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Boxing Needs More John Scully’s

“Iceman” John Scully could be complicated or he is perhaps uncomplicated, however regardless of the case and in contrast to many within the periphery of boxing who’ve a disproportionate sense of self-importance, he’s actual, humble, accessible, well-grounded, direct in a pleasant means, and a brutally trustworthy one that has carried out all of it; and I imply all.

He was an impressive novice boxer, a talented boxer-puncher with a unprecedented ring IQ, who concluded his newbie profession with a Bronze medal profitable efficiency at the 1988 U.S. Olympic Trials. His proudest second was defeating Darin Allen in 1988 to qualify for the U.S. Olympic trials. He says, “Darin was a world amateur champion, a national champion and one of the most well respected boxers in the world at the time, and I always knew that a fight with him would be like a Super Bowl type event for me.”

He turned a two-time title contender within the skilled ranks, ending with an admirable 38-11 report (although he was not fairly capable of switch his newbie success). He was solely stopped as soon as and that was by the mysterious Drake Thadzi who had simply gained a choice over James Toney. Scully’s opposition included names like Littles, Nunn (considered one of his  greatest performances in a dropping trigger), Maske, Thornton, Bridges and Rocchigiani.

After retiring in 2001, he did some wonderful TV commentating with Joe Tessitore on ESPN Basic. He was a cerebral, clean and articulate ringside analyst for that community’s Boxing Collection. By all accounts, he ought to have been picked up by one of many nationwide networks, nevertheless it was to not be. However, he took what he had discovered through the years and put all of it collectively, turning it right into a profitable coaching profession. On the age of 51, he nonetheless spars together with his expenses.

There have been indicators alongside the best way of the type of values John possessed.  When William Papaleo “Willie Pep” handed away on November 23, 2006, sadly solely three ex or present boxers attended the funeral. One was John .

In 2009, he was a comparatively early inductee into the Connecticut Boxing Corridor of Fame. The next is famous on its website: “Boxing has been in Scully’s blood for nearly his entire life. He was a highly successful amateur. He was a solid professional. Now a trainer, Scully has worked with world champions. Scully twice fought for the world light heavyweight title. The lifelong Windsor resident won a New England middleweight crown and also captured an Eastern Regional national amateur championship…”. John has been the first increase for getting boxing again into the Hartford space.

He additionally has been writing, chronicling his days within the ring with the “Iceman’s Diaries,” a piece in progress.  Scully is taken into account an impressive historian–particularly relating to his information of his  idol, Muhammed Ali, whom he tries to emulate by “living out his values, but having fun in the process.”

Very lately he was awarded the distinguished Bert Sugar Trophy by RING 10 in New York Metropolis. The award acknowledges these “who carry a proficient knowledge of the history of boxing and preserve its memories.”

“I never turn down an interview request now because I find it pretty funny, it’s really a trip that you even care enough what I have to say to ask me,” Iceman says. However the reality is, he’s a a lot sought-after interviewee and all the time thanks the interviewer for his or her time.


I plan on coaching fighters for so long as I’m alive on this earth.–Iceman John Scully

Even whereas boxing, he started to coach different fighters as early because the late 1980’s. Nevertheless, he turned a sought-after coach a lot later, guiding a number of boxers to world championships together with: Liz Mueller, WIBF Light-weight Champion; Jose Antonio “El Gallo” Rivera, WBA Junior Middleweight Champion; Mike Oliver, IBO Tremendous Bantamweight Champion; and “Bad” Chad Dawson, WBC Mild heavyweight Champion. His highest achievement might have been in Might of 2006, when he guided underdog Rivera to the WBA Junior Middleweight Championship, with a dominating factors victory over defending champion Alejandro “Terra” Garcia (25-1 coming in) in Worcester, MA.

“Iceman” has additionally had a hand within the skilled coaching of such notable boxers as heavy-handed Israel “Pito” Cardona, clean Matt Godfrey, slick “Sucra” Ray Olivera, the tremendous thrilling Scott “The Sandman” Pemberton, gifted Lawrence Clay-Bey, rugged Matt Remillard, and Puerto Rico born Francisco “The Wizard” Palacios.

John is presently part of TEAM Artur Beterbiev, led by Marc Ramsey. Beterviev is among the greatest in boxing, as attested to by the Chechen’s violent stoppage over beforehand undefeated Callum Johnson on October seventh in Chicago. And whereas within the Windy Metropolis, he took the time to examine on the legendary Wilfred Benítez, who resides there beneath the care of his sister, Yvonne.

