Bobby Czyz

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Bobby Czyz
Statistics
Real nameRobert Edward Czyz
Nickname(s)Matinee Idol
Chappie
Weight(s)Middleweight
Light Heavyweight
Cruiserweight
Heavyweight
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
NationalityAmerican
Born (1962-02-10) February 10, 1962 (age 56)
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights52
Wins44
Wins by KO28
Losses8
Draws0

Robert Edward Czyz (/ˈɛz/ CHEZ; born February 10, 1962) is a retired American boxer, commentator. Czyz 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.[1] He is three quarters Italian and one quarter Polish.[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.

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 Kačar (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]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
52 fights 44 wins 8 losses
By knockout 28 5
By decision 15 3
By disqualification 1 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
52 Loss 44–8 South Africa Corrie Sanders TKO 2 (12), 1:43 12 Jun 1998 United States Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Connecticut For WBU Heavyweight title
51 Loss 44–7 United States Evander Holyfield RTD 5 (10), 3:00 10 May 1996 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York
50 Win 44–6 United States Richard Jackson TKO 6 (12), 1:24 5 Dec 1995 United States Grand Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi Won WBU Super Cruiserweight title
49 Win 43–6 United States Jeff Williams UD 10 22 Sep 1995 United States South Mountain Arena, West Orange, New Jersey
48 Win 42–6 United States Tim Tomashek TKO 5 (10), 1:24 24 Mar 1995 United States South Mountain Arena, West Orange, New Jersey
47 Loss 41–6 Nigeria David Izeqwire RTD 4 (12), 3:00 4 Aug 1994 United States Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut For IBO Cruiserweight title
46 Win 41–5 United States George O'Mara UD 10 19 Feb 1994 United States Coliseum, Charlotte, North Carolina
45 Win 40–5 Canada Donny Lalonde UD 12 8 May 1992 United States Riviera Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained WBA Cruiserweight title
44 Win 39–5 Nigeria Bash Ali UD 12 9 Aug 1991 United States Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey Retained WBA Cruiserweight title
43 Win 38–5 United States Robert Daniels SD 12 8 Mar 1991 United States Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, New Jersey Won WBA Cruiserweight title
42 Win 37–5 Argentina Horacio Rene Brandan TKO 6 (10), 2:05 21 Sep 1990 United States Taj Mahal´s Mark G Etess Arena, Atlantic City, New Jersey
41 Win 36–5 United States Andrew Maynard KO 7 (10), 0:42 24 Jun 1990 United States Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey
40 Win 35–5 Jamaica Uriah Grant UD 10 23 Mar 1990 United States Showboat Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey
39 Loss 34–5 United States Charles Williams RTD 10 (12), 3:00 25 Jun 1989 United States Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey For IBF Light Heavyweight title
38 Loss 34–4 United States Virgil Hill UD 12 4 Mar 1989 United States Civic Center, Bismarck, North Dakota For WBA Light Heavyweight Title
37 Win 34–3 United States Mike DeVito TKO 7 (12), 1:18 27 Dec 1988 United States Lee County Civic Center, Fort Myers, Florida
36 Win 33–3 Trinidad and Tobago Leslie Stewart SD 10 25 Oct 1988 United States Resorts International, Atlantic City, New Jersey
35 Loss 32–3 United Kingdom Dennis Andries MD 10 22 May 1988 United States Ballys Park Place Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey
34 Loss 32–2 United States Charles Williams RTD 9 (12), 3:00 29 Oct 1987 United States Las Vegas Hilton, Outdoor Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada Lost IBF Light Heavyweight title
33 Win 32–1 United States Jim MacDonald TKO 6 (12), 0:37 3 May 1987 United States Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey Retained IBF Light Heavyweight title
32 Win 31–1 United States Willie Edwards KO 2 (12), 2:16 21 Feb 1987 United States Trump Plaza Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey Retained IBF Light Heavyweight title
31 Win 30–1 United States David Sears TKO 1 (12), 1:01 26 Dec 1986 United States South Mountain Arena, West Orange, New Jersey Retained IBF Light Heavyweight title
30 Win 29–1 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Slobodan Kačar TKO 5 (12), 1:10 6 Sep 1986 United States Las Vegas Hilton, Hilton Center, Las Vegas, Nevada Won IBF Light Heavyweight title
