Don Wilson (kickboxer)

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Don Wilson
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BornDonald Glen Wilson
(1954-09-10) September 10, 1954 (age 67)
Alton, Illinois, United States
Other namesThe Dragon, Hoshino
NationalityAmerican
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
DivisionLight Heavyweight
StyleKickboxing, Kung Fu
Fighting out ofLos Angeles, California, United States
Years active1974–1991, 1999–2002, 2013–
Professional boxing record
Total9
Wins6
By knockout4
Losses3
By knockout3
Kickboxing record
Total82
Wins72
By knockout48
Losses5
Draws2
No contests3
Other information
Notable relativesJim Wilson (brother), Kathleen Karridene (wife)
Websitehttp://www.donthedragonwilson.com

Donald Glen Wilson (born September 10, 1954), nicknamed "The Dragon", is an American martial artist and actor.[1] An 11-time professional kickboxing world champion who scored 47 knockouts in four decades, he has been called by the STAR System Ratings as "perhaps the greatest kickboxer in American history. He has disposed of more quality competition than anyone we've ever ranked".[2] He is an entrant into the European Martial Arts Hall of Fame.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Wilson was born to a Japanese mother and American father in Alton, Illinois. He attended Saint Andrew's School in Boca Raton, where he was an MVP in football and basketball.[3] Wilson also tried his hand at wrestling, in which he excelled enough to score a 4th place in the Florida State Collegiate Wrestling competition.

After high school, Wilson he was accepted into the prestigious Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut in the fall of 1972. Wilson has stated that his brother challenged him to friendly sparring, which he imagined he would dominate since Wilson was more physically imposing and athletic than his brother. To his surprise, he was easily knocked around by his brother's martial arts ability. He credits this experience as making a believer out of him, after which he would pursue martial arts. He began studying Goju-ryu Karate with Sensei Chuck Merriman for two hours a week for one year.[4]

In 1973, Wilson left the academy and earned an associate degree in electrical engineering at Brevard Community College in Florida. He then enrolled at his father's alma mater, the Florida Institute of Technology, but dropped out to pursue a professional fighting career, to the elder Wilson's disappointment. During this time, he was trained by his brother Jim in Pai Lum Kung-Fu.[4]

Don's nickname, "The Dragon" was used in his first professional kickboxing match in Orlando. He also had two other nicknames that were used at times during his long career.

In July 1977, Wilson defeated Howard Hayden. A report of the match in Official Karate Magazine said, "Don Wilson's showboat tactics have seen him through a couple of fights, but the Flash won't last long when the going gets tough." Wilson said he was hugely insulted; a few people began to refer to him as Don "The Flash" Wilson, which annoyed him. He said this inspired him to prove something: "I got serious."[4]

Kickboxing career[edit]

Wilson won a total of 11 World Titles with several sanctioning bodies that included the IKF, WKA, KICK, ISKA, STAR and the PKO. He won his IKF (www.IKFKickboxing.com) FCR Cruiserweight World Title on May 15, 1999, in Lowell, Massachusetts, USA, when he defeated Dick Kimber. (Lynn, Massachusetts, USA PRO: 23-3/21, AM: 25-0/25 5'9" 197 lbs) At the end of the 3rd round Wilson came alive and exploded with a flurry that eventually knocked Kimber to the floor motionless. Referee Dan Stell counted Kimber out on the floor, a count that went into the round break. Kimber never stood during the count.

Having never been challenged for his title, Wilson voluntarily retired it to move down to the Light Heavyweight Division, where he eventually retired from fighting a few years later.

According to Inside Kung-Fu Presents Kickboxing Magazine (August 1992), Don Wilson's professional kickboxing record was listed as 69 wins, 5 losses, 2 draws, 46 knockout wins, and 6 kick-knockouts, and 3 no-contests. On page 64, Wilson's first match with Bill Knoblok in Orlando, Florida in December 1974 is listed as a 3-round no-contest. However, on page 52 in the same issue, Wilson said about his fight with Knoblok, " But Bill won the third round by a larger margin than I had won the first. So he won the bout." Today the official result of this fight was listed as a no-contest on Wilson's official fight record because when he decided to fight for PKA, Joe Corley felt the rule of the bout was quite different from those of PKA, Corley told Wilson to omit it.

