my tour of the DC Boxing and Fitness Center in Washington DC, I ran
into former National Association of Boxing Federations (NABF)
Welterweight Champion Derrell “Too Sweet” Coley
For the benefit of
fans with foggy memories, Coley turned professional in 1990 after a
highly successful amateur career with a record of 96 wins, 4 losses
including winning two golden gloves and a championship at the AAU
He immediately made
a mark in boxing by stopping former WBC Light Welterweight Champion
Saoul Mamby by 1st round kayo. He went unbeaten in 28 fights and
finally captured the vacant NABF Welterweight title four years
later. He defended that belt twice before losing a hotly contested
twelve round decision to mandatory challenger Oba Carr in 1995. It
is important to note that most of the media and fans at ringside
thought Coley clearly should have won that fight, nevertheless he
rebounded from that defeat and regained his old title against Kip
Diggs in 1997. He defended his title several times by beating back
the challenges of Willy Wise and former IBF Middleweight title
Challenger Romallis Ellis.
The highlight of his
boxing career came when he competed against Oscar De La Hoya for the
vacant IBC Welterweight Title. Despite a valiant effort he got
stopped in the seventh round back in 2000. Since then he has gone
undefeated in four fights and his professional record now stands at
a very respectable 38 - 2 - 2 with 27KOS.
Here is what the
former champion had to say after he had cooled down from his intense
Amakor: I see you
training intensely, do you have a fight scheduled
I am working on a few things in the gym with my new trainer Zeke,
and I may return in November or in January 2006, I have no fight
scheduled right now though
Amakor: You have not
fought since 2003, who do you want to fight right now
I am willing to fight anybody, I honestly believe I can beat any of
the champions out there.
Amakor: You spent
most of your career in the welterweight division, are you going back
to the division
I will be returning to the ring at 154 (light Middleweight Division)
Amakor: You have
been involved in so many great fights, which fight do you remember
I really enjoyed my fight and I believe I gave one of my best
performances against Oba Carr, I honestly believe I won that fight
hands down no matter what the judges say..
Amakor: This brings
me to your fight against De la Hoya (his eyes light up)
know everybody talks about that fight, fans do not remember that
that he did not make the mandatory weight for the fight, but they
cheated me, my two loses were not fair fights, I got cheated. In my
book I have never lost a fair fight.
Amakor: Why have you
not fought since 2003
I had to take some time off from the game.
Amakor: There have
been a few gaps in your career after the De La Hoya fight, what
happened during those periods.
I had a few management problems that could not allow me focus on
boxing, but everything is great right now, my team is strong and I
am ready to make a comeback.
Amakor: What are
your boxing goals right now
I am on a mission right now to get one last title shot against any
of the champions out there and retire from the game for good without
sustaining any life threatening injuries. (checks his watch)
Amakor: Thank you
for time Derrell.