Tuesday, December 29, 2015

MIKE "The Bounty" HUNTER

   Heavyweight Mike "The Bounty" Hunter was known for his unorthodox but most effective boxing style.  He started out his pro career on Dec. 14, 1985 with a 4 round Decision over Warren Thompson.  He then built a record of 13-2-2, 5 ko's before stepping up to face former Light-Heavyweight, and Cruiserweight World Champion Dwight Muhammad Qawi for his WBC Continental Americas Cruiserweight Title.  Hunter was amazing as he took the victory and his first title belt back home with him.

   From there, the level of competition remained high throughout most of his career.  He scored big wins over Pinklon Thomas, Jimmy Thunder, and Ossie Ocasio before losing a very tight majority decision to undefeated Frans Botha in El Paso, Texas.

   He bounced back from the close decision loss very well as he stepped in on short notice and defeated former Olympic Gold Medalist Tyrell Biggs to win the vacant USBA Heavyweight Title via unanimous decision by wide margins.  He defended that title against Alexander Zolkin (15-1, 8 ko), and Buster Mathis Jr. (12-0).  The win over Mathis was later changed to a "No Contest" after illegal substance was detected.

   Mike finished his career going 4-4 in his last 8 bouts, including his final bout on May 31, 1996 as he challenged IBO World Heavyweight Champion - Brian Nielsen in Denmark for his title.  Hunter was stopped by tko in round 5.

   Hunter finished his pro career with a final record of 26-7-2, 8 by ko.  Not a big knockout puncher, but a slick and tricky boxing style that gave his world class opponents fits.


   If you would like to see Mike "The Bounty" Hunter in boxing action, I have the following bouts available on dvd:

DWIGHT MUHAMMAD QAWI            [w-10]
PINKLON THOMAS                             [w-10]
DAVID JACO                                         [tko-3]
FRANS BOTHA                                     [L-8]
TYRELL BIGGS                                     [w-12] {Vacant USBA Heavy Title}
ALEXANDER ZOLKIN #1                   [w-12] {USBA Heavy Title}
BUSTER MATHIS JR.                           [w-12] {USBA Heavy Title}(*Changed to N/C later)            KEITH MCMURRAY                            [w-10]
ALEXANDER ZOLKIN #2                   [L-10]
ARTHUR WEATHERS                          [w-10]

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015


Nickname: "The Bronx Bomber"

   New York's Alex Ramos won multiple amateur championships including The National AAU title in 1979 and four NY Golden Gloves titles, he held a record of 143-15 before turning professional on Nov. 8, 1980 where he stopped Steve Arvin (12-3, 9 ko) in round 5 of a bout scheduled for 6 rounds.

   Ramos was considered a potential world champion from the start, and quickly ran off a string of 11 victories before being matched against world rated Norberto Sabater (20-1, 8 ko) in a 10 round middleweight bout at the Sands Hotel & Resort in Atlantic City, NJ that was aired on NBC Sports.  Ramos won handily on scores of 6-3-1, 6-3-1, and 8-2 in rounds to pick up the unanimous decision victory and remain unbeaten.

   3 fights later Alex tasted defeat for the first time as a professional against unheralded Ted Sanders (8-15-4, 3 ko's) where he was knocked out in round 8.  In his next fight, he was put in pretty tough against Tony Cerda (14-2-2, 8 ko) and was held to a draw after 10 rounds.  It was a rough spot in the fast moving track that Ramos management team had planned for him.

   His ability and heart were not in question, and he was put in very tough in his next two bouts against Mark Frazie (21-1, 12 ko), and undefeated J.B. Williamson (13-0, 5 ko).  Ramos passed both tests winning both via clear 10 round unanimous decision victories.  He then stopped highly respected James Waire in the 10th round, but tasted his 2nd defeat at the hands of world ranked contender Murray Sutherland (39-10-1, 33 ko) in a wild bout that saw the referee deduct 3 rounds from Ramos for low blows, and even though he floored Sutherland in the 4th round, the decision was unanimous in favor of Sutherland.

   After two impressive victories, and good showings against top competition "The Bronx Bomber" was back and got his first shot at a title belt.  April 25, 1984 he got a shot at defending USBA Middleweight Champion ferocious knockout artist Curtis Parker (25-5, 20 ko).  It was a war as expected, but when the final bell sounded Alex Ramos had become the new USBA Middleweight king on scores of  116-113, 116-112, and 117-112.

   The World class competition continued as he faced world ranked John Collins (31-1, 27 ko) in his next fight.  It was a non-title bout, and ended in a Draw after 10 rounds.  Next up was a title defense against undefeated and world ranked contender James "The Heat" Kinchen (33-0-2, 26 ko) in a bout from Caesars Tahoe that was televised on NBC network.  It was a close bout until the 9th round when Referee Joey Curtis waived the bout off, and Kinchen picked up the win and the USBA Title via KO.

   Ramos continued to campaign and challenged unsuccessfully 3 times for the California State Middleweight title belt, including a loss to future world champion Michael Nunn.  Ramos continued to fight becoming a favorite at the Country Club in Reseda, CA.  He finished his career with a string of 9 consecutive victories on the "Midwest Circuit" which earned him his first World Title fight against defending champion Jorge Castro (94-4-2, 65 ko) in Argentina.  Ramos was stopped in round 2, and this was his final professional bout.

   Alex ended his storied professional career with a record of 39 wins, 10 defeats, 2 draws winning 24 by knockout.   Ramos founded the Retired Boxers Foundation.

