Name: Emanuel Augustus
Birth Name: Emanuel Burton
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Height: 5′ 7″ / 170cm
Reach: 68″ / 173cm
Boxing Record: click
Trainer: Robert Campos
Emmanuel Augustus (formerly Emmanuel Burton) has achieved a cult-like following in the boxing community for his deceiving record and unpredictable performances in the ring. He is known as a "journeyman" fighter who will take many fights on short notice. Even though his current record is 35-28-6, his skills are much better than his near .500 record would present.
Augustus is a very durable opponent, having been knocked out only three times, and often he has won fights against solid opposition. For example, Augustus boasts wins over Ray Oliveira, Courtney Burton, David Toledo and Alex Trujillo. Augustus also often puts in very game performances in the fights he has come up short (for example, he gave a good performance against Floyd Mayweather Jr, despite getting stopped in nine and his fight with Mickey Ward is considered to be one of the best fights even aired on ESPN 2).
Ratings wise, the best win of Emmanuel's career occurred against former prospect Carlos Wilfredo Vilches in 2002. As as a result of winning by stoppage, Augustus became #2 light welterweight in the IBF, however, he followed the win up with four very disappointing decision defeats. If there is one flaw in the game of Augustus, it is his consistancy, as he has often lost fights due to lack of passion (for instance lack of punch output contributed to his losses against Leonard Dorin and Almazbek Raiymkulov).
Augustus also achieved some mainstream coverage after losing a very controversial decision to Courtney Burton back in 2004. The decision was so disputed that Teddy Atlas had an on-air argument with a Michigan boxing official and several boxing reporters asked boxing fans to protest the state commission via e-mail and telephone. While the fight result was not overturned, the referee for the fight (who oddly took a point away from Augustus for spinning away from a clinch and also ended up missing a key knockdown of Burton) was asked to retire and the two judges that scored the fight for Burton were re-evaluated.
Minor Titles Won
IBF Inter-Continental Light Welterweight Title
WBO Inter-Continental Light Welterweight Title
IBA Light Welterweight Title
WBC Continental Americas Light Welterweight Title