Dwight Muhammad Qawi

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Dwight Muhammad Qawi
Statistics
Nickname(s) Camden Buzzsaw
Rated at
Height 5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
Reach 71 in (180 cm)
Nationality American
Born Dwight Braxton
(1953-01-05) January 5, 1953 (age 64)
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 53
Wins 41
Wins by KO 25
Losses 11
Draws 1

Dwight Muhammad Qawi (born Dwight Braxton; January 5, 1953) is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1978 to 1998. He is a two-weight world champion, having held the WBC and Ring magazine light heavyweight titles from 1981 to 1983, and the WBA cruiserweight title from 1985 to 1986. Qawi was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2004.[1]

Early life[edit]

Qawi, then known as Dwight Braxton, was born in Baltimore, Maryland, but grew up in Camden, New Jersey, where he got involved with crime at a young age. He was eventually convicted of armed robbery and spent around five years in prison.[2]

It was at Rahway that Braxton found his place in life. The prison had an extensive boxing program and one of its inmates, James Scott, was a light heavyweight title contender who fought several times inside the prison itself. Braxton took up the sport, and when he was released from prison in 1978, immediately became a professional boxer. Qawi's style was most often likened to Joe Frazier and with good reason as he had trained in Frazier's Philadelphia gym as a professional. He converted to Islam in the early 80's and had his name changed from Dwight Braxton to Dwight Muhammad Qawi.

Professional career[edit]

He went 1-1-1 in his first three pro fights, but then reeled off 14 straight victories to move into the world rankings at light heavyweight. The last of those wins came on September 5, 1981, when Braxton returned to Rahway to fight Scott, with the winner promised a shot at Matthew Saad Muhammad's WBC world championship belt. Braxton won a unanimous 10-round decision.

On December 19 of the same year, Braxton faced Saad Muhammad in Atlantic City. The ex-convict was the underdog against Saad, one of the most popular fighters of his generation and a fellow Hall of Famer, but Braxton defeated him on a 10th-round technical knockout and became a world champion for the first time.[3] It was shortly after this that he announced his conversion to Islam and changed his name.

He defended the title three times in the next 15 months, knocking out Jerry Martin, Saad Muhammad a second time and Eddie Davis. On March 18, 1983, he lost a close but unanimous decision to WBA champion Michael Spinks in a unification bout.

Qawi felt that making the division's 175-pound weight limit had drained him physically, and resolved to seek another world title in the newly created cruiserweight division. Freed of the need to fight to keep his weight down, Qawi reeled off another series of wins and claimed the WBA cruiserweight title on July 7, 1985, knocking out Piet Crous in Crous' native South Africa.

He won two more fights, including a victory over former world heavyweight titlist Leon Spinks, before accepting a challenge from Olympian Evander Holyfield on July 12, 1986. The fight, in Holyfield's hometown of Atlanta, went the full 15 rounds with Holyfield winning a split decision.

After the loss to Holyfield, Qawi fought off and on for the next 12 years, but never regained a world title. He rematched with Holyfield in 1987 for the WBA and IBF cruiserweight titles, but was stopped in the fourth round.

After a short stint in the heavyweight ranks, where in 1988 he lost to George Foreman by knockout in seven rounds, being forced to quit from exhaustion, he tried to regain the cruiserweight title. On November 27, 1989, he dropped a split decision to Robert Daniels for Holyfield's vacated WBA title.

Qawi retired in 1999 at the age of 46, with a career record of 41 wins, 11 losses and one draw, with 25 wins by way of knockout. Currently, he works as a boxing trainer in New Jersey.

