Mitch Green

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Mitch Green
Nickname(s) Blood
Weight(s) Heavyweight
Height 6 ft 5 in (196 cm)
Reach 82 in (208 cm)
Nationality American
Born (1957-01-13) January 13, 1957 (age 61)
Augusta, Georgia, U.S.
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 27
Wins 19
Wins by KO 12
Losses 6
Draws 1
No contests 1

Mitch Green (born January 13, 1957) is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1980 to 2005. He is best known for facing a then-undefeated Mike Tyson in 1986, and for his later street brawl with Tyson in 1988.

Amateur career[edit]

As an amateur he won the New York Golden Gloves four times (1976, 1977, 1979, and 1980) and compiled a record of 64 wins and 7 losses, with 51 wins by knock-out. Green won the 1976 Sub-Novice Heavyweight Championship and the 1977, 1979 and 1980 Heavyweight Open Championships. Green defeated Anthony Zampelli to win the 1976 title. In 1977 Green defeated Guy Casale for the title. In 1979 Green defeated Ralph Fucci for the Championship and in 1980 Green defeated Merlin Castellanos for the title.He suffered a decisive cut loss in the 1978 tournament, preventing him from winning a fifth Golden Gloves title.

He was also a two-time Intercity Golden Gloves champion. In 1977 he won the title by KO in round one over Calvin Cross and again in 1979 by a decision over William Hosea.

Mitch lost against Russian boxing great Igor Vysotsky in a 1978 matchup, and was considered a prospect for the 1980 Olympic Games (held in Moscow), but the U.S. boycotted the event, and Green also lost to Marvis Frazier in the quarterfinals of the Olympic Trials that year. He did, however, in the finals of the Eastern Regionals, manage to beat perennial contender Woody Clark.

In amateur competition Green also lost bouts to future world champions Greg Page and Tony Tubbs, though he did manage to beat Tubbs in the 1978 Sports Festival. Surprisingly, he also lost to future cruiserweight champion Alfonzo Ratliff in a 1980 New York-Chicago intercity matchup.

Green trained at the United Block Association Gym in New York City.

Professional career[edit]

As a professional, Green was one of NBC's "Tomorrow's Champions" and was ranked as high as #7 by the World Boxing Council, and also in the top 10 by the World Boxing Association. Mitch was undefeated in his first sixteen bouts, which included a 1983 points win over the rugged Floyd "Jumbo" Cummings, and a draw with trialhorse Robert Evans. His first loss was a 12-round decision to future WBC champ Trevor Berbick in a bid for the United States Boxing Association title on August 10, 1985.

Green vs. Tyson[edit]

After a comeback win over Percell Davis he lost a 10-round decision to Mike Tyson in 1986 on HBO, in his most famous fight. In the buildup to the fight Green had complained bitterly of the disparity in purses between him and Tyson when a day before the fight, Green learnt he was being paid $30,000 to Tyson's $200,000. He threatened to pull out of the contest and Green finally settled for being released from his managerial contract with King's stepson Carl in return for his short purse. Green put up a stubborn showing during the fight despite losing a 10-round unanimous decision, and at one point managed to knock one of Tyson's gold teeth out, which landed in front of writer Phil Berger.[citation needed]

Later years[edit]

Green had been scheduled to box James "Bonecrusher" Smith in December 1986 on the undercard of the Tim Witherspoon-Tony Tubbs world heavyweight title fight. However, when Tubbs dropped out claiming injury, Bonecrusher stepped in and won the title, leaving Green without a fight or payday.

Green for many years refused to box and was in frequent trouble with the law. He finally returned to the ring in February 1993, now aged 36, against journeyman Bruce Johnson. Again complaining about his purse and his new manager, Green refused to throw any punches and argued constantly with the referee, until the exasperated ref stopped the bizarre contest in the third.[1]

Throughout the 1990s, Green sporadically came out of retirement, most notably in bids for the New York State heavyweight title, against fringe contenders Melvin Foster in 1994 and Brian Nix in 1998. A 1998 win over Mike Dixon was ruled a 'no contest' when Green tested positive for marijuana. A March 1996 contest with Shannon Briggs fell apart when Green pulled a gun on his manager.

Mitch was scheduled to fight James Broad for the NABF title in 1985, but dropped out of the fight for money reasons.

Late in his career, an aged Green held two spurious championships. He won the World Boxing Empire Super-Heavyweight Title with a twelve-round decision over Danny Wofford on March 9, 2002, and was proclaimed the Universal Boxing Organization Heavyweight Champion on June 24, 2005. He never defended either title. His last fight was a fourth-round knockout of Billy Mitchem on August 2, 2005.

