|Real name||David Lee Jaco|
|Height||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
January 24, 1954 |
Toledo, Ohio, U.S.
|Wins by KO||19|
David Lee Jaco (born January 24, 1954) is a retired heavyweight boxer. He spent his career as a journeyman fighting boxers to build up their career records. He retired in 1994 with 24 wins (19 by knockout), 25 losses (18 by knockout), and 1 draw. He lost bouts to Mike Tyson, George Foreman, Tommy Morrison, Carl Williams, Tony Tucker, Buster Douglas, Mike Weaver and Oliver McCall.
Jaco was once profiled on ABC's Prime Time Live as a "Palooka", or someone who never refused a fight for the money. Jaco later said, "I was a palooka, one of those guys who basically goes in there looking for a big payday. I made thousands when I fought, but I didn't consider myself a palooka. I was a decent fighter."
After winning a local amateur Toughman competition, Jaco trained for a year to turn pro. His first fight was on January 6, 1981, and he defeated Vic Wallace by knockout in four rounds. He went on to win his next eleven fights before a 1983 first round knockout defeat at the hands of future title contender Carl "The Truth" Williams.
Jaco continued to fight journeymen like himself for the next several months and won five more fights before his next defeat, a unanimous decision against Carlos Hernandez. Jaco was dominated in that fight, losing all ten rounds on one judge's scorecard, eight on a second, and seven on a third.
Jaco's first high profile victory (and perhaps his only one) came against young Canadian fighter and future title contender Donovan Ruddock, whom he beat on April 30, 1985 under controversial circumstances when Ruddock's corner threw in the towel in the eighth round. Ruddock later was found to have a respiratory illness that almost ended his career, which contributed to breathing problems that caused his corner to stop the fight.
The victory over Ruddock was the last Jaco would see until 1988 as he was beaten in his next nine fights, seven times by knockout. Among the fighters he took on were contender Jose Ribalta, future titleholders Tony Tucker, Buster Douglas, and Mike Tyson, and former champion Mike Weaver.
Jaco's losing streak was finally broken on March 11, 1988, when he knocked out previously unbeaten Zambian Michael Simuwelu in the first round. Again, it would be his last victory for an extended period. Six defeats followed, including fights against future champion Oliver McCall, an on-the-comeback trail George Foreman, and Tommy Morrison.
After his loss to Morrison Jaco went unbeaten in his next five fights, winning four times and drawing against former contender David Bey. After defeating Danny Sutton in the last of those five fights, Jaco never won again. His retirement fight resulted in him getting knocked out by Bey.
Former manager Richard Conti said "David fought on guts. That was his biggest strength. He was never the quickest or the strongest fighter. He took a lot of beatings, but he always gave everything he ever had."
Jaco was born in Oregon, Ohio, and grew up in Toledo where he worked at Interlaken Steel after graduating from Clay High School. He was laid off in 1979, to earn money for his wife and two young sons he entered into an amateur "Toughman" competition. He was so successful that he quickly turned pro and won every fight until his first loss to Carl "The Truth" Williams in June 1983.
In 1986, Jaco used the money he made fighting Tyson to move to Florida where his twin boys lived from his first marriage. He remarried and had an addition four girls. Today he is an independent contractor, transporting workers' compensation recipients to their doctor appointments. He published a memoir of his boxing experiences titled Spontaneous Palooka and Mr. Mom (2012).
In 2003, it was reported that Jaco ran a youth boxing program at the Manatee County Police Athletic League. In October 2005, Jaco was fired from the position after he was arrested in a McDonalds parking lot for possessing 30 grams of marijuana. Jaco said "I know the harm in taking medication in pills and painkillers, so I took to smoking marijuana to ease my pain and help me sleep at night." The program head Michael Polin said Jaco was an "excellent" boxing instructor.
