Byron Mitchell

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Byron Tarone Mitchell (born October 31, 1973, in Orlando, Florida) was an American boxer of 182 cm (71.65 in) height in the super middleweight division.

Amateur career[edit]

September 1991 Byron Mitchell first started boxing at Johnny Trawick's Wolfpack Boxing Gym in Ozark, Alabama. Mitchell was the 1996 National Golden Gloves Middleweight Champion

Pro career[edit]

He turned professional in 1996 for Don King and won the World Boxing Association Super Middleweight title in 1999 after defeating the southpaw Frankie Liles (32-1) by KO in the 11th round. Later that year, he drew with Bruno Girard and lost the title to Girard the next year. He recaptured the belt the following year by beating Manny Siaca then made defenses against Siaca, in a rematch, and Julio César Green before losing a split decision in a unification bout to Sven Ottke in Germany, 2003.

Later that year he lost to WBO title holder Joe Calzaghe by KO in the 2nd round. He became the first man to floor the Welshman but was then on the receiving end of 26 unanswered punches and was stopped. He retired after the fight, then after more than four years away from the pro game returned to the ring in 2007. As of February 2010, Mitchell's comeback had netted him three wins and two losses, His last loss was to current WBA light heavyweight champion Beibut Shumenov, who won and lost two razor thin controversial decisions to Gabriel Campillo.[1] His last win was against 30-7-0 David Telesco.

Preceded by
Frankie Liles
WBA Super Middleweight Champion
12 June 1999 – 8 Apr 2000
Succeeded by
Bruno Girard
Preceded by
Bruno Girard
Vacated
WBA Super Middleweight Champion
3 Mar 2001 – 15 Mar 2003
Lost bid for super title
Vacant
Title next held by
Anthony Mundine
as Regular Champion
Succeeded by
Sven Ottke
as Super Champion

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BoxRec Boxing Records". Boxrec.com. 2009-02-20. Retrieved 2013-03-26. 

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