Dwight Muhammad Qawi

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Dwight Muhammad Qawi
Statistics
Real name Dwight Muhammad Qawi
born Dwight Braxton
Nickname(s) Camden Buzzsaw
Rated at Light Heavyweight
Cruiserweight
Heavyweight
Height 5 ft 5.5 in (1.66 m)
Nationality American
Born (1953-01-05) January 5, 1953 (age 61)
Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 53
Wins 41
Wins by KO 25
Losses 11
Draws 1
No contests 0

Dwight Muhammad Qawi (born Dwight Braxton, January 5, 1953 in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.) is a former world boxing champion in the light heavyweight and cruiserweight divisions. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2004.[1]

Background[edit]

Qawi, then known as Dwight Braxton, was born in Baltimore, Maryland, but grew up in Camden, New Jersey, where he got involved with crime at a young age. He was eventually convicted of armed robbery and spent around five years in prison.[2]

It was at Rahway that Braxton found his place in life. The prison had an extensive boxing program and one of its inmates, James Scott, was a light heavyweight title contender who fought several times inside the prison itself. Braxton took up the sport, and when he was released from prison in 1978, immediately became a professional boxer. Qawi's style was most often likened to Joe Frazier and with good reason as he had trained in Fraziers Philadelphia gym as a professional.

Professional career[edit]

He went 1-1-1 in his first three pro fights, but then reeled off 14 straight victories to move into the world rankings at light heavyweight. The last of those wins came on September 5, 1981, when Braxton returned to Rahway to fight Scott, with the winner promised a shot at Matthew Saad Muhammad's WBC world championship belt. Braxton won a unanimous 10-round decision.

On December 19 of the same year, Braxton faced Saad Muhammad in Atlantic City. The ex-convict was the underdog against Saad, one of the most popular fighters of his generation and a fellow Hall of Famer, but Braxton defeated him on a 10th-round technical knockout and became a world champion for the first time.[3] It was shortly after this that he announced his conversion to Islam and changed his name.

He defended the title three times in the next 15 months, knocking out Jerry Martin, Saad Muhammad a second time and Eddie Davis. On March 18, 1983, he lost a close but unanimous decision to WBA champion Michael Spinks in a unification bout.

Qawi felt that making the division's 175-pound weight limit had drained him physically, and resolved to seek another world title in the newly created cruiserweight division. Freed of the need to fight to keep his weight down, Qawi reeled off another series of wins and claimed the WBA cruiserweight title on July 7, 1985, knocking out Piet Crous in Crous' native South Africa.

He won two more fights, including a victory over former world heavyweight titlist Leon Spinks, before accepting a challenge from Olympian Evander Holyfield on July 12, 1986. The fight, in Holyfield's hometown of Atlanta, went the full 15 rounds with Holyfield winning a split decision.

After the loss to Holyfield, Qawi fought off and on for the next 12 years, but never regained a world title. He rematched with Holyfield in 1987 for the WBA and IBF cruiserweight titles, but was stopped in the fourth round.

After a short stint in the heavyweight ranks, where in 1988 he lost to George Foreman by knockout in seven rounds, being forced to quit from exhaustion, he tried to regain the cruiserweight title. On November 27, 1989, he dropped a split decision to Robert Daniels for Holyfield's vacated WBA title.

Qawi retired in 1999 at the age of 46, with a career record of 41 wins, 11 losses and one draw, with 25 wins by way of knockout. Currently, he works as a boxing trainer in New Jersey.

In 1998, Dwight began working at the Lighthouse, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in Mays Landing, NJ. He works with both adults and adolescents and is a patient advocate.[4]

Professional boxing record[edit]

