Emanuel Augustus

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Name: Emanuel Augustus
Alias: The Outlaw
Birth Name: Emanuel Burton
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Stance: Orthodox
Height: 170cm
Reach: 173cm
Pro Boxer: Record

Professional Career

Emanuel Augustus (formerly Emanuel Yak'ov Burton) was a colourful and flamboyant boxer who achieved a cult-like following in the boxing community for his deceiving record and unpredictable performances in the ring. A "journeyman" fighter who took many fights on short notice, his skills were much better than one would anticipate. His behaviour in the ring often frustrated and outpsyched his opponents by achieving the winning edge with psychological warfare.

Photo by Brock Ellis

Augustus was a very durable opponent, and often won fights against solid opposition. For example, Augustus upset Ray Oliveira, Courtney Burton, David Toledo and Alex Trujillo. Augustus put in unexpected game performances in fights where he came up short. He gave a good performance against Floyd Mayweather Jr., despite getting stopped in nine. His fight with Mickey Ward is considered to be one of the best fights ever aired on ESPN2).

Ratings wise, the best win of Emanuel's career occurred against former prospect Carlos Wilfredo Vilches in 2002. As as a result of winning by stoppage, Augustus became the IBF #2 light welterweight. However, he followed the win up with four very disappointing decision defeats. If there is one flaw in the game of Augustus, it was inconsistency. He often lost fights due to getting outworked (lower punch output contributed to losses to Leonard Dorin and Almazbek Raiymkulov).

Augustus achieved mainstream coverage after losing a very controversial decision to Courtney Burton 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 ended up missing a key knockdown of Burton) was asked to retire. The two judges that scored the fight for Burton were re-evaluated.

Injury and Comeback Attempt

On the night of October 13, 2014, Augustus was critically wounded after being shot in the back of the head in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, from a random gunshot, and was on life support.Baton Rouge Police named a suspect in the crime, but subsequently dropped charges due to lack of witnesses or evidence of intent, as a gun was alleged to have fired a gun several times in the air but not at a target. Augustus recovered, and now lives with his sister in Baton Rouge. As of April 2016, Augustus was engaged to be married, in improved health and spirits, and remained in training for a possible comeback in the ring. Augustus notes "I don't have nothing else to do. All I know is boxing."

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
  • WBO Oriental Welterweight Title