Tyrone Everett

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This article originally appeared on dmboxing.com on June 24, 2000

By David Martinez / Boxing Historian / dmboxing.com

One of the best fighters that I have witnessed in my 59 years of involvement in boxing was junior lightweight Tyrone Everett.

Unfortunately, these days his name is obscure and nobody talks much about him, let alone recalling many of his fights 다운로드.

Everett was born on April 18, 1953 in South Philadelphia. He started his professional boxing career in September 1971 and would win all of his 34 bouts, propelling him to a world title match with Puerto Rican champion Alfredo Escalera on November 30, 1976 – Escalera’s 7th defense of the 130 pound title  프로듀스 x101 4화 다운로드.  Scheduled for 15 rounds, the fight took place at the Spectrum in Philadelphia for the WBC Super Featherweight Championship.  A crowd of 16,109 packed the Spectrum, which is still a record for the largest number of spectators at a Pennsylvania indoor boxing match.

During the fight, Everett would show Escalera his artistic boxing skills, winning most of the rounds handily  다운로드. Escalera’s best round was definitely the fifth as his signature right hand punches rocked the southpaw Everett. What was amazing, though, was that Everett stayed on the outside and boxed beautifully, never losing his composure in that round.

Everett came back strong and had a huge eighth round, snapping Escalera’s head back with pin-point combinations of his own  다운로드.

As round thirteen came to a close, with Everett comfortably ahead on my scorecard, the challenger suffered a severe cut on his forehead due to an unintentional head butt. This forced Everett to fight the remainder of the bout with blood streaming down his face. With Escalera sensing he was behind on points, the Puerto Rican would surge forward to capture the final two rounds on all of the judge’s scorecards, and mine, as well 다운로드.

As the bout ended, it seemed to most observers that Everett won clearly and would become the new champion of the world.  

However, to the amazement of the partisan Philly crowd, Escalera was declared the winner and still champion by a 15-round split decision.

The scorecards were: Judge Lou Tress of Philadelphia 145-143, and Judge Ismael Fernandez of Puerto Rico 146-143, both for Escalera.  Referee Ray Solis of Mexico had it 148-146 for Everett. My score was 145-140, ten to five in rounds, with no rounds even, for Everett. Renowned veteran boxing judge Harold Lederman, of HBO World Championship Boxing, stated “it may be history’s worst decision.” The Ring magazine included the fight on a list of the Top 5 worst robberies ever.

To say that the crowd went absolutely ballistic would be a huge understatement, and Escalera quietly left the ring immediately after the decision was rendered.

Everett was completely dumbfounded with the controversial decision loss. He would go on to win his next two fights, both by knockouts, and a rematch with Escalera in Puerto Rico was pending; but the fight never happened due to Everett’s unexpected death.  

Everett established an outstanding ring record of 36 wins and 1 loss with 20 by knockout.

I consider him to be one of the greatest southpaws in boxing. He is on my personal list of the top 15 southpaws, and is certainly in some pretty good company. Alphabetically, the other 14 are: Joe Calzaghe, Hector Camacho, Young Corbett III, Flash Elorde, Tiger Flowers, Khaosai Galaxy, Marvin Hagler, Vasily Lomachenko, Freddie Miller, Michael Nunn, Manny Paquiao, Vicente Saldivar, Lew Tender, and Pernell Whitaker.

In closing, I would like to add that in researching this article I had the pleasure of meeting Tyrone’s younger brother Eddie (his photo is on the lower right of Tyrone’s image with Angel Wings). Eddie was very instrumental in making this article on Tyrone possible. We had many conversations coast-to-coast, California to Philadelphia, and he gave me some excellent information. One thing that I didn’t know is that Tyrone was actually a converted southpaw. Another interesting item was that Everett and his brothers Mike and Eddie all hung out together in South Philly with other well know boxers such as, just to name two, Matthew Saad Muhammad and Jeff Chandler; they were all the best of friends in and out of the boxing gym.

Everett was an amazing talent who undoubtedly was destined to become a world champion, but on May 26, 1977, he was tragically shot and died at the age of 24. 

Tyrone Everett is peacefully at rest and is buried next to his mother, Doris Everett, at Eden Cemetery in Collingdale, Pennsylvania.

One thought on “Tyrone Everett

  1. Refreshing article on an under appreciated great southpaw. No doubt that he deserved the nod over Escalera. Sad that he died so young.

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