NEW JERSEY’S finest, the indefatigable Bobby Czyz, did it his way by bagging two world titles (three if you include the lesser-known WBU super-cruiserweight belt, and you really shouldn’t, but he does). Over an 18-year career, he stepped into the fire of battle to tough it out against the biggest names from light-heavy to heavyweight. Here, he talks about the early days, when he was a “Matinee Idol”, right through to the end of his career as a heavyweight and beyond – when accusations of alcoholism blighted his reputation.
THIRTY years ago, boxing writer Nigel Collins asked, ‘Is Bobby Czyz the next all-American hero?’ What do you say now?
I didn’t think I was boxing’s next prince, but I was a little bit of an enigma because being a member of Mensa and having a genius IQ, most people don’t become fighters. Fighters are not necessarily stupid or punch-drunk, but notoriously under-educated.