In 1998, Dwight began working at the Lighthouse, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in Mays Landing, New Jersey. He works with both adults and adolescents and is a patient advocate.[4]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
53 fights 41 wins 11 losses
By knockout 25 2
By decision 16 9
Draws 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
53 Loss 41–11–1 United States Tony LaRosa UD 8 Nov 25, 1998 United States Ramada Inn, Rosemont, Illinois, U.S.
52 Win 41–10–1 United States Tyrone Demby TKO 2 Jun 27, 1997 United States Tropicana Casino & Resort, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
51 Win 40–10–1 United States Earl Clark UD 6 May 8, 1997 United States Boys and Girls Club, Paterson, New Jersey, U.S.
50 Loss 39–10–1 United States Nate Miller UD 10 Oct 13, 1992 United States The Blue Horizon, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
49 Win 39–9–1 Canada Dave Fiddler TKO 2 (8), 2:59 Jul 18, 1992 United States The Mirage, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
48 Loss 38–9–1 United States Arthur Williams UD 10 May 8, 1992 United States Riviera, Winchester, Nevada, U.S.
47 Win 38–8–1 United States Ric Lainhart TKO 1 (10), 3:00 Apr 7, 1992 United States Broadway by the Bay Theater, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
46 Win 37–8–1 United States Ricky Parkey RTD 8 (10), 3:00 Nov 7, 1991 United States Grand Hyatt, Washington, D.C., U.S. Won vacant WBC Continental Americas cruiserweight title
45 Win 36–8–1 United States Eddie Taylor RTD 4 (10), 3:00 Jul 23, 1991 United States Broadway by the Bay Theater, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
44 Win 35–8–1 United States James Salerno UD 10 Jun 11, 1991 United States Tamiami Fairgrounds Auditorium, Miami, Florida, U.S.
43 Win 34–8–1 United States Tommy Richardson KO 1 Apr 20, 1991 United States Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
42 Win 33–8–1 United States Bert Gravley TKO 3 Mar 2, 1991 United States Broadway by the Bay Theater, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
41 Loss 32–8–1 United States Mike Hunter UD 12 Mar 16, 1990 United States Essex County College, Newark, New Jersey, U.S. Lost WBC Continental Americas cruiserweight title
40 Loss 32–7–1 United States Robert Daniels SD 12 Nov 27 1989 France Pavillon Baltard, Nogent-le-Phaye, France For vacant WBA cruiserweight title
39 Win 32–6–1 United States Everett Martin UD 10 May 22 1989 United States Circus Maximus Showroom, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
38 Win 31–6–1 United States Andre McCall UD 12 Apr 18, 1989 United States Catholic Youth Center, Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S. Won vacant WBC Continental Americas cruiserweight title
37 Win 30–6–1 United States Tyrone Booze MD 10 Feb 15, 1989 United States Pennsylvania Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
36 Win 29–6–1 United States Olian Alexander TKO 3 (10), 0:53 Nov 23, 1988 United States Convention Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
35 Loss 28–6–1 United States George Foreman TKO 7 (10), 1:51 Mar 19, 1988 United States Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
34 Loss 28–5–1 United States Evander Holyfield KO 4 (15), 2:30 Dec 5, 1987 United States Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. For WBA and IBF cruiserweight titles
33 Win 28–4–1 United States Lee Roy Murphy TKO 6 (10), 1:30 Aug 15, 1987 France Parking du Nouveau Port, Saint-Tropez, France
32 Loss 27–4–1 Puerto Rico Ossie Ocasio MD 10 May 15, 1987 United States Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
31 Win 27–3–1 Puerto Rico Narcisco Maldonado TKO 4 (10), 1:42 Feb 6, 1987 United States Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
30 Loss 26–3–1 United States Evander Holyfield SD 15 Jul 12, 1986 United States Omni Coliseum, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. Lost WBA cruiserweight title
29 Win 26–2–1 United States Leon Spinks TKO 6 (15), 2:56 Mar 22, 1986 United States Lawlor Events Center, Reno, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBA cruiserweight title
28 Win 25–2–1 United States Rick Enis KO 1 (10), 1:54 Jan 8, 1986 United States Broadway by the Bay Theater, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
27 Win 24–2–1 South Africa Piet Crous KO 11 (15), 1:47 Jul 27, 1985 South Africa Superbowl, Sun City, South Africa Won WBA cruiserweight title
26 Win 23–2–1 United States Michael Greer UD 10 Feb 27, 1985 United States Broadway by the Bay Theater, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
25 Win 22–2–1 United States Stanley Ross UD 10 Dec 12, 1984 United States Broadway by the Bay Theater, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
24 Win 21–2–1 United States Pat Cuillo UD 10 Mar 21, 1984 United States Broadway by the Bay Theater, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
