Inducted on November 14, 2002
Scott Frank started boxing at the age of 16. He would fight different kids in the neighborhood, and people would pay money to see him fight. From there he went on to challenge tough kids from different high schools. Scott went to his first gym, Tony Ryles A.C., at the age of 17-1/2. From there he went to Cianci Street where Lou Duva’s gym was located. Lou Duva brought him under his wings of Chicky Ferrara, a well-known trainer from Gleason’s Gym in New York City. Under Chicky’s training, Scott won the 1977 Open Class New Jersey Golden Gloves Heavyweight Championship, as well as the AAU Heavyweight Championship, scoring consecutive knockouts in both Tournaments. Scott’s amateur record was 25-3. He also fought internationally against Ireland, Russia, Yugoslavia, Sweden, Denmark and Germany. In one of Scott’s bouts he scored a 1 st round KO over one of the top Russian’s on Wide World of Sports. He went to Germany and defeated Peter Hussing of Germany, a former European Champion and three time Olympian who won a Bronze medal in the 1972, losing to the Great Teofilo Stevenson of Cuba in the Semi-finals.
Scott turned professional on May 2, 1978. Less then five months later he beat former World Contender Chuck Wepner to become the New Jersey Heavyweight Champion. He went on to beat such standouts as Charles Harris, Rocky Casale and Ron Stander, who fought Joe Frazier for the World Title. He finally got a chance to box one of the top heavyweights in the world; #5 rated Renaldo Snipes in Atlantic City. After 10 hard fought rounds the decision was a draw. A year and a half later, Scott fought Larry Holmes for the Heavyweight Championship of the World. Although he was stopped after 5 rounds, Scott gave a good account of himself. He fought twice since the Holmes bout and his last bout a couple of years ago was against Derek Amos, who Scott stopped in the 5th round. Three months later, Amos fought World Contender Chris Byrd and it took Chris 9 rounds to stop Amos. Scott Frank’s professional record was 22-1-1 with 17 KO’s.
Trainer: Lou Duva
Frank defeated Chuck Wepner in 1978 to win the New Jersey State Heavyweight title.
Scott Frank would defend his State title three times and remained undefeated until losing in a World Title attempt to Larry Holmes.
Almost four years later, Frank returned to the ring and won, only to retire once again. Ten years later, Scott Frank returned in 1997 won, and retired, this time for good.
- An article on Frank appeared in the April 1979 The Ring magazine.
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