Name: Danny Adams
Hometown: Stockton, California, USA
Died: 1985-06-08 (Age:25)
Pro Boxer: Record
Amateur Boxer: Record
Danny Adams was a boxer-puncher whose life was clouded in mystery, grace, suspense, circumstances and misfortunes. He started amateur boxing in Fort Worth, Texas, at 14 years old. He won his first 30 bouts, 27 by knockout. Blessed with power and speed, Adams was a phenomenal all-around athlete. He was a standout football player at running back and linebacker. He mastered Ping-Pong, excelled at swimming and diving, mesmerised all comers with his putting skills, and, though he never played organised basketball, he terrorised college and pro players with his swift foot work and turn-around jump shot in pickup games. On a boxing trip to Colorado, a 16-year-old Adams amazed seasoned snow skiers the first and only time that his strapped on the skis.
Adams got interested in boxer after seeing, reading and hearing about his older brother, Ronny, winning hundreds of bouts while traveling to tournaments throughout the United States and getting opportunities to represent the Texas Stars -- a group of standout amateur boxers residing throughout Texas -- in bi-state competition and on the undercards of major professional bouts that featured amateur-star boxers. He also admired Ronny representing the U.S.A in international competition and being mentored and befriended by 1972 Olympic bronze medalist Jesse Valdez, former world welterweight boxing champion Curtis Cokes and world heavyweight champion "Big" George Foreman.
By the time Adams became an open boxer, two years later, he had compiled a record of 74-3 with 65 knockouts, won a gold medal in the Southwestern Regional IX Junior Olympics, a silver medal at the national one, a gold medal in the Irish McNeel National Invitational Boxing Games, and championship trophies in The Red River National Boxing Invitational Tourney and in the Silver Gloves. He was also able to capture a Diamond Belt title. [It should be no surprise that Adams was able to accumulate this amount of bouts in such a short time. Because to kids of 1970s era, boxing was still king and poetic. Muhammad Ali was back in the game snapping heads with his punches and blasting ears with his poems and predictions. The movie "Rocky" was knocking out the competition on the Big Screen. And amateur and professional boxing were shown regularly on commerical television -- pre-cable television era. There were scheduled amateur tournaments throughout Texas and the U.S.A., weekly. It wasn't a surprise that an active amateur boxer could fight a 100 times or more in one year. In some three-day tournaments, boxers, making it to the championship bouts, would have to compete six or seven times -- two to three times a day or/and night -- to win or to be runnerup in their crowded weight division. Winners and runnerups in weekly tournaments could box 30 or so times in a month.]
With dynamite in both hand and a personality to match it, Adams became known as Dynamite Danny, Smoking Danny Joe (his middle name was Joseph Deen) and Darling Danny -- mostly ladies called him this because he was indeed hot and svelte to the ladies. Close to 6-foot tall, he was bowlegged, swaggered like a cowboy, i.e., John Wayne, and strutted like a peacock. Winning the Fort Worth Golden Gloves three times -- 1974, 1975 and 1978, he was one of the area's favorite boxers during this era. In 1977 he won the El Paso Golden Gloves, along with two of his younger brothers, identical twins Greg Adams and Craig Adams. In doing this, they made history. This was the first time that three brothers had won in the open division at the same time. They also became the first three brothers to box in the Texas State Golden Gloves Championship at the same time. In 1978, Adams and "the twins" also became the first three brothers to win the Southwestern AAU at the same time and then box in the National AAU at the same time, where Adams was a quarter-finalist. He and "the twins" (along with "Big brother Ron," a mutli-time all-Navy and International world amateur invitational champion between 1977 and 1983) won Western States, Southwestern States, Midwestern States and Southern States Diamond Belt tournaments and "Tournament of Champions" challenges in 1974 through 1978.
The amazing thing about Adams, in 1977, was his ability to box again. In December of 1976, he was shot in the heart and lung during an attempted gas-station robbery, where he had been set up by a "friend." Adams had given the friend money to go inside the station to pay for gas, while Adams pumped it in his car. The so-called "friend," taking such a long time to pay, caused Adams to go inside the station to see what was the delay. When Adams got inside, he saw the "friend" with a gun pointed toward the station's attendant. As Adams confronted the "friend," the frighten attendant pulled a gun and shot him, believing that "the two crooks started auguing over who was going to get the loot." Adams recovered from his bullet wounds enough to resume boxing in two months, and after the robbery situation was cleared up by the great investigation of Fort Worth police detective, Lt. Oliver Ball, who was also a Golden Gloves referee.
