Nicky Piper

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Nicky Piper
Statistics
Real name Nicholas Piper
Nickname(s) The KO King
Rated at Super-Middleweight/Light-Heavyweight
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Nationality Wales Welsh
Born (1966-05-05) 5 May 1966 (age 51)
Cardiff, Wales
Boxing record
Total fights 33
Wins 26
Wins by KO 20
Losses 5
Draws 2
No contests 0

Nicky Piper MBE (born 5 May 1966) is a retired Welsh super middleweight and light heavyweight boxer from Culverhouse Cross, Cardiff.[1] His career was at its peak in the 1990s becoming the Commonwealth Light-heavyweight champion in 1995. He was trained by Charlie Pearson[2] and managed by Frank Warren. Since retiring from fighting Piper has become a notable administrator in British boxing.

Boxing career[edit]

Piper's first professional fight is recorded as being against fellow Welshman Kevin Roper.[3] Piper won the match in the second round via a knockout. Piper then won nine of his next ten encounters, all scheduled for either six or eight rounds.[3] Of the ten bouts, only one, against future British Heavyweight champion Maurice Core went the full distance resulting in a draw. Piper stopped his other nine opponents through retirement, knockout or technical knockout. Piper's first professional loss was to future World Cruiserweight Champion Carl Thompson at York Hall on 4 September 1991, Piper being stopped by technical knockout in the third round.[3] The next month Piper was back in the ring, beating Franky Moro in a contest at the Royal Albert Hall. He completed 1991 with a sixth-round knockout over Carlos Christie.[3]

Piper won his first three fights of 1992, all on points decisions, the first of which, over Frank Eubank, was an eliminator for the British Super Middleweight title. Another eliminator for the Super Middleweight belt saw Piper stop Johhny Melfah by technical knockout in the fifth at the G-Mex centre in Manchester.[3] Piper's next fight was against WBC Super Middleweight champion Nigel Benn, in a challenge for the title. The twelve round contest was held at the Alexandria Pavilion in London on 12 December 1992. Benn stopped Piper in the eleventh on a technical knockout.[4]

Despite the loss to Benn, Piper's very next match was another title fight; this time for the vacant WBA Inter-Continental light heavyweight belt. The fight against Argentinean Miguel Angel Maldonando went the distance with Piper being given the title by unanimous points decision. Two months later, on 10 April 1993, Piper successfully defended his title against Chris Sande in Swansea. Piper completed the year with a victory over Trevor Ambrose and a drawn match with Frank Rhodes. Piper started 1994 with a challenge for the WBO Light-heavyweight title, then held by Leeonzer Barber. Piper failed in his bid when he was again stopped by technical knockout, this time in the ninth.[5] Piper fought twice more in 1994, a win over Charles Oliver and a failed bid for the vacant Commonwealth Light-heavyweight title, beaten by Crawford Ashley.

Piper's next fight was a win in an uneven contest against American Tim Bryan in June 1995, followed by a victory over John Keeton, both fights held in Cardiff. Then on the 30 September he faced Noel Magee for the Commonwealth Light-Heavyweight title. Held at the Cardiff Arms Park, the fight lasted until the ninth round when Magee was knocked out, giving Piper his most senior belt of his career. In 1996 Piper fought in two bouts. A win over Danny Juma in Cardiff, and a successful defence of his Commonwealth belt to Bruce Scott at Tylorstown. The following year saw Piper's final two fights. In June he defeated Stephane Nizard in Norwich, before a title attempt for the WBO Light-heavyweight against Dariusz Michalczewski in Hanover. Piper was retired by his corner after the seventh[6] and soon after retired from boxing.

Professional boxing record[edit]

