James Kirkland (boxer)
|Real name||James Derick Kirkland|
|Rated at||Light Middleweight|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
March 19, 1984 |
Austin, Texas, United States
|Wins by KO||28|
Kirkland fights at light middleweight, and is the WBO NABO light middleweight title holder. Kirkland was once one of the most prominent rising junior middleweights in the world before an 18-month prison stint knocked his career off track. He is trained by former four-division women's boxing champion Ann Wolfe.
Kirkland has an amateur record of 134–12. and won the Silver Gloves championship four years in a row and lost on a controversial decision to James Patterson in the finals of the National Golden Gloves.
Kirkland turned professional in August 2001 in San Antonio, Texas. In his debut Kirkland defeated fellow debutant Maurice Chalmers with a third round knockout. Kirkland has been trained by former women's champion Ann Wolfe since 2001. On November 22, 2008, Kirkland (24–0, 21 KOs) won an 8th round technical knockout versus Brian Vera (16–2, 10 KOs). Kirkland dropped Vera twice in Round 2. On March 7, 2009, Kirkland defeated Joel Julio on HBO's Boxing After Dark at the HP Pavilion in San Jose by TKO after Round 6.
Return to Boxing
On March 5, 2011, Kirkland returned to the ring after an almost 2 year layoff to defeat Ahsandi Gibbs via first round KO. On April 9, 2011, Kirkland faced Nobuhiro Ishida of Japan, in what was supposed to be a stay-busy fight for Kirkland. However, in a stunning upset, the previously undefeated Kirkland was stopped in the first round by the Japanese fighter, who isn't known for being a big puncher having only 7 KO's in 29 fights, getting knocked down 3 times. After the loss, Kirkland split with trainer Kenny Adams and reunited with Ann Wolfe. Kirkland and Wolfe had broken up after Kirkland went to prison.
Kirkland came back from his shocking first-round knockout loss to score three knockdowns over Alexis Hloros en route to a second-round knockout. He entered the fight his usual aggression, looking to mix it up immediately and scored two knockdowns in the opening round. First, Hloros went down during a flurry and then he took a knee during another stream of punches.
In addition to his aforementioned victories over Angulo, Kirkland's other notable wins have been against Brian Vera (TKO8), who just lost a controversial decision to Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr., Joel Julio (TKO6) and Eromosele Albert (TKO1). 
On December 7th, 2013, Kirkland continued his winning ways with a sixth-round TKO of 23-year-old prospect Glen Tapia at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. In the article, Kirkland was described as 'potentially, the most dominant offensive force in boxing since a prime Mike Tyson'.
Outside the ring
Kirkland is on probation for a 2003 armed robbery that cost him 2½ years of his career.
On Sunday, April 19, 2009, Kirkland was stopped in Austin traffic and arrested for possession of a firearm by a felon, with a possibility of prison time if he is convicted. He is currently on probation for an armed robbery conviction in 2003, for which he spent 30 months in prison. On Wednesday, September 23, 2009, Kirkland was sentenced to 24 months in prison after pleading guilty to the firearm charge. Kirkland was released from prison in September 2010 and spent several more months in a halfway house in Austin, Texas.
In June 2013, Kirkland was again arrested - this time for assault - and jailed in Texas. Ring observers believe that these legal troubles will negatively impact Kirkland's career.
