|Real name||Michael John Nunn|
|Nickname(s)||Second To (Nunn)|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Reach||77 in (196 cm)|
April 14, 1963 |
Davenport, Iowa, U.S.
|Wins by KO||37|
Michael John Nunn (born April 14, 1963) is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1984 to 2002. He is a two-weight world champion, having held the IBF middleweight title from 1988 to 1991, and the WBA super middleweight title from 1992 to 1994. During both those reigns, he also held the lineal championship. In 2004, Nunn was sentenced to 24 years in prison for drug trafficking.
Nunn won three Iowa Golden Gloves titles and posted an amateur record of 168-8. At the 1984 Olympic trials, U.S. boxing officials asked Nunn, who was boxing as a 156-pounder, to move up to the 165-pound division. They wanted to clear the way for Frank Tate, the eventual Olympic gold medalist, who was being heralded as America's next great middleweight. Tate's last loss was to Nunn.
After agreeing to move up in weight, Nunn boxed Virgil Hill at the Olympic trials in Fort Worth, Texas. Hill defeated Nunn by a 4-1 decision. Nunn and Hill boxed again at the Olympic box-offs in Las Vegas, Nevada. Nunn won the first box-off by a 5-0 decision. In the second box-off, Hill dropped Nunn and won by a 5-0 decision to make the Olympic team as the U.S. representative in the 165-pound division.
Nunn turned professional in 1984. After winning his first thirty fights, he fought IBF middleweight title-holder Frank Tate, who was 23-0. The fight took place on July 28, 1988 at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. Nunn won the title by a ninth-round knockout.
In his first title defense, he knocked out Juan Roldan in the eighth round. His second defense was a stunning first-round knockout of Sumbu Kalambay to capture the vacant lineal middleweight championship. Nunn's next two title defenses were twelve-round majority decision wins over Iran Barkley and Marlon Starling. For his fifth defense, Nunn went to France and knocked out Donald Curry in ten rounds. On May 10, 1991, in his hometown of Davenport, Iowa, Nunn lost his title in a big upset to James Toney. Nunn, well ahead on points after ten rounds, was knocked out after being dropped by a left hook in the eleventh round.
After the loss, Nunn moved up a weight division to super middleweight and won the NABF title with a tenth-round stoppage against Randall Yonker. On September 12, 1992, Nunn won the lineal and WBA super middleweight titles with a controversial twelve-round split decision over Victor Cordoba. The WBA ordered a rematch, which took place on January 30, 1993. Nunn fought much better in the rematch, winning by a one-sided twelve-round unanimous decision.
In his fifth title defense, Nunn lost the title to Steve Little by a twelve-round split decision on February 26, 1994, in another huge upset. On December 17, 1994, Nunn traveled to Ecuador to fight Frankie Liles in an attempt to regain the lineal and WBA super middleweight titles. In a very close fight, Liles, who had defeated Little in his previous fight to win the title, defeated Nunn by a twelve-round unanimous decision.
After nine consecutive wins, Nunn got another title shot. On March 21, 1998, he fought Graciano Rocchigiani for the vacant WBC light heavyweight title in Germany. Nunn lost by a twelve-round split decision, with the judges favouring Rocchigiani's fewer, more solid punches over Nunn's much higher volume of lighter shots.
On January 23, 2002, Nunn defeated Vinson Durhan by a ten-round unanimous decision at Caesar's Indiana in Bridgeport, Indiana. It would be his last fight. He finished with a record of 58-4 with 37 knockouts.
Arrest and sentencing
On August 6, 2002, at a hotel in his hometown of Davenport, Iowa, Nunn was arrested after paying an undercover agent $200 for one kilogram of cocaine, which had a street value of $24,000. In May 2003, He pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine. The following January, Nunn was sentenced to 292 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge William Gritzer, who agreed to a higher sentencing guideline after considering Nunn's long history of drug trafficking and the likelihood that he used a firearm during drug deals.
During the three-day sentencing hearing, prosecutors called witnesses who testified about Nunn's drug activity dating back to 1993. Nunn, who accepted responsibility for buying drugs in August 2002, denied his involvement in drug trafficking. He pointed out that several of the witnesses were in prison and could have their sentences reduced for providing testimony.
Nunn, who was defiant throughout the hearing, accused government lawyers of lying and scheming against him. "You guys haven't shown me nothing," Nunn said in his statement to the judge. "Where are your facts, Mr. Prosecutor?"
