Monday, September 25, 2017


Nickname: "Sledgehammer"
   Joe Lipsey turned professional on Nov. 28, 1988.  He scored a first round tko over Willie Patterson, and went on a streak of devastation.

   He knocked out his first 8 opponents before running into a very tough Rick Haynes who survived 6 painful rounds with Lipsey, but lost a unanimous decision.  Two fights later, Lipsey got a rematch with Haynes, who proved to be as tough as ever, it took 8 rounds for Joe to finally stop him, but he did stop him.

   He continued his knockout streak, and took an impressive record of 15-0, 14 ko's into his battle with former Ohio State Middleweight Champion - Sanderline Williams (24-14-1, 14 ko).  Lipsey won an impressive decision victory after 8 rounds.  It was a true "crossroads" fight, while Williams retired after the bout, Lipsey was now moved from "prospect" to "contender" for a Middleweight Title.

   The competition level was bumped up, and Lipsey was up to the task.  He vanquished Randy Williams (22-4), Tyrone Trice (42-8), and unbeaten Derrick Rolon (18-0).

   He tko'd Denver's Jerome Hill (14-5-1) in 8 rounds, and former California State Welterweight Champion - Kenny Lopez (20-13-1) in 3 rounds.  He then stopped undefeated Derrick James (10-0, 5 ko) in a battle of the unbeaten at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV.

Joe Lipsey was now undefeated, and world ranked.  He was named as the challenger for Bernard Hopkins IBF Middleweight Title, and took one more tune-up bout disposing of James Gatlin in 3 rounds.

   March 16, 1996 was the date, and Joe Lipsey returned to the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for a shot at the IBF Middleweight Championship of the world.  The bout was billed as the semi-main event to the Mike Tyson/Frank Bruno rematch.

   Lipsey entered the bout with a record of 25-0, 20 ko's.  Bernard Hopkins was 28-2-1, 21 ko's and it was a highly anticipated match.

   Hopkins was on fire that night, and he proved that he was a huge step up in class for the talented and powerful challenger.  Hopkins stopped Lipsey at 2:50 of round 4  to retain his middleweight title.

   This was another "crossroads" fight, but this time, it would be Joe who, for whatever reason, would call it a career and make this IBF Title challenge his final pro fight.  Bernard Hopkins would go on to defend that title belt 20 times!  Then would go on to gain Light Heavyweight championships and become one of boxing's legends.

   Joe "Sledgehammer" Lipsey fought as a professional for 8 years and brought excitement to the ring each time out.  He finished with a pro record of:  25 wins, 1 defeat, with 20 wins by knockout.

Click here to see: JOE LIPSEY'S entire pro ledger on

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

Pro Bouts:

RANDY WILLIAMS                  [tko-4]
DERRICK ROLON                    [w-10]                   
KENNY LOPEZ                         [tko-3]
BERNARD HOPKINS               [ko-by-4] {IBF Middle Title} (Joe Lipsey's LAST Pro Bout)

Amateur Bout:

1. Kenny Keene

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017


Nickname: "Mighty Mike"

   La Puente, California's "Mighty" Mike Anchondo turned pro on May 6, 2000.  He started fast, and by the end of the year he was 8-0 winning all 8 by knockout.

   The hard hitting Lightweight continued his unbeaten streak, gaining his first title belt in January of 2003, with a shutout unanimous decision victory over Angel Rios at the Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.  That win gave him the WBC Youth Jr. Lightweight title.

   Anchondo was now 20-0, 16 KO and gaining lots of attention as a top prospect, and now contender.  It was expected that he would soon get a world title shot.

   That shot came on July 15, 2004.  He squared off with the former WBO Featherweight champion - Argentina's Julio Pablo Chacon (50-5) for the vacant WBO Jr. Lightweight world title.  The title bout was shown on HBO and it was a great showcase for the unbeaten Anchondo to win a title and be seen by a huge audience.  He performed brilliantly, winning almost every round, and capping it off with a knockdown of Chacon in the final round.  He was now the undefeated world champion.

