Darrin Van Horn

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Darrin Van Horn (born September 7, 1968 in Lexington, Kentucky) is a retired professional boxer. He was a world champion in two weight divisions.

Van Horn turned professional in 1984, just five days before his 16th birthday. He was given the nickname "Schoolboy" early in his pro career because he turned professional as a junior in high school.

After 39 consecutive wins, Van Horn defeated Robert Hines to win the IBF Junior Middleweight Title on February 5, 1989. Van Horn lost the title in his first defense to the former WBC Super Welterweight Champion Gianfranco Rosi by a unanimous decision on July 15, 1989.

Van Horn won his next five fights and then had a rematch with Rosi in an attempt to regain the title. Their rematch took place on July 21, 1990, and although Van Horn put up a better effort, Rosi again won by a unanimous decision.

Van Horn moved up in weight and won the IBF Super Middleweight Title with an 11th-round knockout of Lindell Holmes on May 18, 1991. In his first title defense, he knocked out John Jarvis in the third round.

On January 10, 1992, Van Horn defended the title against Iran Barkley, the former four time world champion. Barkley wobbled Van Horn with a left hook early in the first round. In the second round, Barkley knocked him down three times, and the referee stopped the fight.

In May 1992, Van Horn graduated from the University of Kentucky with a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism.

Van Horn was set to challenge Nigel Benn for his WBC Super Middleweight title in England however, according to Boxing Monthly at the time Van Horn failed a brain scan. He retired in 1994 with a record of 54-3 (29 KOs)

Professional boxing record[edit]

