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John Scully to Weigh In as Head Boxing Trainer at UFC Gym Winter Springs
Former world-ranked light heavyweight boxer and ESPN Classic analyst “Iceman” John Scully has joined Orlando's UFC Gym in Winter Springs as head training coach since November 15, 2013. He is offering boxing workouts Orlando Fl natives can use to train professionally, for amateur bouts as well as for general conditioning.
Central Florida and Orlando has been home to numerous quality world championship fights and great fans of the sport number among regulars to local gyms. Orlando Fl will now be home to an ex-professional offering boxing training Orlando natives can use to indulge in their love for the sport as well as to keep fit with cardio.
“Iceman” brings with him an experience of 30 years of cumulative amateur and professional boxing as well as training others in the field. He began boxing in 1982 and won a series of middleweight amateur championships including the 1987 National PAL in Jacksonville, Florida and the Fayetteville, North Carolina 1988 Eastern U.S. Olympic Trials. Scully's amateur career also includes 4 straight WM Golden Gloves wins between 1985 and 1988. Between 1986 and 1988 he also won 3 straight New England Golden Glove titles.
In 1988 Scully joined the ranks of heavyweight Mike Tyson and welter-weight Marlon “Magic Man” Starling to be named for the middleweight spot in the All-Time team.
Scully then went on to box professionally for 13 years. He entered the pro-boxing ring in 1988 with an impressive amateur record of 57-13. As a professional boxer his victories include a ten-round bout against Art Baylis on Prime TV, a ten-round win against WBC International champion Billy Bridges at Atlantic City and a second-round win against former IBO world champion Willie Ball at Connecticut.
Other unanimous decisions in Scully's favor include a 1989 win against national #1 ranked amateur Alphonso Bailey on Tuesday Night Fights and a 12-round decision against Melvin Wynn, an Atlantan Southern Boxing Association champion.
The “Iceman” has also served as a sparring partner for big names like Mike McCallum, Henry Maske, Roy Jones Jr.,Vinny Panzienza and James “Lights Out” Toney. His professional career ended in 2001 with a record of 38-11 over 21 knockouts.
The ex-professional's training career began while he was pursuing his own career. Standout amateurs that Scully has trained include Sammy Vega (the 1997 champion of the National Junior Olympics) Greg Cuyler (champion at the 1995 Ohio State Fair), Dwaye Hairston (who became the National PAL champion in 1998) and the US Armed Forces champion of 2000, Orlando Cordova.
Scully has also been training professionals since 2003. Four boxers under his tutelage made it to world championships. Scully's trainee Chad Dawson went on to become the WBC Light heavyweight champion. He has also trained Liz Mueller (WIBF lightweight champion), Jose Antonio Rivera (WBA Junior Middleweight champion) and Mike Oliver (IBO Super Bantamweight champion).
Scully made it into the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame with a fifth class position in 2010. He is known for his insights into boxing and is the author of the autobiographical boxing book The Iceman Diaries.
The UFC Gym has a reputation as a training center offering rigorous fitness regimens for all levels in martial arts like kickboxing, boxing, jiujitsu and others, and is a top boxing gym Orlando Fl locals affirm. Locals looking for boxing classes Orlando Fl will be able to sign up for a free trial class at the UFC Gym before deciding to join.