Bobby Czyz

Bobby Czyz

Bobby Czyz
Statistics
Real name Robert Edward Czyz
Nickname(s) Matinee Idol
Chappie
Rated at Light Heavyweight
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Nationality American
Born (1962-02-10) February 10, 1962
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 52
Wins 44
Wins by KO 28
Losses 8
Draws 0

Robert Edward Czyz ( ; born February 10, 1962) is a retired American boxer, commentator, and member of Mensa. A New Jersey native of Polish descent,[1] he is both a former world light heavyweight and cruiserweight champion.

Czyz was born in Orange, New Jersey. He lived in Wanaque, New Jersey and attended Lakeland Regional High School.[2]

Nicknamed "Matinee Idol", Czyz was a member of the United States amateur boxing team whose other members died in the 1980 plane crash. Because of an auto accident one week before the fatal trip, Czyz was not on the plane.

Contents

  • Professional career 1
  • Professional boxing record 2
  • Outside of the ring 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Professional career

Czyz had a quick start to his professional boxing career in the early 1980s, and he was soon in line for a shot against world middleweight champion Marvin Hagler. He had to start from scratch, however, after suffering a 10-round loss at the hands of veteran Mustafa Hamsho in November 1982.

Czyz went up in weight, put another string of wins together, and in September 1986, he finally found himself in a ring with an undefeated world champion, IBF light heavyweight champion Slobodan Kacar (Olympic Gold medallist of 1980). Czyz beat him in five rounds.

Czyz made three defenses - a one-round defeat of David Sears, a see-saw second-round KO of Willie Edwards, and a fifth-round TKO of Jim McDonald - before taking on 'Prince' Charles Williams in October 1987. Czyz scored an early knockdown of Williams, yet the challenger not only stayed in the fight, but also hammered shut Czyz' left eye en route to scoring a TKO victory and thus seizing the title after eight rounds of boxing.

Czyz then lost a decision to Dennis Andries in May 1988, followed by a couple of victories, in turn followed by two cracks at the world title in 1989. Czyz, despite truly good efforts on his part in both challenges, lost both of them - a 12-round decision to Virgil Hill in North Dakota for the WBA version in March, and a 10th-round TKO loss to Williams in an IBF title rematch in June.

Czyz went on to stop then-undefeated Andrew Maynard in seven rounds (the second undefeated Gold medallist he KO'd) in June 1990, then jumped up to cruiserweight. He challenged Robert Daniels for Daniels' WBA world cruiserweight championship in March 1991, and won a unanimous decision. Two defenses, against Bash Ali and Donny Lalonde, were made (both by unanimous decision) before Czyz vacated the title.

In 1994, Czyz became a television boxing analyst working alongside Steve Albert and Ferdie Pacheco whilst continuing his boxing career.The trio covered fights in many locations worldwide. In December 1994, he covered the first world title fight ever held in Ecuador as a member of Showtime's crew.

In 1996, he stepped up to the heavyweight division, but lost by knockout in five rounds to Evander Holyfield and quickly retired. Czyz fought one last time in 1998, losing by second round TKO to South African Corrie Sanders. Czyz continued doing color commentary for Showtime, but was let go after pleading guilty to his fourth drunken-driving offense in six years after being caught speeding in Readington Township, New Jersey.[3] Czyz's case received a lot of attention as he was a multiple repeat DUI case, and was a driver behind the NJ Assembly revisiting its legislation.[4] Czyz, who was a Raritan Township, New Jersey resident at the time, was given a six-month license suspension for each of his three drunken driving convictions in 1998, 1999 and 2000. It was discovered that he was sentenced improperly as a first-time offender after his fourth arrest, which occurred in February 2003 in Readington Township, where he was caught driving with a blood-alcohol level of 0.14 percent. The state limit at that time was 0.10 percent.[4]

