Wednesday, October 12, 2016


   Santa Fe New Mexico's Jayla Ortiz was an outstanding all around athlete who was drawn to the boxing ring where she could display that athleticism.

    October 4, 1997 saw Jayla open her pro career with a 2nd round tko over an outmatched Merlinda Tafoya.  Two months later, Tafoya got a rematch but the results were the same with Ortiz dominating her again for a 2nd round tko win.

   She was 2-0, 2 ko and fought in front of her home town fans of Santa Fe, New Mexico scoring a first round tko over Mexico's Angelica Villian.

   After the fast start, she hit a bump in the road as she went 0-4-3 in her next 7 bouts.  She fought a much higher level of competition with 6 of the 7 bouts on the road.

   She showed a fast learning curve in the ring, as she avenged 2 of the results from that 7 fight stretch.  She lost a decision to Brenda Burnside, but came back with a draw in the rematch, and she fought a draw with Mexico's Copitzi Mendivil in their first meeting, but came back to score wins in two rematches.

   Ortiz came back strong and built her record to 5-5-3, 3 ko earning her a shot at the New Mexico State Bantamweight Title against undefeated fellow New Mexican, and future IFBA Bantamweight World Champion - Adriana Delgado (4-0, 2 ko).  The bout took place on Nov. 6 1999 in Las Vegas, New Mexico.

   It was a surprising but convincing outcome as Ortiz scored a one-sided unanimous decision victory to win the State Title over the favored Delgado.  Scores were 60-54, 60-56, and 59-55 for Ortiz.

   Ortiz, now the state Champion went on a tear going unbeaten in her next 7 bouts.  She won 6 of them, but her win against former Women's IBF World Champion - Delia Gonzalez was later changed to a no contest.  She also fought a majority draw against Leanne Villareal in that stretch but avenged the draw with a unanimous decision win in their 2nd meeting.

   She was now ranked and ready for a shot at the vacant IFBA Jr. Featherweight Championship.  She faced unbeaten Jackie Chavez (7-0, 3 ko) for the title in Ignacio, Colorado.  Ortiz lost a very close unanimous decision on scores of 96-94, 96-94, and one judge turning in a surprising card of 100-90 all for Chavez.

   Her performance solidified her reputation as one of the top female boxers in the division, and she got the call to travel to Germany and face the defending Women's IBF Featherweight Champion - Silke Weickenmeier (16-3-4).  The bout went the full 10 rounds, but it was Weickenmeier successfully defending her title in front of the home town German boxing fans.

   Jayla fought twice more, losing to Valanna McGee (9-2-1, 4 ko) in California for the vacant GBU Female Jr. Lightweight Title in her next bout.

   Cinco de Mayo of 2006 saw Jayla in what would turn out to be her final bout.  She faced Albuquerque's Leanne Villareal for the 3rd time, having scored a win and a draw against Villareal in the previous two meetings.  This one would be for the Vacant NABC Jr. Lightweight Title, and it was staged in Jayla's home town of Santa Fe.  Ortiz went out in strong fashion with an impressive 8 round sweep on scores of 80-72 on all 3 judges scorecards.

Jayla is interviewed by Dan Sisneros as trainer Dan Cushner looks on, and Chris Cozzone takes notes

   It was a great way to go out - a winner, with a new title belt around her waist.  Jayla was always well respected on the New Mexico boxing scene, and she ended her career with a final record of: 12 wins, 8 defeats, 4 draws, and winning 3 by knockout.

Click here to see: Jayla Ortiz's entire pro ledger on

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

1. MERLINDA TAFOYA #1                  [tko-2]
2. MERLINDA TAFOYA #2                  [tko-2]
3. ANGELICA VILLIAN                        [tko-1]
4. BRENDA BURNSIDE #1                   [L-4]                           
5. KATHY WILLIAMS                           [L-6]
6. ADRIANA DELGADO                       [w-6] {New Mexico State Bantam Title}
7. LEANNE VILLAREAL #3                  [w-8] {Vacant NABC Jr. Light Title}

1. Gail Martinez (Colorado)

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016


  Colombian born Juan Carlos (JC) Candelo turned professional Jan. 27, 1995 in Doraville, Georgia, with a 3rd round TKO win over Jack Williams.  He won his next two bouts, and then hit a "neutral" streak going 0-1-3 during that stretch.  After 7 pro fights, JC had a mediocre looking record of 3-1-3, 2 ko.

