The Ten Count- Remembering those boxing lost in 2017

The Ten Count- Remembering those boxing lost in 2017

The 2017 year will be coming to an official end in two days time, for boxing it was a banner year full of high quality action, excitement and match making on the highest level. We certainly have many great memories to reflect on as years pass by. While boxing has always been the worlds premier sport, entering 2018 boxing is truly an  “Unparalleled Global Phenomenon” with no equal. Yet we need to remind ourselves the current success of this sport, has to be credited equally to those no longer with us as it does those who are. If not for the dedication of past members on every level and in all capacities, those still active would have nothing to build off nor a bar of excellence set that determines “Greatness”.

That willingness to invest themselves be it physically, emotionally and or both not only fulfilled their passion for boxing but created something which brought out a similar passion in those who followed. This year boxing lost more members on all levels and in every capacity than any I can personally recall. It felt as though not a week passed by news of a Hall of Famer, World Champion, Olympian, Promoter, Referee, Judge, Amateur Standout or even “Fight Doctor” had heard the final “Ten Count” and looking back there wasn’t.

It doesn’t matter if they were one of the elite or unknown journeymen, how many or few times they stepped between the ropes. If they trained world champions, promoted international events or local club shows. If we agreed with or cursed them for their decisions. Their time in the sport, even on the most minimal level created memories for fans. They helped build this phenomenon we have a “Love Hate Relationship” with and without them, boxing would be a little if not a lot less exciting for us all.

There will be some names you recognize immediately, most you probably never heard of at all. The majority had left their days involved with boxing behind long ago and some were just getting started. In no particular order be it accomplishments or roles as members of the sport. We say farewell and “Thank You” to the following in sincere appreciation for all they contributed.

David Bey- 3/11/1957 – 9/14/2017 (Industrial accident)
Heavyweight boxer whose career spanned from 1981-1994.

Tim Hague- 5/9/1989 – 6/18/2017 (Injuries sustained in the ring)
Heavyweight

Ferdie Pacheco

Ferdie Pacheco- 12/8/1927-11/16/2017
AKA “The Fight Doctor”

Rafael Garcia

Rafael Garcia 1929-11/14/2017 (Complications from Leukemia)
Cutman

Raúl Castañeda- 9/20/82 – 9/6/2017 (Murdered)
Junior Flyweight representing Mexico at the 2004 Olympic games.

Tony Madigan

Tony Madigan- 1/04/1930 – 10/29/2017
Three time Olympian representing Australia at the 1952,1956 and 1960 games.

Boris Nikolov

Boris Nikolov- 03/10/1929 – 1/29/2017
1952 Olympic Bronze Medalist. Nikolov was the first Bulgarian ever to win a medal in the Olympics.

Theradtric ‘Jimmy’ Jones — 03/10/1940- 03/26/2017
Amateur fighter who once faced Cassius Clay at the 1960 Chicago Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions.

Sinethemba Magibisela

Sinethemba Magibisela– 01/01/1987- 09-24-2017 (Murdered)
Light Flyweight

Cesar Diaz

Cesar Diaz 07/16/1997- 11/24/2017 (Auto Accident)
Bantamweight

Rodrigo Valdes

Rodrigo “Rocky” Valdes- 12/22/1946 – 03/15/2017
Two time Middleweight Champion.

Marty Feldman- 10/25/1933 – 02/14/2017
Boxer and Promoter.

Tommy Harrison

Tommy Harrison- 11/08/1931 – 04/14/2017
Heavyweight fighter who was subject of the movie “Resurrecting the Champ”
Starring Samuel L. Jackson

Terry Downes

Terry Downes- 05/09/1939 – 10/06/2017
BBBofC British Middleweight Champion

Paul Stivaletta- 08/10/1935 – 08/03/2017
Middleweight

Larry Paul- 04/19/1952- 10/09/2017
1972 ABA Light middleweight champion

Errol Christie

Errol Christie- 01/29/1963 – 06/11/2017
1981 ABA Light Middleweight Champion

Craig Payne- 05/22/1961 – 04/07/2017
1983 National Golden Gloves Super Heavyweight Champion who
held wins over Mike Tyson and Teofilo Stevenson.

Joe Denucci

Joe DeNucci- 08/30/1939 – 09/08/2017
Middleweight

Joe Sanchez (Baltimore)- 06/15/1931 – 03/26/2017
Heavyweight

Paul Poirier- 09/04/1957 – 06/26/2017
Light Heavyweight

Marlon Wright

Marlon Wright- 08/27/1965 – 07/06/2017 (Cancer)
Referee, Judge.

