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Mamby Back For Fifth Decade!

06.01.04 - By Jim Amato: Saoul Mamby at the age of 57 has embarked on a comeback. The former W.B.C. 140 pound titleholder recently won a decision over Thundluang Sitjanaat who reportedly had an 11-1 record. They fought as junior middleweights. It was Mamby's 85th fight in a career that began in 1969. He has now fought in five different decades. I know Roberto Duran has accomplished that feat. I'm not sure if anyone else has.

Mamby first challenged for a world title in 1977 when he lost a fifteen round verdict to Saensak Muangsurin in Bangkok, Thailand. On February 23, 1980 in Seoul, South Korea, Mamby halted Sang Hyun Kim in the fourteenth round to capture the W.B.C. crown. After five defenses he lost the title to Leroy Haley. Among his defenses was a KO win over the great Esteban DeJesus. He failed in attempts to regain the crown against Haley and Billy Costello.

The list of champions and top contenders that Mamby has met in his long and distinguished career is astounding. Roberto Duran, Antonio Cervantes, Buddy McGirt, Maurice Blocker, Gary Hinton, Javier Castillejo, Jorge Vaca and Rene Arrondondo. Add in swapping leather with top notch fighters like Ronnie Shields, Monroe Brooks and Edwin Viruet and you've had quite a ride !

To top it off Mamby was only stopped once in his career. That was on August 13, 1993 when he lost in the first round to a then up and coming Derrell Coley.

Article posted on 06.01.2005



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