Tuesday, June 27, 2017


Nickname: Poison

      Albuquerque, New Mexico's Charles "Poison" Anaya turned professional on April 5th, 1991.  He appeared in a 4 rounder on the under-card of an event headlined by his older brother Henry Jr.  Charles won a 4 round unanimous decision over Chihuahua Mexico's Alfredo Torres to begin his professional campaign.

   Charles then traveled to Casa Grande, Arizona and fought a 4 round draw against the local favorite Jesse Ortiz.  He was 1-0-1, and then did not fight for 4 years.  He returned in Feb. of 1996 scoring a first round knockout over New Mexico Kick-Boxing Champion Jesus Meraz.  "Poison" was back, and looked like he didn't miss a beat.

   Charles fought on two undercards of Danny Romero events in Albuquerque, and won them both, scoring a complete shutout over Juan Nunez over 4 rounds, and then knocking out Ruben Aguayo in the first round.  He then traveled up to Ignacio Colorado, and scored another impressive first round knockout.  

   With a record of 5-0-1, 3 knockouts he was considered ready to step up the level of competition, and faced former U.S. Olympian Branden Mitchem who had a similar record of 5-0, 3 ko.  The bout was aired on USA's Tuesday Night Fights, and it was an anticipated showdown of unbeaten prospects.  The former Olympian proved too big a step as Mitchem scored the 3rd round technical knockout in the nationally televised bout.

   Charles would enter the pro ring one last time as he faced fellow Albuquerque favorite Rudy "Bad Boy" Lovato in a showdown of locals.  It was a wild affair with partisan fans of both sides roaring throughout the bout held outdoors at the Coca-Cola Pavilion on the New Mexico State Fairgrounds.  It was a close back and forth bout that was halted when a fan threw a half filled soft drink bottle into the ring, and it struck Lovato in the shoulder.  It was a wild scene, with the New Mexico State Athletic Commission deciding to end the bout in round 8 of a bout scheduled for 10.  The emotions were running wild, and the Commissioners also decided to not announce the decision to the crowd, but rather, the decision was announced the next day in the Albuquerque Journal's sports page!  The final decision went:  77-75, 79-75, and 79-73 all in favor of the winner Lovato by Technical Decision.

Charles Anaya ended his brief but exciting pro career with a final record of 5 wins, 2 losses, and 1 draw winning 3 by knockout.  He was a big part of the proud family boxing tradition of Albuquerque's Anaya family.  He was a friendly man whose smile warmed the hearts of anyone who met him.  Charles passed away in August of 2001, and he is missed by all of us that knew and loved him.

Click here to see: CHARLES ANAYA'S COMPLETE PRO RECORD on Boxrec.com

If you would like to see Charles "Poison" Anaya in ring action I have the following bouts available on DVD:


JESUS MERAZ                  [ko-1]
JUAN NUNEZ                    [w-4]
RUBEN AGUAYO             [ko-1]
ALFREDO TORRES          [tko-1]
BRANDON MITCHEM     [ko-by-4]
RUDY LOVATO                 [Tech-L-8] (Charles Anaya's LAST Pro Bout)(Missing 1st Rd.)


1.Tommy Montoya (NM)
2. Cesar Aguilar (NM)
3. Unknown Amateur ('86 Jr. O Regionals)
4. Unknown ("Leo")

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017


   Nickname: "The Emmett Eliminator"

   Emmett Idaho's Kenny Keene turned professional on August 11, 1990, winning a 4 round decision against Albuquerque, New Mexico's Ray Pacheco in a bout held at Boise, Idaho's Hawks Memorial Stadium.

   Kenny was stepped up in level of competition, and built his record with some impressive wins against top notch boxers including wins against: Jerome Hill, Keith "Sir Jab-a-lot" McMurray,  former IBF Cruiserweight Champion - Ricky Parkey, former WBC World Champion - J.B. Williamson, and former IBF Cruiserweight Title challenger - James Pritchard.

   He went undefeated for over 3 years before taking his 25-0, 17 by knockout record into a challenge for the WBF Cruiserweight Championship against Arkansas' Bobby Crabtree.  It was a great night for Keene as he won a World Title belt in his first attempt in front of a raucous crowd at the O'Conner Fieldhouse in Caldwell, Idaho.  This would turn out to be the first of 3 meetings with Crabtree - all 3 with title belts on the line.

   He took a non-title 10 round main event with world ranked Johnny Mclain and scored a nice decision victory before making 2 more successful title defenses, defeating Vince Boulware (27-7-1), and then winning a wild one over 12 rounds against Indiana's Terry Ray (25-1).

