Michael Nunn

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Michael Nunn
Statistics
Real name Michael John Nunn
Nickname(s) Second To (Nunn)
Rated at
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Reach 77 in (196 cm)
Nationality American
Born (1963-04-14) April 14, 1963 (age 54)
Davenport, Iowa, U.S.
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 62
Wins 58
Wins by KO 37
Losses 4

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.[1] In 2004, Nunn was sentenced to 24 years in prison for drug trafficking.

Amateur career[edit]

Nunn won three Iowa Golden Gloves titles and posted an amateur record of 168-8.[2] 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.[3]

Professional career[edit]

Middleweight[edit]

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.[4] 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.[5]

Super middleweight[edit]

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 WBA and lineal super middleweight titles with a controversial twelve-round split decision over Victor Cordoba.[6] 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.[7]

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.[8] 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.

Light heavyweight[edit]

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.

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
62 fights 58 wins 4 losses
By knockout 37 1
By decision 20 3
By disqualification 1 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
62 Win 58–4 United States Vinson Durham UD 10 Jan 23, 2002 United States Caesars Indiana, Elizabeth, Indiana, U.S.
61 Win 57–4 United States Matthew Charleston TKO 5 Dec 8, 2001 United States Grand Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, U.S.
60 Win 56–4 United States Kenny Craven TKO 6 (10), 1:57 Oct 26, 2001 United States Grand Casino, Gulfport, Mississippi, U.S.
59 Win 55–4 United States Carlos Bates KO 1 (10), 2:33 Sep 29, 2001 United States Caesars, Elizabeth, Indiana, U.S.
58 Win 54–4 United States William Guthrie TKO 7 (10), 0:22 May 9, 1999 United States Municipal Auditorium, Minot, North Dakota, U.S.
57 Win 53–4 United States Glenn Thomas UD 10 Sep 4, 1998 United States Miccosukee Resort & Gaming, Miami, Florida, U.S.
56 Loss 52–4 Germany Graciano Rocchigiani SD 12 Mar 21, 1998 Germany Max-Schmeling-Halle, Berlin, Germany For vacant WBC light heavyweight title
55 Win 52–3 United States Lonnie Horn KO 1 (10), 2:59 Jul 5, 1997 United States The MARK of the Quad Cities, Moline, Illinois, U.S.
54 Win 51–3 United States Booker T Word TKO 7 (10), 1:49 May 10, 1997 United States The MARK of the Quad Cities, Moline, Illinois, U.S.
53 Win 50–3 United States Rudy Nix TKO 2 (12), 2:52 Jan 17, 1997 United States Country Club, Reseda, California, U.S. Won vacant NABF light heavyweight title
52 Win 49–3 Mexico Everardo Armenta Jr. TKO 8 (10), 2:27 Jun 23, 1996 United States Houston, Texas, U.S.
51 Win 48–3 United States John Scully UD 12 Dec 8, 1995 United States Foxwoods Resort Casino, Ledyard, Connecticut, U.S. Won vacant WBONABO super middleweight title
50 Win 47–3 United States Charles Oliver UD 10 Oct 13, 1995 United States Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California, U.S.
49 Win 46–3 United States Cecil McKenzie TKO 4 (10), 2:07 Aug 15, 1995 United States Arizona Charlie's Decatur, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
48 Win 45–3 United States Terry Bee TKO 3 (10), 1:41 Jul 14, 1995 United States Arizona Charlie's Decatur, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
47 Win 44–3 United States Earl Butler UD 10 Jun 13, 1995 United States The MARK of the Quad Cities, Moline, Illinois, U.S.
46 Loss 43–3 United States Frankie Liles UD 12 Dec 17, 1994 Ecuador Coliseo General Rumiñahui, Quito, Ecuador For WBA and lineal super middleweight titles
45 Win 43–2 Mexico Salvador Maciel KO 1 (10), 0:56 Sep 12, 1994 United States Silver Nugget, North Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
44 Loss 42–2 United States Steve Little SD 12 Feb 26, 1994 United Kingdom Earls Court Exhibition Centre, London, England Lost WBA and lineal super middleweight titles
43 Win 42–1 Dominican Republic Merqui Sosa UD 12 Dec 18, 1993 Mexico Estadio Cuauhtémoc, Puebla City, Mexico Retained WBA and lineal super middleweight titles
42 Win 41–1 United Kingdom Crawford Ashley TKO 6 (12), 2:59 Apr 23, 1993 United States The Pyramid, Memphis, Tennessee, U.S. Retained WBA and lineal super middleweight titles
41 Win 40–1 United States Dan Morgan KO 1 (12), 2:59 Feb 20, 1993 Mexico Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico Retained WBA and lineal super middleweight titles
40 Win 39–1 Panama Víctor Córdoba UD 12 Jan 30, 1993 United States The Pyramid, Memphis, Tennessee, U.S. Retained WBA and lineal super middleweight titles
39 Win 38–1 Panama Víctor Córdoba SD 12 Sep 12, 1992 United States Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won WBA and lineal super middleweight titles
38 Win 37–1 United States Randall Yonker TKO 10 (12), 1:47 Nov 29, 1991 United States The Mirage, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won NABF super middleweight title
