|Real name||Iran Barkley|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Reach||74 in (188 cm)|
|Born||May 6, 1960|
|Wins by KO||27|
|Representing United States|
|World Amateur Championships|
Iran "The Blade" Barkley (born May 6, 1960) is a former professional boxer. Barkley held world titles in the middleweight, super-middleweight and light heavyweight divisions. He holds notable wins over Wilford Scypion, Thomas Hearns, Darrin Van Horn and Gerrie Coetzee.
Iran Barkley was the youngest of eight children raised in the Patterson Houses and was a member of the Black Spades street gang in his youth, along with former heavyweight contender Mitch Green. Iran's sister Yvonne, who fought professionally during the late 1970s, convinced him to start boxing.
Known as "The Blade", Barkley turned professional in December 1982, and first challenged for a world title against the highly skilled Italian Sumbu Kalambay, losing on points over fifteen rounds for the vacant WBA middleweight title in Livorno, Toscana, Italy in October 1987.
Barkley returned in 1988 with a split decision over Sanderline Williams and a fifth round stoppage of Michael Olajide, before winning the WBC middleweight title with a third round knockout of Thomas Hearns, voted 1988 Upset of the Year by Ring magazine.
In his next fight, Barkley lost his title via split decision in a 12 round war with Roberto Durán, in a fight proclaimed 1989 Fight of the Year by Ring Magazine. Following the defeat to Duran, Barkley took on undefeated Michael Nunn for the Lineal/IBF middleweight titles, dropping a close majority decision. He next fought Nigel Benn in a challenge for the WBO middleweight title and was stopped on the three knockdown rule at the end of a wild first round in which both fighters were hurt.
Barkley returned with two low-key wins at light heavyweight in 1991, then defeated Darrin Van Horn to win the IBF super-middleweight title in two rounds in January 1992 in Paramount Theatre, New York. Just two months later, he went on to again defeat Hearns via a twelve round split decision. Barkley defended his super-middleweight title against James Toney, which he lost via a corner retirement after nine rounds due to severe swelling around both eyes.
Barkley's final shot at a title would come against undefeated Henry Maske at light-heavyweight for Maske's IBF title in Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany in October 1994. Barkley again lost by corner retirement after nine rounds.
Barkley continued to fight after this loss, eventually moving up to the heavyweight division. His last fight of note was a June 1997 win for the prestigious WBB heavyweight title, a bout in which Barkley retired former WBA heavyweight champion Gerrie Coetzee with a 10th round TKO.
Barkley 'retired' in 1999 after losing a bout in Mississippi by sixth round stoppage to Keith McKnight.
In 2006, at the age of 46, Barkley won an unsanctioned bout by second round stoppage in Aruba. In 2008, at age 48, Barkley fought to a six round draw in an unsanctioned exhibition bout against heavyweight Chauncy Welliver in Lapwai, Idaho at the Pi-Nee-Waus Community Center of the Nez Perce Tribe.
Barkley has fallen on some difficult times since his retirement from boxing. Penniless and unemployed, he became homeless in November 2010 after he was evicted from his Bronx apartment. Through the support of the Bronx nonprofit BronxWorks and the Ring 10 boxing charity, the former world champion found housing and receives assistance so he can become self-supporting. Barkley currently resides in the Morrisania area of the South Bronx. He is a ringside regular at boxing matches in New York City. Barkley is a member of the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame. Barkley enjoys teaching boxing skills to young amateurs. A May 20, 2011, online article on Boxrec News hinted Barkley is seriously considering making a comeback in the ring at age 51.
