Calvin Brock

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Calvin Brock
Real nameCalvin Vance Brock
Nickname(s)The Boxing Banker
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Reach77 in (196 cm)
Born (1975-01-22) January 22, 1975 (age 46)
Charlotte, North Carolina
Boxing record
Total fights33
Wins by KO23

Calvin Vance Brock (born January 22, 1975, in Charlotte, North Carolina) is an American former professional boxer who competed from 2001 to 2007. He was ranked as the world's No.9 heavyweight by BoxRec at the conclusion of 2005.[1] In 2006, he won Ring Magazine's Knockout of the Year for his win against Zuri Lawrence and challenged for the IBF and IBO heavyweight titles. Brock was forced to retire after receiving retinal damage in his right eye following his loss to Eddie Chambers.

Early life[edit]

Brock was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina in a middle-class family. He became a fan of boxing as a kid, prompting his father to take him to the gym when he was 10 years old, where he was told to come back when he's 12. Brock returned to that gym five months after turning 12, losing his first six bouts. Brock earned a degree in finance from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 1999 and took a job as a banker in the Bank of America.[2] He appeared in a Bank of America ad, in which he was referred to as "The Boxing Banker", which ultimately became his nickname.[3][4] Brock soon left the job in order to concentrate on his boxing career.[2]

Amateur career[edit]

Brock had a notable amateur boxing career. He won the Golden Gloves heavyweight championship in 1998, and the United States national amateur super heavyweight championship in 1999. He qualified at the 2000 Summer Olympics super heavyweight tournament after narrowly beating one-time conqueror T.J.Wilson in the qualification, but lost to Paolo Vidoz in the first round. During the Olympics, he was a teammate of future world champions Jermain Taylor, Jeff Lacy, and Brian Viloria. Brock ended his amateur career with 147–38 record.

Professional career[edit]

Brock made his professional debut on February 11, 2001, knocking out Zibielee Kimbrough in the third round.[5] He built up a 23–0 record with 19 knockouts before stepping up in competition, facing Clifford Etienne. Etienne, once highly regarded prospect, was looking for a way to regain his stock after being knocked out by Mike Tyson and Fres Oquendo. Coming into the bout, Etienne was 5–0–1 in his last six fights.[6] The bout took place in Reliant Center in Houston, Texas, and was aired on ESPN2.[7] Brock knocked down Etienne three times, once in round two and twice in round three, with the referee stopping the fight after the third knockdown, declaring Brock the winner by third-round TKO.[5][6][7]

Afterwards, Brock took a big step up in competition, having agreed to face Jameel McCline on 23 April, just three months after beating Etienne. McCline, ranked No.8 heavyweight in the world by The Ring at the time, was coming off of a razor-thin split decision loss to Chris Byrd for IBF world heavyweight title in what was described as an entertaining fight, and was viewed as the favorite coming into the Brock bout.[8][9][10] The fight was scheduled to take place at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada and was televised on ESPN as part of the undercard of the pay-per-view fight between Antonio Margarito and Kermit Cintrón.[11] Brock weighed in at 218 pounds (99 kg) and was outweighed by McCline by 47 pounds (21 kg).[5][11] The fight started with McCline trying to work behind the jab, while Brock tried to close the distance, working primarily McCline's body. In the middle rounds, Brock largely outboxed McCline using bob and weave strategy, but was knocked down in the seventh round with a short left hook followed by a right hand. Brock got up from the knockdown and finished the round strong and proceeded to outbox McCline for the remaining of the fight.[10][12] The bout went full ten rounds, with Brock being declared the winner by unanimous decision (UD), with scores 97–93, 96–94 and 96–93. The fight was praised by critics, with prominent coach Teddy Atlas predicting a bright future for Brock in the heavyweight division.[10][13] The win over McCline allowed Brock to enter The Ring heavyweight rankings. He was also ranked within top ten by all major sanctioning bodies.[14][15]

On November 19, 2005, Brock faced David Bostice for IBA Continental Americas heavyweight title, making it a first fight in Brock's professional career with a title, albeit lightly regarded, on the line.[5] Bostice, who had a 35–9–1 record coming into the fight, was described as a "tough veteran", with most of his previous losses coming at the hands of former world heavyweight champions and contenders, such as Wladimir Klitschko, Tim Witherspoon, Francois Botha and Jeremy Williams.[14] The fight took place at the Cricket Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina, Brock's hometown. Both fighters fought aggressively from the opening bell, with Brock appearing to be doing the better work in the early rounds, going back-and-forth between combinations to the head and body and not allowing Bostice to fire back. Brock appeared to be tired going into the middle rounds, fighting rather defensively, but picked up his pace after the seventh, hurting Bostice several times and almost stopping him in the ninth round. The twelfth round saw both fighters slugging it out, with the crowd chanting "Calvin! Calvin! Calvin!".[16][17] The fight ultimately went the distance, with Brock being declared the winner by unanimous decision, with scores 118–110 (twice) and 116–112.[18] The fight was widely praised for being a slugfest.[17][16]

