Carl Daniels

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Carl Bryant Daniels (born August 26, 1970 in St. Louis, Missouri), is an American professional boxer in the Light Middleweight (154lb) division.


Southpaw Daniels won the junior world championships 1987 and the Golden Gloves at flyweight. He was a US feather champ in 1988 and beat Kevin Kelley in the Olympic trials. His record: 170-7.


Daniels, nicknamed "The Squirrel", turned pro in 1988 and in 1992 landed a shot at the WBC Light Middleweight Title against Terry Norris. Norris won via TKO. In 1995, he fought Julio César Green for the Vacant WBA Light Middleweight Title and won a decision. In his first defense, he lost the title to Julio César Vásquez via 11th round TKO. Daniels was leading on the scorecards until the knockout happened; it ranked as Ring Magazine's Knockout Of The Year. In 1997 he got a chance to reclaim the belt against Laurent Boudouani, but lost a decision. It wasn't until 2002 that he got a shot at another major belt, taking on Bernard Hopkins and losing in a 10th round TKO. As of 2008, Daniels continues to fight after 18 years as a pro.

Preceded by
Pernell Whitaker
WBA Light Middleweight Champion
16 Jun 1995– 16 Dec 1995
Succeeded by
Julio Cesar Vasquez

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