Lou Duva

Lou Duva- 05/28/1922 – 05/28/2017 (Natural Causes)
Matchmaker, Promoter, Trainer.

Eduardo “El Gato” Corletti- 08/14/1941 – 08/04/2017
Heavyweight, 1960 Olympian representing Argentina

Luis Cirilo Gil

Cirilo Gil- 07/29/1937 – 07/20/2017
South American Welterweight Champion from Argentina.

Danny “Bang Bang” Wombe- 01/05/1927 – 03/26/2017
Middleweight.

Eric Martinez- 03/31/1979 – 06/22/ 2017
Promoter

Tony “Tiger” Medina- 06/05/1932 – 01/27/2017
Welterweight

Carlos Aro

Carlos Aro- 09/22/1939 – 07/16/2017
1960 Olympian representing Argentina as a Featherweight.
South American Lightweight Champion.

Al Dublin- 12/08/1937 – 03/03/2017
1959 New York Golden Gloves Champion at 126 lbs.

William “Bee Bee” Washington- 06/10/1924 – 03/20/2017
Middleweight

Anthony Cooks- 03/07/1965 – 04/01/2017 (Murdered)
Cruiserweight and former Kansas/Oklahoma Golden Gloves Champion

Lenny Bickford

Lenny Bickford- 07/10/1928 – 04/02/2017
Welterweight

George Smith- 03/19/1940 – 02/09/2017
Judge, 2006 Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame William Hutt Award
for state boxing official of the year

Frenchie Germaine- 10/26/1932 – 02/11/2017
Canadian Featherweight.

Jorge “Coco” Peralta- 03/17/1936 – 02/21/2017
South American Welterweight Champion

Paul Ferreri

Paul Ferreri- 01/02/1948 – 07/14/2017
Commonwealth Bantamweight Champion.
Australian National Boxing Hall of Fame Inductee.

Al Nevarez- 07/12/1931 – 03/24/2017
Lightweight

Luis Folledo- 10/10/1937 – 05/21/2017
Middleweight, Spain’s 1961-1962 Fighter of the Year.

Enrique Orozco

Enrique “El Maestrito” Orozco- 06/13/1974 – 10/18/2017 (Cancer)
NABF Flyweight Champion.

Jim LeBel- 10/10/1935 – 04/23/2017
Judge

Miguel Cea- 09/29/1955 – 04/29/2017
Light Heavyweight (Chile)

Napoleon Tagoe

Napoleon Tagoe- 05/26/1973 – 10/25/2017 (Brain aneurysm)
Ghanaian Middleweight Champion, WBC Continental Americas Light Heavyweight Champion.
Founder of Will Power Boxing Street Academy, and Will Power Boxing Promotions in Ghana.

Robbie Davies- 10/10/1949 – 08/04/2017
1976 Olympian for Great Britain.
1977 ABA Middleweight Champion.

Harry Smith- 08/23/1932 – 02/08/2017
1954 NY Golden Gloves Featherweight Champion.
1953 Intercity Golden Gloves Champion.
1955 Chicago Golden Gloves Featherweight Champion
1956 National AAU Featherweight Champion

Gale Van Hoy-

Gale Van Hoy- 11/25/1933- 01/02/2017
Judge of over 518 professional bouts.

John Kodjo Mensan

 

John Kodjo Mensan- 03/12/1948 – 06/07/2017
1970’s Bantamweight

Enrique Higgins- 03/09/1944- 04/01/2017
Featherweight world title challenger.

Bheki Moyo

Bheki Moyo- 10/06/1974 03/15/2017 (Found dead in a public Park reason unknown)
Super Welterweight of over 75 bouts without a win

David Lopez

David Lopez- 11/24/1977- 07/06/2017 (Murdered)
Super Welterweight (Once Challenged for Austin Trout’s WBA Title)

Everardo Armenta- 04/13/1937 – 11/20/2017
Middleweight

Willie Price- 01/27/1929- 11/15/2017
Featherweight

Walter R Stone

Walter Stone- 1944 -2017
Judge, Supervisor

Jean Pierre Planque- 10/11/1951 – 08/19/2017
Featherweight

Billy Supple- 10/24/1930 – 11/04/2017
Light Heavyweight

Leonardo Paredes- 05/07/1955 – 10/14/2017
Light Flyweight Panama

Victor Regino Cepillo

Victor Regino Cepillo- 01/01/1972-11/01/2017 (Murdered)
Columbian Super Flyweight

Frank Calabro- 01/01/1941 – 10/30/2017
Professional Heavyweight.
1959. 1964,1965 New England AAU and Golden Gloves
Heavyweight Champion.

