Monday, August 29, 2016

HOMER GIBBINS


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]

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

MAX HEYMAN

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 boxrec.com: 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]

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

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Sunday, August 7, 2016

JEREMY WILLIAMS

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 Boxrec.com

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

JEREMY WILLIAMS vs.
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]
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Amateur:

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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