Adams had a record of 122-5 with a 100 knockouts at the time of his shooting injuries. He ended his amateur career with a record of 152-11 with 115 knockouts. His punching power was not quite the same when he came back to boxing after being shot. Adams moved to Oakland, California to start a promising professional career. He won his first three bouts with ease. In his fourth bout, he faced an "old pro" who was a master of trickery, especially "thumbs in the eyes." Adams lost this bout and partially his sight in the right eye. Nevertheless, being tough as he was, Adams thought his lost of sight was just temporary. But as time went on, he started to see black tears and spots in his eye vision and suspected that something was wrong. He fought to a draw in his next bout -- two weeks later -- which Boxrec doesn't have listed and/or hasn't been able to verify. Adams had his vision checked after a sparring match and found out that he had a detached retina, but had two scheduled bouts in the next six weeks and fought in them. Losing his last bout because of being too tentative for fear of permanently losing his sight, Adams revealed his eye problem. The California Commission immediately banned Adams from ever boxing again.
As a young teenager, Adams was an award-winning ventriloquist. He won numerous of talent shows in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and a few in bordering states. He also performed at parties, wedding receptions, bar mitzvahs, debutantes' events, "Old folks' homes," various business and religious conventions and "socialites' get-togethers." With his boxing career over he went back to being a ventriloquist and became quite a star in the Bay Area and in Reno, Nevada. Still disappointed about his boxing career being over, Adams also married and became a Bapist preacher and a musician. (As a child he was a gifted harmonica player and a guitarist, and taught himself how to play the piano.)
By late 1984, being so successful as a performer and a preacher, Adams and his family were preparing to move to Egypt, where he was going to study religion and ancient, mystic music. After studying in Egypt for three years, he was then going to study in India and spent some time in the Philippines with relatives, including those who he had yet to meet. But things turned into a nightmare when Adams was robbed of several thousand dollars by a cousin and a dope pusher. He forgave the cousin. But then started to become paranoid, and begin to have marital issues. But like always, because he was such a strong person, he overcame the paranoia and marital issues. Nevertheless, disaster again still struck him.
Adams and his wife had a verbal fight at an Oakland Post Office. She walked away from him and was last seem crossing the street. Adams drove over to an auntie's house. His wife's mother called him later that night and asked where was her daughter, his wife. He told her about the scenario that happened at the post office earlier that day, but of course his mother-in-law refuse to believe this. Three days later -- March 4, 1985, Adams's wife's body was found in a park near her mother's home. Adams was arrested for suspicion of murder on March 8. He claimed to be innocent. And after being held in jail for almost a month, he was going to be released on a Monday for lack of evidence. But on a Friday before that Monday, his brother, Ronny, who was living down in San Diego, got a call from the jailhouse in Martinez, Ca., that Adams was found hanging in his cell by an "employee." Adams was hospitalized and started to improve, and was going to be moved to a convalescence facility. But on the day --June 8, 1985 -- he was to be moved, a nurse gave him an injection that caused him to have a fatal heart attack. This was proven, two years later, when the same nurse was arrested for causing the deaths of other patients after giving them medication injections.
Before Adams's death on that horrifying night of June 8 -- on May 7, 1985 -- one's of his family members got an anonymous letter from the Martinez (jailing) facility. This letter had been signed by several eye-witnesses stating to the fact that Adams had been roughed up by an officer, who also put a "choke hold" on him. After Adams became nonresponsive, the area was cleared of employees, who weren't cops, according to the letter. And about an hour and a half later, Adams was mysteriously found in his jail cell (hanged with) a bath towel, the author of the letter wrote.
In 1988, an African American serial murderer of seven other black females was tied to the killing of Adams's wife. (Anthony Wimberly, 23, a recent parolee, and a "hardcore street thug" also known as Tony McKnight, was snitched out by a police informant.) The Oakland police officers who had arrested Adams on March 8, 1985, came to his auntie's house and apologized for the circumstances of Adams's arrest and the "evil situations" that ended his life. The police choke hold, known as a sleep hold, was banned during this period. A rash of black men -- especially athletes, including popular Cal State Long Beach football star Ron Settles -- had been killed by this sleep hold then mysteriously found hanging in their cell while been held in California jailing facilities in the 1980s.
Adams, born -- Dani-el ("Bimbizara") Jozeph Deen Rupert Liu Adamez -- in Lubbock, Texas, was 25 years old at the time of his demise in Martinez, Ca. His estate has been awarded a settlement.