   One more non-title victory would bring Keene and his perfect 30-0 record into a rematch with the man he won the title from - Bobby Crabtree, but this time the fight was in Crabtree's home stadium of the Ft. Smith Civic Center in Arkansas.  It was a wild night, with the judges' scores going all over the place.  One judge had it 116-115 in favor of the Challenger Crabtree.  One judge scored it by a landslide of 119-111 for the Champion Kenny Keene.  And the third and deciding judge had it a landslide the other way with a score of 120-108!  Keene tasted his first defeat, and it was very sour.

   After stopping very highly regarded Herman Delgado (10-2-1) in round 6, The world ranked former Champion was named as a contestant for the vacant IBC Cruiserweight championship in a rematch with fellow contender Terry Ray who was now 28-2 with one of those 2 losses coming in his WBF Title challenge against Keene, but this time it would be Ray who would come in as the home town favorite.  It was a great scrap while it lasted, but with Keene ahead on all 3 judges' scorecards an unintentional head butt caused the fight to be stopped, and the scorecards gave Kenny Keene his 2nd World Title Belt.

   Keene next scored 3 big non-title wins in a row, downing Matt Charleston (22-5), Olympic Gold Medalist - Andrew Maynard (24-7), and Robert Folley (26-6-1) before making his first IBC Title defense.  It would be the rubber match against the only man to have defeated him - Bobby Crabtree who now had a record of 52-29-1, 49 by knockout.  The fight would again be in Crabtree's home town of Ft. Smith, Arkansas.  Keene hadn't forgotten about those wild score cards in his
previous visit to Arkansas, and made sure it didn't go the distance.  He stopped Crabtree in round 9 to keep that IBC Cruiserweight title belt around his waist, and proving that it would take more than what many felt was "home cooking" to defeat him on this night.  Keene would make 2 more successful Title defenses before taking on Robert Daniels.

    March 1, 1997 was the night that Kenny Keene defended his IBC Title on the undercard of Sugar Ray Leonard vs Hector Camacho.  Robert Daniels came in with a record of 34-3-1 for this fight, and what a fight it was!  It went the 12 round distance and finished with a Split Decision on scores of 115-113 for Keene, 116-113 for Daniels, and the deciding ballot reading 115-113 for the winner and new IBC Champion- Robert Daniels.

   3 fight later the well respected world class battler earned his self another title challenge, this time it was for the IBA Cruiserweight Title, but he dropped another razor close Split Decision against Champion Saul Montana (29-6).  2 fights later, Keene would win the vacant version of that title with an impressive 11th round tko win over popular brawler Rocky Gannon (29-7).  Keene now had 3 different World Title belts in his collection and remained highly respected, world ranked, and a Champion.

   Kenny continued his campaign, the Idaho hero made 3 more successful title defenses of that IBA Title along the way as he packed both the Bank of America Center, and Qwest Arena in Boise, Idaho.

   Keene made his final ring appearance on July 29, 2006, nearly 16 years since making his professional debut.  He went out in world class fashion as he faced former USBA, NABF, and IBF World Cruiserweight Champion - "King" Arthur Williams in a nationally televised bout at Qwest Arena in Boise, ID.  Williams stopped Keene in round 10 on that night, but Kenny Keene had the full support of his appreciative Boise fans even in defeat.

   Kenny Keene ended his incredible pro boxing career with a final record of 51 wins, 4 defeats, and 28 knockouts.  Not bad for a man who is reputed to have started out by going 1-9 as an amateur!  He was a crowd-pleaser, fearless, a World Champion by 3 different sanctioning bodies and most of all, highly respected by all who worked with him, or faced him in the ring.

 If you would like to see "The Emmett Eliminator" Kenny Keene in action, I have the following bouts available on DVD:

 1. STEVE EARLS                  [ko-2]
2. IVAN RUKAVINA            [w-8]
3. WILLIE JAKE                   [w-6]
4. TERRY RAY #1                 [w-12] {WBF Cruiser Title}
5. TERRY RAY #2                 [tko-5] {WBF Cruiser Title}
6. ROBERT DANIELS          [L-12] {IBC Cruiser Title}
7. SAUL MONTANA             [L-12] {IBA Cruiser Title}
8. RICH LAMONTAGNE     [w-12] {IBA Continental Cruiser Title}   
9. ROCKY GANNON             [tko-11] {Vacant IBA Cruiser Title}
10. DOMINIC CARTER        [w-12] {IBA Cruiser Title}
11. ARTHUR WILLIAMS     [tko-by-10] (*Kenny Keene's LAST Pro Bout)

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Monday, April 10, 2017


Nickname: "The Body Stopper"

      After a successful amateur boxing career going 30-15, and earning him the nickname "The Body Stopper" because of his dedicated body attack in some of his bouts, Albuquerque, New Mexico's Nazareth Rojas turned professional on August 8th, 1998.  He dropped a 4 round unanimous decision to hard punching fellow Albuquerque fighter - Raul Garcia.

