Discussion in 'Classic Boxing Forum' started by mr. magoo, Oct 18, 2021.
Anyone know anything about this guy ?
Name rings a bell, but honestly I can't recall anything about him off the top of my head.
I remember watching him losing to George Foreman and Bert Cooper, that's about all though.
He was being hyped a bit at the time. He ran up a decent record by beating a bunch of randoms. His loss to Monte Masters should have been the obvious tipoff that he wasn't that good. He beat Jimmy Young, but Young was Jimmy Old at that point. When Fulilangi started fighting real fighters who weren't totally washed up (Foreman, Cooper), he was greatly outclassed and retired probably at the right time.
He famously took a dive against George Foreman during Foreman's comeback.
Admitted it later.
Rick "Elvis" Parker promoted some of George's comeback fights. Parker was famous for fight fixing. He ended up being murdered by Tim "Doc" Anderson, who Foreman fought and who Larry Holmes fought on his comeback the night Larry dropkicked Trevor Berbick in the parking lot.
Anderson, I believe, claimed Parker drugged him when he wouldn't take a dive. Then Anderson killed him.
Anderson fought on the Foreman-Fulilangi card. Doc "fell down" against Tommy Morrison's brother, Tim.
I remember going to a Bobby Hitz boxing card in Chicago. Everyone who lost on the undercard all seemed to be from somewhere in Indiana. When I was leaving after the show, everyone who lost got in the same van and they all drove away.
Should've just put a bump sticker on the van saying "THE OPPONENTS."
Bert Cooper really laid a beating on that guy.
Jimmy Old lol. Nice touch
Thank you. I was losing my mind trying to remember Monte Masters.
Tony was a dangerous puncher at a certain level and had wins over the usual journeymen that most prospects feasted on around that time - Mark Wills, Harvey Steichen, Mike Jameson, Ron Gibbs, Nick Wells, Dean Waters etc
The loss to Monte Masters for the spurious WAA HW title kind of put Tony's higher level ambitions into perspective and draws with Tony Perea and a past it Jimmy Young didnt help his case much either but i think Fulilangi was quite popular in Phoenix and had a bit of local support. At his level he was a pretty exciting knockout puncher but was in way too deep against Cooper and Foreman