Johnny Bumphus former WBA light welterweight World champion and middleweight contender Alex Ramos SIGNED NBC TV fight broadcast promotional black & white 9" x 7" photo including images of fomer WBA light middleweight World champion Davey Moore (top right) and former heavyweight contender Mitchell "Blood" Green (bottom right) who also appeared on the show billed, "Tomorrows Champions," 8th February 1981, Playboy Club, McAfee, New Jersey.
Johnny 'Bump City' Bumphus (born 17 August 1960 in Tacoma, WA), former WBA light welterweight World champion.
Dubbed "Bump City," Bumphus began his career as a hot prospect, winning his first 22 fights, including the Vacant WBA Light Welterweight Title with a decision win over Lorenzo Luis Garcia in 1984.
Bumphus lost the belt in June of 1984 in Buffalo, New York to Gene Hatcher. Hatcher scored an 11th-round technical knockout that featured Hatcher knocking Bumphus down, then slipping and falling on a follow-up attempt, then throwing Bumphus down to the mat when both fighters clinched. A post-fight melee in the ring then ensued, as Hatcher was celebrating in triumph while the now-deposed champion was slugging away in frustration. The fight was named as Ring Magazine Upset of the year for 1984. In 1987 Bumphus took on Lloyd Honeyghan for the WBC and IBF Welterweight Title, but lost a 2nd round TKO. He retired after the loss, with a record of 29-2-0.
Towards the end of his boxing career he developed an addiction to cocaine, which he briefly kicked. When he returned to Tacoma's drug infested Hilltop neighborhood in 1989, he quickly became addicted to crack cocaine. In 1995, he spent a year in rehab, and then left Tacoma to work as a trainer for his former manager Lou Duva in West Palm Beach, Florida.
As a trainer, he has worked with Kassim Ouma and Emmett Linton.
Bumphus began boxing as an amateur at the age of eight out of the Tacoma Boys Club, and claimed a career amateur record of 341-16. He was one of four World Champions to begin boxing in Tacoma; Freddie Steele, Rocky Lockridge, and Leo Randolph, were the others. His amateur highlights were:
* 1977 National AAU Featherweight Champion, decisioning Lee Simmons of Akron, OH, in the final.
* 1979 National Golden Gloves Champion (132 lbs), defeating Efrain Nieves at Indianapolis
Bumphus qualified at 139 pounds and was a member of the 1980 U.S. Olympic boxing team that perished in an air crash in Warsaw, Poland, on 14 March 1980. The team was en route to Warsaw, Poland for the USA vs. Poland Box-off as part of "USA vs. the World." event. Bumphus was not with the team. Among the USA Boxing teammates who were killed in the plane crash were Lemuel Steeples from St. Louis; Calvin Anderson from Connecticut; Paul Palomino - the brother of Carlos Palomino ; George Pimentel, and Olympic Coach, Sarge Johnson. Members of the team who were also not aboard included Bobby Czyz, Alex Ramos, and James Shuler.
Bumphus earned his place on the team with a win over Ronnie Shields. Bumphus did not compete in the Olympics, due to the U. S. boycott.
Alex Ramos (born January 17, 1961) former middleweight from the 1980's. A native of Manhattan, New York, he is Puerto Rican by his parents' side. He was nicknamed "The Bronx Bomber", after Joe Louis, whose nickname was "The Brown Bomber".
Ramos won four New York state Golden Gloves championships. During his childhood, he knew a man named Alberto Lugo, who claimed to be Alex Ramos when Luogowas arrested and charged with the assault of three women.
Ramos had an amateur record of 143-15 (2 KOs). Ramos won four New York Golden Gloves Championships.
Ramos won the 1977 147 lb Sub-Novice Championship, defeating Julian Kelly in the finals; the 1978 160 lb Open Championship over Norberto Sabater; the 1979 160 lb Open Championship over Noel Tucker and the 1980 156 lb Open Championship over Ramon Nieto. Ramos trained at the Jerome Boxing Club in the Bronx, New York in 1977 and 1978. In 1979 and 1980 Ramos trained at the Bronxchester Boys Club in the Bronx, New York.
Ramos's amateur career highlights include winning the 1979 National Amateur Athletic Union Championship for the 165 lb division and the 1979 Intercity Golden Gloves in the 156 lb. division.
Professional Boxing Career
Ramos began his professional boxing career on November 8, 1980 by defeating Steve Arvin by a fifth round knockout in Stateline, Nevada.
Ramos won his first five fights by knockout. These bouts included four fights in the eastern United States and one in Texas. On March 28, 1981, in Syracuse, New York, Dan Snyder became the first boxer to go the scheduled distance with Ramos, who beat Snyder by a six round decision.
