Sherman Bergman

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Sherman Bergman
ShermanBergman09.jpg
Born 1958 (?) STAR System World Kickboxing Ratings lists Bergman born in 1960.
Miami Beach, Florida, United States
Other names Big Train
Nationality United States American
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 80 kg (180 lb; 13 st)
Division Welterweight
Middleweight
Light Heavyweight
Cruiserweight
Heavyweight
Reach 74.5 in (189 cm)
Style Boxing, Kickboxing
Stance Southpaw
Fighting out of Miami Beach, Florida, United States
Team Team Bergman
Trainer Hank Bergman(1973-2007), Anne Bergman (2008-2010)
Years active 1973-2010
Kickboxing record
Total 66
Wins 57
By knockout 56
Losses 8
By knockout 7
Draws 1
Amateur career
Total 22
Wins 18
By knockout 18
Losses 4
By knockout 2
Other information
Occupation ESOL teacher Miami-Dade County Public Schools

Sherman "Big Train" Bergman[1] is a retired kick-boxer from Florida who was a promising prospect in the 1980s; noted for his knockout punch. Bergman had the unique experience of competing against three actors who appeared in the motion picture, The Expendables; Jean-Claude Van Damme,[1][2] Mickey Rourke,[3] and Gary Daniels.[3] He is also credited as the only fighter to have knocked down Jean-Claude Van Damme in sanctioned competition.[4]

Early life[edit]

2009: Elayne Weisburd,Sherman Bergman, Miami Beach Mayor Matti Bower.

Bergman is Jewish,[5] and was born in Miami Beach, Florida. He was the only child of Polish born actress Anne G. Sterling[6] and World War II hero, Hank Bergman. He graduated from Miami Beach Senior High School. As a high school senior, he worked as a boxing reporter for the GLOVE (a boxing newspaper based out of California).

Bergman earned an Associate in Arts Degree with honors from Miami Dade College. He also received a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Florida International University, and graduated with a Master's degree in TESOL (English as a second language) from Nova Southeastern University.

Amateur boxing[edit]

Sherman Bergman compiled an amateur boxing record of 18 victories (18 knockouts, 17 in the first round) and 4 defeats[7] from 1973 to 1983.[8]

Bergman was a member of the Amateur Athletic Union, the Florida Gold Coast Association, the Golden Gloves Association of America and the USA Amateur Boxing Federation.

He trained at the 5th Street and the Elizabeth Varrick Gyms in Miami-Dade County. His coaches were Hyman Hank Bergman(his father), Jose Maceo,[9] Eddie Ludlow, and Gary Ritter.[10][11] Also, the legendary cornerman Benjamin "Evil Eye" Finkle worked Bergman's corner for two fights.[12][13]

Early in his amateur career, Bergman was knocked out in the first round by the future movie star Mickey Rourke.[7][14][15]

At the 1981 Southern Regional Golden Gloves in Coconut Grove, Florida, 600 fans turned out to see Bergman fight 5-time Florida Golden Glove Champion Larry Byrd.[16] Byrd overcame a Bergman barrage, and knocked down Bergman twice to score a first round technical knockout.[17][18]

Bergman was a sparring partner for future World Heavyweight Champion Ken Norton,[7][19][20] heavyweight contender Rodney Bobick,[21] and former World Welterweight Champion Luis Rodriguez.

Amateur Boxing Record[8][edit]

