Steve Little (boxer)

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Born Steve Little
(1965-06-09) June 9, 1965 (age 49)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died January 30, 2000(2000-01-30) (aged Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character "{".)
Reading, Pennsylvania
Other names Lightning
Nationality American
Height 5' 10" (1.78m)
Division Cruiserweight
Super Middleweight
Middleweight
Light Middleweight
Welterweight
Reach 72" (183cm)
Years active 1983-1998
Professional boxing record
Total 45
Wins 25
By knockout 6
Losses 17
By knockout 3
Draws 3

Steve "Lightning" Little (born June 19, 1965 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) was an American boxer who was Lineal/WBA super-middleweight champion in 1994. He fought out of Reading, Pennsylvania. Little's greatest ring victories were his decision victories over former world champions Pipino Cuevas and Michael Nunn. He died from colon cancer at the age of 34 in 2000.

Amateur career[edit]

Little won 228 of 265 amateur bouts and fought in eight amateur weight classes, ranging from 80 pounds (36 kg) to 156 pounds (71 kg).[1]

Professional career[edit]

Little turned professional in 1983 and while he won his first four bouts, he soon started compiling losses. Even with a mediocre record, he fought for the WBO light-middleweight title against John David Jackson in 1989. He lost by a technical knockout. He retired for a short time after that fight.

In 1994 he scored an upset victory over Lineal/WBA super-middleweight champion Michael Nunn by split decision in London. He lost the belt in his first defense to Frankie Liles, losing a decision. Although he later fought James Toney and Arthur Williams, he never fought for another major title.

Besides being a professional boxer, Little also sold used cars in Reading.

Little retired in 1998 and died from colon cancer in 2000, at the young age of 34. He left behind a wife and six children.[2]

Preceded by
Michael Nunn
WBA Super Middleweight Champion
26 Feb 1994 – 12 Aug 1994
Succeeded by
Frankie Liles

Professional boxing record[edit]