29 Win 28–1 United Kingdom Murray Sutherland UD 10 26 Jul 1985 United States Atlantis Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey
28 Win 27–1 United States Mike Fischer UD 10 9 May 1985 United States South Mountain Arena, West Orange, New Jersey
27 Win 26–1 United States Tim Broady TKO 4 (10), 1:41 18 Jan 1985 United States Summit, Houston, Texas
26 Win 25–1 United States Marvin Mack UD 10 23 Oct 1984 United States Ice World, Totowa, New Jersey
25 Win 24–1 United States Mark Frazie UD 10 30 May 1984 United States Atlantic City, New Jersey
24 Win 23–1 United States Jimmy Baker TKO 1 (10), 0:30 15 Feb 1984 United States Ice World, Totowa, New Jersey
23 Win 22–1 United States Bill Medei TKO 4 (10), 2:04 25 Oct 1983 United States Playboy Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey
22 Win 21–1 United States Bert Lee RTD 2 (10), 3:00 9 Sep 1983 United States Caesars Palace, Outdoor Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
21 Loss 20–1 Syria Mustafa Hamsho UD 10 20 Nov 1982 United States Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey
20 Win 20–0 United States Chris Linson TKO 2 (10) 25 Sep 1982 United States Great Gorge Playboy Club, McAfee, New Jersey
19 Win 19–0 United States Manuel Melon TKO 2 (10), 1:24 3 Jul 1982 United States Ice World, Totowa, New Jersey
18 Win 18–0 United States Bobby Coolidge TKO 4 (10), 3:00 23 Mar 1982 United States Tropicana Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey
17 Win 17–0 United States Robbie Sims UD 10 17 Jan 1982 United States Tropicana Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey
16 Win 16–0 The Bahamas Elisha Obed DQ 6 (10) 12 Nov 1981 United States Meadowlands Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey Obed disqualified for holding
15 Win 15–0 United States Dan Snyder TKO 2 (10), 2:22 8 Nov 1981 United States Ice World, Totowa, New Jersey
14 Win 14–0 United States Rick Noggle TKO 7 (10), 1:59 26 Jun 1981 United States Sun Dome, Tampa, Florida
13 Win 13–0 United States Reggie Jones RTD 6 (10), 3:00 18 Jun 1981 United States Ice World, Totowa, New Jersey Won New Jersey Middleweight title
12 Win 12–0 United States Oscar Albarado TKO 3 (10), 2:30 21 May 1981 United States Ice World, Totowa, New Jersey
11 Win 11–0 United States Teddy Mann UD 8 23 Feb 1981 United States Caesars Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey
10 Win 10–0 United States Danny Long TKO 5 (10), 2:05 8 Feb 1981 United States Playboy Club, McAfee, New Jersey
9 Win 9–0 United States Skipper Jones TKO 7 (10) 18 Dec 1980 United States Ice World, Totowa, New Jersey
8 Win 8–0 United States Tommy Merola TKO 2 (10), 2:49 16 Oct 1980 United States Ice World, Totowa, New Jersey
7 Win 7–0 United States Johnny Davis TKO 1 (8), 1:40 18 Sep 1980 United States Ice World, Totowa, New Jersey
6 Win 6–0 United States Leo Ferro UD 8 21 Aug 1980 United States Ice World, Totowa, New Jersey
5 Win 5–0 United States Bruce Strauss KO 4 (8) 17 Jul 1980 United States Ice World, Totowa, New Jersey
4 Win 4–0 Canada Ronald Cousins TKO 1 (?) 19 Jun 1980 United States Ice World, Totowa, New Jersey
3 Win 3–0 United States Dalton Swift KO 2 (?) 22 May 1980 United States Ice World, Totowa, New Jersey
2 Win 2–0 United States Jamal Arbubakar PTS 4 08 May 1980 United States Resorts International, Atlantic City, New Jersey
1 Win 1–0 United States Hank Whitmore KO 1 (4) 24 Apr 1980 United States Ice World, Totowa, New Jersey Professional debut

Outside the ring[edit]

Czyz married actress and photographer Kimberly Ross (October 8, 1959-December 19, 2006) 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, aged 47.

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

Czyz is a member of Mensa,[5][6] 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.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Boxing commentator arrested[permanent dead link], 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."
  2. ^ http://www.hardcoreboxing.net/Smith5272006.htm.
  3. ^ "Ex-Boxer Faces Jail For Drunken Driving - NYTimes.com". Readington (Nj): Select.nytimes.com. 2003-06-01. Retrieved 2010-08-02.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ a b [1] Archived September 28, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ "BOBBY CZYZ". New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame. New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Prominent Mensans". Mensa International. Retrieved 2007-10-11.

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Sporting positions
World boxing titles
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 – 5 August 1993
Vacant
Title next held by
Orlin Norris