Dariusz Michalczewski

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Dariusz Michalczewski
Dariusz Michalczewski (2007).jpg
Michalczewski in 2007
Statistics
Nickname(s) Tiger
Rated at
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Reach 178 cm (70 in)
Nationality
  • Polish
  • German
Born (1968-05-05) 5 May 1968 (age 48)
Gdańsk, Polish People's Republic (now Poland)
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 50
Wins 48
Wins by KO 38
Losses 2

Dariusz Michalczewski (born 5 May 1968) is a Polish-German former professional boxer who competed from 1991 to 2005. He is a two-weight world champion, having held multiple world titles at light-heavyweight, including the WBO title from 1994 to 2003; the unified WBA, IBF, and lineal titles in 1997; and the WBO junior-heavyweight title from 1994 to 1995.

Amateur career[edit]

Michalczewski came up through Poland's state-run sports program as a boy and had a successful amateur career. He achieved an amateur record of 139–11–2 (89 KO). Highlights of his amateur career include:

Defection to Germany[edit]

On 24 April 1988, while competing beyond the Iron Curtain in West Germany for the Polish national team, Michalczewski defected from the amateur team to stay in West Germany. Becoming a citizen of the now united Germany in 1991 and turning professional the same year, he was soon signed by Universum Box-Promotion, one of the leading boxing promoters in Europe. His aggressive style earned him the nickname "Tiger."

Professional career[edit]

Michalczewski turned professional in September 1991. He won the German International light-heavyweight title early on 13 February 1993, a title for foreign-born fighters based in Germany. He then won the IBF Intercontinental title on 22 May 1993.

Two-weight world champion[edit]

On 10 September 1994, Michalczewski, at 23-0 (18 KOs), captured the WBO light-heavyweight title with a 12-round decision over defending champion Leeonzer Barber at Sporthalle, Alsterdorf, Hamburg, Germany. Between then and March 2003, Michalczewski made 23 successful defenses of his WBO title and picked up three other belts along the way. Three months after beating Barber, he won the WBO cruiserweight title with a tenth round knockout of Nestor Giovannini. However, he soon gave up that title to continue campaigning as a light-heavyweight.

In 1996, Universum Box-Promotion's conditioning coach Fritz Sdunek became head coach and replaced Chuck Talhami as Michalczewski's trainer, which resulted in a marked improvement in Michalczewski's performances.

Hill vs Michalczewski unification[edit]

On 13 June 1997, he defeated Virgil Hill over 12 rounds to add Hill's WBA, IBF and Lineal light-heavyweight titles to his own. However, Michalczewski soon lost both alphabet titles. The WBA immediately stripped him for displaying its belt along with that of the WBO, an organization it didn't recognize. Michalczewski was then forced to relinquish the IBF title when he was unable to defend the title in a court-ordered defense against mandatory challenger William Guthrie within a little over a month after the bout with Hill.[1]

After beating Hill, Michalczewski knocked out 14 consecutive opponents, all in defense of his Lineal/WBO titles. In 1998, he defeated Drake Thadzi, in 1999 he defeated Montel Griffin, and in 2000 he defeated Graciano Rocchigiani.

Darius would attempt for six years to secure a bout with his American counterpart, Roy Jones Jr, without success. After his titles were stripped from Dariusz, Jones would win Michalczewski's belts and spuriously declare himself "undisputed world champion". Jones steadfastly refused all offers for a lucrative fight with Darius and even made an attempt to ban the mention of Michalczewski's name on his home network, HBO. Seth Abraham, president and CEO of HBO, refused Jones demand and in 2002 a fan poll showed that the fight fans most wanted to see was Darius Michalczewski vs Roy Jones Jr. Jones continued to refuse offers for the fight however. One of his motivations may have been due to the fact that the offers were for the fight to be held in Europe, where Jones feared he could only win by a knockout.

