Paisan Con

Bobby Czcz

Appearing both Saturday and Sunday

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Cycyz was born in Orange, New Jersey. He grew up in Wanaque, New Jersey and attended Lakeland Regional High School. Czyz had a quick start to his professional boxing career in the early 1980s, and he was soon in line for a shot against Marvin Hagler. He had to start from scract, however, after suffering a one-sided, 10-round loss at the hands of veteran Mustafa Hamsho on November 20, 1982 in a bout that was nationally televised. 

Czyz went up in weight, put another string of wins together, and in September 1986, he finally found himself in a ring with an undefeated world champion, IBF light weight champion Slobodan Kacar (Olympic Gold medallist of 1980). Czyz beat him in five rounds.

Czyz made three defenses: a one-round defeat of David Sears, a see-saw second-round KO of Willie Edwards, and a fifth-round TKO of Jim McDonalds-before taking on ‘Prince’ Charles William in October 1987. 

Czyz scored an early knockdown of Williams, yet the challenger not only stayed in the fight, but also hammered shut Czyz’ left eye en route to scoring a TKO victory and thus seizing the title after eight rounds of boxing. 

Czyz then lost a decision to Dennis Andries in May 1988, followed by a couple victories, in turn followed by two cracks at the world title in 1989. Czyz, despite good efforts on his part for both challenges, lost both of them- a 12-round decision to Virgil Hill in North Dakota for the WBA version in March, and a 10th-round TKO loss to Williams in an IBF title rematch in June. 

Czyz went on to stop then-undefeated Andrew Maynard in seven rounds (the second undefeated Gold Medalist he KO’d) in June 1990, then jumped up to cruiserweight. He challenged Robert Daniels for Daniel’s WBA world cruiserweight championship in March 1991, and won a unanimous decision. Two defenses, against Bash Ali and Donny Lalonde, were made (both by unanimous decision) before Czyz vacated the title.

In 1994, Czyz became a television boxing analyst working alongside Steve Albert and Ferdie Pacheco whilst continuing his boxing career. This trio covered fights in many locations worldwide. In December 1994, he covered the first world title fight ever held in Equador as a member of Showtime’s crew. 

In 1996, he stepped up to heavyweight division, but lost by knockout in five rounds to Evander Holyfield and quickly retired. Czyz fought one last time in 1998, losing by second-round TKO to South African Corrie Sanders.