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Slain Boxer Michael Walker’s Funeral This Saturday

by on Nov.20, 2013, under Boxing News, Obituaries

By Juan C. Ayllon

The late Michael Walker, at left, attacks Derrick Findley in losing a decision in 2010 (photo by Juan C. Ayllon)

The late Michael Walker, at left, attacks Derrick Findley in losing a decision in 2010 (photo by Juan C. Ayllon)

CHICAGO – “Mike definitely was a hard worker and was already tough when I met him,” boxing trainer Carlos Jones says of the late Michael Walker, 35, who was discovered shot to death on November 14th in the Chatham neighborhood after walking his daughter to school.

A two-time Chicago Golden Gloves winner, the late Mr. Walker ran-up an impressive 20 fight undefeated streak in Chicago and northwest Indiana from 2004 to 2008 before stepping it up to the national level.  Rugged and aggressive, he went onto fight and lose to such notables as Daniel Jacobs, Fernando Guerrero, Andy Lee and Ricardo Mayorga. His final record was 19-19-3 with 12 knockouts.  His last bout in July this year ended in a first round technical knockout loss to Willie Monroe, Jr.

“He was the only fighter who believed in what he was doing 100 percent,” says Jones, who trained him while he was undefeated. “He was my first pro fighter.  I miss Mike every day.”

So do we.

Carlos Jones informs us that funeral arrangements for Mr. Walker will be held this Saturday, November 23, at the Ali and Seals Funeral Home in Chicago. The viewing will be held from 10:00 to 11:00 AM and the wake will take place from 11:00 AM until noon.

 

Ali and Seals Funeral Home

8354 S Marquette Ave, Chicago, IL 60617

(773) 375-2700

(Cross Streets: Between E 84th St and E 83rd St Neighborhoods: South Chicago)

 

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Chicago’s ‘Midnight Stalker’ Michael Walker Shot Dead at 35

by on Nov.15, 2013, under Boxing News, Obituaries

The late Michael Walker, at right, circa 2006 (photo by Juan C. Ayllon)

The late Michael Walker, at right, circa 2006 (photo by Juan C. Ayllon)

CHICAGO, November 14, 2013 — Legislators are debating Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s gun control bill in Springfield, but, meanwhile, the carnage goes on.  This time, it’s a boxer.  In an ironic twist, Michael Walker — who’s nicknamed “The Midnight Stalker” — is dead, quite possibly the victim of a late night robbery gone bad.

The Chicago Tribune reports that the two-time Chicago Golden Gloves winner was found unresponsive in a narrow walkway on the 8200 block of South Drexel Blvd. at roughly 8:45 A.M. this morning and was pronounced dead at 9:31 AM at Northwest Memorial Hospital. (continue reading…)

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Bondorovas Leaves No Doubt in Second Bout against Thomas

by on Feb.16, 2013, under Boxing News, Guest Columnists

Jimenez Continues to Dominate, Ortuz Displays Boxing Skills and Bantamweights Shine in Undercard Bouts

Donatas Bondorovas (R) stays on Michael Walker

Donatas Bondorovas (R) stays on Michael Walker

By Kerstin Broockmann
Photos by Scott Dray

HAMMOND, IN, February 16, 2013 — Hitz Boxing’s Fight Night at the Horseshoe Casino featured an evening of local prospects slugging it out, including, in the main event, a return bout between Middleweights David Thomas of Evansville, IN and Lithuanian Donatas Bondorovas, now residing in Chicago. In their last outing at the same venue, Bondorovas won by second round TKO, after the referee stepped in to save Thomas, who felt the stoppage was early. The card also featured impressive displays from Bantamweight amateur standouts Johnny Determan and Adan Ortiz showing their strength in separate bouts, tough guy Dimar Ortuz trying to impose his will on Grover Young, and Michael Walker and Mike “Hollywood” Jimenez taking on each other at Super Middleweight. Rounding out the evening were Russell Fiore taking on Anthony Linsenfelser at Lightweight, Felix Abner and David Martin III in a hard-fought Heavyweight fight, and new prospects Jimmy Murphy, Tremaine Pride and Nick Ramirez seeking to improve their early-career records with mixed results.

Michael Walker (L) tries to avoid a jab from Bondorovas

Michael Walker (L) tries to avoid a jab from Bondorovas

In the main event, Donatas Bondorovas  (17-3-1, 6 KOs) looked to remove any doubts about his earlier victory  over “King” David Thomas (10-4-2, 8 KOs), who in turn wanted to avenge what he knew was an early stoppage, in a scheduled eight-round bout for the UBF Middleweight title. Both boxers exhibited solid skills in the first round, popping sharp jabs and landing powerful rights. Bondorovas’ ability to get inside Thomas’s guard with powerful rights shots gave him the round. (continue reading…)

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Holmes Loses Final Fight by Decision

by on Apr.01, 2012, under Boxing News

According to the Post-Tribune, Jimmy “The Fighting School Teacher” Holmes lost his final fight by decision.  You can read their account at the following link:

http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sports/11644248-556/holmes-loses-final-fight-by-decision.html

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Lee Halts Walker, Novikov Outpoints Perez at UIC

by on Sep.18, 2010, under Boxing News

By Juan C. Ayllon at ringside
Photos by Belle

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CHICAGO, September 17, 2010 – An estimated 2,000 fans cheered.  Tonight, Ireland by way of Detroit, Michigan’s Andy Lee (162 lbs., 22-1, 16 KO’s) showed flashes of brilliance and took another step closer to the upper echelons of boxing, as he halted Chicago’s rugged Michael “The Midnight Stalker” Walker (19-4-2, 12 KO’s) at the UIC Pavilion.    

Wearing the red Kronk boxing trunks trimmed in gold and trained by the Kronk legendary trainer, Emmanuel Stewart – the one who seems to specialize in redeeming taller, standup European boxers like Lennox Lewis and Wladimir Klitschko – Lee towered over the ebony hued Walker who stalked around the ring in white with black trim, sporting the initials “OIM” (One in a Million Boxing of Merrillville, Indiana).   (continue reading…)

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