|Real name||Iran Barkley|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Reach||74 in (188 cm)|
|Born||May 6, 1960|
|Wins by KO||27|
|Competitor for United States|
|World Amateur Championships|
Iran Barkley (born May 6, 1960 in Bronx, New York) is a retired American professional boxer who held world titles at middleweight (1988–89), super middleweight (1992) and light heavyweight (1992). Among the many highlights of his up-and-down career are his two victories over the legendary Thomas Hearns.
Known as "The Blade", Barkley first challenged for a world title against the highly skilled Sumbu Kalambay, losing on points over fifteen rounds for the vacant WBA middleweight championship in Livorno, Toscana, Italy in October 1987.
Barkley returned in 1988 with a split decision over Sanderline Williams and a fifth round stoppage of Michael Olajide, before winning the WBC middleweight championship with a third round knockout of Thomas Hearns, voted 1988 Upset of the Year by Ring magazine.
In his next fight, Barkley lost his title via split decision in a 12 round war with Roberto Durán, in a fight proclaimed 1989 Fight of the Year by Ring Magazine. Following the defeat to Duran, Barkley took on undefeated Michael Nunn for the IBF middleweight title, dropping a close majority decision. He next fought Nigel Benn in a challenge for the WBO middleweight title and was stopped on the three knockdown rule at the end of a wild first round in which both fighters were hurt.
Barkley returned with two low-key wins at light heavyweight in 1991, then defeated Darrin Van Horn to win the IBF super middleweight title in two rounds in January 1992 in Paramount Theatre, New York. Just two months later, he went on to again defeat Hearns and take his WBA light heavyweight title via a twelve round split decision. Barkley never defended that title, choosing instead to defend his super middleweight belt against James Toney, losing his title via a corner retirement after nine rounds.
Barkley's final shot at a title would come against undefeated Henry Maske at light heavyweight for Maske's IBF belt in Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany in October 1994. Barkley lost via 9th round TKO.
Barkley continued to fight after this loss, eventually moving up to the heavyweight division. His last fight of note was a June 1997 win for the bogus WBB world heavyweight title, a bout in which Barkley retired former world heavyweight champion Gerrie Coetzee with a 10th round TKO. Barkley 'retired' in 1999 after losing a bout in Mississippi by sixth round stoppage to Keith McKnight.
In 2006, at the age of 46, Barkley won an unsanctioned bout by second round stoppage in Aruba. In 2008, at age 48, Barkley fought to a six round draw in an unsanctioned exhibition bout against heavyweight Chauncy Welliver in Lapwai, Idaho at the Pi-Nee-Waus Community Center of the Nez Perce Tribe.
Barkley has fallen on some difficult times since his retirement from boxing. Penniless and unemployed, he became homeless in November 2010 after he was evicted from his Bronx apartment. Through the support of the Bronx nonprofit BronxWorks and the Ring 10 boxing charity, the former world champion found housing and receives assistance so he can become self-supporting. Barkley currently resides in the Morrisania area of the South Bronx. He is a ringside regular at boxing matches in New York City. Barkley is a member of the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame. Barkley enjoys teaching boxing skills to young amateurs. A May 20, 2011, online article on Boxrec News hinted Barkley is seriously considering making a comeback in the ring at age 51.
Barkley will be featured in the forthcoming boxing documentary "Fallen Soldier", which is directed by Bobby Razak.
