Wilford “The Scorpion” Scypion

Wilford  Scypion, “The Scorpion”  born July 18, 2021 and died February 27, 2014, in Port Arthur, Texas

Born in 1958, raised in Port Arthur, Texas and boxing out of The Galena Park Boxing Academy, Scypion had a very successful amateur career, finishing with a record of 206 wins and 11 loses. He was the regional, state, and national Golden Gloves Champion at middleweight in 1978, and turned professional that same year. Scypion began his professional career with a string of 14 knockouts in 14 fights but never got over the fact that his 13th knockout victim, Willie “Macho” Classen died from injuries suffered during their bout in November of 1979. Classen’s death changed Scypion from an aggressive boxer-puncher into a sometimes hesitant and erratic fighter who would still go on to be successful but was never the same.

Scypion would still go on to capture the U.S.B.A. and I.B.F. Middleweight titles in 1983 by beating Frank “The Animal” Fletcher by a twelve-round decision. He would then go on to fight Marvelous Marvin Hagler three months later, losing the bout and his titles by fourth round knockout. Other notable opponents he faced were Mustafa Hamsho, Curtis Parker, James Green, Murray Sutherland, and Iran Barkley. He retired in 1991 and finished his career with a record of 32 wins, 24 by knockout, against 9 loses. Recognized in the Musuem of the Gulf Coast Sports Hall of Fame, Scypion will always be remembered for his successful and exciting career.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.