On February 25, 2006, in a stay-busy fight, Brock faced Zuri Lawrence on the undercard of the fight between Shane Mosley and Fernando Vargas on HBO PPV at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.[19] Regarded by the public as an experienced journeyman with a record of 20 wins, 10 losses and 4 draws, Lawrence was coming off of upset victory over Jameel McCline.[20][21] The first five rounds were tentative, with Brock slowly breaking Lawrence down and winning every round. At the end of the sixth round, Brock caught Lawrence with a left hook, knocking him out cold. Lawrence fell flat on his back and was unconscious for several minutes.[22][21][23][24] Brock remains the only boxer to knock Lawrence out.[20] The knockout received The Ring's KO of the Year award.[25] At the conclusion of 2005, Brock was ranked No.7 heavyweight in the world by The Ring and No.9 heavyweight by BoxRec.[26][27]

With 28–0 record, Brock was offered to fight Wladimir Klitschko for IBF world heavyweight championship in the summer of 2006 by Klitschko's advisor Shelly Finkel, but Brock declined citing disagreement with the offered terms.[28] Instead, Brock opted to face undefeated prospect Timur Ibragimov on June 24, 2006. The fight took place in Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada, where Brock had previously defeated Jameel McCline, and was aired on HBO as part of Boxing After Dark series.[29][30] During the fight, the temperature exceeded 100 °F (38 °C), which resulted in each fighter unwilling to press the action. Brock ultimately won the bout by unanimous decision, with scores 119–109, 115–113 and 117–111.[30][29]

Brock finally received a shot at the world title, having agreed to face Wladimir Klitschko for IBF world heavyweight championship. The fight took place at Madison Square Garden on November 11, 2006. In the opening rounds, Brock's economical but effective movement made Klitschko reluctant to throw punches, with Wladimir not being able to fully establish his rhythm.[31] In between the 3rd and 4th rounds, Klitschko's trainer Emmanuel Steward urged Wladimir to press the action. From the fourth round, Klitschko started fighting more aggressively, hurting Brock several times with the right cross. In the fifth round, Brock opened a cut under Klitschko's left eye that started bleeding heavily in the sixth. In round 7, Brock was caught with a counter right hand before being sent to the canvas with another straight right.[31][32] Brock was able to get up but the referee stopped the bout, deciding that Brock appears to be unable to continue.[31][32]

After defeating two journeymen, Brock was given a spot in the 4-man elimination tournament to receive a shot at the IBF world heavyweight championship. In semifinals, Brock faced undefeated prospect Eddie Chambers. In the build-up to the fight, Brock claimed to be in the best shape of his career.[33] Brock weighed in at 241 lbs, the heaviest in his entire career and almost 17 lbs heavier than in his bout against Klitschko.[5] The additional weight appeared to be muscle.[34] The fight took place in Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington and was aired live on Showtime.[34][35] Chambers appeared to have had the upper hand in the fight, effectively using his hand speed and upper-body movement, and was declared the winner by split decision, with two judges scoring the bout 115–113 in favor of Chambers, while the third judge had the same score but in favor of Brock.[35]

During this bout, Brock suffered retinal damage in his right eye. As a result of botched surgery to repair the damage in December 2007, Brock became legally blind in his right eye, and forced to retire permanently from the sport of boxing. Brock can still see images of daylight in the right eye.

Personal life[edit]

Brock is now a commercial real estate agent. He has a wife and daughter.