Professional boxing record
|43 Wins (27 KOs), 19 Losses (7 KOs), 1 Draw |
|Loss||43-19-1||Keith McKnight||TKO||6 (10),
|31/07/1999||Lady Luck Casino, Lula, Mississippi|
|Loss||43-18-1||Trevor Berbick||UD||8||29/06/1999||Molson Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Loss||43-17-1||Tony Halme||SD||12||19/04/1999||Helsinki, Finland|
|Loss||43-16-1||Thomas Williams||TKO||4 (?),
|19/03/1999||SE Livestock Pavilion, Ocala, Florida|
|Loss||43-15-1||Joey Guy||PTS||10||27/01/1999||Nashville, Tennessee|
|Loss||43-14-1||Tue Bjorn Thomsen||UD||6||06/11/1998||K.B. Hallen, Copenhagen, Denmark|
|Win||43-13-1||Caseny Truesdale||TKO||4 (10),
|22/10/1998||Roxy Theater, Atlanta, Georgia|
|Draw||42-13-1||Dan Kosmicki||TD||4 (8),
|30/09/1998||Station Casino, Kansas City, Missouri|
|Loss||42-13||Tony LaRosa||UD||10||22/08/1998||Horizon, Rosemont, Illinois|
|Win||42-12||Marcelo Aravena||TKO||3 (?),
|13/09/1997||Mandan, North Dakota|
|Win||41-12||Gerrie Coetzee||TKO||10 (12),
|08/06/1997||Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood, California|
|Win||40-12||Dave Fiddler||KO||1 (?),
|22/01/1997||Lucky Eagle Casino, Rochester, Washington|
|Win||39-12||Caseny Truesdale||TKO||4 (6),
|20/11/1996||The Ritz, Raleigh, North Carolina|
|Win||38-12||Frankie Hines||TKO||1 (?),
|14/11/1996||Virginia Beach, Virginia|
|Win||37-12||Dan Kosmicki||UD||8||06/09/1996||Casino Omaha, Onawa, Iowa|
|Win||36-12||Craig Payne||MD||8||27/07/1996||Lucky Eagle Casino, Rochester, Washington|
|Win||35-12||Brian Yates||UD||8||03/06/1996||Marriott Allis Plaza Hotel, Kansas City, Missouri|
|Win||34-12||James Baker||TKO||1 (8),
|02/02/1996||Marriott Hotel, Des Moines, Iowa|
|Loss||33-12||Rocky Gannon||MD||8||18/08/1995||Aladdin Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Loss||33-11||Tosca Petridis||UD||10||14/05/1995||The Glasshouse, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia|
|Loss||33-10||Henry Maske||RTD||9 (12),
|08/10/1994||Gerry Weber Stadium, Halle, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany||For IBF light-heavyweight title.|
|Win||33-9||Gary Butler||UD||8||22/07/1994||Brady Theater, Tulsa, Oklahoma|
|Win||32-9||Rick Enis||TKO||4 (?),
|24/05/1994||Brady Theater, Tulsa, Oklahoma|
|Loss||31-9||Adolpho Washington||TKO||6 (10),
|20/10/1993||Casino Magic, Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi|
|Win||31-8||Dino Stewart||TKO||9 (?),
|30/08/1993||Kemper Arena, Kansas City, Missouri|
|Loss||30-8||James Toney||RTD||9 (12),
|13/02/1993||Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada||Lost IBF super-middleweight title.|
|Win||30-7||Robert Folley||KO||4 (10),
|05/12/1992||Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, New Jersey|
|Win||29-7||Thomas Hearns||SD||12||20/03/1992||Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Win||28-7||Darrin Van Horn||TKO||2 (12),
|10/01/1992||Paramount Theatre, New York, New York||Won IBF super-middleweight title.|
|Win||27-7||Jesus Castaneda||TD||8||03/10/1991||Four Seasons Arena, Great Falls, Montana|
|Win||26-7||Juan Hernandez||UD||10||16/08/1991||Hacienda Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Loss||25-7||Nigel Benn||TKO||1 (12),
|18/08/1990||Bally's Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada||For WBO middleweight title.|
|Loss||25-6||Michael Nunn||MD||12||14/08/1989||Lawlor Events Center, Reno, Nevada||For Lineal/IBF middleweight titles.|
|Loss||25-5||Roberto Duran||SD||12||24/02/1989||Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey||Lost WBC middleweight title.
The Ring 1989 Fight of the Year.
|Win||25-4||Thomas Hearns||TKO||3 (12),
|06/06/1988||Las Vegas Hilton, Hilton Center, Las Vegas, Nevada||Won WBC middleweight title.
The Ring 1988 Upset of the Year.
