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Who’d Have Thunk It? Little-Known Boxers Best Future Pro Greats in Amateurs

by on Feb.10, 2016, under Boxing News

By John Scully


Chicago's Al Evans, at left versus Ray Mercer, knocked out a 15 year old Mike Tyson in the Amateurs. (photo courtesy of

Chicago’s Al Evans, at left versus Ray Mercer, knocked out a 15 year old Mike Tyson in the Amateurs. (photo courtesy of

Every boxer and trainer who has been in the game long enough can tell you about some guy that the overwhelming majority of boxing fans have never heard of before who has a story to tell. Every superstar boxer in the game knows of some guy from years gone by for whom they great respect. A guy he may have lost to during his formative years. A guy who impressed him with his skills, his talent, his power. Every boxing star wasn’t always the star. Along the way he lost fights to guys who were sharper, faster, stronger and, in some cases, just better.

Not everyone with superior skills and talent sees his way to the top of our game. Like the immensely talented but widely unknown to the masses Earl “The GOAT’ Manigault in basketball, boxing has plenty of guys who once upon a time had a memorable day in the sun that has been long been forgotten about by most. (continue reading…)

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Finest Promotions Scores with Inaugural ‘Chicago Slugfest’

by on Dec.05, 2009, under Boxing News

Derek “Chitown’s Finest” Zugic’s TKO Victory One of Highlights in Action Packed Evening

Team Zugic

Team Zugic

by Kerstin Broockmann

Photos by Scott Dray

Finest Promotions staged its first event last night at the Cicero Stadium, with a six-bout card that showcased some fine boxing and plenty of heart. Zugic family pride was in evidence at the door, in the crowd, and in the ring.  Many members of Chicago’s boxing community, fans and fighters alike, came out to support the event. In the midst of a generally celebratory tone, the memory of Francisco “Paco” Rodriguez, whose penultimate fight before his death as a result of injuries suffered in the ring after a November 20th fight in Philadelphia had taken place last December at Cicero Stadium, was evoked. Half of all t-shirt sale proceeds from the event will be donated to a fund to help Rodriguez’s widow and five-month-old daughter, and donations were also collected.  An 11-bell salute before the final bout paid tribute to a fallen boxer who was loved by many in the ring and the crowd. Finest Promotions shows great promise for the future in putting together this exciting premiere.

Juan Carlos Fernandez Pursues Daboe Thomas

Juan Carlos Fernandez Pursues Daboe Thomas

In the first bout, super bantamweights Juan Carlos Fernandez (122 lbs., 1-0-0) and Daboe “Bad Boy” Thomas (123 lbs., 1-2-0) fought to a majority draw in a back and forth war that showcased the skills of both boxers as they tirelessly put together sharp combinations to the body and head. (continue reading…)

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