Monday, February 6, 2017

JOE MESI

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}
11. DAVARRYL WILLIAMSON    [ko-1]
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]


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Amateur:

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

PEDRO PENA



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)
vs
JOURNEY INTO IMAGINATION with Figment (Epcot - Future World)
(Our opening bout)
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Bout 2) LEFOU'S BREW (Magic Kingdom) vs DISNEYLAND MINT JULEP (Disneyland)
(Can this much sweetness be contained in one ring?!)
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Bout 3) CALIFORNIA SCREAMIN' (Disney California Adventure)
vs
ROCK 'n' ROLLER COASTER (Disney Hollywood Studios)
(For the Coaster Division Championship!)
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Bout 4) AMERICAN MUSIC MACHINE (Epcot - America Gardens)
vs
BRITISH REVOLUTION (Epcot - UK Pavilion)
(May the best group win!)
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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!)
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Bout 6) The PIRATE ROOM (Caribbean Beach Resort)
vs
The ROYAL ROOM (Port Orleans Riverside)
(For the Moderate Themed Resort room title belt)
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Bout 7) MONSTERS INC. - Mike & Sulley to the Rescue (Disney California Adventure)
vs
MR. TOAD'S WILD RIDE (Disneyland)
(Dark Ride division title belt is at stake!)
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Bout 8) IMPRESSIONS DE FRANCE (Epcot - France Pavilion)
vs
REFLECTIONS OF CHINA (Epcot - China Pavilion)
(a bout with national pride on the line!)
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Bout 9) THE JUNGLE CRUISE (Magic Kingdom)
vs
KILIMANJARO SAFARIS (Disney's Animal Kingdom)
(Who will become "King of the Jungle"?)
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Bout 10) CARTHAY CIRCLE (Disney California Adventure)
vs
HOLLYWOOD BROWN DERBY (Disney Hollywood Studios)
(A battle of classy theme park eateries... in Black & White of course!)
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Bout 11) DINOSAUR (Disney's Animal Kingdom)
vs
THE MANY ADVENTURES OF WINNIE THE POOH (Magic Kingdom)
( Pooh puts his undefeated record on the line against a very HUNGRY contender!)
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Bout 12) DOLE WHIP vs MICKEY PREMIUM ICE CREAM BAR
(Snack Division Championship!)
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Bout 13) BIG THUNDER MOUNTAIN RAILROAD (Magic Kingdom)
vs
THE MATTERHORN (Disneyland
(King of the Mountains Title Bout)
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Bout 14) PRINCE CHARMING REGAL CARROUSEL (Magic Kingdom - Fantasyland)
vs
STITCH'S GREAT ESCAPE (Magic Kingdom - Tomorrowland)
(A special GRUDGE match like no other!)
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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

To purchase the book directly from Amazon:
Click HERE to order Disney Tale of the Tape directly from Amazon

or

For signed Copies ($14.95 + 3.00/shipping) contact Dan at:
Disneyguru@outlook.com

  

 

Thursday, December 8, 2016

PETER MCNEELEY

Nickname: Hurricane





   After just 21 Amateur fights, Massachusetts' Peter McNeeley turned professional on August 23, 1991 against Van Dorsey at Nickerson Field in Boston.  Peter opened with an exciting first round ko win after being dropped, he roared back to stop his opponent at 50 seconds of round 1.

   Starting his career with 6 straight first round knockout wins, it's easy to see how he earned the nickname "Hurricane".  He remained unbeaten for 2 1/2 years building a record of 24-0, 18 ko's and earning a shot at the vacant New England Heavyweight Title.  McnNeeley lost that title challenge via 8th round technical knockout to hard punching Stanley Wright (8-5, 8 ko's).

   Pete rebounded and put together a 12 fight winning streak which included 12 straight knockout wins!  Among his victims was former WBC Light-Heavyweight World Champion J.B. Williamson who was stopped in round 2 by McNeeley, and then round 1 in the rematch!

   With a 36-1 record, and a reputation as a power punching crowd pleaser, McNeeley was named as the opponent to face the legendary Mike Tyson in the former champ's return to the ring after a nearly 4 year absence.  Tyson came in to that fight with a 46-1 record, and a fearsome reputation.  It was a
memorable 90 seconds, but after two knockdowns, McNeeley's trainer jumped in to halt the fight.  It was ruled a DQ loss for McNeeley.


