AIR DATE: Feb 15 2021 19:26UTC
EPISODE: Episode 29
Hilmer Kente| Neil the Deal | Talkin Fight
A former WBA lightweight champion of the world, Hilmer Kente, trained by Emmanuel Stewart at Kronk Gym is featured on this show this week Neil discusses his heroes from Detroit from the ring on Talkin’ Fight Monday to Friday on YouTube or LIVE at talkinfight.com/live Weekday’s at 7pm EST (6:30 on Fridays) #boxinghistory @The World of Boxing! #sugarrayrobinson #tommyhearns #joelouis #floydmayweather @FloydMayweather @Visit Detroit #kronk @officialkronk
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Laugh about it, let’s go since when did loud, music ever put you off anyway, i was just gon na give it again good evening.
Welcome once again talk fight fans with another fantastic episode of neil o’deal featuring neil.
The deal himself he’s in the house with a whole ton of music behind him too bad about those maple leafs last night.
I can’t believe they blew that 5-1 lead anyway on the bigger and better things boxing who we got tonight no hold on.
We got to talk about the leafs first, the entire world doesn’t care just yeah.
They know about the leaks in the philippines guys.
We all know you, you boxing fans in the philippines, china everywhere around the world.
They only know two hockey teams in the world, graham the toronto maple leafs and the montreal canadiens.
That’S it so anyways last night.
I i don’t even know what to tell you.
I just had to start it off with that and we’ve had an interesting day.
Graham with the snow, i’ve been shoveling all day, it’s been piling up, but yeah we’re going to talk some boxing guys thanks for coming out.
Oh, thank you very much for all the nice comments.
Those are awesome.
Everything’S been going really nicely.
You guys have been giving us a lot of a lot of likes.
A lot of shares.
The subscriptions are still coming like crazy, we’re loving it all right.
So i don’t know, do i look alright today, i’m i was a little cold from earlier on, but uh we’re gon na talk about this uh.
We were talking about the detroit fighters.
Were we not graham? We were.
We are all right, so we determined yesterday that uh we’ve already talked about three of them: correct you’re testing, my memory again.
Well, you talked about everyone from uh uh, chris byrd, floyd mayweather, mainly uh sugary, robinson tommy hearns, like you, talked about a whack of them right right, the best of detroit right, even even joe, in the mind of neil the deal out of detroit.
That’S a sick town, serious cats and these are the five best.
So, yes, graham you’re right, we talked about uh tommy hearns.
In an earlier episode, we talked about uh sugar, ray robinson in an earlier episode, joe lewis, right.
We did mr who mayweather yesterday, mr floyd floyd, pretty boy floyd.
They call him pretty boyfriend, you could you could do jonathan banks he’s from detroit? What does he do for a living? That’S embarrassing! All right! He’S a boxer! Look up! Jonathan banks! Oh man! I missed that guy.
I don’t know how that happened, but anyways, hey jonathan.
How are you nice to see you again buddy there you go yeah yeah, okay, yeah! We look at him, but guess what? Graham i got a guy on the skid here and uh.
I i mentioned them yesterday, just so people kind of got the name in their ear, because i i actually watched this guy uh right around when i first was watching tommy hearns yeah, which was around in the late 70s early 80s.
So to speak, you know, and he was part of that team and uh.
Basically, he i think he was the leader of the team.
So today we’re going to talk about a guy named uh hilmer, kenti, filmer kenti ever heard of him, graham no he’s in my top five with the best detroit boxers of all time.
You’Ve never heard of him nope.
Never, i know look them up.
You’Ll you’ll check them out guys.
Hilmer kenti was the first one out there: okay, that actually did the job.
Okay, all right! This is an interesting thought right here, he’s the first world title recipient.
When emanuel stewart was a trainer okay, so emanuel stewart was his trainer and it was emmanuel stewart’s first world title win pretty interesting: abraham okay, so we had 41 41 world title wins, but this was the guy who was the first one out of all of them.
So i always liked him.
I remember watching him.
He didn’t have a long career, graham all right.
So let’s go through his things all right, so he was born at james.
All right changed his name to hillmer.
I don’t know why maybe he’s or i don’t know it’s what he did, but his name is james.
Like me, best name in the book.
Let’S talk to the man.
He’Ll tell you about james all right, so he was born july, uh.
All right! That makes him 65 years old this year, happy birthday, maybe 66 coming up right and it’s interesting, graham because this guy’s totally not on the radar at all right.
He got that right, like this guy.
Actually i don’t.
Even he can’t find any information.
It’S like what the heck helmer but anyways, we’re gon na talk a little bit about him and hilmer.
If you’re out there, sir, i would love to talk to hillary canty.
That would be a good one, graham, and i might work on that.
One too see i’m telling you he’s a.
He was one of the best at the time, amazing.
So, let’s let’s talk about it, so he was born austin, texas, all right.
This is interesting, so he was born in austin texas, but he moved to the detroit area.
When he was, i guess, younger or whatever you know what i mean so he moved to detroit.
He still resides in detroit, apparently so uh he’s living there uh he had a interesting career was 1977 graham to uh 1984.
It’S not a long career.
When you think about it, what’s that, like 77-84, like seven years, yeah seven years or something right, so he only had a seven year career, he did win one world title, the first one for emmanuel stewart.