Result Record Opponent Method Date Round Time Event Location Notes
Win[22] 1-0-0 United StatesRaymond Brown KO 5 Jun 1973 1 Florida
Win 2-0-0 United StatesLeroy McFadden KO 4 Jul 1973 1 Florida
Loss 2-1-0 United StatesMickey Rourke KO Aug 20,1973 1 0:31 Miami, Florida [23][24]
Win 3-1-0 United StatesIsaac Sved KO 21 Jan 1975 1 Miami, Florida [25]
Win 4-1-0 United StatesTyrone McClary TKO 4 Jun 1975 1 0:17 Eustis, Florida [26]
Win[27] 5-1-0 United StatesAldric Brown KO 21 Jun 1975 1 0:43 Castaways Boxing North Miami, Florida (Castaways Night-Club) Professional boxing card. Main event: Al Jones (FLA) vs. James Youngblood[28]
Win 6-1-0 United StatesChris Quennessen KO 16 Feb 1976 1 Florida
Win 7-1-0 United StatesLarry Youngblood KO 9 Sep 1976 3 Florida
Win[29] 8-1-0 United StatesThelman Robinson TKO 1976 1 Boxing New Port Richey, Florida Professional boxing card. Main event: John Connors vs. Henry Hall
Win[30] 9-1-0 United StatesLeothan Gibson KO 1 Nov 1977 1 1:47 Belle Glade Boxing Belle Glade, Florida Professional boxing card: Main event: Alvin Jones vs. Henry Hall
Win 10-1-0 United StatesAlvon Ward KO 17 Jan 1978 1 0:15 Liberty City, Florida Professional boxing card: Main Event: Soloman McTier vs. Ron Casey
Win 11-1-0 United StatesJohnny D'Arbanville KO 19 Jul 1978 1 1:04 Opa-locka, Florida
Win 12-1-0 United StatesClarence Jackson KO 1979 1 0:31 Brownsville, Florida Professional boxing card. Main event: David Robinson vs. Henry Hall
Win 13-1-0 United StatesFred Roundtree KO 8 Aug 1979 1 Dania, Florida
Win 14-1-0 United StatesFranklin Powell KO 30 Mar 1980 1 Florida
Win[31] 15-1-0 United StatesRonald Armstrong KO 30 May 1980 1 0:24 Apollo Beach, Florida Professional boxing card. Main Event: Tom Stern vs. Henry Hall
Win 16-1-0 United StatesLloyd Johnson KO 7 Aug 1980 1 Florida
Win 17-1-0 United StatesJames Trainer KO 2 Jan 1981 1 Florida
Loss 17-2-0 United StatesLarry Byrd TKO 21 Feb 1981 1 0:33 Southern Regional Golden Gloves Tournament Coconut Grove, Florida Open Division: 147 lbs.[32] Bergman knocked down twice in wild slugfest. Referee stops bout as Bergman complains about the stoppage.[33][34][35]
Loss 17-3-0 United StatesCornelious Drane 10 Feb 1982 10th Annual Golden Gloves Boxing Tournament North Miami Beach, Florida Open Division: 139 lbs.[36][37]
Won[38] 18-3-0 United StatesDwight Washington KO 8 Feb 1983 1 Florida
Loss 18-4-0 United StatesWillie McGee 23 Feb 1983 Southern Regional Golden Gloves Boxing Tournament North Miami Beach, Florida Open Division: 156 lbs.[39][40]

Kickboxing career[edit]

Bergman began kickboxing competition in 1976. He was trained by his father,[3] and managed by his mother.[41] Bergman earned the nickname, "Big Train" due to his aggressive fighting style and his knockout punch.[3]

In 1984, after compiling an impressive knockout streak, Bergman received both local and national attention. He was featured in a number of articles in his hometown paper, The Miami Herald. Bergman also caught the attention of Official Karate Magazine. In the November 1984 issue of Official Karate Magazine, in his column "Southern Exposure", Barry Harrell called Sherman Bergman "One of the best new prospects on his way to the top."[42][43] A year later in 1985, Harrell wrote that many people believed that Bergman had the knockout power to defeat world champion Alvin Prouder.[44]

Bergman's biggest victories were knockouts over Wilver "Rio" Johnson (18 seconds),[45] Morsak Muangsu (23 seconds),[46] Alejandro DasCola,[47] Bernardo Jua[48] and Carlos Andino.[49]

Bergman clearly had one punch knockout power, but like many knockout artists, he lacked the proper defense needed in which to break into the top-10 world rankings. Also, limited exposure due to lack of proper promotion, lead Bergman to compete on independent shows against obscure competition.

Bergman scored an impressive amount of first round knockouts, however, if he was unable to knockout his opponent in the early rounds, his lack of defense lead him to being knocked out himself. A purposed match with World Champion Alvin Prouder failed to materialize.

After suffering knockout losses to club-fighters, Carlos Andino and Mario Wilfredos, Bergman's promising career was derailed and he lingered on the independent circuit until he retired.