26 Wins (21 knockouts, 5 decisions), 5 Losses (4 knockouts, 1 decision), 2 Draws [1]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 34-0 Poland Dariusz Michalczewski TKO 7 4 Oct 1997 Germany Stadionsporthalle, Hanover, Germany WBO World Light Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 3:00 of the seventh round.
Win 19-12-4 France Stephane Nizard PTS 8 28 Jun 1997 England Sports Village, Norwich, United Kingdom
Win 18-1 United Kingdom Bruce "Lionheart" Scott TKO 7 30 Nov 1996 Wales Rhondda Fach Sports Centre, Tylorstown, United Kingdom Commonwealth Light Heavyweight Title.
Win 2-5-1 United Kingdom Danny Juma TKO 2 26 Apr 1996 Wales Welsh Institute of Sport, Cardiff, United Kingdom
Win 26-6-2 Northern Ireland Noel Magee KO 9 30 Sep 1995 Wales Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff, United Kingdom WBO Intercontinental/Commonwealth Light Heavyweight Titles.
Win 9-6 United Kingdom John "Buster" Keeton RTD 2 7 Jul 1995 Wales Wales National Ice Rink, Cardiff, United Kingdom Keeton retired at 3:00 of the second round.
Win 22-12-2 United States "Terrible" Tim Bryan TKO 1 17 Jun 1995 Wales Wales National Ice Rink, Cardiff, United Kingdom Referee stopped the bout at 1:15 of the first round.
Loss 18-6-1 United Kingdom Crawford Ashley PTS 12 19 Nov 1994 Wales Wales National Ice Rink, Cardiff, United Kingdom Commonwealth Light Heavyweight Title.
Win 14-1-1 United Kingdom "Prince" Charles Oliver TKO 5 21 Sep 1994 Wales Star Centre, Cardiff, United Kingdom
Loss 18-1 United States Leeonzer Barber TKO 9 29 Jan 1994 Wales Wales National Ice Rink, Cardiff, United Kingdom WBO World Light Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 1:40 of the ninth round.
Draw 9-1-1 United States Frank "Colossus" Rhodes PTS 8 23 Oct 1993 Wales Wales National Ice Rink, Cardiff, United Kingdom
Win 9-7 United Kingdom Trevor Ambrose TKO 5 10 Jul 1993 Wales Wales National Ice Rink, Cardiff, United Kingdom
Win 15-4 Kenya Chris Sande TKO 9 10 Apr 1993 Wales Swansea, United Kingdom WBA Intercontinental Light Heavyweight Title.
Win 30-19-8 Argentina Miguel Angel Maldonado UD 12 13 Feb 1993 England Free Trade Hall, Manchester, United Kingdom WBA Intercontinental Light Heavyweight Title. 120-105, 120-105, 120-107.
Loss 34-2 United Kingdom Nigel Benn TKO 11 12 Dec 1992 England Alexandra Pavilion, Muswell Hill, London, England, United Kingdom WBC World Super Middleweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 1:44 of the 11th round.
Win 13-9 United Kingdom Johnny Melfah TKO 5 25 Jul 1992 England G-Mex Leisure Centre, Manchester, United Kingdom BBBofC British Super Middleweight Title Eliminator.
Win 10-6 United States Larry Prather PTS 8 16 May 1992 England Alexandra Pavilion, Muswell Hill, London, England, United Kingdom
Win 22-7-1 United States Ron Amundsen PTS 10 11 Mar 1992 Wales Star Centre, Cardiff, United Kingdom
Win 9-5 United Kingdom Frank Eubank PTS 10 22 Jan 1992 Wales Star Centre, Cardiff, United Kingdom BBBofC British Super Middleweight Title Eliminator. 99-96.5.
Win 8-6 United Kingdom Carlos Christie KO 6 20 Nov 1991 Wales Star Centre, Cardiff, United Kingdom
Win 13-36-2 Ghana Franky Moro TKO 4 29 Oct 1991 England Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London, United Kingdom
Loss 9-3 United Kingdom Carl "The Cat" Thompson TKO 3 4 Sep 1991 England York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, United Kingdom
Win 11-2 United Kingdom Simon "Says" Harris TKO 1 3 Jul 1991 Berkshire Rivermead Leisure Centre, Reading, Berkshire, United Kingdom
Win 3-3 Mexico Martin "Tino" Lopez KO 1 22 May 1991 England New London Arena, Millwall, United Kingdom
Win 11-18-6 Guadeloupe Serge Bolivard TKO 1 8 May 1991 England New London Arena, Millwall, United Kingdom
Win 8-20-3 Suriname "Big" John Held TKO 3 5 Mar 1991 England New London Arena, Millwall, United Kingdom
Win 3-2-2 United Kingdom "Big" John Ellis KO 1 12 Nov 1990 England Norwich Lads Boxing Club, Norwich, United Kingdom Ellis knocked out at 0:12 of the first round.
Win 16-7-1 United Kingdom Paul "The Beatle" McCarthy TKO 3 23 Oct 1990 England Granby Halls, Leicester, United Kingdom
Draw 2-0 United Kingdom Maurice Core PTS 6 22 May 1990 Hertfordshire City Hall, Saint Albans, United Kingdom 58.5-58.5.
Win 5-14 United Kingdom "Boxing" Darren McKenna RTD 4 17 Apr 1990 England New London Arena, Millwall, United Kingdom McKenna retired at 2:00 of the fourth round.
Win 16-15-4 United Kingdom Dave Owens KO 1 19 Dec 1989 England Ocean Rooms, Gorleston, United Kingdom
Win 2-7 United Kingdom Gus Mendes TKO 3 17 Oct 1989 Wales Star Centre, Cardiff, United Kingdom
Win 4-10-1 Wales Kevin Roper KO 2 6 Sep 1989 Wales Afan Lido, Port Talbot, United Kingdom Roper knocked out at 1:30 of the second round.

Personal history[edit]

After his retirement from boxing Piper became a sports commentator and in 1997 a member of the British Boxing Board of Control.[7] Piper served as Chairman of the Professional Boxing Association and in 2005 he was awarded the MBE for his services to the sport.[7] Piper is a member of Mensa[8] and works for George Thomas Hospice Care as events manager.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nicky Piper: Biography". BoxingRec. Retrieved 16 January 2011. 
  2. ^ "Maccarinelli's trainer steps down". BBC Sport. 9 May 2006. Retrieved 16 January 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Nicky Piper: Boxing record". BoxingRec. Retrieved 16 January 2011. 
  4. ^ "Nigel Benn vs. Nicky Piper". BoxingRec. Retrieved 16 January 2011. 
  5. ^ "Leeonzer Barber vs. Nicky Piper". BoxingRec. Retrieved 16 January 2011. 
  6. ^ "Dariusz Michalczewski vs. Nicky Piper". BoxingRec. Retrieved 16 January 2011. 
  7. ^ a b "MBE boosts Welsh boxing – Piper". BBC Sport. 31 December 2005. Retrieved 16 January 2011. 
  8. ^ Staff. "Golf: Sharpest brains are in the ring!". The Huddersfield Daily Examiner. Retrieved 2008-01-27. 
  9. ^ "Nicky Piper's linkedin profile". Retrieved 2009-11-24. 

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Achievements
Vacant
Title last held by
Gary Delaney
WBO Intercontinental Light Heavyweight Champion
30 September 1995 – 4 October 1997
Lost bid for world title
Vacant
Title next held by
Mark Prince
Preceded by
Noel Magee
Commonwealth Light Heavyweight Champion
30 September 1995 – 4 October 1997
Retired
Vacant
Title next held by
Crawford Ashley