25 Wins (6 knockouts, 19 decisions), 17 Losses (3 knockouts, 14 decisions), 3 Draws [1]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Draw 19-4-1 United States Courtney Butler PTS 8 03/11/1998 United States Martin's West, Woodlawn, Maryland 77-73, 74-76, 75-75.
Loss 12-2 Cuba Ivan Camacho PTS 6 16/10/1998 Denmark Aalborg Hallen, Aalborg
Loss 26-4-1 United States "King" Arthur Williams UD 12 09/09/1997 United States Fernwood Resort, Bushkill, Pennsylvania IBF USBA Cruiserweight Title.
Win 6-13 United States Andre Sherrod KO 3 24/08/1997 United States Reading, Pennsylvania
Loss 54-4-2 United States James Toney UD 12 14/06/1997 United States Grand Casino Biloxi, Biloxi, Mississippi IBO World Cruiserweight Title. 110-119, 114-116, 110-119.
Win 22-11-1 Dominican Republic Joaquin Velasquez UD 12 30/08/1996 United States Reading Municipal Stadium, Reading, Pennsylvania IBC World Super Middleweight Title. 117-110, 118-109, 119-108.
Win 13-1 Colombia Camilo Alarcon UD 12 23/03/1996 United States Miami Arena, Miami, Florida WBC FECARBOX Super Middleweight Title.
Loss 24-1 United States Frankie Liles UD 12 12/08/1994 Argentina Estadio Monumental Jose Fierro, San Miguel de Tucuman WBA World Super Middleweight Title. 112-118, 114-116, 113-118.
Win 42-1 United States Michael Nunn SD 12 26/02/1994 United Kingdom Earls Court Exhibition Centre, Kensington, London WBA World Super Middleweight Title. 113-115, 116-114, 115-112.
Win 4-7 United States Anthony Williams PTS 8 04/12/1992 United States Resorts Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 4-16 United States Hector Rosario UD 10 14/09/1992 United States Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Draw 19-2 Dominican Republic Merqui Sosa PTS 10 31/01/1992 United States The Blue Horizon, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 99-94, 95-96, 95-95.
Win 19-3-3 United States Tyrone Frazier SD 12 23/09/1991 United States The Blue Horizon, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 119-110, 117-112, 113-115.
Win 9-5-1 United States Michael Dale PTS 10 01/07/1991 United States Cheyney, Pennsylvania
Loss 16-1 United States Adam Garland MD 10 20/05/1991 United States Whippany, New Jersey
Win 3-9-3 United States Mike "Pit Bull" Brown TKO 10 26/01/1991 United States Reading High School, Reading, Pennsylvania
Loss 17-2-3 United States Tyrone Frazier SD 10 17/09/1990 United States The Blue Horizon, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 47-45, 43-47, 45-48. Little was awarded the Pennsylvania Super Middleweight Title due to Frazier being overweight.
Loss 18-0 United States J.D. Jackson TKO 8 22/04/1989 United States The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan WBO World Light Middleweight Title.
Loss 25-0-1 Canada Dave Hilton, Jr. UD 10 14/03/1989 United States Resorts Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey 94-97, 93-97, 94-98.
Loss 18-2 United States Terry Norris TKO 6 09/12/1988 United States Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada WBC NABF Light Middleweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 1:06 of the sixth round.
Win 8-3 United States Jerry Williams UD 10 27/08/1988 United States Reading Municipal Stadium, Reading, Pennsylvania
Loss 21-1-1 United States Robert Hines UD 12 21/04/1988 United States Resorts Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey IBF USBA Light Middleweight Title. 112-117, 112-117, 110-118.
Win 13-4 Puerto Rico Ismael Negron UD 10 23/12/1987 United States Resorts Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey 98-92, 97-94, 99-92.
Loss 16-0-1 United States David Gutierrez UD 10 03/09/1987 United States Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California 94-95, 94-95, 94-95.
Loss 25-1 United States Tyrone Trice UD 10 06/08/1987 United States Felt Forum, New York City 4-6, 4-6, 3-7.
Win 10-6 Mexico Norberto Bueno UD 10 21/02/1987 United States Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 37-2 United States David "Machine Gun" Braxton UD 10 12/08/1986 United States Detroit, Michigan
Win 31-11 Mexico Pipino Cuevas PTS 10 03/03/1986 United States Sacramento, California
Loss 8-0 United States Hugh "Buttons" Kearney MD 12 14/01/1986 United States The Blue Horizon, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Welterweight Title. 52-58, 55-58, 54-54.
Loss 18-1 United States Glenn Wolfe RTD 9 18/09/1985 United States Egypt Shrine Temple, Tampa, Florida Wolfe failed to come out for the ninth round.
Win 19-1-1 United States Sanford Ricks SD 10 30/06/1985 United States Essex Racquet Club, West Orange, New Jersey 6-4, 6-3, 4-5.
Draw 4-0 United States "Smokin" Joe Walker PTS 8 04/06/1985 United States Tropicana Atlantic City, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Loss 2-0 United States Mark Breland UD 6 06/04/1985 United States San Angelo, Texas
Win 10-1-1 United States Junie Nash UD 6 23/02/1985 United States Sands Atlantic City, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 17-0 United States Glenn Wolfe UD 8 05/02/1985 United States Atlantis Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey 5-3, 5-3, 5-2.
Win 3-0 United States Harold Whitfield SD 6 12/12/1984 United States Harrah's Marina, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 16-7 Canada John "Rasta" Herbert UD 6 31/10/1984 United States Harrah's Marina, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 1-5 United States Bob Saxton TKO 4 05/10/1984 United States Sheraton Berkshire Inn, Reading, Pennsylvania Referee stopped the bout at 1:44 of the fourth round.
Loss 4-0 United States Joe Summers MD 6 18/09/1984 United States Atlantic City, New Jersey
Loss 4-0 United States Tony Montgomery UD 6 30/05/1984 United States Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 3-1 United States Charlie Smith KO 4 25/04/1984 United States Harrah's Marina, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 0-2 United States Buddy Randolph TKO 2 07/04/1984 United States Sands Atlantic City, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win -- United States James Morgan UD 4 22/02/1984 United States Harrah's Marina, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win -- United States Greg Tutt SD 4 03/02/1984 United States Allentown, Pennsylvania
Win -- Gregory Girolami TKO 2 13/12/1983 United States Tropicana Atlantic City, Atlantic City, New Jersey

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Seltzer, Robert (August 1994), "A Dream Fulfilled: Little Proves Better than Nunn", World Boxing 
  2. ^ Raheem delivers guarantee in game that offers few... | Payday Blog News