Michael Nunn

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Michael Nunn
Statistics
Real name Michael John Nunn
Nickname(s) Second To
Rated at Middleweight
Super-middleweight
Light-heavyweight
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Nationality United States American
Born (1963-04-14) April 14, 1963 (age 51)
Davenport, Iowa, United States
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 62
Wins 58
Wins by KO 37
Losses 4

Michael John Nunn (born April 14, 1963 in Davenport, Iowa) is a former American boxer. Nicknamed "Second To" Nunn, he was a 6' 2" southpaw and was the Lineal/IBF middleweight champion, and the LinealWBA super-middleweight champion.

In 2004, he 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.[1] 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.[2]

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. 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.[3]

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 Lineal/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.[4]

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.[5] On December 17, 1994, Nunn traveled to Ecuador to fight Frankie Liles in an attempt to regain the Lineal/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.[6]

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 in drug trafficking and the likelihood 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?"[7]

Nunn is currently incarcerated at the Federal Correctional Institution, Bastrop, a low-security federal prison in Texas, and is scheduled for release in 2024.[8][9]

Professional boxing record[edit]

58 Wins (37 KOs), 4 Losses (1 KO)[1]
Res. Record Opponent Type Round,
Time
Date Location Notes
Win 58-4 United States Vinson Durham UD 10 23/01/2002 Indiana Caesars Indiana, Bridgeport, Indiana
Win 57-4 United States Matthew Charleston TKO 5 (?),
?
08/12/2001 Mississippi Grand Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi
Win 56-4 United States Kenny Craven TKO 6 (10),
1:57
26/10/2001 Mississippi Grand Casino, Gulfport, Mississippi
Win 55-4 United States Carlos Bates TKO 1 (10),
2:33
29/09/2001 Indiana Caesars Indiana, Elizabeth, Indiana
Win 54-4 United States William Guthrie TKO 7 (10),
0:22
09/05/1999 North Dakota Municipal Auditorium, Minot, North Dakota
Win 53-4 United States Glenn Thomas UD 10 04/09/1998 Florida Miccosukee Indian Gaming Resort, Miami, Florida
Loss 52-4 Germany Graciano Rocchigiani SD 12 21/03/1998 Germany Max Schmeling Halle, Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin, Germany For vacant WBC light-heavyweight title.
Win 52-3 United States Lonnie Horn KO 1 (10),
2:59
05/07/1997 Illinois Mark of the Quad Cities, Moline, Illinois
Win 51-3 United States Booker T Word TKO 7 (10),
1:49
10/05/1997 Illinois Mark of the Quad Cities, Moline, Illinois
Win 50-3 United States Rudy Nix TKO 2 (12),
?
17/01/1997 California Country Club, Reseda, California Won NABF light-heavyweight title.
Win 49-3 Mexico Everardo Armenta, Jr TKO 8 (10),
2:27
23/06/1996 Texas Houston, Texas
Win 48-3 United States John Scully UD 12 08/12/1995 Connecticut Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut Won NABO super-middleweight title.
Win 47-3 United States Charles Oliver PTS 10 13/10/1995 California Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California
Win 46-3 United States Cecil McKenzie TKO 4 (10),
?
15/08/1995 Nevada Arizona Charlie's, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 45-3 United States Terry Bee DQ 3 (10),
1:51
14/07/1995 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 44-3 United States Earl Butler UD 10 13/06/1995 Illinois Moline, Illinois
Loss 43-3 United States Frankie Liles UD 12 17/12/1994 Ecuador Ruminahui Coliseum, Quito, Ecuador For Lineal/WBA super-middleweight titles.
Win 43-2 Mexico Salvador Maciel TKO 1 (10),
0:56
12/09/1994 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada
Loss 42-2 United States Steve Little SD 12 26/02/1994 United Kingdom Earls Court Exhibition Hall, Kensington, London, England Lost Lineal/WBA super-middleweight titles.
Win 42-1 Dominican Republic Merqui Sosa UD 12 18/12/1993 Mexico Estadio Cuauhtemoc, Puebla, Puebla, Mexico Retained Lineal/WBA super-middleweight titles.
Win 41-1 United Kingdom Crawford Ashley TKO 6 (12),
2:59
23/04/1993 Tennessee The Pyramid, Memphis, Tennessee Retained Lineal/WBA super-middleweight titles.
Win 40-1 United States Dan Morgan KO 1 (12),
2:59
20/02/1993 Mexico Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico Retained Lineal/WBA super-middleweight titles.
Win 39-1 Panama Victor Cordoba UD 12 30/01/1993 Tennessee The Pyramid, Memphis, Tennessee Retained Lineal/WBA super-middleweight titles.
Win 38-1 Panama Victor Cordoba SD 12 12/09/1992 Nevada Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada Won Lineal/WBA super-middleweight titles.
Win 37-1 United States Randall Yonker TKO 10 (12),
1:47
29/11/1991 Nevada Mirage Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada Won NABF super-middleweight title.
Loss 36-1 United States James Toney TKO 11 (12),
2:14
