|Real name||Robert Edward Czyz|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Born||February 10, 1962|
|Wins by KO||28|
Robert Edward Czyz (// CHEZ; born February 10, 1962) is a retired American boxer, commentator, and member of Mensa. A New Jersey native of Polish descent, he is both a former world light heavyweight and cruiserweight champion.
Nicknamed "Matinee Idol", Czyz was a member of the United States amateur boxing team whose other members died in the 1980 plane crash. Because of an auto accident one week before the fatal trip, Czyz was not on the plane.
Czyz had a quick start to his professional boxing career in the early 1980s, and he was soon in line for a shot against world middleweight champion Marvin Hagler. He had to start from scratch, however, after suffering a 10-round loss at the hands of veteran Mustafa Hamsho in November 1982.
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 heavyweight 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 McDonald - before taking on 'Prince' Charles Williams 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 of victories, in turn followed by two cracks at the world title in 1989. Czyz, despite truly good efforts on his part in 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 medallist he KO'd) in June 1990, then jumped up to cruiserweight. He challenged Robert Daniels for Daniels' 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.The trio covered fights in many locations worldwide. In December 1994, he covered the first world title fight ever held in Ecuador as a member of Showtime's crew.
In 1996, he stepped up to the 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. Czyz continued doing color commentary for Showtime, but was let go after pleading guilty to his fourth drunken-driving offense in six years after being caught speeding in Readington Township, New Jersey. Czyz's case received a lot of attention as he was a multiple repeat DUI case, and was a driver behind the NJ Assembly revisiting its legislation. Czyz, who was a Raritan Township, New Jersey resident at the time, was given a six-month license suspension for each of his three drunken driving convictions in 1998, 1999 and 2000. It was discovered that he was sentenced improperly as a first-time offender after his fourth arrest, which occurred in February 2003 in Readington Township, where he was caught driving with a blood-alcohol level of 0.14 percent. The state limit at that time was 0.10 percent.
|IBF Light Heavyweight Champion
6 September 1986–29 October 1987
| Succeeded by|
|WBA Cruiserweight Champion
8 March 1991–1992
| Succeeded by|
Professional boxing record
|44 Wins (28 knockouts, 16 decisions), 8 Losses (5 knockouts, 3 decisions)|
|Loss||44-8||Corrie Sanders||TKO||2||12/06/1998||Uncasville, Connecticut, United States||WBU World Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 1:43 of the second round.|
|Loss||44-7||Evander Holyfield||RTD||5||10/05/1996||New York City, United States||Czyz could not come out for the sixth round.|
|Win||44-6||Richard Jackson||TKO||6||05/12/1995||Biloxi, Mississippi, United States||WBU World Super Cruiserweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 1:24 of the sixth round.|
|Win||43-6||Jeff Williams||UD||10||22/09/1995||West Orange, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||42-6||Tim Tomashek||TKO||5||24/03/1995||West Orange, New Jersey, United States|
|Loss||41-6||David Izeqwire||RTD||4||04/08/1994||Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States||IBO World Cruiserweight Title. Czyz did not come out for the fifth round.|
|Win||41-5||George O'Mara||UD||10||19/02/1994||Charlotte, North Carolina, United States|
|Win||40-5||Donny Lalonde||UD||12||08/05/1992||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||WBA World Cruiserweight Title. 117-111, 116-110, 116-113.|
|Win||39-5||Bash Ali||UD||12||09/08/1991||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||WBA World Cruiserweight Title. 120-108, 120-108, 120-108.|
|Win||38-5||Robert Daniels||SD||12||08/03/1991||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||WBA World Cruiserweight Title. 119-112, 116-114, 114-116.|
|Win||37-5||Horacio Rene Brandan||TKO||6||21/09/1990||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 2:05 of the sixth round.|
|Win||36-5||Andrew Maynard||KO||7||24/06/1990||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Maynard knocked out at 0:42 of the seventh round.|
|Win||35-5||Uriah Grant||UD||10||23/03/1990||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||97-93, 95-94, 96-94.|
|Loss||34-5||Charles Williams||RTD||10||25/06/1989||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||IBF World Light Heavyweight Title. Czyz could not come out for the 11th round.|
|Loss||34-4||Virgil Hill||UD||12||04/03/1989||Bismarck, North Dakota, United States||WBA World Light Heavyweight Title. 112-117, 111-117, 110-119.|
|Win||34-3||Mike DeVito||TKO||7||27/12/1988||Fort Myers, Florida, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 1:18 of the seventh round.|
|Win||33-3||Leslie Stewart||SD||10||25/10/1988||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||96-93, 96-95, 94-95.|
|Loss||32-3||Dennis Andries||MD||10||22/05/1988||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||95-95, 95-98, 94-96.|
|Loss||32-2||Charles Williams||RTD||9||29/10/1987||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||IBF World Light Heavyweight Title. Czyz could not come out for the tenth round.|
