James Kirkland (boxer)

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James Kirkland
Real name James Derick Kirkland
Nickname(s) Mandingo Warrior
Rated at Light middleweight
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Reach 70 in (178 cm)
Nationality American
Born (1984-03-19) March 19, 1984 (age 32)
Austin, Texas, U.S.
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 34
Wins 32
Wins by KO 28
Losses 2

James Derick Kirkland (born March 19, 1984) is an American professional boxer and former WBONABO super welterweight champion.[1] In the late 2000s and early 2010s, Kirkland was one of the world's most prominent super welterweights prospects until an 18-month prison stint knocked his career off-track.[2]

Amateur career[edit]

Kirkland has an amateur record of 134–12. and won the Silver Gloves championship four years in a row and lost on a controversial decision to James Patterson in the finals of the National Golden Gloves.

Instead of going to the Olympics, Kirkland turned professional to provide for his family.[3]

Professional career[edit]

Kirkland turned professional in August 2001 in San Antonio, Texas. In his debut Kirkland defeated fellow debutant Maurice Chalmers with a third round knockout.[1] Kirkland has been trained by former women's champion Ann Wolfe since 2001.[4] On November 22, 2008, Kirkland (24–0, 21 KOs) won an 8th round technical knockout versus Brian Vera (16–2, 10 KOs). Kirkland dropped Vera twice in Round 2.[5] On March 7, 2009, Kirkland defeated Joel Julio on HBO's Boxing After Dark at the HP Pavilion in San Jose by TKO after Round 6.

Return to boxing[edit]

On March 5, 2011, Kirkland returned to the ring after an almost 2-year layoff to defeat Ahsandi Gibbs via first round KO. On April 9, 2011, Kirkland faced Nobuhiro Ishida of Japan, in what was supposed to be a stay-busy fight for Kirkland. However, in a stunning upset, the previously undefeated Kirkland was stopped in the first round by the Japanese fighter, who isn't known for being a big puncher having only 7 KO's in 29 fights, getting knocked down 3 times. After the loss, Kirkland split with trainer Kenny Adams and reunited with Ann Wolfe. Kirkland and Wolfe had broken up after Kirkland went to prison.

Kirkland came back from his first-round knockout loss to score three knockdowns over Alexis Hloros en route to a second-round knockout. He entered the fight his usual aggression, looking to mix it up immediately and scored two knockdowns in the opening round. First, Hloros went down during a flurry and then he took a knee during another stream of punches.[2]

On November 5, 2011, in a highly exciting fight, Kirkland rose from a first round knockdown to defeat Angulo via 6th round TKO.[6][7]

In addition to his aforementioned victories over Angulo, Kirkland's other notable wins have been against Brian Vera (TKO8), who just lost a controversial decision to Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr., Joel Julio (TKO6) and Eromosele Albert (TKO1).[8]

On October 16, 2013 it was announced that Kirkland, has signed with promoter/rap star 50 Cent and his company SMS Promotions and has his next fight lined up.[9]

On December 7, 2013, Kirkland continued his winning ways with a sixth-round TKO of 23-year-old prospect Glen Tapia at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. In the article, Kirkland was described as 'potentially, the most dominant offensive force in boxing since a prime Mike Tyson'.[10]

Kirkland vs. Alvarez[edit]

Kirkland fought former Super Welterweight Champion Saúl Álvarez after his decision victory over Erislandy Lara on July 12.[11] The fight took place on May 9 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas with Kirkland losing by KO in 3rd round.

Outside the ring[edit]

As of 2009, Kirkland was on probation for an armed robbery conviction in 2003, for which he spent 30 months in prison.[12]

On Sunday, April 19, 2009, Kirkland was stopped in Austin traffic and arrested for possession of a firearm by a felon, with a possibility of prison time if he is convicted.[13] On Wednesday, September 23, 2009, Kirkland was sentenced to 24 months in prison after pleading guilty to the firearm charge. Kirkland was released from prison in September 2010 and spent several more months in a halfway house in Austin, Texas.[14]

In June 2013, Kirkland was again arrested - this time for assault - and jailed in Texas. Ring observers believe that these legal troubles will negatively impact Kirkland's career.[15]

Professional boxing record[edit]

