Mike Rossman

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Mike Rossman
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Charles 'Chuck' Wepner (left) and former World Light Heavyweight Champion Mike Rossman ringside at The Tropicana Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, October 12, 2012
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Real name Mike Rossman (Boxer)
Nickname(s) The Jewish Bomber
Rated at Light Heavyweight
Nationality  United States
Born (1955-07-01) July 1, 1955 (age 59)
Turnersville, New Jersey, U.S.
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 54
Wins 44
Wins by KO 27
Losses 7
Draws 3

Mike Rossman (born July 1, 1955) is an American former world champion boxer. He is of Jewish/Italian origin, which led to his monikers "The Kosher Butcher" and "The Jewish Bomber." He finished his professional boxing career in 1983 with a record of 44–7–3, with 27 knockouts.

Life and career[edit]

Rossman was born in Turnersville, New Jersey.[1] His real name is Michael Albert DePiano – Rossman is his mother's maiden name, which he uses rather than his father's as part of an 'appeasement agreement.' Rossman's father was Italian, and his mother Jewish. He began boxing at 14 and turned pro on August 10, 1973.

Rossman fought Victor Galindez for the light heavyweight championship of the world on the undercard of an Ali-Spinks rematch in September 1978. Many thought Galindez would defeat him, but Rossman opened up cuts over Galindez's eyes and continued fighting until near the end of the 13th round, when the referee stopped the fight, and Rossman became world champion.

Rossman made one successful defense before his hometown Philadelphia fans in December of the same year, stopping Italian challenger Aldo Traversaro in the fifth round after opening a wound on Aldo's forehead with a left hook.

Later, after losing the title back to Galindez in 1979 (see below), his career declined as he lost several matches; he never again fought a title match. He fought into the early 1980s, and perhaps the biggest name he faced in post-championship status was the upstart Dwight Braxton (today known as Dwight Muhammad Qawi), who defeated him in seven rounds in May 1981.

Rossman vs. Galindez championship rematch[edit]

In February 1979, Rossman participated in what is sometimes considered one of professional boxing's most embarrassing moments (at least in modern times). At a scheduled rematch between Rossman and Galindez, Rossman was left waiting in the ring as Galindez failed to appear: the challenger's camp was disputing the neutrality of the judges scoring the fight. After immediate attempts to remedy the situation failed, the fight was suspended, and rescheduled two months later in April 1979.

With Rossman perhaps still fretting about boxing politics, Galindez was focused on regaining the title, and was able to defeat Rossman. Rossman apparently broke his right hand during the bout, severely limiting his boxing ability. The pain became worse over the course of the fight, and unbearable to a point where Rossman told his father-manager after the ninth round that he could not continue. Galindez was thus able to reclaim the championship.

Hall of Fame[edit]

Rossman was inducted into the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame.[2]

Professional boxing record[edit]