Going for Marciano's record[edit]

Autographed replica of Michalczewski's WBO title in Dziwnów

Michalczewski had a perfect record of 48-0 when he faced Julio César González of Mexico in defense of his title on 18 October 2003. Coming into the fight, he was within one victory of tying Rocky Marciano's record of 49 wins with no losses. A win also would have put him just one victory short of Joe Louis' all-time record for successful defenses at any weight class. However, as when Larry Holmes went for the same record against Michael Spinks, the now 35-year-old Michalczewski was unable to pull it off. He lost a controversial split decision to the 27-year-old Gonzalez at the Color Line Arena in Hamburg, and his career record dropped to 48-1.

Despite the loss, he still holds the record for the most consecutive successful world title defenses at light-heavyweight.

Final fight[edit]

In October 2004, it was announced that Michalczewski would come out of retirement to box France's Fabrice Tiozzo for the WBA light heavyweight title on 26 February 2005 in Hamburg. Michalczewski was stopped in six rounds, then announce his retirement in May 2005.

Michalczewski was to come out of retirement to fight German boxing icon Sven Ottke in Germany in May 2008, but the bout never materialized.

In popular culture[edit]

  • Tiger Energy Drink is named after the famous boxer. His picture and text "Recommended by Dariusz 'Tiger' Michalczewski" appears on the cans and bottles.[2]
  • Dariusz Michalczewski struck a friendship with performer Mark Wahlberg, known at the time by his stage name Marky Mark of the formation Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch. In 1995, Marky Mark released a track called No Mercy about his friend Dariusz Michalczewski, including excerpts in Polish language from Dariusz, who also appears in the video clip shot by Frank Papenbroock.[3] No Mercy appears in the album The Remix Album by Prince Ital Joe and Marky Mark, although this particular track is a solo effort by Marky Mark.
  • In 2006, a documentary was made by Pawel Kocambasi alias P.M.Starost. The 60-minute documentary entitled "Tiger"[4] took part in Filmfest München and won the award for the Best Documentary at the Biberacher Filmfestspiele.

Social involvement[edit]

