Murray Sutherland

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Murray Sutherland (born 10 April 1953 in Edinburgh) is a former Scottish boxer who fought in middleweight division.

Murray Sutherland turned professional in 1977 and in 1981 challenged WBC Light Heavyweight Title holder Matthew Saad Muhammad, but lost by KO in the 9th round. Matthew Saad Muhammad was later quoted as saying that Sutherland was the toughest fight of his career. The following year he took on WBA Light Heavyweight Title holder Michael Spinks but lost via TKO in the seventh round. In 1984 he captured the Vacant IBF Super Middleweight Title with a decision win over Ernie Singletary. His win was notable because he was the first IBF titleholder to actually win an IBF belt with victory from an actual fight. He lost the belt in his first defense to Chong-Pal Park. He retired in 1986 after being KO'd by Lindell Holmes.

In 1983, Murray Sutherland fought ten rounds with Thomas Hearns in a Middleweight fight, losing a unanimous decision.

Sutherland was also ranked 1st in the world in the Professional Karate Association before he started his boxing career.

He ran a successful gym in Bay City, Michigan for several years and currently lives in Midland, Michigan and works for a restoration firm with a good friend and teaches self-defense classes at local gyms.

New title IBF Super Middleweight Champion
28 March 1984 – 22 July 1984
Succeeded by
Chong-Pal Park

Professional boxing record[edit]

