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    Former boxing champ Czyz hospitalized after crash

    Former boxing champ Czyz hospitalized after crash
    By DAVID PORTER

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Former boxing champion Bobby Czyz Jr. is recovering from injuries sustained in a fiery car crash more than a month ago.

    The 45-year-old Czyz was pulled unconscious from the back seat of a burning Mercedes in Millstone Township early April 13 after the car went off the road and struck a tree, according to Millstone Fire Chief James Carbin, who performed the rescue with help from a bystander who lives near the accident scene.

    "When I pulled up, the engine compartment was fully involved and a fire was starting inside the passenger compartment," Carbin said Thursday.

    Czyz was flown by helicopter to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune and admitted in critical condition, according to state police. Czyz was not the only person in the car, and it was not clear if he was driving. State police are still investigating the accident.

    Czyz was moved from Jersey Shore to another health care facility, but a hospital spokeswoman, citing privacy regulations, would not say where. His current condition was not immediately available.

    Czyz's driving has gotten him into trouble several times over the last decade. His license was suspended for a total of 20 years in 2003 after his fourth DWI conviction in a span of six years. The Courier News of Bridgewater reported at the time that he had been convicted of drunken driving in 1998, 1999 and 2000 but given a six-month license suspension each time.

    Czyz, a New Jersey native, held the International Boxing Federation light heavyweight and World Boxing Association cruiserweight titles during an 18-year career and was inducted into the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame in 1997.

    He worked as a boxing commentator for the Showtime cable network for about 10 years until 2003, according to a network spokeswoman.

    Czyz finished his career with a 44-8 record with 28 knockouts. He won the IBF title with a fifth-round TKO of Slobodan Kacar in Las Vegas in 1986 and defended the belt three times before losing on a ninth-round TKO against Charles Williams in 1987. He defeated Robert Daniels in Atlantic City in 1991 to win the WBA cruiserweight title.

    He was stopped in his final two bouts, in the fifth round to Evander Holyfield at Madison Square Garden in 1996 and in two rounds to Corrie Sanders at Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Conn., in 1998.

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    Re: Former boxing champ Czyz hospitalized after crash

    If Bobby was in the back seat he was probably being driven home by another drunk friend who had a better driving record.

    Thought it was that last DWI that cost him his job at Showtime.

    Always liked Czyz as a fighter and commentator. Damn shame about his alcohol problem. My old man drank a 5th of whiskey everyday by the time I figured out how to count his drinking, sometimes more as did all his friends. Thing is that he could still drive, never having a single accident or even a speeding tic in his lifetime, an amazing feat that I never attempted to duplicate.

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    Something about Bobby

    As a fighter always rubbed me the wrong way. I think it had to do with the fact that I never bet him correctly.

    Hamsho, Diamond Jim McDonnell (Yes, I bet agianst Czyz, based on McDonell's strong showing agianst Spinks. S-T-U-P-I-D.), Williams, Andries, Daniels.

    After all of those wrong picks, I wanted Holyfield to smach him to a pulp and of course we get a one sided if not impotent showing by a laboring Holyfield and then the eye/shoulder ending. Kinda got robbed agian!

    Czyz also irked me big time when he was commenting on the Hearns Roldan matchup. He criticized Roldan for quitting against Hagler becuase of his swollen eye. Czyz's comment was that his eye would have to be hanging out before he would ever quit becuase of an Eye injury.

    So Of course Czyz then quits agianst Williams becuase of an eye injury. ANd then quits in the rematch as well.

    As a commentator, I always thought he was such as Tyson idolator that it just ruined anything good he ever had to say (which was coming out of his mouth at 100 miles an hour to begin with as he an Pacheco wrestled for air time).

    Then it was confirmed for me when I was picking up a buddy of mine at the airport in Boston, and when he got off the plane, he mentions that he was sitting in front of some guy who would NOT shut up about Mike Tyson the entire flight from Chicago. That some Jersey guy was practically on his seat tellling they guy sitting next to him just how amazing Mike Tyson was. "Tyson this, Tyson that. Tyson will destroy Holyfield like he did Bruno and Seldon. No one can ever beat Tyson. It was a long count that saved Buster Douglas. Tyson was thrown for a loop mentally when the ref let the fight go on and THAT's why Tyson got stopped by Douglas. Tyson was better than Louis, Dempsey Ali, Holmes. etc etc etc. Pound for pound he was among the best that ever lived...." and on and on and on.

