Lee Roy Murphy

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Lee Roy Murphy (born July 16, 1958 in Chicago, IL) is a former professional boxer.

Amateur career[edit]

Murphy had an amateur record of 157-17, winning the 1979 Light Heavyweight National Golden Gloves and earning a spot on the 1980 United States Olympic team. However, as the USA boycotted the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow due to political reasons, Murphy and the rest of his team were not allowed an Olympic berth. Murphy did however receive one of 461 Congressional Gold Medals created especially for the spurned athletes.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Known as "Solid Gold", Murphy turned pro in 1980 and won the IBF Cruiserweight Title with a 14th-round TKO of Marvin Camel in 1984. He defended the title three times before losing the belt to Ricky Parkey in 1986. After the loss, Murphy's career drifted into obscurity with losses to Dwight Muhammad Qawi in 1987 and Mike Evans in 1991. He retired after the loss to Evans, but launched a brief comeback in 1998, winning both of his bouts.

Professional boxing record[edit]

30 Wins (23 knockouts, 7 decisions), 4 Losses (2 knockouts, 2 decisions) [1]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Win 30–4 United States Kimmuel Odum UD 6 07/08/1998 Illinois Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win 29–4 United States Jerry "Oil Can" Brown TKO 4 26/06/1998 Illinois Chicago, Illinois, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:40 of the fourth round.
Loss 28–4 United States "Mighty" Mike Evans UD 12 02/03/1991 United Kingdom Darlington, County Durham, United Kingdom IBF Intercontinental Heavyweight Title. 112-117, 112-117, 111-117.
Win 28–3 United States Terry Armstrong UD 10 12/09/1990 Illinois Chicago, Illinois, United States
Loss 27–3 South Africa Johnny du Plooy PTS 10 09/06/1990 Bophuthatswana Sun City, Bophuthatswana
Win 27–2 United States Alfonzo Ratliff KO 4 26/06/1989 Illinois Villa Park, Illinois, United States Illinois Heavyweight Title.
Loss 26–2 United States Dwight Muhammad Qawi TKO 6 15/08/1987 France Saint-Tropez, Var, France
Win 26–1 United States Bobby Crabtree UD 10 28/04/1987 Illinois Chicago, Illinois, United States 49-41, 50-40, 50-40.
Win 25–1 United States Steve Mormino PTS 8 27/03/1987 Italy Viareggio, Toscana, Italy
Loss 24–1 United States Ricky Parkey TKO 10 25/10/1986 Italy Marsala, Sicilia, Italy IBF World Cruiserweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 2:56 of the tenth round.
Win 24–0 United States Dorcey Gaymon KO 9 19/04/1986 Italy Sanremo Casino, Sanremo, Liguria, Italy IBF World Cruiserweight Title. Gaymon knocked out at 2:31 of the ninth round. Murphy defended his IBF Cruiserweight title 4 straight times.
Win 23–0 Zambia Chisanda Mutti KO 12 19/10/1985 Monaco Monte Carlo, Monaco IBF World Cruiserweight Title. Mutti knocked down in the eleventh. Mutti knocked out at 1:53 of the 12th round.
Win 22–0 United States Eddie "Young Joe Louis" Taylor TKO 12 20/12/1984 Illinois Chicago, Illinois, United States IBF World Cruiserweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 1:37 of the 12th round.
Win 21–0 United States Marvin Camel TKO 14 06/10/1984 Montana Billings, Montana, United States IBF World Cruiserweight Title.
Win 20–0 United States Darnell Hayes KO 2 15/03/1984 Illinois Chicago, Illinois, United States Hayes knocked out at 2:39 of the second round.
Win 19–0 United States Steve Zouski UD 10 20/12/1983 Illinois Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win 18–0 United States Ralph Cuomo TKO 1 02/12/1983 New York (state) Shirley, New York, United States
Win 17–0 United States Willie "Crawfish" Crawford TKO 1 07/11/1983 Illinois Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win 16–0 United States Frank Payne UD 10 18/10/1983 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 15–0 United States Keith "Trainspotter" Allen TKO 6 05/10/1983 Illinois Chicago, Illinois, United States Referee stopped the bout at 0:39 of the sixth round.
Win 14–0 United States Ivy Brown KO 1 07/08/1983 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Brown knocked out at 2:13 of the first round.
Win 13–0 United States Rahim Muhammad KO 9 22/05/1983 Illinois Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win 12–0 United States Charles "In Charge" Allen KO 4 07/02/1983 Illinois Chicago, Illinois, United States Allen knocked out at 1:25 of the first round.
Win 11–0 United States Terry Denny KO 3 19/07/1982 Illinois Chicago, Illinois, United States Denny knocked out at 1:28 of the third round.
Win 10–0 United States "Fast" Eddie Smith KO 4 19/03/1982 Illinois Chicago, Illinois, United States Smith knocked out at 2:09 of the fourth round.
Win 9–0 United States Charles Presswood KO 1 05/02/1982 Illinois Danville, Illinois, United States Presswood knocked out at 2:39 of the first round.
Win 8–0 United States "Sexy" Frank Diaper TKO 2 22/01/1982 Illinois Chicago, Illinois, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:43 of the second round.
Win 7–0 United States Elvis Parks PTS 6 03/10/1981 Illinois Rosemont, Illinois, United States Parks down twice in the sixth round.
Win 6–0 United States John Trollinger KO 1 27/07/1981 Illinois Chicago, Illinois, United States Trollinger knocked out at 0:35 of the first round.
Win 5–0 United States Darnell Hayes K0 2 05/06/1981 Illinois Chicago, Illinois, United States Hayes knocked out at 2:01 of the second round.
Win 4–0 United States Reggie "Fire" Walker TKO 2 16/04/1981 Illinois Chicago, Illinois, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:25 of the second round.
Win 3–0 United States Floyd Cross KO 3 09/03/1981 Illinois Chicago, Illinois, United States Cross down three times in the first round and knocked out at 2:53 of the third round.
Win 2–0 Canada Gary Hunter KO 1 11/12/1980 Illinois Chicago, Illinois, United States Hunter knocked out at 1:34 of the first round.
Win 1–0 United States Roger "007" Moore KO 2 13/11/1980 Illinois Chicago, Illinois, United States Moore knocked out at 1:22 of the second round. Father of Roger, Archie Moore offered to fight Murphy to avenge his son's loss.

Personal[edit]

Lee Roy's brother, Kenny Murphy, was also a prizefighter and fought Fabrice Tiozzo for the WBA Cruiserweight Title in 1999.

Preceded by
Marvin Camel
IBF Cruiserweight Champion
6 October 1984 – 25 October 1986
Succeeded by
Ricky Parkey

References[edit]

  1. ^ Caroccioli, Tom; Caroccioli, Jerry. Boycott: Stolen Dreams of the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games. Highland Park, IL: New Chapter Press. pp. 243–253. ISBN 978-0942257403. 

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