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
33 fights 31 wins 2 losses
By knockout 23 1
By decision 8 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
33 Loss 31–2 United States Eddie Chambers SD 12 2 Nov 2007 United States Emerald Queen Casino, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
32 Win 31–1 Puerto Rico Alex Gonzales UD 8 2 Jun 2007 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
31 Win 30–1 United States Ralph West KO 1 (10), 2:49 17 Mar 2007 United States American Bank Center, Corpus Christi, Texas, U.S.
30 Loss 29–1 Ukraine Wladimir Klitschko TKO 7 (12), 2:10 11 Nov 2006 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S. For IBF and IBO heavyweight titles
29 Win 29–0 Uzbekistan Timur Ibragimov UD 12 24 Jun 2006 United States Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won vacant WBC FECARBOX heavyweight title
28 Win 28–0 United States Zuri Lawrence KO 6 (10), 2:58 25 Feb 2006 United States Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
27 Win 27–0 United States David Bostice UD 12 19 Nov 2005 United States Cricket Arena, Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.
26 Win 26–0 United States Kenny Craven TKO 4 (10), 2:34 25 Jun 2005 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
25 Win 25–0 United States Jameel McCline UD 10 23 Apr 2005 United States Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
24 Win 24–0 United States Clifford Etienne TKO 3 (10), 1:25 21 Jan 2005 United States Reliant Center, Houston, Texas, U.S.
23 Win 23–0 United States Wesley Martin TKO 2 (6), 2:00 14 Nov 2004 United States Mountain High Casino, Black Hawk, Colorado, U.S.
22 Win 22–0 United States Willie Williams UD 6 24 Jul 2004 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
21 Win 21–0 United States Terry Smith UD 10 15 May 2004 United States DePaul Athletic Center, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
20 Win 20–0 United States Derek Berry RTD 6 (10), 3:00 22 Jan 2004 United States Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.
19 Win 19–0 United States David Vedder TKO 8 (8), 1:27 12 Dec 2003 United States Casino Del Sol, Tucson, Arizona, U.S.
18 Win 18–0 United States Ken Murphy TKO 3 8 Nov 2003 United States Cricket Arena, Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.
17 Win 17–0 United States Shane Swartz RTD 6 (8), 3:00 29 Aug 2003 United States Sovereign Center, Reading, Pennsylvania, U.S.
16 Win 16–0 United States Marcus Rhode KO 2 (8), 2:35 19 Jul 2003 United States Reliant Center, Houston, Texas, U.S.
15 Win 15–0 United States Jim Strohl TKO 1 (6), 1:40 7 Jun 2003 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
14 Win 14–0 United States Shawn Robinson TKO 1 (6), 1:28 4 Apr 2003 United States Fernwood Resort, Bushkill, Pennsylvania, U.S.
13 Win 13–0 United States Jeff Pegues TKO 3 (6) 23 Jan 2003 United States Convention Center, Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.
12 Win 12–0 United States Franklin Edmondson TKO 2 (8), 2:41 22 Nov 2002 United States Bally's Park Place Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
11 Win 11–0 United States Leroy Humphries TKO 2 (6), 0:12 13 Sep 2002 United States Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
10 Win 10–0 United States Antonio Colbert UD 6 27 Jul 2002 United States Beau Rivage Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, U.S.
9 Win 9–0 United States Don Normand TKO 2 (6), 2:44 25 May 2002 United States Lowes Speedway, Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.
8 Win 8–0 United States Craig Brinson TKO 5 (6), 1:40 7 Oct 2001 United States Grand Victoria Casino, Elgin, Illinois, U.S.
7 Win 7–0 United States Lewis Gilbert TKO 1 (6), 3:00 2 Sep 2001 United States Silverstar Hotel & Casino, Choctaw, Mississippi, U.S.
6 Win 6–0 United States Rocky Gannon TKO 2 (6), 2:27 18 Aug 2001 United States Cox Pavilion, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
5 Win 5–0 United States Shawn Woods TKO 1 (6), 2:42 17 Jun 2001 United States Sunset Station, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
4 Win 4–0 United States Antonio Colbert UD 4 1 Apr 2001 United States Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
3 Win 3–0 United States Jeff Ford TKO 2 (4), 1:37 23 Mar 2001 United States Texas Station Casino, North Las Vegas, U.S.
2 Win 2–0 Mexico Benjamin Garcia TKO 1 (4), 2:29 11 Mar 2001 United States Feather Falls Casino, Oroville, California, U.S.
1 Win 1–0 United States Zibielee Kimbrough TKO 3 (4), 1:05 11 Feb 2001 United States Grand Victoria Casino, Elgin, Illinois, U.S. Professional debut


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Sporting positions
Amateur boxing titles
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U.S. super heavyweight champion
T. J. Wilson
Regional boxing titles
Title last held by
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WBC FECARBOX heavyweight champion
24 Jun 2006 - Aug 2006
Title next held by
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KO1 Jaidon Codrington
The Ring Knockout of the Year
KO6 Zuri Lawrence

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