After 10 amateur boxing fights in two cities and a foreign country and a bout with homesickness, Floyd Favors' dream finally came true. Favors, 18, one of the Washington area's top young amateur fightersoutpointed the European champion, Soviet boxer Viktor Mirozhnichenko, in a three-round decision for the world bantamweight championship two weeks ago in Munich, West Germany.
Favors, who lives in Capitol Heights, Md., and fights out of Eastern Branch Boys Club in Southeast Washington, began his quest for the title in early April in Charlotte, N.C., where he won the United States Amateur Federation of Boxing (USAFB) 119-pound title. From there, Favors moved on to a tournament in Colorado Springs, Colo. After losing his first fight on a close decision, he won the next match, thus making him the United States representative in the world amateur championships in Munich.
Favors had to struggle to deny the title to the stronger and more experienced Mirozhnichenko. Favors pounded the Russian with jabs and hooks during an impressive first round. He continued his onslaught in the second until Mirozhnichenko dropped him with a stunning overhand right. But Favors got back up and survived the round.
"When I went down, I kept thinking that I had gone too far to let it all end like that," Favors recalled. "I said to myself, 'Three more minutes and I'd be world champion.' "
Favors' self-motivation worked as he went on to outbox Mirozhnichenko and capture the title in his first real test in world competition. Favors says he is preparing for his graduation next month from Suitland High. After that, he will start preparing for the National Sports Festival in July in Indianapolis.