Bergman's most recounted kickboxing matches were against Jean-Claude Van Damme and Gary Daniels.[50]

In his fight with Jean-Claude Van Damme in 1979,[51] Bergman knocked Van Damme down in their match, but Van Damme arose to knockout Bergman with an axe-kick at 56 seconds of the 1st round.[1] In a 2013 interview, Van Damme remembered Patrick Teugels and Sherman "Big Train" Bergman as his two most memorable opponents.[52]

Also, Bergman lost a points decision to Gary Daniels (future PKA World Lightheavyweight Champion)in a 1980 tournament in South Florida.[53]

Kickboxing Record[edit]

Result Record Opponent Weight Method Date Round Time Event Location Notes
Win 1-0-0 United StatesMark Greenberg 120 lbs. PTS 1976 Jul 3 Everglades City, Florida Full-Contact Karate:Georges Sands promoter
Loss 1-1-0 BelgiumJean-Claude Van Damme 152 lbs. KKO (axe-kick) 1979 Nov 1 0:56 Tampa, Florida Kickboxing:Van Damme climbs off the canvas to win.[1]
Loss 1-2-0 EnglandGary Daniels 156 lbs. PTS 1980 Mar 04 3 Sunshine State Championship Coconut Grove, Florida Match verified by STAR System World Kickboxing Ratings[54]
Win 2-2-0 United StatesHerman "Bad News" Forde 160 lbs. TKO 1980 Sep 12 1 0:18 Arcadia, Florida Pro debut. Match verified by STAR System World Kickboxing Ratings
Win 3-2-0 United StatesMac "Truck" Burgess 160 lbs. KO 1980 Dec 31 1 1:06 Plantation, Florida Match verified by STAR System World Kickboxing Ratings
Win 4-2-0 United StatesWilver "Rio" Johnson 160 lbs. KO 1981 Jul 04 1 0:18 Goulds, Florida Match verified by STAR System World Kickboxing Ratings[55]
Win 5-2-0 United States"Texas" Bob James 160 lbs. KO 1981 Sep 07 1 Florida
Win 6-2-0 United States"TNT" Tony Maradi 160 lbs. TKO 1981 Dec 30 1 1:58 Apollo Beach, Florida Match verified by STAR System World Kickboxing Ratings
Win 7-2-0 United StatesBradford Beasley 160 lbs. TKO 1982 Jan 04 1 1:54 Haines City, Florida Match verified by STAR System World Kickboxing Ratings
Win 8-2-0 United StatesAnthony "Macho" Machado 154 lbs. KO 1983 Mar 05 2 Satellite Beach, Florida Match verified by STAR System World Kickboxing Ratings
Win 9-2-0 United StatesRufino Garcia 160 lbs. TKO 1983 Mar 12 1 0:17 Satellite Beach, Florida Match verified by STAR System World Kickboxing Ratings
Win 10-2-0 United StatesRonald Justis 160 lbs. TKO 1983 Mar 19 2 1:56 Satellite Beach, Florida Match verified by STAR System World Kickboxing Ratings
Win 11-2-0 United StatesS.Q. Allen 160 lbs. TKO 1983 Mar 26 1 0:42 Satellite Beach, Florida Match verified by STAR System World Kickboxing Ratings
Win 12-2-0 United StatesS.Q. Allen 160 lbs. KO 1983 Apr 01 1 Florida
Win 13-2-0 United StatesTony Atkinson 160 lbs. KO 1983 Apr 02 1 1:58 Satellite Beach, Florida Match verified by STAR System World Kickboxing Ratings
Win 14-2-0 United StatesRandolph "Randy" Coleman 160 lbs. TKO 1983 Apr 16 1 1:39 Satellite Beach, Florida Match verified by STAR System World Kickboxing Ratings
Win 15-2-0 United StatesMickey Buckmaster 160 lbs. TKO 1983 May 2 1 1:03 New Port Richey, Florida Match verified by STAR System World Kickboxing Ratings
Win 16-2-0 United StatesGilberto Almonte 160 lbs. KO 1983 May 13 1 Gulfport, Florida Match verified by STAR System World Kickboxing Ratings
Win 17-2-0 JapanTakeshi Ryu 160 lbs. TKO 1983 May 28 5 Gulfport, Florida Match verified by STAR System World Kickboxing Ratings
Loss 17-3-0 GermanyWalter "Von" McGee 160 lbs. TKO 1983 Jul 22 5 Key Biscayne, Florida Match verified by STAR System World Kickboxing Ratings
Win 18-3-0 United States"Gainesville" Michael Harris 160 lbs. TKO 1983 Nov 19 1 1:25 Westchester, Florida Match verified by STAR System World Kickboxing Ratings
Win 19-3-0 United StatesMartino Furnelli 160 lbs. TKO 1983 Nov 25 1 1:34 North Miami Beach, Florida Match verified by STAR System World Kickboxing Ratings