Wilson's kickboxing career spanned 4 decades; his first fight with Bill Knoblok in 1974 and his last fight, a 10th-round knockout victory over Eddie Butcher on July 19, 2002, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. He defeated among others, world champions Branko Cikatic, James Warring, Dennis Alexio, and Maurice Smith. Wilson fought a draw with another champion, Jean-Yves Thériault. In 79 bouts, Wilson was only knocked out by Glen McMorris in 1980. Wilson's kickboxing record is listed as 72–5–2 (48 knockouts) with 3 no-contests.

Wilson was noted for being an American-style kickboxer who challenged the fabled fighters from Thailand. He prevailed in most instances, only suffering a loss. However, the matches were always problematic, due to the differences in traditions, style and judging. For his fight against Samart, the officials who arranged the fight broke the previous arrangement, placing Wilson against a lighter opponent and forcing Wilson to lose 8 pounds on the day of the bout by sitting in a sauna from early morning until two hours before the bout, leaving him dangerously dehydrated. Wilson had also negotiated for a 7-round fight, which the officials also neglected. Furthermore, the thai judges only recognized Muay Thai techniques such as thai kick or those performed within the clinch, which meant that Wilson's only hope to win was to knockout Samart, which he was unable to do because of his dehydration. Wilson, a fighter used to 12 round fights, was exhausted in the 2nd round, a clear indication of the seriousness of his condition. Such reckless endangerment of a fighter's life would have been met with judicial repercussions had it occurred under a western sanctioning body. Despite this unsporting and outrageous treatment, Wilson didn't push to have the result of the fight overturned and accepted his loss.

Wilson was scheduled to make a comeback at 58 years old, against an unnamed opponent in a ten-rounder in Istanbul, Turkey in 2013.[5] However at the last minute the fight in Istanbul was cancelled due to "breach of contract and non-performance of financial agreements". In 2014, he was honored with the U.F. of Legends Dragon Award at the Urban Action Showcase & Expo at HBO.[6]

Kickboxing losses turned into no contests[edit]

Early in Wilson's career, he lost three fights by decision; these losses were changed into no contests by the PKA (Professional Karate Association).[7]

Wilson's first career match was against Bill Knoblock and he lost a 3rd decision. This match was later turned into a no contest by the Professional Karate Association as they listed it as an "amateur" match. "This amateur bout was part of Wilson's black belt examination."[7] However, in a 2013 interview, Wilson recalled his first fight as a loss to Bill Knoblock on January 25, 1975, as a professional match in which he was paid $100 U.S. dollars.[8]

On May 28, 1976, in Tampa, Florida, Wilson lost a 5-round decision to Rudy Burney in a PKA sanctioned match.[7] However, the PKA later overturned the decision for, "improper procedures that impeded fair competition."

Finally, in September 1976, Wilson lost a 5-round points decision to Herb Thompson in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The PKA overturned the decision, citing improper procedures and inappropriate equipment which impeded fair competition.[7]

Fighting style[edit]

Wilson was fairly notable thanks to his unique fighting style as used in the ring. He was ambidextrous, being able to switch stance on a whim and attack powerfully with either side, although he preferred to fight strong-side forward, which is a characteristic of some Chinese Martial arts like Pai Lum Tao Ng Ying Kungfu (Chinese: 五形功夫). He identified himself as mainly a kicker, claiming that was his forte and the reason why he never seriously considered boxing.

He has a particularly devastating lead side kick, and was known to perform single-leg multiple kicks in rapid succession. Despite his focus on kicks, most of his K.O's came through his punching, and he was particularly good with his lead (right) hook punch.

Commentating career[edit]

[9] Wilson was a fight commentator and interviewer in many of the early UFC events, beginning with UFC 7 in Buffalo. He stated several times that he would be willing to fight in the UFC himself if enough fans requested it, but it never happened. He went on to be a commentator for King of the Cage.