37 Loss 36–1 United States James Toney TKO 11 (12), 2:14 May 10, 1991 United States John O'Donnell Stadium, Davenport, Iowa, U.S. Lost IBF and lineal middleweight titles
36 Win 36–0 United States Donald Curry KO 10 (12), 1:59 Oct 18, 1990 France Palais Omnisports, Paris, France Retained IBF and lineal middleweight titles
35 Win 35–0 United States Marlon Starling MD 12 Apr 14, 1990 United States The Mirage, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained IBF and lineal middleweight titles
34 Win 34–0 United States Iran Barkley MD 12 Aug 14, 1989 United States Lawlor Events Center, Reno, Nevada, U.S. Retained IBF and lineal middleweight titles
33 Win 33–0 Italy Sumbu Kalambay KO 1 (12), 1:28 Mar 25, 1989 United States Las Vegas Hilton, Winchester, Nevada, U.S. Retained IBF middleweight title;
Won vacant lineal middleweight title
32 Win 32–0 Argentina Juan Roldán KO 8 (12), 2:28 Nov 4, 1988 United States Las Vegas Hilton, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained IBF middleweight title
31 Win 31–0 United States Frank Tate TKO 9 (15), 0:40 Jul 28, 1988 United States Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won IBF middleweight title
30 Win 30–0 United States Ron Daniels KO 2 (10), 2:51 May 31, 1988 United States Country Club, Reseda, California, U.S.
29 Win 29–0 United States Curtis Parker KO 2 (12), 0:58 Mar 19, 1988 United States Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained NABF middleweight title
28 Win 28–0 United States Kevin Watts UD 12 Jan 2, 1988 United States Country Club, Reseda, California, U.S. Retained NABF middleweight title
27 Win 27–0 United States Darnell Knox RTD 4 (12), 3:00 Oct 29, 1987 United States Las Vegas Hilton, Winchester, Nevada, U.S. Won vacant NABF middleweight title
26 Win 26–0 United States Dale Jackson UD 10 Sep 11, 1987 United States Palmer Auditorium, Davenport, Iowa, U.S.
25 Win 25–0 United States Franklin Owens TKO 9 (10), 0:51 Aug 11, 1987 United States Bally's Las Vegas, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
24 Win 24–0 Mexico Jose Duarte TKO 2 (10), 1:45 Jul 2, 1987 United States Country Club, Reseda, California, U.S.
23 Win 23–0 United States Cecil Pettigrew TKO 5 (10), 0:45 Apr 24, 1987 United States Palmer Auditorium, Davenport, Iowa, U.S.
22 Win 22–0 United States Charles Campbell TKO 9 (10), 1:04 Apr 4, 1987 United States Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
21 Win 21–0 United States Willie Harris TKO 6 (10) Feb 6, 1987 United States Country Club, Reseda, California, U.S.
20 Win 20–0 United States Alex Ramos UD 12 Nov 21, 1986 United States Country Club, Reseda, California, U.S. Won vacant California State middleweight title
19 Win 19–0 United States Orlando Paulding KO 1 (10), 2:09 Oct 28, 1986 United States Country Club, Reseda, California, U.S.
18 Win 18–0 United States Mike Tinley UD 10 Sep 19, 1986 United States Steel Pier, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
17 Win 17–0 United States Charles Boston UD 10 Jul 25, 1986 United States Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
16 Win 16–0 United States Randy Smith UD 10 Jun 25, 1986 United States The Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S.
15 Win 15–0 Mexico Felipe Vaca TKO 3 (10), 1:56 May 19, 1986 United States Country Club, Reseda, California, U.S.
14 Win 14–0 United States Carl Jones UD 10 Mar 9, 1986 United States Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
13 Win 13–0 United States Charles Carter TKO 3 (10) Feb 10, 1986 United States The Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S.
12 Win 12–0 United States Alvaro Granillo TKO 2 (10), 1:35 Jan 28, 1986 United States Country Club, Reseda, California, U.S.
11 Win 11–0 United States Billy Robertson UD 10 Dec 10, 1985 United States The Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S.
10 Win 10–0 Dominican Republic Jorge Amparo UD 8 Nov 13, 1985 United States Showboat Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
9 Win 9–0 United States Charles Campbell UD 8 Sep 25, 1985 United States Showboat Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
8 Win 8–0 Mexico Marcos Geraldo TKO 5 (8), 1:18 Aug 27, 1985 United States Country Club, Reseda, California, U.S.
7 Win 7–0 United States James Waire TKO 3 (8), 2:31 Jul 29, 1985 United States Country Club, Reseda, California, U.S.
6 Win 6–0 United States Larry Davis TKO 2 (6), 1:15 Jun 27, 1985 United States Showboat Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
5 Win 5–0 United States J W Johnson KO 1 (8), 2:57 May 21, 1985 United States Country Club, Reseda, California, U.S.
4 Win 4–0 United States Sergio Campos KO 1 (6), 1:57 Apr 13, 1985 United States Showboat Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
3 Win 3–0 United States Robert Jackson KO 1 (8), 1:22 Mar 26, 1985 United States Country Club, Reseda, California, U.S.
2 Win 2–0 United States Ismael Templos KO 4 (6) Feb 8, 1985 United States Caesars Tahoe, Stateline, Nevada, U.S.
1 Win 1–0 United States John Borman TKO 1 (4), 2:26 Dec 20, 1984 United States Showboat Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. Professional debut