   He won his next fight against another hard punching oopponent, Colorado's Art Cruz.  That fight took place in Las Vegas, New Mexico.

   Naz was 1-1 now as a pro, but had to go on the road for 3 of his next 4 fights, traveling to Boise, Idaho, and twice to Denver to get fights.  He went 1-3 in that tough stretch.  He did stop Julian Romero by DQ in round 5 during that stretch, that fight took place in Alamogordo, NM.  But lost a decision in his rematch with Art Cruz, this time up in Denver.
Rojas (left) in his pro debut - Albuquerque, NM

   His record now stood at 2-4.  This is when things started to go in the right direction.  Oct. 23, 1999 Naz faced fellow New Mexican Lorenzo Estrada at the Ice-o-Plex arena in Rio Rancho, NM.  The bout was a tough one that ended in a majority draw with 2 of the judges scoring the bout 57-57, while judge Levi Martinez saw it 58-56 in favor of Rojas.  Just about two weeks later, the two would meet again, this time at Robertson Gymnasium in Las Vegas, NM on the undercard of an event that featured two rising New Mexico stars - Frankie Archuleta, and Andres Fernandez.  It was a determined Rojas that stopped Estrada in round 4 of a bout set for 6 rounds.  It was a spirited fight with both guys landing some bombs, while Estrada's heart showed, in the end Rojas' superior boxing skills and power won out.

   Rojas won 2 of his next 3 fights, and then stepped away from the sport for a 10 year stretch.  He was 5-5-1 at the time.
   Nazareth Rojas returned to the ring March 31, 2012 to face fellow New Mexico favorite - Jeremiah "The Jet" Torres in a bout fought at the Jr. Middleweight limit of 154 Lbs.  It was 14 pounds north of the 140 that Rojas had last fought 9 1/2 years earlier.  He hadn't lost a step, and looked impressive as he won a solid unanimous decision over his in-state rival.


   Naz fought just twice more after that, losing a decision in Longmont, Colorado, and then his final pro bout on July 27, 2012 at age 32, where he dropped a decision to Las Vegas, NM's Arturo Crespin (6-2-1, 2 ko) in a bout staged at the Wool Warehouse in Albuquerque.

   Nazareth "The Body Stopper" Rojas ended his professional boxing campaign with a final record of: 6 wins, 7 defeats, and 1 draw, winning 2 by knockout.

Click HERE to see Nazareth Rojas complete pro record on Boxrec.com

If you would like to see Nazareth Rojas in ring action, I have the following bouts available on DVD:


 1. RAUL GARCIA                                 [L-4] (Pro Debut)
2. ART CRUZ #1                                     [w-4]
3. LORENZO ESTRADA #1                  [Draw-6]
4. LORENZO ESTRADA #2                  [tko-4]

Amateur Bouts:
1. Jeremiah Torres
2. Anthony Archuleta
3. Chris Aragon
4. Juan Miguel Silva Alvarado

Nazareth Rojas enjoying Dan's book: Disney Tale of the Tape (Available on Amazon!)

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017


Nickname: "Kenny"

   Ciudad Juarez, Mexico's Quirino "Kenny" Garcia is an incredible story of a boxer.  Starting out losing his first 18 Pro bouts, he ended up with a collection of Title Belts and a respected name in the sport.

   He turned professional on April 27, 1990 in Tucson, AZ being stopped in 3 rounds by 2-0 Bobby Gunn.  He was tough enough that he would be fed as an opponent to a lineup of pro boxers with a combined record of 113-6-1 in his first 18 bouts.  He went 0-18 to start his career, but he was learning as he went along, and developed some excellent skills.

   It was Sept. of 1994 when Garcia got his first win against Norberto Bueno (18-12, 14 ko) by tko in round 6.  Garcia must have liked the taste of victory, because he did not lose another pro bout for the next 3 years!  He fought for his first title, the Mexican National Middleweight championship against defending champion - Eduardo Gutierrez (19-3-1, 15 ko).  The bout ended in a draw, but it cemented Garcia's place of respect in professional boxing.