Feud with Mike Tyson[edit]

Green became infamous for an incident that began in the early hours of August 23, 1988, in Harlem. Tyson and some friends were shopping at Dapper Dan's, a Harlem clothing store. Green had heard that Tyson was in the area and found him, demanding a rematch. A scuffle ensued. Green allegedly threw a punch and Tyson responded with punch of his own, closing Green's eye and requiring stitches to his nose. Tyson broke his hand in the incident and had to postpone his fight with Frank Bruno. Later, although a New York jury awarded Green $45,000 in damages in a civil lawsuit against Tyson, the sum did not cover the legal fees. Tyson later recounted his version of the fight in his book and Broadway show Undisputed Truth.[2]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
27 fights 19 wins 6 losses
By knockout 12 1
By decision 7 5
Draws 1
No contests 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
27 Win 19–6–1 (1) United States Billy Mitchem KO 4 (8), 2:14 Aug 2, 2005 United States The New Daisy Theatre, Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
26 Win 18–6–1 (1) United States Danny Wofford UD 12 Sep 3, 2002 United States Annandale, Virginia, U.S. Won vacant WBS heavyweight title
25 Loss 17–6–1 (1) United States Brian Nix UD 10 Feb 10, 1998 United States Sportsfest Staten Island, New York City, New York, U.S. For New York heavyweight title
24 Loss 17–5–1 (1) Puerto Rico Miguel Otero UD 8 Dec 9, 1998 United States Sons of Italy, Lake Worth, Florida, U.S.
23 NC 17–4–1 (1) United States Mike Dixon ? 8 Jul 25, 1998 United States Sons of Italy, Lake Worth, Florida, U.S. Originally a decision win for Green, later ruled an NC after he failed a drug test
22 Win 17–4–1 United States Lou Turchiarelli TKO 6 (10) Aug 18, 1995 United States Middletown, New York, U.S.
21 Loss 16–4–1 United States Melvin Foster UD 10 Feb 6, 1994 United States Melville Hilton, Huntington, New York, U.S. For vacant New York heavyweight title
20 Loss 16–3–1 United States Bruce Johnson TKO 3 Feb 26, 1993 United States Total Sports Pavilion, Woodbridge, Virginia, U.S.
19 Loss 16–2–1 United States Mike Tyson UD 10 May 20, 1986 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
18 Win 16–1–1 United States Percell Davis UD 10 Jan 17, 1986 United States Omni Coliseum, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
17 Loss 15–1–1 Canada Trevor Berbick MD 12 Oct 8, 1985 United States Riviera, Winchester, Nevada, U.S. For USBA heavyweight title
16 Win 15–0–1 United States Sammy Scaff TKO 6, 1:41 Aug 31, 1984 United States Riviera, Winchester, Nevada, U.S.
15 Win 14–0–1 United States Young Louis TKO 6 (10), 0:49 Jul 15, 1984 United States Municipal Auditorium, Kingston, New York, U.S.
14 Win 13–0–1 United States Lynwood Jones TKO 1 (10), 0:48 Mar 21, 1984 United States Showboat Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
13 Win 12–0–1 United States James Dixon PTS 10 Jul 17, 1983 United States Dunes, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
12 Win 11–0–1 United States Floyd Cummings UD 10 Feb 16, 1983 United States Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey, U.S.
11 Win 10–0–1 United States Lon Dale Friesen KO 2 (8) Feb 10, 1982 United States Sands, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
10 Win 9–0–1 United States Grady Daniels UD 8 Aug 14, 1982 United States Stouffer's Inn on the Square, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
9 Win 8–0–1 United States Walter Santemore UD 6 Nov 6, 1982 United States Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
8 Win 7–0–1 United States Walter Ware TKO 1 (6), 2:48 Feb 5, 1982 United States Playboy Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
7 Win 6–0–1 United States Willard Dumas KO 1 (6) Sep 4, 1982 United States Stouffer's Inn on the Square, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
6 Win 5–0–1 United States Melvin Epps UD 6 Jun 21, 1981 United States Playboy Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
5 Draw 4–0–1 United States Robert Evans PTS 6 Aug 2, 1981 United States The Great Gorge Playboy Club Hotel, McAfee, New Jersey, U.S.
4 Win 4–0 United States Lindsay Page TKO 2 (6) Jan 22, 1981 United States Ice World, Totowa, New Jersey, U.S.
3 Win 3–0 United States Harold Rice TKO 5 (6), 0:16 Dec 20, 1980 United States Kingsbridge Armory, New York City, New York, U.S.
2 Win 2–0 United States Johnny Pitts TKO 3 (6) Nov 25, 1980 United States Civic Center, Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.
1 Win 1–0 United States Jerry Foley TKO 1 (6), 1:44 Aug 11, 1980 United States Stateline, Nevada, U.S. Professional debut


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