Film appearances[edit]

Some movies to his credit include: Futurekick, Bloodfist 1–8, Ring of Fire 1, 2 & 3, Out for Blood, Operation Cobra, Blackbelt, Cyber Tracker 1 & 2, Terminal Rush, Redemption, Say Anything... Capitol Conspiracy, Moving Target, and Batman Forever as the leader of the Neon Gang.[10]

Kickboxing titles[edit]

  • 2010 World Kickboxing Hall of Fame Champion
  • 2008 European Martial Arts Hall of Fame Member
  • 2000 I.S.K.A. Full Contact Cruiserweight North American Champion −190 lbs
  • 1999 I.K.F. Full Contact Cruiserweight World Champion −190 lbs
  • 1989 P.K.O. Full Contact Light Heavyweight World Champion −170 lbs
  • 1988–89 I.S.K.A. Full Contact Cruiserweight World Champion −182 lbs (0 title defences – vacated)
  • 1984 S.T.A.R. Undisputed Full Contact Light Heavyweight World Champion −175 lbs
  • 1984 W.K.A. Full Contact Super Light Heavyweight World Champion −184 lbs
  • 1984 S.T.A.R. Undisputed Full Contact Super Light Heavyweight World Champion −184 lbs
  • 1983–84 W.K.A. Full Contact Cruiserweight World Champion −190 lbs (0 title defences – vacated)
  • 1983 S.T.A.R. Undisputed Full Contact Cruiserweight World Champion −184 lbs
  • 1983–87 K.I.C.K. Full Contact Light Heavyweight World Champion −175 lbs (2 title defences)
  • 1980–91 W.K.A. Full Contact Light Heavyweight World Champion −175 lbs (9 title defences – vacated)
  • 1980 S.T.A.R. Undisputed Full Contact Light Heavyweight World Champion −175 lbs
  • 1979–80 P.K.A. Full Contact Middleweight United States Champion −170 lbs (2 title defences)
  • 1978–79 P.K.A. Full Contact Middleweight Florida State Champion −170 lbs (4 title defences – vacated)

Professional kickboxing record[edit]