   Garcia continued his hot streak defeating former World Champions, and contenders including:  Rene Herrera, Jorge Vaca, Terrence Alli, Eric Holland, Charles Whittaker, Meldrick Taylor, and Simon Brown.  And in that incredible stretch he won:  The Mexican Jr. Middleweight, The WBB Jr. Middleweight, The IBF Inter-Continental Jr. Middleweight, and the WBC International Jr. Middleweight Titles.

   He continued to face top notch opposition, defeating even more big names including: Alfred Ankamah, Buck Smith, Frankie Randall.  He also lost a razor thin decision to Olympic Gold Medalist, and future World Champion David Reid.

   Garica finally got his chance to challenge for a world title.  It was March 23, 2002 when he traveled to London England and faced British hero - undefeated WBF Jr. Middleweight Champion Steve Roberts (28-0, 11 ko) for his title.  Quirino lost a pretty lopsided unanimous decision.

Quirino Garcia: One of boxing's great turnarounds

    Garcia battled on, remaining world ranked for most of the rest of his boxing career.  He fought for more titles, and faced more ranked opponents as he went along in a career that spanned nearly two decades!

   He won the Mexican National Middleweight and Light-Heavyweight titles, and fought for the vacant IBA Middleweight title (Losing to David Lopez by decision), and also fought for the vacant NABO Light-Heavyweight Championship (that bout ending in a draw against Derrick Whitley).

   Quirino fought his final pro bout on Nov. 28, 2009 regaining the vacant Mexican National Middleweight Title belt against Victor Hugo Lara, and then calling it a career.

   Can you imagine a story of a boxer starting off 0-18, and finishing his career with a record of 40 wins, 28 losses, and 4 draws, winning 28 of those by knockout?  Well, it happened... in REAL LIFE!  An amazing boxing career to say the least.

   I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing "Kenny" twice.  The first time was Feb. 15, 1992  in
Thornton, Colorado when he faced local favorite "Arrogant" Anthony Brown.  And then again in Sept. of 1992 when he faced Daniel Perez in Albuquerque.  He was 0-9 when he fought Brown, and 0-12 when he faced Perez.  He lost both times, and I had no idea of the legendary champion that he would become.  No one in attendance at either of those bouts had any idea of what he would achieve!

Click here to see the amazing record of:  Quirino "Kenny" Garcia's amazing pro record on boxrec.com

If you want to see Garcia in action, I have the following bouts available on DVD:

1. TIM LITTLES                                      [ko-by-3]
2. ANTHONY BROWN                         [L-4]
3. BILLY LEWIS                                     [L-6]
4. DANIEL PEREZ                                  [tko-by-1]
5. EDUARDO "Lalo" GUTIERREZ #2     [tko-12]
6. RENE HERRERA #3                            [ko-4] {WBC International Jr. Middle Title}
7. ROLAND RANGEL                             [w-8]
8. STACY GOODSON                            [tko-3]
9. DAVID REID                                       [L-10]                              
10. JULIO GARCIA                                 [L-12] {WBC Continental Americas Middle Title}
11. DAVID LOPEZ                                  [L-12] {Vacant IBA Middle Title}

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Monday, February 6, 2017


Nickname: "Baby Joe"

  Born in Tonawanda, NY, Buffalo's "Baby" Joe Mesi was a great amateur boxer who won the New York Golden Gloves and made it to the finals of the 1996 U.S. Olympic Trials.  Losing to eventual representative Lawrence Clay Bey.  Not bad for a guy who didn't even pick up boxing until he was 19 years old.  He was obviously talented, and a fast learner with a solid work ethic.

   Joe turned professional on Nov. 1, 1997, just weeks before his 24th birthday.  He served quick notice that he was a heavyweight to watch, as he ko'd Dwayne Cason Allen in 1 round.

   He continued to face opponents that could not put up much reistance against his skills.  He just kept fighting and building a huge fan base in the Buffalo area.  After 13 fights, and wins over well regarded Art Bayliss and Brian Sargent, he took a shot at the vacant New York State Heavyweight Title against Brooklyn's Anthony Green (10-5, 2 ko).  It was pretty interesting for a few rounds, but Mesi started to get to Green, and eventually stopped him in round 8 to win his first title belt and become "New York's Champion".

