Drake Thadzi

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Drake Thadzi (born November 23, 1959 in Lilongwe) is a 6'1 light heavyweight retired boxer from Malawi, who represented his native country at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California. There he was decisioned in the second round of competition in the light heavyweight division (– 81 kg) by Algeria's eventual bronze medalist Mustapha Moussa.

Soon afterwards Thadzi turned professional, before retiring in 1998 after a loss against Dariusz Michalczewski with a record of 40 fights: 30 wins (25 KO's), 1 draw and 9 losses. Some other career highlights: Thadzi challenged Virgil Hill for the WBA light heavyweight title in 1995 but lost a decision.

Thadzi scored his career best win in 1997, when he upset respected three-time world champion James Toney at the Foxwoods Casino. At that point Thadzi appeared primed to fight for a title but manager Goody Petronelli inexplicably failed to get him a fight during the next 15 months. Thadzi finished out with only two more fights after the Toney win with a victory over a seriously weight depleted "Iceman" John Scully and a title loss to Michalczewski eighteen months after his big win over Toney.

Professional boxing record[edit]

30 Wins (25 knockouts, 5 decisions), 9 Losses (4 knockouts, 5 decisions) [1]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 38-0 Poland Dariusz "Tiger" Michalczewski TKO 9 12/12/1998 Germany Frankfurt, Hessen, Germany WBO World Light Heavyweight Title.
Win 37-8 United States Iceman John Scully TKO 7 02/08/1998 Massachusetts Boston, Massachusetts, United States IBO World Light Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 2:37 of the seventh round.
Win 54-3-2 United States James "Lights Out" Toney MD 12 14/05/1997 Connecticut Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States IBO World Light Heavyweight Title. 114-114, 116-113, 116-112.
Win 11-7-1 Canada Darrell "Pee Wee" Flint TKO 9 19/10/1996 Canada Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada IBC World Light Heavyweight Title.
Loss 40-1 United States Virgil "Quicksilver" Hill UD 12 02/09/1995 United Kingdom Wembley, London, United Kingdom WBA World Light Heavyweight Title. 111-117, 110-119, 112-118.
Win 9-24-1 United States Jose Hiram Torres KO 2 19/05/1995 Massachusetts New Bedford, Massachusetts, United States
Win 5-14 United States Joe "JoJo" Harris KO 2 04/03/1995 Massachusetts Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Win 13-13 United States "Wet" Willie Kemp PTS 8 01/10/1994 Massachusetts Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Win 3-3 Hungary Zoltan Fuzesy TKO 3 04/06/1994 Germany Dortmund, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Loss 16-0-1 United States Ernest "M-16" Mateen MD 10 13/05/1993 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss 18-1-1 United States Adolpho Washington UD 10 16/01/1993 Texas San Antonio, Texas, United States
Win 7-19 United States Jose "Kid Cuba" Vera PTS 8 08/05/1992 Massachusetts Taunton, Massachusetts, United States
Loss 7-4 United States Art Bayliss KO 8 28/02/1992 Massachusetts Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Win 15-22 United States Danny "Thunderhand" Chapman TKO 3 12/12/1991 Massachusetts Taunton, Massachusetts, United States
Win 6-24-4 United States Jimmy Harrison TKO 5 23/08/1991 Massachusetts Boston, Massachusetts, United States New England Light Heavyweight Title.
Win 11-5-2 United States Danny Stonewalker TKO 8 04/08/1991 Canada Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada Canada Light Heavyweight Title.
Win 19-27 United States Robert Curry TKO 3 31/05/1991 Canada Shediac, New Brunswick, Canada Referee stopped the bout at 2:06 of the third round.
Loss 27-6 Trinidad and Tobago Leslie "Laventille Tiger" Stewart UD 10 28/02/1991 Canada Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Win 7-11-1 United States Melvin Ricks KO 6 14/09/1990 Canada Shediac, New Brunswick, Canada
Win 6-9-1 Jamaica Wesley Reid KO 3 22/06/1990 Massachusetts Taunton, Massachusetts, United States New England Light Heavyweight Title. Reid knocked out at 0:43 of the third round.
Win 0-7-2 United States Ruben Cardona KO 5 23/02/1990 Massachusetts Lowell, Massachusetts, United States
Loss 5-8-1 United States Wesley Reid KO 4 19/01/1990 Massachusetts Taunton, Massachusetts, United States New England Light Heavyweight Title.
Win 22-11 United Kingdom Keith Bristol UD 6 20/10/1989 Massachusetts Taunton, Massachusetts, United States
Loss 5-0 United States Alfred "Ice" Cole PTS 6 12/09/1989 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 22-10 United Kingdom Keith Bristol KO 5 09/06/1989 Massachusetts Taunton, Massachusetts, United States
Win -- United States Rodney Jones TKO 1 28/04/1989 Massachusetts Taunton, Massachusetts, United States
Win 10-2 Canada Terry Francis KO 5 30/03/1989 Canada Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada
Win -- United States Dennis "Boss Man" Burley TKO 2 10/12/1988 New Hampshire Salem, New Hampshire, United States
Win 0-1 United States Angel Colon TKO 1 22/10/1988 New Hampshire Salem, New Hampshire, United States Referee stopped the bout at 1:25 of the first round.
Win 2-5 United States Andy Gordon TKO 2 30/07/1988 Massachusetts Brockton, Massachusetts, United States
Loss 11-1 Ghana Sadik Sulemana TKO 4 24/11/1987 Canada Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Draw 3-2 Canada Darrell "Pee Wee" Flint PTS 6 29/09/1987 Canada Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Win 0-1 Canada Ken Barlow TKO 3 20/09/1987 Canada Shediac, New Brunswick, Canada Referee stopped the bout at 0:59 of the third round.
Win -- Canada Ken Barlow TKO 2 07/07/1987 Canada Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada Referee stopped the bout at 1:25 of the second round.
Win 1-2 Zimbabwe Gilbert Mwambo KO 8 09/03/1986 Malawi Lilongwe, Malawi
Win -- Ben Chitenje KO 3 09/02/1986 Malawi Malawi
Win -- Zambia Joseph Poto KO 5 02/11/1985 Malawi Malawi
Win 0-1 Justice Mahilasi PTS 6 29/06/1985 Malawi Malawi
Win -- Titus Kanyanji KO 3 24/02/1985 Malawi Malawi
Win -- Justice Mahilasi KO 2 28/12/1984 Malawi Malawi

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