Karl Hess- 04/10/1959 – 09/14/2017
Light Heavyweight

Spider Denny- 08/22/1944 – 10/20/2017
Heavyweight

Fred Potter

Fred Potter- 03/01/1931 – 10/05/2017
Judge, Referee, Inspector

Johnny Gall- 02/18/1919 – 09/16/2017
Lightweight

Tony Hughes- 05/17/1935 – 10/05/2017
Heavyweight

Roy Matthews- 11/09/1970 – 09/25/2017
Heavyweight

Danny McAloon

Danny McAloon- 1942-2017 (Alzheimer’s disease)
Super Welterweight

Ricardo Dominguez

Ricardo Dominguez- 07/20/1985 – 20/21/2017 (Cancer)
Lightweight World title Challenger.

Frank Bullard- 06/26/1943 – 03/09/2017
Heavyweight

Jackie Donnelly- 12/22/1935 – 01/09/2017
New York State Lightweight Champion

Nick Durandt

Nick Durandt- 12/26/1963 – 04/21/2017
Promoter, Manager South Africa.

Tony LaBarbara

Tony LaBarbara- 10/04/1937 – 01/29/2017
Lightweight- Buffalo Boxing Hall of Fame Inductee.

Sammy Brooks- 05/22/1966 – 09/06/2017
Welterweight

Hughie Smith- 10/05/1923 – 03/28/2017
Welterweight

Al “Bubble Gum” Sheriff- 05/27/1964 – 02/26/2017
Cruiserweight.

Rafael  Chavez

Rafael “El Borrego” Chavez 03/09/1959 – 06/25/2017 (Murdered)
Welterweight, Brother of Julio Cesar Chavez.

Rocky Fusco- 02/21/1930 – 08/11/2017
Lightweight

Randy Hunter- 07/11/1963 – 07/24/2017
Light Heavyweight

Ricky Ronci- 04/20/1927 – 07/25/2017
Heavyweight

Johnny Brewer- 11/29/1921 – 01/01/2017
Heavyweight

Sugar Ramos

Sugar Ramos- 12/02/1941- 09-03-2017
World Featherweight Champion.

