Iran Barkley

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Iran Barkley
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Barkley in 2011
Statistics
Nickname(s) The Blade
Rated at
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Reach 74 in (188 cm)
Nationality American
Born (1960-05-06) May 6, 1960 (age 56)
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 63
Wins 43
Wins by KO 27
Losses 19
Draws 1

Iran Barkley (born May 6, 1960) is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1982 to 1999. He is a three-weight world champion, having held the WBC middleweight title from 1988 to 1989; the IBF super middleweight title from 1992 to 1993; and the WBA light heavyweight title in 1992. As an amateur, Barkley won a bronze medal in the middleweight division at the 1982 World Championships.

Early life and amateur career[edit]

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.[1][2] Iran's sister Yvonne, who fought professionally during the late 1970s, convinced him to start boxing.[3]

Amateur achievements[edit]

Professional career[edit]

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 The 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.[4] Following the defeat to Duran, Barkley took on undefeated Michael Nunn for the IBF and lineal 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 and take his WBA light heavyweight title via a twelve round split decision. Barkley vacated the title without defending it, choosing instead to defend his super middleweight title against IBF and lineal middleweight champion James Toney. Barkley reportedly had trouble getting back down to the 168lb weight limit and lost his IBF title 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 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.

Comeback[edit]

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.[5]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
63 fights 43 wins 19 losses
By knockout 27 7
By decision 16 12
Draws 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
63 Loss 43–19–1 United States Keith McKnight TKO 6 (10), 2:47 Jul 31, 1999 United States Lady Luck Casino, Lula, Mississippi, U.S.
62 Loss 43–18–1 Canada Trevor Berbick UD 8 Jun 29, 1999 Canada Molson Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
61 Loss 43–17–1 Finland Tony Halme SD 12 Apr 19, 1999 Finland Ice Hall, Helsinki, Finland
60 Loss 43–16–1 United States Thomas Williams TKO 4 Mar 19, 1999 United States Southeastern Livestock Pavilion, Ocala, Florida, U.S.
59 Loss 43–15–1 United States Joey Guy PTS 10 Jan 27, 1999 United States Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
58 Loss 43–14–1 Denmark Tue Bjørn Thomsen UD 6 Nov 6, 1998 Denmark K.B. Hallen, Copenhagen, Denmark
57 Win 43–13–1 United States Caseny Truesdale TKO 4 (10) Oct 22, 1998 United States Roxy Theatre, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
56 Draw 42–13–1 United States Dan Kosmicki TD 4 (8), 1:23 Sep 30, 1998 United States Station Casino, Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
55 Loss 42–13 United States Tony LaRosa UD 10 Aug 22, 1998 United States Horizon, Rosemont, Illinois, U.S.
54 Win 42–12 Canada Marcelo Aravena TKO 3 Sep 13, 1997 United States Mandan, North Dakota, U.S.
53 Win 41–12 South Africa Gerrie Coetzee TKO 10 (12), 2:07 Jun 8, 1997 United States Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles, California, U.S. Won vacant World Boxing Board heavyweight title
52 Win 40–12 Canada Dave Fiddler KO 1 Jan 22, 1997 United States Lucky Eagle Casino, Rochester, Washington, US..
51 Win 39–12 United States Caseny Truesdale TKO 4 (6), 1:32 Nov 20, 1996 United States The Ritz, Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S.
50 Win 38–12 United States Frankie Hines TKO 1 Nov 14, 1996 United States Virginia Beach, Virginia, U.S.
49 Win 37–12 United States Dan Kosmicki UD 8 Sep 6, 1996 United States Casino Omaha, Onawa, Iowa, U.S.
48 Win 36–12 United States Craig Payne MD 8 Jul 27, 1996 United States Lucky Eagle Casino, Rochester, Washington, U.S.
47 Win 35–12 United States Brian Yates UD 8 Jun 3, 1996 United States Marriott Allis Plaza Hotel, Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
46 Win 34–12 United States James Baker TKO 1 (8), 1:00 Feb 2, 1996 United States Marriott Hotel, Des Moines, Iowa, U.S.
45 Loss 33–12 United States Rocky Gannon MD 8 Aug 18, 1995 United States The Aladdin, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
44 Loss 33–11 Greece Tosca Petridis UD 10 May 14, 1995 Australia Sports and Entertainment Centre, Melbourne, Australia
43 Loss 33–10 Germany Henry Maske RTD 9 (12), 3:00 Oct 8, 1994 Germany Gerry Weber Stadion, Halle, Germany For IBF light heavyweight title
42 Win 33–9 United States Gary Butler UD 8 Jul 22, 1994 United States Brady Theater, Tulsa, Oklahoma
41 Win 32–9 United States Rick Enis TKO 4 (10) May 24, 1994 United States Brady Theater, Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.
40 Loss 31–9 United States Adolpho Washington TKO 6 (10), 0:33 Oct 20, 1993 United States Casino Magic, Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, U.S.
39 Win 31–8 United States Dino Stewart TKO 9 Aug 30, 1993 United States Kemper Arena, Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
38 Loss 30–8 United States James Toney RTD 9 (12), 3:00 Feb 13, 1993 United States Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Lost IBF super middleweight title