Win 20-3-0 United StatesWillis "Little Willie" Lindsay 160 lbs. TKO 1983 Nov 29 1 1:17 North Palm Beach, Florida Match verified by STAR System World Kickboxing Ratings
Win 21-3-0 ThailandMorsak Muangsu 160 lbs. KO 1985 Mar 4 1 0:23 Lake City, Florida Official Karate Magazine listed Bergman as 13-1, 13 knockouts.Match verified by STAR System World Kickboxing Ratings[56]
Win 22-3-0 GermanyWalter Von McGee 160 lbs. KO 1985 1 Lake City, Florida [57]
Win 23-3-0 BrazilAlejandro DasCola 175 lbs. KO 1988 Sep 15 1 Georgia The Miami Herald listed Bergman as 14-1, 14 knockouts.[58][59]
Win 24-3-0 United StatesMauro "Turk" Vasque 175 lbs. KO 1988 Sep 17 1 Georgia
Win 25-3-0 United StatesCobey Cobsen 175 lbs. KO 1988 Sep 19 1 Georgia
Win 26-3-0 United StatesBrother Williams 175 lbs. KO 1988 Sep 22 1 Georgia
Win 27-3-0 United StatesGuy Banton 175 lbs. KO 1988 Sep 25 1 Georgia
Loss 27-4-0 CubaCarlos Andino 185 lbs. KO 1989 May 7 2 Georgia [60]
Win 28-4-0 CubaCarlos Andino 185 lbs. KO 1990 May 20 1 Georgia [61]
Win 29-4-0 CubaCarlos Andino 185 lbs. KO 1990 1 Georgia [62]
Win 30-4-0 CubaCarlos Andino 175 lbs. KO 1990 Jul 15 1 Georgia [63][64]
Win 31-4-0 BrazilMario Wilfredos 175 lbs. KO 1990 Jul 26(?) 3 [65]
Loss 31-5-0 BrazilMario Wilfredos 185 lbs. KO 1991 Aug 02 6 North Carolina The Miami Herald listed Bergman as 23-3, 23 knockouts.[66]
Win 32-5-0 BrazilMario Wilfredos 185 lbs. KO 1991 Sep 01 1 North Carolina
Win 33-5-0 BrazilBernardo Jua 175 lbs. KO 1996 Oct 01 1 Stone Mountain, Georgia News For You listed Bergman as 25-4, 25 knockouts.Match verified by STAR System World Kickboxing Ratings[67]
Win 34-5-0 United StatesPatrick Beckman 185 lbs. KO 1998 Aug 17 (?) 1 South Carolina
Win 35-5-0 United StatesJay Prazek 185 lbs. KO 1998 1 South Carolina The Miami Herald listed Bergman as 27-4, 27 knockouts.[68]
Win 36-5-0 United StatesLee Mills 185 lbs. KO 1999 1 Alabama
Win 37-5-0 United StatesNeal Draden 185 lbs. KO 1999 1 Mississippi
Win 38-5-0 United StatesBunny Tarangelo 185 lbs. KO 2000 1
Win 39-5-0 United StatesDavid "Winnie" Winters 185 lbs. TKO 2000 2
Win 40-5-0 United StatesGordon Reynolds 185 lbs. KO 2000 1
Win 41-5-0 United StatesJoel Gomez 185 lbs. KO 2000 1
Win 42-5-0 United StatesRichard North 185 lbs. KO 2000 1
Win 43-5-0 United StatesDan Troy 180 lbs. KO 2000 1
Win 44-5-0 United StatesFrank "Happening" MaHaris 185 lbs. KO 2000 1 Georgia Miami Herald listed Bergman as 37-4.[69]
Loss 44-6-0 ArgentinaFelix "Karloff" Rios 185 lbs. KO 2001 Dec 25 2
Win 45-6-0 United StatesSantiago Vergara 175 lbs. KO 2002 Jun 16 1 Tournament Finals.
Win 46-6-0 United StatesRicardo Massi 175 lbs. KO 2002 Jun 16 1 Tournament Semi-finals.
Win 47-6-0 United StatesJuan Montenegro 175 lbs. KO 2002 Jun 16 1 Tournament.
Win 48-6-0 United StatesEnrique Balquero 175 lbs. KO 2002 Jul 04 1
Win 49-6-0 United StatesNick "T-Bird" Torres 175 lbs. KO 2002 Aug 4 2 Tournament.
Win 50-6-0 United StatesMarcello Benazzi 175 lbs. KO 2002 Aug 4 1 Tournament Finals.
Win 51-6-0 United StatesMolo Avendando 175 lbs. KO 2003 Jan 19 1 Tournament.
Win 52-6-0 United StatesJohnny "The Rebel" Portilla 175 lbs. KO 2003 Jan 19 2 Tournament Finals.
Win 53-6-0 United StatesJohnny "Rebel" Portilla 175 lbs. KO 2004 Mar 27 1
Win 54-6-0 United StatesTopo Montoya 175 lbs. KO 2003 May 2 1 Tournament.
Win 55-6-0 United StatesRodolfo Salazar 175 lbs. KO 2003 May 2 1 Tournament Semi-finals.
Win 56-6-0 ArgentinaFelix "Karloff" Rios 175 lbs. KO 2003 May 2 1 Tournament Finals.
Loss 56-7-0 ArgentinaAndres "Indio" Velazquez 185 lbs. TKO 2007 1
Loss 56-8-0 ArgentinaAndres "Indio"Velazquez 190 lbs. KO 2007 3
Win 57-8-0 United StatesJ.T. Duffy 180 lbs. KO 2008 3 Exhibition (?)
Draw 57-8-1 RussiaRefrigerator Romanov 196 lbs. Draw 2010 Mar 26 3 The Miami Herald listed Bergman with 56 knockouts.Considered an exhibition by STAR System World Kickboxing Ratings. Match verified by STAR System World Kickboxing Ratings[70]