Professional boxing record
|43 Wins (27 knockouts, 16 decisions), 19 Losses (7 knockouts, 12 decisions), 1 Draw |
|Loss||36-2||Keith "Fighting Knight" McKnight||TKO||6||31/07/1999||Lula, Mississippi, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 2:47 of the sixth round.|
|Loss||47-10-1||Trevor Berbick||UD||8||29/06/1999||Montreal, Quebec, Canada||73-79, 73-79, 73-79.|
|Loss||8-3||Tony "Viking" Halme||SD||12||19/04/1999||Helsinki, Finland||WBF Americas Heavyweight Title.|
|Loss||22-6||Thomas "Top Dawg" Williams||TKO||4||19/03/1999||Ocala, Florida, United States|
|Loss||22-1||Joey Guy||PTS||10||27/01/1999||Nashville, Tennessee, United States|
|Loss||7-0||Tue Bjorn Thomsen||UD||6||06/11/1998||Copenhagen, Denmark||55-58, 55-58, 55-58.|
|Win||6-26-1||Caseny Truesdale||TKO||4||22/10/1998||Atlanta, Georgia, United States|
|Draw||15-16||Dan Kosmicki||TD||4||30/09/1998||Kansas City, Missouri, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 1:23 of the fourth round.|
|Loss||29-13||Tony "Rock" LaRosa||UD||10||22/08/1998||Rosemont, Illinois, United States|
|Win||1-2||Marcelo Aravena||TKO||3||13/09/1997||Mandan, North Dakota, United States|
|Win||33-5-1||Gerrie "Bionic Hand" Coetzee||TKO||10||08/06/1997||Hollywood, California, United States||WBB World Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 2:07 of the tenth round.|
|Win||15-20-2||Dave Fiddler||KO||1||22/01/1997||Rochester, Washington, United States|
|Win||5-23-1||Caseny Truesdale||TKO||4||20/11/1996||Raleigh, North Carolina, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 1:32 of the fourth round.|
|Win||14-80-2||Frankie Hines||TKO||1||14/11/1996||Virginia Beach, United States|
|Win||12-10||Dan Kosmicki||UD||8||06/09/1996||Onawa, Iowa, United States|
|Win||12-13-1||Craig Payne||MD||8||27/07/1996||Rochester, Washington, United States|
|Win||7-24-2||Brian "B-52" Yates||UD||8||03/06/1996||Kansas City, Missouri, United States|
|Win||0-4||James Baker||TKO||1||02/02/1996||Des Moines, Iowa, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 1:00 of the first round.|
|Loss||20-4||Rocky Gannon||MD||8||18/08/1995||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||1-0||Tosca Petridis||UD||10||14/05/1995||Melbourne, Victoria, Australia|
|Loss||24-0||"Gentleman" Henry Maske||RTD||9||08/10/1994||Halle, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany||IBF World Light Heavyweight Title. Barkley retired after the ninth round.|
|Win||11-6||Gary Butler||UD||8||22/07/1994||Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||24-30-1||Rick Enis||TKO||4||24/05/1994||Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States|
|Loss||21-2-1||Adolpho Washington||TKO||6||20/10/1993||Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi, United States|
|Win||20-13-1||Dino Stewart||TKO||9||30/08/1993||Kansas City, Missouri, United States|
|Loss||33-0-2||James "Lights Out" Toney||RTD||9||13/02/1993||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||IBF World Super Middleweight Title. Barkley retired after the ninth round.|
|Win||22-5-1||Robert Folley||KO||4||05/12/1992||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Folley knocked out at 2:48 of the fourth round.|
|Win||50-3-1||Thomas "Hitman" Hearns||SD||12||20/03/1992||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||WBA World Light Heavyweight Title.|
|Win||47-2||Darrin "Schoolboy" Van Horn||TKO||2||10/01/1992||New York City, United States||IBF World Super Middleweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 1:33 of the second round.|
|Win||6-8-2||Jesus Castaneda||TD||8||03/10/1991||Great Falls, Montana, United States||79-73, 80-72, 80-72.|
|Win||3-12||Juan "Idi Amin" Hernandez||UD||10||16/08/1991||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||96-93, 96-93, 96-93.|
|Loss||26-1||Nigel "Dark Destroyer" Benn||TKO||1||18/08/1990||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||WBO World Middleweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 2:57 of the first round.|
|Loss||33-0||Michael "Second To" Nunn||MD||12||14/08/1989||Reno, Nevada, United States||IBF World Middleweight Title. 113-116, 114-114, 113-115.|
|Loss||84-7||Roberto Duran||SD||12||24/02/1989||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||WBC World Middleweight Title. 1989 Ring Magazine Fight of the Year. 112-116, 116-113, 112-118.|
