|Real name||Željko Mavrović|
|Nickname(s)||Zed, Šaka sa Srednjaka|
|Height||1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)|
February 17, 1969 |
|Wins by KO||22|
As an amateur boxer, Mavrović was the Mediterranean champion in 1991 and Croatian champion in 1991 and 1992. Other Amateur accomplishments were:
- 1988 Olympic Games, Seoul, South Korea (Heavyweight)
- Lost to Baik Hyun-Man (South Korea) 0–5
- 1989 European Championships, Athens, Greece (Heavyweight)
- Lost-SD Axel Schulz (Germany)
- 1991 European Championships, Stockholm, Sweden (Heavyweight)
- Lost-PTS Arnold Vanderlijde (Netherlands)
- 1991 Mediterranean Games, Athens, Greece (Heavyweight): Gold Medal
- Final Match: Defeated Georgios Stefanopoulos points (Greece)
- 1992 Olympic Games, Barcelona, Spain (Heavyweight)
Upon turning professional, he became the boxing champion of Europe (EBU) in 1995 and kept his title in 1996 and 1997 against seven opponents.
In 1998, he went up against Lennox Lewis for the world heavyweight champion title, but lost after twelve rounds on points. Although he was outclassed by Lewis in the fight, his daring performance pulled appreciative comments from boxing insiders. Lewis' manager Frank Maloney said that "Mavrović must have 240lb of steel in his chin" after the fight. Lewis described the fight as the most awkward win of his career, citing sauna-like conditions in the ring, as well as Mavrović's agility, motivation and preparedness.
Mavrović never fought again after this bout. In the next years he was a few times scheduled against quality opposition (like for example against Hasim Rahman in 1999 where his late replacement Oleg Maskaev then knocked Rahman out of the ring in a well remembered fight), but he always had to pull out due to injuries and he ultimately had to finish his career due to an undisclosed illness.
In December 2012 Mavrović announced his return to professional boxing. A match with Serbian Cruiserweight boxer Enad Ličina was scheduled for April 2013, but after breaking a rib during training just a few weeks before the scheduled match his return was first delayed and than canceled.
His Golden Glove remains the biggest trophy in the history of Croatian heavyweight boxing, and he was named the Croatian sportsperson of the year twice. He was also distinctive for his Mohawk hairstyle, which led to a later nickname Irokez (Croatian for Iroquois).
Professional boxing record
|27 Wins (22 knockouts, 5 decisions), 1 Losses (0 knockouts, 1 decision)|
|Loss||27–1||Lennox "The Lion" Lewis||UD||12||September 26, 1998||Uncasville, Connecticut, United States||WBC World Heavyweight Title. 109–119, 111–117, 112–117.|
|Win||27-0||Vincenzo Cantatore||TKO||4||October 18, 1997||Vienna, Austria||EBU Heavyweight Title.|
|Win||26-0||Lajos Eros||TKO||5||12/07/1997||Kensington, London, UK||EBU Heavyweight Title.|
|Win||25-0||Julius Francis||TKO||8||February 15, 1997||Vienna, Austria||EBU Heavyweight Title.|
|Win||24-0||Clifton Mitchell||TKO||2||02/11/1996||Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bayern, Germany||EBU Heavyweight Title.|
|Win||23-0||Mark Anthony Wills||RTD||8||June 22, 1996||Dortmund, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany|
|Win||22–0||Christophe Bizot||UD||12||April 20, 1996||Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany||EBU Heavyweight Title.|
|Win||21-0||Przemyslaw Saleta||KO||1||09/12/1995||Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany||EBU Heavyweight Title. Saleta knocked out at 2:58 of the first round.|
|Win||20-0||Michael Murray||KO||4||October 14, 1995||Munich, Bayern, Germany|
|Win||19–0||Ken Smith||KO||2||June 17, 1995||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Smith knocked out at 2:55 of the second round.|
|Win||18–0||Christophe Bizot||TKO||11||11/04/1995||Levallois-Perret, Hauts-de-Seine, France||EBU Heavyweight Title.|
|Win||17-0||Mark "The Storm" Young||RTD||5||March 25, 1995||Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany||Young could not answer the bell for round six.|
|Win||16–0||Nathaniel Fitch||KO||1||11/02/1995||Frankfurt, Hessen, Germany|
|Win||15–0||Oleg Savenko||KO||3||November 26, 1994||Wuppertal, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany||German International Heavyweight Title.|
|Win||14-0||Marion "The Creep" Wilson||PTS||8||08/10/1994||Halle, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany|
|Win||13-0||Jerry "T-Bone" Jones||PTS||10||September 17, 1994||Leverkusen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany|
|Win||12–0||James Pritchard||UD||10||June 18, 1994||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Win||11–0||Marshall Tillman||TKO||1||04/06/1994||Dortmund, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany|
|Win||10-0||Jimmy "Million Dollar" Bills||KO||1||07/05/1994||Koblenz, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany|
|Win||9-0||Mike "The Duke" Dixon||TKO||4||March 26, 1994||Dortmund, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany||Referee stopped the bout at 1:25 of the fourth round.|
|Win||8-0||Will "Hammer" Hinton||TKO||4||05/02/1994||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||7-0||Kimmuel Odum||PTS||8||11/12/1993||Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany|
|Win||6-0||David "Hand Grenade" Bey||TKO||4||October 16, 1993||Koblenz, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany|
|Win||5-0||Marco van Spaendonck||TKO||1||September 18, 1993||Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany||Referee stopped the bout at 1:37 of the first round.|
|Win||4–0||Webster Vinson||KO||2||07/08/1993||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||3-0||John "Big Red" Morton||KO||3||June 26, 1993||Alsterdorf, Hamburg, Germany|
|Win||2-0||Chris Harbourne||TKO||1||01/05/1993||Berlin, Germany|
|Win||1-0||Bruno Podgorny||TKO||3||March 20, 1993||Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany|
Outside the Ring
After retirement he went into agricultural business. He opened "Eko-centar Mavrović" in Sloboština near Požega where he produces his own line of eco-friendly food. After initial success his business fell into financial problems in the early 2010s.
- Boxing: Lewis less than a knockout in US
- Lennox Lewis: Consummate Cool
- "Mavrović u Nu2: Puklo mi je rebro, odgađam povratak!" (in Croatian). tportal. 2013-04-07. Retrieved 2013-06-01.
- "ISPOVIJEST ŽELJKA MAVROVIĆA ‘Nisam samoubojica! Odustajem. Imam ženu i djecu!’" (in Croatian). Jutarnji list. 2013-10-06. Retrieved 2013-10-11.
- Eko-Mavrović homepage
- Professional boxing record for Željko Mavrović from BoxRec
- Željko Mavrović at the Internet Movie Database
- Nedjeljom u dva – Željko Mavrović (07.04.2013)