In 2003 Dariusz Michalczewski established foundation "Równe Szanse" (equal chances) which was aimed at supporting initiatives for youth from dysfunctional families.[5] Since 2014 he supports the social campaign for civil union and the right for adoption by homosexual couples.[6][7]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
50 fights 48 wins 2 losses
By knockout 38 1
By decision 7 1
By disqualification 3 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
50 Loss 48–2 France Fabrice Tiozzo TKO 6 (12) 26 Feb 2005 Germany Color Line Arena, Hamburg, Germany For WBA light-heavyweight title
49 Loss 48–1 Mexico Julio César González SD 12 18 Oct 2003 Germany Color Line Arena, Hamburg, Germany Lost WBO and lineal light-heavyweight titles
48 Win 48–0 United States Derrick Harmon KO 9 (12) 29 Mar 2003 Germany Color Line Arena, Hamburg, Germany Retained WBO and lineal light-heavyweight titles
47 Win 47–0 Jamaica Richard Hall TKO 10 (12) 14 Sep 2002 Germany Volkswagen Halle, Braunschweig, Germany Retained WBO and lineal light-heavyweight titles
46 Win 46–0 United States Joey DeGrandis KO 2 (12) 20 Apr 2002 Poland Hala Olivia, Gdańsk, Poland Retained WBO and lineal light-heavyweight titles
45 Win 45–0 Jamaica Richard Hall TKO 11 (12), 1:50 15 Dec 2001 Germany Estrel Hotel, Berlin, Germany Retained WBO and lineal light-heavyweight titles
44 Win 44–0 Spain Alejandro Lakatos KO 9 (12), 1:35 5 May 2001 Germany Volkswagen Halle, Braunschweig, Germany Retained WBO and lineal light-heavyweight titles
43 Win 43–0 United States Ka-Dy King TKO 7 (12), 0:28 16 Dec 2000 Germany Grugahalle, Essen, Germany Retained WBO and lineal light-heavyweight titles
42 Win 42–0 Germany Graciano Rocchigiani TKO 10 (12), 3:00 15 Apr 2000 Germany Preussag Arena, Hanover, Germany Retained WBO and lineal light-heavyweight titles
41 Win 41–0 United States Montell Griffin TKO 4 (12), 2:59 28 Aug 1999 Germany Stadthalle, Bremen, Germany Retained WBO and lineal light-heavyweight titles
40 Win 40–0 Russia Muslim Biarslanov TKO 7 (12), 1:41 3 Apr 1999 Germany Stadthalle, Bremen, Germany Retained WBO and lineal light heavyweight titles
39 Win 39–0 Malawi Drake Thadzi TKO 9 (12), 1:45 12 Dec 1998 Germany Ballsporthalle, Frankfurt, Germany Retained WBO and lineal light-heavyweight titles
38 Win 38–0 United Kingdom Mark Prince KO 8 (12) 19 Sep 1998 Germany Arena Oberhausen, Oberhausen, Germany Retained WBO and lineal light-heavyweight titles
37 Win 37–0 Italy Andrea Magi TKO 4 (12) 20 Mar 1998 Germany Ballsporthalle, Frankfurt, Germany Retained WBO and lineal light-heavyweight titles
36 Win 36–0 United States Darren Zenner RTD 6 (12), 3:00 13 Dec 1997 Germany Alsterdorfer Sporthalle, Hamburg, Germany Retained WBO and lineal light-heavyweight titles
35 Win 35–0 United Kingdom Nicky Piper TKO 7 (12), 3:00 4 Oct 1997 Germany Stadionsporthalle, Hanover, Germany Retained WBO and lineal light-heavyweight titles
34 Win 34–0 United States Virgil Hill UD 12 13 Jun 1997 Germany Arena Oberhausen, Oberhausen, Germany Retained WBO light-heavyweight title;
Won WBA, IBF, and lineal light-heavyweight titles
33 Win 33–0 France Christophe Girard TKO 8 (12) 13 Dec 1996 Germany Stadionsporthalle, Hanover, Germany Retained WBO light-heavyweight title
32 Win 32–0 Germany Graciano Rocchigiani DQ 7 (12), 3:00 10 Aug 1996 Germany Wilhelm-Koch-Stadion, Hamburg, Germany Retained WBO light-heavyweight title;
Rocchigiani disqualified for punching after a clinch
31 Win 31–0 France Christophe Girard UD 12 8 Jun 1996 Germany Sporthalle, Cologne, Germany Retained WBO light-heavyweight title
30 Win 30–0 Kazakhstan Asluddin Umarov TKO 5 (12), 2:30 6 Apr 1996 Germany Stadionsporthalle, Hanover, Germany Retained WBO light-heavyweight title
29 Win 29–0 France Philippe Michel UD 12 7 Oct 1995 Germany Festhalle, Frankfurt, Germany Retained WBO light-heavyweight title
28 Win 28–0 Mexico Everardo Armenta Jr. KO 5 (12), 2:59 19 Aug 1995 Germany Eisstadion an der Brehmstraße, Düsseldorf, Germany Retained WBO light-heavyweight title
27 Win 27–0 United States Paul Carlo KO 4 (12), 2:46 20 May 1995 Germany Alsterdorfer Sporthalle, Hamburg, Germany Retained WBO light-heavyweight title