   Peter became a bit of a name after the Tyson fight.  He went right back to campaigning in the heavyweight division, and ran off 4 straight ko wins with none of them going past round 2.  He traveled to Denver, Colorado to face slugger Louis Monaco, and was tko'd in round 5 of a bout scheduled for 6.

   McNeeley bounced back with 5 straight wins before losing two in a row, traveling to Denmark and being stopped by IBO Heavyweight Champion - Brian Nielsen (46-0, 30 ko) (Nielsen would go on to also win the IBC Heavyweight Title), and being stopped in round 1 against "The king of the 4 rounders" - Eric "Butterbean" Esch (46-1-1).

   There would be 4 more fights for "Hurricane" McNeeley.  He won his next two fights, and then went for titles in his final two bouts, being stopped in round 2 by former WBO World Champion Henry Akinwande - that fight being for the WBC International Heavyweight Title, and then Pete's farewell bout June 8, 2001 when he traveled to Cape Town, South Africa to challenge Mike Bernardo (10-1-1) for his WBF Heavyweight Title belt.  Peter was stopped in the opening round of that final bout.


   "Hurricane" Peter McNeeley finished his pro career with a record of 47 wins, 7 losses, winning 36 by knockout.  An impressive record, and even though he never won a title, he did prove that if you weren't world class, you were in trouble if you stepped into the ring against him!  An all action fighter, and a real fan favorite, with a great sense of humor, and humble persona.

Click HERE to see "Hurricane" Peter McNeeley's complete pro ledger on boxrec.com

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

"Hurricane" PETER MCNEELEY vs.

1. JERRY ARENTZEN                            [tko-1]
2. DANNY WOFFORD                           [tko-1]
3. MIKE TYSON                                      [dq-by-1]
4. LOUIS MONACO  (Rd. 5 of 5 Only)  [tko-by-5]
5. ERIC "Butterbean" ESCH                    [tko-by-1]





                                                
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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

FREDDIE ROACH

   Freddie Roach turned pro on August 24, 1978 with a unanimous decision victory over Roberto Vasquez in Boston, MA.  He quickly ran off 10 straight wins before taking his first defeat to Beto Nunez (19-3) in Nunez's home town of Phoenix by decision.

   Roach battled on and ran off another winning streak.  This time he went nearly 3 years before losing again.  But when he did, he lost back-to-back matches against two highly regarded contenders.  He was a relentless punching machine, he was technically skilled, but could still be hit enough to make for some crowd pleasing brawls.  He was very "TV Friendly" and became a favorite with Las Vegas boxing promoters and the fairly new ESPN cable network.

   Freddie was 30-3 when he fought for his first title belt.  It was April 14, 1983 when he took on unbeaten Louie Burke (13-0) for the ESPN Jr. Lightweight Championship.  It was an all-time classic battle with the two slugging it out for the full 12 rounds.  When the dust settled, and the smoke cleared it was Burke who took a close but unanimous decision and left Las Vegas Nevada with the ESPN strap.

 
Dan Sisneros with Freddie Roach in 1999
   Roach bounced back with 2 huge wins.  First he stopped Reynaldo Zaragoza (22-3-1) in 8 rounds, and then scored a unanimous 10 round win over Carlos Bryant (12-8-2, 6 ko) in what turned out to be Bryant's last pro bout.

   Roach wanted another shot at Louie Burke, and he got it - Nov. 10, 1983 on the undercard of Marvin Hagler/Roberto Duran.  This time it was a 10 round non-title bout, but it was the same result.  An all out brawl with Burke again taking the victory on all 3 judges scorecards.

   Those wars with Burke only made boxing fans want to see Freddie Roach even more.  Freddie finished his career from that point going 8-8, but faced the very best in the game including:  Tommy Cordova (for the vacant ESPN Jr. Lightweight Title belt), Bobby Chacon, Jaime "Rocky" Balboa, Greg Haugen, and Hector Camacho.  During that stretch he got a shot at the WBC Continental Americas Lightweight Title in 1986, losing a decision to champion Darryl Tyson (23-1, 12 ko's).

   Freddie's last win came on Aug. 14, 1986 when he forced 50 fight veteran Arnel Arrozal to not come out for round 6.

   Freddie's last pro bout was fought just two months later.  He dropped a very tough battle with unbeaten David Rivello (9-0, 4 ko) by decision.

   Freddie Roach was a fighter's fighter, and that's probably why he has become one of boxing's most celebrated trainers guiding the careers of boxing's best including:  Manny Pacquiao, Miguel Cotto, Lucia Rijker, Amir Khan, and many others.