   From here it was the next level for Mesi.  He continued to win impressively against some very good heavyweights including: World Heavyweight Title Challenger - Cuba's Jorge Luis Gonzalez (31-6, 27 ko), Former WBF & NABF Heavyweight Champion - "Smokin" Bert Cooper (35-20, 30 ko), Derrick Banks (20-9-1, 7 ko), Keith McKnight (41-3, 28 ko), and IBC Heavyweight Title Challenger - David Izon (27-4, 23 ko).

   In June of 2003 he was ready to take another step up and squared off with the man who had held the interim NABF Heavyweight Title - Robert Davis (28-5, 16 ko), this time it was for the vacant NABF Heavyweight Championship.  Mesi was hungry and more than ready for the big moment, as he disposed of Davis in 80 seconds of the ESPN2 televised bout.

   "Baby Joe" was now 26-0 with 24 wins by knockout, world ranked and ready to contend for a world Heavyweight Title.  He took on 3 world ranked contenders and vanquished all 3 of them:  DaVarryl "Touch of Sleep" Williamson (18-1, 16 ko), Monte Barrett (29-2, 16 ko), and a huge showdown with former Olympic Gold Medalist & former IBF Cruiserweight World Champion - Vasily Jirov (33-1, 29 ko's).  His management team included Bob Spagnola who helped to guide him to the top of the rankings.  He was trained by Juan Deleon, the brother of World Champion Carlos "Sugar" Deleon.  It all came together.  He had arrived.

    It was the Jirov fight that would pretty much decide the rest of Mesi's promising career.  He was knocked down 3 times in the brutal war with Jirov, and even though Joe got up off of the canvass  to win a unanimous decision, an MRI showed signs of injury serious enough to move the Nevada Boxing Commission to suspend Mesi from boxing in Nevada.

   Mesi and his team guided by Bob Spagnola, fought the suspension, but even though they presented medical evidence to clear him, the NMSAC stubbornly held to the suspension and would not lift it.

   Joe would be licensed to fight in other jurisdictions, but the bigger name venues were hesitant to go against the powerful and well respected Nevada Commission.  He fought on and returned to the ring 2 years later in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico where he shook off the ring rust with an 8 round shutout over Savannah, GA's Ronald "The Prophet" Bellamy (14-4-4, 9 ko).

   He fought on in Quebec Canada, Arkansas, Michigan, West Virginia, and his final pro bout was held Oct. 12, 2007 in Rhode Island where he scored another monstrous knockout (in round 1) over Shannon Miller (15-3, 9 ko) to win the vacant USNBC Heavyweight Title.

   Joe Mesi was now 36-0, 29 by ko, USNBC Champion, former NABF & New York State Heavyweight Champion.  The medical suspension from Nevada was just too much to overcome, and he never fought again.

   "Baby Joe" drew huge crowds in his home town of Buffalo, NY, he was becoming a big name in the boxing world, a top contender and a champion.  Joe never lost in the pro boxing ring, he was talented, a fan favorite, and very exciting.

   Click here to see: Joe Mesi's entire pro ledger on boxrec.com

If you would like to see "Baby" Joe Mesi in action, I have the following bouts available on DVD:

1. JIM BRACKNEY                         [ko-2]
2. ROWYAN WALLACE                [ko-2]   
3. GARY WINMON                        [tko-1]
4. MATT GREEN                             [ko-2]
5. BERT COOPER                           [tko-7] (*HL ONLY)
6. DERRICK BANKS                      [tko-1]
7. KEITH MCKNIGHT                    [tko-6]
8. TALMADGE GRIFFIS                 [tko-5]
9. DAVID IZON                               [ko-9]
10. ROBERT DAVIS                        [ko-1] {Vacant NABF Heavyweight Title}
12. MONTE BARRETT                    [w-10]
13. VASILY JIROV                          [w-10]
14. STEPHANE TESSIER                [w-6]
15. JASON WEISS                           [w-4]
16. GEORGE LINBERGER             [tko-1]


1. T.J. Wilson                     ('96 Eastern Qualifier)
2. Lawrence Clay Bey #1   (1996 U.S. Olympic Trials)
3. Lawrence Clay-bey #2    (1996 U.S. Olympic Boxoffs)

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Friday, January 6, 2017


Nickname: "Dangerous"

   Los Angeles, California Flyweight - "Dangerous" Pedro Pena was a standout amateur who won the National Golden Gloves.  He turned professional Nov. 29, 1996 scoring a 2nd round knockout and serving notice that he was a new force on the pro boxing scene.

