Monday, March 27, 2006

Etienne convicted, lengthy sentence expected

Former fringe heavyweight contender Cliff Etienne was convicted last week in a Louisiana court on charges stemming from a botched armed robbery. Now he faces up to 64 years in prison at sentencing.

Prior to his professional boxing career Etienne, 34, served 10 years in prison for other violent offenses.

He turned pro at the age of 26 in 1998. His seven-year career was highlighted with a victory over current WBO titlist Lamon Brewster, a draw with one-time IBF titlist Frans Botha, and a victory over then-prospect Lawrence Clay-Bey.

Of course he’ll likely be remembered for his one round blowout loss to Mike Tyson in 2003, in what may turn out to be “Iron Mike’s” last victory.

In May 2005, the Russian Nicolay Valuev stopped Etienne in three rounds. Etienne has not fought since.


Anonymous Big John said...

He blew it.

10:28 AM  
Anonymous the cruiserweight said...

This reminds me (a little bit) of Ike Ibeabuchi.A few years ago,when Ike was up for parole,and there was still a little hope left for his career,someone asked me how I felt about his possible release.I said,"As a fan of hvy boxing,I'm excited.As a member of general society,I'm terrified".

Nuff said.

1:13 PM  
Blogger JE Boxing said...

It is always disappointing to see someone throw away chance after chance.

7:26 PM  

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