Michael Bennett (boxer)

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Michael Bennett
Medal record
Men's boxing
Representing  United States
World Amateur Championships
Gold medal – first place Houston 1999 Heavyweight

Michael Bennett (born March 26, 1971 in Chicago, Illinois) is a former American boxer who won the amateur world championships in 1999 and represented the United States at the 2000 Summer Olympics in the heavyweight division (limit 201 lbs).

Amateur career[edit]

Bennett had a stellar amateur career prior to turning professional.

He won the world championships in Houston 1999 with wins over Patrick Mesters, Uzbek Serik Umirbekov and German Steffen Kretschmann but won the final only because Cuban superstar Félix Savón boycotted the final (forfeit).

As a member of the 2000 US Olympic team, he beat Poland's Wojciech Bartnik in the 1st round of matches on an 11–2 decision before losing to Cuban Félix Savón on a 23–8 points stoppage (RSCO) in the 3rd round in his next match.

In addition to his Olympic accomplishments, Bennett was also a National Amateur Heavyweight Boxing Champion in 2000 with a win over Jason Estrada.

Professional career[edit]

Bennett turned professional in 2000 at cruiserweight, but his career did not last long. After a series of knockout losses against limited opposition, Bennett retired in 2003.


Preceded by
Malik Scott
United States Amateur Heavyweight Champion
Succeeded by
BJ Flores