    8 months later he defended his title against another Argentina favorite - Jorge "La Hiena" Barrios (42-2-1), the former WBU Jr. Lightweight world champion.  The bout was staged in Miami, Florida.  Anchondo lost his title, and suffered his first loss as a pro.  The bout was televised on espn2.  It was a 4th round stoppage in a bout that Barrios controlled from start to finish.

   Mike bounced back with 2 straight wins against good level opponents.  He then lost to well respected contender Darling Jimenez (22-2-2).  After taking the year of 2008 off, he put together a string of  3 straight wins as a welterweight.  He fought his final match on Sept. 17, 2010 at the Buffalo Bill's Arena in Primm, Nevada in a bout aired on Showtime.  It was a 4th round tko loss to Freddy Hernandez (28-1), and it was Mike's final bout.

  The California star thrilled boxing fans for a decade.  He was a world champion, and was always exciting to watch in the ring.

See Mike Anchondo's complete pro record:  Mike Anchondo on

If you would like any of "Mighty" Mike Anchondo's fights on DVD, I have the following available:

1. ENRIQUE "Kiki" VALENZUELA       [tko-3]
2. ROBERTO ROMERO                           [ko-1]
3. ALEJANDRO RAMIREZ #1                [w-6]
4. ROQUE CASSIANI                              [tko-10]
5. GREGORIO VARGAS                         [w-10]
6. JULIO PABLO CHACON                    [w-12] {Vacant WBO Jr. Light Title}
7. JORGE BARRIOS                                [tko-by-4] {WBO Jr. Light Title}
8. MAURICIO HERRERA                       [w-8]
9. FREDDY HERNANDEZ                     [tko-by-4] (*Anchondo's LAST Pro Bout)

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Friday, August 11, 2017


Nickname: "Too Sweet"

   Washington DC's Derrell "Too Sweet" Coley opened his pro boxing career on July 21, 1990 with a unanimous decision win over fellow DC'er Darrick Johnson.

   He won 18 straight pro bouts before fighting to a 10 round draw in the Great Western Forum's welterweight tournament in Inglewood, California.  Even though it was a draw on the pro ledger, it was Smith who advanced having a 1-point edge on one of the judges' scorecards.

   Derrell continued his winning ways running off an impressive 7-fight win streak including victories over Darryl Lattimore, former world champion Saoul Mamby, Floyd Williams, and winning the vacant NABF Welterweight championship with an 11th round tko win over Terrence Alli.
Derrell Coley and Reggie Green as guest on "The 8-Count Boxing Hour"

   Coley defended that title with a 12 round 3-way split draw against Jaime "Rocky" Balboa in front of his Washington D.C. fans.

   He then defended that title via 12 round decision over unbeaten Ray Lovato (20-0) before stepping in against Detroit's Oba Carr (35-1) and losing a razor thin split decision.

   "Too Sweet" Coley again bounced back like a true champion and ran off another impressive 7-win streak (and 1 no contest), regaining his NABF title belt, and scoring wins against top notch opponents including: Pat Coleman, Kipp Diggs, Romallis Ellis, Willy Wise, and Ivan Ledon. That incredible win streak and being NABF champion put him in line to face legendary Oscar Delahoya (31-1) in a bid for the vacant IBA Welterweight World Championship.


   The fight took place at Madison Square Garden, and was televised by HBO. After starting well, it was Oscar's night as he won via 7th round ko to win the vacant IBA world title.

   Derrell Coley finished his career with 4 straight wins and fought his final pro bout on August 9, 2003, roughly 13 years after his first time in the ring as a pro.

   Coley was a respected world class contender who ruled the North American Boxing Federation's Welterweight division for nearly 3 1/2 years!  He battled and defeated some world class opposition and delighted boxing fans around the world.

   Derrell finished with a professional record of: 38 wins, 2 losses, and  2 draws. Winning 27 by knockout!  He had Speed, style, power, a solid chin, and great skills.