Professional kickboxing record
72 wins (48 (T)KOs, 24 decisions), 5 losses, 2 draws, 1 no decision, 3 no contests[7]
Date Result Opponent Event Location Method Round Time Record
2011-12-03 Exhibition England Kash Gill "Cinema against Pain" @ Almaty, Kazakhstan Exhibition 3 72–5–2–3
2002-07-19 Win United States Eddie Butcher "A Night Of Champions", I.S.K.A. Event @ Tropicana Hotel Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA KO (Overhand Right) 10 72–5–2–3
2000-03-17 Win United States Dewey Cooper I.S.K.A. Event @ MGM Grand Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Decision 10 2:00 71–5–2–3
Wins I.S.K.A. Full Contact Cruiserweight North American title −190 lbs.
1999-05-14 Win United States Dick Kimber I.K.F. Event @ Tsongas Arena Lowell, Massachusetts, USA TKO 3 2:08 70–5–2–3
Wins I.K.F. Full Contact Cruiserweight World Title −190 lbs.
1991-01-12 Win United States Ghalib Carmichael W.K.A. Event Anaheim, California, USA Decision 11 2:00 69–5–2–3
Retains W.K.A. full-contact light-heavyweight world title −175 lbs (9th defence). Vacates title after win.
1991-12-03 Exhibition United Kingdom Gary Daniels World Martial Arts Extravaganza @ Birmingham|England Exhibition 3 68–5–2–3
1990-07-27 Win Soviet Union Yuleeb Kazakov K.I.C.K. & I.S.K.A. Event @ West Palm Beach Auditorium West Palm Beach, Florida, USA TKO 5 68–5–2–3
1989-12-01 Win Italy Maurizio Curallo P.K.O. Event Rome, Italy TKO (Gave Up) 1 67–5–2–3
1989-11-27 Win Italy Giuliano Grillo P.K.O. Event Milan, Italy TKO 2 66–5–2–3
1989-11-04 Loss Poland Marek Piotrowski F.F.K.A. & P.K.C. Event @ Odeum Expo Center Chicago, Illinois, USA Decision (Split) 12 2:00 65–5–2–3
Fight was for vacant F.F.K.A. & P.K.C. full-contact light-heavyweight world titles. Although his I.S.K.A. full-contact cruiserweight world title was not on the line, Wilson would have to vacate it due to the defeat.
1989-07-03 Win United States Mike Winkeljohn W.K.A. Event Costa Mesa, California, USA TKO 10 65–4–2–3
1989-04-20 Win England Keith Wilson P.K.O. Event London, England, UK TKO 4 64–4–2–3
1989-04-13 Win Sweden Ken Stranberg P.K.O. Event Gothenburg, Sweden Decision 5 2:00 63–4–2–3
1989-03-18 Win West Germany Ferdinand Mack P.K.O. Event Berlin, Germany TKO 9 62–4–2–3
Wins inaugural P.K.O. full-contact light-heavyweight world title −170 lbs.
1988-10-08 Win United States Rob Salazar I.S.K.A. Event Lake Tahoe, Nevada, USA Decision (Split) 12 61–4–2–3
Wins inaugural I.S.K.A. full-contact cruiserweight world title −182 lbs.
1988-07-30 Win United States Carl Englund W.K.A. & K.I.C.K. Event @ James L. Knight Center Miami, Florida, USA TKO 4 60–4–2–3
1987-12-12 Win Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Branko Cikatić K.I.C.K. Event Orlando, Florida, USA TKO (punches) 7 59–4–2–3
Retains K.I.C.K. full-contact light-heavyweight world title −175 lbs (2nd defence).
1987-06-22 Win United States Art Jimmerson W.K.A. Event @ Brassy's Nightclub Cocoa Beach, Florida, USA KO 6 58–4–2–3
1987-04-22 Win United States Roger Hurd W.K.A. Event @ Brassy's Nightclub Cocoa Beach, Florida, USA TKO 4 57–4–2–3
Retains W.K.A. full-contact light-heavyweight world title −175 lbs (8th defence).
1987-01-19 Win United States Paul Ford W.K.A. Event Merrit Island, Florida, USA TKO 6 56–4–2–3
1986-09-22 Win United States Rich Lopez W.K.A. Event @ Brassy's Nightclub Cocoa Beach, Florida, USA KO (Round Kick to Jaw) 5 55–4–2–3
Retains W.K.A. full-contact light-heavyweight world title −175 lbs (7th defence).
1985-12-06 Win United States Charlie Archie W.K.A. Event Miami, Florida, USA KO (Kick) 1 54–4–2–3
1985-11-10 Win Jamaica Michael Husbands I.N.D. Event @ Verdun Auditorium Montreal, Canada TKO 5 53–4–2–3
1984-12-18 Draw Canada Jean-Yves Thériault I.N.D. Event @ Verdun Auditorium Montreal, Canada Decision Draw 12 2:00 52–4–2–3
Receives recognition as S.T.A.R. undisputed full-contact light-heavyweight world champion −175 lbs.
1984-09-05 Win Thailand Fanta Petchmuangtrat (Attapong Buadan)[7][11][12] W.K.A. Event @ Queen Elizabeth Stadium Hong Kong Decision 7 3:00 52–4–1–3
1984-03-29 Win United States Dennis Alexio W.K.A. Event Hollywood, Florida, USA Decision (Unanimous) 12 2:00 51–4–1–3
Wins inaugural W.K.A. full-contact super light-heavyweight world title −184 lbs and also receives recognition as S.T.A.R. undisputed full-contact super light-heavyweight world champion −184 lbs. Before taking the fight Wilson voluntarily vacated his W.K.A. full-contact cruiserweight world title in January, 1984. He would later also vacate his W.K.A. super light-heavyweight world title he won against Alexio in October that same year.
