Duane Thomas (boxer)

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Duane Thomas
Rated at Super welterweight
Nationality American
Born (1961-02-01)February 1, 1961
Detroit, Michigan
Died June 2000 (aged 39)

Duane Thomas (February 1, 1961 – June 2000), was an American professional boxer in the super welterweight (154 lb) division. He was born in Detroit, Michigan.

Pro career[edit]

Thomas turned pro in 1979 and won the Vacant WBC Light Middleweight Title with a 3rd-round TKO over John Mugabi in 1986 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Thomas would lose the title eight months later, in Merignac, France, in his first defense to Lupe Aquino by decision. In 1988 he challenged WBC Light Middleweight Title holder Gianfranco Rosi, but was dominated and TKO'd in the 7th. He was an elite fighter during his era.


Duane Thomas had just made a comeback after 11 years out of the ring, when he was murdered in Detroit over a drug dispute, in 2000.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.detnews.com/specialreports/2001/kronk/sunhistory/sunhistory.htm[dead link]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Thomas Hearns
WBC Light Middleweight boxing champion
Dec 5, 1986 – Jul 12, 1987
Succeeded by
Lupe Aquino