   Guided by manager Tom Loeffler, he quickly moved his record to 10-0, 6 ko's and challenged Mexico City's Julio Cesar Alfaro (8-6, 3 ko) for the California State Jr. Bantamweight Title.  It was all Pena as Pedro scored a decisive unanimous decision over 8 rounds to win the State Title Belt.

   In Pedro's next fight he moved up in weight and took on former Amateur Star Orlando "Quick Draw" Malone for the California State Bantamweight Title and was most impressive winning his 2nd title belt with a 3rd round knockout.

    Pena wasted no time defending his title against Mexico City's Edgar Garcia, winning a 10 round decision.

   Less than 2 months after his title defense against Garcia, Pena challenged former World Title challenger - Sammy Stewart for the USBA Flyweight Championship.  He pitched a 12 round shutout, exhibiting total domination to take the USBA belt.  In what turned out to be Stewart's last pro bout.

   After a quick tune-up bout (scoring a 2nd round KO) and a successful USBA Title defense against Mariano Gonzalez (15-2-2, 11 ko), Pena turned to the big prize - the IBF World Flyweight Championship.  He faced the undefeated World Champion - Irene Pacheco (25-0, 20 ko) at the Don Haskins Arena in El Paso, Texas in a main event title bout broadcast on ESPN2.  It went as expected, and was very close going into the 11th round.  But Pedro Pena got caught by the powerful champion and was KO'd at 2:32 of round 11.

   Pena bounced back with back-to-back knockouts over Mexicali, Mexico's Porfirio Torres.  He was stunned in his next bout by rugged trialhorse Marcos "El Rojo" Badillo (13-15, 5 ko), being ko'd at the end of round 8 of a fight he was winning.

   Pena would fight just one more time, March 29, 2001 at The Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, CA, against a fellow contender Carlos Madrigal (14-2, 9 ko).  It was a short night as Madrigal shocked the entire arena
with a first round knockout over the favored Pena.

   Pedro's career was like a fast moving comet in the sky.  In just a little over 4 years, he had 21 pro fights, was world ranked, won the State Jr. Bantam and Bantam Titles, as well as the USBA Flyweight Championship belt, fought for the World Title, and earned respect and adoration from his fans.

Pedro's final career record was a good one:  18 wins, 3 losses, with 10 knockouts.

Click here to see:
Pedro Pena Entire Pro Career on boxrec.com

If you would like to see "Dangerous" Pedro Pena in ring action, I have the following bouts available on DVD:

1. ARMANDO TORRES            [tko-1]
2. AUREO DOMINGUEZ          [ko-4]
3. SAMMY STEWART              [w-12] {USBA Fly Title}
4. IRENE PACHECO                 [ko-by-11] {IBF Fly Title}

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Boxing and Disney theme parks in one book? DISNEY TALE OF THE TAPE is now available!

  A book only a Disney Parks fan (and/or Boxing Fan) could love!  If you enjoy going to Walt Disney World, or Disneyland, you just may get a kick out of this Disney parks book that has a boxing twist.  Author Dan Sisneros has been involved in the sport of boxing for over 25 years in many different capacities.  Pro Boxing judge in the 1990s,  writer of "Southwest Line" for Pro Boxing Update/Flash, host of "The 8-Count Boxing Hour" on Albuquerque's public access channel 27, co-host of "Rising Stars Boxing" on New Mexico's CBS affiliate, the source for scouting video to some of the biggest stars in the sport, and is currently an editor with boxrec.com

   If you ever thought "Which is better?  The Matterhorn at Disneyland, or Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Walt Disney world?"  Let's put 'em in the ring and find out!

  How it started   
   While sitting at his PC, an e-mail came in from Bob McLain - the publisher of Theme Park Press.  He asked Dan if he would consider writing a book based on the old column for the Disney Dispatch website.  A little surprised, and scared.  "Yeah", he thought, "the column was fun but book worthy?  Hmmm?".  The uncertainty turned to curiosity, so he wrote back and talked it over a bit.  That was July 8th 2016.
It's not a boxing poster, it's the cover of Disney Tale of the Tape - Theme Park Boxing

   Well, a little over 5 months later.... HERE IT IS!  Disney Tale of the Tape is Dan's first attempt at writing a book, and he hopes it won't be the last.  It has been quite a journey getting this project to press.  Here are a few of the twists and turns along the way:

  The Format Evolution   
   The Column's format featured matchups of some popular Disneyland and Walt Disney World experiences with only 1 judge - Dan.  He would write up the categories (rounds), and then score the bouts along with two fictitious judges scoring the bouts.  The bouts were decided by Dan his self, because it was fast, and it was the only way to have a shot at  meeting the bi-weekly deadline (that he usually missed) for the column.  Mr. McLain was very gracious, and really did not push the deadline.  After a little research, he'd then write up a "Tale of the Tape" - some facts about the contestants.  Next, he would think up some categories to use for rounds, and score the bouts.  This was a few years before his retirement from the U.S. Postal Service, so time was tight, coming home from work exhausted, but he would dig in, write up a battle, and send it in.

