A Mexican Civil War will erupt at The T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas this weekend when already popular Julio Cesar Chavez Jr attempts to replicate the deified status enjoyed by his father (Julio Sr) by inflicting a spot of giant killing on Golden Boy cash cow Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez. BoxNation screen live.
Glynn Evans highlights seven sons who trailed their pops into the prize ring with varying degrees of success.
Lenny and Ray Mancini
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At the onset of World War Two, ‘Boom Boom’ Lenny from Youngstown, Ohio was a 5ft 2in lightweight dervish who terrorised the division whilst delighting fans on the dominant New York City fight scene.
By the age of 22, he was mandatory challenger to world champion Sammy Angott but, in 1942, was conscripted into the US Army as an infantryman. He saw action in France where he failed to slip or parry some mortar shrapnel. Though discharged with a Purple Heart, his wounds prevented him from rekindling his best form and luckless Lenny retired at 28, never to contend for the crown.
Youngest son Ray – also ‘Boom Boom’ – more than atoned. Aged just 20, he was fast tracked into an unrealistic WBC lightweight challenge to future Hall of Famer Alexis Arguello but fought a heroic battle before being rescued in round 14. Seven months on, Ray finally delivered a world title for the family following a ‘rock ‘em sock ‘em’ one round rout of WBA boss Art Frias, in which both were cut and dazed.
A huge TV favourite, Mancini minor defended before 17,000 in his hometown but a significant portion of his fury was doused after second challenger Deuk-Koo Kim lost his life following their ferocious fight in 1982. After dropping a brace to Virgin Islander Livingstone Bramble, ‘Boom Boom’ bowed out at 24 - $6m richer – to pursue an acting career. He was inducted into the sport’s Hall of Fame in 2015.
Floyd and Tracy Patterson
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A teenage illiterate, ferocious Floyd survived a school for ‘the emotionally disturbed’ in Brooklyn, to capture middleweight gold at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics. Four years after, he reigned as the youngest ever world heavyweight champion (at the time) by starching Archie Moore in five for the throne vacated by Rocky Marciano.
Barely 6ft tall, it’s been said Patterson owned the frame of a light-heavy, the power of a super-heavy but the chin of a middleweight. He lost and regained his crown by kayos against Ingemar Johansson, then twice ‘fainted’ in the first round when confronted by the fearsome Sonny Liston. His two reigns as heavyweight monarch saw him enter Canastota in 1991.
Tracy Harris was a troubled but talented teen who impressed Patterson so much at the Huguenot Boys Club that he ran in retirement, that he adopted the transplanted Alabaman 14 year old as his own.
Half a foot shorter and five stone lighter, tasty Tracy evolved into a two-weight New York Golden Gloves king and, like his patriarch, served two terms as world champion, reigning on the WBC Super-Bantam (1992-4) and IBF Super-Feather (1995) thrones.
Joe and Marvis Frazier
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Hall of Fame heavyweight ‘Smokin’ Joe’ first started to scrap in the hope of shifting some surplus timber as a 16 ½ stone 17 year old. A slaughter man both in and out of the ropes, Frazier topped the rostrum at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics just three years later.
Feted for his fizzing left hook, the Phillie flattener bagged the New York State and WBA versions of ‘The Greatest Prize in Sports’, before securing universal recognition by becoming the first to defeat Muhammad Ali in their March 1971 ‘Fight of the Century’ at Madison Square Garden. He was involved in Ring Magazine’s Fight of the Year on four separate occasions.
Meek Marvis was a stellar amateur – world junior gold medallist and national AAU champ – but, just 6ft on his tiptoes and weighing no more than a modern cruiser, he lacked the bulk (and bite) to bother the pro elite. He fiddled past credible contenders such as James Broad, Joe Bugner, Quick Tillis and Bonecrusher Smith but was bombed out inside a round by both Larry Holmes and Mike Tyson. Now fights the Good Fight as a Pentecostal minister.
Bill and James Douglas
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At 23, ‘Dynamite Bill’ was the leading amateur middleweight in the US with a National Golden Gloves title on his mantelpiece to prove it.
During a 13 year innings in the profession (1967-80), the pride of Columbus, Ohio squared up to all the leading ‘iron’ of the middle and light-heavyweight divisions and his explosive gloves earned him 31 quick wins in 58 starts but he never quite copped the breaks.
