'Iceman' John Scully (born July 28, 1967) is a former American boxer. Formerly a world-ranked professional light heavyweight, he is now a boxing trainer[1] who has trained two light heavyweight champions in Chad Dawson and Artur Beterbiev and is an analyst for the ESPN Classic television network. John is also known for his work with disadvantaged former fighters and charity for them as well as organizing events targeting former amateur standout fighters and reconnecting them with the boxing community.

John Scully
Born (1967-07-28) July 28, 1967 (age 56)
Other names"Iceman"
OccupationFormer boxer
Known forFormer world-ranked light heavyweight

Amateur career

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Scully graduated from Windsor (Connecticut) High School in 1985. He began boxing in 1982 and won numerous championships at middleweight (165 pounds or 75 kilograms), including the 1987 Ohio State Fair (Columbus, Ohio), the 1987 National PAL (Jacksonville, Florida) and the 1988 Eastern U.S. Olympic Trials (Fayetteville, North Carolina).

Scully defeated World 165-pound (75 kg) Amateur Champion Darin Allen to win the Eastern Trials, future heavyweight contender Melvin Foster to win the Ohio Fair, and nationally rated Kertis Mingo at the National PAL.

Scully won Outstanding Boxer awards at both the 1987 Western Massachusetts Golden Gloves and the 1988 Eastern U.S. Olympic Trials tournaments.

In February 1988, the 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) boxer was named to the All-Time team (in the middleweight spot), for the WM Golden Gloves in Holyoke, Massachusetts, joining fellow standouts Mike Tyson (heavyweight) and Marlon "Magic Man" Starling (honorable mention at welterweight). Scully won four straight WM Golden Gloves titles (1985–1988) and three consecutive New England Golden Gloves titles (1986–1988).

He defeated fellow future world-title challenger Joey DeGrandis to win the 1988 New England Golden Gloves championships.

Scully also advanced to the championship round of the National Golden Gloves tournament on two occasions, losing on a 3–2 split decision in 1987 at Knoxville (to Fabian Williams of Michigan) and a highly disputed 3–2 call in Omaha in 1988, to Keith Providence of New York City.

Scully also notably scored two decision victories en route to each of those national final appearances in 1987 and 1988 over hard-punching future WBC #1 Middleweight contender Lamar "Kidfire" Parks of Greenville, South Carolina.

The "Iceman" concluded his amateur career with a Bronze medal winning performance at the 1988 U.S. Olympic Trials in Concord, California, defeating # 3 ranked Joe Hill of Omaha in the quarter-finals before losing a 4–1 decision to World Champion Darin Allen of Columbus, Ohio in the semi-final rematch of their Eastern U.S. Olympic Trials final just one month earlier.

Scully turned professional with a final amateur record of 57–13 (not including two junior olympic bouts at age 15 and two exhibition matches).

Professional career

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Scully turned professional in 1988 and finished his career in 2001 with a 38–11 record (21 knockouts). He fought for the International Boxing Federation world light heavyweight championship at Leipzig, Germany in 1996, losing a 12-round decision to unbeaten champion Henry Maske. On December 8, 1995, Scully fought two-time world champion Michael Nunn for the WBO NABO super middleweight title. Although ESPN commentators had the fight close, Nunn was awarded a unanimous win, including a curiously wide score on the card of judge Harold Gomes.

His victories include a unanimous ten-round decision over Art Baylis (On Prime TV Network), a ten-round decision over WBC International 154-pound (70 kg) champion Billy Bridges at Harrah's in Atlantic City (on ESPN)

Scully also captured a November 1989 unanimous decision on USA's Tuesday Night Fights, over the former #1 nationally ranked 156-pound (71 kg) amateur Alphonso Bailey of Kentucky. Scully-Bailey was the co-feature to Simon Brown's IBF 147-pound (67 kg) title defense against Luis Santana.

On May 22, 1992 at Agawam, Massachusetts Scully captured a unanimous 12-round decision over Southern Boxing Association champion Melvin Wynn of Atlanta, Georgia as well.

Scully also frequently served as a sparring partner for some of the biggest names in the sport, including the highly regarded world champions Henry Maske, Mike McCallum, Vinny Pazienza, Roy Jones Jr. and James "Lights Out" Toney.

In November 2010, "Iceman" John Scully was inducted into the fifth class of the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame at the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino in Connecticut.