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If you would like to see Derrell "Too Sweet" Coley in ring action, I have the following bouts available on DVD:

1. DONALD WALLACE                [w-6]
2. TERRENCE ALLI                      [tko-11] {Vacant NABF Welter Title}
3. JAIME "Rocky" BALBOA         [Draw-12] {NABF Welter Title}
4. RAY LOVATO                            [w-12] {NABF Welter Title}
5. OBA CARR                                [L-12] {NABF Welter Title}
6. PAT COLEMAN                        [n/c-10] {Vacant NABF Welter Title}
7. KIPP DIGGS                             [tko-11] {Vacant NABF Wetler Title}
8. WILLIE WISE                           [w-12] {NABF Welter Title}
9. OSCAR DELAHOYA               [ko-by-7] {Vacant IBA Welter Title}

Other Stuff:
a) Interview + Reggie Green W/ D.Sisneros 12/94 at weigh in-1173 (HV/R/4 Min.)

Derrell's speech at the Washington D.C. Hall-of-Fame induction:
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Wednesday, July 19, 2017


Nickname: "Sweet"

   Oxnard California's "Sweet" Jose Aguiniga turned professional on August 20 of 2000.  He opened with a 2nd round tko over Jose Lopez in Tucson, AZ.

   He was an amateur standout, and great things were expected from him as a professional.  Within 2 years of his first pro bout, he ran his record to 15-0, winning 10 by knockout.  He was brought along carefully, but performed well land looked like the prospect he was expected to be
   His shutout win over former world title challenger Evangelio Perez cemented his status as a ranked contender, and from there it was on to the next level of opposition.

    Jose continued his winning streak with big wins over Cristobal Cruz, and Alex "Ali" Baba keeping his record perfect and earning him a shot at the vacant NABA Bantamweight title against fellow contender Hugo Ramirez who came into the title bout with a record of 21-3.  Aguiniga shined as he stopped Ramirez in the 8th round to win the title belt.
   After facing and winning by majority decision over Joe Morales in April of 2007, Aguiniga was gone from the boxing scene for nearly 5 years.  He returned on Feb. 25, 2012 to defeat Juan Ruiz (23-8) with an impressive unanimous decision.  It looked like he was back and ready to challenge for a national or world title.
   "Sweet" Jose would fight just once more, stopping Mexico's Eduardo "Latigo" Arcos in the 7th round.  That fight took place May 26 of 2012, and it was Jose's final pro bout.
   Aguiniga finished his professional boxing career unbeaten with a record of 33-0, 15 ko's.  His fans wanted to see him go for a world title challenge, but it wasn't to be.  It is still hard to argue with a perfect record though.

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

1. ISRAEL LOPEZ                                       [w-4]
2. ARTURO DAVALOS                               [tko-2]
3. RICARDO MEDINA                               [w-6]
5. EVANGILIO PEREZ                                [w-8]
6. JULIAN RODRIGUEZ                           [w-8]
7. RODRIGO FACIO                                  [w-10]
8. GILBERTO BOLANOS #1                    [w-8]
9. GILBERTO BOLANOS #2                    [tko-5]
10. ALBERTO ONTIVEROS                     [w-6]
11. GERARDO ESPINOZA #1                  [w-10]               
12. CRISTOBAL CRUZ                             [w-10]
13. ALEX "Ali" BABA                               [w-8]
14. PHILLIP PAYNE                                  [w-10]
15. HUGO RAMIREZ                                [tko-8]
16. GERARDO ESPINOZA #2                 [w-10]
17. JOE MORALES                                    [w-8]

Tuesday, June 27, 2017


Nickname: Poison

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017


   Nickname: "The Emmett Eliminator"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1. Joe Lipsey -v572




Monday, April 10, 2017


Nickname: "The Body Stopper"

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Click HERE to see Nazareth Rojas complete pro record on

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


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

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

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

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017


Nickname: "Kenny"

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quirino Garcia: One of boxing's great turnarounds

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Monday, February 6, 2017


Nickname: "Baby Joe"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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Friday, January 6, 2017


Nickname: "Dangerous"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Pedro Pena Entire Pro Career on

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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