Muay Thai record[edit]

Result Record Opponent Weight Method Date Round Time Event Location Notes
Win 1-0-0 HaitiJean-Paul Sartet TKO 2004 Oct 01 1 Open Muay Thai Boxing Tournament
Loss 1-1-0 HaitiJean-Paul Sartet TKO 2004 Nov 26 3 Southern Regional Muay Thai Challenge Tournament

Mentoring and Coaching career[edit]

2004: Martin Rebollo, Jeronimo Solis, Sherman Bergman

Sherman Bergman mentored and coached South American martial artists living in South Florida from 2002 and 2004.

Among his most successful students were karate point-fighting champions Jeronimo Solis (Uruguay), Martin Rebollo (Uruguay), Luis Anibal Carvalho (Chile), and Derwin Portilla (Uruguay).

Miami-Dade County Public Schools[edit]

In 1981, Bergman began a teaching career with Miami-Dade County Public Schools. He taught ESOL (English as a second language) to recent Cuban refugees from the Mariel boatlift for Adult and Vocational Education.

At the Fienberg-Fisher Adult and Community Education Center, Bergman was the Center's 1995 Teacher of The Year. In 2009 Bergman was one of nine finalists for the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce, 2008-2009 Elayne Weisburd Excellence in Education Award.

Bergman was involved in various projects including the Arts and honoring veterans.[71]

Acting[edit]

Bergman studied acting with the drama teacher Jay W. Jensen.[72][72][73] Jensen's students included Andy García, Brett Ratner, and Mickey Rourke.

As a child, Bergman appeared on numerous children's television shows, including the The Skipper Chuck Show.[74]

Later, Bergman worked in the movies.[75] He also acted in the stage play 10,000 Baskets directed by Lois Brooks,[76] and in Dinner Theatre productions.[72][77]

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