Professional boxing record

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38 Wins (21 knockouts, 17 decisions), 11 Losses (1 technical knockout, 10 decisions)[2]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Win 13-1   Cleveland Nelson SD 8 22/06/2001   Mississauga, Ontario, Canada Scully puts on a superb display of boxing and punching, featuring an accurate left jab.
Loss 24-9-2   Ernest Mateen UD 8 19/04/2001   New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.
Loss 11-0-2   Sam Ahmad MD 8 04/06/1999   Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Loss 29-8-1   Drake Thadzi TKO 7 02/08/1998   Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. IBO Light Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 2:37 of the seventh round with a severely weight drained Scully putting up a surprisingly lackluster performance.
Win 13-7-1   Scott Lopeck TKO 6 18/12/1997   Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.
Loss 23-7-1   Ernest Mateen UD 10 29/06/1997   Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.
Loss 38-4-1   Graciano Rocchigiani UD 10 22/03/1997   Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin, Germany
Loss 29-0   Henry Maske UD 12 25/05/1996   Leipzig, Germany IBF Light Heavyweight Title.
Win 0-6   Jose Luis Feliciano TKO 1 15/03/1996   Revere, Massachusetts, U.S.
Loss 47-3   Michael Nunn UD 12 08/12/1995   Mashantucket, Connecticut, U.S. WBO NABO Super Middleweight Title.
Win 16-11-2   Willie Ball TKO 2 20/09/1995   Mashantucket, Connecticut, U.S.
Win 13-18   Willie Kemp PTS 8 17/05/1995   Mashantucket, Connecticut], U.S.
Win 0-14   Luis Oliveira TKO 1 14/03/1995   Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Win 10-7   Art Bayliss PTS 10 20/10/1994   Mashantucket, Connecticut, U.S.
Win 6-10-1   Tim Cooper PTS 8 18/08/1994   Mashantucket, Connecticut, U.S.
Win 13-11   Willie Kemp PTS 8 25/06/1994   Revere, Massachusetts, U.S.
Win 12-39-4   David McCluskey TKO 4 12/03/1994   Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.
Win 7-29   Jose Vera TKO 4 06/11/1993   Foxborough, Massachusetts, U.S.
Loss 32-5-1   Tony Thornton UD 10 16/03/1993   Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Loss 19-0   Tim Littles UD 12 13/11/1992   Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. IBF USBA Super Middleweight Title.
Win 7-23   Jose Vera PTS 6 24/09/1992   Randolph, Massachusetts, U.S.
Win 4-3   Herman Farrar TKO 6 20/08/1992   Milford, Connecticut, U.S.
Win 15-23   Danny Chapman TKO 3 06/08/1992   Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.
Win 10-30-4   David McCluskey PTS 6 30/06/1992   Pensacola, Florida, U.S.
Win 12-8   Melvin Wynn UD 12 22/05/1992   Agawam, Massachusetts, U.S. WBF Intercontinental Super Middleweight Title. Scully and Wynn put on a spirited main event with Scully finishing strongly over the second half of the bout to secure the unanimous win
Win 7-18   Jose Vera PTS 6 27/02/1992   Agawam, Massachusetts, U.S.
Win 13-6   Willie Kemp PTS 10 22/11/1991   Springfield, Massachusetts, U.S.
Win 22-20-1   Randy Smith PTS 10 27/09/1991   Springfield, Massachusetts, U.S.
Win 7-17   Jose Vera UD 8 23/10/1991   Worcester, Massachusetts, U.S.
Loss 19-5-1   Kevin Watts UD 10 18/03/1991   Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
Win 16-0   Billy Bridges SD 10 12/12/1989   Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
Win 13-3-1   Alphonso Bailey UD 8 09/11/1989   Springfield, Massachusetts, U.S.
Win 5-1   Tony Daley UD 10 29/09/1989   Hartford, Connecticut, U.S. New England Middleweight Title.
Win 2-9   Victor King TKO 4 08/09/1989   Taunton, Massachusetts, U.S.
Win 2-8   Victor King UD 6 25/08/1989   Bridgeport, Connecticut, U.S.
Loss 23-4   Brett Lally UD 10 11/07/1989   Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
Win 2-7-3   Mike Caminiti TKO 6 16/06/1989   Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.
Win 1-4-1   Mike "The Heat" Bonislawski TKO 5 05/05/1989   Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.
Win 0-1 Jerry Fleming TKO 3 01/05/1989   Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.
Win 1-3   Mike Bonislawski PTS 6 17/03/1989   Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.
Win 1-13   Bob Saxton TKO 1 17/02/1989   Poughkeepsie, New York, U.S.
Win -- John Berkins KO 1 06/01/1989   Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.
Win 1-3   Rahim Muhammad TKO 4 15/12/1988   Rochester, New York, U.S.
Win --   Vic Ferrer TKO 4 10/12/1988   Salem, New Hampshire, U.S.
Win -- Jerry Fleming TKO 4 02/12/1988   Poughkeepsie, New York, U.S.
Win --   Frank Ambrose TKO 4 25/11/1988   Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.
Win --   John Wilkinson TKO 4 28/10/1988   Hartford, Connecticut, U.S. Referee stopped the bout at 2:42 of the fourth round.
Win 0-2   Steve Jefferson TKO 1 22/10/1988   Salem, New Hampshire, U.S. Referee stopped the bout at 1:05 of the first round.
Win 1-9   Paulino Falcone TKO 1 16/09/1988   Hartford, Connecticut, U.S. Referee stopped the bout at 1:16 of the first round. Sold out crowd at Hartford Civic Center.

