Jesse Burnett

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Jesse Burnett (born February 8, 1946 in Los Angeles, California) was a light-heavyweight and cruiserweight boxer. His professional record was 23-18-2 with 11 knockouts.[1] He is best remembered as the spoiler who won a twelve round decision in a WBC cruiserweight elimination bout over former world light-heavyweight champion Victor Galindez of Argentina in 1980, sending Galindez into retirement. In Burnett's two tries at a world title, he was stopped in the ninth round of a 1977 vacant WBC light-heavyweight title bout by Miguel Angel Cuello, and stopped in the eighth round of a 1980 WBC cruiserweight title bout against S.T. Gordon. Burnett also fought such other fighters as former heavyweight champion Leon Spinks, former light-heavyweight champion John Conteh (Burnett earned a ten round draw), former light-heavyweight champion Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, and other contenders such as Yaqui Lopez, James Scott, Jerry Martin, Tony Mundine, Bash Ali, Willie Edwards, Mustafa Wassaja, Willie Edwards, Lotte Mwale, and many others. This was before he married Polita then went into retirement. He has two wonderful children, Jesse Jr. and Stephanie. Due to his boxing career, Jesse was able to travel to faraway and distant lands such as Europe as well as small ones such as Belize, where he was able to meet in-laws that also grew into legends. Stars such as his stepson Liberato, a successful businessman, and a brother-in-law Leroy McKenzie better known as Sarge, one of the best in Belizean soccer and a legend in Belize.

Style[edit]

Jesse often paced himself out of a lot of wins due to his frequent 'short notice conditioning'. He would hold back a lot so as not to 'gas-out' during a contest, which in a few he did. Also, his arsenal was almost void of one of the best punches in boxing, the left hook, which was laid dormant by his right leaning style.

Professional boxing record[edit]

23 Wins (11 knockouts, 12 decisions), 18 Losses (4 knockouts, 14 decisions), 2 Draws [1]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 15-2 Anthony Davis UD 12 16/05/1984 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States NABF Cruiserweight Title.
Loss 22-5 S.T. Gordon TKO 8 16/02/1983 East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States WBC World Cruiserweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 3:07 of the eighth round.
Loss 11-3-2 Leon Spinks UD 12 31/10/1982 McAfee, New Jersey, United States NABF Cruiserweight Title. 114-116, 113-116, 112-117.
Win 29-5-1 Steve Aczel TKO 8 19/02/1982 Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Loss 10-0 Willie "Sandman" Edwards PTS 10 16/01/1982 Detroit, Michigan, United States
Loss 16-14-1 "King" James Williams SD 10 13/10/1981 Stateline, Nevada, United States 97-94, 94-97, 93-98.
Win 75-10-1 Tony Mundine PTS 12 04/03/1981 Auckland, New Zealand
Loss 11-5 Bash Ali SD 12 03/12/1980 Anaheim, California, United States IBF USBA Cruiserweight Title.
Win 0-3-1 T.C. Bowman TKO 6 15/07/1980 Anaheim, California, United States
Win 55-8-4 Victor Galindez UD 12 14/06/1980 Anaheim, California, United States WBC World Cruiserweight Title Eliminator. 115-111, 116-111, 115-112.
Loss 20-7-1 Dale Grant KO 7 19/04/1980 Billings, Montana, United States
Loss 19-0 Lottie Mwale PTS 12 04/03/1980 Wembley, London, United Kingdom 117-119.
Win 13-8-2 Clarence Geigger PTS 10 14/12/1979 Costa Mesa, California, United States
Loss 17-0 Eddie "Young Joe Louis" Taylor PTS 10 24/11/1979 Bloomington, Minnesota, United States
Loss 16-1 Jerry "Bull" Martin UD 12 14/11/1979 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States NABF/IBF USBA Light Heavyweight Titles.
Draw 32-2 John Conteh PTS 10 19/04/1979 Piccadilly, London, United Kingdom
Win 3-9-1 Juan "The Javelin" de la Garza TKO 6 28/11/1978 Billings, Montana, United States
Loss 7-9-1 Pete McIntyre SD 10 08/11/1978 Stockton, California, United States
Loss 42-7 Yaqui Lopez MD 15 02/07/1978 Stockton, California, United States 141-145, 142-144, 146-146.
Loss 12-0-1 Mustafa Wasajja PTS 10 25/05/1978 Copenhagen, Denmark
Loss 22-3-1 Eddie Mustafa Muhammad TKO 10 15/02/1978 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Referee stopped the bout at 1:59 of the tenth round.
Win 29-3 Lonnie Bennett TKO 6 18/11/1977 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 20-0 Miguel Angel Cuello TKO 9 21/05/1977 Monte Carlo, Monaco WBC World Light Heavyweight Title.
Win 16-11-1 Al Bolden KO 10 20/03/1977 Tokyo, Japan
Win 44-33-1 Bobby Rascon TKO 4 19/12/1976 Tokyo, Japan Referee stopped the bout at 2:18 of the fourth round.
Win 29-14-3 Eddie "Bossman" Jones UD 10 10/07/1976 San Diego, California, United States
Win 11-4-3 Willie "Bull" Taylor PTS 10 03/06/1976 Copenhagen, Denmark
Win 52-6-1 Tony Mundine KO 6 14/05/1976 Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Mundine knocked out at 1:06 of the sixth round.
Win 10-7-1 Danny Brewer KO 7 03/05/1976 Stockton, California, United States
Loss 40-6-4 Victor Galindez SD 10 08/04/1976 Copenhagen, Denmark
Win 8-5 Danny Brewer KO 3 28/11/1975 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Brewer knocked out at 0:45 of the third round.
Loss 26-3 Yaqui Lopez SD 12 24/09/1975 Stockton, California, United States California Light Heavyweight Title.
Win 26-2 Yaqui Lopez SD 12 31/07/1975 Stockton, California, United States California Light Heavyweight Title.
Loss 9-0-1 James "Great" Scott UD 10 25/02/1975 Miami Beach, Florida, United States
Win 39-13-5 Ray "Windmill" White KO 8 15/03/1974 San Diego, California, United States
Win 6-5-4 Felton Marshall TD 9 09/08/1973 Los Angeles, California, United States
Win 41-18-3 Jimmy Lester PTS 10 08/02/1973 Los Angeles, California, United States
Win 57-17-6 Ron "Mr." Wilson PTS 10 19/10/1972 Los Angeles, California, United States
Win 15-1-1 Hildo Silva PTS 6 24/07/1972 Inglewood, California, United States
Win 3-0 Yaqui Lopez PTS 8 01/07/1972 Stockton, California, United States
Win 0-1 Steve Stark KO 4 05/06/1972 San Diego, California, United States
Win 3-0 Angel Baggini PTS 6 24/04/1972 Inglewood, California, United States
Draw 4-1 Cisco Solorio TD 1 13/04/1972 Los Angeles, California, United States

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