Sherman Bergman

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Sherman Bergman
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Born 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
Years active 1973-2010
Kickboxing record
Total 66
Wins 57
By knockout 57
Losses 8
By knockout 7
Draws 1
Amateur career
Total 21
Wins 17
By knockout 17
Losses 4
By knockout 2
Other information
Occupation ESOL teacher Miami-Dade County Public Schools

Sherman "Big Train" Bergman[1] is a retired Florida kickboxer who scored 57 knockout wins and was the only U.S. fighter to have fought Jean-Claude Van Damme.[1][2]

Amateur boxing[edit]

Sherman Bergman compiled an amateur boxing record of 17 wins (17 knockouts) and 4 losses[3] from 1973 to 1983.[4]

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,[5] Eddie Ludlow, and Gary Ritter.[6] Also, the legendary cornerman Benjamin "Evil Eye" Finkle worked Bergman's corner for two fights.[7]

Early in his amateur career, Bergman was knocked out in the first round by the future movie star Mickey Rourke.[3][8][9]

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.[10] Byrd overcame a Bergman barrage, and knocked down Bergman twice to score a first round technical knockout.[11][12]

Bergman was a sparring partner for future World Heavyweight Champion Ken Norton,[3][13][14] heavyweight contender Rodney Bobick,[15] and former World Welterweight Champion Luis Rodriguez.

Amateur Boxing Record[4][edit]

Result Record Opponent Method Date Round Time Event Location Notes
Win[16] 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 [17]
Win 3-1-0 United StatesTyrone McClary TKO 4 Jun 1975 1 0:17 Eustis, Florida
Win[18] 4-1-0 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
Win 5-1-0 United StatesChris Quennessen KO 16 Feb 1976 1 Florida
Win 6-1-0 United StatesLarry Youngblood KO 9 Sep 1976 3 Florida
Win[19] 7-1-0 United StatesThelman Robinson TKO 1976 1 Boxing New Port Richey, Florida Professional boxing card. Main event: John Connors vs. Henry Hall
Win[20] 8-1-0 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 9-1-0 United StatesAlvon Ward KO 17 Jan 1978 1 0:15 Liberty City, Florida Professional boxing card: Main Event: Soloman McTier vs. Ron Casey
Win 10-1-0 United StatesJohnny D'Arbanville KO 19 Jul 1978 1 1:04 Opa-locka, Florida
Win 11-1-0 United StatesClarence Jackson KO 1979 1 0:31 Brownsville, Florida Professional boxing card. Main event: David Robinson vs. Henry Hall
Win 12-1-0 United StatesFred Roundtree KO 8 Aug 1979 1 Dania, Florida
Win 13-1-0 United StatesFranklin Powell KO 30 Mar 1980 1 Florida
Win[21] 14-1-0 United StatesRonald Armstrong KO 30 May 1980 1 0:24 Apollo Beach, Florida Professional boxing card. Main Event: Tom Stern vs. Henry Hall
Win 15-1-0 United StatesLloyd Johnson KO 7 Aug 1980 1 Florida
Win 16-1-0 United StatesJames Trainer KO 2 Jan 1981 1 Florida
Loss 16-2-0 United StatesLarry Byrd TKO 21 Feb 1981 1 0:33 Southern Regional Golden Gloves Tournament Coconut Grove, Florida Open Division: 147 lbs.[22]
Loss 16-3-0 United StatesCornelious Drane 10 Feb 1982 10th Annual Golden Gloves Boxing Tournament North Miami Beach, Florida Open Division: 139 lbs.[23]
Won[24] 17-3-0 United StatesDwight Washington KO 8 Feb 1983 1 Florida
Loss 17-4-0 United StatesWillie McGee 23 Feb 1983 Southern Regional Golden Gloves Boxing Tournament North Miami Beach, Florida Open Division: 156 lbs.[25]

Kickboxing career[edit]

Sherman "Big Train" Bergman compiled a kickboxing record of 57-8-1 with 57 knockout victories from 1976 to 2010. Bergman was trained by his father, Hank Bergman, and managed by his mother, Anne.

Bergman earned the nickname, "Big Train" due to his aggressive fighting style and his knock punch.

During the 1980s, Bergman was a promising prospect. In the November 1984 issue of Official Karate Magazine, in his column "Southern Exposure",[26] Barry Harrell called Sherman Bergman, "One of the best new prospects on his way to the top."[27]

The STAR System World Kickboxing Ratings for professional kickboxing, briefly listed Bergman as a designated contender (top 20) in the World Super-Welterweight Rankings.

