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World Boxing Federation Champions Of The Past: Guy Waters
POSTED ON MAY 5, 2017.
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FEATURE   Photo: Former World Boxing Federation (WBF) World Light Heavyweight Champion Guy Waters (on the right).

Since the World Boxing Federation was originally founded by American Larry Carrier in 1988, many of the sport’s biggest names have won a WBF title, and proudly defended the blue, red and gold belt all over the world.

In the Champions Of The Past Series we take a closer look at some of the boxers who held WBF titles in years gone by, from lesser known champions to world renowned fighters, legends of the sport and current or future Hall of Famers.


When he made his professional debut in March of 1985, it didn’t appear to be in the cards that Australian Guy Waters would eventually become a world champion. In fact, judging by his debut-fight it looked as if he didn’t have anyone looking out for his best interests.

Fighting at the Hordern Pavilion in his hometown Sydney, he was matched against reigning New South Wales State Cruiserweight Champion Geoff Peate (8-2-1), who was the heavier man by ten kilos. On top of that, the fight was scheduled for ten rounds, and Waters was stopped already in the second.

But giving up was never and option. Waters, born on January 25 in 1964, had boxing in his blood and both his brothers were also professional fighters. The three of them were trained by their father Cecil, who, while described as abusive and tyrannical, brought up three champions.

Older brother Dean (8-5) was Australian Heavyweight ruler between 1986 and 1988, and younger brother Troy (28-5), Australian and Commonwealth champion at Super Welterweight, fought for three world titles against Gianfranco Rossi (IBF), Terry Norris (WBC) and Simon Brown (WBC) between 1989 and 1994.

So Guy came back strong and proved to be a world-class fighter. Twelve years after the fiasco that was his debut, he won the WBF World Light Heavyweight title. But before that, he accomplished quite a few other noteworthy results in the ring.

Following the loss to Peate, Waters returned a month later with a decision over ten rounds against John Bogolin (3-2-1). They rematched seven months on, with Waters winning on points again, and picking up the vacant New South Wales State Light Heavyweight title.

After one interim bout, where he out-scored Uganda-born Emmanuel Otti (20-6-2), Waters captured the Australian national title, as well as the OPBF title, in only his fifth outing, with a land-slide unanimous decision over the experienced Gary Hubble (9-14-3).

Over the next two years he beat good opponents such as Tommy Taylor (16-3-1), Wilbert Johnson (29-5-2), and Randy Smith (18-12), and scored a draw with American contender Frank Minton (20-5). He also won the Australasian title with a first round knockout of Piilua Taito (6-7).

In April of 1989, with less than a dozen fights on his professional ledger, Waters became the Commonwealth Light Heavyweight Champion by dethroning quality Canadian Willie Featherstone (19-4-1). In his previous fight, Featherstone had challenged Virgil Hill for the WBA World title, but Waters out-boxed him from start to finish.

After two successful defenses of the Commonwealth belt, against Englishman Roy Skeldon (18-15-2) and dangerous Italy-based Ugandan Yawe Davies (24-5-2), Waters received a January 1991 shot at the WBC World Light Heavyweight title, held by Dennis Andries (38-8-2).

Andries, born in Georgetown, Guyana but fighting out of London, England, traveled to Australia to defend his title against Waters, having fond memories of the land “down under” as he became world champion by knocking out Jeff Harding in Australia six months earlier.

It turned out to be a close and competitive fight, but in the end Andries just had a bit too much in the bag. After twelve rounds of boxing he retained his title with a unanimous decision, as the judges scored the bout for him by 115-114, 116-112 and 117-113.

Still the Commonwealth champion, Waters returned eight months later and defended (W12) against former WBA World Champion Leslie Stewart (29-7) from Trinidad & Tobago. It was a good win for him, and, while he only added one more victory that year, it put him in line for a second crack at the big time.

But unfortunately he would be inactive for over a year before a fight against WBA World Champion Virgil Hill (37-1) took place in North Dakota, USA on December 17 1993. Probably the long lay-off hurt Waters too much, as he was widely out-scored by Hill, making his fifth title-defense.

Another long lay-off followed, and it was September of 1995 before Waters fought again, stopping Venezuelan Armando Rodriguez (25-6-1) in round eight. Two months later disaster struck, as Waters was knocked out in the first round by American Troy Weaver (10-4-2), and all of a sudden the future looked bleak.

But Guy Waters was not the right person to write off, and he was not one to take an easy route back. Most would have returned against an easy foe, but Waters took on undefeated PABA and Australian Cruiserweight Champion Peter Kinsella (8-0-2) in August of 1996, and won the fight on points after ten rounds.

Just like that he had resurrected his career, and his persistence paid off the following June when he was matched with fellow countryman, and reigning PABA titlist, Gavin Ryan (13-4) in a fight for local pride and the vacant World Boxing Federation (WBF) World Light Heavyweight crown.

Headlining a show at the Abcos Stadium in Adelaide, Waters and Ryan put on a great show, with back and forth action all the way. None of them big punchers, it looked like a distance fight from the start, and that’s how it turned out with Waters coming out on top by split decision (115-113, 117-110 and 112-114).

Waters stayed busy in the remainder of 1997, winning two non-title fights over nondescript opposition. Always ready for new challenges, he accepted a June 1998 fight in Germany against undefeated Juan Carlos Gomez (23-0), with the Cubans WBC World Cruiserweight title on the line.

But once again a Cruiserweight proved to be too much for Waters, as Gomez retained his title by sixth round stoppage. While skilled and game, the Australian was just too small for the weight, something his next career-move would be a testament to.

On April 30, 1999 Waters ventured down to Super Middleweight to start a new campaign towards a world title opportunity in a third weight-class. It was believed that his height (188 Cm.) and reach (190 Cm.) would give him significant advantages there.

After two low-profile wins, he won the vacant IBF Pan Pacific title against Fijian champion Atama Raqili (15-10-4), and in March of 2000 he added the OPBF championship with an impressive triumph in Japan over tough defending titlist Yoshinori Nishizawa (17-11-4), who would later challenge for the WBA World title.

Unfortunately Waters would never get to fight for a Super Middleweight world title. Challenging for the Commonwealth crown in England in November of 2000, he was hurt in the sixth round and overwhelmed by the champion, David Starie (22-2), forcing the referee to wave it off.

Waters fought only once after that, trying to regain his former IBF regional strap against Anthony Mundine (9-0), but lost by second round knockout. That was the end of a fantastic career for Guy Waters, who hung up his gloves at 37 years of age.

Having won eight titles, including the WBF World Light Heavyweight title, his final record stands at 25-7-1 (11), and Waters is probably set in history as one of the best Australian boxers. Amazingly, thirty-one of his thirty-three professional bouts were scheduled for ten or twelve rounds. That has to be some kind of record...

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