By Jim Amato
One of the better boxers to come out of Cleveland, Ohio in the 1970′s was welterweight Bobby Hayman. He lost eight of thirty fights but almost all his losses were to contenders.

Hayman turned pro in 1969 and in his second fight he lost a six rounder to future title challenger Johnny Gant. He then lost to and drew with Teddy Cooper. He then lost a decision to future top ten rated Roland Pryor. Bobby then put together a ten fight win streak that included a rubber match victory over Teddy Cooper and two wins over tough Frankie Steele. He also defeated Juan Ramos and Primus Williams.

In May of 1971 Bobby suffered an upset stoppage loss Ralph Correa. He came back with two knockout victories but then lost to the ranked Jack Tillman. Two fights later he lost a ten round rematch to Johnny Gant. Bobby won three in a row but then lost a verdict to Detroit’s Ronnie Harris. One fight later Bobby took a hiatus from the fight game. It was 1973 and he had mixed it up with some of the world’s better welterweights.

Hayman decided to return in 1977 and quickly scored a couple of kayo victories. At this time the 1976 Olympic Gold Medalist Sugar Ray Leonard had begun his journey into legend status. By May of 1978 he had racked up nine consecutive wins. It was thought that Bobby Hayman’s name would look good on his record. The bout lasted three rounds. Leonard proved to be too good for the veteran fighter. That was Hayman’s last fight.

Bobby retired with a respectable 20-8-1 record with one no contest. He won eight by knockout and was halted on only two occasions.

                                                                                                                                    Jim Amato

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Readers Comments (1)

  1. EZ E

    I remember Bobby Hayman. He was a better fighter than what his record might indicate. Ralph Correra was an acquaintance of mine. Honestly speaking, I considered him quite fortunate to have defeated Hayman that night.

     

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