Professional boxing record
|24 Wins (19 knockouts, 5 decisions), 25 Losses (18 knockouts, 7 decisions), 1 Draw |
|Loss||17-11-1||David "Hand Grenade" Bey||TKO||8||17/09/1994||Macao, China|
|Loss||46-4||Adilson Rodrigues||UD||10||31/07/1993||Sao Paulo, Brazil||89-99, 89-100, 89-99.|
|Loss||24-3||Melton Bowen||TKO||2||29/01/1993||Columbia, South Carolina, United States||WBFo Intercontinental Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 2:58 of the second round.|
|Loss||27-9||"Smokin" Bert Cooper||UD||10||11/07/1992||Fort Myers, Florida, United States||89-100, 90-99, 91-99.|
|Loss||10-0||Alexander Zolkin||PTS||10||12/06/1992||Columbus, Ohio, United States|
|Loss||18-2||Magne Havnå||TKO||4||14/03/1992||Copenhagen, Denmark|
|Loss||18-2-2||Mike "The Bounty" Hunter||TKO||3||14/02/1992||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||27-16||Danny "Smiley" Sutton||TKO||3||16/10/1991||Bradenton, Florida, United States|
|Draw||17-8||David "Hand Grenade" Bey||PTS||10||07/09/1991||Sarasota, Florida, United States|
|Win||11-2||Haakan "The Rock" Brock||SD||6||11/06/1991||Miami Beach, Florida, United States|
|Win||3-16-2||Greg Payne||TKO||2||11/05/1991||Orlando, Florida, United States|||
|Win||13-34-2||Frankie Hines||TKO||4||20/10/1990||Charleston, South Carolina, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 2:03 of the fourth round.|
|Loss||16-0||Tommy "The Duke" Morrison||KO||1||19/09/1989||Jacksonville, Florida, United States||Jaco knocked out at 0:37 of the first round.|
|Loss||19-0||Alex "The Destroyer" Stewart||TKO||1||18/02/1989||Budapest, Hungary|
|Loss||58-2||"Big" George Foreman||TKO||1||28/12/1988||Bakersfield, California, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 2:03 of the first round.|
|Loss||26-0||Gary Mason||TKO||4||24/10/1988||Windsor, Berkshire, United Kingdom||Referee stopped the bout at 2:52 of the fourth round.|
|Loss||11-2||Oliver "The Atomic Bull" McCall||UD||10||30/06/1988||Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States||92-97, 90-98, 91-98.|
|Loss||14-2-1||"Mighty" Mike Evans||TKO||9||21/05/1988||Gary, Indiana, United States||Midwest Heavyweight Title.|
|Win||17-0-1||Michael "Big Boy" Simuwelu||KO||1||11/03/1988||Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany|
|Loss||28-2-2||Philipp Brown||UD||10||20/02/1988||Trumbull, Connecticut, United States|
|Loss||28-13-1||Mike Weaver||KO||2||29/07/1987||Yaounde, Cameroon|
|Loss||10-0||Johnny DuPlooy||KO||2||22/11/1986||Johannesburg, South Africa|
|Loss||17-3||Elijah "Phoenix Steel" Tillery||KO||9||11/07/1986||Swan Lake, New York, United States|
|Loss||20-3-1||Jose "El Nino" Ribalta||KO||5||13/05/1986||Bloomington, Minnesota, United States|
|Loss||21-3-1||James "Buster" Douglas||UD||8||19/04/1986||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||15-0||"Iron" Mike Tyson||TKO||1||11/01/1986||Albany, New York, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 2:16 of the first round.|
|Loss||28-0||Tony "TNT" Tucker||TKO||3||19/10/1985||Monte Carlo, Monaco|
|Loss||12-1||Pierre Coetzer||KO||6||08/07/1985||Johannesburg, South Africa|
|Win||9-0-1||Donovan "Razor" Ruddock||TKO||8||30/04/1985||Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada|
|Loss||16-0||Dion "J.D." Simpson||TKO||3||09/02/1985||Port Huron, Michigan, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 2:52 of the third round.|
|Win||14-8-1||Rick "King Kong" Keller||KO||3||09/01/1985||Saginaw, Michigan, United States|
|Loss||14-0||Carlos "Rocky" Hernandez||UD||10||14/11/1984||New York City, United States||0-10, 2-8, 3-7.|
|Win||1-0||Cornelius Benson||UD||8||24/10/1984||Saginaw, Michigan, United States||80-72, 80-70, 80-75.|
|Win||0-1||Ken Penn||KO||1||21/09/1984||Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||7-26-1||Ron Draper||KO||3||14/09/1984||Iowa, United States|
|Win||--||Larry Landers||KO||4||27/07/1984||Macon, Georgia, United States|
|Win||14-7-1||Rick "King Kong" Keller||PTS||8||23/06/1984||Dubuque, Iowa, United States|
|Loss||10-0||Carl "The Truth" Williams||TKO||1||30/06/1983||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||1-13||Melvin "Dino" Hosey||TKO||4||16/04/1983||Toledo, Ohio, United States|
|Win||--||Jeff Burg||TKO||1||05/03/1983||Bay City, Michigan, United States|
|Win||3-5||David Starkey||TKO||3||12/02/1983||Lima, Ohio, United States|
|Win||2-5||Vernon Bridges||PTS||8||19/08/1982||Bay City, Michigan, United States|
|Win||0-2||Harold Johnson||KO||2||17/04/1982||Dayton, Ohio, United States|
|Win||1-2-1||Harold "Big Porky" Speakman||KO||3||08/12/1981||Columbus, Ohio, United States|
|Win||--||Doug Meiring||KO||3||09/10/1981||Toledo, Ohio, United States|
|Win||--||Otis Evans||KO||2||08/08/1981||Pensacola, Florida, United States|
|Win||0-2||Vernon Bridges||PTS||6||29/07/1981||Saginaw, Michigan, United States|
|Win||0-2||Stanley Dollison||KO||1||20/06/1981||Findlay, Ohio, United States|
|Win||0-6||Hubert Adams||KO||1||13/02/1981||Lima, Ohio, United States|
|Win||1-9||Vic Wallace||KO||4||06/01/1981||Pontiac, Michigan, United States|
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