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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