|Win||32-1||Jim MacDonald||TKO||6||03/05/1987||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||IBF World Light Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 0:37 of the sixth round.|
|Win||31-1||Willie Edwards||KO||2||21/02/1987||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||IBF World Light Heavyweight Title. Edwards knocked out at 2:16 of the second round.|
|Win||30-1||David Sears||TKO||1||26/12/1986||West Orange, New Jersey, United States||IBF World Light Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 1:01 of the first round.|
|Win||29-1||Slobodan Kacar||TKO||5||06/09/1986||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||IBF World Light Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 1:10 of the fifth round.|
|Win||28-1||Murray Sutherland||UD||10||26/07/1985||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||9-1, 9-1, 7-2.|
|Win||27-1||Mike Fischer||UD||10||09/05/1985||West Orange, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||26-1||Tim Broady||TKO||4||18/01/1985||Houston, Texas, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 1:41 of the fourth round.|
|Win||25-1||Marvin Mack||UD||10||23/10/1984||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||24-1||Mark Frazie||UD||10||30/05/1984||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||23-1||Jimmy Baker||TKO||1||15/02/1984||Totowa, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||22-1||Bill Medei||TKO||4||25/10/1983||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||21-1||Bert Lee||TKO||3||09/09/1983||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 3:00 of the third round.|
|Loss||20-1||Mustafa Hamsho||UD||10||20/11/1982||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||20-0||Chris Linson||TKO||2||25/09/1982||McAfee, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||19-0||Manuel Melon||TKO||2||03/07/1982||Totowa, New Jersey, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 1:24 of the second round.|
|Win||18-0||Bobby Coolidge||TKO||5||23/05/1982||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||17-0||Robbie Sims||UD||10||17/01/1982||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||6-3, 7-2, 6-3.|
|Win||16-0||Elisha Obed||DQ||6||12/11/1981||East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||15-0||Dan Snyder||TKO||2||08/10/1981||Totowa, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||14-0||Rick Noggle||TKO||7||26/07/1981||Tampa, Florida, United States|
|Win||13-0||Reggie Jones||TKO||7||18/06/1981||Totowa, New Jersey, United States||New Jersey Middleweight Title.|
|Win||12-0||Oscar Albarado||TKO||3||21/05/1981||Totowa, New Jersey, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 2:30 of the third round.|
|Win||11-0||Teddy Mann||UD||8||23/02/1981||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||10-0||Danny Long||TKO||5||08/02/1981||McAfee, New Jersey, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 2:05 of the fifth round.|
|Win||9-0||Skipper Jones||TKO||7||18/12/1980||Totowa, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||8-0||Tommy Merola||TKO||2||16/10/1980||Totowa, New Jersey, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 2:49 of the second round.|
|Win||7-0||Johnny Davis||TKO||1||18/09/1980||Totowa, New Jersey, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 1:40 of the first round.|
|Win||6-0||Leo Ferro||UD||8||21/08/1980||Totowa, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||5-0||Bruce Strauss||KO||4||17/07/1980||Totowa, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||4-0||Ronald Cousins||TKO||1||19/06/1980||Totowa, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||3-0||Dalton Swift||KO||2||22/05/1980||Totowa, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||2-0||Jamal Arbubakar||PTS||4||08/05/1980||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||1-0||Hank Whitmore||KO||1||24/04/1980||Totowa, New Jersey, United States|
Outside of the ring
Czyz married actress and photographer Kimberly Ross (born October 8, 1959) on October 27, 1992. Their daughter, Mercedes Czyz, was born September 27, 1993. They were divorced by the time Kimberly died, after a long battle with breast cancer, on December 19, 2006, aged 47.
He has since been inducted into the Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame.
Czyz is a member of Mensa, the organization for people who have scored in the highest 2% of takers in an IQ test. He even wore a shirt with "MENSA" on it while walking to the ring to fight Evander Holyfield.
- Isaac Barrio. "Boxing: An Interview with Bobby Czyz Part 3: Heavyweights, Heavy Issues, and a Distinctive Legacy". Hardcoreboxing.net. Retrieved 2010-08-02.
- Boxing commentator arrested, Herald News, February 25, 2003, accessed April 11, 2007. "Boxing commentator and former two-time world champion Bobby Czyz, a Lakeland High School graduate and former Wanaque resident, has been charged with drunken driving."
- "Ex-Boxer Faces Jail For Drunken Driving - NYTimes.com". Readington (Nj): Select.nytimes.com. 2003-06-01. Retrieved 2010-08-02.
- Archived September 28, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
- "Bobby Czyz". BoxRec.
- "Prominent Mensans". Mensa International. Retrieved 2007-10-11.
- Bobby Czyz Official Website
- Professional boxing record for Bobby Czyz from BoxRec
- Michael Swann's 2007 multi-part interview with Bobby Czyz