   That's when things heated up for Candelo.  He would not lose another professional fight for nearly 4 years, going 14-0, 12 by knockout during those years, fighting in the USA, Virgin Islands, Costa Rica, and Puerto Rico, steadily moving up into the top of the world rankings of all sanctioning bodies.

   With the world rankings came tougher opposition and the streak finally ended on Dec. 5, 1999 when he lost a very close split decision to Michael Lerma (20-3, 17 ko) on scores of 95-94 for Candelo, 95-94 for Lerma, and 97-94 for Lerma.  Five fights later, Candelo would return the favor, scoring a hard fought but unanimous decision victory  to avenge his loss to Lerma on scores of 96-94, 98-92 & 98-92 all in Candelo's favor.

   Impressive wins over some solid fighters earned Candelo his first title shot.  He would face former IBA Americas Middleweight Champion - Mexico's Angel "Toro" Hernandez (20-2, 15 ko) for the vacant NABF Jr. Middleweight Championship.  The fight was held in Las Vegas, NV on Jan. 12, 2002.  It was a barn burner of a bout, and ended on close scores of 111-116, 112-115, and 113-114 in favor of Hernandez.

   After a convincing unanimous decision win over Alfred Ankamah (20-8, 17 ko) on an ESPN televised
card, a rematch was ordered for the NABF Jr. Middleweight title with Angel Hernandez who was now 24-2.  The bout was televised on Friday the 13th of Dec. 2002, and was the main event of an ESPN2 broadcast.  It was Candelo's night all the way as he fought hard and smart to score a unanimous decision victory leaving no doubt on scores of 116-112, and 117-111 x 2.  

   Not only did that fight place the NABF title around JC's waist, it earned him the respect to be named as the challenger Ronald "Winky" Wright's (44-3) IBF World Jr. Middleweight Championship in his next fight.  That fight was part of an HBO Pay-per-view card that featured 4 World Title fights, including Roy Jones battle with John Ruiz for the WBA Heavyweight Championship.  Candelo showed well, but came up short dropping a unanimous decision to the champion on scores of 118-110, and 117-111 x 2.

   Candelo bounced back with an impressive win over fast rising Julio "The Cuban Lover" Garcia (25-1-2, 11 ko).  Juan Carlos looked sharp and stopped Garcia at 2:32 of round 8 to defend his NABF Jr. Middleweight Title Belt in a bout shown on ESPN for the world to see.

    JC Candelo was now facing the best of the division as he went on a stretch which included bouts against:  Kassim Ouma, Eduardo Sanchez, Marco Antonio Rubio, Teddy Reid, Verno Phillips, and undefeated
Candelo with fans Jeff & Cindy Daniel, and Dan Sisneros
James Moore (14-0).  He went 2-5-1 during that 8 fight stretch, but performed at a high level, and considering the constant string of contenders and former/future champions, it did not knock him out of the top 20 rankings.

   Candelo scored a mild upset victory over Chase "White Tiger" Shields (29-2-1, 14 ko) via tko as Shields could not answer the bell for round 8 in a bout held in Shields hometown of Houston, TX.  Two fights later, Shields wanting to avenge that loss, defended his USNBC Jr. Middleweight Title Belt against Candelo in Dallas, TX.  This time Candelo's slick boxing caused Shields to resort to head butts which resulted in a DQ victory for Candelo, adding another title belt to his credit.

   Mr. Candelo defended that title once, and was successful scoring a 7th round TKO over Justin Flanagan (9-1, 5 ko).  That would be Candelo's last professional victory.  He would fight 4 more times, in losing efforts to top notch opposition.  Raul Casarez (18-2), Fernando Guerrero (24-1), former multi-World Champion Jermain Taylor (31-4-1), and his final bout April 5th, 2014 losing to Abraham "Abie" Han (21-1) being stopped in round 2 of an attempt to win the vacant UBF Intercontinental Middleweight Title.

   JC Candelo's pro boxing career spanned nearly two decades and it was a very successful campaign.  He finished with a pro record of:  32 wins, 14 defeats, 4 draws, winning 21 via the knockout route.  

