Bobby Czyz

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Bobby Czyz
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Real nameRobert Edward Czyz
Nickname(s)Matinee Idol
Chappie
Weight(s) Middleweight
Light Heavyweight
Cruiserweight
Heavyweight
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Nationality American
Born (1962-02-10) February 10, 1962 (age 59)
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights52
Wins44
Wins by KO28
Losses8
Draws0

Robert Edward Czyz ( /ˈɛz/ CHEZ; born February 10, 1962) is an American retired boxer and commentator. Czyz was a two-division world titlist at light heavyweight and cruiserweight.

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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 "the 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.

Amateur career

As an amateur, Czyz was doing his best to secure his spot at the U.S. Olympic team for the eventually boycotted 1980 Moscow Olympics. He was one of a few boxers (along with Sal Cenicola and Tony Tucker) who survived the LOT Flight 7 crash by staying at home in the United States. He finished his amateur career having 26 fights under his belt, with a record of 24 wins, 2 losses. [3]

Czyz was injured in a car accident the week before LOT Polish Airlines Flight 7, where several of his teammates were killed, and did not make the trip. [4]

Professional career

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 one-sided, 10-round loss at the hands of veteran Mustafa Hamsho on November 20, 1982 in a bout that was nationally televised.

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. [5] 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. [6] 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. [6]

