Jeremy Bates (boxer)
|Real name||Jeremy Bates|
|Height||5 ft 10.5 in (1.791 m)|
|Reach||72 in (180 cm)|
January 12, 1974 |
|Wins by KO||19|
Jeremy Bates (born January 12, 1974 in Argillite, Kentucky) is an American heavyweight boxer. Nicknamed "The Beast", Bates was a moderately successful fighter who fought several other journeyman fighters of his era. Bates has become something of a "comeback" opponent for veteran fighters such as Holyfield, Golota, and Meehan.
Professional boxing career
Bates turned professional in 1999 and fought mainly journeyman fighters, losing to prospect Andre Purlette in 2001. Bates later lost to Sedreck Fields, Kirk Johnson, Leo Nolan, Brian Minto, and Ray Austin before his first retirement.
The Evander Holyfield fight
Bates was persuaded to postpone his retirement when he was given an opportunity to fight four-time heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield. On August 18, 2006, in a 10-round bout at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, 44-year-old Holyfield dominated the fight which was stopped in the second round after he landed around 20 consecutive punches on Bates. The events prior to, and the fight itself, are documented in Evander Holyfield's book 'Becoming Holyfield'.
Retirement from boxing
Bates retired with a record of 21 wins, 13 losses and 1 draw, with 18 wins by knockout. Post boxing, Bates began a successful[peacock term] career as a full-time insurance sales professional. Bates is currently employed at the United States Enrichment Corporation. (USEC) is a Uranium gaseous diffusion plant in Portsmouth OH.
Coming out of retirement
Bates would come out of retirement to face Guillermo Jones, Andrew Golota, Odlanier Solis, Kevin Rainey, and most recently Kali Meehan. All of those fights, with the exception of Bates' bout with Kevin Rainey, would be losses. Currently, Bates' record stands at 23 wins, 17 losses and 1 draw, with 19 wins by knockout.
Professional boxing record
|23 Wins (19 knockouts, 4 decisions), 17 Losses (12 knockouts, 4 decisions, 1 disqualification), 1 Draw|
|Win||23-17-1||Justin Riegle||TKO||1 (4), 1:03||July 30, 2011||Cannonsburg, KY|
|Loss||22-17-1||Siarhei Liakhovich||TKO||1 (8), 2:11||November 7, 2009||Nuremberg, Germany|
|Loss||22-16-1||Kali Meehan||TKO||3 (10), 1:16||February 16, 2008||Nuremberg, Germany|
|Win||22-15-1||Kevin Rainey||Unanimous decision||4||January 18, 2008||Somerset, KY|
|Loss||21-15-1||Odlanier Solís||TKO||2 (8), 0:18||October 19, 2007||Berlin, Germany|
|Loss||21-14-1||Andrzej Gołota||TKO||2 (10), 2:59||June 9, 2007||Katowice, Poland|
|Loss||21-13-1||Guillermo Jones||TKO||1 (8), 1:44||January 6, 2007||Hollywood, FL|
|Loss||21-12-1||Evander Holyfield||TKO||2 (10), 2:56||August 18, 2006||Dallas, TX|
|Loss||21-11-1||Ray Austin||TKO||2 (10), 1:17||April 1, 2006||Cleveland, OH|
|Loss||21-10-1||Zack Page||Unanimous decision||8||December 9, 2005||Wheeling, WV|
|Win||21-9-1||Jason Waller||Unanimous decision||8||October 14, 2005||Wheeling, WV|
|Win||20-9-1||Travis Fulton||TKO||1 (8)||August 12, 2005||Wheeling, WV|
|Loss||19-9-1||Jason Waller||Unanimous decision||6||May 24, 2005||Woodlawn, MD|
|Win||19-8-1||Carlton Johnson||Unanimous decision||8||April 22, 2005||Wheeling, WV|
|Win||18-8-1||Kevin Tallon||Unanimous decision||4||June 25, 2004||Wheeling, WV|
|Loss||17-8-1||Brian Minto||TKO||8 (10), 2:56||April 23, 2004||Wheeling, WV||Vacant West Virginia
Heavyweight title on the line.
