Larry Donald

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Larry Donald
Statistics
Real name Larry Ali Donald
Nickname(s) "The Legend"
Rated at Heavyweight
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Reach 81 in (206 cm)
Nationality American
Born (1967-01-06) January 6, 1967 (age 47)
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 50
Wins 42
Wins by KO 24
Losses 5
Draws 3
No contests 0

Larry Ali Donald (born January 6, 1967) is a professional heavyweight boxer, who competed for the United States at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain.

Professional career[edit]

Larry "The Legend" Donald turned pro on January 3, 1993, earning a technical knockout against Craig Brinson. In 1994 he beat fellow undefeated prospect Jeremy Williams, and Bert Cooper, but suffered his first defeat when losing widely to ex-champ Riddick Bowe, who had infamously hit Donald at the pre-fight press conference.

He resurfaced in late 1997 outpointing ex-champ Tim Witherspoon, but spent many years fighting low profile on Don King undercards, unpopular with fans and the press for his negative, ultra-defensive and extremely unentertaining style.

In July 2001 he had a high-profile world title eliminator with Kirk Johnson, 31–0–1, but lost a close decision.

In 2002 he travelled to Germany to face Vitali Klitschko. Even at the age of 35, Donald was considered one of the most durable fighters in the world, but the heavy hitting Klitschko surprisingly stopped the veteran, decking him three times in the 10th round.

Although things looked over, Donald seemingly reinvented himself in November 2004 with an upset win over the legendary, yet completely faded Evander Holyfield, winning nearly every round against the ageing ex-champ.

In 2005, Donald controversially lost a title eliminator bout to giant-sized Russian Nicolay Valuev which would have earned him the right to fight John Ruiz for the WBA belt.

On July 30, 2007, Donald returned to ring to face Alexander Povetkin, and lost a lopsided decision.

Amateur career[edit]

Donald was the American representative at Super Heavyweight at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games. His results were:

  • 1st round bye
  • Defeated Nikolay Kulpin (Unified Team/Former Soviet Union) RSC 3 (0:02)
  • Lost to Roberto Balado (Cuba) 4–10

In addition to his Olympic run, Donald had a successful amateur career, including:

Professional boxing record[edit]