This was the logo for the original column at Disney Dispatch

   The book started out with the same idea in mind, just write up the battles, and then score each "round" to come up with a winner.  Then Dan thought "Hey, who cares what I think?  Why not have some REAL Disney experts as judges!"  So he started reaching out to some of his favorites from the Disney Fan community to see if they would like to be part of this project.  Each bout now features Dan plus two "Disney Celebrity" Judges doing the scoring.

  Putting Together a Team    
   The first person Dan turned to was his friend Len Testa.  Len is the co-author of The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World, and he was one of the co-hosts of the WDW Today podcast, he is still an occasional guest/co-host of the show in it's current format, a great show!  Dan had corresponded with Len in the past, and found that he's quite the boxing fan, so he was asked about writing the foreword for the book.  Len responded very enthusiastically, and Dan says he felt a bit more confident having the Len Testa on his side!  At the time, the format had not yet changed, so all he was asking for was a foreword for the book.  That changed later, and Len was totally on board with being one of the "Disney Tale of the Tape Boxing Judges"!

Next, the book needed some color, so Dan contacted some of his friends from the world of pro boxing.

Ring Announcers:  Lupe ContrerasHenry TafoyaBob Alexander, and Dom Zarrella all said "Yes!" to using their names in the book.
Dan co-hosting "Rising Stars Boxing" with Henry Tafoya in 1999

You need Referees for any boxing match, so Dan contacted some of boxing's very best:  Rocky BurkeLaurence Cole, Russell MoraWoody Kislowski, and Zac Young (Zac is also a judge for one of the matches, turns out he's a huge Disneyland fan!) all answered the bell, and if you are not a boxing crazed nut, just check out the records of each of these guys in boxrec.com - they are all World Class Referees!
And there is one "special" Referee - Retired Pro Wrestler Frank Goodman (The Masked Maniac) who works some of the bouts.  His Disney World Junkies facebook page has over 140,000 subscribers, and he has arms bigger than Gaston!  Dan says he wasn't about to say "no" to The Masked Maniac refereeing some of the bouts!
Dan with Referee Rocky Burke in 2012

You can't score a pro boxing match without the judges (Mr. Sisneros should know, he used to be one!), so again, he reached out to some of his personal favorites.  Some gave a polite "No Thank You", but most gave an enthusiastic "You Bet!" and the list includes some names that you will no doubt recognize if you are a true Disney Parks fan and what a line-up it is!

The Judges for these Disney parks experiences:

*JERRY CORNELL - Theme Parkology (themeparkology.com), and co-host of Living the Dream Podcast
*RANDY CRANE - Author of Faith and the Magic Kingdom, host of Stories of the Magic Podcast

 *JIMMY  HORNE - Owner of Once Upon a Time Travel, and co-host of The Disney Nerds Podcast

  *KRISTA JOY - Disneyways.com, and co-host of Living the Dream Podcast

*DAVE KENNEDY - Host of the Dave's Disney View Podcast, and a former Disney World cast member

*GARY MERRITT - Get this, he is a retired world class Pro Boxing judge who worked over 1, 600 bouts over 37 years, all over the world!  And... he has been to Walt Disney World over 50 times!

*NATHAN PALMER - he's an Indiana Pro Boxing judge, who has been in the sport since 2003.  He's worked over 750 bouts, and going strong!  He is an editor at boxrec.com and he's a huge fan of Walt Disney World, he was an instant fit!

*JOHN SACCHERI - The host of Bigfatpanda.com, and one of the subjects featured in the Documentary The Disney Dream Finders

*MONICA SEGURA - This lady is a total Disney parks fan.  She has a degree in Physical Education and has attended quite a few boxing events.  She is totally qualified to judge these bouts.  Oh, and did we mention, She's Dan's Daughter! It's in the blood!