    My buddy was telling me this as we went to baggage claim and knowing I was such a big boxing fan, he thought I'd get a kick out of it. Then he nudges me while waiting for his luggage and tells me that there was the guy he was talking about. It was of course, Bobby Czyz.

    I was never able to take Czyz seriously again after that. Not that I ever did in the first place, but that story was the nail in the coffin for me. Of course his testifying in Tyson's defense in his Veagas hearing after he bit Holyfield, was further proof of his worship for Tyson, exscusing Mike's biting of Evander, becasue "when fighters get in the ring, they become an animal."

    I hope he comes through his accident fine and is able to overcome his addiction and hope he does ok in life.

    But Czyz was just one of those guys. Never really cared for him.

    Hawk

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    Bobby Czyz

    Light Heavyweight Champ Bobby Czyz, (born February 10, 1962), is a Polish-American boxer. A New Jersey native, he is both a former world light heavyweight and cruiserweight champion. He was a member of the United States amateur boxing team that sadly died in the LOT Polish Airlines plane crash in Poland in 1980. However, an auto accident one week before the fatal trip prevented him from being on that plane. Czyz had a quick start to his professional boxing career in the early 1980s and he was soon in line for a shot vs. world middleweight champion Marvin Hagler. He had to start from scratch, however, after suffering a 10-round loss at the hands of veteran Mustafa Hamsho in November 1982. He went up in weight, put another string of wins together, and in September of 1986, he finally found himself in a ring with a world champion, IBF light heavyweight champion Slobodan Kacar , who was destroyed by Czyz's bombs in 5 rounds. Czyz made three exciting defenses - a one-round annihilation 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 on way 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 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. After being stopped by David Izegwire in August 1994, Czyz retired and became a television boxing analyst. With his new career, Czyz has worked alongside Steve Albert and Ferdie Pacheco , covering 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 made a brief comeback as a competitive boxer in the heavyweight division, but lost by knockout in six rounds to Evander Holyfield and quickly retired again. Czyz has continued doing color commentary for Showtime, and loves signing autographs for his fans. He doesn't contemplate another return to the ring as a boxer. On February 6 of 2003, Czyz was stopped by New Jersey police and charged with drunken driving. On March 8 of that year, he was sentenced to 10 days in jail for the charge. He has since been inducted into the Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame.

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    Re: Former boxing champ Czyz hospitalized after crash

    I wish and pray for him a speedy recovery as a brother warrior.

    I mean it too.

    My experiences with him were just horrible and gut wrenching and so totally and disrepsectfully unnecessary. He was so obnoxious, pompous and cruel it is hard to explain the length he took it too. Just horrible stuff before his fight, during and after. Real bush league manners and pomposity.

    Very smart but very unbalanced and rude.

    I pray he is ok, as he is a human being with many problems and no one decent wants anyone to suffer. God be with you Bobby, heal up and get your head screwed on straight. God bless.

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    BOBBY CZYZ RETURNS FROM THE DEAD…TWICE

    By Michael Swann
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    Regular readers may recall our three part series on the life and career of Bobby Czyz that ran in this column a couple of months ago. As we concluded our sessions of interviews, Bobby told me that he was going to be traveling to South Carolina that week for a ring announcing gig that week.

    Interviewing Czyz was a pleasure. He was full of anecdotes and war stories, but most importantly, I was impressed with the degree of candor that he expressed during our talks, often baring open his soul when discussing painful issues in his often tragic life. I was convinced that his story would someday find its way to the big screen and I told him that I would keep in touch.

    On April 10, part three of our series ran on this site. I received a number of emails from his fans and past acquaintances, so I wrote him the following week to let him know. Bobby never wrote back to me, nor could he be reached by phone.

    What I didn’t know was that on April 13 Bobby returned home from South Carolina, and was involved in a horrific, fiery automobile accident. According to the AP, Bobby was pulled unconscious from the back of a burning Mercedes by the fire chief of Millstone Township, James Carbin, and a nearby resident, and then airlifted to the Jersey Shore University Medical Center where he was admitted in critical condition. Strangely the story was not reported until May 17, by which time he had been moved to an undisclosed facility.

    I stumbled across the AP piece while I was researching material for another article and sent out feelers to some sources for more details. The scars were still fresh from the Diego Corrales tragedy and I was shocked and concerned.

