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They Can Break Marciano’s 49-0 Record But Can They Stay Unbeaten?

Posted on 08/31/2018

By: Ken Hissner

In boxing there are several records that stood out for years. One was Joe “The Brown Bomber” Louis with his 25 title defenses. You may not have read about it but this writer has written how Argentina’s Omar Narvaez and Mexico’s Julio Cesar Chavez had 27 defenses. Then there is Germany’s female WIBF World Flyweight and Super Flyweight champion Regina Halmich, 54-1-1, with 45 defenses but defending against people with 4 losing records and 7 making their debuts are included.

Boxers have come close for years going after Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 (43) record when not only did he retire with it but stayed retired. He made an attempt after Ingemar Johansson knocked out Floyd Patterson to come back and bring the heavyweight title back to the US but found he just didn’t have what he had when he retired stopping his attempted comeback.

Larry “Easton Assassin” Holmes got to 48-0 when the first light heavyweight champion in history defeated a heavyweight champion when 1976 Olympic Gold Medalist Michael Spinks put the “Spinx Jinx” on him defeating him by a narrow victory. The rematch should have gone to Holmes but same for the win’s Holmes had over “Terrible” Tim Witherspoon and Carl “The Truth” Williams being disputed.
Denmark’s Brian “Super Brian” Nielsen got to 49-0 before losing to Dicky Ryan of the US. WBC, WBO and WBA Minimumweight and IBF Light Flyweight champion Mexico’s Ricardo “Finito” Lopez ended his career 51-0-1. He was 47-0 when he drew with Rosendo “El Bufalo” Alvarez of Nicaragua then defeated him by split decision. He went onto win three more fights but the draw takes away a “perfect record”.

Paul “The Pittsburgh Kid” Spadafora was 37-0 and the IBF Lightweight champion when he fought to a draw with then unbeaten Romania’s Leonard Dorin, out of Canada the WBA World Lightweight champion. Spadafora lost in his next to last fight to Johan Perez to end up at 49-1-1.

Indonesia’s WBA Super World Featherweight champion Chris “The Dragon” John was 48-0-3 when he lost his final bout to Simpiwe Vetyeka of South Africa ending his career at 48-1-3. Spadafora and John lost for the first time one week apart.

There have been five boxers who have passed Marciano’s 49-0 record while three of them went onto lose. One was Nino LaRocca, who was born in Mauratania and moved to Italy. He was 56-0 when he lost to Gilles Elbilia from France. He ended at 74-6.

Mexico’s Julio Cesar “J.C.” Chavez was 87-0 when he drew with Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker of the US. He was 89-0-1 when he lost to Frankie “The Surgeon” Randall of the US. He ended at 107-6-2.

Featherweight world champion Willie “Wil o’ the Wisp” Pep, was 62-0 when he lost to Sammy Angott. He ended at 229-11-1.

Then there is Floyd “Money” Mayweather, Jr. who retired at 49-0. Then twenty-three months later comes back to defeat an amateur with a 0-0 record in MMA champion Conor McGregor. Why that was ever considered anything more than an exhibition shows you how in boxing things can be “arranged” which is what the Nevada commission did.

Few people that this writer knows realizes that Thailand’s WBC World Minimumweight champion Chayaphon Moonsri aka Wanheng Menayothin is currently at 50-0 and scheduled to fight August 28th against No. 14 ranked Pedro “Rattle Snake” Taduran, 12-1 of the Philippines in Thailand. All of Moonsri’s fights have been in Thailand. It will be his tenth defense. You can rest assure with a victory Mayweather will come back again. In gest this write said “the rematch between Mayweather and and McGregor will be on St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin, Ireland. Mayweather wanted no parts of Paul “The Punisher” Williams or Spadafora. The latter worked him over in the gym per his then trainer Jesse Reid.

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Ten Unbeaten Boxers with a Minimum of 30 Wins

Posted on 06/17/2018

By: Ken Hissner

When former heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 record gets surpassed its big thing. A half dozen have passed him but eventually got defeated.

Currently Floyd “Money” Mayweather defeated a rank amateur in order to improve his record to 50-0 (27). He no longer holds any titles but it seems when he is low on cash he fights again. In August of 2017 he carried and then opened up to defeat MMA boxer Conor McGregor who never had a professional boxing match. He is 41. He is not included on the list of boxers with a minimum of 30 wins. He is retired.

