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Old 12-02-2008, 11:55 AM   #13
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Default Re: champion with worst amateur record...

i heard qawi's was nil....i dunno if that gets around the thread title becuase a pro kickboxer would technically have no wins as an amtuer boxer

Qawi, born Dwight Braxton on January 5, 1953, learned how to handle himself on the tough streets of Camden, N.J., where he was convicted of armed robbery at age 19. He spent more than five years in prison where he learned to meld his street fighting background with elements of the Sweet Science.

Inside prison, a fellow inmate named Malcolm Lewis taught him how to use his feet, how to move and have a good center of balance, something that proved to be very valuable to the 5-foot-6 and a half-inch brawler who came to be known as the "Camden Buzzsaw."

"I learned how to fight on the streets," Qawi told from his home in Somers Point, N.J. "I was a street fighter and boxing was always plan C for me when I got out of prison."

Qawi was 25 when he was released and with no amateur experience, he figured going to trade school was his best option. That was until fate stepped in and a man named Ike Hammonds, who saw Qawi bust people up in the streets, approached him shortly after he was released from prison.

"I was walking down the street and this guy who seen my work on the street drove by," Qawi said. "He jumped out of his car and told me I'd be a champion."

Hammonds bought Qawi his first pair of trunks, hand wraps and other equipment, and brought him to Joe Frazier's gym in Philadelphia. After only a month of working out, he had his first professional bout in 1978. Three years later he was on the threshold of greatness when he took on Matthew Saad Muhammad for the WBC light heavyweight championship.
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