Lou Savarese

Lou Savarese (born July 14, 1965) is an American former professional boxer from Greenwood Lake, New York. On April 26, 1997, he challenged for the Lineal Heavyweight Championship, and lost by a controversial split decision to the Lineal World Heavyweight Champion George Foreman. A year later on June 25, 1998, Savarese won the IBA World Heavyweight title against former Undisputed World Heavyweight Champion Buster Douglas by way of a first-round knockout. On June 24, 2000, he lost by a first-round technical knockout to former Undisputed World Heavyweight Champion Mike Tyson. On September 22, 2002, Savarese won the vacant WBO Inter-Continental Heavyweight title, by way of a fifth-round TKO against former two-time World Heavyweight Champion Tim Witherspoon. On June 30, 2007, Savarese fought former four-time World Heavyweight Champion Evander Holyfield. He fought with great heart but lost by unanimous decision to a sharp looking Holyfield. Savarese announced after the fight that he had given it his all but it wasn't good enough, and this would be his last bout.

Lou Savarese
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Savarese in 2007, after losing to Evander Holyfield
Statistics
Real nameLou Savarese
Weight(s)Heavyweight
Height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Reach80 in (203 cm)
NationalityAmerican
Born (1965-07-14) July 14, 1965 (age 56)
Bronx, New York
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights53
Wins46
Wins by KO38
Losses7
Draws0

Amateur careerEdit

Savarese won two New York Golden Gloves Championships. Savarese won the 1985 Super-Heavyweight Novice Championship and the 1986 Super-Heavyweight Open Championship. In 1985 Savarese stopped (RSC-2) Jonathan Hill of Gleason's Gym in the finals to win the Championship and in 1986 Savarese defeated Alex Stewart of the Uptown Gym in the finals to win the Championship. In July 1986 he won gold at the U.S. Olympic Festival in Houston, Texas, defeating Kevin Ford on points (5–0) in the finals. In 1987 Savarese advanced to the finals of the Super Heavyweight Open division. He was to have met future Heavyweight Champion Riddick Bowe but Savarese was injured and could not box. In October 1987 he won the National PAL Championships in Jacksonville, Florida, defeating Farns Bryant.

Savarese trained at the Cage Recreation Center in White Plains, New York. Savarese is originally from Greenwood Lake, New York. He now resides in Houston.

Professional careerEdit

Savarese, a Roberts Elementarian, began his professional boxing career on April 30, 1989, knocking out James Smith (not the former world Heavyweight champion) in four rounds at Galveston, Texas. Savarese's first win by first round knockout came on his second fight, against Terrence Roberts, on May 25, at Atlantic City.

Savarese won his first eight fights by knockout. On April 19, 1990, Savarese was forced to fight an entire boxing fight for the first time, when he defeated Mike Robinson in Poughkeepsie, New York by a six-round decision. He proceeded to win his next seven fights by knockout, and, in 1991, Kayo boxing cards published a trading card featuring Savarese.

On September 20 of that year, he and Robinson had a rematch, with Savarese knocking Robinson out in the fourth round. His next fight, against Mike Faulkner on November 26, at White Plains, New York, resulted in a five-round disqualification win for Savarese.

On November 21, 1992, Savarese fought Larry Givens, who is mostly famous for his incredible lack of success as a professional boxer. Givens retired with a record of 3-46. Savarese managed to KO Givens in the 2nd round.

Savarese ran his record to 36–0, with 30 knockouts, but he was a relatively unknown fighter: apart from the 1991 Kayo boxing trading card, no other type of media attempted to make Savarese's name a household one, partly because of the type of opposition he had met. Of Savarese's thirty six opponents, none was known to most boxing fans. So the Savarese management team came with an ingenious, and not very often seen, way to draw the public's attention towards Savarese: a Lou Savarese fan club was created, and, by the middle 1990s, the fan club was being advertised on major boxing magazines, such as Ring and KO. The advertisement offered free membership to anyone, and promised free personalized, autographed photos to each new member.