42 Wins (24 knockouts, 18 decisions), 5 Losses (1 knockout, 4 decisions), 3 Draws [1]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 42–5–3 Russia Alexander Povetkin UD 10 30/06/2007 Russia Olympisky Sport Hall, Moscow, Russia
Loss 42–4–3 Russia Nikolay Valuev MD 12 01/10/2005 Germany EWE Arena, Oldenburg, Niedersachsen, Germany For WBA Inter-Continental Heavyweight title. WBA Heavyweight title eliminator.
Draw 42–3–3 United States Ray Austin MD 12 30/04/2005 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United States For WBA Inter-Continental Heavyweight title. WBA Heavyweight title eliminator.
Win 42–3–2 United States Evander Holyfield UD 12 13/11/2004 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United States Won vacant NABC Heavyweight title. NYSAC indefinitely suspended Holyfield from boxing after this fight for health reasons.
Win 41–3–2 United States Mario Cawley TKO 3 (10) 07/08/2004 United States Pontchartrain Center, Kenner, Louisiana, United States
Win 40–3–2 United States Sedreck Fields UD 10 15/05/2004 United States Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 39–3–2 Ukraine Vitali Klitschko TKO 10 (12) 23/11/2002 Germany Arena Westfalenhalle, Dortmund, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany For WBA Inter-Continental Heavyweight title. WBA Heavyweight title eliminator. 3 knockdown rule ends the fight.
Win 39–2–2 United States James Stanton UD 10 01/06/2002 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Stanton was deducted a point by the referee twice for low blows.
Loss 38–2–2 Canada Kirk Johnson UD 10 07/07/2001 United States KeySpan Park, Brooklyn, New York, United States WBA Heavyweight title eliminator.
Draw 38–1–2 United States Obed Sullivan MD 12 28/11/2000 United States Orleans Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Retained WBO NABO Heavyweight title.
Win 38–1–1 United States Phil Jackson KO 5 (10) 25/05/2000 United States Grand Casino, Tunica, Mississippi, United States
Win 37–1–1 United States Mark Bradley TKO 2 (12) 29/02/2000 United States Plaza Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Won vacant WBO NABO Heavyweight title.
Win 36–1–1 United States Jeff Lally TKO 2 (10) 11/12/1999 United States Grand Casino, Tunica, Mississippi, United States
Win 35–1–1 United States Marion Wilson TD 5 (10) 12/06/1999 United States Shriner's Auditorium, Wilmington, Massachusetts, United States
Win 34–1–1 United States Artis Pendergrass UD 10 06/03/1999 United States UM Sports Pavilion, Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Win 33–1–1 Mexico Mike Sedillo UD 10 18/12/1998 United States Memorial Auditorium, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
Win 32–1–1 United States Ross Puritty UD 10 21/04/1998 United States Players Island Casino, Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States
Win 31–1–1 United States Levi Billups UD 10 05/02/1998 United States Coeur d'Alene Casino, Worley, Idaho, United States
Win 30–1–1 United States Tim Witherspoon UD 10 13/12/1997 United States Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States Retained WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight title.
Win 29–1–1 Jamaica Ricardo Kennedy TKO 5 (10) 06/11/1997 United States Grand Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, United States
Win 28–1–1 United States Tyrell Biggs KO 2 (10) 11/09/1997 United States Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States
Win 27–1–1 United States Jeff Lally KO 3 (10) 30/08/1997 Argentina El Polideportivo, Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 26–1–1 Cuba Jose Ribalta TKO 6 (10) 15/07/1997 United States Riverside Convention Center, Rochester, New York, United States
Win 25–1–1 United States Anthony Willis TKO 9 (10) 05/06/1997 United States Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 24–1–1 Syria Ahmed Abdin UD 12 08/04/1997 United States Grand Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, United States Won WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight title.
Win 23–1–1 United States Cleveland Woods PTS 8 24/01/1997 Denmark Brondby hallen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Win 22–1–1 United States James Gaines UD 10 17/12/1996 United States National Guard Armory, Pikesville, Maryland, United States
Win 21–1–1 United States Richard Mason UD 10 08/11/1996 United States Arizona Charlie's, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 20–1–1 United States Derrick Roddy TKO 2 (10) 08/08/1996 United States Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States
Win 19–1–1 Spain Jorge Valdes TKO 6 (12) 02/06/1996 United States Mystic Lake Casino, Shakopee, Minnesota, United States Won vacant WBO NABO Heavyweight title. Inaugural Title
Win 18–1–1 United States Will Hinton SD 10 03/05/1996 United States Mark of the Quad Cities, Moline, Illinois, United States
Win 17–1–1 United States Brian Sargent TKO 2 (?) 16/09/1995 United States Mirage Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Draw 16–1–1 United States David Dixon TD 4 (10) 28/03/1995 United States Casino Magic, Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi, United States Bout stopped after four completed rounds due to Donald being cut by an accidental headbutt.
Loss 16–1 United States Riddick Bowe UD 12 03/12/1994 United States Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Lost WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight title.
Win 16–0 United States Dan Murphy UD 10 05/07/1994 United States District of Columbia, United States
Win 15–0 Argentina Juan Antonio Diaz KO 6 (12) 04/06/1994 United States Reno Hilton, Reno, Nevada, United States Won WBA Fedelatin Heavyweight title.
Win 14–0 United States Bert Cooper TKO 7 (12) 14/04/1994 United States Casino Magic, Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi, United States Retained WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight title.
Win 13–0 United States Jeremy Williams MD 12 12/03/1994 United States MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Won WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight title.
Win 12–0 United States Michael Dixon TKO 6 (10) 13/02/1994 United States Bally's Park Place Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 11–0 United States Dwayne Hall TKO 3 (?) 16/12/1993 United States Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States
Win 10–0 United States Eugene Adams TKO 2 (?) 19/11/1993 United States Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 9–0 United States Kimmuel Odum TKO 1 (?) 30/10/1993 United States America West Arena, Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Win 8–0 United States Mike Gans KO 3 (8) 27/08/1993 United States Beverly Wilshire Hotel, Beverly Hills, California, United States
Win 7–0 United States Al Shoffner KO 5 (?) 17/07/1993 United States Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 6–0 Romania Daniel Dăncuţă MD 6 06/06/1993 United States The Aladdin, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 5–0 United States Will Hinton TKO 4 (6) 08/05/1993 United States Caesars Tahoe, Stateline, Nevada, United States
Win 4–0 United States Matthew Brooks UD 6 14/03/1993 United States The Aladdin, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 3–0 United States Louis Edward Jackson KO 4 (6) 06/02/1993 United States Sports Arena, San Diego, California, United States
Win 2–0 United States Bruce Johnson TKO 2 (?) 17/01/1993 United States Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 1–0 United States Craig Brinson TKO 2 (6) 03/01/1993 United States Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood, California, United States

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Preceded by
Edward Escobedo
United States Amateur Super Heavyweight Champion
1991
Succeeded by
Samson Po'uha