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Bobby Czyz

  • Sport: Boxing
  • Decade Inducted: 00s

A three-time World Champion, Bobby Czyz first gained notoriety in the ring as an 18-year old in 1980.

Robert Edward “Bobby” Czyz is a New Jersey native of Polish and Italian descent, he is both a former world light heavyweight and cruiserweight champion.

Still an amateur, Czyz was selected to box for the United States in the Olympics, but missed a shot at the gold when the U.S. boycotted the Moscow Summer Games. He turned down several college scholarships that year to follow his boxing dream, and his drive immediately paid off. His pro career began with 20 consecutive victories, 15 by knockout. In 1986, Czyz stopped Slobodan Kacar in the 5th round to win the Light Heavyweight Title. For the next six years, Czyz competed against the very best fighters in the world, including Virgil Hill, Robert Daniels, and Don LaLonde. He retired in 1998 with an impressive record of 44-8.

Czyz has used his quick wit, charm, and wealth of boxing expertise to become one of the most respected analysts in the sport. He currently provides commentary for a number of boxing programs.

He was inducted into the Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame and the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.