37 Win 30–7 United States Robert Folley KO 4 (10), 2:48 Dec 5, 1992 United States Etess Arena, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
36 Win 29–7 United States Thomas Hearns SD 12 Mar 20, 1992 United States Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won WBA light heavyweight title
35 Win 28–7 United States Darrin Van Horn TKO 2 (12), 1:33 Jan 10, 1992 United States Paramount Theatre, New York City, New York, U.S. Won IBF super middleweight title
34 Win 27–7 Mexico Jesus Castaneda TD 8 (10) Oct 3, 1991 United States Four Seasons Arena, Great Falls, Montana, U.S. Unanimous TD after Castaneda sustained a cut
33 Win 26–7 Mexico Juan Hernandez UD 10 Aug 16, 1991 United States Hacienda Resort Hotel and Casino, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
32 Loss 25–7 United Kingdom Nigel Benn TKO 1 (12), 2:57 Aug 18, 1990 United States Bally's Las Vegas, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. For WBO middleweight title
31 Loss 25–6 United States Michael Nunn MD 12 Aug 14, 1989 United States Lawlor Events Center, Reno, Nevada, U.S. For IBF and lineal middleweight titles
30 Loss 25–5 Panama Roberto Durán SD 12 Feb 24, 1989 United States Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. Lost WBC middleweight title
29 Win 25–4 United States Thomas Hearns TKO 3 (12), 2:39 Jun 6, 1988 United States Las Vegas Hilton, Winchester, Nevada, U.S. Won WBC middleweight title
28 Win 24–4 Canada Michael Olajide TKO 5 (10), 1:21 Mar 6, 1988 United States Felt Forum, New York City, New York, U.S.
27 Win 23–4 United States Sanderline Williams SD 10 Jan 29, 1988 United States Broadway by the Bay Theater, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
26 Loss 22–4 Italy Sumbu Kalambay UD 15 Oct 23, 1987 Italy Palazzo dello Sport, Livorno, Italy For vacant WBA middleweight title
25 Win 22–3 Dominican Republic Jorge Amparo UD 10 Apr 3, 1987 United States Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
24 Win 21–3 United States Stacy McSwain UD 10 Feb 20, 1987 United States Sands, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
23 Win 20–3 United States James Kinchen SD 10 Oct 17, 1986 United States Cobo Arena, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
22 Win 19–3 Venezuela Basante Blanco RTD 4 (10), 0:01 Jul 24, 1986 United States Felt Forum, New York City, New York, U.S.
21 Win 18–3 United States Tony Harrison KO 3 (12), 2:06 Jun 19, 1986 United States Felt Forum, New York City, New York, U.S. Won vacant WBC Continental Americas middleweight title
20 Win 17–3 United States Mike Tinley SD 12 Dec 6, 1985 United States Felt Forum, New York City, New York, U.S. Won vacant WBC Continental Americas middleweight title
19 Win 16–3 United States Wilford Scypion KO 8 (10), 2:59 Nov 1, 1985 United States Felt Forum, New York City, New York, U.S.
18 Win 15–3 United States Norberto Sabater KO 2 (10), 1:21 Aug 29, 1985 United States Felt Forum, New York City, New York, U.S.
17 Win 14–3 United States Bill Lee TKO 3 (10), 1:58 Aug 8, 1985 United States Felt Forum, New York City, New York, U.S.
16 Win 13–3 Puerto Rico Carlos Betancourt KO 1 (10), 1:48 Jul 11, 1985 United States Felt Forum, New York City, New York, U.S.
15 Win 12–3 United States Randy Smith UD 10 May 24, 1985 United States Felt Forum, New York City, New York, U.S.
14 Win 11–3 United States Norberto Sabater TKO 2 (8), 2:25 Apr 26, 1985 United States Felt Forum, New York City, New York, U.S.
13 Win 10–3 United States Osley Silas TKO 6 (8), 2:25 Feb 21, 1985 United States Steel Pier, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
12 Loss 9–3 United States Eddie Hall SD 8 Nov 1, 1984 United States Steel Pier, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
11 Win 9–2 United States John Ford TKO 5 (8) Aug 23, 1984 United States Steel Pier, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
10 Win 8–2 Puerto Rico Esteban Pizzarro UD 8 Jul 5, 1984 United States Steel Pier, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
9 Loss 7–2 United States Robbie Sims TKO 6 (10), 2:21 Jan 6, 1984 United States Steel Pier, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
8 Win 7–1 United States Marciano Bernardi TKO 1, 2:27 Dec 15, 1983 United States Steel Pier, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
7 Win 6–1 United States Frank Minton TKO 5, 1:21 Aug 18, 1983 United States Steel Pier, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
6 Win 5–1 United States Jose Torres UD 6 Jun 18, 1983 United States Steel Pier, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
5 Loss 4–1 United States Osley Silas PTS 6 Mar 31, 1983 United States Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
4 Win 4–0 United States Donnie Franklin UD 4 Feb 18, 1983 United States Steel Pier, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
3 Win 3–0 United States Donnie Williams TKO 1 (4), 2:45 Jan 29, 1983 United States Bally's Park Place, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
2 Win 2–0 United States Bruce Starling KO 2 (4) Jan 6, 1983 United States Sands, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
1 Win 1–0 United States Larry Jordan TKO 2 (4) Dec 9, 1982 United States Sands, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. Professional debut