Click here to see: Juan Carlos Candelo's entire pro ledger on

If you would like to see JC Candelo in boxing action, I have the following bouts of his available on DVD:

1. WILFREDO VAZQUEZ                    [tko-5]
2. GARY JONES                                   [ko-9]
3. TONY BADEA                                  [w-10]
4. MICHAEL LERMA #2                      [w-10]
5. RON JOHNSON                               [tko-4]
6. ALFRED ANKAMAH                      [w-10]
7. ANGEL HERNANDEZ #2                [w-12] {NABF Jr. Middle Title}
8. RONALD "Winky" WRIGHT            [L-12] {IBF Jr. Middle Title}
9. JULIO GARCIA                                [tko-8] {NABF Jr. Middle Title}
10. KASSIM OUMA                            [tko-by-10]
11. EDDIE SANCHEZ                          [L-12]
12. MARCO ANTONIO RUBIO          [L-10]
13. TEDDY REID                                 [Draw-10]
14. VERNO PHILLIPS                         [L-10]
15. RAUL CASAREZ                           [L-8]
16. FERNANDO GUERRERO             [tko-by-6]

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016


Nickname: "Zurdo de Oro"

   Los Angeles' Carlos Navarro was one of The USA's great amateurs of the 1990's.  He won medals at both the Goodwill Games (1994) and U.S. Olympic Festival (1995).  He also scored a win over Floyd Mayweather Jr. at the 1995 Pan American games boxoffs.

   Navarro turned professional on July 25, 1996 and started things off with a 2nd round KO over Luis Martinez.  He ran off a 10-0 record to start things, and took that undefeated record into a challenge for the California State Featherweight Title.  Carlos won via unanimous decision against his fellow undefeated prospect Marcos Licona (11-0-1).

   3 fights later, the California State Champion stepped up to challenge for the WBU Jr. Featherweight Championship against Nicky Bentz (30-1-1).  It was a wild affair with Navarro going down late in the 2nd round, but Bentz was dropped 5 times in the bout that went the full 12 round distance.  Navarro won on a wide unanimous decision.

   Carlos made 2 more successful defenses of his WBU Title belt, and finally tasted his first defeat losing his title to Carlos Contreras (12-4-1) via unanimous decision on scores of 112-115, 111-116, and 110-117.  He now stood at 19-1, 15 ko, was world ranked and 3 fights later, he moved up in weight to fight and defeat Mexico's Nestor Lopez (19-6-2) by knockout in round 9 to pick up the IBA Jr. Lightweight Championship.

   Navarro's next big challenge came on June 3, 2001 in Elgin, Illinois.  He faced undefeated rising star Lamont Peterson (15-0-1) for the vacant USBA Jr. Lightweight Title.  The bout was also named
as an IBF Jr. Lightweight title eliminator - the winner would get a shot at the IBF World Title.  It was not Carlos' night as he was stopped by Peterson in round 9.

   Carlos bounced back with a Draw against Puerto Rico's Omar Adorno (13-2)  and then took his 3rd loss in a showdown bout against undefeated knockout artist - "The Galaxy Warrior" Nate Campbell (20-0, 17 ko).

   Carlos came back strong with some great wins including a huge 7th round tko win over former WBC World Champion Luisito Espinosa (47-11, 26 ko) to pick up the vacant WBC Mundo Hispano Jr. Lightweight Title belt.

   In his next bout, he stopped another former world Champion.  This time it was former WBO Champ Agapito Sanchez.  Navarro stopped him in round 11 to add the WBC Continental Americas Jr. Lightweight Title belt to his collection.

   Carlos lost in his first defense of that title against Bobby "The Sniper" Pacquiao (26-11-3).

   Carlos Navarro would fight just 3 more times, making quick work of Donnell Logan in 1 round, and then losing a very close majority decision to NABF Champion Agnaldo Nunes (17-1-1, 8 ko) in an attempt to pick up one more title belt.  It was close with scores of 114-114, and 113-115 x 2.

   Carlos' final fight came nearly 11 years after he turned professional.  He went out dropping a very close split decision to former WBA Featherweight Champion - Derrick "Smoke" Gainer (40-7-1, 24 ko).

    The Golden Southpaw finished his career with a final record of: 27 wins, 6 defeats, 1 draw, winning 22 by knockout.  A very impressive finishing record.  Winning several title belts and facing top notch opponents, he proved his self to be a highly skilled championship class boxer.

