Ernest Mateen

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Former World Cruiserweight Champion Ernest Mateen

Ernest Mateen (June 3, 1966 - November 6, 2012 in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York), nicknamed 'M-16', was a former United States and IBU Cruiserweight (boxing) champion. He was shot to death by his wife in a case of probable self-defense.[1]

Amateur career[edit]

As an amateur boxer in New York City, M-16 Mateen won two New York Golden Gloves Championships. Mateen won the 1988 and 1989 178 pound Open Championships. In 1988, Mateen defeated Clinton Mitchell of the Police Athletic League in the finals to win the Championship. Mitchell then turned pro and defeated Bernard Hopkins on December 11, 1988, in their professional debuts. M-16 Mateen remained an amateur, and in 1989 repeated as 178 pound Open Champion again by defeating Jade Scott of the Police Athletic League in the New York Golden Gloves championship final. Mateen trained at the Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn BA in 1988 and at Gleason's Gym in 1989.[2] He was trained in the amateurs by his father, Ernest Mateen Sr., an auto mechanic and a father of nine, who was shot and killed in mid-afternoon in a crowded open-air vegetable market in Canarsie, Brooklyn in May 1990.[3]

Professional career[edit]

M-16 Mateen turned pro in the Light heavyweight boxing division on January 13, 1991, and won by decision over undefeated David Telesco, who went on to become the USBA Light heavyweight champion ranked # 1 by the WBC, WBA and IBF. Mateen drew with, then later defeated Tim Wilson, and won by decision over David Telesco again. M-16 Mateen went undefeated in his first twenty professional bouts, including wins over 12-0 Steve Pannell and 20-0 Billy Lewis. M-16 Mateen also defeated Kevin Watts, Dale Jackson, and Drake Thadzi (who later defeated James Toney), fighters with a combined 65 wins, en route to winning the Nevada State and World Boxing Council Continental Americas Light heavyweight boxing title and rising as high as # 2 in the world ratings, before losing his title in the tenth round to Charles Williams (boxer). Williams had fought in 11 consecutive IBF Light heavyweight world title fights before fighting Mateen. In a controversial ending, M-16 Mateen was later disqualified in the fifth round of a Light heavyweight world title bout against champion James Toney.

M-16 Mateen went on to decision John Scully twice, later known as the trainer of Chad Dawson, and drew with future Cruiserweight (boxing) champion O'Neil Bell. M-16 went onto to win the United States Boxing Organization Cruiserweight title by 12 round decision over Joey DeGrandis. M-16 Mateen went on to win the International Boxing Union version of the World Cruiserweight (boxing) title, stopping Uriah Grant twice in title bouts. Grant went on to stop Thomas Hearns.

M-16 Mateen finished with a professional record 30-12-3 with 10 knockouts. In his last two fights, M-16 Mateen lost to future top contender Matt Godfrey, but finished his career with a ten round unanimous decision over veteran Terry Porter in Memphis, Tennessee, on June 10, 2006, leaving the ring a winner at age 40.[4]

Professional boxing record[edit]