We talked about mr stewart at the cronk gym and how influential he’s been over the years for fighting across the world.
You know what i mean, and so this was first guy, the first champ that he ever uh he ever he ever trained.
You know what i mean: that’s amazing, so i didn’t know that that was pretty cool, so he won the title in 1980 over a guy who i actually remember too – and i remember watching these fights – that’s why i knew this guy because he won the title and He wanted over a guy named ernesto espana mexico venezuelan fighter venezuelan espana, and he was a serious fighter in the time too.
You know what i mean.
So let’s go over his amateur career guys.
Obviously he was an amateur we’re all kids once and then we turn pro and we’re customized.
Like me, uh, you know i mean and uh all right so 1973 he was selected.
All-American aau boxing team, graham all-american 73.
right named top lightweight amateur boxer in the nation.
right, so he fights in the lightweight divisions around 135 pounds right.
He wasn’t a big guy, but amazing fighter.
Uh flashy wicked speed, wicked wicked footwork.
He he was a great fighter.
This guy any like.
I said he didn’t have a big career, but i remember him big time so uh he won the national aau lightweight championship 74-276.
So three years straight he did that and then i remember he beat a guy that i really liked.
Excuse me guys just adjust this.
A little bit for you, thanks for coming out, checking me out tonight neil the deal he beat a guy that we’ve talked about before his name’s aaron pryor, all right, aaron pryor.
He beat him in the aau golden gloves all right, which was unbelievable, really because aaron pryor was at the top of his game as an amateur like look at his pro career, we’ve talked about him he’s one of my faves aaron pryor.
So there you go so he turned pro the overturned pro total fight, scram 31 fights, 29 wins, here’s a nice record, 31 fights, 29 wins and two losses all right.
You know what i mean like that guys.
If you’re going to have a fighting career, that’s probably a good time to you know what i mean if you’re going to win like that, that’s a good winning percentage right.
So he, i guess you know, he’s probably doing something crazy like real estate or something like this here.
You know what i mean like he’s, he’s off the radar now so, like i say again, he another stat that i liked about hillmer kenty, guys we’re talking about hillary kennedy from detroit one of my favorite detroit guys, the motor city, boys, motor city, cobras, hearns and Kenti, we know you guys were the motor city cobras.
So that’s how it’s all started.
Agram wasn’t just tommy hearns as the motor city cobra.
It was actually him and kenty.
They were brothers.
You know they’re in the same gym.
This is hanging out.
They were the cold bras, so they were the good ones right.
So that’s what happened and then he decided to retire in 1984.
He had you know he only lost the two fights and uh.
That was it.
I guess he just decided to give it up.
So we’re going to go over his notable fights, graham right ones, that i actually watch these i watch these today i was hanging out.
It was a snow day for the kids right, i’m one of the kids, so you know i’m taking advantage of it right.
So, yes, i can tell yeah the notable fights really the notable fights today honestly was uh kenti and espana right.
Obviously, uh shawn o’grady.
Remember him! Graham! No, you don’t remember sean o’grady, no okay! I’M should look him up.
We’Re going to talk about him soon.
You should be prepared for these uh.
You know yeah i’ll.
Look him up.
If you look up jonathan banks, you’re jonathan banks, yeah, what’s he do for a living, yeah yeah? You already asked me that member yeah, i forgot a short-term memory.
Last night i forgot.
Oh yeah johnny banks, all right so uh, the other uh, the other big fight i liked with the hiller kenti, was uh against uh villamir fernandez, all right guys.
So if you want to check out the old motor city, cobra right, uh, the hillmark kenti go for it awesome fighter, absolutely amazing, so just quick to wrap it all up for the this little segment, we’ve been doing, graham so neil, the deal’s top five all right.
Detroit all right: okay, top five: you ready yeah joe lewis, number one sugar, ray robinson number, two tommy hearns number three floyd mayweather number four and hilmer kenti number five and that’s it and those are the guys from detroit.
They didn’t take no prisoners.
They never gave up, they totally fought like champs, they won the titles and they’ll always be remembered, and thanks a lot guys for everything and thanks for coming out tonight.
I really appreciate it.
What are you saying? I’M asking you to click that link that i just sent you you’re asking me to click the link okay.
So what the links are here well talking fight fans, i’ve just sent a link to jonathan banks: jonathan banks; oh yeah, this guy yeah, hmm.
Now, what do you say? I don’t know, he’s a cruiserweight yeah he’s doing? Oh, oh, oh he boxes for a living.
Oh, oh yeah! I know i don’t i i i should have.
I should have looked them up yeah, but instead you said what does he do for a living and where he felt he could have been? He would have been like in a factory.
I know i know i’ve stumped the chump here, but that where is he from? Where, where is he from yeah united states yeah, where what city the united states, oh, would that be detroit might be? Was it detroit? I didn’t look that i’m gon na watch it later on.
You know that you know what i already i’ll see you tomorrow have a good night, all right, guys, hey thanks a lot for the likes, the shares nice to see you all graeme thanks a lot for tonight, gilmer county.
It’S a good one man! Nobody talks about these poor guys, but we do on the neil.
The deal show we’ll show you what’s going down all right, so uh thanks a lot guys for coming out march, amanda andy huddy donny.
Take it easy guys enjoy croc gym.