On May 23, 1981, Ramos had his first professional fight abroad when he beat Donnie Long by an eight rounds decision in San Remo, Italy. His next fight, on June 21 of the same year, marked his Atlantic City debut, when he defeated Mike Sacchetti, also by an eight rounds decision.
Ramos would fight in Atlantic City several times during his career.
Ramos won six more fights, including a victory over Norberto Sabater, before suffering his first loss, being knocked out in round eight by Ted Sanders on August 18, 1982 in Atlantic City. He then fought Tony Cerda to a ten round draw on December 22.
After those two setbacks, however, Ramos became a ranked middleweight by virtue of three straight victories, including a ten round decision over future World light-heavyweight champion J.B. Williamson on May 1 in Atlantic City. Despite losing his next fight, against future World super middleweight champion Murray Sutherland by a ten round decision, Ramos was by then held along with the highest ranked middleweights of the era, such as Mustafa Hamsho, Wilford Scypion, Juan Roldán, John Mugabi, Curtis Parker and others.
After knocking out Wilbur Henderson in three rounds on February 8, 1984 in Atlantic City, Ramos challenged Parker for his first career title, the regional, United States Boxing Association Middleweight championship. He won the title by beating Parker over twelve rounds by a unanimous decision on April 25 of that year, in Atlantic City.
A World title fight against Marvin Hagler probably loomed ahead for Ramos after his victory over Parker. Many fans in the United States took interest in Ramos thanks in part to coverage by such magazines as the Ring and KO, and his career was also covered in Puerto Rico by newspapers such as El Nuevo Dia and El Vocero. A ten-round draw against fringe contender John Collins, however, proved to be the first obstacle for that match to take place. The second, and arguably largest, obstacle for Ramos to challenge Hagler for the World Middleweight Championship came when he lost his USBA Middleweight title, on November 24, by a knockout in round nine against James Kinchen (who years later lost to Thomas Hearns over twelve rounds in a WBO World title bout) in Stateline.
In 1984, Ramos relocated to Scottsdale, Arizona.
After losing to Kinchen, Ramos got back on the contender's list by winning four out of his next five bouts, which included victories over J.J. Cotrell and former Thomas Hearns challenger Fred Hutchings, whom he knocked out in five rounds on August 16, 1986, in Stockton, California.
This victory gave him a try for the California state middleweight title, held by future World champion Michael Nunn. The two boxers met on November 21 in Reseda, with Nunn gaining a twelve round decision.
After winning two of his three next fights, and after Nunn had vacated the belt, Ramos got a second chance to win the California win. This time, he was knocked out in eight rounds by Tim Williams.
After another victory, Ramos got his third chance at the California Middleweight title, being outpointed by Alphonso Long after twelve rounds on February 3, 1988.
Ramos won ten of his next twelve bouts over the next six years, finally earning him a shot for another middleweight title. On November 5, 1994, he fought Jorge Fernando Castro in Argentina for the WBA Middleweight title. He defeated Ramos by a second round knockout. Ramos is now retired.
Life After Boxing
Ramos began working in the sport of boxing doing other things inside the sport. In 1998, he established the Retired Boxers Foundation whose mission is to assist retired professional boxers in the transition from their glorious days in the ring to a dignified retirement. Among other celebrities who became involved in the organizations are Bo Derek, Mickey Rooney, Lolita Davidovich, Col. Bob Sheridan, Ron Shelton, James Carville and many others.
In February 1999, Alberto Lugo, whom Ramos had known as a neighbor in his youth, was arrested and charged with the assault of three women. When arrested, he told the police he was Alex Ramos. The alleged impostor was found guilty of rape, sodomy and kidnapping. Ramos' private life was severely affected by the Lugo case: since Lugo had told detectives that he was Alex Ramos, many people actually believed Ramos to be a rapist. After Lugo was sentenced and publicly identified as Alberto Lugo, however, Ramos' name was cleared from any rape suspicions.
Ramos relocated to Simi Valley, California, where he lived for a long period before returning to New York to begin the Retired Boxers Foundation. While in Simi Valley, he struggled with drugs and alcohol, but he was able to successfully recover from both addictions.
On August 30, 2008, Ramos was found in a coma by RBF's executive director Jacquie Richardson, who had him immediately rushed to the hospital. Ramos was put on a medically induced coma, and initial prognosis was grim.
Ramos had a professional boxing record of 39 wins, 10 losses and 2 draws, with 24 wins by knockout.
Ramos had 2 sisters named Betty Ramos and Miriam Ramos. His nieces and nephews are Beatriz Michelle Velazquez, Ramel Ray Anderson, Jamel Derrick Black, and Angel Rayel Velazquez.