Life after boxing[edit]

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.[6] Barkley currently resides in the Morrisania area of the South Bronx.[7] He is a ringside regular at boxing matches in New York City. Barkley is a member of the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame.[8] 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.[9]

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Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Jose Quinones
WBC Continental Americas middleweight champion
December 6, 1985 – December 14, 1985
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Esteban Pizzarro
Vacant
Title last held by
Esteban Pizzarro
WBC Continental Americas middleweight champion
June 19, 1986 – June 1987
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Ricky Stackhouse
Minor world boxing titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Will Hinton
World Boxing Board heavyweight champion
June 8, 1997 – May 1999
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Mika Kihlström
Major world boxing titles
Preceded by
Thomas Hearns
WBC middleweight champion
June 6, 1988 – February 24, 1989
Succeeded by
Roberto Durán
Preceded by
Darrin Van Horn
IBF super middleweight champion
January 10, 1992 – February 13, 1993
Succeeded by
James Toney
Preceded by
Thomas Hearns
WBA light heavyweight champion
March 20, 1992 – September 1992
Vacant
Title next held by
Virgil Hill
Awards
Previous:
Sugar Ray Leonard
SD12 Marvin Hagler
The Ring Upset of the Year
TKO3 Thomas Hearns

1988
Next:
René Jacquot
UD12 Donald Curry
Previous:
Vinny Paz
The Ring Comeback of the Year
1992
Next:
Zack Padilla