Professional boxing record

Professional record summary
52 fights44 wins8 losses
By knockout285
By decision153
By disqualification10
No.ResultRecordOpponentTypeRound, timeDateLocationNotes
52Loss44–8 Flag of South Africa.svg Corrie Sanders TKO2 (12), 1:4312 Jun 1998 Flag of the United States.svg Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Connecticut For WBU Heavyweight title
51Loss44–7 Flag of the United States.svg Evander Holyfield RTD5 (10), 3:00 10 May 1996 Flag of the United States.svg Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York
50Win44–6 Flag of the United States.svg Richard JacksonTKO6 (12), 1:245 Dec 1995 Flag of the United States.svg Grand Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi Won WBU Super Cruiserweight title
49Win43–6 Flag of the United States.svg Jeff WilliamsUD1022 Sep 1995 Flag of the United States.svg South Mountain Arena, West Orange, New Jersey
48Win42–6 Flag of the United States.svg Tim TomashekTKO5 (10), 1:2424 Mar 1995 Flag of the United States.svg South Mountain Arena, West Orange, New Jersey
47Loss41–6 Flag of Nigeria.svg David IzeqwireRTD4 (12), 3:004 Aug 1994 Flag of the United States.svg Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut For IBO Cruiserweight title
46Win41–5 Flag of the United States.svg George O'MaraUD1019 Feb 1994 Flag of the United States.svg Coliseum, Charlotte, North Carolina
45Win40–5 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Donny Lalonde UD128 May 1992 Flag of the United States.svg Riviera Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained WBA Cruiserweight title
44Win39–5 Flag of Nigeria.svg Bash AliUD129 Aug 1991 Flag of the United States.svg Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey Retained WBA Cruiserweight title
43Win38–5 Flag of the United States.svg Robert Daniels SD128 Mar 1991 Flag of the United States.svg Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, New Jersey Won WBA Cruiserweight title
42Win37–5 Flag of Argentina.svg Horacio Rene BrandanTKO6 (10), 2:0521 Sep 1990 Flag of the United States.svg Taj Mahal's Mark G Etess Arena, Atlantic City, New Jersey
41Win36–5 Flag of the United States.svg Andrew Maynard KO7 (10), 0:4224 Jun 1990 Flag of the United States.svg Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey
40Win35–5 Flag of Jamaica.svg Uriah Grant UD1023 Mar 1990 Flag of the United States.svg Showboat Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey
39Loss34–5 Flag of the United States.svg Charles Williams RTD10 (12), 3:0025 Jun 1989 Flag of the United States.svg Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey For IBF Light Heavyweight title
38Loss34–4 Flag of the United States.svg Virgil Hill UD124 Mar 1989 Flag of the United States.svg Civic Center, Bismarck, North Dakota For WBA Light Heavyweight Title
37Win34–3 Flag of the United States.svg Mike DeVitoTKO7 (12), 1:1827 Dec 1988 Flag of the United States.svg Lee County Civic Center, Fort Myers, Florida
36Win33–3 Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg Leslie Stewart SD1025 Oct 1988 Flag of the United States.svg Resorts International, Atlantic City, New Jersey
35Loss32–3 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Dennis Andries MD1022 May 1988 Flag of the United States.svg Ballys Park Place Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey
34Loss32–2 Flag of the United States.svg Charles Williams RTD9 (12), 3:0029 Oct 1987 Flag of the United States.svg Las Vegas Hilton, Outdoor Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada Lost IBF Light Heavyweight title
33Win32–1 Flag of the United States.svg Jim MacDonaldTKO6 (12), 0:373 May 1987 Flag of the United States.svg Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey Retained IBF Light Heavyweight title
32Win31–1 Flag of the United States.svg Willie Edwards KO2 (12), 2:1621 Feb 1987 Flag of the United States.svg Trump Plaza Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey Retained IBF Light Heavyweight title
31Win30–1 Flag of the United States.svg David SearsTKO1 (12), 1:0126 Dec 1986 Flag of the United States.svg South Mountain Arena, West Orange, New Jersey Retained IBF Light Heavyweight title
30Win29–1 Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg Slobodan Kačar TKO5 (12), 1:106 Sep 1986 Flag of the United States.svg Las Vegas Hilton, Hilton Center, Las Vegas, Nevada Won IBF Light Heavyweight title
29Win28–1 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Murray Sutherland UD1026 Jul 1985 Flag of the United States.svg Atlantis Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey
28Win27–1 Flag of the United States.svg Mike FischerUD109 May 1985 Flag of the United States.svg South Mountain Arena, West Orange, New Jersey
27Win26–1 Flag of the United States.svg Tim BroadyTKO4 (10), 1:4118 Jan 1985 Flag of the United States.svg Summit, Houston, Texas
26Win25–1 Flag of the United States.svg Marvin MackUD1023 Oct 1984 Flag of the United States.svg Ice World, Totowa, New Jersey
25Win24–1 Flag of the United States.svg Mark FrazieUD1030 May 1984 Flag of the United States.svg Atlantic City, New Jersey
24Win23–1 Flag of the United States.svg Jimmy BakerTKO1 (10), 0:3015 Feb 1984 Flag of the United States.svg Ice World, Totowa, New Jersey
23Win22–1 Flag of the United States.svg Bill MedeiTKO4 (10), 2:0425 Oct 1983 Flag of the United States.svg Playboy Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey
22Win21–1 Flag of the United States.svg Bert LeeRTD2 (10), 3:009 Sep 1983 Flag of the United States.svg Caesars Palace, Outdoor Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
21Loss20–1 Flag of Syria.svg Mustafa Hamsho UD1020 Nov 1982 Flag of the United States.svg Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey
20Win20–0 Flag of the United States.svg Chris LinsonTKO2 (10)25 Sep 1982 Flag of the United States.svg Great Gorge Playboy Club, McAfee, New Jersey
19Win19–0 Flag of the United States.svg Manuel MelonTKO2 (10), 1:243 Jul 1982 Flag of the United States.svg Ice World, Totowa, New Jersey
18Win18–0 Flag of the United States.svg Bobby CoolidgeTKO4 (10), 3:0023 Mar 1982 Flag of the United States.svg Tropicana Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey
17Win17–0 Flag of the United States.svg Robbie Sims UD1017 Jan 1982 Flag of the United States.svg Tropicana Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey
16Win16–0 Flag of the Bahamas.svg Elisha Obed DQ6 (10)12 Nov 1981 Flag of the United States.svg Meadowlands Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey Obed disqualified for holding
15Win15–0 Flag of the United States.svg Dan SnyderTKO2 (10), 2:228 Nov 1981 Flag of the United States.svg Ice World, Totowa, New Jersey
14Win14–0 Flag of the United States.svg Rick NoggleTKO7 (10), 1:5926 Jun 1981 Flag of the United States.svg Sun Dome, Tampa, Florida
13Win13–0 Flag of the United States.svg Reggie Jones RTD6 (10), 3:0018 Jun 1981 Flag of the United States.svg Ice World, Totowa, New Jersey Won New Jersey Middleweight title
12Win12–0 Flag of the United States.svg Oscar Albarado TKO3 (10), 2:3021 May 1981 Flag of the United States.svg Ice World, Totowa, New Jersey
11Win11–0 Flag of the United States.svg Teddy MannUD823 Feb 1981 Flag of the United States.svg Caesars Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey
10Win10–0 Flag of the United States.svg Danny LongTKO5 (10), 2:058 Feb 1981 Flag of the United States.svg Playboy Club, McAfee, New Jersey
9Win9–0 Flag of the United States.svg Skipper JonesTKO7 (10)18 Dec 1980 Flag of the United States.svg Ice World, Totowa, New Jersey
8Win8–0 Flag of the United States.svg Tommy MerolaTKO2 (10), 2:4916 Oct 1980 Flag of the United States.svg Ice World, Totowa, New Jersey
7Win7–0 Flag of the United States.svg Johnny DavisTKO1 (8), 1:4018 Sep 1980 Flag of the United States.svg Ice World, Totowa, New Jersey
6Win6–0 Flag of the United States.svg Leo FerroUD821 Aug 1980 Flag of the United States.svg Ice World, Totowa, New Jersey
5Win5–0 Flag of the United States.svg Bruce Strauss KO4 (8)17 Jul 1980 Flag of the United States.svg Ice World, Totowa, New Jersey
4Win4–0 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Ronald CousinsTKO119 Jun 1980 Flag of the United States.svg Ice World, Totowa, New Jersey
3Win3–0 Flag of the United States.svg Dalton SwiftKO222 May 1980 Flag of the United States.svg Ice World, Totowa, New Jersey
2Win2–0 Flag of the United States.svg Jamal ArbubakarPTS48 May 1980 Flag of the United States.svg Resorts International, Atlantic City, New Jersey
1Win1–0 Flag of the United States.svg Hank WhitmoreKO1 (4)24 Apr 1980 Flag of the United States.svg Ice World, Totowa, New Jersey Professional debut

Outside the ring

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, [7] [8] 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.

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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