Professional boxing record
|Professional record summary|
|62 fights||58 wins||4 losses|
|62||Win||58–4||Vinson Durham||UD||10||Jan 23, 2002||Caesars Indiana, Elizabeth, Indiana, U.S.|
|61||Win||57–4||Matthew Charleston||TKO||5||Dec 8, 2001||Grand Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, U.S.|
|60||Win||56–4||Kenny Craven||TKO||6 (10), 1:57||Oct 26, 2001||Grand Casino, Gulfport, Mississippi, U.S.|
|59||Win||55–4||Carlos Bates||KO||1 (10), 2:33||Sep 29, 2001||Caesars, Elizabeth, Indiana, U.S.|
|58||Win||54–4||William Guthrie||TKO||7 (10), 0:22||May 9, 1999||Municipal Auditorium, Minot, North Dakota, U.S.|
|57||Win||53–4||Glenn Thomas||UD||10||Sep 4, 1998||Miccosukee Resort and Gaming, Miami, Florida, U.S.|
|56||Loss||52–4||Graciano Rocchigiani||SD||12||Mar 21, 1998||Max-Schmeling-Halle, Berlin, Germany||For vacant WBC light heavyweight title|
|55||Win||52–3||Lonnie Horn||KO||1 (10), 2:59||Jul 5, 1997||The MARK of the Quad Cities, Moline, Illinois, U.S.|
|54||Win||51–3||Booker T Word||TKO||7 (10), 1:49||May 10, 1997||The MARK of the Quad Cities, Moline, Illinois, U.S.|
|53||Win||50–3||Rudy Nix||TKO||2 (12), 2:52||Jan 17, 1997||Country Club, Reseda, California, U.S.||Won vacant NABF light heavyweight title|
|52||Win||49–3||Everardo Armenta Jr.||TKO||8 (10), 2:27||Jun 23, 1996||Houston, Texas, U.S.|
|51||Win||48–3||John Scully||UD||12||Dec 8, 1995||Foxwoods Resort Casino, Ledyard, Connecticut, U.S.||Won vacant WBO–NABO super middleweight title|
|50||Win||47–3||Charles Oliver||UD||10||Oct 13, 1995||Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California, U.S.|
|49||Win||46–3||Cecil McKenzie||TKO||4 (10), 2:07||Aug 15, 1995||Arizona Charlie's Decatur, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.|
|48||Win||45–3||Terry Bee||TKO||3 (10), 1:41||Jul 14, 1995||Arizona Charlie's Decatur, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.|
|47||Win||44–3||Earl Butler||UD||10||Jun 13, 1995||The MARK of the Quad Cities, Moline, Illinois, U.S.|
|46||Loss||43–3||Frankie Liles||UD||12||Dec 17, 1994||Coliseo General Rumiñahui, Quito, Ecuador||For WBA and lineal super middleweight titles|
|45||Win||43–2||Salvador Maciel||KO||1 (10), 0:56||Sep 12, 1994||Silver Nugget, North Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.|
|44||Loss||42–2||Steve Little||SD||12||Feb 26, 1994||Earls Court Exhibition Centre, London, England||Lost WBA and lineal super middleweight titles|
|43||Win||42–1||Merqui Sosa||UD||12||Dec 18, 1993||Estadio Cuauhtémoc, Puebla City, Mexico||Retained WBA and lineal super middleweight titles|
|42||Win||41–1||Crawford Ashley||TKO||6 (12), 2:59||Apr 23, 1993||The Pyramid, Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.||Retained WBA and lineal super middleweight titles|
|41||Win||40–1||Dan Morgan||KO||1 (12), 2:59||Feb 20, 1993||Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico||Retained WBA and lineal super middleweight titles|
|40||Win||39–1||Víctor Córdoba||UD||12||Jan 30, 1993||The Pyramid, Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.||Retained WBA and lineal super middleweight titles|
|39||Win||38–1||Víctor Córdoba||SD||12||Sep 12, 1992||Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Won WBA and lineal super middleweight titles|
|38||Win||37–1||Randall Yonker||TKO||10 (12), 1:47||Nov 29, 1991||The Mirage, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Won NABF super middleweight title|
|37||Loss||36–1||James Toney||TKO||11 (12), 2:14||May 10, 1991||John O'Donnell Stadium, Davenport, Iowa, U.S.||Lost IBF and lineal middleweight titles|
|36||Win||36–0||Donald Curry||KO||10 (12), 1:59||Oct 18, 1990||Palais Omnisports, Paris, France||Retained IBF and lineal middleweight titles|
|35||Win||35–0||Marlon Starling||MD||12||Apr 14, 1990||The Mirage, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Retained IBF and lineal middleweight titles|
|34||Win||34–0||Iran Barkley||MD||12||Aug 14, 1989||Lawlor Events Center, Reno, Nevada, U.S.||Retained IBF and lineal middleweight titles|
|33||Win||33–0||Sumbu Kalambay||KO||1 (12), 1:28||Mar 25, 1989||Las Vegas Hilton, Winchester, Nevada, U.S.||Retained IBF middleweight title;
Won vacant lineal middleweight title
|32||Win||32–0||Juan Roldán||KO||8 (12), 2:28||Nov 4, 1988||Las Vegas Hilton, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Retained IBF middleweight title|
|31||Win||31–0||Frank Tate||TKO||9 (15), 0:40||Jul 28, 1988||Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Won IBF middleweight title|
