Tony Tubbs

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Tony Tubbs
Statistics
Real name Tony Tubbs
Nickname(s) "TNT"
Rated at Heavyweight
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Reach 79 in (201 cm)
Nationality American
Born (1958-02-15) February 15, 1958 (age 56)
Cincinnati, Ohio
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 59
Wins 47
Wins by KO 25
Losses 10
Draws 0
No contests 2

Tony Tubbs (born February 15, 1958 in Cincinnati, Ohio) is a retired professional heavyweight boxer and former WBA Heavyweight Champion, a title he held from April 29, 1985 to January 17, 1986.

Amateur career[edit]

As an amateur Tony Tubbs competed in 253 bouts, compiling a record of 240 wins and 13 losses, primarily in the heavyweight division. This impressive record included a number of notable events and achievements.[1]

In a 1976 match pitting the USSR against the United States, Tubbs lost by knockout in the second round to future Soviet Heavyweight Champion Igor Vysotsky.[2]

In 1978 Tubbs lost in the quarterfinals of the world Cup to the great Cuban boxer Teofilo Stevenson, although Tubbs was the only opponent who managed to go the distance with Stevenson.

Then, in 1979, Tubbs became the National AAU Heavyweight Champion by defeating Mitch Green and Greg Page, both contests were rematches of previous defeats.

In the match meeting USSR-United States defeated the two-time European champion among Amateurs Eugene Gorshkova and the future of the silver medalist of the Olympic games Peter saeva.

Finally, in 1979 Tubbs won the IBA Boxing World Cup, defeating Khoren Inguana.

By 1980 the logical conclusion of Tubbs' amateur career had become the Olympic games, but Tubbs was unable compete due to the US boycott of the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games.

Among his other notable Amateur victories were defeating James Broad and Jimmy Clark, and bronze medalist of the Olympic games in 1980 Stephen Left.

In February 1980 the club of Amateur Boxing Muhammad Ali competed against the club of Amateur Boxing Joe Frazier in Houston, Texas. Tubbs boxed in the command of Ali and won Marvis Frazier decision, in revenge for previous defeat.

As an amateur, Tubbs served as a sparring partner to Muhammad Ali, helping the former to prepare for his rematch with Leon Spinks for the World Heavyweight Championship.

Early Pro Career[edit]

Tubbs, nicknamed TNT, made his professional debut on June 14, 1980, with a first-round knockout of Bruce Scott.

After 11 fights, he fought fellow undefeated prospect Clarence Hill on August 7, 1982 and won by a ten-round unanimous decision. After outpointing slick stylist Jimmy Young (who had defeated George Foreman) on April 10, 1983, he was signed by Don King and began rising quickly up the rankings while appearing on several King undercards.

On March 15, 1985, he faced future WBA Heavyweight Champ James "Bonecrusher" Smith in a WBA title Eliminator. Tubbs won by a unanimous decision, taking his record to 20-0 (15 knockouts).

World Championship Fights[edit]

On April 29, 1985, Tubbs challenged Greg Page for the WBA Heavyweight Championship. Page and Tubbs fought seven times as amateurs, with Page winning six of them, but for their one and only meeting as professionals, Tubbs won by a fifteen-round unanimous decision.

On January 17, 1986, Tubbs made his first title defense against former WBC Heavyweight Champion Tim Witherspoon. Tubbs weighed-in at 244 lbs, 15 more than he weighed for the Page fight, and lost the title by a fifteen-round majority decision.

Tubbs and Witherspoon had a rematch scheduled for December 12, 1986, but Tubbs pulled out of the fight. Tubbs claimed that he had an injured shoulder, but promoter Don King accused Tubbs of trying to finagle more money.

On March 21, 1988, Tubbs challenged Mike Tyson for the Undisputed World Heavyweight Championship and, after outboxing Tyson in the first round, was knocked out in the second.

Ex-Champ[edit]

On November 21, 1989, Tubbs outpointed top contender Orlin Norris, winning the North American Boxing Federation title. However, Tubbs tested positive for cocaine. Tubbs was stripped of the title and the victory was changed to a "no contest."

On April 20, 1991, a 34 year old Tubbs lost a famously controversial ten-round decision to rising prospect, and future Undisputed World Heavyweight Champion, Riddick Bowe. The general consensus in the media was that Tubbs had rather easily outboxed Bowe.

On August 8, 1992, Tubbs was upset by big punching Lionel Butler in a first-round knockout. Tubbs came back to outpoint future WBA Heavyweight Champion Bruce Seldon and the undefeated Alexander Zolkin, but then suffered another first-round knockout - this one rather dubious looking- to lightly regarded clubfighter Jimmy Ellis.