The idea worked, and Savarese was next faced with his first relatively known opponent, Buster Mathis Jr. This fight was for the NABF's vacant regional Heavyweight title, and Savarese won the title on November 1, 1996, by knocking Mathis out in round seven, at Indio, California.

Next was a major fight against former two-time world Heavyweight champion George Foreman. The fight was held on April 26, 1997, in Atlantic City. It was Savarese's HBO Boxing television show's debut, and for the WBU "world Heavyweight title" and the Lineal Heavyweight Championship. While Savarese lost for the first time, he nevertheless impressed boxing critics and fans, many of whom felt he deserved the split decision that was given to Foreman. Savarese lost by scorecards of 110–118, 112-115 and a favorable 114–113.

Based on his performance against Foreman, the outcome of his next fight, against David Izon on November 1, was considered to be a mild upset. Savarese and Izon fought at New York's famed Apollo Theater, and Savarese suffered his first knockout defeat, when Izon beat him in five rounds.

But Savarese would rebound by scoring two important wins: on April 23, 1998, he defeated Jeff Lally by a knockout in round two at the Sheraton Hotel in Houston, and then, on June 25, he scored what was arguably his biggest career win, beating Buster Douglas, a former world Heavyweight champion and the first man to beat Mike Tyson, by knockout in the first round to win IBA's "World" Heavyweight title.

After that, he fought only twice in 1999, winning a split decision over then prospect Lance "Mount" Whitaker and losing by ten-round decision against future Lennox Lewis world championship challenger Michael Grant, on June 19 at New York's Madison Square Garden.

More than one year later, on June 24, 2000, Savarese had his first fight abroad, when he faced Tyson in Glasgow, Scotland. The fight was stopped thirty eight seconds into the first round. While attempting to stop Tyson, referee John Coyle was accidentally pulled to the floor by him. Tyson was declared the winner by technical knockout.

Savarese remained active, and, after two wins, he beat David Bostice on November 2, 2001, by a twelve-round decision.

Another major win for Savarese came on September 22, 2002, when he beat former two-time world Heavyweight champion Tim Witherspoon by a knockout in round five at Friant, California.

On March 15, 2003, he lost the title to former John Ruiz world title challenger Kirk Johnson, who knocked Savarese out in four rounds at Dallas.

Attempting to win another regional Heavyweight title, Savarese fought Leo Nolan, for the IBA's vacant Americas Heavyweight title, but he lost to Nolan by a twelve-round unanimous decision on May 7, 2004. Lou Savarese returned to the ring on March 18, 2006, stopping Marcus Rhode in two rounds at Convention Center in Fort Smith, Arkansas. His record then stood at 44-6, with 36 wins by knockouts.

Savarese is trained by Jesse Reid, who survived a shooting in 1984 when another of his boxers, former WBC world Jr. Welterweight champion Bruce Curry shot him two days after losing to Billy Costello.

Lou Savarese continued his comeback by stopping Travis Fulton in 3 rounds on January 18, 2007, in Houston TX. Savarese showed he still had decent ability and brought his record to 45-6, 37 wins by knockout.

On June 30, 2007, Savarese fought former Heavyweight Champion Evander Holyfield. He fought with great heart but lost by decision to a sharp looking Holyfield. Savarese announced after the fight that he had given it his all but it wasn't good enough, and this would be his last bout.[1][permanent dead link]

MMA careerEdit

On June 20, 2013, Savarase competed in a mixed martial arts bout.[1] He won the fight by first-round TKO.[2]

Acting careerEdit

Savarese has been featured in episodes of The Jury, Guiding Light, The Sopranos, Damages, and Rescue Me as well as the movie We Own the Night. He also played a lead role in ESPN’s documentary Cinderella Man: The James J. Braddock Story, for which he received excellent reviews for his portrayal of boxer Max Baer. Other recent works include the independent film Nicky’s Game, A Matter of Honor, and Knock, Knock, a horror film in which he plays Rico, the villain.