53 Wins (29 knockouts, 24 decisions), 3 Losses (1 knockout, 2 decisions) [1]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Win 16-8-2 United States Willie Ball TKO 2 03/08/1994 Texas Harlingen, Texas, United States
Win 11-6-1 United States Ricky Thomas PTS 10 15/12/1992 Connecticut Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States
Win 22-15-1 United States Rollin "Chiller" Williams UD 10 16/10/1992 Idaho Boise, Idaho, United States
Win 23-9 United States Bill "Fireball" Bradley RTD 2 29/09/1992 North Dakota Bismarck Civic Center, Bismarck, North Dakota, United States Bradley retired at 3:00 of the second round.
Win 10-7 United States Martin Amarillas UD 10 04/09/1992 California Country Club, Reseda, California, United States 96-95, 97-93, 97-93.
Win 40-11-2 United States "Little" Nicky Walker UD 10 30/06/1992 Florida Pensacola Civic Center, Pensacola, Florida, United States
Loss 27-7 United States Iran Barkley TKO 2 10/01/1992 New York Paramount Theatre, New York City, United States IBF World Super Middleweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 1:33 of the second round.
Win 25-2 United States "Big" John Jarvis KO 3 17/08/1991 California Bren Events Center, Irvine, California, United States IBF World Super Middleweight Title. Jarvis knocked out at 1:11 of the third round.
Win 44-5 United States Lindell Holmes KO 11 18/05/1991 Italy Palazzo Dello Sport, Verbania, Italy IBF World Super Middleweight Title. Holmes knocked out at 1:49 of the 11th round.
Win 12-1 United States "Very" Randy Williams PTS 10 28/12/1990 Kentucky Lexington, Kentucky, United States
Loss 48-3 Italy Gianfranco Rosi UD 12 21/07/1990 Italy Palazzo del Ghiaccio, Marino, Lazio, Italy IBF World Light Middleweight Title. 112-115, 112-115, 113-116.
Win 18-35-1 United States Jake Torrance PTS 8 14/04/1990 Monaco Loew's Hotel, Monte Carlo, Monaco
Win 3-4 Mexico Ruben Cortina KO 1 02/03/1990 Mississippi Jackson, Mississippi, United States
Win 7-2-1 United States Salim Muhammad UD 10 09/10/1989 Missouri Roy Wilkins Auditorium, Saint Louis, Missouri, United States 100-91, 100-91, 100-90.
Win 14-9 United States Mike Sacchetti PTS 10 25/09/1989 France Nogent-le-Phaye, France
Win 9-5-1 United States Steve Langley PTS 10 13/09/1989 Louisiana Metairie, Louisiana, United States
Loss 45-3 Italy Gianfranco Rosi UD 12 15/07/1989 New Jersey Trump Castle, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States IBF World Light Middleweight Title. 109-117, 108-118, 109-116.
Win 24-1-1 United States Robert "Bam Bam" Hines UD 12 05/02/1989 New Jersey Trump Castle, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States IBF World Light Middleweight Title. 118-110, 118-111, 116-112.
Win 11-5 Mexico Miguel Angel Hernandez TKO 5 03/11/1988 Nevada Showboat Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:22 of the fifth round.
Win 17-24 United States Jake Torrance UD 10 20/09/1988 Kentucky Memorial Coliseum, Lexington, Kentucky, United States
Win 25-26-3 Mexico Juan Elizondo KO 3 05/05/1988 Kentucky Fairgrounds Stadium, Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Win 24-1 Uganda John Munduga TKO 7 21/02/1988 Kentucky Hilton Hotel, Frankfort, Kentucky, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:12 of the seventh round.
Win 7-1 United States Joe "Indian" Summers UD 10 05/12/1987 New Jersey Atlantic City Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 20-7 Mexico Juan Alonso Villa PTS 10 17/10/1987 New Jersey Harrah's Atlantic City, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 11-8 Mexico Norberto Bueno KO 3 17/09/1987 New York Felt Forum, New York City, United States
Win 1-4 United States Greg "Tool Man" Taylor UD 8 25/08/1987 Kentucky Continental Inn, Lexington, Kentucky, United States
Win 30-5-1 Dominican Republic Luis Santana UD 10 21/06/1987 Kentucky Lexington, Kentucky, United States
Win 33-2 Venezuela Elio Diaz UD 10 20/04/1987 Kentucky Rupp Arena, Lexington, Kentucky, United States 98-92, 98-92, 98-94.
Win 1-2 United States John "Papa" Moore TKO 6 24/02/1987 Kentucky Continental Inn, Lexington, Kentucky, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:46 of the sixth round.
Win 2-3 United States "Dangerous" Danny Thomas PTS 10 13/01/1987 Kentucky Continental Inn, Lexington, Kentucky, United States
Win 20-26-2 United States Sammy Floyd UD 10 09/09/1986 Kentucky Rupp Arena, Lexington, Kentucky, United States
Win 6-3-1 United States Keheven Johnson KO 8 01/07/1986 Louisiana Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Win 9-10 United States Donald Gwinn TKO 5 24/06/1986 Kentucky Continental Inn, Lexington, Kentucky, United States
Win -- David "Dexter" Ramsey KO 4 15/04/1986 Louisiana Lafayette, Louisiana, United States
Win 23-7 United States Norberto Sabater TKO 2 06/03/1986 Louisiana Landmark Hotel, Metairie, Louisiana, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:00 of the second round.
Win 12-9 United States Ed Modicue UD 8 21/01/1986 Louisiana Landmark Hotel, Metairie, Louisiana, United States
Win 3-23 United States Reggie Dixon PTS 6 15/10/1985 Louisiana Landmark Hotel, Metairie, Louisiana, United States
Win -- Javier Muniz KO 5 02/10/1985 Louisiana Houma, Louisiana, United States
Win 2-3 United States Pablo Valdez TKO 4 17/09/1985 Louisiana Landmark Hotel, Metairie, Louisiana, United States
Win 1-0-1 United States Earl White KO 5 06/09/1985 Nebraska Terrytown, Nebraska, United States
Win 1-4 United States Robert "Hot Dog" Manous KO 3 11/07/1985 Louisiana Sports Palace, Morgan City, Louisiana, United States
Win 2-22 United States Reggie Dixon UD 6 26/06/1985 Louisiana Lafayette, Louisiana, United States
Win 0-2 United States Alonzo Stringfellow TKO 1 10/06/1985 Louisiana Landmark Hotel, Metairie, Louisiana, United States
Win 0-1-1 United States John Wesley Morton SD 6 07/05/1985 Louisiana Landmark Hotel, Metairie, Louisiana, United States
Win 0-2 United States Ronald Paige KO 1 18/04/1985 Louisiana Monroe, Louisiana, United States
Win 1-15 United States James "Colonel" Sanders KO 4 20/03/1985 Louisiana Lafayette, Louisiana, United States
Win -- United States Derrick Earvin SD 4 07/03/1985 Alabama Convention Hall, Gadsden, Alabama, United States
Win -- Jessie Hopkins KO 1 04/03/1985 Louisiana Landmark Hotel, Metairie, Louisiana, United States
Win 1-23 United States "Little" Jimmy Mitchell TKO 5 21/02/1985 Louisiana Morgan City, Louisiana, United States
Win -- David "Barber" Seville KO 2 08/02/1985 Louisiana Lafayette, Louisiana, United States
Win 0-1 United States Mike "The Spike" French TKO 1 16/01/1985 Louisiana Lafayette, Louisiana, United States
Win -- Jamie Hobbs KO 1 18/12/1984 Louisiana Morgan City, Louisiana, United States
Win -- Rodney "King" Jones KO 2 04/12/1984 Louisiana St Bernard Civic Auditorium, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Win -- United States Willie Rimmer PTS 6 20/11/1984 Missouri Jefferson City, Missouri, United States
Win 0-1 United States Richard "Zach" Morris TKO 2 13/11/1984 Louisiana Municipal Auditorium, Lafayette, Louisiana, United States
Win 0-2 United States Leon Kerlinger KO 2 02/09/1984 Louisiana New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

Sources[edit]

Darrin Van Horn

  • Anchorage Daily News February 6, 1989
  • Anchorage Daily News July 16, 1989
  • Ocala Star-Banner July 22, 1990
  • The New York Times January 11, 1992
  • Daily News of Los Angeles September 4, 1992
Preceded by
Robert Hines
IBF Junior Middleweight Champion
5 Feb 1989–15 Jul 1989
Succeeded by
Gianfranco Rosi
Preceded by
Lindell Holmes
IBF Super Middleweight Champion
18 May 1991–10 Jan 1992
Succeeded by
Iran Barkley

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