Thursday, May 26, 2016

On This Day: Tyrone Everett: The Mean Machine Remembered

By Peter Silkov

Tyrone Everett is one of boxing’s great ‘might have beens.’ He was a supremely talented southpaw boxer, with mercurial defensive skills along with excellent speed, and a dangerous punch.  Yet, because of a few cruel twists of fate, Everett was never able to fully explore his outstanding talent.  Born on April 18, 1953, in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, Tyrone turned professional in 1971, and quickly rose up the ratings to become a top contender at junior lightweight.

In his most famous fight on November 30, 1976, Everett challenged Alfredo Escalera for the WBC world Junior-Lightweight title. After 15 rounds, Tyrone seemed to have done more than enough to win the championship, only for the decision to go to Escalera, despite the fight taking place in Everett’s home town of Philadelphia. The verdict was highly unpopular with most observers, and regarded as one of the worst decisions of that era.  This fight was the only ‘defeat’ that Everett suffered in his professional career.

Everett was lined up to meet Escalera in a rematch for the world title when he was shot dead by his girlfriend on May 26, 1977, after she found him in the company of a transvestite.  Tyrone Everett was just 24 years old.  His final record was 36(20koes)-1.

Tyrone had two younger brothers, Mike and Eddie, who were both successful boxers.  Since his murder, Everett’s brothers present ‘The Everett Brothers Award’ every year to an outstanding Philadelphia amateur boxer.


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