Chauncy Welliver Meets Unbeaten Lucas Brown November 12th!
By Ken Hissner, Doghouse Boxing (Oct 21, 2014)
Chauncy “Hillyard Hammer” Welliver
Heavyweight Chauncy “Hillyard Hammer” Welliver, 55-8-5 (22), meets Lucas Browne, 21-0 (18), for the WBC Eurasia Pacific Boxing Council title, over 12 rounds on November 12th in Melbourne, Australia.
In talking with Welliver he seems to have the “fire back” he has been missing for the past half dozen fights. In his last bout his arm was injured in losing to “Bronco” Billy Wright, 42-4, in February when his trainer stopped the fight in the 5th round. “I was hit on the arm and it felt like the bone broke through the skin in the 3rd round,” said Welliver.
Welliver is from Spokane, WA, and has lived in New Zealand. “I loved living in New Zealand with my family. The people are great and it doesn’t snow just rains,” said Welliver. In December of 2004 he had his first fight in New Zealand and stayed for 3 months going 4-1. He would return in December of 2006 defeating the same boxer he did in his NZ debut. In 2006-07 he went 3-0-1 in NZ, and was broke in need of money to get back to the US. “I didn’t care who I would fight just for the payday to get home,” said Welliver.
Welliver was matched with Cuban Olympic champion Odlainer Solis, then 11-0, in Berlin, Germany, losing in the 9th round. Welliver was 15-0-2 prior to that fight in 17 fights. “Solis told me I was a good fighter afterwards,” said Welliver. He had 9 days of training to prepare for Solis.
“I never had a trainer until my 50th fight when Joe Hipp took over,” said Welliver. Now his manager-trainer Michael Howe took over. “I was raised in the Hillyard section of Spokane and had to fight to get to the store. It was considered a ghetto,” said Welliver.
Welliver was 17-1-3, when he lost to John Sargent, 17-3, 26-3. “He was in worse looking shape than me and I took him for granted and learned a lesson,” said Welliver. His biggest win was over the Nigerian King Ipitan, 19-4-1, in Idaho. “I was 19 fighting this big Nigerian. Even my family wanted me to pull out of the fight. It was the biggest moment of my career beating him,” said Welliver.
Welliver was supposed to fight Billy Zumbrun in July but his father died. “I was in no shape mentally to fight so Bradley Rone replaced me and died in that fight,” said Welliver. Rone had just lost to Zumbrun 3 weeks before that by decision. Welliver would be Zumbrun’s next opponent in September and he would defeat Zumbrun, 12-4-1.
In August of 2005 he defeated Chris Lewallen, 9-0, for the interim WBC FECARBOX and interim WBC Youth titles. In March of 2010 he won the vacant WBC Continental Americas title defeating Mike Shepard, 15-9-1. In his previous fight he won the New Zealand National title and the interim WBO Asia Pacific title defeating Seiatue Ma’ilata who 2 years prior to this draw with him.
In June of 2011 Welliver went to China winning the vacant WBC Asia Pacific title over Lawrence Tauasa, 31-8-1. In his next fight he was back in China defeating Rob Calloway, 71-12-2, over 12 rounds. In January of 2012 with 4 titles on the line he defeated Moyoyo Mensah, 21-8-1, in Auckland, NZ. “I had a broken ear drum in training prior to that fight,” said Welliver. He would return back home defeating Bert Cooper, 38-23, over 10 rounds.
Welliver was back in China to meet Sherman Williams in June of 2012. “I hadn’t felt good for several fights and didn’t have that fire in me anymore facing Williams,” said Welliver. He lost a majority 12 round decision. He would lose his next fight to Japan’s National kick boxing champion who was 4-0, Kyotaro Fujimoto. “It was the best payday I ever received,” said Welliver. He would rebound with knockouts in his next 2 fights. “I hadn’t trained for 6 months when I took a fight in Chile,” said Welliver. He stopped Mexican Saul Farah, 43-16-3, in June of 2013. In his next fight he lost to Billy Wright in February of 2014. “I needed the rest and feel better for this one,” said Welliver.
All the pressure is on Browne not me,“ said Welliver. Welliver is 16-2-1 in New Zealand. This will be his first fight in Australia. In talking to him about Joe Hipp, an American Indian Welliver said “I’m an American Indian, too.” For a fighter who had 74 tough-man fights and 50 fights before he had a trainer Welliver has done pretty darn good for himself with a 55-8-5 (22) record. Browne is No. 6 in the WBC, No.5 in the WBA and No. 7 in the IBF. A win for Welliver would put him into the ratings of these 3 groups. His plans are to move his family back to New Zealand and who could blame him?
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