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Recent Boxing Passings Unnoticed by Media — Until Now

by on May.14, 2014, under Boxing News

Courtesy of the International Boxing Research Organization

 

Walter "Peanuts" Arsenault (photo courtesy of http://www.peisportshalloffame.ca)

Walter “Peanuts” Arsenault (photo courtesy of http://www.peisportshalloffame.ca)

Here are some recent passings that went unnoticed by most of the sports media.

GUINEA HILLIER – Former Melbourne, Victoria, Australia bantamweight-featherweight Reginald Frederick Hillier died on May 5, 2014 at age 62. Hillier fought professionally from 1972-1979 and compiled a career record of 19-21-6 (KO 8). Hillier won the Victoria State bantamweight title in 1975. During his career he fought fighters such as Paul Ferreria, Big Jim West, Brian Roberts, Jimmy Brown, and Johnny Aba. Most of his early fights were shown on TV Ringside. (Gary Luscombe)

TINKER PICOT – Jordan E. Tinker Picot, 82, died peacefully at his home in Quincy, MA. on April 28, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. Tinker was born and raised in Dorchester and lived in the Adams Shore neighborhood of Quincy for over 50 years. A highly decorated New England amateur boxer, Tinker was a former Golden Glove Champion, New England Champion, and NEAAU Champion. Tinkers amateur record was 246-5 (160 knockouts). He turned professional in 1951 and compiled a record of 17-3-1 (KOs 17). Two of his 3 losses were to Canadian boxing legend Yvon Durelle. He was the founder and sponsor of Picots Comedy Boxing Team, a traveling boxing comedy show with the purpose of generating funds for youth charities. He was a boxing coach to many and a professional referee. In his later years, he was inducted into the Ring Four hall of fame. Tinker was a 55-year active member of the Local 7 Iron Workers Association and worked for the MBTA a majority of these years. He represented the Local 7 Union in various leadership positions such as vice president and chief shop steward. Dedicated to youth and community organizations, Tinker served as president of the Hunting Elementary PTA and president of the Adams Shore Community Association. (Quincy Patriot Ledger and BoxRec)

SANDRO LOPOPOLO – Former world junior welterweight champion and Olympian silver medalist Sandro Lopopolo passed away on April 26, 2014 at the age of 74. Lopopolo won a lightweight silver medal at the Rome Olympics in 1960, then as a pro he won the world junior welterweight title with a 15 round decision over Carlos Hernandez in 1966. He lost the title to Paul Takeshi Fuji in 1967. During his career he also fought such outstanding fighters as Doug Vaillant, Giordano Campari, Piero Brandi, Vicente Rivas, Conny Rudhoff, Lennox Beckles, Rene Roque, Roger Menetry, Percy Pugh, and Roger Zami. Lopopolo retired with a record of 59-10-7, 20 KOs. This southpaw stylist was part of “the golden era” of Italian boxing with the likes of Nino Benvenuti, Sandro Mazzinghi, Bruno Arcari and Carmelo Bossi. (Per Ake Persson and BoxRec)

AKIO MAKI – Former Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation super bantamweight champion Akio Maki, born in Osaka, Japan on March 14, 1936, died April 26, 2014 at the age 78. Maki fought professionally from 1959 – 1964 and compiled a record of 10-5-3. Some of the notable opponents he faced during his career were Fighting Harada (twice), Mitsunori Seki, Tsuyoshi Nakamura, Haruo Sakamoto and Ray Perez. (BoxRec)

