James Pritchard (boxer)

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James Pritchard, (born April 27, 1961 in Louisville, Kentucky), was a heavyweight professional boxer who won the USBA heavyweight title and challenged for the IBF world title.

Amateur[edit]

Pritchard had a stellar amateur career, becoming the 1985 National Golden Gloves Super Heavyweight Champion.

Professional career[edit]

Pritchard turned pro in 1985 and went undefeated in 17 bouts, including a draw with Mike 'The Bounty' Hunter, before facing ex-world heavyweight champion Mike Weaver in a crossroads fight. Pritchard was stopped by the big punching Weaver on his feet in six, but returned to win three fights in a row before meeting another former world champion, this time Michael Dokes. Pritchard was stopped in seven, but gained a reputation for toughness as Dokes, like Weaver, could not drop Pritchard.

Pritchard travelled to apartheid South Africa for several fights, boxing to a controversial draw with Johnny DuPlooy when he had apparently got the better of DuPlooy. He was stopped in 10 in a rematch, then stopped in eight by DuPlooy's rival Pierre Coetzer. Pritchard returned to the States where he was a chief sparring partner of Frank Bruno prior to his Tyson fight. He also put together a string of wins including a kayo of novice Lionel Butler. A trip to England to face world ranked Gary Mason resulted in a 9th rd stoppage loss, although yet again Pritchard gained respect for his durability - no one could knock him down.

World title fight[edit]

Having been relegated to opponent status in the heavyweights, the 26-5-2 Pritchard moved down to the Cruiserweight division. He beat two-time world title challenger Siza Makathini in his debut winning an IBF Intercontinental title, but in his 1991 fight with James Warring for the vacant IBF world cruiserweight title he was shockingly dropped for the first time in his career and stopped in 36 seconds, a record for a world title fight.

Journeyman[edit]

Pritchard returned to the heavyweights after his cruiserweight title disaster, but was relegated to journeyman status. He knocked out undefeated West Turner to win the USBA heavyweight title, but lost to the likes of Tim Witherspoon, Orlin Norris, Michael Moorer and Herbie Hide.

By the mid to late 90's he was an aged heavyweight and not much more than cannon fodder for Corrie Sanders, Brian Nielsen and Wladimir Klitschko. He retired in 1997 with a respectable record of 30-18-2 (25 KO's).

Professional boxing record[edit]