|Win||45-2||Thomas "Hitman" Hearns||TKO||3||06/06/1988||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||WBC World Middleweight Title. 1988 Ring Magazine Upset of the Year. Referee stopped the bout at 2:39 of the third round.|
|Win||25-1||Michael "Silk" Olajide||TKO||5||06/03/1988||New York City, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 1:12 of the fifth round.|
|Win||22-4||Sanderline Williams||SD||10||29/01/1988||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||96-95, 97-95, 94-96.|
|Loss||42-3-1||Sumbu Kalambay||UD||15||23/10/1987||Livorno, Toscana, Italy||WBA World Middleweight Title. 140-147, 140-147, 142-147.|
|Win||6-6-1||Jorge Amparo||UD||10||03/04/1987||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||96-94, 96-94, 96-90.|
|Win||11-14-1||Stacy McSwain||UD||10||20/02/1987||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||37-1-2||James "Heat" Kinchen||SD||10||17/10/1986||Detroit, Michigan, United States||96-93, 93-97, 95-94.|
|Win||7-0||Basante Blanco||TKO||4||24/07/1986||New York City, United States|
|Win||17-7-1||Tony "The Tiger" Harrison||KO||3||19/06/1986||New York City, United States||WBC Continental Americas Middleweight Title.|
|Win||19-2-1||Mike Tinley||SD||12||06/12/1985||New York City, United States||WBC Continental Americas Middleweight Title. 116-111, 116-112, 112-117.|
|Win||29-7||Wilford Scypion||KO||8||01/11/1985||New York City, United States||Scypion knocked out at 2:59 of the eighth round.|
|Win||23-6||Norberto Sabater||KO||2||29/08/1985||New York City, United States||Sabater knocked out at 1:21 of the second round.|
|Win||8-2||Bill "Show Time" Lee||TKO||3||08/08/1985||New York City, United States|
|Win||17-9-1||Carlos Betancourt||KO||1||11/07/1985||New York City, United States||Betancourt knocked out at 1:48 of the first round.|
|Win||15-4||Randy Smith||UD||10||24/05/1985||New York City, United States||8-2, 7-3, 10-0.|
|Win||22-5||Norberto Sabater||TKO||2||26/04/1985||New York City, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 2:25 of the second round.|
|Win||3-3-2||Osley Silas||TKO||6||21/02/1985||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 2:25 of the sixth round.|
|Loss||9-0||Eddie Hall||SD||8||01/11/1984||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||4-3, 3-4, 2-6.|
|Win||0-3||John "Hot Rod" Ford||TKO||5||23/08/1984||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||12-0-1||Esteban Pizzarro||UD||10||05/07/1984||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Loss||18-3-1||Robbie Sims||KO||6||06/01/1984||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||25-8-1||Marciano Bernardi||TKO||1||15/12/1983||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||4-0||Frank Minton||TKO||5||18/08/1983||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 1:21 of the fifth round.|
|Win||1-0||Jose "Tito" Torres||UD||6||18/06/1983||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Loss||2-1-1||Osley Silas||PTS||6||31/03/1983||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||1-1||Donnie Franklin||UD||4||18/02/1983||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||3-0||Donnie "Tee Bop" Williams||TKO||1||29/01/1983||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||--||Bruce Starling||KO||2||06/01/1983||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||2-1||Larry "Air" Jordan||KO||2||09/12/1982||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|WBC Middleweight Champion
6 Jun 1988 – 24 Feb 1989
Darrin Van Horn
|IBF Super Middleweight Champion
10 Jan 1992– 13 Feb 1993
|WBA Light Heavyweight Champion
20 Mar 1992 – 1992
|Titles in pretence|
Title last held byHerbie Hide
|World Heavyweight Champion
8 June 1997 – 1997
|The Ring Magazine Comeback of the Year
- 1981 – Silver Medal (165 lb) at the New York Golden Gloves, losing to Dennis Milton
- 1981 – Gold Medal (165 lb) at the Empire State Games
- 1982 – Bronze Medal (165 lb)at the Copenhagen Box Cup in Copenhagen, Denmark
- 1982 – Bronze Medal (75 kg) at the World Championships in Munich, West Germany
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- Boxing 101, "Ring 10 Veterans Boxing Foundation: A Beta Bomb of Brotherhood, Part 2 - Champions in Need", June 27, 2012
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- "Iran Barkley". Njboxinghof.org. Retrieved 2011-09-27.
- "The hardest word in the hardest sport. Retirement. | BoxRecNews". News.boxrec.com. 2011-05-20. Retrieved 2011-09-27.
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