Eric Harding

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Eric Harding
Statistics
Nickname(s) Magic 2000
Rated at Light heavyweight
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Reach 77 in (196 cm)
Nationality American
Born (1972-12-20) December 20, 1972 (age 44)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 28
Wins 23
Wins by KO 7
Losses 4
Draws 1

Eric Harding (born December 20, 1972) is an American former professional boxer who fought at light heavyweight.

Career[edit]

Harding turned pro in 1991 and was undefeated in his first 20 fights. These wins included a fight in which he defeated future champion Montell Griffin by split decision to win the NABF light heavyweight title on Nov 13, 1998, and a unanimous decision over then undefeated contender Antonio Tarver on June 23, 2000.

His streak came to an end when he fought Roy Jones, Jr. for the WBC, WBA, & IBF light heavyweight titles on Sept. 9, 2000. He lost by technical knockout (the fight was stopped after the 10th round by the ringside doctor due to Harding suffering from a torn biceps muscle), but after the fight Jones Jr. said it was his most difficult fight to date.[1]

On Feb. 11, 2005 he defeated David Telesco to claim the vacant USBA light heavyweight title, but lost the title the following year to Chad Dawson by decision, despite dropping Dawson in the 1st round.

Professional boxing record[edit]

23 Wins (7 knockouts, 16 decisions), 4 Losses (2 knockouts, 2 decisions), 1 Draw[2]
Result Record Opponent Type Round, Time Date Location Notes
Loss 21-0 United States Chad Dawson UD 12 2006-06-02 United States Chumash Casino, Santa Ynez, California WBC NABF Light Heavyweight Title. 110-117, 110-117, 111-116.
Win 20-0-3 United States Daniel Judah UD 12 2005-10-21 United States Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, Connecticut WBC NABF Light Heavyweight Title. 117-111, 116-112, 115-113.
Win 29-5-1 United States David Telesco UD 12 2005-02-11 United States Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, Connecticut IBF USBA Light Heavyweight Title. 117-111, 115-113, 115-113.
Loss 38-9-1 Jamaica Glen "Road Warrior" Johnson UD 12 2003-05-18 United States Jimmy's Bronx Cafe, Bronx, New York IBF USBA Light Heavyweight Title. 112-116, 112-116, 112-116.
Loss 19-1 United States Antonio Tarver TKO 5 (10), 0:43 2002-07-20 United States Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana Referee stopped the bout at 0:43 of the fifth round.
Win 16-0 United States George Khalid Jones TKO 7 (10), 0:53 2001-12-14 United States Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, Connecticut Referee stopped the bout at 0:53 of the seventh round.
Win 20-5-1 United States Demetrius Jenkins UD 10 2001-06-29 United States Grand Casino Gulfport, Gulfport, Mississippi 97-92, 99-91, 99-91.
Loss 42-1 United States Roy Jones, Jr. RTD 10 (12), 3:00 2000-09-09 United States New Orleans Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana WBC/WBA/IBF/IBO World Light Heavyweight Titles. Harding did not come out for the 11th round.
Win 16-0 United States Antonio Tarver UD 12 2000-06-23 United States Grand Casino Biloxi, Biloxi, Mississippi IBF World Light Heavyweight Title Eliminator. 116-111, 116-111, 116-111.
Win 6-4-3 United States Leon A. Gray KO 7 (10) 1999-11-05 United States Pechanga Resort and Casino, Temecula, California
Win 18-3-1 United States "Sting" Ray Berry UD 10 1999-10-08 United States Hauppauge, New York
Win 9-6 Guyana Pascal David TKO 6 (?) 1999-05-16 United States Eastwood Theatre, Hartford, Connecticut
Win 34-1 United States Montell Griffin SD 12 1998-11-13 United States Miccosukee Resort and Gaming, Miami, Florida WBC NABF Light Heavyweight Title. 115-113, 113-115, 116-112.
Win 9-4 United States Dave "The Hammer" Hamilton TKO 2 (10) 1998-08-02 United States Fleet Center, Boston, Massachusetts
Win 9-3-1 United States Levan Easley UD 6 1998-04-14 United States Foxwoods, Mashantucket, Connecticut
Win 5-2 Jamaica Richard "The Alien" Grant PTS 8 1997-12-18 United States Dressler Arena, Hartford, Connecticut
Win 5-4-1 United States Steve Detar UD 8 1997-11-01 United States Foxwoods, Mashantucket, Connecticut
Win 5-0 Egypt Kabary Salem UD 6 1997-08-29 United States Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, New York 57-56, 58-56, 58-55.
Win 10-2-2 United States Beethaeven Scottland PTS 8 1997-06-29 United States Dressler Arena, Hartford, Connecticut
Win 5-1-3 Puerto Rico Hector Sanjurjo PTS 6 1997-02-20 United States Foxwoods, Mashantucket, Connecticut
Win 10-1-2 United States Beethaeven Scottland UD 4 1997-01-10 United States Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, Connecticut
Win 6-1 United States "Mr." Ed Bryant UD 6 1995-12-08 United States Foxwoods, Mashantucket, Connecticut
Win 1-2 Puerto Rico Roberto Perez TKO 3 (?) 1995-10-03 United States Foxwoods, Mashantucket, Connecticut
Win 4-0-1 Ghana Junior Neequaye PTS 6 1995-08-17 United States Caesars Atlantic City, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 5-0-1 United States Pat Pernsley UD 4 1995-06-06 United States The Blue Horizon, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Win 0-2 United States Reinaldo Almodovar KO 1 (4) 1995-02-10 United States The Blue Horizon, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Win -- United States Jermain Dixon KO 1 (?) 1991-09-27 United States The Blue Horizon, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Win 9-41-2 United States Robert "Doubting" Thomas PTS 4 1991-08-28 United States Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Professional debut.

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