   Freddie did not have the big knockout punch, but his heart and tenacity made him a top 20 contender for most of his exciting career, and a definite fan favorite too.

Here's Freddie's entire pro boxing ledger on:  BOXREC.COM



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

FREDDIE ROACH vs.

1. LOUIE BURKE #1                         [L-12] {ESPN Jr. Light Title}
2. REYNALDO ZARAGOZA            [ko-8]
3. JOSE RESENDEZ #3                     [w-10]
4. DAVID CAPO                               [w-10]
5. HASSAN ALI (Herman Ingram)     [w-8]
6. JOE RUELAZ                                 [tko-4]
7. RICHIE FOSTER                           [tko-8]
8. EFRAIN NIEVES #2                      [L-10]
9. TOMMY CORDOVA                    [L-12] {ESPN Jr. Light Title}
10. DELIO PALACIOS                      [w-10]
11. CARLOS BRYANT                     [w-10]
12. GREG HAUGEN                          [tko-by-7]
13. ARNEL ARROZAL                      [tko-5]
14. DAVID RIVELLO                        [L-10] (Freddie Roach's LAST Pro Bout)



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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

TIM PULLER

Nickname: "The Hebrew Hammer"


Tim Puller serving up great food instead of punishment in the ring

   Philadelphia's "Hebrew Hammer" Tim Puller was an imposing figure at 6' 6" tall.  He stepped onto the Pro Heavyweight boxing scene on Nov. 30, 1990 with a 2nd round tko over 282 pound Pedro Garcia in a bout held at The Sands Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

   He built a record of 6-0, 3 ko's, including a nice win over Los Angeles' Leon Carter (3-0, 2 ko) in an early showdown of young up & coming unbeaten heavyweights before taking his first defeat at the hands of Sim Warrior.  That bout was held at The Hacienda in Las Vegas, NV.  Puller would avenge that loss to Mr. Warrior 8 months later with a very satisfying 8 round decision victory.

   He put together a nice 5-1, 3 ko streak after that loss (which included the revenge win over Warrior), and took a record of 11-2, 6 ko's into his challenge for the vacant IBC Heavyweight Title against fellow fringe contender - Sherman Griffin (16-4, 12 ko) in Harlingen, TX.  It was a great night for Puller who battled his way to an 8th round technical knockout over Griffin to claim the IBC World Heavyweight Title.


Puller's battle with Chris Byrd
   Tim never defended that title, but instead, stepped up to begin facing world class opposition.  He defeated well respected journeyman Mike Dixon via 10 round unanimous decision, and then faced 3 current or future world champions.  Chris Byrd (11-0, 8 ko), Tim Witherspoon (42-4, 28 ko), and Lou Savarese (34-0, 28 ko).  Puller was stopped by all 3.

   Tim then began fighting in Washington State, where he put together a string of 7 straight wins, which included an 8 round win over former IBO/WBF Heavyweight Title challenger - Craig Payne (12-14-1, 8 ko), and Tim's last pro victory - a clear 10 round decision victory over former WBA Heavyweight Title challenger, the legendary James "Quick" Tillis (42-20-1, 31 ko).

   Puller would fight just twice more losing a decision to Marvin Hunt in 2000, and being stopped in round 4 by Yohan Banks in his final bout, 13 years later, on Sept. 21, 2013.

Dan with "The Hebrew Hammer" in 1994


   Puller ended his pro boxing career with a record of: 20 wins, 7 defeats, winning 11 by knockout.  His boxing days spanned 23 years, with a 13 year layoff before trying it one more time in 2013.  He got only one shot at a title, and won it.  A very likable gentleman who was good with the fans, and had lots of support from boxing fans around the USA.

Click here to see: Tim Puller's entire Pro Ledger on boxrec.com

If you would like to see Tim "The Hebrew Hammer" Puller in action, I have the following of his boxing matches available on DVD:

1. TIM MORRISON                          [tko-2]
2. BILL CORRIGAN                         [tko-4]
3. DESMOND BROWN                   [ko-1]
4. MIKE DIXON                               [w-10]                       
5. CHRIS BYRD                               [tko-by-5]
6. TIM WITHERSPOON                  [tko-by-2]
7. LOU SAVARESE                         [tko-by-2]


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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

JAYLA ORTIZ

   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 boxrec.com

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}

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Amateur:
1. Gail Martinez (Colorado)


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