision to stop the bout giving Tate the 11th round tko win and the NABF Title.

   The loss didn't hurt Maynard and 2 fights later he was fighting for a World Title, but he had to move up to Cruiserweight and travel to France for the shot.  He faced defending Champion Anaclet Wamba (38-2, 18 ko).  Maynard was dropped in the first round, but climbed off of the deck to try to fight his way back into the fight.  He ended up losing a unanimous decision in his only World Title attempt.  He would go on to try to regain his NABF Light Heavyweight title, and take a shot at the USBA Cruiserweight championship, but failed to pick up either of those titles.

   Maynard would face more top level boxers including:  Thomas Hearns, Kenny Keene, Torsten
May, and even undefeated IBO Heavyweight Champion Brian Nielsen in Denmark!

   Andrew fought for the final time on Oct. 10, 2000, over a decade after beginning his journey, being stopped in round 10 by Cruiserweight title contender Gary Wilcox (14-1-1).

Andrew's heart was as big as his smile and he always remains a favorite with boxing fans.  He finished his professional campaign with a final tally of: 26 wins, 13 defeats, 1 draw winning 21 by knockout.

To see Andrew Maynard's entire pro ledger on boxrec.com: CLICK HERE

If you would like to see Andrew Maynard in boxing action on DVD, I have the following bouts available:

1. ZACK WORTHY                                    [tko-1](Pro Debut)
2. ANTHONY WILLIAMS                         [tko-2]
3. STEPHEN SCHWANN                          [tko-1]
4. GREG TOWNES (Rds. 1 & 2 ONLY)    [ko-3] (*Missing Final Round!)
5. ARTHUR HALL                                      [ko-5]
6. CARLTON WILLIAMS                          [tko-5]
7. MIKE DEVITO                                        [w-8]
8. KEMPER MORTON                               [tko-3]
9. MIKE SEDILLO                                     [w-12] {Vacant NABF Light Heavy Title}
10. ART JIMMERSON                               [tko-3] {NABF Light Heavy Title}
11. BOBBY CZYZ                                      [ko-by-7]
12. ED MACK                                            [tko-10] {NABF Light Heavy Title}
13. MATTHEW SAAD MUHAMMAD      [tko-3]
14. THOMAS HEARNS                             [tko-by-1]
15. SERGEY KOBOZEV                           [tko-by-10] {USBA Cruiser Title}


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Amateur:

1. Joseph Pemberton                     [w-3]
2. Orlando Despaigne(Cuba)         [w-3]
3. Alfred Cole
4. Henryk Petrich(Poland)
5. Nourmagomed Chanavazov
6. ________ Romero                   (Quick Hilite ONLY)


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