Post retirement career

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Scully trained several standout amateurs while pursuing his own boxing career, including 1997 National Junior Olympics Champion Sammy Vega, 1995 Ohio State Fair Champion Greg Cuyler, 1998 National PAL Champion Dwayne Hairston and 2000 U.S. Armed Forces Champion Orlando Cordova.

Since 2001, has been successful as a professional trainer, guiding four boxers to world championships (WIBF Lightweight Champion Liz Mueller, WBA Junior Middleweight Champion Jose Antonio Rivera, IBO Super Bantamweight Champion Mike Oliver and WBC Light heavyweight Champion "Bad" Chad Dawson).

The crowning moment may have been when he masterfully guided Rivera to the WBA Junior Middleweight Championship, with a clear points victory on Showtime over defending champion Alejandro "Terra" Garcia.

Scully has also had a hand in the professional training of notable boxers Israel "Pito" Cardona, Matt Godfrey, "Sucra" Ray Olivera, Scott "The Sandman" Pemberton, Lawrence Clay-Bey, Matt Remillard, Francisco "The Wizard" Palacios and George "Monk" Foreman III.

The Iceman also assists in the training camps of former world amateur champion and now IBF light heavyweight world champion Artur Beterbiev, who fights out of Montreal, Canada by way of Chechnya (head trainer is Marc Ramsay).

He is considered an important part of the development of future WBC light heavyweight world champion "Bad" Chad Dawson. Scully first trained Dawson for three successful fights in 2004 and 2005 before unforeseen promotional problems caused Dawson to leave to train in Florida with Dan Birmingham.

Scully and Dawson, however, reunited as a team early in the summer of 2011. Scully later guided Dawson to the biggest win of his professional career on April 28, 2012 at the legendary Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The HBO televised matchup saw Dawson capture a 12-round decision to take the WBC Light heavyweight title from legendary champion Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins. Notably, when Dawson seemingly began to mentally falter at the halfway point of the match, Scully masterfully kept the challenger steady, focused and on track between rounds. The exceptional cornerwork was properly noted by HBO's ringside broadcast team of Larry Merchant, Emanuel Steward and Jim Lampley.

Known for his insightful takes on the sport of boxing, especially his corner work between rounds of televised fights, Scully has written a highly praised boxing book entitled, "The Iceman Diaries" that details his life within the sport. He appears often on ESPN Classic, working alongside Joe Tessitore, as a ringside analyst for that network's ESPN Classic Boxing Series.

A frequent and widely acclaimed columnist for Britain's "Boxing News" magazine, Scully has also been featured several times on ESPN News, before and after major fights, previewing and analyzing the action, including Pay-Per-View battles between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Shane Mosley, and Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto.

In 2015 Scully joined the cast of the Nuvo-TV boxing reality show "KNOCKOUT" alongside Roy Jones Jr., Floyd Mayweather Sr. and Sugar Shane Mosley.

Scully was inducted into the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame in November 2009 at the Mohegan Sun Casino. He was also inducted into the Billy C. Boxing Hall of Fame (along with Ernie Shavers and Marlon Starling) at South Glens Falls, New York on November 19, 2011.

References

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  1. ^ Aycock, Colleen; Scott, Mark (2011). The First Black Boxing Champions: Essays on Fighters of the 1800s to the 1920s. McFarland. p. 185. ISBN 9780786461882. Retrieved 5 February 2016.
  2. ^ "John Scully". BoxRec.
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