Check out Carlos Navarro's complete Pro Ledger on: BOXREC.COM - Carlos Navarro

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

1. JOEY BORRERO                               [ko-1]
2. JOSE VICENTENO                           [ko-6]
3. HECTOR SANTANA                         [ko-4]
4. NICKY BENTZ                             [w-12] {WBU Jr. Feather Title}
5. MARCOS BADILLO                    [tko-3]
6. JAVIER LUCAS                          [ko-2] {IBA Continental Americas Jr. Light Title}
7. UBALDO HERNANDEZ (*Rd 1-6 only)    [ko-7]
8. LAMONT PEARSON                   [tko-by-9] {Vacant USBA Jr. Light  Title}
9. OMAR ADORNO                         [Draw-10]
10. BOBBY PACQUIAO                  [ko-by-7] {WBC Continental Americas Jr. Light Title}
11. DERRICK GAINER                   [L-10] (*Carlos Navarro's LAST Pro Bout)


1. Rene Schultz (Ger)            (94GWG)
2. Khikmatulla Akhmedov    (UZB94GWG/A)
3. Waldemar Font (Cub)       (94/GWG/A)
4. Enrique Carrion                (Cub/A/'94 Dual)
5. Juan Ruiz (NM)
6. Julio P. Chacon(PR)          (95 PanAm)
7. Jason Pires                         ('95 USOLYFST)
8. Lorenzo Aragon (Cuba)     (HL:1st Rd.Only,'95Dual)

Sparring Training, and other Stuff:

a) Spars Marco Antonio Barrera  (at L.A. Boxing Club)
b) Works Mits                               (at L.A. Boxing Club)
c) "Eye on Sports"                        (5.5 Min.)

Contact me via e-mail: The Boxing Guru's Hall-of-Fame

Monday, August 29, 2016


Nickname: "The Nature Boy"

   Homer Gibbins amassed an incredible amateur record of 226 wins, 23 losses with over 100 knockouts.  Multiple Georgia state Golden Gloves & Silver Gloves titles, a bronze medal at the 1988 Eastern Olympic trials, and many other titles and awards.  No doubt one of the great amateurs ever produced from the state of Georgia.

   He turned professional on 8/11/1990 and was shockingly stopped in the 3rd round of his professional debut by California's Peter Waswa.

   Homer returned to the ring and put together a fast tracked 10-0, 9 ko streak before taking his 2nd defeat by split decision against Paul Denard.

   He did not lose another bout for nearly 2 1/2 years.  In that stretch he won 15 straight, 13 by knockout and 9 of those in the first round before taking his 25-2, 22 ko record into a WBF Jr. Welter Title challenge against highly respected contender Kenny Vice (29-7, 24 ko).  It was a great night for Gibbins who stopped Vice in round 7 to win his first title.  He never defended that title.

   He continued the winning streak with 6 straight victories before challenging undefeated George Scott (21-0, 12 ko) for the WBC Continental Americas Jr. Welter championship.  It was a great fight that ended with Scott's unbeaten record intact via close majority decision.

   He bounced back from that loss with an impressive victory over world ranked Todd Foster (32-2, 28 ko) via 7th round Technical Decision in Biloxi, MS.

   Two more wins later, including a 10 round unanimous decision win over Wayne Boudreaux (20-5), Gibbins was named as the opponent for the IBC Welterweight Title Belt against defending champion - Hector "Macho" Camacho (50-3, 24 ko).  Homer dropped a hard fought 12 round decision against the elusive champion.

   His performance was impressive enough to earn him another world title fight in his next bout.  Sept. 15, 1995 was the night that Gibbins was ko'd in round 8 against defending champion Jake Rodriguez (27-3-2) for the WBU Jr. Welterweight Title.

   He went 4-1 in his next 5 fights, and traveled to Denmark to face defending champion Frank Olsen (30-1) for the vacant IBF Inter-Continental Welterweight title.  Olsen scored the 7th round technical knockout to win the vacant title.

   Gibbins returned to Atlanta Georgia, and scored a big win against Carlos Alberto Martinez (12-2, 3 ko) by decision over 10 rounds.  He followed that big win going 2-5 against some very high caliber boxers including - Matt Vanda (26-0), Grover Wiley (24-3-1), Jimmy Lange (20-1-1), and then taking a fight way out of his weight division - traveling to Quebec, Canada to face unbeaten prospect and future world champion - Jean Pascal (4-0, 3 ko).

   Three fights later, Homer would face world ranked "Bad" Chad Broussard (53-4) for the vacant IBU Welterweight Title.  Gibbins dropped a unanimous decision on scores of 111-116 on all 3 judges cards.  He was granted an immediate rematch and made the most of it knocking out the champion to claim his IBU Welterweight Title belt and add it to his collection.