 *LEN TESTA - Host of the Unofficial Guide Disney Dish with Jim Hill Podcast, and co-author of The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World

There are also two of his dear friends from the world of boxing that make an appearance:

*JOHN KLEMIATO (Boxing Judge with the Nebraska Boxing Commission)- as Deputy Inspector of the Disney Tale of the Tape Boxing Commission
*DAN CUSHNER (Former Boxing trainer/Cut-man) - as Cut-man for The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

What an all-star lineup of officials to score the bouts.  It is Their remarks in the book that make it a fun read.
Dan with his Wife Tammy at Disneyland in 2011 (at the time, Dan had no idea that  one day in the future, that big mountain behind him would be taking on Big Thunder Mountain in a clash of titans!)

  The Match-ups!  

There are 14 Matches in the book.  It's a night of boxing (Disney Parks style) that you will never forget!  Take a look at the card, and if you have experienced them, go ahead and set the odds on who YOU think will win each of them:

Bout 1)  THE GRAND FIESTA TOUR Starring the Three Caballeros (Epcot - World Showcase)
JOURNEY INTO IMAGINATION with Figment (Epcot - Future World)
(Our opening bout)
Bout 2) LEFOU'S BREW (Magic Kingdom) vs DISNEYLAND MINT JULEP (Disneyland)
(Can this much sweetness be contained in one ring?!)
Bout 3) CALIFORNIA SCREAMIN' (Disney California Adventure)
ROCK 'n' ROLLER COASTER (Disney Hollywood Studios)
(For the Coaster Division Championship!)
Bout 4) AMERICAN MUSIC MACHINE (Epcot - America Gardens)
(May the best group win!)
Bout 5) HAUNTED MANSION (Disneyland) vs HAUNTED MANSION (Magic Kingdom)
(It's Brother vs Brother in this match that Disney fans thought would NEVER Materialize!)
Bout 6) The PIRATE ROOM (Caribbean Beach Resort)
The ROYAL ROOM (Port Orleans Riverside)
(For the Moderate Themed Resort room title belt)
Bout 7) MONSTERS INC. - Mike & Sulley to the Rescue (Disney California Adventure)
MR. TOAD'S WILD RIDE (Disneyland)
(Dark Ride division title belt is at stake!)
Bout 8) IMPRESSIONS DE FRANCE (Epcot - France Pavilion)
REFLECTIONS OF CHINA (Epcot - China Pavilion)
(a bout with national pride on the line!)
Bout 9) THE JUNGLE CRUISE (Magic Kingdom)
KILIMANJARO SAFARIS (Disney's Animal Kingdom)
(Who will become "King of the Jungle"?)
Bout 10) CARTHAY CIRCLE (Disney California Adventure)
HOLLYWOOD BROWN DERBY (Disney Hollywood Studios)
(A battle of classy theme park eateries... in Black & White of course!)
Bout 11) DINOSAUR (Disney's Animal Kingdom)
( Pooh puts his undefeated record on the line against a very HUNGRY contender!)
(Snack Division Championship!)
(King of the Mountains Title Bout)
Bout 14) PRINCE CHARMING REGAL CARROUSEL (Magic Kingdom - Fantasyland)
STITCH'S GREAT ESCAPE (Magic Kingdom - Tomorrowland)
(A special GRUDGE match like no other!)
The Author with his "Research Staff" (His "Disney Sweeties") - (L to R) Monica, Sadie, Tammy, and (front) Ava at Disney Springs in May, 2016

  Other Content   
There is also a foreword by Len Testa, an introduction, and appendix's which feature Dan's Disney Sideand Dan's Boxing Side, a listing of all the officials who contributed to the book, and even a crash course on How to score a professional boxing match. 
Boxing legend - Alexis Arguello

The late great - Johnny Tapia
The hardest part of the whole project was the final days.  The waiting to see the final proof copy, then the cover art, then waiting for the book to actually become available.  It was tortuous.  I felt a little like an expectant father waiting for his new child to be born!  I'm too old for this!  But its finally here, and I really do hope you will have some fun with it.  But watch out - you just might get hooked on Disney parks, or the sport of Boxing!  One can only hope.   -Dan Sisneros

The back cover pretty much tells "the Tale of the Tape" for the book!

The legendary "Hands of Stone" - Roberto Duran
Former WBA World Champion - Austin Trout

It took nearly half a year to put together, but here it is.  I hope you will pick up a copy, and most of all, I hope that you will get some enjoyment out of it!  Reviews are always welcome too, no matter how you score the book!

Dan with one of the judges from the book (Monica) blasting off on Rock 'n' Roller Coaster

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