44 Wins (27 knockouts), 7 Losses (4 knockouts), 3 Draws[3]
Res. Record Opponent Type Round
Time
Date Location Notes
Win 44–7–3 United States Henry Sims TKO 5 (10) 1983–11–17 United States Sands Casino Hotel,
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 43–7–3 United States Robert White SD 10 1983–08–17 United States Sands Casino Hotel,
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 42–7–3 United States Al Fracker TKO 6 (10) 1983–06–15 United States Playboy Hotel & Casino,
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 41–7–3 United States Charles Smith KO 10 (10) 1983–04–13 United States Resorts International Casino,
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Loss 40–7–3 United States Dwight Qawi KO 7 (10)
1:59
1981–05–31 United States Resorts International Casino,
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 40–6–3 United States Luke Capuano UD 10 1981–02–22 United States Conrad Hilton Hotel,
Chicago, Illinois
Win 39–6–3 United States Luke Capuano MD 10 1980–11–13 United States International Amphitheatre,
Chicago, Illinois
Win 38–6–3 United States Al Bolden KO 10 (10)
2:32
1980–09–09 United States Resorts International Casino,
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 37–6–3 United States Don Addison UD 10 1980–07–12 United States Resorts International Casino,
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Loss 36–6–3 United States Ramon Ranquello TKO 7 (10) 1979–09–18 United States Giants Stadium,
East Rutherford, New Jersey
Loss 36–5–3 Argentina Víctor Galíndez RTD 9 (15)
3:00
1979–04–14 United States Superdome,
New Orleans, Louisiana
Lost WBA Light heavyweight title.
Win 36–4–3 Italy Aldo Traversaro TKO 6 (15)
1:15
1978–12–05 United States The Spectrum,
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Retained WBA Light heavyweight title.
Win 35–4–3 Argentina Víctor Galíndez TKO 13 (15) 1978–09–15 United States Superdome,
New Orleans, Louisiana
Won WBA Light heavyweight title.
Win 34–4–3 United States Matt Ross KO 2 (10) 1978–07–15 United States Atlantic City Convention Hall,
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 33–4–3 United States Lonnie Bennett TKO 2 (10)
1:41
1978–05–24 United States The Spectrum,
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Loss 32–4–3 Mexico Yaqui López TKO 6 (10) 1978–03–02 United States Felt Forum,
New York City, New York
Win 32–3–3 Canada Gary Summerhays PTS 10 1977–09–29 United States Madison Square Garden,
New York City, New York
Win 31–3–3 United States Marcel Clay KO 1 (10)
2:51
1977–07–17 United States Miami Beach Convention Center,
Miami Beach, Florida
Win 30–3–3 United States Mike Quarry RTD 6 (11) 1977–05–11 United States Madison Square Garden,
New York City, New York
Win 29–3–3 United States Ray Anderson TKO 4 (10) 1977–03–02 United States Madison Square Garden,
New York City, New York
Win 28–3–3 United States Mike Quarry MD 10 1976–12–11 United States The Aladdin,
Paradise, Nevada
Draw 27–3–3 Republic of Ireland Christy Elliott PTS 10 1976–11–10 United States Wagner Gym at Seton Hall University,
South Orange, New Jersey
Win 27–3–2 Republic of Ireland Christy Elliott KO 3 (10)
1:59
1976–09–28 United States Yankee Stadium,
New York City, New York
Win 26–3–2 United States Steven Smith KO 6 (10) 1976–08–06 United States Atlantic City Convention Hall,
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Loss 25–3–2 United States Tony Licata MD 10 1976–06–12 United States Municipal Auditorium,
New Orleans, Louisiana
Win 25–2–2 Dominican Republic José Anglada KO 9 (10) 1976–05–14 United States Weehawken, New Jersey
Win 24–2–2 United States Gene Wells UD 10 1976–03–08 United States Madison Square Garden,
New York City, New York
Draw 23–2–2 United States Casey Gacic PTS 10 1976–02–13 United States Painters Mill Theatre,
Owings Mills, Maryland
Win 23–2–1 United States Al Styles, Jr. PTS 10 1975–12–10 United States Scranton, Pennsylvania
Loss 22–2–1 United States Mike Quarry UD 10 1975–09–30 United States Nassau Coliseum,
Uniondale, New York
Win 22–1–1 United States Mike Nixon KO 7 (10) 1975–08–01 United States Tropicana Hotel & Casino,
Paradise, Nevada
Loss 21–1–1 United States Mike Nixon SD 10 1975–05–19 United States Binghamton, New York
Win 21–0–1 United States David Adkins SD 10 1975–04–29 United States Capital Centre,
Landover, Maryland
Win 20–0–1 Trinidad and Tobago Matt Donovan PTS 10 1975–02–17 United States The Spectrum,
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Win 19–0–1 Trinidad and Tobago Matt Donovan UD 10 1975–01–21 United States Capital Centre,
Landover, Maryland
Win 18–0–1 United States Harold Richardson KO 3 (?) 1974–12–11 United States Catholic Youth Center,
Scranton, Pennsylvania
Win 17–0–1 United States John Pinney TKO 5 (8)
1:39
1974–11–22 United States Madison Square Garden,
New York City, New York
Win 16–0–1 United States Mike Morgan UD 8 1974–10–25 United States Madison Square Garden,
New York City, New York
Win 15–0–1 United States Nate Dixon KO 4 (8) 1974–09–09 United States Madison Square Garden,
New York City, New York
Win 14–0–1 United States Mike Baker PTS 8 1974–07–29 United States Madison Square Garden,
New York City, New York
Draw 13–0–1 United States Nate Dixon PTS 8 1974–07–15 United States The Spectrum,
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Win 13–0 Puerto Rico Ray Hernandez PTS 6 1974–06–17 United States Madison Square Garden,
New York City, New York
Win 12–0 United States Walter Riley KO 1 (6) 1974–05–29 United States Catholic Youth Center,
Scranton, Pennsylvania
Win 11–0 United States Tyrone Freeman PTS 6 1974–04–29 United States The Spectrum,
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Win 10–0 United States Joey Blair KO 6 (?) 1974–03–20 United States Scranton, Pennsylvania
Win 9–0 United States Greg Burch PTS 6 1974–02–18 United States The Spectrum,
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Win 8–0 Dominican Republic Maximo Pierret PTS 6 1974–02–09 United States Catholic Youth Center,
Scranton, Pennsylvania
Win 7–0 United States Elwood Townsend KO 2 (6) 1973–12–15 United States Scranton, Pennsylvania
Win 6–0 United States Lester Camper TKO 6 (6) 1973–12–08 United States Atlantic City Convention Hall,
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 5–0 United States Nate Dixon KO 3 (?) 1973–11–14 United States Catholic Youth Center,
Scranton, Pennsylvania
Win 4–0 United States Larry Parker KO 1 (?) 1973–10–31 United States Baltimore Civic Center,
Baltimore, Maryland
Win 3–0 United States Herman Nance KO 1 (4)
2:03
1973–10–22 United States The Spectrum,
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Win 2–0 United States Robert Ziegler TKO 3 (?) 1973–09–24 United States The Spectrum,
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Win 1–0 United States Stanley Dawson KO 2 (4) 1973–08–10 United States Atlantic City Convention Hall,
Atlantic City, New Jersey

Miscellaneous[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Peltz Boxing". Peltz Boxing. Retrieved January 20, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Mike Rossman". Njboxinghof.org. Retrieved January 20, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Mike Rossman Professional boxing record". BoxRec.com. 

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Preceded by
Victor Galindez
WBA Light Heavyweight Champion
15 Sep 1978–14 Apr 1979
Succeeded by
Victor Galindez