By Scoop Malinowski
Status: Former pro boxer with an 8-2 record (4 KO’s) and sparring partner of Roberto Duran and Aaron Pryor.
DOB: 1955 In: Detroit, Michigan
First Boxing Memory: My first memory of boxing was when I was with my dad and he watched Friday Night At The Fights on TV.
First Famous Boxer You Met Or Encountered: Jimmy Ellis and Mike Quarry.
Greatest Career Moment: Fighting for Angelo Dundee.
Most Painful Career Moment: Losing a decision to Dario DeJesus, I thought I won the fight (L6 in 1979 in Miami Beach on undercard of Ray Leonard vs. Fernand Marcotte).
Strangest Fight: That would be Leon Williams – he ran his mouth what he was going to do to me. After I got in the ring I don’t think he could even fight.
Funniest Boxer Encountered: Ali.
Funny Boxing Memory: When I ripped my boxing trunks and didn’t have underwear on. Watching Ali clown with fighters in the gym.
Which Fight Did You Feel At Your Best My last fight I was in such great shape (W6 vs. James Donnelly in 1981 in Hauppauge, NY).
Favorite Boxers To Watch: Roberto Duran.
Embarrassing Boxing Memory: Ripping my boxing trunks during a fight.
Why Do You Love Boxing: One on one.
Hardest Puncher Encountered: Roberto Duran.
Aaron Pryor Memory: He was a really good ping pong player. We played every day at my house in Miami. He was also really good at playing horse shoes.
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Strawberry.
Favorite Artist: Merle Haggard.
Last Book Read: I don’t read.
People Qualities Most Admired: Honest.
(Abbott with Aaron Pryor.)