26 Win 26–0 Spain Roberto Dominguez KO 2 (12), 1:05 11 Mar 1995 Germany Sporthalle, Cologne, Germany Retained WBO light-heavyweight title
25 Win 25–0 Argentina Nestor Giovannini KO 10 (12), 1:25 17 Dec 1994 Germany Alsterdorfer Sporthalle, Hamburg, Germany Won WBO junior-heavyweight title
24 Win 24–0 United States Leeonzer Barber UD 12 10 Sep 1994 Germany Alsterdorfer Sporthalle, Hamburg, Germany Won WBO light-heavyweight title
23 Win 23–0 United States Melvin Wynn KO 2, 3:05 28 May 1994 Germany Tivoli Eissporthalle, Aachen, Germany
22 Win 22–0 United States David Davis KO 7 (10) 23 Apr 1994 Germany Sporthalle Bildungszentrum, Halle, Germany
21 Win 21–0 United States David Vedder DQ 1 19 Feb 1994 Germany Sporthalle Wandsbek, Hamburg, Germany
20 Win 20–0 Argentina Sergio Daniel Merani TD 9 (12) 20 Nov 1993 Germany Alsterdorfer Sporthalle, Hamburg, Germany Retained IBF Inter-Continental light-heavyweight title
19 Win 19–0 Italy Mwehu Beya PTS 12 11 Sep 1993 Germany Tivoli Eissporthalle, Aachen, Germany Retained IBF Inter-Continental light-heavyweight title
18 Win 18–0 Uruguay Juan Alberto Barrero KO 5 (10) 26 Jun 1993 Germany Alsterdorfer Sporthalle, Hamburg, Germany
17 Win 17–0 United Kingdom Noel Magee TKO 8 (12) 22 May 1993 Germany Tivoli Eissporthalle, Aachen, Germany Won vacant IBF Inter-Continental light-heavyweight title
16 Win 16–0 United States Pat Alley KO 4 3 Apr 1993 Germany Sporthalle Wandsbek, Hamburg, Germany
15 Win 15–0 Germany Ali Saidi KO 10 (10) 13 Feb 1993 Germany Alsterdorfer Sporthalle, Hamburg, Germany Won German International light-heavyweight title
14 Win 14–0 United States Willie McDonald KO 2 (8) 12 Jan 1993 Germany Saaltheater Geulen, Aachen, Germany
13 Win 13–0 United States Mike Peak PTS 8 8 Dec 1992 Germany Legien-Center, Berlin, Germany
12 Win 12–0 United States Keith Williams TKO 2 17 Nov 1992 Germany Holstentorhalle, Lübeck, Germany
11 Win 11–0 United States Cecil Simms KO 2 7 Nov 1992 Germany Sporthalle, Cologne, Germany
10 Win 10–0 United Kingdom Steve McCarthy DQ 3 (10), 2:59 29 Sep 1992 Germany Legien-Center, Berlin, Germany McCarthy disqualified for an intentional headbutt
9 Win 9–0 United States Sylvester White TKO 5 28 Aug 1992 Germany Tivoli Eissporthalle, Aachen, Germany
8 Win 8–0 United Kingdom Richard Bustin KO 4 (8) 27 Jun 1992 Portugal Hotel, Quinta do Lago, Portugal
7 Win 7–0 United States Terrence Wright TKO 2 22 May 1992 Germany Dinslaken, Germany
6 Win 6–0 United States Robert Johnson TKO 2 (8), 2:41 4 Apr 1992 Germany Düsseldorf, Germany
5 Win 5–0 Republic of Ireland Sean Mannion TKO 3 21 Feb 1992 Germany Legien-Center, Berlin, Germany
4 Win 4–0 Belgium Yves Monsieur TKO 4 (8) 28 Jan 1992 Germany Legien-Center, Berlin, Germany
3 Win 3–0 Hungary Zoltan Habda TKO 2 (6) 10 Jan 1992 Germany Saaltheater Geulen, Aachen, Germany
2 Win 2–0 Germany Peter Cenki TKO 2 15 Oct 1991 Germany Legien-Center, Berlin, Germany
1 Win 1–0 United States Frederic Porter TKO 2 16 Sep 1991 Germany Legien-Center, Berlin, Germany Professional debut

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References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Dariusz Michalczewski at Wikimedia Commons

Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
Preceded by
Ali Saidi
German International light-heavyweight champion
13 February 1993 – 1994
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Silvio Meinel
Vacant
Title last held by
Frank Tate
IBF Inter-Continental light-heavyweight champion
22 May 2993 – September 1994
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Montell Griffin
World boxing titles
Preceded by
Leeonzer Barber
WBO light-heavyweight champion
10 September 1994 – 18 October 2003
Succeeded by
Julio César González
Preceded by
Nestor Hipolito Giovannini
WBO junior-heavyweight champion
17 December 1994 – March 1995
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Ralf Rocchigiani
Preceded by
Virgil Hill
WBA light-heavyweight champion
13 June 1997 – 1 July 1997
Stripped
Vacant
Title next held by
Lou Del Valle
IBF light-heavyweight champion
13 June 1997 – 16 June 1997
Stripped
Vacant
Title next held by
William Guthrie
Lineal light-heavyweight champion
13 June 1997 – 18 October 2003
Succeeded by
Julio César González