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WBC World Minimum champion Chayaphon Moonsri, 50-0 (17), of Thailand reached the 50 mark on May 2nd 2018 defeating Leroy Estrada, 16-2, from Panama. He is 32.

WBC Bantamweight Youth Silver champion Tassana Sanpattan, 46-0 (31), of Thailand in 2017 he was 4-0 with all being 6 round bouts. In 2018 he has a pair of 8 round bouts going 2-0. He is 24.

WBC Heavyweight champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder, 40-0 (39), of Tuscaloousa, AL. He is 32.

Middleweight Damian “The Beast” Jonak, 40-0-1 (21), of Poland. He didn’t have any bouts in 2016 or 2017 but has one bout in 2018 in an 8 rounder. In 2011 he won the WBA International Super Welterweight title. He is 35.

Middleweight WBA and WBC champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin is 38-0-1 (34), from KAZ, living in L.A., CA. He was stripped of his IBF title for not fighting his No. 1 contender. He is 36.

Former WBO Featherweight, WBO Super Featherweight, WBC Lightweight and current IBF World Super Lightweight champion Mikey Garcia, 38-0 (30), of Moreno Valley, CA. He is scheduled to go back down to lightweight for a unified title facing WBC Robert Easter, Jr., 21-0 (13), on July 28th. He is 30.

Former NABF and current Russian Middleweight champion Konstantin Ponomarev, 34-0 (13), of Big Bear, CA. He is 25.
Former WBO, WBC, WBA and IBF Super Lightweight champion now currently the WBO Welterweight Terence “Bud” Crawford, 33-0 (24), of Omaha, NEB, just won the welterweight title. He is 30.

WBC World Super Bantamweight champion Rey Vargas, 32-0 (22), of Mexico. He is 27.

WBC World Super Welterweight champion Jermell “Iron Man” Charlo, 31-0 (15), of Houston, TX. He is 28.
These are the 10 unbeaten boxers with at least 30 fights.

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Unbeaten Heavyweight Lee “Italian Stallion” Canalito“ The Way It Happened..

Posted on 07/21/2017

Unbeaten Heavyweight Lee “Italian Stallion” Canalito“ The Way It Happened..
By: Ken Hissner

This writer remembers seeing Lee “Italian Stallion” Canalito fight in a couple of his twenty-one fights if memory serves me right. Good looking studd, physically fit and had Angelo Dundee in his corner.

Canalito was a lineman at Sterling H.S. in Houston, TX, and was on Parade magazine’s annual All-America H.S. Football Team in 1971. He played defensive tackle at the University of Houston for two seasons before his college football career was derailed by a knee injury. His coach Bill Yeoman at Houston said “if Lee Canalito had two good legs he would have been the best defensive college football player ever in college football.”


Canalito won the Houston Golden Gloves with only seven amateur fights. He was trained by Angelo Dundee from 1977 to 1981 when Richie Giachetti took over until 1987 when Canalito retired from boxing with a 21-0 record with 19 knockouts.

In 1978 Sylvester Stallone cast Canalito, who had never acted, to co-star in the 1978 movie Paradise Alley, which Stallone wrote and directed. He would appear in 1988 in The Glass Jungle and in 1990 in the Emperor of the Bronx. He also appeared on Magnum P.I. in their third season. He was managed by Texas millionaire Hugh Benbow and later by Stallonewhen he was 8-0 while trained by Richie Giachetti.

Canalito debuted in January of 1977 on the undercard of a Roberto “Hands of Stone” Duran lightweight title defense at the Fontainbleau Hotel, in Miami Beach, FL, posting a knockout in two rounds. It would be his first of four bouts in the Sunshine State during his career. He stopped the first three opponents within two rounds before meeting then prospect Greg Sorrentino, 7-1-1, in St. Louis, MO, in May of 1977 winning a four round decision.

In 1978 starting a movie career kept him inactive for 19 months until returning to the ring in December of 1978 at the Convention Center in Miami Beach posting a first round knockout. In 1979 after scoring a first round knockout in FL, a month later he met veteran Charley Polite, 18-36-3, knocking him out in 6 rounds in Savannah, GA. He wouldn’t fight again for eight months returning at Madison Square Garden stopping Dennis Jordan, 13-7, in four rounds.

