Takaloo

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Mehrdad Takaloo
Statistics
Real name Mehrdad Takalobigashi p
Nickname(s) Tak, Takaloo or The Margate Rock
Rated at Welterweight
Nationality Iranian
British
Born (1975-09-23) 23 September 1975 (age 39)
Tehran, Iran
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 34
Wins 26
Wins by KO 17
Losses 8
Draws 0
No contests 0

Mehrdad Takalobigashi (born 23 September 1975 in Tehran, Iran) (Persian: مهرداد تکلوبیغشی‎), more commonly known as Mehrdad Takaloo or Takaloo, is an Iranian born British based boxer.

Birth and early life[edit]

Takaloo was born in 1975 in Tehran, Iran. His family later fled the country in the late 1970s after the overthrow of the Shah. His family arrived in the south of England and he is now based in Margate, Kent. His brother Mohammed ("Mo Tako") has played semi-professional football with several local clubs including Margate in the Conference, Ramsgate, Maidstone and Hythe Town. His younger brother Rocky Takalogibashi, is a signed UK hip hop artist known as Mic Righteous. Mic Righteous is just beginning to find mainstream applause. Takaloo boxed from an early age and won a number of amateur titles. In 1997, he became a professional boxer but initially had little success, losing two of his first seven bouts. At this time he changed trainers and joined Jimmy O'Donnell gym in London. Takaloo is a showboat type of boxer who had good head and body movement but usually ends up looking bruised, battered but unbowed. His gutsy style has made him a popular fighter in England.

Professional career[edit]

Takaloo boxed from an early age and won a number of amateur titles. In 1997, he became a professional boxer but initially had little success, losing two of his first seven bouts.

At this time he changed trainers and joined Jimmy O'Donnell gym in London.

Takaloo is a showboat type of boxer who had good head and body movement but usually ends up looking bruised, battered but unbowed. His gutsy style has made him a popular fighter in England. A one time world title contender and current WBU wemkm lterweight champion, Takaloo had problems obtaining a passport to fight outside the UK but is now a British citizen. As an amateur, he fought 72 times, winning 60 bouts, before turning professional in 1997.

He won the fringe WBU light-middleweight world championship belt in 2001 by beating the then undefeated Anthony Farnell in Manchester. Following that, Takaloo secured a shot with WBO champion Daniel Santos at Cardiff Castle, Cardiff when he fought for the WBO and WBU light middleweight title. Takaloo lost this fight on points over twelve rounds.

Takaloo then moved down a weight to welterweight following defeats to Eugenio Monteiro and a chilling knockout loss to unpredictable puncher Wayne Alexander This move down in weight seemed to have been a success as he won the vacant title against Turgay Uzun in February 2006 at the ExCeL Centre in London Docklands, and subsequently retained the title against the tough Irish fighter Eamonn Magee on a points verdict.

This success was short-lived and Takaloo's career could now be over having lost the WBU welterweight championship to former British Champion Michael Jennings by a unanimous points decision on 7 April 2007 and a further TKO loss to Anthony Small on 12 January 2008.

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  • Boxrec. "Takaloo". Boxrec Fighter Page. Retrieved 26 March 2006. 

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Titles in pretence
Vacant
Title last held by
Rashi Ali Hadj Matumla
World Light Middleweight Champion
WBU recognition

July 7, 2001 - August 17, 2002
Succeeded by
Daniel Santos
Vacant
Title last held by
Daniel Santos
World Light Middleweight Champion
WBU recognition

February 1, 2003 - September 10, 2004
Succeeded by
Wayne Alexander
Preceded by
Eamonn Magee
World Welterweight Champion
WBU recognition

25 February 2006 – 7 April 2007
Succeeded by
Michael Jennings