Hands of Stone! An Unlucky Boxer Named Tyrone Luckey
By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
Of all the boxers covered during this reporter’s sports journalism career, New Jersey lightweight Tyrone ‘Hands of Stone’ Luckey, who shares Roberto Duran’s nickname, is the unluckiest boxer ever known. Soft-spoken and well-mannered, Luckey comes across as a gentle college type, just the sort of rising prospect any boxing promoter would want in his stable of future champions.
Luckey’s mostly unlucky professional boxing record tells the story. At nine wins,10 losses, and one draw, with seven knockouts, at age 33, Luckey is not headed to a world title bout.
What went wrong?
Luckey’s 10 losses include seven unbeaten prospects and two world champions, plus an additional loss to a fighter with a winning record. Luckey lost a split decision to future world champion Tevin Farmer, and got kayoed by future world champion Jason Sosa.
Luckey was promoted wrong by matching him too fast too soon against seven unbeaten prospects. This concept is absurd, a sure formula for disaster. The names are not relevant, the inappropriate nature of wrong promotion of the prospect. It changes from opportunity to disaster at a certain point. Luckey’s losses include: 7-0 Donald Smith, 8-0 Jamaine Ortiz, 3-0 Waheed Raheem, 11-0 Alberto Machado, 8-0 Ryan Garcia, and 7-0 Branden Pizzarro. Despite winning only one of his last eight bouts, Luckey stopped 9-2 Jerome Conquest in an upset in 2018. It was a flash of his potential which will forever be unfulfilled.