30 Wins (25 knockouts, 5 decisions), 18 Losses (12 knockouts, 6 decisions), 2 Draws [1]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 19-1-2 United States Darroll "Doin' Damage" Wilson TKO 2 29/11/1997 New Jersey Vineland, New Jersey, United States
Loss 11-0 Ukraine Wladimir "Dr. Steel Hammer" Klitschko TKO 3 20/09/1997 Germany Aachen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Loss 18-1 United States "Dangerous" Damon Reed UD 10 11/08/1997 Missouri Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Loss 34-0 Denmark "Super" Brian Neilsen KO 3 13/06/1997 Denmark Slagelse, Denmark
Win 12-0 United States Greg Suttington TKO 4 13/05/1996 Missouri Kansas City, Missouri, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:14 of the fourth round.
Loss 26-1 South Africa Corrie "The Sniper" Sanders TKO 1 05/08/1995 New Mexico Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Loss 3-18-1 United States Brian Morgan SD 8 20/03/1995 Kentucky Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Win 0-1 United States Ralph Jackson TKO 3 13/02/1995 Kentucky Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Loss 11-0 Croatia Zeljko "Zed" Mavrovic UD 10 18/06/1994 Illinois Chicago, Illinois, United States
Loss 24-0 United States Kenny "The Emmett Eliminator" Keene PTS 10 05/12/1993 Idaho Caldwell, Idaho, United States
Loss 32-0 United States Michael "Double M" Moorer TKO 3 22/06/1993 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss 18-0 United Kingdom Herbie "Dancing Destroyer" Hide TKO 2 12/12/1992 United Kingdom Muswell Hill, London, England, United Kingdom
Win 14-0 United States West Turner TKO 3 10/07/1992 Pennsylvania Ringgold Township, Pennsylvania, United States USBA Heavyweight Title.
Loss 36-3 United States "Terrible" Tim Witherspoon UD 10 23/03/1992 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States 90-100, 90-100, 90-100.
Loss 30-3 United States Orlin "The Juice" Norris PTS 8 13/12/1991 France Bercy, France
Loss 11-1 United States James Warring KO 1 07/09/1991 Italy Salemi, Sicilia, Italy IBF World Cruiserweight Title. Pritchard knocked out at 0:36 of the first round.
Win 16-4 South Africa Siza Makathini DQ 6 06/04/1991 United Kingdom Darlington, County Durham, United Kingdom IBF Intercontinental Cruiserweight Title. Makathini disqualified for low blows.
Loss 34-0 United Kingdom Gary Mason TKO 9 12/12/1990 United Kingdom Kensington, London, United Kingdom Referee stopped the bout at 2:09 of the ninth round.
Win 21-19-1 United States Rick Enis TKO 8 28/07/1990 Florida Saint Petersburg, Florida, United States
Win 18-19 United States Lorenzo Boyd KO 4 01/06/1990 Mississippi Biloxi, Mississippi, United States
Win 21-10 Mexico Ladislao "Ruso" Mijangos TKO 6 08/05/1990 Kentucky Lexington, Kentucky, United States
Win 0-2 United States Lee Moore TKO 2 02/03/1990 Mississippi Jackson, Mississippi, United States
Win 1-3 United States Lionel "The Train" Butler TKO 6 09/12/1989 Mississippi Biloxi, Mississippi, United States
Win 0-2 United States Rodney Bolden KO 1 26/08/1989 Kentucky Murray, Kentucky, United States
Win 3-28 United States Larry Givens TKO 2 25/05/1989 Kentucky Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Win 0-3 United States Mike Russell KO 5 25/04/1989 Kentucky Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Loss 26-2 South Africa Pierre Coetzer TKO 8 18/03/1989 South Africa Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Loss 19-2-1 South Africa Johnny DuPlooy TKO 10 22/10/1988 South Africa Sun City, North West, South Africa
Draw 19-1 South Africa Johnny DuPlooy PTS 10 02/07/1988 South Africa Sun City, North West, South Africa
Loss 32-1-2 United States Michael "Dynamite" Dokes TKO 7 28/04/1988 New York New York City, United States WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight Title.
Win 25-15 United States Steve Zouski TKO 4 25/03/1988 Illinois Melrose Park, Illinois, United States Referee stopped the bout at 1:28 of the fourth round.
Win 23-12 United States Mike Cohen KO 3 21/02/1988 Kentucky Frankfort, Kentucky, United States Cohen knocked out at 2:28 of the third round.
Win 3-5-1 United States Bruce Johnson KO 5 05/01/1988 Kentucky Lexington, Kentucky, United States Johnson knocked out at 2:09 of the fifth round.
Loss 29-13-1 United States Mike "Hercules" Weaver TKO 6 24/08/1987 Kentucky Louisville, Kentucky, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:30 of the sixth round.
Win 9-21-1 United States Frankie Hines KO 2 28/07/1987 Kentucky Lexington, Kentucky, United States Hines knocked out at 2:08 of the second round.
Win 1-1 United States Kevin Casimier TKO 7 20/04/1987 Kentucky Lexington, Kentucky, United States
Win 7-2 United States Darryl Peppers TKO 2 17/03/1987 Kentucky Lexington, Kentucky, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:20 of the second round.
Win 8-6 United States Larry Phelps TKO 2 24/02/1987 Kentucky Lexington, Kentucky, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:09 of the second round.
Win 6-0-1 United States Mike "The Bounty" Hunter PTS 6 20/02/1987 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 26-10-1 United States Bobby Crabtree TKO 2 25/11/1986 Kentucky Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Win 2-1 United States Warren "Chico" Thompson PTS 6 31/10/1986 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 11-6 United States Michael "Jack" Johnson KO 1 03/10/1986 Kentucky Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Win 6-9-3 United States Robert Evans PTS 6 28/08/1986 New York New York City, United States
Win 12-12-1 United States Melvin Epps UD 6 29/07/1986 Kentucky Lexington, Kentucky, United States
Win 0-1 Louis Brooks TKO 1 10/07/1986 Texas Houston, Texas, United States
Win 2-20 United States Tim Miller KO 2 24/06/1986 Kentucky Lexington, Kentucky, United States
Win -- United States John "Big Red" Morton TKO 1 25/04/1986 Kentucky Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Win 4-2 United States Allen Hudson KO 4 22/03/1986 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Hudson knocked out at 1:03 of the fourth round.
Win -- United States Jack Jackson UD 4 17/01/1986 Georgia (U.S. state) Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Win 1-2 United States Vince Parker KO 2 21/09/1985 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

Criminal record[edit]

Pritchard has been imprisoned on two separate occasions in the Kentucky state prison system, both times for robbery. He was sentenced to 10 years in 1982, paroled the following year, and released from parole in 1991. He was sentenced to 20 years in 2003 and released on parole in 2009. As of January 5, 2012 he was back in jail for parole violations following a guilty plea to a theft case to which a relative, Glenn Pritchard, was a co-defendant.

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