Professional boxing record
|32 Wins (28 Knockouts), 1 Loss, 0 Draws|
|Win||32-1||Glen Tapia||TKO||6 (10)||2013-12-07||Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey||First fight out of jail.|
|Win||31-1||Carlos Molina||DQ||10 (12)||2012-03-24||Reliant Arena, Houston, Texas|
|Win||30-1||Alfredo Angulo||TKO||6 (12)||2011-11-05||Centro de Cancún, Cancún, Quintana Roo||WBC Light Middleweight Title Eliminator.|
|Win||29-1||Alexis Hloros||TKO||2 (10)||2011-07-23||Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Nevada|
|Win||28-1||Dennis Sharpe||KO||1 (8)||2011-06-24||Dr Pepper Arena, Frisco, Texas|
|Loss||27-1||Nobuhiro Ishida||TKO||1 (8)||2011-04-09||MGM Grand Las Vegas, Nevada||James Kirkland was down three times. After the third knockdown, referee Joe Cortez waved an end to the bout.|
|Win||27-0||Jhon Berrio||KO||2 (8)||2011-03-18||Orange County Fairgrounds, Costa Mesa, California|
|Win||26-0||Ahsandi Gibbs||KO||1 (8)||2011-03-05||Honda Center, Anaheim, California|
|Win||25-0||Joel Julio||RTD||6 (10)||2009-03-07||HP Pavilion, San Jose, California|
|Win||24-0||Brian Vera||TKO||8 (10)||2008-11-22||MGM Grand Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Win||23-0||Ricardo Cortes||TKO||2 (10)||2008-09-05||Music Hall Austin, Texas|
|Win||22-0||Eromosele Albert||TKO||1 (10)||2008-05-17||Buffalo Bill's Star Arena, Primm, Nevada||Won vacant WBO NABO Light Middleweight Title.|
|Win||21-0||Allen Conyers||TKO||1 (10)||2007-11-30||Chumash Casino, Santa Ynez, California|
|Win||20-0||Mohammad Said||KO||2 (10)||2007-09-01||Emerald Queen Casino, Tacoma, Washington,|
|Win||19-0||Ossie Duran||UD||10||2007-06-01||Chumash Casino, Santa Ynez, California|
|Win||18-0||Billy Lyell||TKO||8 (10)||2007-02-02||Chumash Casino, Santa Ynez, California|
|Win||17-0||David Toribio||KO||4 (8)||2006-12-01||Chumash Casino, Santa Ynez, California|
|Win||16-0||Sherwin Davis||RTD||2 (8)||2006-10-06||Chumash Casino, Santa Ynez, California|
|Win||15-0||Alexis Division||RTD||3 (8)||2006-07-28||PFTC Sports Center, Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Win||14-0||Ray Cuningham||TKO||1 (6)||2006-06-03||Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Win||13-0||David Estrada||TKO||3 (6)||2006-05-05||Lucky Star Casino, Concho, Oklahoma|
|Win||12-0||Manny Castillo||TKO||3 (6)||2006-04-21||Omar Shrine Temple, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina|
|Win||11-0||Russell Jordan||TKO||1 (8)||2003-11-06||Hilton Hotel, Washington, District of Columbia|
|Win||10-0||Martinus Clay||KO||1 (4)||2003-08-22||Silverstar Casino, Choctaw, Mississippi|
|Win||9-0||Sergio Soto||KO||3 (4)||2003-05-23||Lucky Star Casino, Concho, Oklahoma|
|Win||8-0||Rodney Tappin||UD||4||2003-03-15||Club Life, Dallas, Texas|
|Win||7-0||Juan Carlos Aranday||TKO||3 (6)||2003-01-31||Randy's Ballroom, San Antonio, Texas|
|Win||6-0||Edgar Pedraza||UD||4||2002-10-11||Freeman Coliseum, San Antonio, Texas|
|Win||5-0||Rashaan Abdul Blackburn||TKO||3 (4)||2002-09-12||Nation Nightclub, Washington, District of Columbia|
|Win||4-0||Jose Luis Rodrigues||TKO||1 (4)||2002-07-13||The Aladdin, Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Win||3-0||Maurice Chalmers||TKO||3 (4)||2001-12-09||Crocket Center, Austin, Texas, United States|
|Win||2-0||Juan Jaime Rodriguez||KO||1 (4)||2001-10-26||Erwin Center, Austin, Texas|
|Win||1-0||Maurice Chalmers||TKO||3 (4)||2001-08-25||Sunset Station, San Antonio, Texas||Kirkland's professional debut.|
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