   Gibbins would fight just two more times, dropping a 3rd round tko loss to Roberto Garcia (20-2), and then losing the rubber match to Chad Broussard (55-5) via a hard fought very close split decision over 10 rounds.

   It was an incredible odyssey for a very talented fighter.   He finished with a pro record of: 44 wins, 16 losses, winning 31 by knockout.  A glorious amateur career, an excellent Pro career, fighting for and  winning title belts along the way.  Georgia's favorite Son brought plenty of excitement and pride to boxing fans.

Click here to see Homer Gibbins complete pro ledger on: BOXREC.COM

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

TODD FOSTER                                  [Tech-w-7]
WAYNE BOUDREAUX                    [w-10]
HECTOR "Macho" CAMACHO        [L-12] {IBC Welter Title}   
JAKE RODRIGUEZ                           [ko-by-8] {WBU Jr. Welter Title}
JIMMY LANGE                                 [tko-by-3]

Contact me for information: The Boxing Guru's Hall-of-Fame

Tuesday, August 16, 2016


Nickname: "Mad Max"

   Albuquerque's Max Heyman was an outstanding amateur kickboxer who after a short amateur boxing career stepped into the world of professional boxing on June 14, 1997 and ko'd 12 fight veteran Luis Medina in 74 seconds of the opening round.

   The power lifting amateur kick-boxer turned pro boxer built a nice record of 7-1-1, 5 ko) before being tested against undefeated Antwon Leach (7-0-1, 6 ko) at The Great Western Forum in Inglewood, CA.  Heyman fought the local favorite to a 6 round draw, passing the test.

   The New Mexico Light-Heavyweight now found his self traveling to Missouri, Mississippi, and Nevada for fights against the next level of opposition.  He lost a split decision to Shannon Miller, but scored a huge win over Gustavo "La Parka" Enriquez (8-2, 5 ko) in Las Vegas, NV.

   The win over Enriquez earned Heyman a shot at undefeated prospect Miguel Angel Jimenez (14-0, 5 ko).  Max took a big step up in reputation with an 8 round unanimous decision win over the previously unbeaten Jimenez.

   A 6 round decision win over Jeremy Morrison (11-1, 8 ko) in a bout televised on ESPN from The Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills, CA, and a 10 round draw against Ed Dalton (24-7, 6 ko) earned Heyman
a shot at the NABO Light-Heavyweight Title against defending champion - unbeatem and world ranked knockout artist -Julian "Mr. KO" Letterlough (14-0-1, 14 ko).  Heyman was stopped by the undefeated champion by tko in round 6 of his first title challenge.

   Heyman battled on and put together a 7-1 stretch that included wins over former WBC Continental Americas Light Heavyweight Champion - Ray Berry (19-7-1, 7 ko) and stopping former IBC Welterweight Title Challenger - Roland Commings.

   It was August 20, 2004 when Heyman faced former New Mexico Amateur State Champion - Joseph Brady (13-1-1, 6 ko) for his New Mexico State Super Middleweight Title belt.  It was a great night for Heyman as the defending champion could not answer the bell for round 5.

   Max Heyman went 2-1-1 after that bout, and earned another title shot, this time it was for the vacant NABA Light-Heavyweight Title.  He had to travel to Montreal, Quebec Canada and face undefeated local star Adrian Diaconu (20-0, 13 ko).  The Hometown boy won via 4th round knockout.

   3 fights later, Heyman got a shot at the vacant NABF Light-Heavyweight Championship.  But, again, he had to travel to face an unbeaten favorite in their hometown.  This time it was Chris Henry (18-0, 15 ko), and Heyman was stopped in round 2 of the bout scheduled for 12.

   Max bounced back with a win over Louisiana's Roy Ashworth, and then split a pair of cross-town grudge matches against "Mad" Mike Alderete also of Albuquerque.  Heyman lost the first meeting by split decision, but got his revenge, stopping Alderete in the 8th round of the rematch.

   Heyman defeated Chicago's Chris Thomas by unanimous decision, and then went out with two title bouts to end his professional career.  First traveling to Magdeburg, Germany, losing to Hometown Champion Robin Krasniqi (38-2, 14 ko) for his WBO International Light-Heavyweight Title.  And then his final professional bout June 13, 2014 traveling to Saint Joseph, MO and moving up in weight, losing a challenge for the WBC Continental Americas Cruiserweight Championship against knockout machine and defending champion Olanrewaju Durodola (17-2, 16 ko) in the main event.