48 Wins (40 knockouts, 8 decisions), 14 Losses (7 knockouts, 7 decisions), 1 Draw [1]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 27-4 United States Lindell Holmes TKO 3 25/02/1986 Michigan Sterling Heights, Michigan, United States IBF USBA Super Middleweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 2:40 of the third round.
Win 7-8 United States Mike Hyman KO 2 15/11/1985 North Carolina Greensboro, North Carolina, United States
Loss 27-1 United States Bobby "Matinee Idol" Czyz UD 10 26/07/1985 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States 1-9, 1-9, 2-7.
Win 8-15 United States Lloyd Richardson KO 3 31/05/1985 West Virginia Wheeling, West Virginia, United States
Win 14-1 United States Robert Pew TKO 2 01/03/1985 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States IBF USBA Super Middleweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 2:28 of the second round.
Win 6-5 United States Lenny Edwards TKO 3 09/02/1985 Michigan Port Huron, Michigan, United States
Win 28-5 United States Wilford Scypion TKO 12 08/12/1984 Arizona Phoenix, Arizona, United States IBF USBA Super Middleweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 0:30 of the 12th round.
Win 10-3 United States Joe Byrd, Jr. TKO 3 24/10/1984 Michigan Saginaw, Michigan, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:38 of the third round.
Loss 33-3-1 South Korea Chong-Pal Park KO 11 22/07/1984 South Korea Seoul, South Korea IBF World Super Middleweight Title.
Win 26-5 United States Ernie Singletary UD 15 28/03/1984 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States IBF World Super Middleweight Title.
Win 0-1-1 United States Joe Brewer KO 2 24/02/1984 Kansas Wichita, Kansas, United States
Loss 30-0-1 United States James "The Heat" Kinchen UD 10 19/11/1983 Missouri Saint Joseph, Missouri, United States
Win 18-1-1 United States Alex "Bronx Bomber" Ramos UD 10 13/09/1983 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss 36-1 United States Thomas "Hitman" Hearns UD 10 10/07/1983 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States 1-9, 0-10, 2-7.
Win 20-1 France Jean-Marie Emebe TKO 9 27/05/1983 Rhode Island Providence, Rhode Island, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:16 of the ninth round.
Win 20-31-1 United States Johnny Heard KO 5 05/03/1983 Michigan Bay City, Michigan, United States
Draw 15-2 United States Robbie Sims PTS 10 04/02/1983 Massachusetts Worcester, Massachusetts, United States 96-95, 94-96, 95-95.
Loss 12-0 United States JB Williamson MD 10 10/12/1982 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 21-10-1 United States Mario Maldonado SD 10 23/11/1982 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 7-17-1 United States "Boxing" Fred Reed KO 1 21/10/1982 Michigan Saginaw, Michigan, United States
Win 79-12-1 Australia Tony Mundine UD 10 06/09/1982 Australia Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 99-90, 99-94, 100-93.
Win 2-7 United States Ron "Engineer" Ayers KO 2 12/08/1982 Michigan Bay City, Michigan, United States
Win 13-4-1 Mexico Gonzalo Montes TKO 7 24/07/1982 Texas Houston, Texas, United States
Loss 22-2-1 United States Eddie Davis TKO 6 11/06/1982 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States IBF USBA Light Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 2:50 of the sixth round.
Loss 19-0 United States Michael "Jinx" Spinks TKO 8 11/04/1982 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States WBA World Light Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 1:24 of the eighth round.
Win 10-5 United States Chris "Deep" Wells KO 1 13/02/1982 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 11-3 United States Henry Sims TKO 9 15/12/1981 Illinois Chicago, Illinois, United States Referee stopped the bout at 1:49 of the ninth round.
Win 9-15 United States Darnell Hayes KO 1 09/09/1981 Michigan Lansing, Michigan, United States Hayes knocked out at 2:30 of the first round.
Win 14-12-1 United States "King" James Williams UD 12 29/07/1981 Michigan Saginaw, Michigan, United States IBF USBA Light Heavyweight Title.
Loss 29-3-2 United States Matthew Saad Muhammad KO 9 25/04/1981 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States WBC World Light Heavyweight Title. Murray knocked out at 1:16 of the ninth round.
Win 15-13-2 United States Fred "Flintstone" Brown KO 6 27/02/1981 Michigan Lansing, Michigan, United States
Win 2-1 United States Rocky Mack KO 3 13/02/1981 Iowa Iowa City, United States
Win 1-8 United States John Beverage KO 1 05/12/1980 Ohio Columbus, Ohio, United States
Win 18-0 United States Pablo Paul Ramos PTS 12 25/10/1980 Michigan Pontiac, Michigan, United States IBF USBA Light Heavyweight Title.
Win 0-4 United States Phil Wade KO 3 04/10/1980 Iowa Des Moines, Iowa, United States
Win 0-2 United States Joey Butcher KO 1 13/09/1980 Wisconsin Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Win 1-3 United States John "The Fox" Cox KO 2 12/09/1980 Wisconsin Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Win 8-7 United States Stanley "Steamer" Scott KO 2 15/08/1980 Michigan Muskegon, Michigan, United States
Win 5-3-1 United States Benny Mitchell KO 3 11/08/1980 Michigan Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
Win 9-11 United States Johnny Townsend TKO 6 01/08/1980 Iowa Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States
Win 1-2-2 United States Greg Payne TKO 6 19/07/1980 Florida Tampa, Florida, United States
Loss 11-0 United States Michael "Jinx" Spinks UD 10 04/05/1980 New York Kiamesha Lake, New York, United States
Win 1-6 United States "Fast" Eddie Smith KO 4 13/04/1980 Indiana Huntington, Indiana, United States
Win 10-3-2 United States Don Addison TKO 4 08/03/1980 Michigan Detroit, Michigan, United States
Win 11-2-2 United States Julius Noble TKO 4 01/02/1980 Illinois Chicago, Illinois, United States Referee stopped the bout at 1:18 of the fourth round.
Win 0-7 United States Gus Turner KO 5 26/01/1980 Michigan Lansing, Michigan, United States
Win 4-17-3 United States Al "Tiger" Bell KO 2 15/01/1980 Florida Pensacola, Florida, United States
Win 1-8 United States Jose "The Cycle" Gutierrez KO 2 02/01/1980 Michigan Bay City, Michigan, United States
Win 17-13-1 United States Al Bolden PTS 10 09/12/1979 Ohio Columbus, Ohio, United States
Win 39-28-5 United States Karl Zurheide TKO 2 09/11/1979 Michigan Saginaw, Michigan, United States
Loss 35-5 United States Richie Kates PTS 10 21/07/1979 Michigan Pontiac, Michigan, United States
Win 0-2 Harold Riggins KO 2 04/03/1979 Michigan Saginaw, Michigan, United States
Win 3-0 United States Rick Jester KO 1 31/01/1979 Michigan Saginaw, Michigan, United States
Win 2-5 United States Bill Hollis KO 3 04/12/1978 Michigan Saginaw, Michigan, United States
Win 11-9-3 United States "Scary" Gary Alexander PTS 8 17/10/1978 Ohio Canton, Ohio, United States
Win 4-4 United States Zach Page KO 3 29/09/1978 Canada Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Win -- Harold Riggins KO 6 27/05/1978 Canada Brantford, Ontario, Canada
Win -- Ivy Cory KO 2 05/05/1978 Michigan Flint, Michigan, United States
Loss 7-0 United States Dwight Davison KO 4 21/04/1978 Ohio Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Win 0-3 United States Gus Turner TKO 4 05/04/1978 Ohio Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Win 1-2 United States Tony Curovic TKO 3 01/02/1978 Ohio Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Loss -- Canada Willie Featherstone TKO 3 17/01/1978 Canada Toronto, Ontario, Canada Referee stopped the bout at 0:52 of the third round.
Loss 2-0 Canada Kevin Downey UD 6 18/08/1977 Canada Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

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He formerly ran a gym in bay city.

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