23 Win 20–2–1 United States Johnny Davis SD 10 Sep 17, 1983 United States Sands, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
22 Loss 19–2–1 United States Michael Spinks UD 15 Mar 18, 1983 United States Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. Lost WBC and The Ring light heavyweight titles;
For WBA and vacant lineal light heavyweight titles
21 Win 19–1–1 United States Eddie Davis TKO 11 (15), 0:28 Nov 20, 1982 United States Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. Retained WBC and The Ring light heavyweight titles
20 Win 18–1–1 United States Matthew Saad Muhammad TKO 6 (15), 1:23 Aug 7, 1982 United States Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. Retained WBC and The Ring light heavyweight titles
19 Win 17–1–1 United States Jerry Martin TKO 6 (15), 2:30 Mar 21, 1982 United States Showboat Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBC and The Ring light heavyweight titles
18 Win 16–1–1 United States Matthew Saad Muhammad TKO 10 (15), 2:54 Dec 19, 1981 United States Playboy Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. Won WBC and The Ring light heavyweight titles
17 Win 15–1–1 United States James Scott UD 10 Sep 5, 1981 United States Rahway State Prison, Woodbridge, New Jersey, U.S.
16 Win 14–1–1 United States Mike Rossman KO 7 (10), 1:59 May 31, 1981 United States Steer Pier, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
15 Win 13–1–1 United States Al Bolden UD 10 Mar 5, 1981 United States Pennsylvania Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
14 Win 12–1–1 United States Johnny Davis MD 10 Jan 8, 1981 United States Steer Pier, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
13 Win 11–1–1 United States Tony Mesoraca TKO 6 (10) Nov 6, 1980 United States Steer Pier, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
12 Win 10–1–1 United States Rick Jester TKO 3 (10) Aug 14, 1980 United States International Amphitheatre, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
11 Win 9–1–1 United States Charles Smith TKO 4 (10) Jun 5, 1980 United States Steer Pier, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
10 Win 8–1–1 United States Leonard Langley TKO 2 (8), 2:47 May 8, 1980 United States Steer Pier, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
9 Win 7–1–1 United States Cornell Chavis TKO 1, 1:12 Mar 29, 1980 United States Steer Pier, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
8 Win 6–1–1 South Africa Theunis Kok KO 10 (10) Feb 4, 1980 South Africa Kings Park Stadium, Durban, South Africa
7 Win 5–1–1 United States Johnny Wilburn UD 8 Nov 14, 1979 United States Civic Center, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
6 Win 4–1–1 United States Donald Biff Cline TKO 1, 1:48 Sep 26, 1979 United States Civic Center, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
5 Win 3–1–1 United States Louis Butler PTS 8 Jul 3, 1979 United States Steel Pier, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
4 Win 2–1–1 United States Louis Butler UD 6 May 25, 1979 United States Civic Center, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
3 Loss 1–1–1 United States Johnny Davis SD 6 Nov 2, 1978 United States Audubon Ballroom, New York City, New York, U.S.
2 Win 1–0–1 United States Lou Benson Jr. PTS 6 Jun 3, 1978 United States Civic Center, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
1 Draw 0–0–1 United States Leonard Langley PTS 6 Apr 19, 1978 United States D.C. Armory, Washington, D.C., U.S. Professional debut

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kates, William (2004-06-13). "Boxing champ Palomino enters Boxing Hall of Fame". USA Today. Associated Press. Retrieved 2010-02-11. 
  2. ^ Putnam, Pat (1981-12-28). "From The Big House To The Big Time". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2010-02-11. 
  3. ^ "Muhammad loses title to Braxton". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. 1981-12-21. Retrieved 2010-02-11. 
  4. ^ "Camden NJ – Dwight Braxton aka Dwight Muhammed Qawi – The Camden Buzzsaw". 

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Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Michael Greer
WBC Continental Americas cruiserweight champion
April 18, 1989 – March 16, 1990
Succeeded by
Mike Hunter
Vacant
Title last held by
Mike Hunter
WBC Continental Americas cruiserweight champion
November 7, 1991 – May 1993
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Marc Randazzo
World boxing titles
Preceded by
Matthew Saad Muhammad
WBC light heavyweight champion
December 19, 1981 – March 18, 1983
Succeeded by
Michael Spinks
The Ring light heavyweight champion
December 19, 1981 – March 18, 1983
Preceded by
Piet Crous
WBA cruiserweight champion
July 27, 1985 – July 12, 1986
Succeeded by
Evander Holyfield