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|Emanuel Tarot Francis Augustus|
|Real name||Emanuel Burton (birth name)|
The Drunken Master
|Height||5 ft 7 in (170 cm)|
|Reach||68 in (173 cm)|
|Born||January 2, 1975|
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Wins by KO||20|
Emanuel Augustus (born Emanuel Ya'kov Burton, January 2, 1975), is an American former professional boxer out of Brownsville, Texas, who competed from the 1990s to 2011, known for his entertaining boxing style, and showboating manner in the ring. He faced top level competition throughout his career, winning the IBA light welterweight title in 2004.
Born in Chicago, Illinois, Augustus grew up in Louisiana and boxed out of Baton Rouge. He recently resided in Brownsville, Texas, and boxed at Grechy's Pound 4 Pound Gym located in Sydney, Australia for a brief period of time. Currently, after getting shot in a random shooting and recovering, Augustus lives with his sister in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Augustus began his boxing career under his birth name Emanuel Burton. However, in 2001, when his parents married, Burton adopted his father's last name of Augustus. He retained the nickname "YA", short for his middle name Ya'kov. Emanuel has frequently appeared on ESPN2's boxing programs Tuesday Night Fights and its counterpart Friday Night Fights.
Augustus's televised bouts have garnered him a cult following in part due to his unique style and flair in the ring and his willingness to take on all comers, sometimes taking fights on short notice as a last minute replacement, even in his opponents' hometowns. Augustus frequently clowns in the ring, engaging in his trademark "string-puppet dance." As a result, Augustus is also known for losing close or controversial decisions.
He achieved a measure of fame after his bout against Courtney Burton on July 6, 2004, which he lost by an extremely controversial decision. The state of Michigan investigated the verdict but did not overturn it. Augustus avenged that loss September 1, 2006, when he stopped Burton in the 8th round on ESPN with the help of a left hook to the body. This was symbolic because Augustus was disallowed a knock down from left hook to the body in their first fight after referee Dan Kelley claimed it was a low blow. The punch actually landed on Burton's beltline.
The best win of Augustus' career ratings wise was against Carlos Wilfredo Vilches on July 19, 2002. Augustus took the fight on just 2 days' notice after Vilches' original opponent, Vince Phillips, pulled out due to injury. Vilches was 37-1-2 at the time and was a ranked fighter. During the bout Vilches wanted to keep Augustus at bay with a stiff jab but Augustus continued to pressure Vilches and began to land counter right hands over the top of Vilches' jab. A cut opened up near the left eye of Vilches, which eventually resulted in a stoppage in the 8th round. The win vaulted Augustus to #2 in the IBF Light-Welterweight division; however, he followed it up with 4 decision losses and 1 controversial draw to tough opponents including Omar Gabriel Weis, over whom Vilches already held a victory.
At least one of Augustus' controversial losses was alleged to have been the result of taking a dive. On June 6, 1999, Danish boxer Allan Vester won his bout with Augustus by 12th round knockout. Augustus was knocked down by a flurry of punches that occurred in the final seconds of the round and was seemingly incapable of getting up in time. He later admitted to giving up on the fight out of frustration, saying, "Well, there wasn't a dive. It wasn't like someone paid me to do this. I just felt out of order, out of place." -
Professional boxing record
|Professional record summary|
|78 fights||38 wins||34 losses|
|32||Draw||16-12-4||Søren Søndergaard (boxer)||PTS||8||4 Sep 1998||Kolding Hallen, Kolding, Denmark|