Preceded by
Slobodan Kačar
IBF Light Heavyweight Champion
6 September 1986–29 October 1987
Succeeded by
Charles Williams
Preceded by
Robert Daniels
WBA Cruiserweight Champion
8 March 1991–1992
Vacates
Succeeded by
Orlin Norris

Professional boxing record

44 Wins (28 knockouts, 16 decisions), 8 Losses (5 knockouts, 3 decisions) [1]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 33-1 Corrie Sanders TKO 2 12/06/1998 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States WBU World Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 1:43 of the second round.
Loss 31-3 Evander Holyfield RTD 5 10/05/1996 New York City, United States Czyz could not come out for the sixth round.
Win 19-0 Richard Jackson TKO 6 05/12/1995 Biloxi, Mississippi, United States WBU World Super Cruiserweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 1:24 of the sixth round.
Win 11-9 Jeff Williams UD 10 22/09/1995 West Orange, New Jersey, United States
Win 50-11 Tim Tomashek TKO 5 24/03/1995 West Orange, New Jersey, United States
Loss 15-0 David Izeqwire RTD 4 04/08/1994 Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States IBO World Cruiserweight Title. Czyz did not come out for the fifth round.
Win 13-11-3 United States, Charlotte, North Carolina
Win 35-3 Donny Lalonde UD 12 08/05/1992 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States WBA World Cruiserweight Title. 117-111, 116-110, 116-113.
Win 36-12 Bash Ali UD 12 09/08/1991 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States WBA World Cruiserweight Title. 120-108, 120-108, 120-108.
Win 19-1-1 Robert Daniels SD 12 08/03/1991 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States WBA World Cruiserweight Title. 119-112, 116-114, 114-116.
Win 9-2 Horacio Rene Brandan TKO 6 21/09/1990 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:05 of the sixth round.
Win 12-0 Andrew Maynard KO 7 24/06/1990 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Maynard knocked out at 0:42 of the seventh round.
Win 17-7 Uriah Grant UD 10 23/03/1990 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States 97-93, 95-94, 96-94.
Loss 26-4-2 Charles Williams RTD 10 25/06/1989 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States IBF World Light Heavyweight Title. Czyz could not come out for the 11th round.
Loss 23-0 Virgil Hill UD 12 04/03/1989 Bismarck, North Dakota, United States WBA World Light Heavyweight Title. 112-117, 111-117, 110-119.
Win 11-2-1 Mike DeVito TKO 7 27/12/1988 Fort Myers, Florida, United States Referee stopped the bout at 1:18 of the seventh round.
Win 26-3 Leslie Stewart SD 10 25/10/1988 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States 96-93, 96-95, 94-95.
Loss 30-7-2 Dennis Andries MD 10 22/05/1988 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States 95-95, 95-98, 94-96.
Loss 21-4-2 Charles Williams RTD 9 29/10/1987 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States IBF World Light Heavyweight Title. Czyz could not come out for the tenth round.
Win 20-3 Jim MacDonald TKO 6 03/05/1987 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States IBF World Light Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 0:37 of the sixth round.
Win 22-2-1 Willie Edwards KO 2 21/02/1987 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States IBF World Light Heavyweight Title. Edwards knocked out at 2:16 of the second round.
Win 17-2-1 David Sears TKO 1 26/12/1986 West Orange, New Jersey, United States IBF World Light Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 1:01 of the first round.
Win 21-0 Slobodan Kacar TKO 5 06/09/1986 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States IBF World Light Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 1:10 of the fifth round.
Win 47-12-1 Murray Sutherland UD 10 26/07/1985 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States 9-1, 9-1, 7-2.
Win 15-7 Mike Fischer UD 10 09/05/1985 West Orange, New Jersey, United States
Win 15-1-1 Tim Broady TKO 4 18/01/1985 Houston, Texas, United States Referee stopped the bout at 1:41 of the fourth round.
Win 11-2 Marvin Mack UD 10 23/10/1984 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 27-3 Mark Frazie UD 10 30/05/1984 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 9-7-1 Jimmy Baker TKO 1 15/02/1984 Totowa, New Jersey, United States
Win 12-1-2 Bill Medei TKO 4 25/10/1983 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 23-7-4 Bert Lee TKO 3 09/09/1983 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Referee stopped the bout at 3:00 of the third round.
Loss 34-2-2 Mustafa Hamsho UD 10 20/11/1982 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 9-4 Chris Linson TKO 2 25/09/1982 McAfee, New Jersey, United States
Win 13-2-1 Manuel Melon TKO 2 03/07/1982 Totowa, New Jersey, United States Referee stopped the bout at 1:24 of the second round.
Win 22-2-1 Bobby Coolidge TKO 5 23/05/1982 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 12-0 Robbie Sims UD 10 17/01/1982 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States 6-3, 7-2, 6-3.
Win 84-12-4 Elisha Obed DQ 6 12/11/1981 East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States
Win 12-15 Dan Snyder TKO 2 08/10/1981 Totowa, New Jersey, United States
Win 14-1 Rick Noggle TKO 7 26/07/1981 Tampa, Florida, United States
Win 16-7-1 Reggie Jones TKO 7 18/06/1981 Totowa, New Jersey, United States New Jersey Middleweight Title.
Win 56-8-1 Oscar Albarado TKO 3 21/05/1981 Totowa, New Jersey, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:30 of the third round.
Win 20-5 Teddy Mann UD 8 23/02/1981 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 18-0 Danny Long TKO 5 08/02/1981 McAfee, New Jersey, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:05 of the fifth round.
Win 4-6-5 Skipper Jones TKO 7 18/12/1980 Totowa, New Jersey, United States
Win 9-0 Tommy Merola TKO 2 16/10/1980 Totowa, New Jersey, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:49 of the second round.
Win 3-27-1 Johnny Davis TKO 1 18/09/1980 Totowa, New Jersey, United States Referee stopped the bout at 1:40 of the first round.
Win 2-4 Leo Ferro UD 8 21/08/1980 Totowa, New Jersey, United States
Win 33-13-2 Bruce Strauss KO 4 17/07/1980 Totowa, New Jersey, United States
Win -- Ronald Cousins TKO 1 19/06/1980 Totowa, New Jersey, United States
Win 2-7-2 Dalton Swift KO 2 22/05/1980 Totowa, New Jersey, United States
Win -- Jamal Arbubakar PTS 4 08/05/1980 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 0-2-2 Hank Whitmore KO 1 24/04/1980 Totowa, New Jersey, United States