1983-12-02 Loss Thailand Samart Parsanmit Royal Thai Army Welfare Event @ Lumpinee Stadium Bangkok, Thailand Decision 5 3:00 50–4–1–3
1983-11-03 Exhibition United StatesA.W. Muhammad W.K.C. Event @ West Palm Beach Auditorium West Palm Beach, Florida, USA Exhibition 5 2:00 50–3–1–3
1983-09-26 Win Thailand Pongdienoi Prasobchai W.K.A. Event @ Queen Elizabeth Stadium Hong Kong TKO (Spinning Back Kick) 4 50–3–1–3
1983-08-19 Win United States Jarvis Gradner W.K.A. Event Cocoa Beach, Florida, USA Decision 9 2:00 49–3–1–3
1983-07-16 Win United States Steve Valencia K.I.C.K. Event New York City, New York, USA TKO 4 48–3–1–3
Retains K.I.C.K. full-contact light-heavyweight world title −175 lbs (1st defence).
1983-05-21 Win United States Maurice Smith W.K.A. Event Tokyo, Japan Decision 11 2:00 47–3–1–3
Wins vacant W.K.A. cruiserweight world title −190 lbs. Also receives recognition as S.T.A.R. undisputed full-contact cruiserweight world champion −184 lbs.
1983-04-19 Win United States Curtis Crandall K.I.C.K. Event @ Caesar's Palace Las Vegas, Nevada, USA TKO 11 46–3–1–3
Wins inaugural K.I.C.K. full-contact light-heavyweight world title −175 lbs.
1983-03-19 Win United States James Sisco W.K.A. Event Nassau, Bahamas KO 2 45–3–1–3
1982-11-06 Win Canada Wade Woodbury W.K.C. Event @ West Palm Beach Auditorium West Palm Beach, Florida, USA Decision (Split) 12 44–3–1–3
1982-09-04 Win United States James Warring W.K.A. Event Tokyo, Japan Decision 11 2:00 43–3–1–3
Retains W.K.A. full-contact light-heavyweight world title −175 lbs (6th defence).
1982-04-08 Win Thailand Panya Sornnoi W.K.A. Event @ Queen Elizabeth Stadium Hong Kong Decision 9 42–3–1–3
Retains W.K.A. full-contact light-heavyweight world title −175 lbs (5th defence).
1982-02-08 Win United States James Sisco W.K.A. Event @ Queen Elizabeth Stadium Hong Kong TKO 4 41–3–1–3
Retains W.K.A. full-contact light-heavyweight world title −175 lbs (4th defence).
1981-12-07 Win United States Dennis Downey W.K.A. Event @ Brassy's Nightclub Cocoa Beach, Florida, USA DQ (Biting) 7 40–3–1–3
1981-12-07 Win United States Mark Zacharatos W.K.A. Event @ Imperial Palace Las Vegas, Nevada, USA KO 3 39–3–1–3
Retains W.K.A. full-contact light-heavyweight world title −175 lbs (3rd defence).
1981-09-08 Win Thailand Panya Sornnoi W.K.A. Event @ Queen Elizabeth Stadium Hong Kong Decision (Split) 7 2:00 38–3–1–3
Retains W.K.A. full-contact light-heavyweight world title −175 lbs (2nd defence).
1981-07-25 Win United States Al Mims W.K.A. Event @ West Palm Beach Auditorium West Palm Beach, Florida, USA KO 3 37–3–1–3
1981-06-24 Win Pakistan Muhammed Ashraf Tai W.K.A. Event Tokyo, Japan KO 2 36–3–1–3
1981-05-15 Win United States Larry Nichols W.K.A. Event @ St. Lucie Civic Center Fort Pierce, Florida, USA KO (Kick) 5 35–3–1–3
1981-03-23 Win United States Greg Smith W.K.A. Event @ Brassy's Nightclub Cocoa Beach, Florida, USA Decision 5 2:00 34–3–1–3
1981-03-10 Win United States Herbie Thompson W.K.A. Event Westchester, New York, USA KO 8 33–3–1–3
Retains W.K.A. full-contact light-heavyweight world title −175 lbs (1st defence).
1981-02-10 Win United States Eddie Dourant W.K.A. Event @ St. Lucie Civic Center Fort Pierce, Florida, USA TKO 7 32–3–1–3
1980-12-01 Win United States Larry Lockhart W.K.A. Event @ Brassy's Nightclub Cocoa Beach, Florida, USA TKO 4 31–3–1–3
1980-10-13 Win United States Andy White W.K.A. Event @ Brassy's Nightclub Cocoa Beach, Florida, USA KO 2 30–3–1–3
Wins inaugural W.K.A. full-contact light-heavyweight world title −175 lbs. Also receives recognition as S.T.A.R. undisputed full-contact light-heavyweight world champion −175 lbs.
1980-07-21 Win United States Rodney Batiste P.K.A. World Championship Eliminations @ Brassy's Nightclub Cocoa Beach, Florida, USA Decision 10 2:00 29–3–1–3
Wins eliminator for shot at vacant P.K.A. and S.T.A.R. full-contact middleweight world titles against Jean-Yves Thériault. This fight would never materialise, however, due to a number of contractual & promotional issues.
1980-06-? Win United States Steve Mackey P.K.A. Event @ West Palm Beach Auditorium West Palm Beach, Florida, USA KO 1 28–3–1–3
1980-05-20 Win United States Larry Doggert Cocoa Beach, Florida, USA KO 7 27–3–1–3