As an apart, that is what Scully has to say about Beterbiev: “Artur… is a monster. He’s a very powerful guy with unusual strength for a guy his size. As an amateur, he had over 300 fights. Beterbiev actually fought as a heavyweight (201 pounds) as an amateur, winning the European title and handling all the bigger guys….Beterbiev beat former world champion, Sergey Kovalev as an amateur.”

Scully (married with one daughter and three stepsons) additionally signed on to participate in a 10-year research at the famend Lou Ruvo Middle for Mind Well being in Las Vegas, NV. Every year, he and others bear six hours of various sorts of testing and then the outcomes are monitored to trace  progress or regression over a 10-year span. Fortunately, his outcomes have been properly above common to date. In reality, Scully’s reminiscence is outstanding.

And so the laurels go on and on and maintain pouring in. Certainly, there’s not sufficient area to put in writing about all of them, together with his group activism amongst different issues. However then this isn’t as a lot about his many different accomplishments (and renaissance-man persona) as it’s about his much less seen exercise of reaching out to assist different ex-boxers as they wrestle with the transition from boxing. He provides the phrase “reaching out” a extra noble which means.

Reaching Out

A current reunion in LA

The next from Fb is consultant of simply one of many many such issues  the “Iceman” does to help his boxing brothers and sisters: “RJ signed a “Roy Jones 2X World Champ” hat for me in June that I’m presently auctioning off, with the very best bidder receiving it ASAP. Proceeds to go to the good, however badly ailing, three-time world champion Wilfred Benítez.”

He’s in contact with Gerald McClellan’s loving sister and caregiver, Lisa. In reality, in 2017 he participated in an enormous occasion in Harlem that served to deliver extra consciousness to G-Man and his troublesome state of affairs. Scully was capable of safe a really beneficiant donation for him from the Connecticut Boxing Corridor of Fame committee. Presently, John has some lovely special-edition boxing posters by Richard Slone that he plans to unload, with the income to go on to Gerald. Over that previous couple of years, he has bought numerous items of boxing memorabilia, with the proceeds going to totally different former fighters.

The factor is, Gerald and Wilfred are those that everybody is aware of about; there are others who stay nameless right here, however they’re on the market and they’re in want. As somebody as soon as stated (it may need been Steve Buffery), boxers not often depart the game with greater than they introduced in. Scully has aligned himself with former middleweight Matt Farrago, President of Ring 10 in New York Metropolis and one other former middleweight Alex “The Bronx Bomber” Ramos, with The Retired Boxers Basis in Los Angeles; each of whom have accomplished some superb issues for ex-boxers in want. Attending to Floyd Mayweather, Jr. stays a objective, as the great that Floyd might do for struggling ex boxers is nearly limitless.

John additionally organizes enjoyable gatherings (aka reunions) of ex-boxers, and lately had one at Fortune Boxing in Hollywood, California. He has additionally held them at three totally different spots in Harlem and New York Metropolis, in Las Vegas at Russ Anber’s Rival Boxing retailer, and at each casinos in Connecticut (Foxwoods and The Mohegan Solar). This previous February, he carried out one along side USA Boxing at the New England Golden Gloves event in Lowell, Massachusetts. Guys like Roy Jones, Mike McCallum, Marlon Starling, Lamon Brewster, Montell Griffin, Ronnie Essett, Mickey Bey, Felix Nance and Micky Ward have attended, as have such entertainers as actor Frank Stallone and rappers Flava’ Flav’ and R.A as nicely.

As Ice places it, “A lot of former boxers are unfortunately not sailing off into the sunset but, rather, are now being forced to fight much different and much harder types of battles in retirement. Fortunately, there are guys in the game who haven’t forgotten them and are constantly pushing for them to get the help they need. It really is a special thing to see, real boxing people helping real boxing people.” John is certainly one of them. That is the place the speak stops and the assistance begins; the place the rubber hits the street.

‘Iceman’ John Scully “… is an uncomplicated man who picks directions, identifies preferences and sticks with what works. It’s always been that way, and it applies to everything in his life.” (Taken from an article titled  Windsor’s ‘Iceman’ John Scully To Be Honored For Boxing Contributions, by Mike Anthony within the Hartford Courant dated September 22, 2018.)

John must hold doing what he’s doing for a mess of causes, not the least of which being that it  simply may grow to be contagious.

Floyd Mayweather Junior, are you listening?

Ted Sares is likely one of the world’s oldest lively full energy lifters and Strongman rivals. He’s a member of Ring 10, and Ring four’s Boxing Corridor of Fame. He is also an Auxiliary Member of the Boxing Writers Affiliation of America (BWAA).

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