|31||Win||16-12-3||Jozef Kubovsky||UD||6||28 Jun 1998||Germany|
|30||Win||15-12-3||Fredd Ladd||TKO||8 (10)||7 May 1998||Sams Town Casino, Tunica, Mississippi, U.S.|
|29||Win||14-12-3||Santos Lopez||KO||3 (8)||17 Apr 1998||Blue Horizon, Philidelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|28||Win||13-12-3||Louie Leija||UD||8||10 Mar 1998||Casino Rouge, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S.|
|27||Win||12-12-3||David Toledo||KO||10 (10)||21 Feb 1998||Miccosukee Indian Gaming Resort Casino, Miami Florida, U.S|
|26||Loss||11-12-3||Juan Gomez||UD||10||31 Jan 1998||Ice Palace, Tampa Florida, U.S.|
|25||Loss||11-11-3||Silverio Flores||UD||8||14 Dec 1997||Fajardo, Puerto Rico|
|24||Loss||11-10-3||Juan Antonio Lopez||UD||8||14 Nov 1997||South Padre Island Texas, U.S.|
|23||Loss||11-9-3||Hiosbelys Hurtado||UD||10||2 Oct 1997||Miccosukee Indian Gaming Resort Casino, Miami Florida, U.S.|
|22||Win||11-8-3||Danny Acevedo||TKO||5 (6)||13 Jul 1997||Grand Casino, Biloxi Mississippi, U.S.|
|21||Loss||10-8-3||Stephen Smith||DQ||3 (10)||1 Jun 1997||Riesa, Germany,||Augustus disqualified for a low blow|
|20||Loss||10-7-3||Terrance Churchwell||UD||10||14 May 1997||Municipal Auditorium, Nashville, Tennessee U.S|
|19||Win||10-6-3||Dezi Ford||UD||6||26 Feb 1997||Municipal Auditorium, Nashville, Tennessee U.S|
|18||Win||9-6-3||Wilfredo Negron||MD||8||19 Nov 1996||Ponce,Puerto Rico|
|17||Draw||8-6-3||Arturo Ramos||PTS||6||28 Sep 1996||Will Rogers Coliseum, Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.|
|16||Loss||8-6-2||Ivan Robinson||UD||10||21 Jul 1996||Teamster's Hall, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.|
|15||Draw||8-5-2||Larry O'Shields||PTS||6||23 Apr 1996||Youth Center, Cut Off, Louisiana, U.S.|
|14||Loss||8-5-1||Pete Taliaferro||UD||10||4 Mar 1996||Mobile, Alabama, U.S.|
|13||Win||8-4-1||Danny Reyes||UD||4||23 Jan 1996||Grand Casino, Biloxi Mississippi, U.S.|
|12||Win||7-4-1||Roberto Chala||TKO||6 (6)||12 Dec 1995||Horma, Louisiana, U.S.|
|11||Loss||6-4-1||Lupe Miranda||UD||8||14 Sep 1995||La Villita Assembly Hall, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.|
|10||Loss||6-3-1||Jesus Chavez||TKO||7 (8)||20 Jun 1995||Will Rogers Coliseum, Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.|
|9||Draw||6-2-1||Bill Coddlington||MD||6||14 Mar 1995||Pontchatain Center, Kenner, Louisiana, U.S.|
|8||Win||6-2||Barry Guidry||PTS||6||31 Jan 1995||Thibodaux Louisiana, U.S.|
|7||Loss||5-2||Ed Tobar||MD||6||31 Jan 1995||La Villita Assembly Hall, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.|
|6||Win||5-1||Barry Guidry||TKO||4 (6)||10 Jan 1995||Pontchatain Center, Kenner, Louisiana, U.S.|
|5||Win||4-1||Richard Armstrong||PTS||6||3 Dec 1994||Horma, Louisiana, U.S.|
|4||Win||3-1||Teddy Randolph||MD||6||30 Nov 1994||New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.|
|3||Win||2-1||David Harrod||PTS||6||23 Jul 1994||Baker, Louisiana, U.S.|
|2||Loss||1-1||Eldon Sneed||UD||6||13 Oct 1994||Houston, Texas, U.S.|
|1||Win||1-0||Jamie Cooper||UD||6||23 Jul 1994||Cajun Hall, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S.|
As a journeyman Augustus faced top talent his whole career and has an outstanding resume when it comes to experiencing the best the sport has to offer.
- In just his 10th professional fight faced Jesus Chavez and was TKO'd in the 7th round.
- Lost a 10 round UD against Pete Taliaferro.
- Took a short notice fight against Ivan Robinson and almost threw off Robinson's title aspirations (L10).
- Won a tight MD over Wilfredo Negron.
- Fought Diosbelys Hurtado on short notice (L10).
- TKO'd England's Jon Thaxton after taking the fight on short notice.
- Lost a 12-round decision to Antonio Diaz.
- Lost a controversial 12-round decision to Teddy Reid.
- Fought John John Molina (L10).