1980-04-14 Win United States Bernard Clark P.K.A. Event @ Brassy's Nightclub Cocoa Beach, Florida, USA TKO 6 26–3–1–3
1980-03-05 Loss United States Glenn McMorris P.K.A. Event @ West Palm Beach Auditorium West Palm Beach, Florida, USA TKO 1 25–3–1–3
Loses P.K.A. full-contact middleweight U.S. title −170 lbs.
1980-02-08 Win United States Larry Poore West Palm Beach Auditorium West Palm Beach, Florida, USA TKO 7 25–2–1–3
1980-01-? Win United States Greg Strong P.K.A. Event Miami, Florida, USA TKO (Kick) 7 24–2–1–3
Retains P.K.A. full-contact middleweight U.S. title −170 lbs (1st defence).
1979-11-10 Draw United States Steve Mackey P.K.A. Event Orlando, Florida, USA Technical Draw 2 23–2–1–3
1979-10-23 Win United States Willie Ruffin Orlando Sports Stadium Orlando, Florida, USA TKO 5 23–2–0–3
1979-09-15 Win United States Jimmy Horsley P.K.A. Event Orlando, Florida, USA TKO 7 22–2–0–3
Wins P.K.A. full-contact middleweight U.S. title −170 lbs.
1979-08-? Win United States Danny Wedges W.K.A. Event @ West Palm Beach Auditorium West Palm Beach, Florida, USA KO 1 21–2–0–3
1979-08-? Win United States John Shields Bradenton, Florida, USA TKO 2 20–2–0–3
1979-07-? Win United States Al Durr Orlando, Florida, USA KO 3 19–2–0–3
1979-06-23 Win United States Benny Fernandez P.K.A. Event Bradenton, Florida, USA DQ (Hit & Hold Clinching) 1 18–2–0–3
Retains P.K.A. full-contact middleweight Florida State title −170 lbs (4th defence).
1979-06-09 Win United States Willie Ruffin Miami, Florida, USA TKO 3 17–2–0–3
1979-05-26 Win United States Jeff Gripper W.K.A. Event @ West Palm Beach Auditorium West Palm Beach, Florida, USA Decision 7 2:00 16–2–0–3
1979-03-07 Win United States Ted Pryor West Palm Beach Auditorium West Palm Beach, Florida, USA Decision 7 2:00 15–2–0–3
1979-02-17 Win United States Rich Cook P.K.A. Event Stuart, Florida, USA Decision 7 2:00 14–2–0–3
Retains P.K.A. full-contact middleweight Florida State title −170 lbs (3rd defence).
1979-01-13 Win United States James Sisco P.K.A. Event Bradenton, Florida, USA TKO 4 13–2–0–3
Retains P.K.A. full-contact middleweight Florida State title −170 lbs (2nd defence).
1978-12-? Win United States Rick Herranz West Palm Beach Auditorium West Palm Beach, Florida, USA KO 1 12–2–0–3
1978-12-02 Win United States Herbie Thompson P.K.A. Event Stuart, Florida, USA Decision 7 2:00 11–2–0–3
Retains P.K.A. full-contact middleweight Florida State title −170 lbs (1st defence).
1978-11-18 Win United States Ron Harry P.K.A. Event Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA KO 1 10–2–0–3
1978-10-20 Loss United States Robert Biggs P.K.A. Event West Palm Beach, Florida, USA Decision (Split) 5 2:00 9–2–0–3
1978-09-23 Win United States Ted Pryor P.K.A. Event Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA Decision 5 2:00 9–1–0–3
Wins P.K.A. full-contact middleweight Florida State title −170 lbs.
1978-04-08 Win United States Charlie Jordan P.K.A. Event Miami, Florida, USA DQ (Failed Minimum Kicks Rule) 4 8–1–0–3
1977-10-08 Win United States Robert Parris Melbourne, Florida, USA Decision 7 2:00 7–1–0–3
1977-09-10 Win United States James Sisco P.K.A. Event Miami, Florida, USA KO (Side Kick to Body) 3 6–1–0–3
1977-07-18 Win United States Howard Hayden West Palm Beach Auditorium West Palm Beach, Florida, USA Decision 5 2:00 5–1–0–3
1977-05-? Win United States John Sweet Miami, Florida, USA Decision 5 2:00 4–1–0–3
1977-03-? Win United States Robert Dillard Melbourne, Florida, USA Decision 3 2:00 3–1–0–3
1976-09-? NC United States Herbie Thompson Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA No Contest 5 2:00 2–1–0–3
P.K.A. changed result due to improper procedures & equipment which hindered fair competition.
1976-05-28 NC United States Rudy Burney P.K.A. Event Tampa, Florida, USA No Contest 5 2:00 2–1–0–2
Questionable decision for Burney was changed by P.K.A. due to judging/promoting elements which prevented a fair result for Wilson.
1975-11-? Loss United States Steve Shepherd Miami, Florida, USA Decision 3 2:00 2–1–0–1
1975-08-? Win United States Ben Green Melbourne, Florida, USA Decision 5 2:00 2–0–0–1
1975-05-? Win United States Ken Broadway Melbourne, Florida, USA KO (Side Kick to Body) 3 1–0–0–1
1975-01-25 NC United States Bill Knoblock Space Coast Karate Tournament Orlando, Florida, USA No Contest 3 2:00 0-0-0-1
Part of Wilson's Black Belt examination. P.K.A. changed result to No-Contest which both participants and promoters agreed on.
Legend:   Win

