Clarence "Bones" Adams

'Bones' has been around pro boxing for 11 years which is not unusual, except that Adams is still only 26 years old. Adams was thought of a prodigy of sorts around the Midwest fight circuit and his name was widely recognized in boxing circles. Turning pro at 15 years of age Adams was put on the fast track to success and at the end of his first year as a pro had won 9 fights. 11 victories followed in the second year but also included a technical draw because of injury, it would be a omen of things to come as injuries have played a major role in the career of Adams. At the end of 3 years as a pro Adams had climbed in the IBF ratings and received a shot at Orlando Canizales. At the time Canizales was the most well traveled and experienced champion in boxing. Adams surprised many by pushing the champ hard and took many early rounds before his father pulled Adams out of the fight in the 11th round because of injury. More bad luck would creep up on Adams as he lost his next two fights, also because of injury. In 1995 two ESPN fights against Edwin Santana and Kevin Kelly damaged the image of Adams (still plagued by nagging injuries) because of the lackluster performance of all involved in the fights and Adams fell of the boxing map for a while. For the next 3 years Adams only fought sporadically before signing to fight Nestor Garza for the WBA junior featherweight title. But this time we saw a Adams fighting at 100% and 'Bones' showed what many had seen before his nagging injuries had set in. In what many saw as a upset, Adams both outboxed and outpunched the hard hitting champion from south of the border. Adams clearly showed that barring injury he is a force in the division and a match for any champion in and around his weight. One successful defense on HBO against Andres Fernandes has followed, unfortunately his hand was once again injured in the fight. Now we wait for the return of Adams early next year, until then Adams was kind enough to take the time to answer your questions here at Boxing Wise.

I also want to thank Mr. Adams for his patience as my bad recording technique and a snow storm twice forced cancellation of his replies to your question. But on Monday we got it all sorted and out and here is the article, we hope everyone enjoys it.

Ask The Champ
 Round 1 - Isley in Massachusetts: There are not a lot of good American fighters in 
           the smaller weight classes, who did you like or pattern yourself after if 
           anyone in the lower weight classes.

 Adams - I would say Marvin Hagler, I am a boxer and watch it, but I really don't remember  
         some of the older fighters. In the lighter weight divisions I would have to say
         Marvin Hagler and Tommy Hearns. The reason I like Hagler is because..... he could
         box, he could punch, he could fight southpaw or orthodox. He could do it all. He
         also fought the toughest people out there.  

 Round 2 - Jurgen in Germany: I see on your record that you fought in France, did you  
           enjoy fighting in Europe and were you afraid of bad decisions going against  
           you as Roy Jones seems to be. 

 Adams - Yes, definitely. I enjoyed fighting there but yes I was very nervous about the 
         judging. I also fought in Italy, but I dropped that guy early and I try not to 
         make my fights too close. But I would say if it was a tough fight, I think they 
         probably would give it to that guy because he was from over there.
 Round 3 - Ronny in Texas: How is your hand (Adams broke it in his last fight) and 
           when will you fight again?
 Adams - My hand is doing fine, it is healing very good and I am trying to fight some time 
         in the end of February or March. We are trying to work on some kind of deal 
         where Johnny Tapia and I can fight on the same card. God willing we can both 
         win, look good and then fight each other.    

 Round 4 - Mitchell in New York City: How did you manage to get a title shot so early in 
           your career and do you think you were prepared enough to fight a really good 
           champ like Canizales in you're first title try.

 Adams - I do think I was ready. First of all I got the title shot because I had proven 
         myself and I got ranked number 3 in the world. I beat the people I had to beat. 
         I do think I was ready for him, but I think things would have been different if 
         we would have fought in the United States instead of France. I was 17 years old 
         and I felt really uncomfortable being over there and the way I was treated. I 
         was 17 years old and I see Orlando Canizales there, and he is sitting down 
         having dinner with one of our judges. And he is going to judge the fight! It 
         really didn't make me feel too comfortable.   

 Round 5 - Lucas in Louisville Kentucky: It is great to have a champion from Kentucky 
           again! Will you try to defend your title here and if so where?

 Adams - That depends on the promoter and where we can get a site. But yes I definitely 
         will defend my title in Kentucky. I just don't know exactly when yet. I am also 
         from Western Kentucky where there are not a lot of good venues for boxing. I am 
         right at the border of Indiana and Illinois, over in Evansville Indiana they 
         have the niece stadiums and stuff like that. But if you look at that it is not 
         in Kentucky, so it depends on the promoter and what he wants to do with that.    

 Round 6 - Carlos in California: Who was the hardest puncher you ever faced?

 Adams - You know, I have never been rocked before. I guess Nestor Garza and Orlando 
         Canziales had the best records and powerpunches. I try to get in the best shape 
         I can, and not get hit. 

 Round 7 - Jenny in Iowa: What is the best piece of advice you have ever received from 
           someone in the boxing business?

 Adams - Don't trust anyone. 

 Round 8 - Phil in Yonkers, NY: At what age do you plan to retire and is there someone who 
           you would rely on to tell you the truth if you're skills started to fade?

 Adams - There is one person I do rely on to tell me that and that is Cameron Dunkin 
         (Adams manager). I plan on retiring by the time I am 29. I think I can get 6 or 
         7 fights in until then.  

 Round 9 - Donald Nevada: If there was anyone in the history of boxing you could 
           fight, who would it be?