Bergman's biggest victories were knockouts over Wilver "Rio" Johnson (18 seconds),[28] Morsak Muangsu (23 seconds),[29] Alejandro DasCola,[30][31] and Bernardo Jua.[32][33] and Carlos Andino[34]

Most mainstream fans remember Bergman for his match with Jean-Claude Van Damme in 1979.[35] 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.[36]

Also, Bergman lost to Gary Daniels (future PKA World Lightheavyweight Champion)[37] in 1980.

Kickboxing Record[edit]

Result Record Opponent Weight Method Date Round Time Event Location Notes
Win 1-0-0 United StatesOscar Pharo 160 lbs. TKO 1976 Jul (?) 1 Everglades City, Florida Georges Sands promoter
Loss 1-1-0 BelgiumJean-Claude Van Damme 152 lbs. KKO (axe-kick) 1979 Nov 1 0:56 Tampa, Florida 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[38]
Win 2-2-0 United StatesHerman "Bad News" Forde 160 lbs. KO 1980 Sep 12 1 Chokoloskee, Florida
Win 3-2-0 United StatesMac "Truck" Burgess 160 lbs. KO 1980 Dec 31 1 Satellite Beach, Florida
Win 4-2-0 United StatesWilver "Rio" Johnson 160 lbs. KO 1981 Jul 04 1 0:18 Chokoloskee, Florida
Win 5-2-0 United States"Texas" Bob James 147 lbs. TKO 1981 Sep 07 1 Fruit Cove, Florida
Win 6-2-0 United States"TNT" Tony Maradi 147 lbs. TKO 1981 Dec 30 1 Chokoloskee, Florida
Win 7-2-0 United StatesBradford Beasley 140 lbs. TKO 1982 Jan 04 1
Win 8-2-0 United StatesRoyal Brown 160 lbs. KO 1982 3 Florida City, Florida Mixed Match: Kickboxer vs Boxer
Win 9-2-0 United StatesHarris "KO" Miller 140 lbs. KO 1982 1 Florida City, Florida Mixed Match: Kickboxer vs Boxer
Win 10-2-0 United StatesEmperor Concassour 140 lbs. KO 1982 1 Avon Park, Florida Mixed Match: Kickboxer vs Boxer
Win 11-2-0 United StatesAnthony "Macho" Machado 154 lbs. KO 1983 Mar 05 2 Satellite Beach, Florida Match verified by STAR System World Kickboxing Ratings
Win 12-2-0 United StatesRufino Garcia 160 lbs. TKO 1983 Mar 12 1 Satellite Beach, Florida Match verified by STAR System World Kickboxing Ratings
Win 13-2-0 United StatesRonald Justis 160 lbs. TKO 1983 Mar 19 2 1:56 Satellite Beach, Florida Match verified by STAR System World Kickboxing Ratings
Win 14-2-0 United StatesS.Q. Allen 160 lbs. TKO 1983 Mar 26 1 Match verified by STAR System World Kickboxing Ratings
Win 15-2-0 United StatesTony Atkinson 160 lbs. KO 1983 Apr 02 1 1:58 Satellite Beach, Florida Match verified by STAR System World Kickboxing Ratings
Win 16-2-0 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 17-2-0 United StatesMickey Buckmaster 160 lbs. TKO 1983 May 2 1 New Port Richey, Florida Match verified by STAR System World Kickboxing Ratings
Win 18-2-0 United StatesGilberto Almonte 160 lbs. KO 1983 May 13 1 Gulfport, Florida Match verified by STAR System World Kickboxing Ratings
Win 19-2-0 JapanTakeshi Ryu 160 lbs. TKO 1983 May 28 5 Gulfport, Florida Match verified by STAR System World Kickboxing Ratings
Loss 19-3-0 United StatesWalter "Von" McGee 160 lbs. TKO 1983 Jul 22 5 Florida
Win 20-3-0 United StatesWalter "Von" McGee 160 lbs. TKO 1983 Sep 1 1 Homestead, Florida
Win 21-3-0 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 22-3-0 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 23-3-0 United StatesLittle Willie Lindsay 160 lbs. TKO 1983 Nov 29 1 West Palm Beach, Florida Match verified by STAR System World Kickboxing Ratings
Win 24-3-0 ThailandMorsak Muangsu 160 lbs. KO 1985 Mar 4 1 0:23 Lake City, Florida Match verified by STAR System World Kickboxing Ratings[39]