  Loss   Draw/No contest   Exhibition   Notes

Professional boxing career[edit]

Wilson had a brief professional boxing career. Wilson said in a 2015 interview that he had a 6–3–0 professional boxing record with all three defeats by first round stoppage.[8] He admits a change in his style lead to only an average boxing career.

His biggest victory was against Muhammad Ali's former sparring partner John L. Johnson.[13] Wilson's last boxing match took place against Tim Jones on October 21, 1986, at the Reseda Country Club in California. Wilson had a 6–2–0 record in professional boxing going into this match, while Jones was winless in 6 bouts. Wilson lost by TKO at 2:58 of the first round. Dennis Alexio, who lost a kickboxing match to Wilson, had already defeated Jones. Jones lost his next 4 boxing matches, and retired with a 1–10–0 record.[14]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Result Record Opponent Method Date Round Time Event Location Notes
Loss[14] 6–3–0 United StatesTim Jones KO Oct 28, 1986 1 Reseda, California
Win 6–2–0 United StatesRoke Harris KO Jul 25, 1986 4 San Diego, California
Loss 5–2–0 MexicoMiguel Murillo KO Mar 17, 1986 2 Inglewood, California
Win 5–1–0 United StatesHarold Thames TKO Feb 16, 1983 3 Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Win 4–1–0 United StatesDennis Korall PTS Sep 16, 1982 6 Tampa, Florida
Win 3–1–0 United StatesBob Smith KO Florida
Loss 2–1–0 Unknown TKO 1 Florida
Win 2–0–0 United StatesUnknown Florida
Win 1–0–0 United StatesJohn L. Johnson TKO 1 Cocoa Beach, Florida Mixed Match: Kickboxer vs. Boxer:Johnson throws up and match is halted.