Professional boxing recordEdit

Professional record summary
53 fights 46 wins 7 losses
By knockout 38 3
By decision 7 4
By disqualification 1 0
Result Record Opponent Type Rounds Date Location Notes
Loss 46–7   Evander Holyfield UD 10 30/06/2007   Don Haskins Convention Center, El Paso, Texas, U.S.
Win 46–6   Matt Hicks KO 1 (8) 05/04/2007   Grand Plaza Hotel, Houston, Texas, U.S.
Win 45–6   Travis Fulton TKO 3 (6) 08/01/2007   Grand Plaza Hotel, Houston, Texas, U.S.
Win 44–6   Marcus Rhode TKO 2 (6) 18/03/2006   Convention Center, Fort Smith, Arkansas, U.S.
Loss 43–6   Leo Nolan UD 12 07/05/2004   Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut, U.S. For vacant IBA Americas Heavyweight title.
Loss 43–5   Kirk Johnson TKO 4 (12) 15/03/2003   Club Life, Dallas, Texas, U.S. Lost WBO Inter-Continental Heavyweight title.
Win 43–4   Tim Witherspoon TKO 5 (12) 22/09/2002   Table Mountain Casino, Friant, California, U.S. Won vacant WBO Inter-Continental Heavyweight title.
Win 42–4   David Bostice UD 12 02/11/2001   Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut, U.S. Won vacant IBA Americas Heavyweight title.
Win 41–4   Tom Glesby TKO 3 (10) 12/06/2001   Astro Pavilion, Houston, Texas, U.S.
Win 40–4   Marcus Rhode TKO 2 (10) 02/05/2001   Astro Pavilion, Houston, Texas, U.S.
Loss 39–4   Mike Tyson TKO 1 (10) 24/06/2000   Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland Tyson scored a knockdown after 15 seconds, from which Savarese recovered before pinning him in the corner.
Loss 39–3   Michael Grant UD 10 19/06/1999   Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, U.S.
Win 39–2   Lance Whitaker SD 10 06/03/1999   Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
Win 38–2   Buster Douglas KO 1 (12) 25/06/1998   Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut, U.S. Won vacant IBA Heavyweight title.
Win 37–2   Jeff Lally TKO 2 (10) 23/04/1998   Sheraton Hotel, Houston, Texas, U.S.
Loss 36–2   David Izon KO 5 (10) 01/11/1997   Apollo Theater, New York, New York, U.S.
Loss 36–1   George Foreman SD 12 26/04/1997   Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. For WBU/Lineal Heavyweight title.
Win 36–0   Buster Mathis Jr. TKO 7 (12) 01/11/1996   Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California, U.S. Won vacant USBA Heavyweight title.
Win 35–0   Tim Puller TKO 2 (10) 20/08/1996   MSG Theater, New York, New York, U.S.
Win 34–0   Lyle McDowell TKO 2 (?) 12/01/1996   Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, U.S.
Win 33–0   Sean Hart TKO 2 (?) 12/12/1995   Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
Win 32–0   Olian Alexander TKO 6 (10) 06/10/1995   Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
Win 31–0   Edgar Turpin KO 1 (?) 18/08/1995   Middletown, New York, U.S.
Win 30–0   Brian Morgan PTS 8 05/03/1995   Civic Assembly Center, Muskogee, Oklahoma, U.S.
Win 29–0   Ken Merritt TKO 4 (10) 05/11/1994   Caesars Tahoe, Stateline, Nevada, U.S.
Win 28–0   Henry Wilson KO 1 (8) 13/09/1994   Marriott Hotel, Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
Win 27–0   Bill Duncan KO 1 (?) 01/03/1994   Jefferson City, Missouri, U.S.
Win 26–0   Nathaniel Fitch UD 10 17/04/1993   Fernwood Resort, Bushkill, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Win 25–0   Fred Whitaker KO 6 (?) 23/12/1992   Westchester County Center, White Plains, New York, U.S.
