By Johnny B’
Former world cruiserweight title challenger Craig Bodzianowski, 52 died in his sleep this weekend in his Illinois home. Bodzianowski known as ‘Gator’ retired from the ring on December 18th 1 1993 after knocking out journeyman boxer Jordon Keepers. Craig left the ring with a 31-4-1 (23 KO’s) professional record. A few times he contemplated a comeback but he stayed retired. In 1986 Bodzianowski won the Illinois State Cruiserweight title with a third round stoppage of current boxing promoter Bobby Hitz. Later in 1989, the Gator captured the WBA Continental Americas Cruiserweight title with a 12 round decision over Anthony Witherspoon. On July 19th of 1990 the ‘Gator’ fell short of his dream to win a World title when he dropped a twelve round decision to Robert Daniels for the (WBA) World Boxing Association Cruiserweight Championship. He was well known as the boxer who fought for a world title with a prosthetic leg. Wake and funeral information tba.