    A friend, the boxing writer Greg Smith, made contact with Bobby and a couple of days later Czyz sent me an email detailing his ordeal. The story is remarkable - a modern day miracle. He was in an induced coma for 28 days. He flat lined twice during his hospital stay. No one thought that he would make it.

    Here, with Bobby’s approval, is how he described it in his own words:

    “Mike,

    “I was getting a ride home from a friend of a friend and I fell asleep in the back seat. My friend of 30 years also fell asleep in the back seat with me. We were going to his house. The next thing we know is that we’ve been in an accident. As it turns out, his friend drove off the road WITHOUT TOUCHING THE BRAKES and hit a tree head on. My friend and I went face first into the back of the front seats and sustained significant damage to our faces and ribs. Broken noses, ribs and severe lacerations to our faces in certain areas.

    “The driver got out and started to run away and my friend asked me are you okay? He then chased the driver who had just destroyed his car. Not realizing how badly I was hurt, I passed out from the concussion. Well the car caught fire and yours truly was still inside. Some people in the neighborhood had seen the trouble and called the police and fire department.

    “I was inside with the fire for 8-9 minutes and then pulled out. The fire had burned a good portion of my back and shoulders but I’m healing remarkably well. My lungs however were in serious trouble and I was taken to the hospital via helicopter. Once at the hospital they induced me into a coma so they could do the work necessary and save and repair my body.

    “Well, during their working on me, they had to pump my lungs clean from all the soot while addressing the burns on my back. Eventually my lungs collapsed and I was put on a ventilator but my lungs tried to out breathe the ventilator and they collapsed again.

    “A feeding tube was inserted into my abdomen while in the coma and I ripped it out causing emergency surgery to save my life. Finally they strapped my hands and feet down until they brought me out of the coma.

    “When I came around and they told me all that happened I was a bit shocked but normally I’m a good patient and wanted to do the right things.

    “Every single ligament, tendon and muscle had been dormant for 28 days and I had lost 30 pounds and all the tone and definition in my body. My lung capacity was down to 20%, but I WAS STILL HERE!

    “So, I am slowly getting stronger and better but, having been so physical all of my life, I feel like an invalid. EVERYTHING HURTS ALL DAY AND NIGHT.

    “My body had out healed the recovery process by 2 ˝ -3 weeks and the doctors were shocked at the speed and completeness of my recovery. They suggested that I might be using some enhancement drugs because my body rebounded better than any of them thought it could. SO GOOD LIVING, HEALTHY EATING AND GOOD GENES are a plus when in physical distress.

    “It is also incredibly important that you have good people around you to make decisions because my girlfriend Angela made all the right decisions which actually saved my life.

    “Call me and I’ll give you the extra tidbits of my incredible journey.

    “Talk to you soon,
    Bobby”

    Recently Bobby went to see the neurosurgeon and stopped by the Jersey Shore Medical Center trauma center where they cared for him to thank everyone. Bobby said, “Their jaws dropped,” in seeing the speed of his recovery. The burns are barely visible and his body is returning to normal.

    One doctor told him, “I’ve never seen anyone recover this quickly. We couldn’t use your case for medical study because it would destroy the bell curve.”

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    Re: Former boxing champ Czyz hospitalized after crash

    Quote Originally Posted by kikibalt


    Well, as I recall, Czyz was also a member of Mensa, one of the more interesting members.

    All I know is that he's running around with the wrong crowd if his friends are wrecking cars and fleeing the accident scenes.

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    Seeing as how it costs money to be indcuted into Mensa, perhaps the intelligence angle needs to be reexamined.

    Roberto brings up an interesting point. Who does this happen to? The unnamed driver, fleeing, ok after the car slams into a tree... car on fire, "how did we get HERE?".. guys asleep only to awake to a fire bombed car...it sounds like a film noir starring Robert Mitchum.

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    Former boxing champ Czyz hospitalized after crash

    Quote Originally Posted by Roberto Aqui


    Well, as I recall, Czyz was also a member of Mensa, one of the more interesting members.

    All I know is that he's running around with the wrong crowd if his friends are wrecking cars and fleeing the accident scenes.
    Robbie

    I only use the mad icon to bump the thread, because when I posted the article it didn't bump up the way it's suppose too.

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