32 Wins (28 Knockouts), 2 Losses (2 Knockouts), 1 Draws
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd Date Location Notes
Loss 32-2 Mexico Saúl Álvarez KO 3 (12), 2:19 2015-05-09 United States Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas
Win 32-1 United States Glen Tapia KO 6 (12), 0:38 2013-12-07 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 31-1 Mexico Carlos Molina DQ 10 (12), 3:00 2012-03-24 United States Reliant Arena, Houston, Texas Retained WBC Continental Americas Light Middleweight title.
Win 30-1 Mexico Alfredo Angulo TKO 6 (12), 1:58 2011-11-05 Mexico Centro de Cancún, Cancún, Quintana Roo Won WBC Continental Americas Light Middleweight title.
Win 29-1 United States Alexis Hloros TKO 2 (10), 0:25 2011-07-23 United States Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Nevada
Win 28-1 United States Dennis Sharpe KO 1 (8), 2:18 2011-06-24 United States Dr Pepper Arena, Frisco, Texas
Loss 27-1 Japan Nobuhiro Ishida TKO 1 (8), 1:52 2011-04-09 United States MGM Grand Las Vegas, Nevada James Kirkland was down three times. After the third knockdown, referee Joe Cortez waved an end to the bout.
Win 27-0 Colombia Jhon Berrio KO 2 (8), 1:02 2011-03-18 United States Orange County Fairgrounds, Costa Mesa, California
Win 26-0 United States Ahsandi Gibbs KO 1 (8), 0:34 2011-03-05 United States Honda Center, Anaheim, California
Win 25-0 Colombia Joel Julio RTD 6 (10), 3:00 2009-03-07 United States HP Pavilion, San Jose, California
Win 24-0 United States Brian Vera TKO 8 (10), 1:45 2008-11-22 United States MGM Grand Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 23-0 Mexico Ricardo Cortes TKO 2 (10), 1:59 2008-09-05 United States Music Hall Austin, Texas
Win 22-0 Nigeria Eromosele Albert TKO 1 (10), 1:06 2008-05-17 United States Buffalo Bill's Star Arena, Primm, Nevada Won vacant WBO NABO Light Middleweight Title.
Win 21-0 United States Allen Conyers TKO 1 (10), 2:56 2007-11-30 United States Chumash Casino, Santa Ynez, California
Win 20-0 Brazil Mohammad Said KO 2 (10), 2:32 2007-09-01 United States Emerald Queen Casino, Tacoma, Washington,
Win 19-0 Ghana Ossie Duran UD 10 2007-06-01 United States Chumash Casino, Santa Ynez, California
Win 18-0 United States Billy Lyell TKO 8 (10), 0:34 2007-02-02 United States Chumash Casino, Santa Ynez, California
Win 17-0 Dominican Republic David Toribio KO 4 (8), 1:35 2006-12-01 United States Chumash Casino, Santa Ynez, California
Win 16-0 United States Sherwin Davis RTD 2 (8), 3:00 2006-10-06 United States Chumash Casino, Santa Ynez, California
Win 15-0 Dominican Republic Alexis Division RTD 3 (8), 3:00 2006-07-28 United States PFTC Sports Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 14-0 United States Ray Cuningham TKO 1 (6), 2:16 2006-06-03 United States Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 13-0 United States David Estrada TKO 3 (6), 1:05 2006-05-05 United States Lucky Star Casino, Concho, Oklahoma
Win 12-0 United States Manny Castillo TKO 3 (6), 2:37 2006-04-21 United States Omar Shrine Temple, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
Win 11-0 United States Russell Jordan TKO 1 (8) 2003-11-06 United States Hilton Hotel, Washington, District of Columbia
Win 10-0 United States Martinus Clay KO 1 (4), 0:54 2003-08-22 United States Silverstar Casino, Choctaw, Mississippi
Win 9-0 Mexico Sergio Soto KO 3 (4), 0:54 2003-05-23 United States Lucky Star Casino, Concho, Oklahoma
Win 8-0 Guyana Rodney Tappin UD 4 2003-03-15 United States Club Life, Dallas, Texas
Win 7-0 Mexico Juan Carlos Aranday TKO 3 (6), 0:35 2003-01-31 United States Randy's Ballroom, San Antonio, Texas
Win 6-0 Mexico Edgar Pedraza UD 4 2002-10-11 United States Freeman Coliseum, San Antonio, Texas
Win 5-0 United States Rashaan Abdul Blackburn TKO 3 (4) 2002-09-12 United States Nation Nightclub, Washington, District of Columbia
Win 4-0 Brazil Jose Luis Rodrigues TKO 1 (4) 2002-07-13 United States The Aladdin, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 3-0 United States Maurice Chalmers TKO 3 (4), 2:20 2001-12-09 United States Crocket Center, Austin, Texas, United States
Win 2-0 Mexico Juan Jaime Rodriguez KO 1 (4), 0:46 2001-10-26 United States Erwin Center, Austin, Texas
Win 1-0 United States Maurice Chalmers TKO 3 (4), 1:49 2001-08-25 United States Sunset Station, San Antonio, Texas Kirkland's professional debut.


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  2. ^ a b Dan Rafael. "Peter Quillin takes aim at title shot". ESPN. Retrieved 1 October 2011. 
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Title last held by
Charles Whittaker
WBO NABO Super Welterweight Champion
May 17, 2008 – November 21, 2008
Title next held by
Danny Perez Ramírez
Preceded by
Alfredo Angulo
WBC Continental Americas Super Welterweight Champion
November 5, 2011 – January 26, 2013
Title next held by
Jermell Charlo