Arrest and sentencing[edit]

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?"[9]

Nunn is currently incarcerated at the Federal Correctional Institution, Oxford, a medium-security federal prison in Wisconsin, and is scheduled for release in 2019. This information was verified on the Federal inmate locator online in May 2017, indicating Nunn has received credit time off his sentence for good behavior[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Lineal Boxing World Champions". The Cyber Boxing Zone Encyclopedia. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 26, 2012. Retrieved April 23, 2010. 
  4. ^ "The Lineal Middleweight Champions". The Cyber Boxing Zone Encyclopedia. 
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 9, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2010. 
  6. ^ "The Lineal Super Middlleweight Champions". The Cyber Boxing Zone Encyclopedia. 
  7. ^ Lakeland (FL) Ledger February 2, 1993
  8. ^ Reading (PA) Eagle March 3, 1994
  9. ^ "USATODAY.com - Ex-middleweight champ Nunn sentenced to 24 years in jail". Usatoday.com. Retrieved 2016-04-14. 
  10. ^ https://www.bop.gov/inmateloc/

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Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Fred Hutchings
California State middleweight champion
November 21, 1986 – September 1987
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Tim Williams
Vacant
Title last held by
Thomas Hearns
NABF middleweight champion
October 29, 1987 – July 28, 1988
Won IBF title
Vacant
Title next held by
Ron Essett
Preceded by
Randall Yonker
NABF super middleweight champion
November 29, 1991 – September 1992
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Frankie Liles
New title WBONABO super middleweight champion
December 8, 1995 – January 1997
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Tarick Salmaci
Vacant
Title last held by
Montell Griffin
NABF light heavyweight champion
January 17, 1997 – May 1997
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Merqui Sosa
World boxing titles
Preceded by
Frank Tate
IBF middleweight champion
July 28, 1988 – May 10, 1991
Succeeded by
James Toney
Vacant
Title last held by
Sugar Ray Leonard
Lineal middleweight champion
March 25, 1989 – 10 May 1991
Preceded by
Víctor Córdoba
WBA super middleweight champion
September 12, 1992 – February 26, 1994
Succeeded by
Steve Little
Lineal super middleweight champion
September 12, 1992 – February 26, 1994
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