Outside of the ring

Czyz married actress and photographer Kimberly Ross (born October 8, 1959) on October 27, 1992. Their daughter, Mercedes Czyz, was born September 27, 1993. They were divorced by the time Kimberly died, after a long battle with breast cancer, on December 19, 2006, aged 47.

He has since been inducted into the Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame.

Czyz is a member of IQ test. He even wore a shirt with "MENSA" on it while walking to the ring to fight Evander Holyfield.

See also

References

  1. ^ Isaac Barrio. "Boxing: An Interview with Bobby Czyz Part 3: Heavyweights, Heavy Issues, and a Distinctive Legacy". Hardcoreboxing.net. Retrieved 2010-08-02. 
  2. ^ Boxing commentator arrested, Herald News, February 25, 2003, accessed April 11, 2007. "Boxing commentator and former two-time world champion Bobby Czyz, a Lakeland High School graduate and former Wanaque resident, has been charged with drunken driving."
  3. ^ "Ex-Boxer Faces Jail For Drunken Driving - NYTimes.com". Readington (Nj): Select.nytimes.com. 2003-06-01. Retrieved 2010-08-02. 
  4. ^ a b [2] Archived September 28, 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Prominent Mensans".  

External links

  • Bobby Czyz Official Website
  • Professional boxing record for Bobby Czyz from BoxRec
  • Michael Swann's 2007 multi-part interview with Bobby Czyz
    • Part One
    • Part Two
    • Part Three
    • Follow-up