Canalito would be inactive for twenty months returning to the ring in July of 1982 scoring a third round stoppage in Atlantic City. Just eighteen days later he took on veteran southpaw Vic Brown, 29-29, and scored a first round knockout in Niles, OH. A week after that he stopped Luis Acosta, 15-5, in the first round in West Palm Beach, FL. That’s three stoppages in twenty-five days.

It would be just short of a year when Canalito returned to the ring in July of 1983 posting a first round knockout and an eight round decision over veteran James Dixon, 15-29-2, both in Atlantic City. Dixon seemed more concerned on survival than winning. Nine months later he would fight in his home city of Houston for the first time in 1984 posting three stoppages that year all in Texas.

In March of 1985 Canalito stopped Lou Benson, Jr., 15-8-2, in Atlantic City and six months later in the same Sands Casino stop Steve Zouski, 24-8, in seven rounds. In 1986 he returned to Houston scoring a seventh round knockout and eight months later stopping Dan Ramsey, 6-3, in the first round in Las Vegas.

Ten months later Canalito would end his career with a first round stoppage over Mike Jones, 4-1, in Houston in September of 1987. As you can see having only twenty-one fights over ten years meant he was a part-time boxer but had an impressive record.He was 6:05 with a high weight of 269 and a low of 239.

Canalito had five fights each in New Jersey and Texas along with four in Florida. If he would have been a full-time boxer this writer is sure he would have been a contender as he was No. 9 in the world then and a title challenger today. Upon retiring as a boxer he opened up the Lee CanalitoVIP Boxing Gym in Houston.He has provided inter-city HISD elementary, junior and senior high school after school boxing and fitness programs.

“He retired from football and was just starting to box when I met him. Great guy and a fun guy,” said Termite Watkins.

KEN HISSNER: After your football career came to an end at Univ. of Houston is that when you turned to boxing and if not when?

LEE CANALITO: Came along with a friend who was competing in the Golden Gloves. Won novice and open went to Nationals and won 2 fights and hurt my hand and had to withdraw.

KEN HISSNER: Your trainer Angelo Dundee I’m sure was high on you. When did you switch over to Richie Giachetti?

LEE CANALITO: Angelo saw me in the Gloves and contacted me. He was the best one to communicate with me. He never yelled but the rest of the trainers did and I didn’t need that. I had 8 fights and we parted in a good way. When Stallone took over as my manager that is when he brought Richie in to train me.

KEN HISSNER: How was your fight with Greg Sorrentino?

LEE CANALITO: I had a swollen knee but took the fight and he was hard to hit. I only had a couple days of sparring.I felt I won and was in charge.

KEN HISSNER: After having 4 fights in your initial start in 1977 you had a 19 month gap until your next fight the end of 1978. What happened?

LEE CANALITO: A fight with Gerry Cooney fell through when they didn’t accept the offer.

KEN HISSNER: In 1982 your wins over Vic Brown and Luis Acosta were good wins. A win over James Dixon in 1983 was another good win. 1984 was a 2-0 nothing year and 1985 you came up with another good pair of wins. Did your acting career take away from your boxing career?

LEE CANALITO: Acosta fight he had many fans there. Dixon did nothing but run.

KEN HISSNER: Your last two fights were good wins. What made you finally retire from boxing?

LEE CANALITO: I lost interest. There were too many fights falling through and too many broken promises.

KEN HISSNER: I know you opened a gym called Lee Canalito V.I.P.Gym. How is that? I’m sure you probably had more non-boxers than boxers in order to make any money doing it.

LEE CANALITO: Most favorite thing is holding pads especially with kids. When you work with non-boxers you get paid regularly unlike you do with boxers.

KEN HISSNER: Any funny stories you can talk about?

LEE CANALITO: When I was with Angelo in Miami Ali was there. In the dressing room he said let’s do this for the reporters out in the gym. He started banging on the lockers and yelling “I’m the Greatest”. He told me to go out and shadow box like we are mad with each other. We did just that and he was yelling and then stopped. He was one of the funniest people. I thought he was the best heavyweight of all time and I was glad to have sparred with him several times. I also sparred with Riddick Bowe and Tyrell Biggs and I felt I held my own. I’m not saying it in a bragging way.

