Larry Donald

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Larry Donald
Statistics
Real nameLarry Ali Donald
Nickname(s)The Legend
Weight(s)Heavyweight
Height6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Reach81 in (206 cm)
NationalityAmerican
Born (1967-01-06) January 6, 1967 (age 53)
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights50
Wins42
Wins by KO24
Losses5
Draws3

Larry Ali Donald (born January 6, 1967) is an American former professional boxer. As an amateur he won a bronze medal in the super heavyweight division at the 1991 World Championships and won a Gold Medal at the 1992 World Championship Challenge and becoming amateur world Super heavyweight champion going into the 1992 Olympic Games represented the United States at the 1992 Olympics. During his professional career, he defeated the likes of Evander Holyfield, Jeremy Williams, Bert Cooper, Tim Witherspoon, and Ross Puritty.

Amateur career[edit]

Donald was the American representative at Super Heavyweight at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games. His results were:

In addition to his Olympic run, Donald had a successful amateur career, including:

He also won the World Championship Challenge in Tampa, Florida, March 13–14, 1992, right before going into the 1992 Summer Olympics.

Donald finished his with 72 fights, completing a record of 67 wins, 5 losses.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Larry "The Legend" Donald turned pro on January 3, 1993, earning a technical knockout against Craig Brinson. In 1994 he beat fellow undefeated prospect Jeremy Williams, and Bert Cooper, but suffered his first defeat when losing widely to ex-champ Riddick Bowe, who had infamously sucker punched Donald twice at the pre-fight press conference.

He resurfaced in late 1997 outpointing ex-champ Tim Witherspoon, but spent many years fighting low profile on Don King under cards, unpopular with fans and the press for his negative, ultra-defensive and extremely unentertaining style.

In July 2001 he had a high-profile world title eliminator with Kirk Johnson, 31–0–1, but lost a close decision.

In 2002 he traveled to Germany to face Vitali Klitschko. Even at the age of 35, Donald was considered one of the most durable fighters in the world, but the heavy hitting Klitschko surprisingly stopped the veteran, decking him three times in the 10th round.

Although things looked over, Donald seemingly reinvented himself in November 2004 with an upset win over the legendary Evander Holyfield, winning nearly every round against the Hall of Famer ex-champ for the NABC World Champion Title.

In 2005, Donald controversially lost a title eliminator bout to giant-sized Russian Nicolay Valuev which would have earned him the right to fight John Ruiz for the WBA belt.

On July 30, 2007, Donald returned to ring to face Alexander Povetkin, and lost a lopsided decision.