Max Heyman with Dan Sisneros

    Max Heyman earned his reputation as a boxer who never ducked a challenge, and was willing to travel anywhere to face any boxer who would put their title on the line.  He finished his pro career with a record of: 25 wins, 14 losses, and 4 draws, winning 13 times by knockout.

Max Heyman's entire Pro Ledger on CLICK HERE

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

1. LUIS MEDINA                    [ko-1] (Pro Debut)
2. JAVIER HURTADO            [tko-1]
3. ARIEL CONDE                   [tko-5]
4. ANTWON LEACH              [Draw-6]
5. JEREMY MORRISON        [w-6]
6. ROLAND COMMINGS      [tko-4]
7. PAULINO AVITIA              [tko-2]

Amateur Boxing:     1. Michael Sillas
Amateur Kickboxing:   1. Chino Soto

For information Contact me via e-mail: The Boxing Guru




Sunday, August 7, 2016


Nickname: "Half Man - Half Amazing"

   Long Beach, California's Jeremy Williams was one of America's outstanding amateur boxers.  Williams was a 2 time national Golden Gloves champion, Jr. Olympic Champion and won many other  titles as well as a Bronze Medal in the  1990 Goodwill Games.  He lost his bid to represent the USA on the 1992 Olympic Team, losing to eventual team member Montell Griffin in the boxoffs.  He finished with an incredible record of 168-4 as an amateur.  He is also a member of the Golden Gloves Hall-of-Fame.

   He turned professional in October of 1992 with a 2nd round destruction of 8 fight pro -Jerry Arentzen, who had already faced Peter McNeeley, and Michael Bentt.  Williams was considered a "Can't Miss Prospect".

   Because of his reputation as a knockout artist, he was "TV Friendly" and was followed closely by boxing fans around the world.  After 7 impressive wins against mediocre opponents, Williams was 7-0, 6 by knockout with all of his 6 ko's coming inside of 2 rounds.  He was put into his first test against highly respected "Gate Keeper" - Marion Wilson.  Despite being knocked down in round 5, Williams was too much for Wilson, winning handily over the 8 round distance.

   Having performed so well, he was stepped up in his next fight and was pitted against undefeated former U.S. Olympican - Dannell Nicholson (10-0, 8 ko).  It was a highly anticipated showdown of unbeaten top heavyweight prospects.  Williams left no doubt who the "top" prospect was, knocking out Nicholson at 2:56 of the 2nd round.

   He continued to roll over his opponents, and won the vacant WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight Title with a 12th round Technical Knockout over Garing Lane.  He defended that title with a 9th round knockout over Mark Wills.

   It was March of 1994 when Williams tasted his first pro defeat at the hands of former U.S. Olympian - Larry Donald (12-0, 10 ko) by a Majority decision, losing his WBC Cont-Am Belt.

   Jeremy bounced back from his first defeat in grand fashion, scoring 4 straight wins over good names, Bert Cooper, and Levi Billups among them, and then winning the California State Heavyweight Title in a slugfest that saw both boxers go down several times
Autograph from Jeremy Williams
during the bout.  But Williams was able to climb off of the deck to stop Everton Davis in round 9.

   He continued with wins over more top names including Jesse Ferguson (20-13), Quinn Navarre (17-1-1), and regaining his now vacant WBC Continental Americas title with a tko over David Sewell (15-3-1).

   It was more than 2 years since he had taken his lone defeat, and now Jeremy had moved up to a top ten ranking, and got his first world title challenge taking his 26-1 record into battle against 6' 7" undefeated Henry Akinwande (29-0-1) for the vacant WBO Heavyweight World Title.   Williams was unsuccessful in his first world title bid, being knocked out in round 3.

   4 fights later, Williams had added 3 more wins to his ledger, and defeated Brett Lally (20-7) for the vacant NABO Heavyweight Championship.

   Williams continued to win in exciting fashion scoring knockouts, and dropping a decision to Maurice Harris before getting his 2nd chance at a world title.  This time he had to travel to Denmark and face Brian Nielsen (56-1, 39 ko) for his IBC Heavyweight crown.  The champion scored a 5th round TKO to defend his title against the American challenger.

