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‘Ice’ John Scully’s 3rd Amateur Boxing Reunion Featuring Micky Ward, Dickie Ecklund, Roy Jones, Jr., Lawrence Clay-Bey, 1998 National PAL 85 lb. JO Champion Dwayne ‘Super D’ Hairston, 1985 USA/ABF National Champion Kevin ‘KB’ Bryant, Mike Dampolo and More a Success!

by on Sep.05, 2015, under Boxing News

By John ‘Ice’ Scully

On Saturday, ¬†August 15 at the Hard Rock restaurant inside Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut, I held my 3rd official amateur boxer reunion, and the turnout was spectacular. My first two reunions were held in Las Vegas last December with the likes of Alex Ramos, Mike McCallum, Lamon Brewster and Montell Griffin showing up and this past June in New York City, with former champions Junior Jones and Iran “The Blade” Barkley in attendance.

This one at the biggest casino in the world featured an even deeper guest list as the likes of “The Fighter” Mickey Ward and his brother Dickie Ecklund, former two-time welterweight champion Marlon Starling, 1996 and 2004 U.S. Olympic super heavyweights Lawrence Clay-Bey and Jason Estrada and “Poison” Junior Jones made their way in.

Amateur boxers in attendance at the reunion at Foxwoods, including Bob Yalen, Marlon Starling, Mickey Ward and Lawrence Clay-Bey.

Amateur boxers in attendance at the reunion at Foxwoods, including Bob Yalen, Marlon Starling, Mickey Ward Lawrence Clay-Bey, 1985 USA/ABF National Champion Kevin ‘KB’ Bryant, 1998 National PAL 85 lb. JO champion Dwayne ‘Super D’ Hairston, and Mike Dampolo.

Luis Oritz of Hartford, who unbeknownst to either man until just a couple weeks before the reunion, defeated Clay-Bey as a Junior Olympian back in 1977 at Marc Anthony’s in Hartford. The two were formally introduced at the reunion for the first time, 38 years after that match up.

1996 Olympian Lawrence Clay-Bey and Hartford Luis Ortiz meet for the first time on August 15, 2015 at the amateur boxers reunion since Ortiz defeated Clay-Bey on an amateur show in Hartford in October of 1977.

1996 Olympian Lawrence Clay-Bey and Hartford Luis Ortiz meet for the first time on August 15, 2015 at the amateur boxers reunion since Ortiz defeated Clay-Bey on an amateur show in Hartford in October of 1977.

The first guy I myself ever boxed against in an official match (Golden Gloves champion Isidro Roman in an exhibition on May 20, 1983) was there along with my fellow 1988 Eastern Olympic trials champion (I was 165, he was 156) Lonnie Davis of New York City.

Bob Yalen, who boxed as an amateur in the late 1970′s and early 1980′s, was in attendance. A huge boxng historian, Bob is probably more widely known as the head of boxing at ABC Sports back in the 1980′s when all those great network TV fights were aired every weekend.

“Sucra” Ray Oliviera, known throughout boxing as the man who holds all the Comp-U-Box records for punches thrown in fights, was there along with his up and coming (4-0 as a pro), Raymond Jr.

Former highly decorated amateur boxers from all over showed up for the three hour event, including the likes of former ESPN welterweight champion Troy “Schoolboy” Wortham, Gallegos Rodriguez, David Lawhorn, Sean “The Irish Express” Fitzgerald, Tony Judge, John Decastro, Brian “Firefist” Macy, Santos Luyanda, Issac “Rocky” Gonzalez, Michael “Knock Em Out” Bell, Orlando Mafucci, Jack Silva, Akwan Shabazz, Hector Rosario, Ray Bright, Dale Wortham, Tony Judge, National Golden Gloves Champion Bobby Harris, 1988 National Golden Gloves runner-up Kilbert Pierce, numerous time New England Champion Joe Aliot, former contenders Richie “The Mountain” LaMontagne and Lewis “The Viper” Veader.

My roommates at the 1986 national tournament in Iowa were there, Angel Gonzalez (112) and Robert Perez (Robert beat then #1 ranked Michael Moorer at that tournament at 156 pounds).

Traveling all the way from Washington D.C. were 1991 National Golden Gloves heavyweight champion Melvin “Top Gun” Foster and former welterweight contender Derrell “Too Sweet” Coley.

Roy Jones, Jr., at left, mugs with John Scully.

Roy Jones, Jr., at left, mugs with John Scully.

Probably the highlight of the day came when 1988 U.S. Olympian Roy Jones Jr. showed up to not only give an impromptu speech to all the boxers in attendance but to also hand out tickets to everyone in the room to his fight at Foxwoods the following event (a 6th round TKO victory).

 

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