WALTER “PEANUTS” ARSENAULT – Walter “Peanuts” Arsenault died on April 18, 2014 at the age of 78. Born in Miscouche, P.E.I., on July 10, 1935, Arsenault began his boxing career on September 22, 1945, boxing continuously for 27 years, and, remarkably for his sport, without the benefit of a manager. His professional career spans 114 ring battles, and his record stands at 67 wins, 38 losses and 9 draws. He would be called the “Champion near Champion,” and weighing from 142 pounds to 152 pounds, he was often too heavy for the welterweight class, and too light for the middleweights. A shorty at five-foot-seven, Arsenault had the physique, in Wilf McCluskey’s words, of “a sawed-off horse,” and the technique of “a free-swinging, two fisted, slam-bang scrapper.” Possessing a granite chin and beefy shoulders, “Peanuts” also relied on his great courage and limitless self-confidence in facing more ring champions than any other Island-born professional boxer on record, 23 in total, from featherweight champ Davie Hilton to light-heavyweight champ Rene Durelle. Arsenault would claim that former Canadian and British Commonwealth welterweight champion Clyde Gray was the greatest boxing opponent he had fought. Considered a “Fighter’s fighter.” Arsenault’s style of fighting was of the toe-to-toe two-fisted variety, and would earn him the reputation of being one of boxing’s gamest ring warriors. Once ranked among the top contenders for the Canadian welterweight title, Walter “Peanuts” Arsenault would be on the short end of a hotly-disputed decision loss to Albert “Ace” Breau in Wabush, Labrador, on February 17, 1969, preventing him from winning the Junior Welterweight championship of Canada. Because of his punishing brand of boxing, “Peanuts” was frustrated in his quest for subsequent title bouts. Veteran trainer and manager Tom McCluskey captured Arsenault’s heartbreaking predicament in this way, “Sure, I’d match one of my fighters against Arsenault, if I hated my fighter. Arsenault can handle most of the middleweights and light-heavyweights around, never mind the welterweights like himself. That guy would be even money against an angered grizzly, he’s just too good.” Walter “Peanuts” Arsenault would fight in rings all across Canada, as well as the New England states. During one two-month stretch in 1970, while at the age of thirty-five, “Peanuts” would fight seven bouts, winning six of them. And on April 4, 1970 Arsenault would fight in North Adams, Massachusetts, against Al Romano, when he was the North American welterweight champion, only to be edged out in a close 12 round split decision. He fought his last fight on February 14, 1972. Called by many ring observers the uncrowned Maritime welterweight boxing champion, the ten count never tolled over Walter “Peanuts” Arsenault during his long and grueling pro boxing career. In many ways, this is the finest testimony to the indestructible spirit of Walter “Peanut’s” Arsenault, “the Miscouche Slugger.” He was inducted into the Prince Edward Island Sports Hall of Fame on June 18, 1995. (PEI Sports Hall of Fame bio)

JULIO GOMEZ – Former Chilean welterweight champion Julio Gomez, born Heran Julio Gomez Vasquez in Santiago de Chile, Chile on February 15, 1956, died at age 58 on April 9, 2014. Gomez turned professional in Las Vegas on March 7, 1974 and ended his career on January 1, 1980, also in Las Vegas. His career record was 22-7-2 (KOs 11). During his career he fought such notables as Andy price, Larry Bonds, Pete Ranzany, Bruce Curry, and Rogelio Castaneda. (BoxRec)

RICARDO NAVARRO – Former Spanish lightweight Ricardo Navarro Garcia, born in Alicante, Spain on July 23, 1937, died on March 31, 2014 at the age of 76. He fought professionally from 1957 until 1966 and compiled a record of 30-50-20 (KOs 6).During his career he fought such fighters as Pedro Carrasco, Giordano Campari, Yves Desmarets, and Kid Tano. (BoxRec)

CARMELO BOSSI – Italian great Carmelo Bossi passed away on March 23, 2014 at the age of 75 in Milano after a long battle with pneumonia. He won a silver medal in the 1959 European championships and 1960 Olympics fighting at light-middleweight and then turned pro in 1961. He won the national title at welterweight in 1965, then the EBU crown in 1967 and became world champion in 1970 winning the title by 15 round unanimous decision over Freddie Little. He lost the title in 1971 to Koichi Wajima by 15 round split decision and retired with a record of 40-8-3 (10). Bossi was around in what was an excellent era for Italian and European boxing, fighting the likes of Freddie Little, Jean Josselin, Johann Orsolics, Angel Robinson Garcia, Fighting Mack, Willie Ludick, Pierre Fourie, Jose Hernandez, and Koichi Wajima. (Per Ake Persson and BoxRec)

PEDRO BENELLI – Former Argentine lightweight Pedro Benelli born in Sante Fe, Argentina on April 14, 1933, died on March 21, 2014 at the age of 80. Benelli fought professionally from 1955 until 1965 and compiled a record of 60-24-12 (KOs 34). During his career he met such fighters as Nicolino Locche, Fred Galiana, Osvaldo Canete, Jaime Gine, Vicente Derado, Abel Laudonio, Carlos Aro, Valentin Brown and Sid Lugo. (Boxrec)

 

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