Don Foster- 03/16/1931 – 05/28/2017
Welterweight

Dennis Harbon- 05/14/1948 – 05/14/2017
Welterweight

Keith Hendryx- 01/21/1976 – 10/01/2017 (Auto Accident)
Cruiserweight

Severin Oloubi- 03/03/2017 (Age Unknown)
Middleweight

David Sanchez

David “Tornado” Sanchez- 02/02/1992 – 05/19/2017 (Auto Accident)
Super Flyweight

Willi Quatuor- 02/20/1937 – 01/19/2017
Super Lightweight

Carla Witherspoon- 04/16/1968 – 11/11/2017
Lightweight

Cal Brown– 07/22/1937 – 08/28/2017
Middleweight

Geyci Lorenzo- 10/17/1982 – 08/09/2017
Featherweight

Sandor Balogh- 03/08/1985 – 04/13/2017
Heavyweight

Jimmy Dinardo- 06/03/1930 – 19/09/2017
Welterweight

LeRoy Benson

LeRoy Benson- 01/05/1934- 02/23/2017
Boxer, Judge, Referee

Julio Cesar Segura- 01/03/1945 – 05/05/2017
Boxer, Judge, Referee

Davey Mills- 07/27/1938 – 03/20/2017
Lightweight

Jo van den Broek- 10/22/1944 – 06/03/2017
Welterweight

Billy LeBouef- 12/03/1937- 07/24/2017
Welterweight

Rocky Batolbato- 01/10/1985 – 07/23/2017 (hit by a Car)
Featherweight

Jim Brewer- 01/08/1937- 06/15/2017
Lightweight

Eddie “Bossman” Brooks

Eddie “Bossman” Brooks- 06/10/1938 – 07/15/2017
Heavyweight

Rodolfo “El Chivo” Diaz- 10/12/1938 – 06/29/2017
Welterweight

Dick Spencer- 09/12/1933 – 06/24/2017
Featherweight

Ulises Hueto Elizalde

Ulises Hueto Elizalde- 09/18/1983 – 06/21/2017 (Murdered)
Super Middleweight

Jim Isperduli- 12/12/1956 – 04/30/2017
Promoter

Lou Lake- 11/11/1939 – 04/07/2017
Promoter

Tom Cleary- 06/22/1949 – 05/21/2017
Referee

Jorge Montoya

Jorge “El Rufo” Montoya- 03/28/1987 – 04/21/2017 (Murdered)
Super Middleweight

Tony Russi- 07/08/1929 – 06/08/2017
Lightweight

Roberto Sanchez- 06/04/1984 – 09/17/2017
Heavyweight

Marcia Champion- 02/28/1963 – 05/08/2017
Judge

Dick Gambino- 03/05/1941 – 06/11/2017
Light Heavyweight

Jimmy Clipper- 05/17/1933 – 06/01/2017
Middleweight

Jose Comite- 01/18/1932 – 05/31/2017
Welterweight

Wes Rockett- 04/09/1963 – 04/23/2017
Middleweight

Rudy Paz

Rudy Paz- 05/27/1938 – 05/03/2017
Judge

Ben Cervantes- 01/10/1929 – 05/08/2017
Lightweight

Herbert Nkabiti

Herbert Nkabiti- 03/27/1981 – 04/29/2017 (Injuries suffered in the ring)
Super Lightweight

Fred Heatley- 07/21/1934 – 04/21/2017
Lightweight

Willibald Palatin

Willibald Palatin- 11/15/1944 – 01/01/2017
Supervisor, Inspector

Joe Corso- 12/12/1923 – 01/03/2017
Lightweight

Jeff Floyd- 07/16/1958 – 04/04/2017
Heavyweight

Genival Roque de Azevedo Filho

Genival Roque de Azevedo Filho- 10/03/1977 – 09/13/2017
Featherweight

Ismael Gutierrez- 06/17/1937 01/24/2017
Bantamweight

Patrick Lane- 03/17/1931 – 02/19/2017
Light Heavyweight

Daniel Talon

Daniel Talon- 09/03/1946 – 02/06/2017
Referee, Judge, Inspector.

Eddie Marcinko- 04/06/1928 – 02/18/2017
Featherweight

Salvador Huerta- 01/13/1950 – 01/18/2017
Lightweight

Peter Sharpe- 01/29/1934 – 02/24/2017
Welterweight

Terry Hanna- 03/03/1954 – 02/25/2017
Bantamweight

Bobby Daldy- 06/16/1944 – 02/03/2017
Super Featherweight

Peter Bissonnette- 05/27/1954 – 09/29/2017
Heavyweight

Celso Hidalgo

Celso Hidalgo- 07/28/1930 – 09/17/2017
Featherweight

Dave Napper- 08/22/1940 – 03/12/2017
Heavyweight

Johnny Deutsch- 04/21/1941 – 04/07/2017
Heavyweight

Bob Gallant- 03/16/1927 – 04/02/2017
Welterweight

Cesar Saavedra- 01/01/1932 – 03/22/2017
Featherweight

Joe Cascella- 11/11/1925 – 03/29/2017
Lightweight

Ruben Davila-03/17/1940 – 03/01/2017
Middleweight

James Reilly

James Reilly- 08/17/1928 – 03/23/2017
Judge, Referee

Rosie Caballero- 06/02/2017 – 09/12/2017
Bantamweight

Alvin Boudreaux

Alvin Boudreaux- 04/10/1933 – 04/28/2017
Welterweight

Roberto Nunez-11/09/1963 – 08/25/2017 (Murdered)
Super Featherweight

Laurie Holt-09/06/1963 – 04/18/2017
Super Featherweight

George DeGabriel

George DeGabriel- 08/07/1929 – 03/20/2017
Judge

Brian Renney- 01/04/1941- 06/22/2017
Lightweight

Jerry Riddle-12/15/1935 – 08/15/2017
Light Heavyweight

Mark Enix- 08/09/1970 – 08/18/2017
Light Heavyweight

Terry Rindal- 07/20/1935 – 08/12/2017
Light Heavyweight

Walter Cavalieri

Walter Cavalieri- 10/15/1930 – 08/09/2017
Judge

Wayne Dillon- 06/29/1923 – 02/06/2017
Lightweight

Laurie Holt-09/06/1963 – 04/18/2017
Super Featherweight

Chuck Bollinger- 11/05/1936 – 03/18/2017
Light Heavyweight

Zoltan Kiss

Zoltan Kiss- 07/22/1972 – 03/27/2017
Heavyweight

Sylvester Murphey- 01/19/1951 – 03/03/2017
Heavyweight

Billy Dolphin 12/08/1941 – 01/03/2017
Super Middleweight

Joe Jones- 06/01/1941 – 03/18/2017
Light Heavyweight

We here at the “Talkin Boxing with Billy C TV Show” wish everyone a “Happy New Year” and look forward to a Banner 2018 in boxing.

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