Dariusz Michalczewski

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Dariusz Michalczewski
Dariusz Michalczewski (2007).jpg
Statistics
Real name Dariusz Michalczewski
Nickname(s) Tiger
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Reach 70 in (178 cm)
Nationality Polish
German
Born (1968-05-05) 5 May 1968 (age 46)
Gdańsk, Poland
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 50
Wins 48
Wins by KO 38
Losses 2

Dariusz Michalczewski (born 5 May 1968 in Gdańsk, Poland) is a retired Polish-German professional boxer. Michalczewski is the former Lineal, WBO, WBA, & IBF light-heavyweight champion and WBO cruiserweight champion.

Amateur career[edit]

Michalczewski came up through Poland's state-run sports program as a boy and had a successful amateur career. He achieved an amateur record of 139–11–2 (89 KO). Highlights of his amateur career include:

Defection to Germany[edit]

On 24 April 1988, while competing in Germany for the Polish national team, Michalczewski defected from the amateur team to stay in Germany. Becoming a citizen of Germany in 1991 and turning professional the same year, he was soon signed by Universum Box-Promotion, one of the leading boxing promoters in Europe. His aggressive style earned him the nickname "Tiger."

Professional career[edit]

Michalczewski won the German International light-heavyweight title early on 13 February 1993, a title for foreign born fighters based in Germany. He then won the IBF Intercontinental title on 22 May 1993.

Two-weight world champion[edit]

On 10 September 1994, Michalczewski, at 23-0 (18 KOs), captured the WBO light-heavyweight title with a 12-round decision over defending champion Leeonzer Barber at Sporthalle, Alsterdorf, Hamburg, Germany. Between then and March 2003, Michalczewski made 23 successful defenses of his WBO title and picked up three other belts along the way. Three months after beating Barber, he won the WBO cruiserweight title with a tenth round knockout of Nestor Giovannini. However, he soon gave up that title to continue campaigning as a light-heavyweight.

Hill vs Michalczewski unification[edit]

On 13 June 1997, he defeated Virgil Hill over 12 rounds to add Hill's Lineal, WBA, & IBF titles to his own. However, Michalczewski soon lost both alphabet titles. The WBA stripped him for displaying its belt along with that of the WBO, an organization it didn't recognize. The IBF did so a few weeks later, when Michalczewski was unable to defend his title in a court-ordered defense against mandatory challenger William Guthrie within a little over a month.[1]

After beating Hill, Michalczewski knocked out 14 consecutive opponents, all in defense of his Lineal/WBO titles. In 1998, he defeated Drake Thadzi, in 1999 he defeated Montel Griffin, and in 2000 he defeated Graciano Rocchigiani.

Darius would attempt for six years to secure a bout with his American counterpart, Roy Jones Jr, without success. After his titles were stripped from Dariusz, Jones would win Michalczewski's belts and spuriously declare himself "undisputed world champion". Jones steadfastly refused all offers for a lucrative fight with Darius and even made an attempt to ban the mention of Michalczewski's name on his home network, HBO. Seth Abraham, president and CEO of HBO, refused Jones demand and in 2002 a fan poll showed that the fight fans most wanted to see was Darius Michalczewski vs Roy Jones Jr. Jones continued to refuse offers for the fight however. One of his motivations may have been due to the fact that the offers were for the fight to be held in Europe, where Jones feared he could only win by a knockout.

Going for Marciano's record[edit]

Michalczewski had a perfect record of 48-0 when he faced Julio César González of Mexico in defense of his title on 18 October 2003. Coming into the fight, he was within one victory of tying Rocky Marciano's all-time record for an undefeated record by a world championship boxer. A win also would have put him just one victory short of Joe Louis' all-time record for successful defenses at any weight class. However, as when Larry Holmes went for the same record against Michael Spinks, the now 35-year-old Michalczewski was unable to pull it off. He lost a controversial split decision to the 27-year-old Gonzalez at the Color Line Arena in Hamburg, and his career record dropped to 48-1.

Despite the loss, he still holds the record for the most consecutive successful world title defenses at light-heavyweight.

Final fight[edit]

In October 2004, it was announced that Michalczewski would come out of retirement to box France's Fabrice Tiozzo for the WBA light heavyweight title on 26 February 2005 in Hamburg. Michalczewski was stopped in six rounds, then announce his retirement in May 2005.

Michalczewski was to come out of retirement to fight German boxing icon Sven Ottke in Germany in May 2008, but the bout never materialized.

In popular culture[edit]

  • Tiger Energy Drink is named after the famous boxer. His picture and text "Recommended by Dariusz 'Tiger' Michalczewski" appears on the cans and bottles.[2]
  • In 2006, a documentary was made by Pawel Kocambasi alias P.M.Starost. The 60-minute documentary entitled "Tiger"[4] took part in Filmfest München and won the award for the Best Documentary at the Biberacher Filmfestspiele.