Win 24–0   Larry Givens KO 2 (8) 21/11/1992   Beban Park, Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
Win 23–0   Elvin Evans KO 2 (?) 27/03/1992   Catskill, New York, U.S.
Win 22–0   Mike Faulkner DQ 5 (?) 26/11/1991   Westchester County Center, White Plains, New York, U.S.
Win 21–0   Mike Robinson TKO 4 (?) 20/09/1991   Westchester County Center, White Plains, New York, U.S.
Win 20–0   Mark Young UD 8 23/07/1991   Kushers Country Club, Monticello, New York, U.S.
Win 19–0   Larry Smith KO 6 (?) 02/07/1991   Ragley, Louisiana, U.S.
Win 18–0   Max Key KO 1 (?) 26/02/1991   Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.
Win 17–0   Marshall Tillman UD 6 11/01/1991   Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
Win 16–0   Marcus Dorsey KO 2 (?) 04/12/1990   Vinton, Louisiana, U.S.
Win 15–0   James Ruffin KO 1 (?) 25/10/1990   Texas Longhorn Club, Vinton, Louisiana, U.S.
Win 14–0 Travis Pickering KO 1 (?) 06/10/1990   Great Falls, Montana, U.S.
Win 13–0   Barry Kirton KO 2 (?) 14/08/1990   City Center, Saratoga Springs, New York, U.S.
Win 12–0   James Ruffin KO 2 (?) 17/07/1990   Lake Charles, Louisiana, U.S.
Win 11–0   Dan Ross KO 1 (?) 04/07/1990   Phillips County Fairgrounds, Billings, Montana, U.S.
Win 10–0   Andre Crowder KO 1 (?) 18/05/1990   Callicoon, New York, U.S.
Win 9–0   Mike Robinson PTS 6 19/04/1990   Poughkeepsie, New York, U.S.
Win 8–0   Ken Elliott KO 2 (?) 15/03/1990   Fairmont Hotel, Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Win 7–0   Melvin Young KO 2 (?) 11/12/1989   Convention Center, Pasadena, Texas, U.S.
Win 6–0   Randy Rivers TKO 2 (4) 24/11/1989   Broome County Arena, Binghamton, New York, U.S.
Win 5–0   John Basil Jackson TKO 1 (?) 10/11/1989   Villa Roma Resort, Callicoon, New York, U.S.
Win 4–0   Alan Jamison KO 1 (?) 26/10/1989   Kemper Arena, Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
Win 3–0   Robert Horton KO 1 (?) 05/10/1989   Houston, Texas, U.S.
Win 2–0   Terrence Roberts TKO 1 (?) 25/05/1989   Resorts International, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
Win 1–0   James Smith KO 4 (?) 30/04/1989   Moody Center, Galveston, Texas, U.S.

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
1 match 1 win 0 losses
By knockout 1 0
By submission 0 0
By decision 0 0
Draws 0
No contests 0


Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 1–0   Tim Papp TKO Savarese Promotions June 20, 2013 1 1:47   Bayou City Event Center, Houston, Texas, United States MMA debut

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Lim, Peter (June 1, 2013). "Lou Savarase to Make His MMA Debut on June 20th". boxingscene.com. Retrieved December 7, 2016.
  2. ^ Lim, Peter (June 21, 2013). "Lou Savarase Wins MMA Debut with TKO in One". boxingscene.com. Retrieved December 7, 2016.

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Achievements
Vacant
Title last held by
Julius Francis
WBO heavyweight champion
Inter-Continental title

October 22, 2002 – May 15, 2003
Succeeded by
Minor world boxing titles
Vacant
Title last held by
George Foreman
IBA heavyweight champion
June 25, 1998 – October 2, 1999
Stripped
Vacant
Title next held by
James Toney