41 Wins (25 KOs), 11 Losses, 1 Draw [1]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 41-11-1 United States Tony LaRosa UD 8 25 Nov 1998 United States Ramada Inn, Rosemont, Illinois, United States
Win 41-10-1 United States Tyrone Demby TKO 2 (?) 27 Jun 1997 United States Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 40-10-1 United States Earl Clark UD 6 8 May 1997 United States Boys and Girls Club, Paterson, New Jersey, United States
Loss 39-10-1 United States Nate Miller UD 10 13 Oct 1992 United States Blue Horizon, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 39-9-1 Canada Dave Fiddler TKO 2 (8) 18 Jul 1992 United States Mirage Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 38-9-1 United States Arthur Williams UD 10 8 May 1992 United States Riviera Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 38-8-1 United States Ric Lainhart TKO 1 (10) 7 Apr 1992 United States Harrah's Marina Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 37-8-1 United States Ricky Parkey TKO 8 (10) 7 Nov 1991 United States District of Columbia, United States
Win 36-8-1 United States Eddie Taylor TKO 4 (10) 23 Jul 1991 United States Harrah's Marina Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 35-8-1 United States James Salerno UD 10 11 Jun 1991 United States Miami Beach, Florida, United States
Win 34-8-1 United States Tommy Richardson KO 1 (?) 20 Apr 1991 United States Caesar's Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 33-8-1 United States Bert Gravley TKO 3 (?) 2 Mar 1991 United States Harrah's Marina Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss 32-8-1 United States Mike Hunter UD 12 16 Mar 1990 United States Essex County College, Newark, New Jersey, United States Lost WBC Continental Americas cruiserweight title.
Loss 32-7-1 United States Robert Daniels SD 12 27 Nov 1989 France Pavilion Baltard, Nogent-le-Phaye, Eure-et-Loir, France For vacant WBA cruiserweight title.
Win 32-6-1 United States Everett Martin UD 10 22 May 1989 United States Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 31-6-1 United States Andre McCall UD 12 18 Apr 1989 United States Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States Won vacant WBC Continental Americas cruiserweight title.
Win 30-6-1 United States Tyrone Booze PTS 10 15 Feb 1989 United States Pennsylvania Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 29-6-1 United States Olian Alexander TKO 3 (10) 23 Nov 1988 United States Convention Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Loss 28-6-1 United States George Foreman TKO 7 (10) 19 Mar 1988 United States Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 28-5-1 United States Evander Holyfield KO 4 (15) 5 Dec 1987 United States Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States For WBA/IBF cruiserweight titles.
Win 28-4-1 United States Lee Roy Murphy TKO 6 (10) 15 Aug 1987 France Saint-Tropez, Var, France
Loss 27-4-1 Puerto Rico Ossie Ocasio MD 10 15 May 1987 United States Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 27-3-1 Puerto Rico Narcisco Maldonado TKO 4 (10) 6 Feb 1987 United States Trump Plaza Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss 26-3-1 United States Evander Holyfield SD 15 12 Jul 1986 United States Trump Plaza Hotel, Atlanta, Georgia, United States Lost WBA cruiserweight title.
Win 26-2-1 United States Leon Spinks TKO 6 (15) 22 Mar 1986 United States Lawlor Events Center, Reno, Nevada, United States Retained WBA cruiserweight title.
Win 25-2-1 United States Rick Enis KO 1 (10) 8 Jan 1986 United States Harrah's Marina Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 24-2-1 South Africa Piet Crous TKO 11 (15) 27 Jul 1985 South Africa Superbowl, Sun City, North-West, South Africa Won WBA Cruiserweight title.
Win 23-2-1 United States Michael Greer UD 10 27 Feb 1985 United States Harrah's Marina Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 22-2-1 United States Stanley Ross UD 10 12 Dec 1984 United States Harrah's Marina Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 21-2-1 United States Pat Cuillo UD 10 21 Mar 1984 United States Harrah's Marina Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 20-2-1 United States Johnny Davis SD 10 17 Sep 1983 United States Sands Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss 19-2-1 United States Michael Spinks UD 15 18 Mar 1983 United States Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Lost WBC light-heavyweight title.
For WBA light-heavyweight title.
Win 19-1-1 United States Eddie Davis TKO 11 (15) 20 Nov 1982 United States Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Retained WBC light-heavyweight title.
Win 18-1-1 United States Matthew Saad Muhammad TKO 6 (15) 7 Aug 1982 United States Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Retained WBC light-heavyweight title.
Win 17-1-1 United States Jerry Martin TKO 6 (15) 21 Mar 1982 United States Showboat Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Retained WBC light-heavyweight title.
Win 16-1-1 United States Matthew Saad Muhammad TKO 10 (15) 19 Dec 1981 United States Playboy Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Won WBC light-heavyweight title.
Win 15-1-1 United States James Scott UD 10 5 Sep 1981 United States Rahway State Prison, Woodbridge Township, New Jersey, United States
Win 14-1-1 United States Mike Rossman KO 7 (10) 31 May 1981 United States Resorts International, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 13-1-1 United States Al Bolden PTS 10 5 Mar 1981 United States Pennsylvania Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 12-1-1 United States Johnny Davis PTS 10 8 Jan 1981 United States Resorts International, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 11-1-1 United States Tony Mesoraca TKO 6 (10) 6 Nov 1980 United States Resorts International, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 10-1-1 United States Rick Jester TKO 3 (10) 14 Aug 1980 United States International Amphitheatre, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win 9-1-1 United States Charles Smith TKO 4 (?) 5 Jun 1980 United States Resorts International, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 8-1-1 United States Leonard Langley TKO 2 (8) 8 May 1980 United States Resorts International, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 7-1-1 United States Cornell Chavis TKO 1 (?) 29 Mar 1980 United States Resorts International, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 6-1-1 South Africa Theunis Kok KO 1 (10) 4 Feb 1980 South Africa Kings Park Stadium, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Win 5-1-1 United States Johnny Wilburn UD 8 14 Nov 1979 United States Civic Center, Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Win 4-1-1 United States Donald Biff Cline TKO 1 (?) 26 Sep 1979 United States Civic Center, Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Win 3-1-1 United States Louis Butler PTS 8 3 Jul 1979 United States Resorts International, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 2-1-1 United States Louis Butler PTS 6 25 May 1979 United States Civic Center, Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Loss 1-1-1 United States Johnny Davis SD 6 2 Nov 1978 United States Audubon Ballroom, New York, New York, United States
Win 1-0-1 United States Lou Benson Jr. PTS 6 3 Jun 1978 United States Civic Center, Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Draw 0-0-1 United States Leonard Langley PTS 6 19 Apr 1978 United States D.C. Armory, District of Columbia, United States Professional debut.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kates, William (2004-06-13). "Boxing champ Palomino enters Boxing Hall of Fame". USA Today. Associated Press. Retrieved 2010-02-11. 
  2. ^ Putnam, Pat (1981-12-28). "From The Big House To The Big Time". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2010-02-11. 
  3. ^ "Muhammad loses title to Braxton". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. 1981-12-21. Retrieved 2010-02-11. 
  4. ^ Camden NJ - Dwight Braxton aka Dwight Muhammed Qawi - The Camden Buzzsaw

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Preceded by
Matthew Saad Muhammad
WBC Light Heavyweight Champion
The Ring Light Heavyweight Champion

19 December 1981 – 18 March 1983
Succeeded by
Michael Spinks
Preceded by
Piet Crous
WBA Cruiserweight Champion
July 27, 1985 – 1986
Succeeded by
Evander Holyfield