Click Here to see: Alex Ramos entire Pro Ledger on boxrec.com

If you would like to see Alex "The Bronx Bomber" in action, I have the following bouts available on DVD:

JOSE PACHECO                                   [ko-5]
DAN SNYDER                                       [w-6]
BILL TUTTLE                                         [w-8]
ROCKY FABRIZIO                               [tko-4]
NORBERTO SABATER                        [w-10]
WAYNE CAPLETTE                             [tko-5]
TONY CERDA                                       [Draw-10]
MARK FRAZIE                                      [w-10]
J. B. WILLIAMSON                              [w-10]
JAMES WAIRE                                     [tko-10]
MURRAY SUTHERLAND                   [L-10]
RONNIE ROBINSON                         [ko-4]
CURTIS PARKER                                [w-12] {USBA Middle Title}
JOHN COLLINS                                  [Draw-10]
JAMES KINCHEN                              [tko-by-9] {USBA Middle Title}
MICHAEL NUNN                               [L-12] {California State Middle Title}
DARNELL KNOX                              [tko-by-10]
RODERICK STARKS                        [w-10]
SEGUNDO MERCADO                    [tko-by-4]
JORGE CASTRO                            [ko-by-2] {WBAMiddle Title} (Ramos LAST pro bout)


1. Juan Roldan       [RSC-1]

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015


Nickname: "The Dealer"
   Julian Wheeler was an outstanding amateur boxer who represented the USA at the 1992 Olympic Games.  He did not bring home a medal and decided to turn professional on Oct. 12, 1993.  He opened with a 3rd round TKO over 24 fight veteran Darrell Jacobs.

   It took him about 18 months to build an 11-0 record and challenge for his first Title belt.  April 21, 1995 he stepped into the ring to fight for the vacant NABF Jr. Lightweight title against undefeated and world ranked Robert "Grandpa" Garcia (20-0, 16 ko).  Wheeler lost by a unanimous decision.

   Just 10 weeks later, he stepped back into the fire facing another undefeated world ranked opponent, this time it was Mexico's Mauro Lucero (19-0, 14 ko).  The fight which took place on the undercard of Johnny Tapia vs Arthur Johnson went the full 10 round distance, but it was Wheeler earning the decision victory.

   4 months later, he would travel to Inglewood, CA and face a man that would become a boxing legend - Juan Manuel Marquez (12-1, 9 ko).  Wheeler was tko'd with just seconds left to go in the 10th and final round.

  Julian traveled to Australia where he fought a pair of battles against world ranked contender November Ntshingila (28-4, 16 ko).  The first bout ended in a technical draw after only 1 round, but Ntshingila won the rematch via 10 round decision.

   It was Oct. 10, 1996 when Julian would get another title fight, challenging former World Champion Jorge "Maromero" Paez for the WBC Continental Americas Jr. Lightweight title.  Wheeler won a 12 round unanimous decision to take Paez's title.  Less than 3 months later, they rematched at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, CA and this time Paez took his title back by decision.

   December of 1998, Wheeler got his first shot at a World title belt against undefeated champion Victor McKinnis (14-0-1, 9 ko).  Julian boxed masterfully and won a lopsided 12 round unanimous decision to earn the IBC Jr. Welterweight World Title.  The scorecards read 119-109, and 118-110 x 2.  Two fights later, McKinnis  was given a rematch but Wheeler was even more dominant this time around, and won unanimously on scores of 120-108, and 119-109 x 2.

   Wheeler went on to face other world class conenders including:  Juan Lazcano, Jermaine Fields, Israel "Pito" Cardona, and Daniel Alicea.  With 4 close battles against top notch opposition in a row, and all 4 ending in decisions, Julian Wheeler was named as the challenger for unbeaten USBA Lightweight Champion Efren Hinojosa's (23-0, 16 ko) Title.  It was a back and forth battle, but when the scores were read, It was Julian Wheeler who became the new USBA Champion on scores of 118-111, 117-111, and 115-113.

   On October 25, 2002 Wheeler defended his USBA Lightweight Title against two time world title challenger Levander Johnson (31-3-2, 25 ko).  Wheeler dropped a 12 round majority decision with 1 judge seeing the bout even, but the other 2 judges giving the edge to Johnson.  This turned out to be Julian Wheeler's final professional boxing match.

   Julian Wheeler ended his pro career with a record of 22 wins, 7 defeats and 2 draws, winning 8 times by knockout.  It was an up and down career, but mostly up as he collected title belts along the way.

Click here to see Julian Wheeler's entire Professional ledger on boxrec.com

If you'd like to see Julian Wheeler in ring action, I have the following bouts available on DVD:

1. FERNANDO SANCHEZ                         [w-4]
2. ROBERTO VALENZUELA                      [w-6]
3. RAMON OROZCO -v1230                      [w-6]
4. GABE CASTRO                                        [w-10]
5. ROBERTO "Grandpa" GARCIA                [L-12] {Vacant NABF Jr. Light Title}   
6. MAURO LUCERO -v1360                       [w-10] (*Rounds 1-7 of 10 ONLY)                       
7. JUAN MANUEL MARQUEZ                   [tko-by-10]
8. JORGE PAEZ #1                                       [w-12] {WBC Cont Am Jr. Light Title}                                
9. JUAN LAZCANO                                    [L-10]                       
10. JERMAINE FIELDS                               [L-10]
11. ISRAEL "Pito" CARDONA                     [w-8]
12. DANIEL ALICEA                                   [Draw-10]
13. EFREN HINOJOSA                               [w-12] {USBA Light Title}
14. ISIDRO TEJEDOR                                  [w-10]
15. LEAVANDER JOHNSON                   [L-12] {USBA Light Title}(*Julian Wheeler's LAST Pro Bout)

1. Kenneth Friday #2
2. Vitaly Kargin #1
3. Ivan Robinson
4. Vitaly Kargin #2
5. Ramazi Paliani
6. William Jenkins
7. Mike Rafferty

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