Rise and Fall of Don Da Bomb
By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
A 34-3 amateur, he was once undefeated in his first 20 fights, a hard hitter who was one of the feared super middleweights in the world. At 25-7-2 with 22 knockouts, but with only one win in his last eight bouts, Donovan ‘Don Da Bomb’ George of Chicago, Illinois is all but forgotten now.
Trained by his dad, Pete George, ‘Don Da Bomb’ seemed destined for stardom, including stopping Cornelius White in the first round of a 2011 televised tomorrow’s champions showcase bout in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Donavan ‘Da Bomb’ George had it all, speed, power, and talent. Real Combat Media was there to witness the devastation. Somewhere on the road to boxing paradise, it suddenly all went wrong for him from that point forward.
Losses to Francisco Sierra and Edwin Rodriguez were recoverable. However, a twelfth round stoppage loss future World Boxing Council World Light Heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson in a 12 round International Boxing Federation eliminator bout at Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada, probably spelled the end of Donavan George’s stellar rise and rapid fall from grace. George’s career seemingly never recovered, with ‘Don Da Bomb’ winning only one of his last eight bouts.
Subsequently, ‘Don Da Bomb’ fought on, but was unable to beat Caleb Truax, Dyah Davis, Sean Monaghan, Lionell Thompson, and Trevor McCumby (who decked George twice) signaled Donavan’s fall from grace. Finally, a fifth-round knockout loss to traveling journeyman Derrick Findley probably ended the career of the ‘Da Bomb’ for good.