Nate Campbell

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Nate Campbell
Real name Nathaniel Campbell III
Nickname(s) The Galaxxy Warrior
Rated at Lightweight
Light welterweight
Height 5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
Reach 70 in (178 cm)
Nationality American
Born (1972-03-07) March 7, 1972 (age 44)
Jacksonville, Florida, U.S.
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 50
Wins 37
Wins by KO 26
Losses 11
Draws 1
No contests 1

Nathaniel Campbell III (born March 7, 1972), more commonly known as Nate Campbell, is an American professional boxer. He is a former unified WBA, IBF and WBO lightweight champion.

Amateur career[edit]

Campbell had an amateur record of 30-5, before trying out for the American Olympic Boxing Team.

Prior to Nate Campbell turning professional he tried out for the United States Boxing 2000 Olympic team. During the trials, Campbell lost a controversial bout which eliminated him from being on the 2000 team. The match was a close one which could have easily been decided for or against him. After the match, Campbell told an insider "my amateur days are over, I can't feed my family trophies." He finished his amateur career with a record of 30-6.

Prior to his first match, Nate Campbell trained in Tallahassee, Florida with the Seminole Boxing Club in downtown Tallahassee. The Seminole Boxing Club was trained by Frank Jimenez.

Professional career[edit]

Early years at lightweight[edit]

Campbell turned professional in 2000 in Tallahassee and quickly stormed through his opponents. He won his first 23 fights, setting up a bout with cagey veteran Joel Casamayor in 2003.

Super featherweight[edit]

Casamayor won a unanimous decision, but many commentators, including those for HBO, believed that Campbell had fought a much closer match then what the scorecards indicated. Some commentators even stated that Campbell had won that closely fought match.

After that bout Campbell slipped into obscurity after two defeats to Robbie Peden and a loss to Francisco Lorenzo. After these fights, many in the boxing world believed that Nate Campbell's boxing days were over.

Return to lightweight[edit]

Nonetheless, Campbell stormed back on the scene in 2005 with a big win over undefeated prospect Almazbek "Kid Diamond" Raiymkulov. In 2006 he lost a split decision to Isaac Hlatshwayo, but won an IBF title eliminator against Matt Zegan. Instead of a title shot, Campbell's next bout was another eliminator, which he won over Ricky Quiles. After knocking out Wilson Alcorro, his next bout was a split decision victory over the undefeated Juan Díaz on March 8, 2008 to become the new IBF, WBA, and WBO unified World Lightweight Champion. Nate Campbell was the underdog coming into the fight against Juan Díaz. Juan Díaz was considered too strong and too technically sound against the likes of Campbell. Nate Campbell surprised the boxing world by controlling the tempo of the fight. The first 7 rounds were heavily contested but from the 8th round afterwards, Campbell completely controlled the fight as Diaz's eyes began swelling.

Campbell's first defense of his recently won WBA, WBO and IBF titles was to be against Joan Guzmán who just moved up from the Super Featherweight division. The fight was to take place at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, Mississippi, United States on September 13, 2008. But because Guzman weighed in more than 3 pounds above the weight limit, Campbell's titles weren't staked. Unfortunately, due to Guzman being dehydrated after trying to make the weight, the Guzman camp backed out and the fight was cancelled.

On January 10, 2009, Campbell vacated his WBA lightweight title because of concerns regarding sanctioning fees and proposed mandatory defenses.[1]

Just as Guzman had trouble making weight, Campbell experienced a similar problem as he was supposed to defend his IBF and WBO lightweight crowns against Ali Funeka on February 14, 2009. On weigh-in however, Campbell was more than 2 pounds over the weight limit. As a result, he was removed of both titles.[2] The fight still went on as scheduled, Funeka could have claimed the IBF and WBO titles with a victory. However, Campbell won a majority decision by the scores of 114-112, 115-111, and 113-113. Despite the win, Campbell was ineligible to regain the titles, which are now vacant. Campbell stated that he will be moving up to the 140 pound junior welterweight division after the bout.[3][4]

Light welterweight[edit]

On August 1, 2009, Campbell took on 140 lbs. titlist Timothy Bradley. The Jacksonville native moved up to the light welterweight division after he failed to make the lightweight limit in his last fight against Ali Funeka. The WBO light welterweight title was at stake. The bout was held at the Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage, California.

The fight with Bradley only lasted three rounds after Campbell was unable to continue due to an internal eye injury caused by an unintentional headbutt from Bradley. Bradley was initially awarded a TKO victory by California referee David Mendoza.[5] However, a replay showed that the injury was in fact caused by an accidental clash of heads, and should thus be ruled a no decision. Since then, the decision has been overruled to a No Contest after review by the California State Athletic Commission.

In December 2009 Campbell was granted a release from Don King Productions, and signed a new promotional contract with Golden Boy Promotions. Campbell's lead trainer is former world champion John David Jackson, and his business advisor is One Punch Productions.

