The Reverse Bell Shaped Curve

By Ted Sares on February 19, 2013
The Reverse Bell Shaped Curve
Darnell Wilson is best known for his near decapitation of Emmanuel Nwodo. (Mulholland)


A frequent occurrence in boxing is what I call the Bell Shaped curve phenomena in which a boxer comes out of the professional gate like a thoroughbred only to top off at some point—and then it’s all downhill.

It’s not a pleasant thing to see, but hopefully many of these fighters stick around to earn some cash as they become a convenient notch on someone else’s holster. In many instances, it becomes a never-ending cycle.

Case in Point

Michael “The Midnight Stalker” Walker raced out of the gate going undefeated in his first 20 outings until he lost to rugged David Alonso Lopez in 2008. Then, after beating the very beatable Antwun Echols that same year, he proceeded to go winless in his next 18. This is about as close to a bell shape curve as it gets. The Stalker has now become the stalkee as he goes up against tough opponents. Echols also fills this bill, but without the same symmetry

“The Ding-A-Ling Man”, Darnell Wilson is best known for his near decapitation of Emmanuel Nwodo. Ding went 18-1-3 before things went in the other direction when he lost to Vadim Tokarev in Russia. Since then, he has gone 6-11.

The Reverse

Quirino Garcia, known as “Kirino”, lost his first 18 in a row as he fought world-class opposition. He simply did not know how to box very well, but that changed in 1994 when he iced Norberto Bueno and then went on to finish his career with a 40-28-4 mark. And he did this by beating Frankie Randall, Simon Brown, Meldrick Taylor, Eric Holland, Rene Francisco Hernandez (twice), Arturo Rivera (twice by TKO), Charles Whittaker, Art Serwano, Eduardo Gutierrez (twice by TKO and once by UD), Terrence Alli, Miguel Julio, Buck Smith (179-14-2 coming in), Alfred Ankamah, and Jorge Vaca (twice by KO). He was also badly stiffed in a televised fight against David Reid. His record depicts a bell shape, but one that is most deceptive. Kirino is considered a legend among Mexican boxing aficionados. 

Writer Tim Graham once inexplicably referred to Kirino as a “pug” in an article titled “David Reid’s American Nightmare” (ESPN, March 8, 2004). Some pug!

However, the late Pat Putnam paid Kirino great respect in his fine article titled “Kirino Garcia – Gutter to Great” (The Sweet Science, August 2005, 2005).

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  1. the thresher 05:03pm, 02/19/2013

    Irish, I am working on one involving Jesse

  2. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo (aka) Gimpel 05:02pm, 02/19/2013

    Which reminds me… we’ll soon be coming up to the 18th year anniversary of the still unsolved murder of Jesse James Hughes. He was a bad boy to be sure…I still remember him referring to himself in a post fight interview as “skillet head” and saying that Felix Trinidad wore panties!

  3. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo (aka) Gimpel 04:40pm, 02/19/2013

    Ted Sares-Yikes! Rocky Balboa’s resume and career is very thin compared to Kirino’s! He graduated to ten-rounders at the end of that 18 fight losing (learning) streak…his last loss in that streak was to 28 and 0 Chad Parker! He fought Steve Roberts in London and Danny Green in Perth…not too shabby…..after that slow start out of the gate…. and had a habit of returning the favor in his KO losses…just ask Ankhrama (sic) and Herrera. Can we all say grandes cojones?

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