 Adams - It would be hard to say? I would guess someone like a Tommy Hearns. If you sit  
         and look at it Tommy Hearns fought everybody and he did a lot of things that a 
         lot of fighters can't do. Everybody says Leonard is the greatest but you know 
         what Tommy was winning that first fight and he definitely won the second fight. 
         If you beat this guy, than you have beaten somebody! Same thing with Roberto 
         Duran, these guys are just tremendous fighters..... just remarkable. Also some 
         people had compared me to Willie Pep, maybe him. 

 Round 10 - Scott in Wyoming: What was your biggest disappointment and greatest joy in 
 Adams - My biggest disappointment is losing due to injury.not skill. I have to admit 
         that I have 3 loses on my record but the only reason I lost is because of 
         injuries. These guys are not better fighters than I am. That is a big 
         disappointment and it hurts me everytime someone asks me my record. The biggest 
         joy was winning the world title.

 Round 11 - Brian in California: I am 14 years old and want to start boxing but am sure I 
            would be scared before my first fight. How do I get rid of the scared feeling?

 Adams - You are going to be nervous and scared at first, until that bell rings and that 
         first punch is thrown. But as soon as that first punch is thrown it will all go 

 Round 12 - Al in Maryland: What kind of amateur background did you have and do you think 
            having a lot of amateur fights is as important as the TV analyst make it out 
            to be since they are only 3 rounds long?

 Adams - I had a amateur record of 176 wins and 4 loses, so I had a lot of amateur fights. 
         I fought grown men, open champions, Canadian champions when I was young. I was 
         just 13 and 14 years old. It does help you tremendously, you get experience and 
         learn skills and now they are going 5 rounds instead of 3. But the politics are 
         just as bad as the pro's.

Clarence 'Bones' Adams

 Born: July 6, 1974 in Mount Carmel, Illinois  
 Amateur record: 176 Wins, 4 Loses
 Pro record: 40 wins (19 K.O), 3 loses, 3 draws
 Current W.B.A. Junior featherweight Champion 

                                             - 1990 -

 Apr-3-1990    W 4    over Simmie Black  
 Apr-16-1990   W 4    over Johnny Higgins  
 May-1-1990    W 4    over Sid Miller  
 Jun-22-1990   W 4    over Kiko Rodriguez  
 Aug-7-1990    KO 1   over William Sholar 
 Sep-7-1990    TKO 2  over Homero Guel 
 Nov-1-1990    KO 3   over Jose Castro 
 Dec-6-1990    TKO 2  over David Long 
 Dec-14-1990   W 6    over Julian Flores   

                                              - 1991 -

 Feb-8-1991    W 6    over Tony Perez  
 Mar-1-1991    TD 2   Tony Perez  
 Apr-11-1991   KO 3   over Guadalupe Barajas 
 May-9-1991    KO 1   over Gary Spencer 
 Jun-15-1991   TKO 3  over Roy Simpson 
 Jul-6-1991    TKO 1  over Elijio Mejia   
 Jul-22-1991   KO 1   over Nelson Garcia  
 Aug-16-1991   W 10   over Lee Cargle 
 Sep-9-1991    KO 1   over Martin Ochoa 
 Oct-14-1991   W 10   over Martin Cardenas 
 Nov-12-1991   TKO 3  over Mario Lozano 
 Dec-9-1991    TKO 1  over Martin Llovera  

                                               - 1992 -

 Jan-21-1992   TKO 1  over Juan Perez 
 Mar-13-1992   TKO 4  over Arterio Nava 
 Apr-4-1992    W 12   over Javier Diaz 
 Jun-26-1992   W 10   over Runnell Doll 
 Sep-12-1992   TKO 6  over Darryl Jones 
 Dec-2-1992    W 8    over Gabriel Bernal  

                                                - 1993 -

 Mar-27-1993   TKO 11 by Orlando Canizales  for I.B.F. Bantamweight title 
 Nov-10-1993   TKO  4 by Frank Toledo 
                                                - 1994 -

 Feb-25-1994   TKO 6 by   Jeff Trimble 
 Aug-2-1994    W 6   over Simmie Black  
 Oct-15-1994   KO 1  over Joel Rodgers 
 Nov-2-1994    W 10  over Tommy Parks 

                                                - 1995 -

 Jan-6-1995    W 10 over Isagani Pumar 
 Apr-7-1995    D 10 with Edwin Santana 
 Jun-13-1995   W 10 over Felipe Garcia 
 Sep-9-1995    D 12 with Kevin Kelley 
                                                - 1996 -

 Feb-18-1996   KO 1 over Leon Rozier 

                                                - 1997 -

 Jul-14-1997   W 10  over Kino Rodriguez 
 Aug-3-1997    W 12  over Mike Juarez 
 Nov-14-1997   TKO 1 over Lee Cargle 
 Nov-21-1997   W 10  over Roberto Villareal 
                                                 - 1998 -


                                                 - 1999 -

 Apr-16-1999  W 6  over Lee Cargle  
 Nov-26-1999  W 10 over Aristead Clayton 
                                                  - 2000 -  

 Mar-4-2000   W 12  over Nestor Garza     wins W.B.A., Junior featherweight championship 
 Aug-5-2000   TKO 6 over Andres Fernandez retains W.B.A. Junior featherweight