People's Choice Heavyweight Tournament[edit]

In December 1993, Tubbs took part in the one-night People's Choice Heavyweight Tournament in Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi. He knocked out Willie Jackson in the first round and won three-round decisions over 1984 Olympic Gold Medalist Tyrell Biggs, Jose Ribalta, and Daniel Dăncuţă to win the tournament. Depending on pay-per-view revenue, he had a chance to win $1 million. He ended up with $170,000.

Late career[edit]

From 1994 to 1997, Tubbs went 3-3 with one no-contest. He retired but came back in 2002. He lost two of his first three comeback fights, but then won his next five, including a win over 18-0 Brian Minto. His last fight was a six-round unanimous decision over clubfighter Adam Smith on November 4, 2006.

Trouble With The Law[edit]

Tubbs has been to prison for cocaine-related crimes and failure to pay child support for some of the 16 children he says he has. On November 30, 2009, Tubbs pleaded guilty to cocaine possession.

California Boxing Hall of Fame[edit]

Tubbs was inducted into the California Boxing Hall of Fame on June 25, 2011 in Studio City, CA. Tubbs attended the induction with his family, mother and children. [1]

Professional boxing record[edit]

47 Wins (25 knockouts, 11 decisions), 10 Losses (5 knockouts, 5 decisions), 0 Draws, 2 No Contests [2]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Win 47-10
2 NC
United States Adam Smith UD 6 04/11/2006 West Virginia Waterfront Hotel, Morgantown, West Virginia, United States
Win 46-10
2 NC
United States Jason Waller TKO 7 (8) 06/08/2006 Indiana Grand Victoria Casino, Rising Sun, Indiana, United States
Win 45-10
2 NC
United States Danny Wofford UD 6 25/02/2005 Tennessee Municipal Auditorium, Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Win 44-10
2 NC
United States Brian Minto SD 10 30/12/2004 West Virginia Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort, Chester, West Virginia, United States Won USA West Virginia State heavyweight title.
Win 43-10
2 NC
United States Brian Sargent TKO 1 (6) 29/10/2004 Missouri Civic Arena, Saint Joseph, Missouri, United States
Loss 42-10
2 NC
Ghana Abraham Okine TKO 8 (10) 25/07/2003 West Virginia Lakeview Resort, Morgantown, West Virginia, United States
Loss 42–9
2 NC
Mexico Gilbert Martinez UD 10 17/01/2003 California Palace Indian Gaming Center, Lemoore, California, United States
Win 42–8
2 NC
United States Michael Shanks TKO 2 (4) 26/03/2002 Indiana Cumberland Place, West Lafayette, Indiana, United States
Win 41–8
2 NC
Argentina Mario Oscar Melo KO 5 (10) 30/08/1997 Argentina El Polideportivo, Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Loss 40–8
2 NC
Denmark Brian Nielsen TKO 4 (10) 20/10/1995 Denmark Cirkusbygningen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Loss 40–7
2 NC
Russia Alexander Zolkin MD 12 25/08/1995 New Jersey Bally's Atlantic City, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States For NABF heavyweight title.
Win 40–6
2 NC
United States Andre Crowder KO 1 (10) 29/03/1995 Ohio Shoemaker Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Loss 39–6
2 NC
Samoa Jimmy Thunder PTS 12 06/12/1994 Michigan The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States
NC 39–5
2 NC
United States William Morris NC 10 04/10/1994 Michigan The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States Originally a win for Tubbs.
Win 39–5
1 NC
United States Everett Martin UD 10 22/02/1994 Michigan The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States
Win 38–5
1 NC
Romania Daniel Dăncuţă UD 3 03/12/1993 Mississippi Casino Magic, Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi, United States "People's Choice One-Night Heavyweight Tournament" fight (FINAL).
Win 37–5
1 NC
Cuba Jose Ribalta UD 3 03/12/1993 Mississippi Casino Magic, Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi, United States "People's Choice One-Night Heavyweight Tournament" fight (SEMI-FINAL).
Win 36–5
1 NC
United States Tyrell Biggs UD 3 03/12/1993 Mississippi Casino Magic, Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi, United States "People's Choice One-Night Heavyweight Tournament" fight (QUARTER-FINAL).
Win 35–5
1 NC
United States Willie Jackson KO 1 (3) 03/12/1993 Mississippi Casino Magic, Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi, United States "People's Choice One-Night Heavyweight Tournament" fight (PRELIMINARY).
Loss 34–5
1 NC
United States Jimmy Ellis KO 1 (?) 16/08/1993 Idaho Boise, Idaho, United States
Win 34–4
1 NC
Jamaica Melton Bowen UD 10 27/04/1993 Michigan The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States
Win 33–4
1 NC
Russia Alexander Zolkin UD 10 02/02/1993 Michigan The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States
Win 32–4
1 NC
United States Jesse Ferguson UD 10 24/11/1992 Michigan The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States
Win 31–4
1 NC
United States Bruce Seldon UD 10 14/10/1992 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss 30–4
1 NC
United States Lionel Butler KO 1 (10) 18/08/1992 Florida Bayfront Auditorium, Pensacola, Florida, United States
Win 30–3
1 NC