- TKO'd by Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the 9th round after his corner threw in the towel. Mayweather maintains to this day that Augustus was one of his toughest opponents.
- Took part in 2001's fight of the year against Micky Ward (L10). Ward maintains that Augustus, along with Arturo Gatti, was one of the toughest men he ever fought.
- Fought Romania's Leonard Doroftei (aka Leo Dorin, L10).
- Drew with the late Leavander Johnson.
- Upset Carlos Wilfredo Vilches with a TKO win.
- Lost a 10-round decision to Omar Weis.
- Lost a 10-round decision to Kelson Pinto on short notice.
- Lost an 8-round decision to David Diaz.
- Dominated in a 12-round win over Alex Trujillo.
- Stopped Ray Oliveira in 8 rounds.
- Lost an exciting 12-round UD to Herman Ngoudjo.
- Took a short notice fight against hard hitting prospect Ruslan Provodnikov and was TKO'd in the 9th round.
- Lost to Vernon Paris (L8) in his last ever fight.
On December 9, 2006, he became the WBC Continental Americas light welterweight champion by defeating Russell Stoner Jones.
Augustus was the IBA light welterweight champion between April 2, 2004, and June 18 of that year. Augustus lost his title when referee Laurence Cole disqualified him in his first title defense against Tomas Barrientes. At the time of disqualification, Augustus was ahead on all three judges' scorecards. He was disqualified for pushing, talking back to the referee, and not looking into his eyes when asked to.
His fight against "Irish" Micky Ward on July 13, 2001, was voted 2001 ESPN "Fight of the Year", as well as 2001 Ring magazine Fight of the Year. In June 2008 ESPN announced that this fight had been nominated for its "Fight of the Decade" award. Augustus was also named "ESPN's Most Memorable Fighter".[when?]
Outside the ring
On the night of October 13, 2014, Augustus was critically wounded after being hit in the back of the head by a random gunshot and was on life support. Baton Rouge Police named 21-year-old Christopher Stills as a suspect in the crime, but subsequently dropped charges due to lack of witnesses or evidence of intent, as Stills was alleged to have fired a gun several times in the air but not at a target. Augustus is now doing better, and is living with his sister in Baton Rouge. As of April 2016, Augustus is engaged to be married, in improved health and spirits, and remains in training for a possible comeback in the ring.
- Rafael, Dan (May 19, 2010). "Augustus to fill in on Friday night". ESPN. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
- Michael, Philip. "Emanuel Augustus: A Fighter Still Fighting". NY Fights. Retrieved 27 November 2018.
- Abramson, Mitch (November 4, 2008). "Last call for boxing's Drunken Master". ESPN. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
- Rafael, Dan (May 1, 2012). "Floyd's toughest foe a journeyman?". ESPN. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
- Avila, David A. (June 24, 2004). "Augustus can't win". ESPN. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
- Garcia Quinones, Rafael (January 9, 2010). "Revisiting the Fight of the Year for 2001: Micky Ward vs Emanuel Burton". Bleacher Report. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
- Ben Wallace (2014-10-14). "Shooting victim is well-known boxer Emanuel Augustus". theadvocate.com. Retrieved 2014-10-14.
- Quincy Hodges (2014-10-15). "Police identify suspect in boxer Emanuel Augustus shooting". nola.com. Retrieved 2014-10-16.
- Official Emanuel Augustus YouTube Page
- Professional boxing record for Emanuel Augustus from BoxRec
- Augustus interviewed in 2005
- Augustus chat plus fight clips October 2006
|Awards and achievements|
Title last held byJon Thaxton
| WBO Inter-Continental Light Welterweight Champion
September 26, 1998 – May 29, 1999
Title next held byRicky Hatton
Title last held byJon Thaxton
| IBF Inter-Continental Light Welterweight Champion
September 26, 1998 – June 25, 1999
Title last held byAlex Trujillo
| IBA Light Welterweight Champion
April 2, 2004 – June 18, 2004
Title last held byPaulie Malignaggi
| WBC Continental Americas Light Welterweight Champion
December 9, 2006 – October 5, 2007
Title next held byMichel Rosales
| WBO Oriental Welterweight Champion
July 4, 2008 – May 17, 2009
Title next held bySamuel Colomban