KEN HISSNER: What was your feeling prior to waiting for the opening bell of a fight?

LEE CANALITO: I sized the opponent up and when we started boxing I showed him respect but when you get hit you react. I believe you should treat people with respect.

KEN HISSNER: Lee do you attend a church?

LEE CANALITO: Yes I do and I believe strongly in God. I attend St. Mary Queen Catholic church as often as I can.

KEN HISSNER: I want to thank you for taking the time to answer questions and wish you all the success in the world in the future.

LEE CANALITO: It was my pleasure talking to you Ken.

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Philly’s Damon “No Smilin” Allen, Jr.,Remains Unbeaten

Posted on 07/03/2017

Philly’s Damon “No Smilin” Allen, Jr.,Remains Unbeaten
By: Ken Hissner

The great grandson of legendary Philly trainer Mitch Allen is Philly’s “No Smilin” Damon Allen, 12-0-1 (5), remained unbeaten on June 30th at Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, CA, winning a split decision over veteran Gamaliel “El Clatano” Diaz, 40-17-3 (19), of MEX.

Allen is trained by his father Damon “Big Dame” Allen, Sr. and out of his great grandfather’s Mitch Allen Gym at the Recreation Center at 57th& Haverford in West Philadelphia. ”My great grandfather taught me everything. I feel my style is old school,” said Allen.

When Allen was a senior at Communications Technology High, he won the boy’s 15-16 open division in the 125-pound class at the Ringside World Championships in Kansas City, Mo., for the second year in a row. He was then trained by his 81 year old (now 87?) great-grandfather Mitch Allen. He also won Gold in the 15-16 division at the Junior Golden Gloves Nationals.

“Bernard Hopkins, Matthew Saad Muhammad, “Sugar” Ray Leonard and David Reid were my favorite Philly boxers growing up,” said Allen. In 2006 he was at Northern Michigan University for two years along with Jesse Hart with both trained by Philly’s Al Mitchell and that was the last time he saw David Reid.

“In Camden, NJ, working with some bad kids it means a lot giving back. I know firsthand being my parents adopted my little cousin whose mother was on drugs and has been boxing since he was 8 and won the Silver Gloves at 9,” said Allen.

“My cousin lives in L.A. and is a limo driver who was talking to Mike Tyson about me and had him call me talking boxing. It really propelled me to win my next fight,” said Allen.

After a brilliant amateur career the 24 year old lightweight now with Golden Boy Promotions is in his sixth straight fight since fighting in his home city of Philadelphia in his fourth bout in California in his last six fights.

“I always found it so befitting that he was signed by Golden Boy Promotions, because he truly is the ‘Golden Boy’ of our city – Philadelphia. Damon “No Smilin” Allen or “Baby Dame” to those who are close to him – is a special fighter, and there’s really no way to describe him. I’ve known Dame for many years, trained alongside him, sparred countless rounds with him and learned so much from him. As a kid he was considered a phenom, but now as a man he has really taken his game to a whole another level, and a world title will soon be in his possession. Damon Allen is a great fighter, anyone who witnesses him fight can attest to that. However, his friends and family know that he’s a great person also, and I can attest to that,” said Naim Nelson (former PA lightweight champion).

Allen’s otherwise unblemished record was held to a draw in October of 2016 against veteran Luis Areceo, 28-15-4. In viewing this bout on www.youtube.com it was a close fight and I though 5-3 Allen. His career started back in April of 2013.

Allen turned professional in April of 2013 stopping Joseph Ahaamid at Harrah’s Philadelphia, in Chester, PA. He would follow up with a pair of decision wins at the Valley Forge Casino, in Valley Forge, PA. In September he defeated Tony Walker, 5-2-1, at Bally’s in Atlantic City.

In 2014 Allen won a pair of fights at the PA Metal Sheet Workers Hall in Philadelphia. Then a contract dispute caused him not to fight for fifteen months returning to the ring in 2015 with a pair of wins in Philadelphia and his debut in L.A.

In 2016 Allen defeated Daniel Perales, 9-4-1, in DC and Daniel Montoya, 10-3, in Hollywood. In October came his draw with Arceo in L.A. In 2017 he stopped Adam Mate, 24-10, at the Turning Stone Resort in Verona, NY.

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