Sons and Daughters of Famous Champions in Missed Fame and Glory
By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
There are many siblings of the boxing famous out there who have tried to imitate their famous parents, with Floyd Mayweather Jr., Laila Ali, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Omar Chavez being among the best known successes today.
However, here are several of the best known failures who have fallen short of the mark.
Number one: Jose Luis Ramirez Jr. The younger Ramirez went 7-0-1 in Mexico, then went 0-4 in the United States, getting knocked out three times, most recently this past weekend.
Number Two: Gerardo Cuevas AKA Pipino Cuevas Jr. The younger Cuevas went 11-0 in Mexico, then went 6-15 over a ten year stretch, getting knocked out 13 times in Puerto Rico, Philippines, Canada, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Illinois, and Massachusetts.
Number Three: Ronald Hearns. The son of Thomas ‘Hitman’ Hearns had an electric start. He won 27 of his first 28 bouts between 2004 and 2011, and lost a shot at Felix Sturm’s WBA Super Middleweight title. Hearns has lost five of his last seven bouts by knockout.
Number Four: Aaron Pryor Jr. The son of ‘The Hawk’ won his first 11 bouts from 2005 to 2008. A loser of five of seven bouts at one point, Pryor has gone 8-9-1 in recent years. He was knocked out by his two rising opponents in 2015, who had a combined record of 30-0.
Number Five: Marcos Geraldo Jr. His father went the distance with Sugar Ray Leonard and Marvelous Marvin Hagler. The younger Geraldo won ten bouts against Mexican stiffs between 2003 and 2007, and then retired.
Number Six: Dario Victor Galindez. The son of the late Victor Galindez went undefeated in his first 20 pro bouts, then won only nine of 27 bouts between 1992 and 2003. Returned to the ring after a decade of inactivity in 2014, and has won three of four comeback bouts at age 45.
Number Seven: J Marie Moore. The youngest daughter of ‘The Old Mongoose’ Archie Moore, won two heavyweight bouts in 1997 and 2000, but never fought again.
Number Eight: Carlos De Leon Jr. Between 2001 and 2009, went 22-2-2, a fine start, but never got a belt opportunity of any kind like his famous father, so he gave up. Won a six round split decision in a comeback attempt in Durango, Mexico, in March 2015 at age 35.
Number Nine: Carlos Zarate Jr. The son of the Mexican legend has a respectable winning record of 20-1 with 15 knockouts between 2009 and 2013 over minor opposition. Dislocated his shoulder in the fifth round against 26-17-1 Daniel Valenzuela in 2012 and lost. Never got a belt opportunity of any kind like his famous father, so he gave up.
Number Ten: Irichelle Duran. The daughter of ‘The Hands of Stone’, Roberto Duran, won one and lost two bouts as a super bantamweight between 2000 and 2002, then vanished.
Number Eleven: Isiah Seldon. The son of former WBA Heavy weight champion Bruce Seldon went 7-1 from 2010 to 2013, ending his career with a six round decision loss to a fighter with a losing record.
Number Twelve: Steven Gamache. The super welterweight son of Joey Gamache won five bouts between 2010 and 2012, and returned in 2014 after a two year absence from the ring. In 2014, he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor drug charges.
Number Thirteen: Southpaw Hector Macho Camacho Jr, The son of the famous Hector ‘Macho’ Camacho Sr. turned pro at age 18 in October 1996 at junior welterweight, and has fought himself all the way up to light heavyweight in a 20 year pro career with a record of 58-6-1. Camacho Jr. will fight his 66th pro bout on April 7, 2016, in Rochester, New York. Unlike his murdered famous father, Camacho Jr. has never fought for a world title, and likely never will. Went undefeated in his first 34 pro bouts. Did not win any of his seven major step up bouts. Has held WBA, WBA, NABF, WBF and USBO regional titles.