30 Wins (10 knockouts, 20 decisions), 12 Losses (10 knockouts, 2 decisions), 3 Draws [1]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Win 30-12-3 United States Terry "Train" Porter UD 10 10/06/2006 Tennessee Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Loss 29-12-3 United States Matt "Too Smooth" Godfrey TKO 2 13/02/2006 Rhode Island Dunkin Donuts Center, Providence, Rhode Island, United States Referee stopped the bout at 1:51 of the second round.
Win 29-11-3 United States Ronnie "The Bear" Smith UD 6 21/01/2006 Mississippi Olive Branch, Mississippi, United States
Win 28-11-3 Jamaica Uriah Grant TKO 8 15/11/2003 Florida Boynton Beach, Florida, United States IBU World Cruiserweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 1:10 of the eighth round.
Loss 27-11-3 Kazakhstan Vassiliy Jirov TKO 7 07/08/2003 California Pechanga Resort and Casino, Temecula, California, United States Referee stopped the bout at 1:09 of the seventh round.
Loss 27-10-3 United States Rich "The Mountain" LaMontagne TKO 6 02/05/2003 Connecticut Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States
Win 27-9-3 Jamaica Uriah Grant TD 9 09/11/2002 Florida South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center, West Palm Beach, Florida, United States USBO Cruiserweight Title. Doctor stopped the bout due to a cut. 89-82, 89-82, 89-81.
Win 26-9-3 United States Joey DeGrandis UD 12 27/09/2002 Illinois Ramada, Rosemont, Illinois, United States USBO Cruiserweight Title. 118-110, 118-109, 116-111.
Draw 25-9-3 Jamaica O'Neil Bell TD 3 26/04/2002 Illinois Ramada, Rosemont, Illinois, United States Referee stopped the bout due to a cut caused by an accidental headbut.
Win 25-9-2 United States Iceman John Scully UD 8 19/04/2001 Connecticut New Haven Coliseum, New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Loss 24-9-2 United States Antonio Tarver KO 1 29/02/2000 Nevada Plaza Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 24-8-2 United States Will "Stretch" Taylor TKO 6 07/11/1997 Pennsylvania First Union Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States IBF USBA Light Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 3:00 of the sixth round.
Draw 24-7-2 Jamaica Chris "Mr. Showtime" Johnson TD 3 03/10/1997 New Jersey Tropicana Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 24-7-1 United States Iceman John Scully UD 10 29/06/1997 Connecticut Dressler Arena, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Loss 23-7-1 United States David Telesco TKO 8 11/04/1997 New York (state) Capitol Theater, Port Chester, New York, United States New York Light Heavyweight Title.
Loss 23-6-1 United States Imamu Mayfield TKO 4 03/05/1996 New Jersey Somerset, New Jersey, United States Referee stopped the bout at 0:48 of the fourth round.
Loss 23-5-1 United States James Toney DQ 5 09/09/1995 Nevada Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, United States WBU World Light Heavyweight Title. Mateen disqualified at 2:59 of the fifth round.
Loss 23-4-1 United States Tim "Bama" Hillie PTS 10 29/04/1995 Maryland US Air Arena, Landover, Maryland, United States
Loss 23-3-1 United Kingdom Garry Delaney TKO 7 18/03/1995 Republic of Ireland Green Glens Arena, Millstreet, Ireland WBO Intercontinental Light Heavyweight Title.
Win 23-2-1 United States Ron "Speed Racer" Preston PTS 10 18/11/1994 Massachusetts Webster, Massachusetts, United States
Win 22-2-1 United States Luis "Garden" Oliveira TKO 1 30/09/1994 Massachusetts Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
Loss 21-2-1 United States Rudy Nix TKO 2 30/06/1994 New Jersey Trump Castle, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss 21-1-1 United States "Prince" Charles Williams TKO 10 07/04/1994 Mississippi Robinsonville, Mississippi, United States WBC Continental Americas Light Heavyweight Title.
Win 21-0-1 United States Robert "The Bruce" Thomas PTS 10 21/01/1994 New York (state) Hotel Pennsylvania, New York City, United States
Win 20-0-1 United States John "Yahya" McClain UD 10 09/12/1993 New York (state) Paramount Theatre, New York City, United States
Win 19-0-1 United States Billy "The Kid" Lewis TKO 10 06/10/1993 New Jersey Harrah's Atlantic City, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States WBC Continental Americas Light Heavyweight Title.
Win 18-0-1 United States Tim "Ice Man" St Clair UD 10 30/07/1993 New York (state) Ramada, New York City, United States New York Light Heavyweight Title.
Win 17-0-1 Malawi Drake Thadzi MD 10 13/05/1993 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 16-0-1 United States Steve "Storm" Pannell TKO 1 08/04/1993 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 15-0-1 United States Kevin "Killer" Watts TKO 4 26/02/1993 New York (state) Hauppauge, New York, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:14 of the fourth round.
Win 14-0-1 Greece "Big" John Spiros TKO 4 30/01/1993 New York (state) New York City, United States
Win 13-0-1 United States Roosevelt "Grey Ghost" Williams TKO 7 04/12/1992 Pennsylvania Bushkill, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 12-0-1 United States Hector "Tito" Rosario PTS 10 23/10/1992 Pennsylvania Bushkill, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 11-0-1 United States Jamal Arbubakar DQ 2 18/09/1992 Pennsylvania Bushkill, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 10-0-1 United States Art Bayliss UD 8 31/07/1992 Pennsylvania Bushkill, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 9-0-1 United States Keith Providence TKO 3 28/05/1992 New York (state) Monticello, New York, United States
Win 8-0-1 United States Dale "Hollyoak" Jackson PTS 8 08/05/1992 Pennsylvania Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 7-0-1 Greece "Big" John Spiros SD 4 10/04/1992 New York (state) New York City, United States
Win 6-0-1 Julio Hernandez TKO 3 23/03/1992 New Jersey Harrah's Atlantic City, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 5-0-1 United States Exum Speight UD 4 06/03/1992 New York (state) Callicoon, New York, United States
Win 4-0-1 United States "Tiny" Tim Wilson UD 4 16/01/1992 New Jersey Elizabeth, New Jersey, United States
Win 3-0-1 United States David Telesco PTS 6 26/11/1991 New York (state) Westchester County Center, White Plains, New York, United States
Win 2-0-1 United States Rick Beechum TKO 2 24/08/1991 Ohio Shawnee State University, Portsmouth, Ohio, United States
Draw 1-1 United States "Tiny" Tim Wilson PTS 4 17/05/1991 New York (state) New York City, United States
Win 1-0 United States David Telesco PTS 4 22/03/1991 New York (state) Callicoon, New York, United States

Life after retirement[edit]

Mateen worked as a licensed professional boxing trainer in New York and New Jersey, with particular attention to the career of his brother, rising light heavyweight boxer Hamid-Abdul Mateen.[2]

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