MMA record[edit]

Result Record Opponent Method Date Round Time Event Location Notes
Win United StatesArt Jimmerson KO 1987 Jun 22 6 Cocoa Beach, Florida
Win United StatesRon Harry KO 1978 Nov 11 1 Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Win United StatesJohn L. Johnson TKO Date unavailable 1 Cocoa Beach, Florida

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1982 New York Chinatown Actor Film
1988 The Expendables Wilson Film
The Firing Line Government Soldier Film
1989 Say Anything... Sparring Partner Film
Bloodfist Jake Raye Film; First Time in a Lead Role
1990 Bloodfist II Jake Raye Film
1991 Ring of Fire Johnny Woo Film
Future Kick Walker Film
1992 Bloodfist III: Forced to Fight Jimmy Boland Film
Blackbelt Jack Dillon Film
Out for Blood John Decker Film (also producer)
Bloodfist IV: Die Trying Danny Holt Film (also producer)
1993 Ring of Fire II: Blood and Steel Johnny Woo Film (also producer)
Magic Kid Himself Video
1994 Bloodfist V: Human Target Jim Stanton Film
Red Sun Rising Thomas Hoshino Film
CyberTracker Eric Phillips Film
1995 Bloodfist VI: Ground Zero Nick Corrigan Film (also producer)
Ring of Fire 3: Lion Strike
(aka: Lion Strike)
Dr. Johnny Wu Film (also writer—story)
Batman Forever Gang Leader Film
Bloodfist VII: Manhunt Jim Trudell Film (also producer)
Cyber-Tracker 2 Eric Film (also producer)
The Power Within Himself Film
Virtual Combat David Quarry Film
Top Fighter Himself Documentary
1996 Bloodfist VIII: Trained to Kill Rick Cowan / George 'Mac' MacReady Film
Terminal Rush Jacob Harper Film (also producer)
Night Hunter Jack Cutter Film (also producer)
1997 Moesha Himself (1996 TV series) Episode: "Break It Down" (1997)
Hollywood Safari Greg Film
Inferno
(aka: Operation Cobra)
Kyle Conners Film
Papertrail FBI Agent Ryu Film (as Don Wilson)
1998 Whatever It Takes Neil Film (also producer)
The Prophet
(aka: The Capitol Conspiracy)
Jarrid Maddox Film
2000 Moving Target Ray Brock Film (also producer)
2001 Walker, Texas Ranger Himself (1993 TV series) Episode: "Legends" (2001)
2002 Redemption John Sato Collins Video (also producer)
Modern Warriors Himself TV special
Stealing Harvard Loach's Friend Film (as Don Wilson)
Mass Destruction Himself Documentary
2003 How to Be an Action Star Himself Video
2004 Sci-Fighter Jack Tanaka Film (also producer)
2006 Crooked
(aka: Soft Target)
Danny Tyler Film (also producer)
18 Fingers of Death! Himself Video
2007 The Last Sentinel Tallis Film (as Don Wilson) (also producer)
2009 Hollywood Lives Himself TV series (one episode)
2012 Liberator 'Sidewinder' Film (also producer)
2015 The Scorpion King 4: Quest for Power Gizzan Film
Diamond Cartel Mr. Lo Film
The Martial Arts Kid Glen Film
One More Round Bob Paulson Film
Underdog Kids Himself, Judge Film
2016 Showdown in Manila Dillon Film
The Horde War Veteran Film
2017 Death Fighter Bobby Pau Film
2018 The Hitman Agency 'The Dragon' Film
Enter the Fist and the Golden Fleecing Master Duck Suck Song Film
2019 Devotion Don 'The Dragon' Wilson (as Don 'The Dragon' Wilson) Film

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Baker, Timothy (June 1989). The Rodney Dangerfield of Kickboxing: A Conversation With World Champion Don Wilson. Black Belt Magazine. p. 24.
  3. ^ Roddy Piper. "PIPER'S PIT with Roddy Piper". Podcastone.com. Retrieved 2015-08-16.
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  6. ^ "2014 Urban Action Showcase International Action Film Festival & Honoree Awards". YouTube. Retrieved 2016-01-02.
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  9. ^ "If Don "The Dragon" Wilson had fought in the early UFC, would he have won?". Sherdog Forums – UFC, MMA & Boxing Discussion.
  10. ^ "Kickboxer has a New Aim: Don Wilson Retires from Ring, Focuses on Acting". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 2011-03-30.
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  12. ^ "Career Highlights: Don ‘The Dragon’ Wilson Professional Kickboxing Record". (August 1992). Inside Kung-Fu Presents Kickboxing magazine, p. 64
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