Professional boxing record[edit]

48 Wins (38 KOs), 2 losses (1 KO)[5]
Res. Record Opponent Type Round,
Time
Date Location Notes
Loss 48-2 France Fabrice Tiozzo TKO 6 (12),
2:05
2005-02-26 GermanyColor Line Arena, Altona, Hamburg, Germany. For WBA light-heavyweight title.
Loss 48-1 Mexico Julio Cesar Gonzalez SD 12 2003-10-18 GermanyColor Line Arena, Altona, Hamburg, Germany. Lost Lineal/WBO light-heavyweight titles.
Win 48-0 United States Derrick Harmon KO 9 (12),
1:58
2003-03-29 GermanyColor Line Arena, Altona, Hamburg, Germany. Retained Lineal/WBO light-heavyweight titles.
Win 47-0 Jamaica Richard Hall TKO 10 (12),
?
2002-09-14 GermanyVolkswagenhalle, Braunschweig, Niedersachsen, Germany. Retained Lineal/WBO light-heavyweight titles.
Win 46-0 United States Joey DeGrandis KO 2 (12),
?
2002-04-20 PolandStoczniowiec Olivia Arena, Gdansk, Poland. Retained Lineal/WBO light-heavyweight titles.
Win 45-0 Jamaica Richard Hall TKO 11 (12),
1:50
2001-12-15 GermanyEstrel Convention Center, Neukoelln, Berlin, Germany. Retained Lineal/WBO light-heavyweight titles.
Win 44-0 Spain Alejandro Lakatos KO 9 (12),
1:35
2001-05-05 GermanyVolkswagenhalle, Braunschweig, Niedersachsen, Germany. Retained Lineal/WBO light-heavyweight titles.
Win 43-0 United States Ka-Dy King TKO 7 (12),
0:28
2000-12-16 GermanyGrugahalle, Essen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Retained Lineal/WBO light-heavyweight titles.
Win 42-0 Germany Graciano Rocchigiani TKO 10 (12),
3:00
2000-04-15 GermanyPreussag Arena, Hannover, Niedersachsen, Germany. Retained Lineal/WBO light-heavyweight title.
Win 41-0 United States Montell Griffin TKO 4 (12),
2:59
1999-08-28 GermanyStadthalle, Bremen, Germany. Retained Lineal/WBO light-heavyweight titles.
Win 40-0 Russia Muslim Biarslanov TKO 7 (12),
1:41
1999-04-03 GermanyStadthalle, Bremen, Germany. Retained Lineal/WBO light heavyweight titles.
Win 39-0 Malawi Drake Thadzi TKO 9 (12),
1:45
1998-12-12 GermanyBallsporthalle, Frankfurt, Hessen, Germany. Retained Lineal/WBO light-heavyweight titles.
Win 38-0 United Kingdom Mark Prince KO 8 (12),
?
1998-09-19 GermanyArena Oberhausen, Oberhausen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Retained Lineal/WBO light-heavyweight titles.
Win 37-0 Italy Andrea Magi TKO 4 (12),
?
1998-03-20 GermanyBallsporthalle, Frankfurt, Hessen, Germany. Retained Lineal/WBO light-heavyweight titles.
Win 36-0 United States Darren Zenner RTD 6 (12),
3:00
1997-12-13 GermanySporthalle, Alsterdorf, Hamburg, Germany. Retained Lineal/WBO light-heavyweight titles.
Win 35-0 United Kingdom Nicky Piper TKO 7 (12),
3:00
1997-10-04 GermanyStadionsporthalle, Hannover, Niedersachsen, Germany. Retained Lineal/WBO light-heavyweight titles.
Win 34-0 United States Virgil Hill UD 12 1997-06-13 GermanyArena Oberhausen, Oberhausen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Retained WBO light-heavyweight title. Won Lineal/WBA/IBF light-heavyweight titles.
Win 33-0 France Christophe Girard TKO 8 (12),
2:35
1996-12-13 GermanyStadionsporthalle, Hannover, Niedersachsen, Germany. Retained WBO light-heavyweight title.
Win 32-0 Germany Graciano Rocchigiani DQ 7 (12),
2:35
1996-08-10 GermanyWilhelm-Koch-Stadion, St. Pauli, Hamburg, Germany. Retained WBO light-heavyweight title.
Win 31-0 France Christophe Girard UD 12 1996-06-08 GermanyDeutz Sporthalle, Cologne, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Retained WBO light-heavyweight title.
Win 30-0 Kazakhstan Asluddin Umarov TKO 5 (12),
2:30
1996-04-06 GermanyStadionsporthalle, Hannover, Niedersachsen, Germany. Retained WBO light-heavyweight title.
Win 29-0 France Philippe Michel UD 12 1995-10-07 GermanyFesthalle, Frankfurt, Hessen, Germany. Retained WBO light-heavyweight title.
Win 28-0 Mexico Everardo Armenta Jr KO 5 (12),
2:59
1995-08-19 GermanyEisstadion, Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Retained WBO light-heavyweight title.
Win 27-0 United States Paul Carlo KO 4 (12),
2:46
1995-05-20 GermanySporthalle, Alsterdorf, Hamburg, Germany. Retained WBO light-heavyweight title.
Win 26-0 Spain Roberto Dominguez Perez KO 2 (12),