|Win||24-4||Michael Olajide||TKO||5 (10),
|06/03/1988||Felt Forum, New York, New York|
|Win||23-4||Sanderline Williams||SD||10||29/01/1988||Harrah's Marina Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey|
|Loss||22-4||Sumbu Kalambay||UD||15||23/10/1987||Palazzo Dello Sport, Livorno, Toscana, Italy||For vacant WBA middleweight title.|
|Win||22-3||Jorge Amparo||UD||10||03/04/1987||Caesars Palace, Outdoor Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Win||21-3||Stacy McSwain||UD||10||20/02/1987||Sands Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey|
|Win||20-3||James Kinchen||SD||10||17/10/1986||Cobo Arena, Detroit, Michigan|
|Win||19-3||Basante Blanco||TKO||4 (10),
|24/07/1986||Felt Forum, New York, New York|
|Win||18-3||Tony Harrison||KO||3 (12),
|19/06/1986||Felt Forum, New York, New York||Retained WBC Continental Americas middleweight title.|
|Win||17-3||Mike Tinley||SD||12||06/12/1985||Felt Forum, New York, New York||Won WBC Continental Americas middleweight title.|
|Win||16-3||Wilford Scypion||KO||8 (10),
|01/11/1985||Felt Forum, New York, New York|
|Win||15-3||Norberto Sabater||KO||2 (10),
|29/08/1985||Felt Forum, New York, New York|
|Win||14-3||Bill Lee||TKO||3 (10),
|08/08/1985||Felt Forum, New York, New York|
|Win||13-3||Carlos Betancourt||KO||1 (10),
|11/07/1985||Felt Forum, New York, New York|
|Win||12-3||Randy Smith||UD||10||24/05/1985||Felt Forum, New York, New York|
|Win||11-3||Norberto Sabater||TKO||2 (8),
|26/04/1985||Felt Forum, New York, New York|
|Win||10-3||Osley Silas||TKO||6 (8),
|21/02/1985||Resorts International, Atlantic City, New Jersey|
|Loss||9-3||Eddie Hall||SD||8||01/11/1984||Resorts International, Atlantic City, New Jersey|
|Win||9-2||John Ford||TKO||5 (8),
|23/08/1984||Resorts International, Atlantic City, New Jersey|
|Win||8-2||Esteban Pizzarro||UD||10||05/07/1984||Resorts International, Atlantic City, New Jersey|
|Loss||7-2||Robbie Sims||KO||6 (10),
|06/01/1984||Resorts International, Atlantic City, New Jersey|
|Win||7-1||Marciano Bernardi||TKO||1 (?),
|15/12/1983||Resorts International, Atlantic City, New Jersey|
|Win||6-1||Frank Minton||TKO||5 (?),
|18/08/1983||Resorts International, Atlantic City, New Jersey|
|Win||5-1||Jose Torres||UD||6||18/06/1983||Resorts International, Atlantic City, New Jersey|
|Loss||4-1||Osley Silas||PTS||6||31/03/1983||Atlantic City, New Jersey|
|Win||4-0||Donnie Franklin||UD||4||18/02/1983||Resorts International, Atlantic City, New Jersey|
|Win||3-0||Donnie Williams||TKO||1 (4),
|29/01/1983||Ballys Park Place Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey|
|Win||2-0||Bruce Starling||KO||2 (4),
|06/01/1983||Sands Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey|
|Win||1-0||Larry Jordan||KO||2 (4),
|09/12/1982||Sands Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey||Professional debut.|
- 1981 – Silver Medal (165 lb) at the New York Golden Gloves, losing to Dennis Milton
- 1981 – Gold Medal (165 lb) at the Empire State Games
- 1982 – Bronze Medal (165 lb)at the Copenhagen Box Cup in Copenhagen, Denmark
- 1982 – Bronze Medal (75 kg) at the World Championships in Munich, West Germany
|WBC Middleweight Champion
6 Jun 1988 – 24 Feb 1989
Darrin Van Horn
|IBF Super Middleweight Champion
10 Jan 1992– 13 Feb 1993
|WBA Light Heavyweight Champion
20 Mar 1992 – 1992
|Titles in pretence|
Title last held byHerbie Hide
|World Heavyweight Champion
8 June 1997 – 1997
Sugar Ray Leonard W12
Marvelous Marvin Hagler
|The Ring Magazine Upset of the Year
W10 Roberto Duran
Rene Jacquot W12 Donald Curry
|The Ring Magazine Comeback of the Year
- Iran Barkley: For Better Or Worse "A Glass Half Full Type of Guy"
- Barkley, Once a Boxing King, Now Has a One-Bedroom Kingdom
- The Iran "The Blade" Barkley Story
- Boxing 101, "Roberto Duran vs. Iran Barkley: VHS Classic Rewind", April 17, 2012
- "News". Fight Beat. Retrieved 2011-09-27.
- Boxing 101, "Ring 10 Veterans Boxing Foundation: A Beta Bomb of Brotherhood, Part 2 - Champions in Need", June 27, 2012
- "Former champion boxer Iran Barkley gets some help off the ropes, out of homelessness from nonprofit". Nydailynews.com. 2011-04-16. Retrieved 2011-09-27.
- "Iran Barkley". Njboxinghof.org. Retrieved 2011-09-27.
- "The hardest word in the hardest sport. Retirement. | BoxRecNews". News.boxrec.com. 2011-05-20. Retrieved 2011-09-27.