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
50 fights 42 wins 5 losses
By knockout 24 1
By decision 18 4
Draws 3
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
50 Loss 42–5–3 Russia Alexander Povetkin UD 10 30 Jun 2007 Russia Olympisky Sport Hall, Moscow
49 Loss 42–4–3 Russia Nikolay Valuev MD 12 1 Oct 2005 Germany EWE Arena, Oldenburg, Niedersachsen For WBA Inter-Continental Heavyweight title,
WBA Heavyweight title eliminator
48 Draw 42–3–3 United States Ray Austin MD 12 30 Apr 2005 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York For WBA Inter-Continental Heavyweight title,
WBA Heavyweight title eliminator
47 Win 42–3–2 United States Evander Holyfield UD 12 13 Nov 2004 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York Won vacant NABC World Champion Heavyweight title
46 Win 41–3–2 United States Mario Cawley TKO 3 (10), 1:31 7 Aug 2004 United States Pontchartrain Center, Kenner, Louisiana
45 Win 40–3–2 United States Sedreck Fields UD 10 15 May 2004 United States Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
44 Loss 39–3–2 Ukraine Vitali Klitschko TKO 10 (12), 2:35 23 Nov 2002 Germany Arena Westfalenhalle, Dortmund, Nordrhein-Westfalen For WBA Inter-Continental Heavyweight title,
WBA Heavyweight title eliminator
43 Win 39–2–2 United States James Stanton UD 10 1 Jun 2002 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey
42 Loss 38–2–2 Canada Kirk Johnson UD 10 7 Jul 2001 United States KeySpan Park, Brooklyn, New York WBA Heavyweight title eliminator
41 Draw 38–1–2 United States Obed Sullivan MD 12 28 Nov 2000 United States Orleans Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained WBO NABO Heavyweight title
40 Win 38–1–1 United States Phil Jackson KO 5 (10), 2:28 25 May 2000 United StatesGrand Casino, Tunica, Mississippi
39 Win 37–1–1 United States Mark Bradley TKO 2 (12), 29 Feb 2000 United States Plaza Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada Won vacant WBO NABO Heavyweight title
38 Win 36–1–1 United States Jeff Lally TKO 2 (10), 1:02 11 Dec 1999 United States Grand Casino, Tunica, Mississippi
37 Win 35–1–1 United States Marion Wilson TD 5 (10) 12 Jun 1999 United States Shriner's Auditorium, Wilmington, Massachusetts
36 Win 34–1–1 United States Artis Pendergrass UD 10 6 Mar 1999 United States UM Sports Pavilion, Minneapolis, Minnesota
35 Win 33–1–1 Mexico Mike Sedillo UD 10 18 Dec 1998 United States Memorial Auditorium, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
34 Win 32–1–1 United States Ross Puritty UD 10 21 Apr 1998 United States Players Island Casino, Lake Charles, Louisiana
33 Win 31–1–1 United States Levi Billups UD 10 5 Feb 1998 United States Coeur d'Alene Casino, Worley, Idaho
32 Win 30–1–1 United States Tim Witherspoon UD 10 13 Dec 1997 United States Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut Retained WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight title
31 Win 29–1–1 Jamaica Ricardo Kennedy TKO 5 (10), 2:32 6 Nov 1997 United States Grand Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi
30 Win 28–1–1 United States Tyrell Biggs KO 2 (10), 1:00 11 Sep 1997 United States Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut
29 Win 27–1–1 United States Jeff Lally KO 3 (10) 30 Aug 1997 Argentina El Polideportivo, Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires
28 Win 26–1–1 Cuba Jose Ribalta TKO 6 (10) 15 Jul 1997 United States Riverside Convention Center, Rochester, New York
27 Win 25–1–1 United States Anthony Willis TKO 9 (10) 5 Jun 1997 United States Atlantic City, New Jersey
26 Win 24–1–1 Syria Ahmed Abdin UD 12 8 Apr 1997 United States Grand Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi Won WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight title
25 Win 23–1–1 United States Cleveland Woods PTS 8 24 Jan 1997 Denmark Brøndby hallen, Copenhagen
24 Win 22–1–1 United States James Gaines UD 10 17 Dec 1996 United States National Guard Armory, Pikesville, Maryland
23 Win 21–1–1 United States Richard Mason UD 10 8 Nov 1996 United States Arizona Charlie's, Las Vegas, Nevada
22 Win 20–1–1 United States Derrick Roddy TKO 2 (10), 2:41 8 Aug 1996 United States Lake Charles, Louisiana
21 Win 19–1–1 Spain Jorge Valdes TKO 6 (12), 2:32 2 Jun 1996 United States Mystic Lake Casino, Shakopee, Minnesota Won vacant WBO NABO Heavyweight title
20 Win 18–1–1 United States Will Hinton SD 10 3 May 1996 United States MARK of the Quad Cities, Moline, Illinois
19 Win 17–1–1 United States Brian Sargent TKO 2 (10), 2:32 16 Sep 1995 United States Mirage Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
18 Draw 16–1–1 United States David Dixon TD 4 (10), 3:00 28 Mar 1995 United States Casino Magic, Bay St. Louis, Mississippi Bout stopped due to Donald being cut by an accidental headbutt
17 Loss 16–1 United States Riddick Bowe UD 12 3 Dec 1994 United States Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada Lost WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight title
16 Win 16–0 United States Dan Murphy UD 10 5 Jul 1994 United States Washington Convention Center, District of Columbia
15 Win 15–0 Argentina Juan Antonio Diaz KO 6 (12), 1:27 4 Jun 1994 United States Reno Hilton, Reno, Nevada Won WBA Fedelatin Heavyweight title
14 Win 14–0 United States Bert Cooper TKO 7 (12), 1:16 14 Apr 1994 United States Casino Magic, Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi Retained WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight title
13 Win 13–0 United States Jeremy Williams MD 12 12 Mar 1994 United States MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada Won WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight title
12 Win 12–0 United States Michael Dixon TKO 6 (10), 3:00 13 Feb 1994 United States Bally's Park Place Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey
11 Win 11–0 United States Dwayne Hall TKO 3 (6) 16 Dec 1993 United States Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut
10 Win 10–0 United States Eugene Adams TKO 2 (6) 19 Nov 1993 United States Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey
9 Win 9–0 United States Kimmuel Odum TKO 1 (?) 30 Oct 1993 United States America West Arena, Phoenix, Arizona
8 Win 8–0 United States Mike Gans KO 3 (8) 27 Aug 1993 United States Beverly Wilshire Hotel, Beverly Hills, California
7 Win 7–0 United States Al Shoffner KO 5 (6), 1:13 17 Jul 1993 United States Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada
6 Win 6–0 Romania Daniel Dăncuţă MD 6 6 Jun 1993 United States The Aladdin, Las Vegas, Nevada
5 Win 5–0 United States Will Hinton TKO 4 (6), 2:16 8 May 1993 United States Caesars Tahoe, Stateline, Nevada
4 Win 4–0 United States Matthew Brooks UD 6 14 Mar 1993 United States The Aladdin, Las Vegas, Nevada
3 Win 3–0 United States Louis Edward Jackson KO 4 (6), 1:59 6 Feb 1993 United States Sports Arena, San Diego, California
2 Win 2–0 United States Bruce Johnson TKO 2 (6), 2:27 17 Jan 1993 United States Union Plaza Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
1 Win 1–0 United States Craig Brinson TKO 2 (6), 1:47 3 Jan 1993 United States Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood Professional debut

References[edit]

  1. ^ Larry Donald Record at BoxingRecords.com

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Edward Escobedo
United States Amateur Super Heavyweight Champion
1991
Succeeded by
Samson Po'uha