By: Ken Hissner
After Jesse “Hard Work” Hart, 19-0 (16) had to come off the canvas with 13 seconds to go in his 10 round fight with Dashon Johnson, 19-18-3 (6) to win I got a phone call from Dhafir “No Fear” Smith, 27-25-7 asking me to do an article on a bad record boxer defeating a good record boxer. He pointed to Johnson and Darnell Boone. Boone then 20-21-4 defeating Philip Jackson Benson, 15-1 and Willie Monroe, Jr. 10-0 when he was 17-17-3. He also defeated Calvin Green who was 20-3-1.
Smith himself defeated former IBF middleweight champion Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy who was 25-3 and Smith 23-19-7. On top of that the event was in Lacy’s hometown. Emmanuel “Burton” Augustus was 27-23-6 when he defeated Alex Trujillo who was 23-1. When he was 11-12-3 he defeated David Toledo 25-1-1. He was 14-12-3 defeating Fred Ladd 45-1. He was 26-19-5 defeating Carlos Wilfredo Viches 37-1-2. He was 29-25-6 putting Ray Oliveira 47-10-2 into retirement. Agustus ended up 38-34-6.
Other unusual endings were as follows with Luis Mantegna 1-53 defeating Mauro Orlandi 5-5; Aaron Sepulveda 0-21-1 defeating Romel Aguilar 8-0-2; Francisco Herrera 0-29-1 winning over Yuri Mendez 17-2-1. Also Derrick Whitley 24-25-3 defeating Arturo Rivera 18-3-1; Gary Thomas 2-23-1 defeating Earl “The Pearl” Hargrove 27-2.
As you can see you cannot “always judge a boxer by his record!”