Offspring James – a 6ft 4in 235lb behemoth better known as ‘Buster’ – made an altogether bigger splash. As a 42-1 outsider, he sedated then obliterated the previously unbeaten and unthreatened ‘Iron Mike’ Tyson at the Tokyo Dome, Japan to execute what is widely considered the greatest upset in ring history.
Alas, the one opponent big ‘Buster’ could never conquer was his voracious appetite. Whilst in the hotel sauna trying to boil off some blubber ahead of his maiden defence against Evander Holyfield, he famously ordered $98 worth of tucker from room service! He was predictably rubbed out in three when ‘The Real Deal’ exploded a right hand onto one of gut Buster’s many chins. Nevertheless he was rewarded for his incorrigible ill-discipline with an inappropriately mammoth $24m purse. Sometimes life just sucks!
Leon and Cory Spinks
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‘Neon Leon’ lit up the world heavyweight scene in the late 1970s, largely with his playboy antics beyond the ropes.
Formerly a world amateur bronze medallist and 1976 Olympic light-heavyweight champion, the gap toothed, mink skinned ex Marine from Missouri entered the annuls by capturing the undisputed world title just eight fights and 13 months into his pro career. That his conquest was a certain M.Ali from Louisville simply added to the fame which Spinks couldn’t cope with.
Just seven months but innumerable hangovers after, the carefree clubber conceded to the great Muhammad in a rematch and, thereafter, squandered his $5m ring earnings and deteriorated into poverty and homelessness.
Southpaw sprog Cory was a considerably more cautious campaigner, both in and out of the ring. A double national amateur titlist, ‘Next Generation’ claimed the IBF welter strap by schooling Italy’s Michele Piccirillo in Lombardia in 2003. Later that year, he added the WBC and WBA belts by taming Nicaraguan barbarian Ricardo Mayorga over 12.
He subsequently bamboozled Russia’s Roman Karmazin to snare the IBF belt up at light-middle but in 2007 was denied fifth and sixth titles in a third weight class when three blind men masquerading as judges gifted Jermain Taylor a decision which Seconds Out.com dubbed: ‘the worst of the year.’
Floyd Mayweather Sr and Jr
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Contrary to his rather deluded sense of self-appreciation, Floyd Sr was neither a great fighter nor a great father.
Turning pro at 22, he entered the world welter rankings in 1977 but, the following year, was dropped twice then stopped in ten by a rising Sugar Ray Leonard. Shortly after, he opted to use 23 month old Floyd Jr as a human shield when a gun wielding adversary sought retribution for one on senior’s many misdemeanours. His assailant – clearly a man of compassion – dipped south and blasted the miscreant’s leg, effectively ending his meandering 28-6-1 ring career. Alas it kick started one as a drug trafficker, for which he was to serve a lengthy prison term.
His similarly bashful son questionably styles himself as ‘TBE (The Best Ever)’. However, he is incontestably ‘The Best Earner’.
Since scoring bronze at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, ‘Money’ Mayweather’s unblemished 49 fight ring CV shows 26 successive world title wins and 11 global belts spanning five weight classes. Fifteen pay-per-view gigs have generated $1.3 billion and grossed FMJ a colossal $660 million personal fortune, easily the biggest in boxing history. Couldn’t happen to a nicer fella?!
Julio Cesar Chavez Sr and Jr
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Papa, known as ‘JC Superstar’, is quite simply the greatest Mexican glove slinger of all time.
Conquered just six times in 115 paid starts, this super skilled yet sinisterly spiteful warrior lost just four of 37 world title fights and scalped 15 rival world champions. A liver chopping left hooker, the pride of Culiacan bagged six world titles spanning three divisions (130-140lbs) and participated in The Ring magazine’s ‘Fight of the Decade’ for the 1990s when, behind on the cards, he rallied to rub out Philadelphia’s Meldrick Taylor with just two seconds remaining.
His son of the same name was bigger in stature alone. A 6ft 1in middle-cum-light-heavy, ‘JC Jr’ has a talent inverse to his (lack of) dedication. Hugely popular in his homeland, the baby-faced boy claimed and thrice retained the WBC middleweight strap earlier this decade but flunked multiple drug tests and weight-checks.
Now schooled by the brilliant Nacho Beristain, an austere taskmaster, he’ll be hoping to redeem his rep by rinsing ’Canelo’ Alvarez in Las Vegas this weekend.
Bubbling under: Tony and Anthony Mundine, Guty Espadas Sr and Jr, Hector Camacho Sr and Jr, Wilfredo Vasquez Sr and Jr, Chris Eubank Sr and Jr