Dan Sisneros visits with Jeremy Williams at Ringside in 1994
  Jeremy Williams continued to battle on, scoring some big wins against solid opponents including: David Bostice (27-5-1), Ron Guerrero (15-4-2), Andre Purlette (35-1), Atilla Levin (29-1), and fighting a 10 round draw with former IBF Cruiserweight Champion of the World - Alfred "Ice" Cole.

   2004 saw Williams face off with the menacing and undefeated "Nigerian Nightmare" - Samuel Peter (20-0, 17 ko) for the vacant NABF Heavyweight Title.  Peter landed the knockout punch to win that night via 2nd round knockout.

   Jeremy fought just twice more.  Winning a split decision against Gary Gomez (18-8-1), and then fighting for the last time in the professional boxing ring, and going out a winner with a 3rd round victory over Travis Fulton who was DQ'd for excessive holding.  That final bout earned Williams the vacant WBU Heavyweight crown.

   Jeremy Williams career was filled with exciting moments, and lots of great action.  He was undersized for a heavyweight at just 6' 1" and fighting most of his career in the 220 Lb. range.  He finished his amazing career with a final tally of:  43 wins, 5 losses, and 1 draw, scoring 35 big knockouts.

Here is Jeremy Williams: Complete Pro Leger on

If you would like to see this amazing power puncher in action, I have these bouts available on DVD:

1. JERRY ARENTZEN                    [tko-2] (Pro Debut)
2. HASSAN SHABAZZ                   [tko-1]
3. SINCLAIR BABB                       [ko-2]
4. ROBERT "Iron Head" SMITH      [w-6]
5. MARION WILSON                    [w-8]
6. DANELL NICHOLSON             [ko-2]
7. FRANKIE SWINDELL              [w-10]
8. DOUG DAVIS                           [ko-1]
9. MARK YOUNG                        [ko-6]
10. NATHANIEL FITCH               [tko-7]
11. GARING LANE                     [tko-12] {Vacant WBC Continental Americas Heavy Title}
12. MARK WILLS #1                 [ko-9] {WBC Continental Americas Heavy Title}
13. LARRY DONALD                [L-12] {WBC Continental Americas Heavy Title}
14. BERT COOPER                    [w-DQ-7]
15. MARK WILLS #2                 [tko-6]
16. LEVI BILLUPS                     [ko-2]
17. EVERTON DAVIS               [tko-9] {Vacant California State Heavy Title}
18. JESSE FERGUSON             [tko-7]
19. QUINN NAVARRE             [tko-2] {Vacant WBC Continental Americas Heavy Title}
20. DAVID SEWELL                  [tko-5] {WBC Continental Americas Heavy Title}
21. ARTHUR WEATHERS           [tko-1]
22. VINCENT BOULWARE             [tko-2]
23. HENRY AKINWANDE -          [ko-by-3] {Vacant WBO Heavy Title}
24. LOUIS MONACO #1               [ko-3]
25. PHIL JACKSON                      [ko-1]
26. DOMINGO MONROE            [tko-1]
27. MAURICE HARRIS               [L-10]
28. DAVID BOSTICE                  [ko-1]
29. RON GUERRERO                 [w-10]
30. GILBERT MARTINEZ           [tko-9]
31. ANDRE PURLETTE               [w-10]
32. ATTILA LEVIN                     [tko-8]
33. SAMUEL PETER                  [ko-by-2] {Vacant NABF Heavy Title}
34. GARY GOMEZ                    [w-8]

1. Ray Lathon                                  (HL ONLY)
2. Richard Bonds (US)
3. Andre Kurjavka #2 (URS)           [w-3] (1990 Dual Meet)
4. Ko Yo Da(S.Kor)
5. Rostislav Zaulichny(URS)             (1991 Dual Meet)
6. Serge Klokov(URS)                    (Begin Mid rd. 2)
7. Darius Michaelczeski                   
8. John Ruiz                                     (Rd. 3 of 3 only)
9. Dale Brown (Canada)                  [rsc-2] {1990 USA/Canada Dual}
10. Andre Kurnyavka #1 (USSR)    [ko-by-3](1990 GWG)
11. Ljubomir Agov                           [rsc-1]
12. Montell Griffin #3                       (1992 Olympic Boxoffs)
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Tuesday, July 26, 2016


Nickname: "The King Cobra"

   Denver Colorado's Mark "King Cobra" Fernandez opened his pro career Feb. 10, 1982 at the Silver Slipper Casino in Las Vegas, NV with a 4 round draw against Puerto Rico's unbeaten Juan Veloz (2-0).