Win[40][41] 25-3-0 BrazilAlejandro DasCola 175 lbs. KO 1988 Sep 15 1 0:22 [42]
Win 26-3-0 SwitzerlandMauro "The Turk" Vasquez 175 lbs. KO 1988 Sep 17 1
Loss 26-4-0 CubaCarlos Andino 182 lbs. KO 1989 May 7 2 0:13
Win 27-4-0 CubaCarlos Andino 182 lbs. KO 1990 May 20 1
Win 28-4-0 CubaCarlos Andino 180 lbs. KO 1990 Jun 1
Win 29-4-0 CubaCarlos Andino 182 lbs. KO 1990 Jul 15 1 1:49 [34]
Win 30-4-0 BrazilMario "Amable" Wilfredos 175 lbs. KO 1990 Jul 26 3 [43]
Loss 30-5-0 BrazilMario "Amable" Wilfredos 175 lbs. KO 1991 Aug 02 6 [43]
Loss 30-6-0 PeruJohnny Portilla 175 lbs. TKO 1991 Sep 27 1
Win 31-6-0 BrazilMario "Amable" Wilfredos 175 lbs. KKO 1991 Oct 01 1
Win 32-6-0 BrazilBernardo Jua 175 lbs. KO 1996 Oct 01 1 Georgia(?) [44]
Win 33-6-0 United States"Cowboy"Jay Prazek 160 lbs. KO 1998 July 5 1
Win 34-6-0 BelizePatrick Beckman KO 1998 Aug 17 1
Win 35-6-0 Trinidad and TobagoNeal Draden KO 1999 Jan 01 1
Win 36-6-0 The BahamasLee Mills 160 lbs. KO 1999 Jan 18 1
Win 37-6-0 Trinidad and TobagoBunny Tarangelo 160 lbs. KO 1999 1
Win 38-6-0 The BahamasGordon Reynolds 160 lbs. KO 2000 Jan 14 1
Win 39-6-0 GuatemalaJoel Gomez 160 lbs. KO 2000 Jan 23 1
Win 40-6-0 The BahamasRichard North 160 lbs. KO 2000 Jan 30 1
Win 41-6-0 BelizeDwight Troy 160 lbs. KO 2000 Apr 30 1
Win 42-6-0 United StatesFrank "Happening" MaHaris 175 lbs. KO 2000 Jul 04 1 0:23 Mixed Match: Boxer vs. Kickboxer[45][46]
Loss 42-7-0 ArgentinaFelix "Karloff" Rios 175 lbs. TKO 2001 2
Win 43-7-0 ArgentinaJuan Montenegro 160 lbs. KO 2002 Jun 1
Win 44-7-0 EcuadorSantiago Vergara 160 lbs. KO 2002 Jun 1
Win 45-7-0 ArgentinaRicardo Massi 160 lbs. KO 2002 Jun 1
Win 46-7-0 ChileEnrique Balquero 160 lbs. KO 2002 Jul 04 1
Win 47-7-0 PeruNicolas "T-Bird" Torres 160 lbs. KO 2002 Aug 04 2
Win 48-7-0 ArgentinaMarcelo Benazzi 160 lbs. KO 2002 Aug 1
Win 49-7-0 BoliviaMolo Avendando 160 lbs. KO 2003 Jan 19 1
Win 50-7-0 PeruJohnny Portilla 160 lbs. KKO 2003 Jan 2
Win 51-7-0 PeruJohnny Portilla 160 lbs. KO 2004 Mar 1
Win 52-7-0 ParaguayTopo Montoya 160 lbs. TKO 2004 May 1
Win 53-7-0 ParaguayRodolfo Salazar 160 lbs. TKO 2004 May 1
Win 54-7-0 ArgentinaFelix "Karloff" Rios 160 lbs. KO 2004 May 2 1
Win 55-7-0 HaitiJean-Paul Sartet 160 lbs. TKO 2004 Aug 17 1
Win 56-7-0 MexicoAngel "Mapache" Lara 160 lbs. KO 2004 Aug 25 1
Loss 56-8-0 ArgentinaAndres "Indio" Velazquez 185 lbs. TKO 2007 Oct 1 Bergman quits claiming he was fouled.
Win 57-8-0 United StatesJ.T. Duffy 185 lbs. TKO 2008 Aug 06 3
Draw 57-8-1 RussiaIgor "The Refrigerator" Romanov 196 lbs. Draw 2010 Mar 26 3 Match verified by STAR System World Kickboxing Ratings [47]

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).

Personal life[edit]

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

Bergman was born in Miami Beach, Florida and 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 Bachlors Degree in Psychology from Florida International University, and graduated with a Masters Degree in TESOL (English as a second language) from Nova Southeastern University.

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.

Acting[edit]

Bergman studied acting with the drama teacher Jay W. Jensen.[48][48][49] 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.[50]

Later, Bergman worked in the movies.[51] He also acted in the stage play 10,000 Baskets directed by Lois Brooks,[52] and in Dinner Theatre productions.[48][53]

Footnotes[edit]

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