Dwight Muhammad Qawi
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|Dwight Muhammad Qawi|
|Real name||Dwight Muhammad Qawi
born Dwight Braxton
|Rated at||Light Heavyweight
|Height||5 ft 5.5 in (1.66 m)|
January 5, 1953 |
Baltimore, Maryland, USA
|Wins by KO||25|
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.
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.
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 
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. 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.
Professional boxing record 
|41 Wins (25 knockouts, 16 decisions), 11 Losses (2 knockouts, 9 decision), 1 Draw |
|Loss||41-11-1||Tony LaRosa||UD||8||25/11/1998||Ramada Inn, Rosemont, Illinois, United States|
|Win||41-10-1||Tyrone Demby||TKO||2 (?)||27/06/1997||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||40-10-1||Earl Clark||UD||6||08/05/1997||Boys and Girls Club, Paterson, New Jersey, United States|
|Loss||39-10-1||Nate Miller||UD||10||13/10/1992||Blue Horizon, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Win||39-9-1||Dave Fiddler||TKO||2 (8)||18/07/1992||Mirage Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||38-9-1||Arthur Williams||UD||10||08/05/1992||Riviera Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||38-8-1||Ric Lainhart||TKO||1 (10)||07/04/1992||Harrah's Marina Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||37-8-1||Ricky Parkey||TKO||8 (10)||07/11/1991||District of Columbia, United States|
|Win||36-8-1||Eddie Taylor||TKO||4 (10)||23/07/1991||Harrah's Marina Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||35-8-1||James Salerno||UD||10||11/06/1991||Miami Beach, Florida, United States|
|Win||34-8-1||Tommy Richardson||KO||1 (?)||20/04/1991||Caesar's Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||33-8-1||Bert Gravley||TKO||3 (?)||02/03/1991||Harrah's Marina Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Loss||32-8-1||Mike Hunter||UD||12||16/03/1990||Essex County College, Newark, New Jersey, United States||Lost WBC Continental Americas Cruiserweight title.|
|Loss||32-7-1||Robert Daniels||SD||12||27/11/1989||Pavilion Baltard, Nogent-le-Phaye, Eure-et-Loir, France||For vacant WBA World Cruiserweight title.|
|Win||32-6-1||Everett Martin||UD||10||22/05/1989||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||31-6-1||Andre McCall||UD||12||18/04/1989||Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States||Won vacant WBC Continental Americas Cruiserweight title.|
|Win||30-6-1||Tyrone Booze||PTS||10||15/02/1989||Pennsylvania Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Win||29-6-1||Olian Alexander||TKO||3 (10)||23/11/1988||Convention Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Loss||28-6-1||George Foreman||TKO||7 (10)||19/03/1988||Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||28-5-1||Evander Holyfield||KO||4 (15)||05/12/1987||Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||For WBA & IBF Cruiserweight titles.|
|Win||28-4-1||Lee Roy Murphy||TKO||6 (10)||15/08/1987||Saint-Tropez, Var, France|
|Loss||27-4-1||Ossie Ocasio||MD||10||15/05/1987||Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||27-3-1||Narcisco Maldonado||TKO||4 (10)||06/02/1987||Trump Plaza Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Loss||26-3-1||Evander Holyfield||SD||15||12/07/1986||Trump Plaza Hotel, Atlanta, Georgia, United States||Lost WBA Cruiserweight title.|
|Win||26-2-1||Leon Spinks||TKO||6 (15)||22/03/1986||Lawlor Events Center, Reno, Nevada, United States||Retained WBA Cruiserweight title.|
|Win||25-2-1||Rick Enis||KO||1 (10)||08/01/1986||Harrah's Marina Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||24-2-1||Piet Crous||TKO||11 (15)||27/07/1985||Superbowl, Sun City, North-West, South Africa||Won WBA Cruiserweight title. Crous down twice in the 11th round.|
|Win||23-2-1||Michael Greer||UD||10||27/02/1985||Harrah's Marina Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||22-2-1||Stanley Ross||UD||10||12/12/1984||Harrah's Marina Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||21-2-1||Pat Cuillo||UD||10||21/03/1984||Harrah's Marina Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||20-2-1||Johnny Davis||SD||10||17/09/1983||Sands Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Loss||19-2-1||Michael Spinks||UD||15||18/03/1983||Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Lost WBC Light Heavyweight title. For WBA Light Heavyweight title.|
|Win||19-1-1||Eddie Davis||TKO||11 (15)||20/11/1982||Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Retained WBC Light Heavyweight title.|
|Win||18-1-1||Matthew Saad Muhammad||TKO||6 (15)||07/08/1982||Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States||Retained WBC Light Heavyweight title.|
|Win||17-1-1||Jerry Martin||TKO||6 (15)||21/03/1982||Showboat Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Retained WBC Light Heavyweight title.|
|Win||16-1-1||Matthew Saad Muhammad||TKO||10 (15)||19/12/1981||Playboy Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Won WBC Light Heavyweight title.|
|Win||15-1-1||James Scott||UD||10||05/09/1981||Rahway State Prison, Woodbridge Township, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||14-1-1||Mike Rossman||KO||7 (10)||31/05/1981||Resorts International, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||13-1-1||Al Bolden||PTS||10||05/03/1981||Pennsylvania Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Win||12-1-1||Johnny Davis||PTS||10||08/01/1981||Resorts International, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||11-1-1||Tony Mesoraca||TKO||6 (10)||06/11/1980||Resorts International, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||10-1-1||Rick Jester||TKO||3 (10)||14/08/1980||International Amphitheatre, Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Win||9-1-1||Charles Smith||TKO||4 (?)||05/06/1980||Resorts International, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||8-1-1||Leonard Langley||TKO||2 (8)||08/05/1980||Resorts International, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||7-1-1||Cornell Chavis||TKO||1 (?)||29/03/1980||Resorts International, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||6-1-1||Theunis Kok||KO||1 (10)||04/02/1980||Kings Park Stadium, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa|
|Win||5-1-1||Johnny Wilburn||UD||8||14/11/1979||Civic Center, Baltimore, Maryland, United States|
|Win||4-1-1||Donald Biff Cline||TKO||1 (?)||26/09/1979||Civic Center, Baltimore, Maryland, United States|
|Win||3-1-1||Louis Butler||PTS||8||03/07/1979||Resorts International, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||2-1-1||Louis Butler||PTS||6||25/05/1979||Civic Center, Baltimore, Maryland, United States|
|Loss||1-1-1||Johnny Davis||SD||6||02/11/1978||Audubon Ballroom, New York, New York, United States|
|Win||1-0-1||Lou Benson Jr.||PTS||6||03/06/1978||Civic Center, Baltimore, Maryland, United States|
|Draw||0-0-1||Leonard Langley||PTS||6||19/04/1978||D.C. Armory, District of Columbia, United States|
See also 
- Kates, William (2004-06-13). "Boxing champ Palomino enters Boxing Hall of Fame". USA Today. Associated Press. Retrieved 2010-02-11.
- Putnam, Pat (1981-12-28). "From The Big House To The Big Time". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2010-02-11.
- "Muhammad loses title to Braxton". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. 1981-12-21. Retrieved 2010-02-11.
- Camden NJ - Dwight Braxton aka Dwight Muhammed Qawi - The Camden Buzzsaw
Matthew Saad Muhammad
|WBC Light Heavyweight Champion
19 Dec 1981–18 Mar 1983
|WBA Cruiserweight Champion