Mark Weinman, a highly touted hard punching 154lber out of New York who fought in the mid and late 1980's returns to the ring for the first time in 21 years at age 50, this Friday, September 7th, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Tampa Airport Hotel.
Weinman, known as the "Hebrew Hammer" ran up 11 straight victories including 9 ko's with a Mike Tyson like fury in his attack, before back-to-back losses in 1987 ended his career.
An attempted comeback 4 years later in 1991 again ended in a setback as Weinman was stopped on his feet in a bout he was winning with 30 secondsleft in the final round. His final career record was 11-3 with 9 ko's.
Weinman, a former Spanish Golden Gloves champion, three-time PAL Champion (Police Athletic League) and New York Golden Gloves Open Finalist, was hailed by New York's boxing media as a future champ. He fought on major boxing cards at Madison Square Garden and Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas.
Says Weinman, "I feel fresh, I had only 14 pro fights so I'm not shopworn. I can still punch like a mule. I have been training for this comeback since the summer of 2011 and have boxed over 500 rounds. My left hook is back and their are no weight problems anymore. My stamina feels great."
Weinman's opponent will be Elvis "El Burrito" Martinez, a 36 year old journeyman from the Dominican Republic with 43 pro bouts under his belt. The fight is contracted at 165lbs weight limit.
Weinman's manager Steve Tannenbaum tells us, "Mark looked like the goods. He had a great left hook to the body which you don't see fighters throw anymore. And along with being able to pop, he had a big heart.
"Maybe like George Foreman during the second chapter of his career, Weinman will be a more relaxed fighter and pace himself better in the ring.I think he can be dangerous for anybody in the middle weight division."