Campbell fought Victor Ortíz on May 15, 2010 at the Madison Square Garden in New York. The former undisputed champion entered the ring as the underdog and eventually lost the bout by unanimous decision. On November 27, 2010, Campbell lost an eight round decision on the Juan Manuel Márquez undercard in Las Vegas to Walter Estrada, a journeyman whose record included only three wins over winless fighters in twelve bouts between 2008–2010. On November 29, 2010, Nate Campbell announced his retirement from boxing.


On 21 April 2011 Nate came out of retirement to fight unbeaten Danny Garcia losing a Unanimous Decision.

Nate continued being active fighting a month later winning against Sherzod Nazarov in an 8 round UD. On September 25, 2011 Campbell lost to Khabib Allakhverdiyev.

On March 24, 2012 Nate won by TKO in 9 rounds in Dominican Republic against "Mermelada" Cayó.

On 27 April 2013 Campbell was defeated by Englishman Terry Flannigan in Sheffield, England, when the fight was stopped after 4 Rounds when Campbell pulled out when well behind on the scorecards.

Professional boxing record[edit]

37 wins (26 knockouts, 11 decisions), 11 losses (4 knockouts, 7 decisions), 1 draw, 1 no contest[6]
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Win 37-11-1 (1) United States Gilbert Venegas UD 8 2014-03-29 United States Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, Destin, Florida
Loss 36-11-1 (1) United Kingdom Terry Flanagan RTD 4 (10), 3:00 2013-04-27 United Kingdom Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Loss 36-10-1 (1) Canada Kevin Bizier RTD 8 (10), 3:00 2013-02-08 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec Lost vacant IBF Inter-Continental and NABA Welterweight titles.
Win 36-9-1 (1) Poland Krzysztof Szot UD 8 2012-06-30 Poland Atlas Arena, Łódź, Poland
Win 35-9-1 (1) Dominican Republic Victor Cayo TKO 9 (10), 0:45 2012-03-24 Dominican Republic Palacio de Deportes, Santo Domingo, Distrito Nacional
Loss 34-9-1 (1) Russia Khabib Allakhverdiev TD 6 (10), 0:54 2011-09-25 Russia Olimp, Krasnodar, Russia
Win 34-8-1 (1) Uzbekistan Sherzod Nazarov UD 8 2011-05-21 Russia Dynamo Palace of Sports in Krylatskoye, Moscow, Russia
Loss 33-8-1 (1) United States Danny García UD 10 2011-04-09 United States MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada
Loss 33-7-1 (1) Colombia Walter Estrada SD 8 2010-11-27 United States MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada
Loss 33-6-1 (1) United States Victor Ortíz UD 10 2010-05-15 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City
NC 33-5-1 (1) United States Timothy Bradley NC 3 (12), 3:00 2009-08-01 United States Agua Caliente Casino, Rancho Mirage, California Originally a TKO win for Bradley due to a cut later to be changed to a no contest,
this fight was for the WBO Light welterweight title.
Win 33-5-1 South Africa Ali Funeka UD 12 2009-02-14 United States BankAtlantic Center, Sunrise, Florida Stripped off vacant WBO, IBF and WBA Super World Lightweight titles for not making the weight limit.
Win 32-5-1 United States Juan Díaz SD 12 2008-03-08 Mexico Plaza de Toros, Cancún, Quintana Roo Won WBO, IBF and WBA Super World Lightweight titles.
Win 31-5-1 Colombia Wilson Alcorro TKO 6 (12), 0:21 2007-07-06 United States Florida State Fairgrounds Hall, Tampa, Florida
Win 30-5-1 Puerto Rico Ricky Quiles UD 12 2007-03-02 United States A La Carte Event Pavilion, Tampa, Florida IBF Lightweight eliminator.
Win 29-5-1 Poland Matt Zegan UD 12 2006-10-07 United States Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Illinois IBF Lightweight eliminator.
Loss 28-5-1 South Africa Isaac Hlatshwayo SD 12 2006-04-17 United States Florida State Fairgrounds Hall, Tampa, Florida
Win 28-4-1 Mexico Francisco Javier Olvera RTD 6 (10), 3:00 2006-01-27 United States Tropicana Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 27-4-1 Kyrgyzstan Almazbek Raiymkulov TKO 10 (10), 2:26 2005-10-01 United States St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, Florida
Loss 26-4-1 Dominican Republic Francisco Lorenzo SD 10 2005-06-14 United States St. Petersburg Coliseum, Saint Petersburg, Florida
Win 26-3-1 United States Johnny Walker TKO 2 (8), 1:25 2005-04-29 United States Double Tree Westshore Hotel, Tampa, Florida
Loss 25-3-1 Australia Robbie Peden TKO 8 (12), 2:53 2005-02-23 Australia Vodafone Arena, Melbourne, Victoria Lost vacant IBF Super Featherweight title.