United States Leon Taylor TKO 8 (10) 16/02/1992 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 29–3
1 NC
United States Riddick Bowe UD 10 20/04/1991 New Jersey Caesar's Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 29–2
1 NC
United States Lawrence Carter RTD 6 (10) 20/10/1990 New Jersey Trump Plaza Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 28–2
1 NC
United States Mike Cohen TKO 6 (10) 28/07/1990 New Jersey Trump Castle, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
NC 27–2
1 NC
United States Orlin Norris ND 12 21/11/1989 California Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, California, United States For NABF heavyweight title. Tubbs was initially announced as the victor. Result changed to ND because he tested positive for an illegal substance.
Win 27–2 Mexico Ladislao Mijangos KO 3 (?) 24/06/1989 California Bakersfield, California, United States
Win 26–2 United States Eddie Richardson DQ 8 (10) 06/05/1989 Florida Civic Center, Pensacola, Florida, United States Richardson DQ'd for an intentional head butt.
Win 25–2 United States Michael Evans UD 10 20/04/1989 California Redondo Beach, California, United States
Loss 24–2 United States Mike Tyson TKO 2 (12) 21/03/1988 Japan Tokyo Dome, Tokyo, Japan For WBC, WBA, & IBF heavyweight titles.
Win 24–1 United States Eddie Gonzales TKO 3 (10) 29/09/1987 California Celebrity Theater, Anaheim, California, United States
Win 23–1 United States Jerry Halstead UD 10 30/05/1987 Nevada Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 22–1 United States Mike Jameson UD 10 20/04/1987 California Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, California, United States
Loss 21–1 United States Tim Witherspoon MD 15 17/01/1986 Georgia (U.S. state) The Omni, Atlanta, Georgia, United States Lost WBA heavyweight title.
Win 21–0 United States Greg Page UD 15 29/04/1985 New York Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, United States Won WBA heavyweight title.
Win 20–0 United States James Smith UD 10 15/03/1985 Nevada Riviera Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 19–0 United States Tim Miller TKO 2 (?) 16/01/1985 Nevada Riviera Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 18–0 United States Jerry Williams TKO 7 (10) 09/11/1984 Nevada Riviera Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 17–0 United States Tom Trimm TKO 2 (?) 18/03/1984 California Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, California, United States
Win 16–0 Canada Gordon Racette PTS 10 09/09/1983 California Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 15–0 United States Jimmy Young UD 10 10/04/1983 Pennsylvania Hilton Hotel, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 14–0 United States Larry Givens TKO 7 (10) 25/02/1983 Ohio Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Win 13–0 United States Steve Zouski TKO 5 (10) 18/09/1982 New Jersey Sands Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 12–0 Bermuda Clarence Hill UD 10 07/08/1982 New Mexico University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Win 11–0 United States Clayman Sandman Parker TKO 1 (?) 12/06/1982 New Jersey Playboy Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 10–0 United States Baker Tinsley KO 3 (?) 11/04/1982 New Jersey Playboy Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 9–0 United States Don Halpin UD 8 18/12/1981 Pennsylvania David Lawrence Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 8–0 United States Jesse Brown TKO 1 (?) 21/11/1981 Kentucky Erlanger, Kentucky, United States
Win 7–0 United States Dennis Wimberly TKO 2 (?) 21/08/1981 New Jersey Dunn Centre, Elizabeth, New Jersey, United States
Win 6–0 United States Mike Creel TKO 3 (?) 29/11/1980 California Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, United States
Win 5–0 United States Larry Sims TKO 3 (6) 22/11/1980 Ohio Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Win 4–0 United States John L Johnson TKO 1 (6) 14/11/1980 Florida Jai Alai Fronton, Miami, Florida, United States
Win 3–0 United States Ron Draper PTS 6 07/11/1980 Texas HemisFair Arena, San Antonio, Texas, United States
Win 2–0 United States Ron Draper TKO 4 (?) 02/08/1980 Ohio Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Win 1–0 United States Bruce Scott TKO 1 (6) 14/06/1980 Ohio Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

References[edit]

  1. ^ BoxRec. "Tony Tubbs Amateur Career". BoxRec. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Igor Vysotsky Boxing Record". BoxRec. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 

Sources[edit]

  • Toledo Blade February 3, 1980
  • The Pittsburgh Press April 7, 1983
  • Gettysburg Times April 30, 1985
  • Philadelphia Inquirer January 18, 1986
  • Daily News December 5, 1986
  • Los Angeles Times March 22, 1988
  • Sports Illustrated March 29, 1988
  • New York Times July 22, 1992
  • Philadelphia Inquirer December 8, 1993

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Preceded by
Greg Page
WBA Heavyweight Champion
1985–1986
Succeeded by
Tim Witherspoon
Preceded by
Greg Page
United States Amateur Heavyweight Champion
1979
Succeeded by
Marvis Frazier