Boxing’s Unsung Heroes

Anthony Ivory pictured in photo – back row furthest to the right 다운로드.
First Row kneeling: Ramiro Carillo
Second Row (L to R): Steve Corbo, Mike “Fly” Garcia, Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, Montell “Ice” Griffin, David Diaz
Third Row (L to R): Oliver McCall, Lou Savarese, Andrew Golota, Danell “Doc” Nicholson, Anwar Oshana, Mike Jimenez, and Ivory

Photo taken by: Scott Romer (February 12, 2015)

By Steve Corbo

(Part #2 of 2)

In Part 1 of “Boxing’s Unsung Heroes”, I referenced an article by Ted Sares Diffuse download. In his piece, Sares mentions a couple of Chicago guys, Anthony Ivory, and Alfredo “Freddy” Cuevas. Two tough pros who took on all comers. With an overall record of 26 wins – 10 losses -1 draw, in a career that spanned 13 years, Cuevas had KO wins over Charles Murray and Wilfredo Rivera 데몬 가상드라이브 다운로드. He came up short in bouts against Marco Antonio Rubio, Jermain Taylor, John Duddy, Santiago Samaniego, Kasim Ouma, Kingsley Ikeke, Michael Rask and he split a couple of bouts with fellow Chicagoan Anthony Ivory 대통령의 시간 다운로드.

Ivory’s Herculean record is a virtual “Who’s Who”. Boxrec  lists his record as 32 wins – 78 Losses – 6 draws 초서체 다운로드. But in those 78 losses, he was stopped only 5 times. Ivory went the distance and lost decisions to the following future, or former, World Champions . Their records, at the time they fought Ivory, are in parenthesis:  Kelly Pavlik (18-0), Yuri Foreman (12-0), Keith Holmes (36-3), Felix Sturm (6-0), Silvio Bronco (35-4-2), Mikkel Kessler (7-0), Sammy Serrano (49-6-1), Julio Cesar Vasquez (Twice 37-1 & 58-3), Davey Hilton (27-1-1), Carl Daniels (25-0), Simon Brown (35-2), Laurent Boudouani (18-1), Winky Wright (Twice 27-1 & 30-1), Chris Pyatt (42-4), Vincent Pettway (42-6-1), Hacine Cherifi (25-3-1), Diosbelys Hurtado (16-0), Akhmed Kotiev (twice 14-1 & 18-1), Armand Krajnc (15-0) and KO Artist Yori Boy Campas (52-0). A true globetrotter, Ivory fought in 15 different countries. This is a guy who knew how to survive in the ring…

It seems unique to boxing that often times extremely talented and gifted fighters get cast in the role of opponent. Perhaps due to management, or lack thereof, they never seem to “get the breaks”. Sometimes they train themselves and, more often than not, work a full-time job in addition to boxing. Because they are talented and can be competitive with just about anybody, they are often overmatched or rushed into fights on short notice for the purposes of a quick payday. Their careers are seldom allowed to progress over time and naturally develop to their full potential. For example, in 1992 Ivory dropped four decisions in a row, to fighters with a combined record of 119 wins- 7 losses- 1 draw. As the losses pile up, the ultimate irony occurs. They find they can get more fights, and make more money, losing than they can winning.  

But don’t sell them short. These guys are tough, they know how to fight, they look like a professional fighter should look and there is no quit in them. They’ll go rounds and always give the fans a good show.  They are good enough to beat the “B” level fighters and on any given night, they can give an “A” fighter a rough time. All of which conspire to make them the perfect opponent and an “Unsung Boxing Hero.”  

NOTE: Part #1 was published on Saturday, February 13, 2021

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