FightPost Boxer of the Month: Tyrone James
By Gary Kittilsen
Long Island was once a hotbed for boxing, it has since faded but appears to be surging once again.
The Island has produced recent world champs like Chris Algerie and Jamel “Semper Fi” Herring. It has also given us high-level prospects and contenders like Cletus Seldin, Joe Smith, and LeShawn Rodriquez. On top of all that, legendary Long Island, sweet scientist, James “Buddy” McGirt was inducted into the Hall of Fame earlier in the year.
It’s a good time for boxing on Long Island, the Island has also, perhaps, found its next, A+ level, megastar.
The Pretty Boy Tyrone “Jackpot” James ran his record to a perfect 11-0 (8) with a masterful 5th round TKO over rugged veteran Dennis Knifechief back on September 20th in the Paramount on Long Island.
In the process, James ran his knockout streak to five by picking up his second stoppage victory in two months and earned our “Prospect of the Month” award.
Dennis Knifechied last fought back in April and stood up valiantly to welterweight prospect Reshard Hicks, battling into the 10th round. However, he was no match for James. Who dominated the bout from the opening moments on.
Setting the tone early, James came out and landed a straight right that landed flush on the jaw of Knifechief and put him on the canvas less than a minute into the fight. This was a sign of things to come. To say there was a noticeable difference in hand speed would be the understatement of all understatement.
Knifechief looked slow and had no answer for James’s hand speed, who scored with hard right hands and lead hooks throughout the fight.
To start the third James measured up his opponent perfectly and scored with a straight right that sent him into the ropes. “Jackpot” followed up with a left hook to the body and then a right hand to the head followed by a right uppercut that put Knifechief in a bit of trouble and moments later found himself in trouble again after eating another sharp left hook.
The one-sided beating would continue throughout the fourth and into the fifth. James then landed with a left hook that wobbled Knifechief badly, later we found out it punctured his ear drum, and followed it up with a thudding right uppercut for good measure that caused referee Tony Chiarantano to step in and stop the contest, giving the Long Islander his fifth straight stoppage victory and his 11th win in 11 pro bouts.
Tyrone James hit the boxing “jackpot” in terms of God-given natural ability and talent. The speed, athleticism and two-fisted power speaks for itself, it can carry James to the next level. Not only does he possess the gift of jab he also has the gift of gab and the personality that can make him a huge financial draw in the not so distant future.
James describes his style in the ring as “pretty like his outfits” and “it’s a little bit, Terence Crawford.” There is certainly a similarity between the style of James and that of the pound for pound king of the sport, and that’s not by coincide.
James and Crawford have a tight friendship, having trained together at times and “Bud” still Facetimes “Jackpot” before his fights to talk game plan and strategy.
With the natural gifts, the Long Islander posses combined with a work ethic that is complimented by everyone and having the best fighter on earth giving him tips and pointers, James is in the perfect position to not only get himself into title contention but also has all the makings of being a huge financial draw in his home state of New York as well.