Iran Barkley

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Iran Barkley
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Iran Barkley ringside at The Oceana Club in Brighton Beach Brooklyn, April 13, 2011
Statistics
Real name Iran Barkley
Nickname(s) The Blade
Rated at Middleweight
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Reach 74 in (188 cm)
Nationality United States American
Born (1960-05-06) May 6, 1960 (age 54)
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 63
Wins 43
Wins by KO 27
Losses 19
Draws 1
Iran Barkley
Medal record
Competitor for  United States
Men's Boxing
World Amateur Championships
Bronze Munich 1982 Middleweight

Iran Barkley (born May 6, 1960 in Bronx, New York) is a retired American professional boxer who held world titles at middleweight, super-middleweight, and light-heavyweight. Among the many highlights of his up-and-down career are his two victories over the legendary Thomas Hearns.

Early life[edit]

Iran Barkley was the youngest of eight children raised in the Patterson Houses and was a member of the Black Spades street gang in his youth.[1][2] Iran's sister Yvonne, who fought professionally during the late 1970s, convinced him to start boxing.[3]

Professional career[edit]

Known as "The Blade", Barkley turned professional in December 1982, and first challenged for a world title against the highly skilled Sumbu Kalambay, losing on points over fifteen rounds for the vacant WBA middleweight title 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 title 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.[4] Following the defeat to Duran, Barkley took on undefeated Michael Nunn for the Lineal/IBF middleweight titles, 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 title against James Toney, which he lost via a corner retirement after nine rounds due to severe swelling around both eyes.

Barkley's final shot at a title would come against undefeated Henry Maske at light-heavyweight for Maske's IBF title in Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany in October 1994. Barkley again lost by corner retirement after nine rounds.

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 heavyweight title, a bout in which Barkley retired former WBA 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.

Comeback[edit]

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.[5]

Current Status[edit]

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.[6] Barkley currently resides in the Morrisania area of the South Bronx.[7] He is a ringside regular at boxing matches in New York City. Barkley is a member of the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame.[8] 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.[9]

Professional boxing record[edit]

