Kennedy McKinney

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Kennedy McKinney
Medal record
Men's boxing
Competitor for the  United States
Olympic Games
Gold Seoul 1988 Bantamweight

Kennedy McKinney (born January 10, 1966 in Hernando, Mississippi) is a former American professional boxer, who won the bantamweight gold medal at the 1988 Summer Olympics. As a professional, he won the IBF and WBO super bantamweight titles.

Amateur career[edit]

  • 1985 2nd place at United States Amateur Championships as a Flyweight, was stopped by Arthur Johnson
  • 1986 2nd place at United States Amateur Championships as a Flyweight, losing by decision to Arthur Johnson
  • 1987 3rd place at United States Amateur Championships as a Bantamweight, losing by decision to Michael Collins
  • 1988 2nd place at United States Amateur Championships as a Bantamweight, losing by decision to Jemal Hinton
  • 1988 qualified as a Bantamweight for the United States Olympic Team, avenging previous defeats versus Michael Collins, whom he beat three times and Jemal Hinton, all by decision.
  • Won the Bantamweight Olympic Gold Medal at the Seoul Olympic Games. Results were:

Professional career[edit]

Known as "King", McKinney was a cautious yet exciting junior featherweight (super bantamweight) fighter who captured the IBF title by beating Welcome Ncita in 1992 in a spectacular bout that saw him on the deck before knocking the African cold with a perfect right hand.

After five defenses, among others a KO over Rudy Zavala and a points win over Ncita, he lost his belt to future star Vuyani Bungu, a fight which was deemed 1994 Upset of the Year by Ring Magazine.

Two years later he challenged undefeated Marco Antonio Barrera for the WBO super bantamweight title, a vicious battle in which he dropped Barrera in the 11th, but lost via TKO in the 12th. McKinney later took a rematch against Bungu, but lost a narrow split decision. Later that year, he did battle with Junior Jones who had upset Barrera in an exciting war, one which McKinney won via TKO.

McKinney then moved up a weight class to challenge Luisito Espinosa for the WBC featherweight title in 1998. Espinosa made quick work of McKinney, winning via a 2nd round TKO.

After the loss to Espinosa, McKinney quickly lost steam. He would fight only five more times against scattered and limited opposition, three of which took place during a brief comeback run in 2002-03.

Life After Boxing[edit]

Kennedy now resides in Olive Branch,Ms, where he is simply known as "Coach McKinney". He is the Head Boxing Coach at the Prize Fight Gym in Southaven, Ms.

Preceded by
Welcome Ncita
IBF Super Bantamweight Champion
2 December 1992 – 20 August 1994
Succeeded by
Vuyani Bungu
Preceded by
Junior Jones
WBO Super Bantamweight Champion
19 December 1997 – 1998 (vacates)
Succeeded by
Marco Antonio Barrera

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