Buster Drayton

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Buster Drayton ringside at a fight card at the Tropicana Casino & Resort Atlantic City, 2012

Buster Drayton (born March 2, 1954 in Philadelphia, PA), was a professional boxer in the Light Middleweight (154lb) division.[1] Drayton turned pro in 1978 and won the Vacant IBF Light Middleweight Title with a decision win over Carlos Santos in 1986.[1] He defended the belt twice before losing it to Matthew Hilton the following year. In 1988 he took on WBA Light Middleweight Title holder Julian Jackson, but was TKO'd in the 3rd.[1] He retired in 1995 at the age of 43.

Buster Drayton Returns to the Ring[edit]

Drayton returned to the ring in an exhibition in 2012. Drayton, aged 57, returned on January 28, 2012, in an exhibition in Philadelphia against former Philadelphia police officer Floyd 'Sugar Boy' Richards on the undercard of Dhafir Smith versus Quinton Rankin. Drayton and Richards both work as Police Officers for the Department of Veterans Affairs at the Phila VA Medical Center.Buster Drayton won the IBF title by 15 round decision at the Meadowlands over Carlos Santos in 1986. He lost it to 26-0 Matthew Hilton at The Forum in Montreal, Canada in 1987. The South Philadelphia's fighter's final professional record was 40-15-1, with 28 kayos. In terms of longevity in the ring, Drayton was 9 years younger in 2012 than The Galveston Giant, legendary former World Heavyweight champion Jack Johnson, who last appeared in an charity exhibition for U.S. War Bonds at age 66 in 1945. Also, former Junior Welterweight champion Saoul Mamby fought a professional bout at age 60 in 2008, but lost his comeback attempt by ten round decision.

Preceded by
Carlos Santos
Vacated
IBF Light Middleweight boxing champion
4 Jun 1986–27 Jun 1987
Succeeded by
Matthew Hilton

Professional boxing record[edit]

