Bobby Czyz

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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 (age 52)
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 52
Wins 44
Wins by KO 28
Losses 8
Draws 0

Robert Edward Czyz (/ˈɛz/ CHEZ; born February 10, 1962) is a retired American boxer. 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 LOT Polish Airlines plane crash in Poland in 1980. Because of an auto accident one week before the fatal trip, Czyz was not on the plane.

Professional career[edit]

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[edit]

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

Outside of the ring[edit]

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 Mensa,[5] the organization for people who have scored in the highest 2% of takers in an IQ test. He even wore a shirt with "MENSA" on it while walking to the ring to fight Evander Holyfield.

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References[edit]

  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 [1][dead link]
  5. ^ "Prominent Mensans". Mensa International. Retrieved 2007-10-11. 

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