10/05/1991 Iowa John O'Donnell Stadium, Davenport, Iowa Lost Lineal/IBF middleweight titles.
Win 36-0 United States Donald Curry KO 10 (12),
1:59
18/10/1990 France Palais Omnisports Paris Bercy, Paris XII, Paris, France Retained Lineal/IBF middleweight titles.
Win 35-0 United States Marlon Starling MD 12 14/04/1990 Nevada Mirage Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained Lineal/IBF middleweight titles.
Win 34-0 United States Iran Barkley MD 12 14/08/1989 Nevada Lawlor Events Center, Reno, Nevada Retained Lineal/IBF middleweight titles.
Win 33-0 Italy Sumbu Kalambay KO 1 (12),
1:28
25/03/1989 Nevada Las Vegas Hilton, Hilton Center, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained IBF middleweight title. Won vacant Lineal middleweight title.
Win 32-0 Argentina Juan Roldan KO 8 (12),
2:28
04/11/1988 Nevada Las Vegas Hilton, Hilton Center, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained IBF middleweight title.
Win 31-0 United States Frank Tate TKO 9 (15),
0:40
28/07/1988 Nevada Caesars Palace, Sports Pavilion, Las Vegas, Nevada Won IBF middleweight title.
Win 30-0 United States Ron Daniels TKO 2 (?),
?
31/05/1988 California Country Club, Reseda, California
Win 29-0 United States Curtis Parker KO 2 (12),
0:58
19/03/1988 Nevada Caesars Palace, Sports Pavilion, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained NABF middleweight title.
Win 28-0 United States Kevin Watts UD 12 02/01/1988 California Country Club, Reseda, California Retained NABF middleweight title.
Win 27-0 United States Darnell Knox TKO 4 (12),
?
29/10/1987 Nevada Las Vegas Hilton, Outdoor Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada Won NABF middleweight title.
Win 26-0 United States Dale Jackson UD 10 11/09/1987 Iowa Palmer Auditorium, Davenport, Iowa
Win 25-0 United States Franklin Owens TKO 9 (?),
0:51
11/08/1987 Nevada Bally's Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 24-0 Mexico Jose Duarte TKO 2 (10),
1:45
02/07/1987 California Country Club, Reseda, California
Win 23-0 United States Cecil Pettigrew KO 5 (10),
0:45
24/04/1987 Iowa Palmer Auditorium, Davenport, Iowa
Win 22-0 United States Charles Campbell TKO 9 (10),
1:04
04/04/1987 Nevada Caesars Palace, Outdoor Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 21-0 United States Willie Harris TKO 6 (?),
?
06/02/1987 California Country Club, Reseda, California
Win 20-0 United States Alex Ramos UD 12 21/11/1986 California Country Club, Reseda, California Won California State middleweight title.
Win 19-0 United States Orlando Paulding KO 1 (10),
2:09
28/10/1986 California Country Club, Reseda, California
Win 18-0 United States Mike Tinley UD 10 19/09/1986 New Jersey Resorts International, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 17-0 United States Charles Boston UD 10 25/07/1986 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 16-0 United States Randy Smith UD 10 25/06/1986 California Forum, Inglewood, California
Win 15-0 Mexico Felipe Vaca TKO 3 (10),
1:56
19/05/1986 California Country Club, Reseda, California
Win 14-0 United States Carl Jones PTS 10 09/03/1986 Nevada Caesars Palace, Outdoor Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 13-0 United States Charles Carter TKO 3 (10),
?
10/02/1986 California Forum, Inglewood, California
Win 12-0 United States Alvaro Granillo TKO 2 (10),
1:35
28/01/1986 California Country Club, Reseda, California
Win 11-0 United States Billy Robertson UD 10 10/12/1985 California Forum, Inglewood, California
Win 10-0 Dominican Republic Jorge Amparo PTS 8 13/11/1985 Nevada Showboat Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 9-0 United States Charles Campbell PTS 8 25/09/1985 Nevada Showboat Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 8-0 Mexico Marcos Geraldo TKO 5 (8),
1:18
27/08/1985 California Country Club, Reseda, California
Win 7-0 United States James Waire TKO 3 (8),
2:31
29/07/1985 California Country Club, Reseda, California
Win 6-0 United States Larry Davis TKO 2 (6),
1:15
27/06/1985 Nevada Showboat Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 5-0 United States JW Johnson KO 1 (8),
2:57
21/05/1985 California Country Club, Reseda, California
Win 4-0 United States Sergio Campos KO 1 (6),
1:57
13/04/1985 Nevada Showboat Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 3-0 United States Robert Jackson KO 1 (8),
1:22
26/03/1985 California Country Club, Reseda, California
Win 2-0 United States Ismael Templos KO 4 (6),
?
08/02/1985 Nevada Caesars Tahoe, Stateline, Nevada
Win 1-0 United States John Borman TKO 1 (4),
2:26
20/12/1984 Nevada Showboat Hotel & Casino, Sports Pavilion, Las Vegas Professional debut.

Honors[edit]

References[edit]

Preceded by
Frank Tate
IBF Middleweight Champion
28 Jul 1988 – 10 May 1991
Succeeded by
James Toney
Preceded by
Ray Leonard
Retired
Lineal Middleweight Champion
25 Mar 1989 – 10 May 1991
Preceded by
Victor Cordoba
WBA Super-Middleweight Champion
12 Sep 1992 – 26 Feb 1994
Succeeded by
Steve Little
Preceded by
Victor Cordoba
Lineal Super-Middleweight Champion
12 Sep 1992 – 26 Feb 1994