Win 25-2-1 United States Edelmiro Martinez DQ 4 (12) 2004-07-30 United States Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut
Loss 24-2-1 Australia Robbie Peden KO 5 (12), 2:27 2004-03-14 United States Pechanga Entertainment Center, Temecula, California Lost USBA Super Featherweight title.
Win 24-1-1 Nigeria Daniel Attah UD 12 2004-01-09 United States Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut
Draw 23-1-1 United States Edelmiro Martinez SD 10 2003-05-17 United States Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Loss 23-1 Cuba Joel Casamayor UD 12 2003-01-25 United States Pechanga Entertainment Center, Temecula, California
Win 23-0 Bolivia Renor Rojas Claure TKO 5 (10), 1:52 2002-11-23 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 22-0 Puerto Rico Daniel Alicea KO 3 (12), 0:43 2002-09-14 United States Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada Won NABF and retained NABA Super Featherweight titles.
Win 21-0 United States Carlos Navarro TKO 5 (10), 1:55 2002-06-22 United States Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi
Win 20-0 Puerto Rico Jaime Torres TKO 5 (8) 2002-04-27 United States Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut
Win 19-0 Trinidad and Tobago Alric Johnson TKO 4 (12) 2002-03-22 United States Civic Center, Savannah, Georgia Won NABA Super Featherweight title.
Win 18-0 United States Joseph Figueroa UD 12 2002-02-23 United States Jarrell's Gym, Savannah, Georgia
Win 17-0 United States James Baker TKO 9 (10), 3:00 2002-02-10 United States Grand Victoria Casino, Elgin, Illinois
Win 16-0 United States Michael Jamison TKO 1 2001-11-10 United States Savannah, Georgia
Win 15-0 Guatemala Elias Juarez TKO 4 2001-09-29 United States Savannah, Georgia
Win 14-0 Panama Victorio Abadia TKO 8 (10), 1:55 2001-08-31 United States Du Burns Arena, Baltimore
Win 13-0 United States Steve Trumble TKO 3 (10), 1:50 2001-08-11 United States Melbourne Auditorium, Melbourne, Florida
Win 12-0 United States Antonio Smith TKO 2 (6) 2001-07-28 United States Savannah, Georgia
Win 11-0 United States Keith Major KO 2 (8), 1:51 2001-06-23 United States Fort Homer Hesterly Armory, Tampa, Florida
Win 10-0 Puerto Rico Angel Rios UD 6 2001-05-11 United States Civic Center, Savannah, Georgia
Win 9-0 United States Antonio Smith KO 1 2001-05-05 United States Silver Star Casino, Choctaw, Mississippi
Win 8-0 Puerto Rico Jaime Torres TKO 3 (6), 2:53 2001-04-21 United States PAL Gymnasium, Homestead, Florida
Win 7-0 United States Antonio Young TKO 2 (8), 2:26 2001-02-22 United States Fort Homer Hesterly Armory, Tampa, Florida
Win 6-0 United States John Frazier TKO 3 (6), 1:50 2001-01-18 United States Grand Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi
Win 5-0 United States Ivan Dawson TKO 2 2000-12-03 United States Miccosukee Indian Gaming Resort, Miami
Win 4-0 Nicaragua Sergio Jose Olivas TKO 6 2000-10-28 United States Miccosukee Indian Gaming Resort, Miami
Win 3-0 United States John Trigg TKO 4 (6), 3:00 2000-06-23 United States Grand Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi
Win 2-0 Costa Rica Alex Brenes TKO 2 (4), 2:18 2000-05-26 United States Level Nightclub, Miami
Win 1-0 United States Scoey Fields TKO 1 (4), 2:58 2000-02-05 United States The Moon, Tallahassee, Florida Professional debut.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "NATE CAMPBELL VACATES WBA TITLE". FIGHTHYPE. January 10, 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-11. 
  2. ^ Michael Marley (February 13, 2009). "Campbell's Florida Flop, Blows TWO World Titles On Scales!". Boxing Confidential. Archived from the original on February 15, 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-13. 
  3. ^ Christ, Scott (2009-02-15). "Campbell guts one out against Funeka in Florida". Bad Left Hook. Retrieved 2010-05-16. 
  4. ^ Rafael, Dan (2009-02-13). "Campbell can't make weight for Funeka". ESPN. Retrieved 2010-05-16. 
  5. ^ "Bradley Defends WBO Strap With Controversial Victory Over Campbell On SHOWTIME". East Side Boxing. 2009-08-02. Retrieved 2010-05-16. 
  6. ^ "boxer: Nate Campbell". Box Rec. Retrieved 2010-05-16. 
Preceded by
Juan Díaz
WBA Lightweight Super Champion
March 8, 2008 – January 10, 2009
Succeeded by
Paulus Moses
as Champion
IBF Lightweight Champion
March 8, 2008 – February 13, 2009
Succeeded by
Miguel Vazquez
WBO Lightweight Champion
March 8, 2008 – February 13, 2009
Succeeded by
Juan Manuel Márquez