43 Wins (27 KOs), 19 Losses (7 KOs), 1 Draw [1]
Res. Record Opponent Type Round,
Time
Date Location Notes
Loss 43-19-1 United States Keith McKnight TKO 6 (10),
2:47
31/07/1999 Mississippi Lady Luck Casino, Lula, Mississippi
Loss 43-18-1 Canada Trevor Berbick UD 8 29/06/1999 Canada Molson Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Loss 43-17-1 Finland Tony Halme SD 12 19/04/1999 Finland Helsinki, Finland
Loss 43-16-1 United States Thomas Williams TKO 4 (?),
?
19/03/1999 Florida SE Livestock Pavilion, Ocala, Florida
Loss 43-15-1 United States Joey Guy PTS 10 27/01/1999 Tennessee Nashville, Tennessee
Loss 43-14-1 Denmark Tue Bjorn Thomsen UD 6 06/11/1998 Denmark K.B. Hallen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Win 43-13-1 United States Caseny Truesdale TKO 4 (10),
?
22/10/1998 Georgia (U.S. state) Roxy Theater, Atlanta, Georgia
Draw 42-13-1 United States Dan Kosmicki TD 4 (8),
1:23
30/09/1998 Missouri Station Casino, Kansas City, Missouri
Loss 42-13 United States Tony LaRosa UD 10 22/08/1998 Illinois Horizon, Rosemont, Illinois
Win 42-12 Canada Marcelo Aravena TKO 3 (?),
?
13/09/1997 North Dakota Mandan, North Dakota
Win 41-12 South Africa Gerrie Coetzee TKO 10 (12),
2:07
08/06/1997 California Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood, California
Win 40-12 Canada Dave Fiddler KO 1 (?),
?
22/01/1997 Washington (state) Lucky Eagle Casino, Rochester, Washington
Win 39-12 United States Caseny Truesdale TKO 4 (6),
1:32
20/11/1996 North Carolina The Ritz, Raleigh, North Carolina
Win 38-12 United States Frankie Hines TKO 1 (?),
?
14/11/1996 Virginia Virginia Beach, Virginia
Win 37-12 United States Dan Kosmicki UD 8 06/09/1996 Iowa Casino Omaha, Onawa, Iowa
Win 36-12 United States Craig Payne MD 8 27/07/1996 Washington (state) Lucky Eagle Casino, Rochester, Washington
Win 35-12 United States Brian Yates UD 8 03/06/1996 Missouri Marriott Allis Plaza Hotel, Kansas City, Missouri
Win 34-12 United States James Baker TKO 1 (8),
1:00
02/02/1996 Iowa Marriott Hotel, Des Moines, Iowa
Loss 33-12 United States Rocky Gannon MD 8 18/08/1995 Nevada Aladdin Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Loss 33-11 Greece Tosca Petridis UD 10 14/05/1995 Australia The Glasshouse, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Loss 33-10 Germany Henry Maske RTD 9 (12),
3:00
08/10/1994 Germany Gerry Weber Stadium, Halle, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany For IBF light-heavyweight title.
Win 33-9 United States Gary Butler UD 8 22/07/1994 Oklahoma Brady Theater, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Win 32-9 United States Rick Enis TKO 4 (?),
?
24/05/1994 Oklahoma Brady Theater, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Loss 31-9 United States Adolpho Washington TKO 6 (10),
0:33
20/10/1993 Mississippi Casino Magic, Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi
Win 31-8 United States Dino Stewart TKO 9 (?),
?
30/08/1993 Missouri Kemper Arena, Kansas City, Missouri
Loss 30-8 United States James Toney RTD 9 (12),
3:00
13/02/1993 Nevada Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada Lost IBF super-middleweight title.
Win 30-7 United States Robert Folley KO 4 (10),
2:48
05/12/1992 New Jersey Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 29-7 United States Thomas Hearns SD 12 20/03/1992 Nevada Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada Won WBA light-heavyweight title.
Win 28-7 United States Darrin Van Horn TKO 2 (12),
1:33
10/01/1992 New York Paramount Theatre, New York, New York Won IBF super-middleweight title.
Win 27-7 Mexico Jesus Castaneda TD 8 03/10/1991 Montana Four Seasons Arena, Great Falls, Montana
Win 26-7 Mexico Juan Hernandez UD 10 16/08/1991 Nevada Hacienda Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada
Loss 25-7 United Kingdom Nigel Benn TKO 1 (12),
2:57
18/08/1990 Nevada Bally's Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada For WBO middleweight title.
Loss 25-6 United States Michael Nunn MD 12 14/08/1989 Nevada Lawlor Events Center, Reno, Nevada For Lineal/IBF middleweight titles.
Loss 25-5 Panama Roberto Duran SD 12 24/02/1989 New Jersey Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey Lost WBC middleweight title.
The Ring 1989 Fight of the Year.
Win 25-4 United States Thomas Hearns TKO 3 (12),
2:39
06/06/1988 Nevada Las Vegas Hilton, Hilton Center, Las Vegas, Nevada Won WBC middleweight title.