   The slick boxing Fernandez built a nice record of 14-0-1, 6 ko's before heading out to the Forum in Inglewood, CA to be tested against another up and coming prospect - San Diego's Ernie "Silky" Johnson (14-2, 8 ko).  It was Johnson's night as he won a solid unanimous decision victory over Fernandez, handing Mark his first defeat.

   Fernandez had proven his self worthy, he remained at a high level of competition and in his next fight took on ranked contender and two time World Title Challenger from the Phillipines - Rod Sequenen (44-10-3, 28 ko).  The bout was held in Honolulu, Hawaii and Fernandez won a razor thin unanimous decision on scores of 96-94, and 96-95 x 2.  It was a big win for "The King Cobra".  It seems that Mark enjoyed fighting in Paradise, and he won two more bouts in Hawaii after that to run his record to 17-1-1, 7 by ko.

   He was ranked and getting noticed.  He got the call he'd been hoping for, a shot at the IBF Jr. Lightweight World Title.  But, he'd have to travel to Australia to challenge Champion Barry Michael (46-8-3, 14 ko) for that title.  It was not to be his night as the Champion stopped Fernandez in round 4.

   Mark Fernandez returned to Denver and put together a 3 fight win streak, and would get to feel a
title belt around his waist as he won the Colorado State Jr. Lightweight Title with a hard earned, but clear cut 15 round unanimous decision over highly regarded Arnel Arrozal (23-24-3, 6 ko).

   From that point on, his career was like the stock market, a series of ups and downs against mixed opposition and much of it on the road.  He took on some outstanding boxers during that stretch including:  Mauricio Aceves, Oscar Bejines, Marino Ramirez - twice, Ray Menefee, Dingaan Thobela (in South Africa), Steve Boyle (in England), and Jesse James Leija (in Texas).

   After the Leija fight Fernandez put together a 5 fight string of wins which propelled him up into the rankings and earning him a shot at undefeated NABF Lightweight Champion - Stevie Johnston (17-0, 12 ko) in an all Colorado Title showdown held at the Adam's Mark Hotel in Denver.  After 12 rounds it was Johnston retaining his title on a unanimous decision.

   He was still highly regarded, and got a title shot in his next bout, traveling to Sydney Australia to fight another undefeated Champion - Justin Roswell (17-0, 11 ko) for the WBO Inter-Continental Lightweight Title on the undercard of Kostya Tszyu/Corey Johnson.  Fernandez was stopped at 2:59 of round 10.

   Fernandez went 1-4 after the Roswell fight, but was facing high level opponents, and was well respected for his slick boxing skills.  He earned a final title fight but once again would have to travel and face another unbeaten contender in knockout artist - Alfonso Sanchez (15-0, 14 ko) for the vacant IBA Intercontinental Jr. Welterweight Title.  Sanchez was too much for the 37 year old Fernandez, and scored a 2nd round knockout.

   Mark Fernandez would fight on for a few more years.  He tangled with some of the biggest names in the game including:  Sandro Casamonica, Greg Haugen, Chad Broussard, "Irish" Micky Ward, Virgil McClendon, Vernon Forrest, and Juan Lazcano, quite a list of champions to end his career.

   Mark's last pro bout came on April 14, 2000 in Denver as he ended with a showdown against another Colorado favorite - Bobby Brewer.  The bout went the full 6 rounds and Fernandez boxed his way to a unanimous decision win.  A great way to finish a boxing career that spanned nearly two decades, and took him all over the world.

   After 58 professional bouts, Fernandez finished with a final record of: 34 wins, 23 defeats, 1 draw and won 14 by knockout.  Click here to see: Mark Fernandez's entire pro ledger on

If you would like to see Mark "King Cobra" Fernandez in the ring, I have the following bouts available on DVD:

1. BARRY MICHAEL               [tko-by-4] {IBF Jr. Light Title}
2. JESSE JAMES LEIJA           [L-10]
3. CLIFFORD HICKS              [w-10]
4. STEVE VALDEZ #1             [w-8]
5. STEVE JOHNSTON             [L-12] {NABF Light Title}
6. ALFONSO SANCHEZ         [tko-by-2]
7. MICKEY WARD                  [ko-by-3]
8. VERNON FORREST            [tko-by-2]

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