40 Wins (28 knockouts, 12 decisions), 15 Losses (3 knockouts, 12 decisions), 1 Draw, 1 No Contest [1]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 21-2 United States Derrick "Poppy" Rolon UD 12 10 Jun 1995 Massachusetts Worcester, Massachusetts, United States IBF USBA North Atlantic Middleweight Title.
Win 7-33 United States Jose "Kid Cuba" Vera PTS 6 3 Nov 1994 New Hampshire Salem, New Hampshire, United States
Win 0-4 United States Robert "Bob" Harris TKO 4 14 Aug 1993 Maine Old Orchard Beach, Maine, United States
Win 8-18-2 United States "Scary" Gary Smith TKO 3 18 Nov 1992 North Carolina Sanford, North Carolina, United States
Win 4-11-1 United States Eric Mustafa Cole TKO 8 26 Jun 1992 Massachusetts Randolph, Massachusetts, United States
Win 7-20 United States Jose "Kid Cuba" Vera PTS 8 22 May 1992 Massachusetts Agawam, Massachusetts, United States
Loss 6-12-2 United States Eric Holland UD 10 28 Aug 1991 Pennsylvania Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 2-17-1 United States Gary "Indiana" Jones UD 8 11 May 1991 Canada Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Loss 8-4 Colombia Brinatty Maquilon TKO 8 5 Oct 1989 Pennsylvania The Blue Horizon, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 15-4 United States Darryl Fromm UD 10 28 Sep 1989 Florida Finky's Bar, Daytona Beach, Florida, United States 98-89, 98-89, 99-88.
Loss 19-2 United States Terry Norris UD 12 28 Mar 1989 Nevada Showboat Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States NABF Light Middleweight Title. 111-117, 108-119, 107-120.
Loss 34-1 United States Virgin Islands Julian Jackson TKO 3 30 Jul 1988 New Jersey Harrah's Atlantic City, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States WBA World Light Middleweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 2:57 of the third round.
Win 0-2 United States "Bad Bad" Leroy Jones TKO 4 5 Dec 1987 Iowa The Col Ballroom, Davenport, Iowa, United States
Loss 26-0 Canada Matthew Hilton UD 15 27 Jun 1987 Canada Montreal Forum, Montreal, Quebec, Canada IBF World Light Middleweight Title. 139-146, 140-144, 138-147.
Win 22-4 France Said Skouma TKO 10 27 Mar 1987 France Palais des Festivals, Cannes, France IBF World Light Middleweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 3:00 of the tenth round.
Win 18-5 Mexico Juan Alonso Villa KO 2 28 Feb 1987 France Vincennes, France
Win 15-2 United States Davey "Bronx" Moore TKO 10 24 Aug 1986 France La Pinede, Juan-les-Pins, France IBF World Light Middleweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 1:15 of the tenth round.
Win 15-2 United States Benito Fernandez TKO 6 20 Jun 1986 France Paris, France
Win 33-1 Puerto Rico Carlos Santos MD 15 4 Jun 1986 New Jersey Meadowlands Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States IBF World Light Middleweight Title. 145-141, 145-140, 143-143.
Win 6-11 United States Sam Leonard TKO 5 4 Apr 1986 New Jersey Caesars Atlantic City, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 12-11-1 United States Bruce "Stonewall" Jackson TKO 5 22 Jan 1986 New Jersey Harrah's Atlantic City, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:07 of the fifth round.
Win 21-1 United States "Big" John Jarvis TKO 6 14 Sep 1985 New Jersey Sands Atlantic City, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:53 of the sixth round.
Win 12-8 United States Dennis "The Menace" Johnson TKO 10 10 Jun 1985 Louisiana Landmark Hotel, Metairie, Louisiana, United States
Loss 34-1-2 United States James "The Heat" Kinchen PTS 10 14 Apr 1985 England York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, United Kingdom 97-98.
Win 16-1 United States Thomas "Mad Dog" Smith UD 10 14 Feb 1985 New Jersey Harrah's Atlantic City, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States 9-1, 9-1, 8-1.
Win 14-3-1 United States Tony "The Tiger" Harrison TKO 10 28 Nov 1984 New Jersey Harrah's Atlantic City, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 11-2 United States Terry "Better" Holmes TKO 1 26 Sep 1984 New Jersey Harrah's Atlantic City, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 13-17 United States Gary Coates TKO 4 25 Jun 1984 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:31 of the fourth round.
Win 26-1 United States Mark Kaylor TKO 7 13 May 1984 England Empire Pool, Wembley, London, United Kingdom
Win 25-2 United Kingdom Jimmy Cable KO 1 11 Apr 1984 England Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London, United Kingdom
Win 25-3 South Africa Gregory "Meadowlark" Clark TKO 2 28 Jan 1984 South Africa Ellis Park Tennis Stadium, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Loss 23-1 United States Fred "Pumper" Hutchings PTS 10 2 Oct 1983 California Stockton, California, United States
Loss 22-11-1 United States Mario Maldonado SD 10 1 Sep 1983 New Jersey Resorts Atlantic City, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 23-12-6 Argentina Patricio Diaz PTS 10 9 Jun 1983 New Jersey Resorts Atlantic City, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 23-2 United States Clint "Sheriff" Jackson TKO 2 12 May 1983 Tennessee Bristol, Tennessee, United States Referee stopped the bout at 1:20 of the second round.
Win 1-1 United States David "Plow Boy" Plowden UD 8 12 Apr 1983 South Carolina Sheraton Hotel, Charleston, South Carolina, United States
Loss 23-4 South Africa Bushy Bester PTS 10 5 Feb 1983 South Africa Ellis Park Tennis Stadium, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Loss 18-1-1 Italy Sumbu Kalambay PTS 8 30 Oct 1982 Italy Teatro Ariston, Sanremo, Italy
Win 9-2 United States Bruce "Stonewall" Johnson TKO 9 31 Jul 1982 New Jersey Bally's Atlantic City, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 16-0 United States Duane Thomas TKO 7 29 Apr 1982 New Jersey Sands Atlantic City, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss 14-1 United States Lindell Holmes PTS 10 7 Mar 1982 New Jersey Bally's Atlantic City, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 12-16 United States "Dancin" Dan Snyder PTS 8 17 Jan 1982 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win -- C.W. Walker KO 2 23 Dec 1981 Rhode Island Providence Civic Center, Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Win 13-3-1 United States Tyrone Demby PTS 6 25 Jul 1981 New Jersey Resorts Atlantic City, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss 12-8-1 United States Mario Maldonado PTS 8 14 Jun 1981 New Jersey Sands Atlantic City, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss 5-0 United States Mark "Better" Holmes UD 6 7 Feb 1981 New Jersey Resorts Atlantic City, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 12-13 United States "Dancin" Dan Snyder TKO 4 24 Jan 1981 Pennsylvania Martin Luther King Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Loss 5-0 United States Kevin Perry TKO 3 6 Nov 1980 New Jersey Resorts Atlantic City, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:54 of the third round.
No Contest 12-6 United States Curtis "49er" Taylor NC 8 1 Oct 1980 New Jersey Resorts Atlantic City, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 2-1-1 United States Bill "The Host" Harrington TKO 2 9 Aug 1980 New Jersey Superstar Theatre, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 0-4 United States Clifford "Method Man" Smith TKO 1 18 Oct 1979 Pennsylvania Philadelphia Convention Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 1-3-1 United States Julius Spell PTS 4 20 Sep 1979 Virginia Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States
Win 8-5-1 United States Jesse Carter KO 6 30 Aug 1979 Virginia Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States
Win 1-0 United States Bob Saxton TKO 1 3 Jul 1979 New Jersey Resorts Atlantic City, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 5-4-1 United States Frank "Tiger" Moore KO 3 31 May 1979 Virginia Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States
Win 7-4-1 United States Jesse Carter PTS 6 14 Dec 1978 Virginia Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States
Draw 3-2 United States Charles "Harry" Carey PTS 4 9 Nov 1978 Virginia Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States

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