The “Mystery Man” was always a boxing fan from the time he watched the second Rocky Marciano and “Jersey” Joe Walcott rematch on his parent’s TV in 1952. He would stay at home and watch the fights sometimes two or three times a week in those days growing up.
In 1967 “Mystery Man” started going to the gyms and getting to know the fighters, promoters, managers etc. It wasn’t until May of 1981 he finally got “into the business” and promoted his first show at the Allentown Catholic School featuring Angel Cruz and Sammy Goss ending in a draw. He would follow up at the Paradise Stream in Mt. Pocono which was the first professional show in the PA Pocono’s which Caesar’s Palace at the time owned. Bruce “Sugar” Williams defeated Thomas Baker in the main event. Caesars paid for the entire show.
The “Mystery Man’s” final promotion was at Easton H.S. with Bruce Williams and Bobby Johnson in co-features. Larry “Peanut Head” Holmes would not allow his brother Mark then 6-0 on the card. It took until Mark’s 39th and last fight to fight in Easton.
The “Mystery Man” would do some matchmaking for others for a bit in Philadelphia and Scranton. He even managed a pair of Philadelphia boxers named Stanley Ross and Fred Pendleton (later an IBF champion) briefly. He was asked to give his advice (unpaid) to whoever the manager or trainer whether he liked them or not.
It took the “Mystery Man” three years to get on the PA HOF committee against the wishes of the chairman “because I know you would cause controversy”. As it turned out, the two of them increased the inductees from eight to fifteen each year and worked together fine. He became a writer for Boxing Tribune and Fighters-of-Faith starting in 2007 along with three other’s over a period of about time up until this day. He’s none to be “Honest to a Fault” but he is what he is and that is why they call him “The Mystery Man!”