Scully puts East Coast amateurs up against the US Marines

26 Oct

Alan Dawson – London

An eight bout card that pits the East Coast’s amateur boxers against the United States Marine Corps has been organised by respected trainer John Scully and takes place on Friday, November 4 at The Hartford Club in Hartford, Connecticut. Scully’s former world champion prizefighter Chad Dawson, as well as his former boxers Lawrence Clay-Bey and Jose Antonio Rivera will also be present at the event.

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Running Order/ Weight (lbs) Blue Corner/ US Marine Corps Red Corner/ US Amateur Boxers
1: 141 Jamel Herring Zack Ramsey
2: 141 Joseph Canale Oscar Diaz
3: 165 Felix Magallanez David Wilson
4: 178 Darnell Price Antonio Marrero
5: No limit DeJesus Gardner Owen Minor
6: 201 Stephen Brewer Joe Ballenger
7: 132 Freddy Rosado Timmy Ramos
8: 165 Damarias Russell TBA…

Tentative card

The term ‘coach’ is often defined in it’s most simplistic term as one whom trains an athlete or team of athletes. In boxing, there are few who do so from a grass roots level all the way to a professional world championship.

Floridian coach Tony Morgan, for instance, spotted something in a pre-teen Andre Berto and, to paraphrase his own words, took him off the streets and provided him with a gym to learn the amateur trade, train for Olympic trials before guiding him through the professional ranks where – to this day – they remain a loyal duo where Berto is now a two-time welterweight world titlist. Likewise, Californian trainer Robert Garcia discovered a brutal Brandon Rios in the unpaid ranks and brought him to reside with him in Oxnard, on the West Coast. It was a move that proved shrewd as Rios is the current incumbent of the Regular WBA lightweight world title and is fast becoming one of the sport’s favourite fighters.

John Scully is cut from identical cloth. The Iceman (38-11-0, 21ko) boxed as a light heavyweight world title challenger and also took fierce two-weight world champion Michael Nunn (58-4-0, 37ko) the distance in a competitive fight in 1995. He began coaching others as he was winding down his own fight career and notably oversaw Jose Antonio Rivera’s (41-6-1, 24ko) ascent to the WBA super welterweight world championship in 2006.

Rivera jumping for joy with Scully in '06. Credit: Icemanjohnscully.com

Back in the international spotlight because of his reunion with Chad Dawson, whom he trained for three fights in 2004 and ’05, Scully worked the corner for Bad Chad during the October 15 light heavyweight clash with Bernard Hopkins. Ice now goes back to the amateur ranks as he has assembled a crew of eight fighters from the East Coast to take on a US Marine Corps select from North Carolina, noted for the inclusion of Jamel Herring who recently won the US Olympic trials.

The tentative running order for the fight card, to take place at The Hartford Club on November 4, is detailed above. Scully messaged me to say his professionals will also be in attendance: “Three of my former (Lawrence and Jose) and current (Chad) boxers, former world champions “Bad” Chad Dawson and Jose Antonio Rivera, along with 1996 U.S. Olympic team captain and former heavyweight contender Lawrence Clay-Bey, will appear as special guests at the BIG US Marine versus Connecticut Amateur Boxing Show I am organising for November 4 at The Hartford Club (46 Prospect Street, Hartford, Conn.).

“All three boxers will be on hand to hand out trophies, sign autographs, take photos, etc. The special eight bout card will feature the US Marine team boxers based out of Camp Lejune, North Carolina against a team I am putting together from the area. As of today the home team boxers are based out of Meriden, East Hartford, Worcester and Springfield.”

Ticket prices include a cocktail reception, open bar, dinner, wine and eight fights.

For more information or for tickets contact The Hartford Club.

Iceman can be reached here.

Both The Hartford Club and the Marine Corp aim to support Connecticut Marines and their families through the November 4 fight card.

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2 Responses to “Scully puts East Coast amateurs up against the US Marines”

  1. Floyd is the man October 27, 2011 at 12:41 am #

    nice def of a coach bro. anyone can get a pacquiao (ROAcH) or gamboa (STEWARD who are already champs and get the mmore champs as they had skills to pay bills already. takes good coach to develop skills like roger mayweather and guys you say

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