|30||Win||30–0||Ron Daniels||KO||2 (10), 2:51||May 31, 1988||Country Club, Reseda, California, U.S.|
|29||Win||29–0||Curtis Parker||KO||2 (12), 0:58||Mar 19, 1988||Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Retained NABF middleweight title|
|28||Win||28–0||Kevin Watts||UD||12||Jan 2, 1988||Country Club, Reseda, California, U.S.||Retained NABF middleweight title|
|27||Win||27–0||Darnell Knox||RTD||4 (12), 3:00||Oct 29, 1987||Las Vegas Hilton, Winchester, Nevada, U.S.||Won vacant NABF middleweight title|
|26||Win||26–0||Dale Jackson||UD||10||Sep 11, 1987||Palmer Auditorium, Davenport, Iowa, U.S.|
|25||Win||25–0||Franklin Owens||TKO||9 (10), 0:51||Aug 11, 1987||Bally's Las Vegas, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|24||Win||24–0||Jose Duarte||TKO||2 (10), 1:45||Jul 2, 1987||Country Club, Reseda, California, U.S.|
|23||Win||23–0||Cecil Pettigrew||TKO||5 (10), 0:45||Apr 24, 1987||Palmer Auditorium, Davenport, Iowa, U.S.|
|22||Win||22–0||Charles Campbell||TKO||9 (10), 1:04||Apr 4, 1987||Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|21||Win||21–0||Willie Harris||TKO||6 (10)||Feb 6, 1987||Country Club, Reseda, California, U.S.|
|20||Win||20–0||Alex Ramos||UD||12||Nov 21, 1986||Country Club, Reseda, California, U.S.||Won vacant California State middleweight title|
|19||Win||19–0||Orlando Paulding||KO||1 (10), 2:09||Oct 28, 1986||Country Club, Reseda, California, U.S.|
|18||Win||18–0||Mike Tinley||UD||10||Sep 19, 1986||Resorts International, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.|
|17||Win||17–0||Charles Boston||UD||10||Jul 25, 1986||Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.|
|16||Win||16–0||Randy Smith||UD||10||Jun 25, 1986||The Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S.|
|15||Win||15–0||Felipe Vaca||TKO||3 (10), 1:56||May 19, 1986||Country Club, Reseda, California, U.S.|
|14||Win||14–0||Carl Jones||UD||10||Mar 9, 1986||Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|13||Win||13–0||Charles Carter||TKO||3 (10)||Feb 10, 1986||The Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S.|
|12||Win||12–0||Alvaro Granillo||TKO||2 (10), 1:35||Jan 28, 1986||Country Club, Reseda, California, U.S.|
|11||Win||11–0||Billy Robertson||UD||10||Dec 10, 1985||The Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S.|
|10||Win||10–0||Jorge Amparo||UD||8||Nov 13, 1985||Showboat Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.|
|9||Win||9–0||Charles Campbell||UD||8||Sep 25, 1985||Showboat Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.|
|8||Win||8–0||Marcos Geraldo||TKO||5 (8), 1:18||Aug 27, 1985||Country Club, Reseda, California, U.S.|
|7||Win||7–0||James Waire||TKO||3 (8), 2:31||Jul 29, 1985||Country Club, Reseda, California, U.S.|
|6||Win||6–0||Larry Davis||TKO||2 (6), 1:15||Jun 27, 1985||Showboat Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.|
|5||Win||5–0||J W Johnson||KO||1 (8), 2:57||May 21, 1985||Country Club, Reseda, California, U.S.|
|4||Win||4–0||Sergio Campos||KO||1 (6), 1:57||Apr 13, 1985||Showboat Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.|
|3||Win||3–0||Robert Jackson||KO||1 (8), 1:22||Mar 26, 1985||Country Club, Reseda, California, U.S.|
|2||Win||2–0||Ismael Templos||KO||4 (6)||Feb 8, 1985||Caesars Tahoe, Stateline, Nevada, U.S.|
|1||Win||1–0||John Borman||TKO||1 (4), 2:26||Dec 20, 1984||Showboat Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.||Professional debut|
Titles in boxing
Title last held byFred Hutchings
|California State middleweight champion
November 21, 1986 – September 1987
Title next held byTim Williams
Title last held byThomas Hearns
|NABF middleweight champion
October 29, 1987 – July 28, 1988
Won IBF title
Title next held byRon Essett
|NABF super middleweight champion
November 29, 1991 – September 1992
Title next held byFrankie Liles
|New title||WBO–NABO super middleweight champion
December 8, 1995 – January 1997
Title next held byTarick Salmaci
Title last held byMontell Griffin
|NABF light heavyweight champion
January 17, 1997 – May 1997
Title next held byMerqui Sosa
|IBF middleweight champion
July 28, 1988 – May 10, 1991
Title last held bySugar Ray Leonard
|Lineal middleweight champion
March 25, 1989 – 10 May 1991
|WBA super middleweight champion
September 12, 1992 – February 26, 1994
|Lineal super middleweight champion
September 12, 1992 – February 26, 1994
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- Reading (PA) Eagle March 3, 1994
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