|Win||17-7-1||Jeff Lally||KO||2||January 18, 2004||West Virginia|
|Loss||16-7-1||Leo Nolan||TKO||4 (8)||June 13, 2003||Detroit, MI||Corner retirement.|
|Win||16-6-1||Rodney Phillips||TKO||1||March 29, 2003||Parkersburg, WV|
|Loss||15-6-1||Kirk Johnson||KO||2 (8), 2:59||December 7, 2002||Las Vegas, NV|
|Win||15-5-1||Mark Johnson||TKO||4 (4), 0:00||July 12, 2002||Lexington, KY||Corner retirement.|
|Loss||14-5-1||Willie Phillips||TKO||6 (8), 1:41||June 11, 2002||Chester, WV|
|Win||14-4-1||Scott Hosaflook||TKO||1||June 1, 2002||Morgantown, WV|
|Loss||13-4-1||David McNemar||Majority decision||12||April 20, 2002||Parkersburg, WV||Scoring was 118-110 and
116-112 in favor of McNemar,
and a 114-114 draw.
|Loss||13-3-1||Sedreck Fields||Disqualification||4 (5), 1:11||January 30, 2002||Miami Beach, FL||Bates was disqualified for
|Loss||13-2-1||Andre Purlette||TKO||2 (12), 1:29||October 5, 2001||Miami Beach, FL||Vacant NABO Heavyweight
title on the line.
|Win||13-1-1||Jimmy Haynes||KO||1 (6), 2:00||September 28, 2001||Lexington, KY|
|Win||12-1-1||Gerald Moore||KO||1||August 25, 2001||Beckley, WV|
|Win||11-1-1||Carlton Johnson||KO||1||August 14, 2001||Chester, WV|
|Win||10-1-1||Jorel Mann||TKO||1||July 28, 2001||Huntington, WV|
|Win||9-1-1||Mike Sheppard||TKO||1||June 9, 2001||Parkersburg, WV|
|Win||8-1-1||Antonio Colbert||TKO||1 (4), 2:10||April 19, 2001||Lexington, KY|
|Win||7-1-1||David Johnson||KO||1 (4), 1:50||March 30, 2001||Lexington, KY|
|Draw||6-1-1||Chad Van Sickle||Draw||4||March 1, 2001||Lexington, KY|
|Win||6–1||Elmer Coles||TKO||1||January 20, 2001||Huntington, WV|
|Win||5–1||George Randolph||TKO||1||December 9, 2000||Huntington, WV|
|Win||4–1||Thomas Dixon||TKO||3||September 16, 2000||Huntington, WV|
|Win||3–1||Mario Hereford||KO||2||August 26, 2000||Gallatin, TN|
|Win||2–1||Kanovas Alexander||TKO||1||June 8, 2000||Barboursville, WV|
|Loss||1–1||Tim Knight||Unanimous decision||4||March 22, 2000||Louisville, KY|
|Win||1–0||Reggie Strickland||TKO||1 (4)||November 10, 1999||Chester, WV|
Bates made his professional wrestling debut on November 15, 2008 in Ashland, Kentucky at Ohio Championship Wrestling's November Reign, where he defeated Vinnie Viagra. He defeated "The Driller" Eddie Browning on December 13 at OCW's Season's Beatings.
Bates got his third victory at OCW on January 10, 2009 at the New Year's Bash by defeating NWA All-Star Wrestling Heavyweight Champion "Pretty Boy" Stan Lee. Bates made his wrestling debut at an arena where he is undefeated in the boxing ranks, the Veterans Memorial Fieldhouse in Huntington, West Virginia, at 304 Wrestling's Battlefront. He defeated Vinnie Viagra in that outing.
Bates is now in training to fight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. His progress is being documented in a YouTube series called "Being the Beast". The videos are available for viewing at www.youtube.com/user/beast0107.