Michael Hunter (American boxer)
|Real name||Michael Hunter, Jr.|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Reach||79+1⁄2 in (202 cm)|
|Born||July 10, 1988|
Van Nuys, California, U.S.
|Wins by KO||14|
Michael Hunter, Jr. (born July 10, 1988) is an American professional boxer who challenged for the WBO junior heavyweight title in 2017. As an amateur he won the National Championships as a super heavyweight in 2007 and 2009, and qualified for the 2012 Olympics in the heavyweight division. As of November 2020, he is ranked as the world's seventh best active heavyweight by BoxRec, sixth by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, and eighth by The Ring magazine. He is the son of late professional boxer Mike "the Bounty" Hunter.
In 2006 at the age of 18 he made it to the finals of the National Golden Gloves with only five bouts where he lost to Felix Stewart and won the bronze medal at the Under-19 World Championships in Morocco by scoring wins over Andrey Volkov of Russia and Pavel Kulda of Lithuania before losing in the semifinals to eventual winner Cristian Ciocan of Romania.
At the Olympic trials 2007 he easily beat Wilson-conqueror Kimdo Bethel twice and won the tournament. At the World Championships 2007 he beat Kurban Günebakan 30:7 and Jasem Delavari and lost only 15:22 to world #1 and European champion Islam Timurziev.
In 2009 he edged out Thompson 8:7 and once again became national champ.
Heavyweight, 201 lbs
In 2011 he dropped down to 201 lbs and won the Golden Gloves title there.
In March 2013 Hunter made his professional debut defeating Chad Davis by third-round TKO in a bout held in Phoenix, Arizona. He then scored another KO on August 30.
On April 8, 2017, Hunter fought his first career title fight, against Oleksandr Usyk for the WBO cruiserweight title. Hunter boxed well in the beginning, but couldn't manage to land effectively on Usyk. Usyk, on the other hand, managed to hurt Hunter multiple times, almost knocking him out towards the end of the fight. Despite a courageous effort from Hunter, Usyk was declared the winner via unanimous decision.
On October 13, 2018, Hunter fought Martin Bakole, his biggest test at heavyweight up to that point. Bakole was visibly the bigger man of the two, but Hunter managed to outbox and hurt him during the fight, eventually stopping it in the final seconds of the tenth, and last, round.
In his next fight, Hunter fought veteran heavyweight Alexander Ustinov. Hunter wore Ustinov down by scoring two knockdowns, one in the eighth round and one in the ninth round, after which Ustinov's corner threw in the towel.
On September 13, 2019, Hunter, ranked #9 by the WBA, #10 by the IBF, #12 by the WBO and #14 by the WBC at heavyweight, fought Sergey Kuzmin, ranked #5 by the WBA and #7 by the IBF. Hunter got his sixth win in a row in convincing fashion, scoring 117-110 and all three judges' scorecards.
On December 7, 2019, on the undercard of Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Anthony Joshua II, Hunter faced former WBA (Regular) heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin. Povetkin was ranked #6 by the WBA and WBC and #10 by the IBF at heavyweight, while Hunter was ranked #7 by the WBA and IBF, #8 by the WBO and #14 by the WBA. Both fighters fought well and were aggressive at given points of the fight, making for a very entertaining bout. The fight would end up being a draw, one judge scoring the fight 115-113 in favor of Povetkin, one scoring it 115-113 for Hunter, while the third judge had it even, 114-114.
Professional boxing record
|22 fights||20 wins||1 loss|
|22||Win||20–1–1||Mike Wilson||TKO||4 (12), 2:49||Aug 3, 2021||Hulu Theater, New York City, New York, U.S.||Won vacant WBA Continental Americas heavyweight title|
|21||Win||19–1–1||Shawn Laughery||KO||4 (10), 1:02||Dec 18, 2020||Island Convention Center, Galveston, Texas, U.S.|
|20||Draw||18–1–1||Alexander Povetkin||SD||12||Dec 7, 2019||Diriyah Arena, Diriyah, Saudi Arabia|
|19||Win||18–1||Sergey Kuzmin||UD||12||Sep 13, 2019||Hulu Theater, New York City, New York, U.S.||Won WBA Inter-Continental heavyweight title|
|18||Win||17–1||Fábio Maldonado||TKO||2 (10), 1:45||May 25, 2019||MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Maryland, U.S.||Retained WBA International heavyweight title|
|17||Win||16–1||Alexander Ustinov||TKO||9 (12), 1:52||Nov 24, 2018||Casino de Salle Medecin, Monte Carlo, Monaco||Won vacant WBA International heavyweight title|
|16||Win||15–1||Martin Bakole||TKO||10 (10), 2:19||Oct 13, 2018||York Hall, London, England||Won vacant IBO Inter-Continental heavyweight title|
|15||Win||14–1||Iago Kiladze||KO||5 (10), 2:52||Jun 10, 2018||Pioneer Event Center, Lancaster, California, U.S.|
|14||Win||13–1||Terrell Jamal Woods||UD||6||Apr 21, 2018||International Plaza, Biloxi, Mississippi, U.S.|
|13||Loss||12–1||Oleksandr Usyk||UD||12||Apr 8, 2017||MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Maryland, U.S.||For WBO cruiserweight title|
|12||Win||12–0||Isiah Thomas||UD||10||May 13, 2016||Sam's Town Las Vegas, Sunrise Manor, Nevada, U.S.||Won vacant WBO–NABO cruiserweight title|
|11||Win||11–0||Phil Williams||KO||1 (8), 2:44||Feb 27, 2016||Honda Center, Anaheim, California, U.S.|
|10||Win||10–0||Jason Douglas||RTD||4 (10), 3:00||Oct 13, 2015||Little Creek Casino Resort, Shelton, Washington, U.S.|
|9||Win||9–0||Mike Bissett||TKO||1 (8), 1:11||Jul 25, 2015||Palms Casino Resort, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|8||Win||8–0||Deon Elam||TKO||4 (6), 1:23||Jun 20, 2015||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|7||Win||7–0||Avery Gibson||UD||8||Feb 5, 2015||The Hangar, Costa Mesa, California, U.S.|
|6||Win||6–0||Harvey Jolly||TKO||4 (6), 0:53||Aug 22, 2014||Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California, U.S.|
|5||Win||5–0||Jerry Forrest||UD||8||Jun 21, 2014||StubHub Center, Carson, California, U.S.|
|4||Win||4–0||Rodney Hernandez||UD||6||Apr 3, 2014||Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California, U.S.|
|3||Win||3–0||Gary Tapusoa||TKO||2 (4), 1:41||Jan 24, 2014||Little Creek Casino Resort, Shelton, Washington, U.S.|
|2||Win||2–0||Francisco Mireles||KO||1 (4), 0:59||Aug 30, 2013||Sheraton Hotels and Resorts, San Diego, California, U.S.|
|1||Win||1–0||Chad Davis||TKO||3 (4), 2:59||Mar 9, 2013||Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.|
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