Former fighter working to promote Detroit boxers
By Steve Stein
Boxing and Scott Buchzeiger are intertwined once again.
Fifteen years after his last match, the man known in the boxing ring as Scotty Buck has taken to social media and created a website to promote Detroit boxers and a sport that is struggling to remain relevant.
“I’m doing it all for free,” Buchzeiger said. “I want to give back. I didn’t box for the money. I did it because I loved to fight. I have a passion for the sport.”
Buchzeiger, 45, was quite a story back in the 1990s.
He was a Jewish guy from the unlikely boxing incubators of Farmington Hills and North Farmington High School, who was befriended and mentored by champion James “Lights Out” Toney, managed by ground-breaking manager Jackie Kallen and a member of Kallen’s Galaxy boxing team.
Buchzeiger turned professional when he was 22 after only two amateur fights and made his pro debut in 1993 on a card at the Most Holy Redeemer Church near Mexicantown in Detroit. He retired from boxing with a 13-12-1 record and nine knockouts as a pro.
He boxed at the Palace of Auburn Hills, in Las Vegas, Chicago, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, California and on national TV. He won the Michigan junior lightweight title, and he was on an undercard for an event at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas headlined by multiple world champion Bernard Hopkins.
“I was 11-5 at one time. That’s when I should have retired,” Buchzeiger said. “I fought some tough opponents toward the end of my boxing days. You can’t knock my career. I took on the best guys I could.”
In one of his matches at the Palace, Buchzeiger suffered a deep cut under his left eye when he was the victim of a head butt. The match was stopped because of the injury and Buchzeiger lost.
A barely visible scar remains to remind him of that night. He recently acquired a tape of the fight and watched it.
“I shouldn’t have lost. The head butt was unarguable,” he said. “I remember it like it was yesterday.”
After a brief time as a manufacturer’s representative following his retirement as a boxer, Buchzeiger switched gears and was a personal trainer for 11 years.
Five years ago, Buchzeiger became a stay-at-home dad.
His wife, Mary, is CEO of Auburn Hills-based Lucerne International, which requires her to go out of town on business often. The couple have three children: Ryan, 11, Shane, 8, and Cody, 6. They live in Bloomfield Township.
“My family is my life,” Buchzeiger said.
The man who had 26 professional boxing matches found himself in another fight after he decided to be home full time instead of in the work world.
“I had a difficult time with the transition,” he said. “It wasn’t pretty.”
It was during those tough days about three years ago that Buchzeiger decided to get involved in boxing again. He created a Facebook page — Team Buck Real Talk Boxing — that he has kept private because he wants those who read and contribute to it to be reputable and genuinely interested in boxing.
After the Facebook page, came Buchzeiger’s website, www.teambuckmetropolitan.com.
The website is an eclectic collection of Buchzeiger’s biography, boxing blog, profiles of Detroit boxers, boxing news, nutrition and fitness advice, and music “battles.” The current battle pits Motley Crue against Def Leppard.
“I want people to be aware of the Detroit boxing scene,” Buchzeiger said. “It’s an untapped resource, but it’s not being marketed like it used to. Detroit is a great sports town — you see people wearing Tigers, Lions, Red Wings and Pistons gear all over the place — but Detroit boxing isn’t getting enough publicity.”
In the nutrition and fitness section of his website, Buchzeiger offers suggestions “that cost no money at all to try, just effort.”
The suggestions include incorporating spirituality into your life, developing a strong, positive attitude, focusing on creating positive relationships with people, following a healthy lifestyle and being active with regular physical activity.
Buchzeiger has a Twitter account (@ScottyMBuck), Instagram account (Team Buck Boxing Talk), YouTube channel (Team Buck Boxing Talk) and email address (Scotty@teambuckmetropolitan.com) in additional efforts to get people talking about boxing.