1:05
1995-03-11 GermanyDeutz Sporthalle, Cologne, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Retained WBO light-heavyweight title.
Win 25-0 Argentina Nestor Giovannini KO 10 (12),
1:25
1994-12-17 GermanySporthalle, Alsterdorf, Hamburg, Germany. Won WBO cruiserweight title.
Win 24-0 United States Leeonzer Barber UD 12 1994-09-10 GermanySporthalle, Alsterdorf, Hamburg, Germany. Won WBO light-heavyweight title.
Win 23-0 United States Melvin Wynn KO 2 (?),
3:05
1994-05-28 GermanyTivoli Eissporthalle, Aachen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany.
Win 22-0 United States David Davis KO 7 (10),
?
1994-04-23 GermanySporthalle Bildungszentrum, Halle, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany.
Win 21-0 United States David Vedder DQ 1 (?),
?
1994-02-19 GermanySporthalle, Wandsbek, Hamburg, Germany.
Win 20-0 Argentina Sergio Daniel Merani TD 9 (12),
-
1993-11-20 GermanySporthalle, Alsterdorf, Hamburg, Germany. Retained IBF Inter-Continental
light-heavyweight title.
Win 19-0 Italy Mwehu Beya PTS 12 1993-09-11 GermanyTivoli Eissporthalle, Aachen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Retained IBF Inter-Continental
light-heavyweight title.
Win 18-0 Uruguay Juan Alberto Barrero KO 5 (10),
?
1993-06-26 GermanySporthalle, Alsterdorf, Hamburg, Germany.
Win 17-0 United Kingdom Noel Magee TKO 8 (12),
?
1993-05-22 GermanyTivoli Eissporthalle, Aachen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Won vacant IBF Inter-Continental
light-heavyweight title.
Win 16-0 United States Pat Alley KO 4 (?),
?
1993-04-03 GermanySporthalle, Wandsbek, Hamburg, Germany.
Win 15-0 Germany Ali Saidi KO 10 (10),
?
1993-02-13 GermanySporthalle, Alsterdorf, Hamburg, Germany. Won German International
light-heavyweight title.
Win 14-0 United States Willie McDonald KO 3 (?),
?
1993-01-12 GermanySaaltheater Geulen, Aachen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany.
Win 13-0 United States Mike Peak PTS 8 1992-12-08 GermanyLegien Center, Mitte, Berlin, Germany.
Win 12-0 United States Keith Williams TKO 2 (?),
?
1992-11-17 GermanyHolstentorhalle, Luebeck, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.
Win 11-0 United States Cecil Simms KO 2 (?),
?
1992-11-07 GermanyDeutz Sporthalle, Cologne, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany.
Win 10-0 United Kingdom Steve McCarthy DQ 3 (10),
?
1992-09-29 GermanyLegien Center, Mitte, Berlin, Germany.
Win 9-0 United States Sylvester White TKO 5 (?),
?
1992-08-28 GermanyTivoli Eissporthalle, Aachen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany.
Win 8-0 United Kingdom Richard Bustin KO 4 (8),
?
1992-06-27 PortugalQuinta do Lago Hotel, Quinta do Lago, Portugal.
Win 7-0 United States Terrence Wright TKO 2 (?),
?
1992-05-22 GermanyDinslaken, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany.
Win 6-0 United States Robert Johnson TKO 2 (8),
2:41
1992-04-04 GermanyDüsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany.
Win 5-0 Republic of Ireland Sean Mannion TKO 3 (?),
?
1992-02-21 GermanyLegien Center, Mitte, Berlin, Germany.
Win 4-0 Belgium Yves Monsieur TKO 4 (8),
?
1992-01-28 GermanyLegien Center, Mitte, Berlin, Germany.
Win 3-0 Zoltan Habda TKO 2 (?),
?
1992-01-10 GermanySaaltheater Geulen, Aachen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany.
Win 2-0 Peter Cenki TKO 2 (?),
?
1991-10-15 GermanyLegien Center, Mitte, Berlin, Germany.
Win 1-0 United States Frederic Porter TKO 2 (?),
?
1991-09-16 GermanyLegien Center, Mitte, Berlin, Germany. Professional debut.

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Preceded by
Leeonzer Barber
WBO Light Heavyweight Champion
10 September 1994 – 18 October 2003
Succeeded by
Julio César González
Preceded by
Nestor Hipolito Giovannini
WBO Cruiserweight Champion
17 December 1994 – January 1995
Vacated
Succeeded by
Ralf Rocchigiani
Preceded by
Virgil Hill
WBA Light Heavyweight Champion
13 June 1997 – 1 July 1997
Vacated
Succeeded by
Lou Del Valle
IBF Light Heavyweight Champion
13 June 1997 – 16 June 1997
Vacated
Succeeded by
William Guthrie