The Ring 1988 Upset of the Year.
Win 24-4 Canada Michael Olajide TKO 5 (10),
1:21
06/03/1988 New York Felt Forum, New York, New York
Win 23-4 United States Sanderline Williams SD 10 29/01/1988 New Jersey Harrah's Marina Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Loss 22-4 Italy Sumbu Kalambay UD 15 23/10/1987 Italy Palazzo Dello Sport, Livorno, Toscana, Italy For vacant WBA middleweight title.
Win 22-3 Dominican Republic Jorge Amparo UD 10 03/04/1987 Nevada Caesars Palace, Outdoor Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 21-3 United States Stacy McSwain UD 10 20/02/1987 New Jersey Sands Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 20-3 United States James Kinchen SD 10 17/10/1986 Michigan Cobo Arena, Detroit, Michigan
Win 19-3 Venezuela Basante Blanco TKO 4 (10),
-
24/07/1986 New York Felt Forum, New York, New York
Win 18-3 United States Tony Harrison KO 3 (12),
?
19/06/1986 New York Felt Forum, New York, New York Retained WBC Continental Americas middleweight title.
Win 17-3 United States Mike Tinley SD 12 06/12/1985 New York Felt Forum, New York, New York Won WBC Continental Americas middleweight title.
Win 16-3 United States Wilford Scypion KO 8 (10),
2:59
01/11/1985 New York Felt Forum, New York, New York
Win 15-3 United States Norberto Sabater KO 2 (10),
1:21
29/08/1985 New York Felt Forum, New York, New York
Win 14-3 United States Bill Lee TKO 3 (10),
?
08/08/1985 New York Felt Forum, New York, New York
Win 13-3 Puerto Rico Carlos Betancourt KO 1 (10),
1:48
11/07/1985 New York Felt Forum, New York, New York
Win 12-3 United States Randy Smith UD 10 24/05/1985 New York Felt Forum, New York, New York
Win 11-3 United States Norberto Sabater TKO 2 (8),
2:25
26/04/1985 New York Felt Forum, New York, New York
Win 10-3 United States Osley Silas TKO 6 (8),
2:25
21/02/1985 New Jersey Resorts International, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Loss 9-3 United States Eddie Hall SD 8 01/11/1984 New Jersey Resorts International, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 9-2 United States John Ford TKO 5 (8),
?
23/08/1984 New Jersey Resorts International, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 8-2 Puerto Rico Esteban Pizzarro UD 10 05/07/1984 New Jersey Resorts International, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Loss 7-2 United States Robbie Sims KO 6 (10),
2:21
06/01/1984 New Jersey Resorts International, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 7-1 United States Marciano Bernardi TKO 1 (?),
?
15/12/1983 New Jersey Resorts International, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 6-1 United States Frank Minton TKO 5 (?),
1:21
18/08/1983 New Jersey Resorts International, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 5-1 United States Jose Torres UD 6 18/06/1983 New Jersey Resorts International, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Loss 4-1 United States Osley Silas PTS 6 31/03/1983 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 4-0 United States Donnie Franklin UD 4 18/02/1983 New Jersey Resorts International, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 3-0 United States Donnie Williams TKO 1 (4),
?
29/01/1983 New Jersey Ballys Park Place Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 2-0 United States Bruce Starling KO 2 (4),
?
06/01/1983 New Jersey Sands Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 1-0 United States Larry Jordan KO 2 (4),
?
09/12/1982 New Jersey Sands Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey Professional debut.

Professional titles[edit]

Achievements
Preceded by
Thomas Hearns
WBC Middleweight Champion
6 Jun 1988 – 24 Feb 1989
Succeeded by
Roberto Durán
Preceded by
Darrin Van Horn
IBF Super Middleweight Champion
10 Jan 1992– 13 Feb 1993
Succeeded by
James Toney
Preceded by
Thomas Hearns
WBA Light Heavyweight Champion
20 Mar 1992 – 1992
Vacated
Succeeded by
Virgil Hill
Titles in pretence
Vacant
Title last held by
Herbie Hide
World Heavyweight Champion
WBB recognition

8 June 1997 – 1997
Vacated
Succeeded by
Mika Kihlstrom
Awards
Preceded by
Sugar Ray Leonard W12
Marvelous Marvin Hagler
The Ring Magazine Upset of the Year
W10 Roberto Duran

1989
Succeeded by
Rene Jacquot W12 Donald Curry
Preceded by
Vinny Paz
The Ring Magazine Comeback of the Year
1992
Succeeded by
Zack Padilla

Amateur titles[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]