Justice For Vernon Forrest

By By Francis Walker BASN Boxing writer
Updated: April 11, 2012

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Vernon Forrest was a world champion

Vernon Forrest was a world champion

NEW YORK, NY—Former two-division world champion boxer Vernon Forrest (41-3, 29 KOs) was shot and killed in an Atlanta gas station on July 25, 2009.

Recently, a jury convicted getaway driver 28-year-old Jquante Crews, who was sentenced to live in prison without parole, plus 10 years.

Justice has been served in the memory of Vernon Forrest (1971-2009).

Vernon Forrest was more than just a prizefighter who started his professional career in November 1995 after having amassed a stellar amateur career mark of 225 victories against only 15 defeats. Vernon Forrest was more than a former Olympic teammate of Oscar De La Hoya in 1992.

Vernon Forrest was a talented man

Vernon Forrest was a talented man

Vernon Forrest was a gentleman, a true man with a wonderful heart, and a tremendous smile. Vernon was funny too, as I had the pleasure to speak to him on numerous occasions through the years. Of all things that were truly Vernon, I sorely miss his smile. Vernon was a strong Black man with an amazing smile that would burst sunshine through the mist of a raging storm.

I remember my discussions with Vernon as vividly as I remember shaking his hand, touching his shoulder, and hearing speak with such potency.

What an amazing, fascinating man.

And for those that truly loved Vernon Forrest… may the filthy, inhumane pieces of human trash responsible for the murder of a classy citizen… be ripped inside out and that they are eradicated from the filthy landscape of the federal prison where they rot… These animals should be extinct.

Vernon Forrest Perhaps the biggest victory of Vernon Forrest’s career was when he steam-fisted Sugar Shane Mosley in January 2002 to capture the WBC welterweight championship at the Theater of Madison Square Garden in New York.

Forrest, who was avoided by De La Hoya, Felix Trinidad, Pernell Whitaker, had an excellent left-jab and a strong right that nearly KO’d Mosley in the second round. Instead, Forrest settled for a 12-round unanimous decision followed by a repeat decision victory against Shane in an immediate rematch.

Vernon Forrest had character

Vernon Forrest had character

Once considered one of the very best fighters in the world, Forrest met his match in January 2003 when Ricardo Mayorga pulled off an improbable upset. Mayorga stopped Forrest in three rounds to unify the WBC/WBA welterweight titles. Although Forrest fought a better fight in an immediate rematch, he would lose to Mayorga again, via majority decision six months later.

Following the losses to Mayorga, Forrest was inactive from late 2003-2005 to repair his injured shoulders and other nagging ailments. Forrest launched a successful comeback in 2005 before besting Ike Quartey (W 10) in 2006.

Forrest became a world champion again on the evening of July 28, 2007. A classic Vernon Forrest cleverly out-boxed Carlos Baldomir, via unanimous decision to win the WBC super welterweight championship. In his first defense as champion, Forrest performed what was perhaps the best performance of his career – an eleventh round TKO stoppage of Michelle Piccirillo in December 2007. Forrest was simply an efficient fighting-machine that night. His technical proficiency produced a well-balanced performance behind tremendous timing, accuracy, and precision.

Vernon Forrest was glorious.

In 2008, Forrest went on to split (1-1) two fights with Sergio Mora. In June 2008, Forrest somehow fell asleep at the wheel and allowed Mora to shockingly outhustle him for twelve rounds. The rematch, however, was a completely different story, as Forrest regained the WBC super welterweight title with a dominant performance against Mora.

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Perhaps Vernon Forrest’s most memorable life achievement was when he founded Destiny’s Child, a special group home that assists in the needs of individuals with psychological, social, and emotional disabilities. Destiny’s Child is absolutely astonishing.

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