Owen Beck

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Owen Beck
Real name Owen LeFranc Beck
Nickname(s) What the Heck
Rated at Heavyweight
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Reach 78 in (198.1 cm)
Nationality Jamaican
Born (1976-05-31) 31 May 1976 (age 40)
Negril, Jamaica
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 42
Wins 29
Wins by KO 20
Losses 13

Owen LeFranc Beck (born 31 May 1976), nicknamed "What the Heck", is a Jamaican professional boxer who challenged for the WBA heavyweight title in 2006.


Beck had a 73-5 amateur record.


Known as Owen "What the Heck" Beck, Beck began his career in 1998 by winning his first 24 fights, but all against limited opposition the best being amateur star Derrell Dixon and undefeated Taurus Sykes.

This streak and a contract with Don King set up a WBC & IBF Heavyweight Title Eliminator bout against heavyweight contender Monte Barrett in 2005, and Beck was TKO'd in the 9th.

Since the loss, Beck has lost to Ray Austin, but beat cruiser journeyman Darnell Wilson to set up a shot against the former WBA Heavyweight Title holder Nikolay Valuev. Valuev defeated Beck, dropping him twice and winning via TKO in the 3rd. After he fought Valuev he made a comeback and won the fight against Ricardo Arce via 2nd Round technical knockout and had another fight against Marvin Hunt and beat him via first-round knockout.

He took a 19-month break from boxing before returning to the ring in June 2009.

He fought Andrew Greeley and won the match by split decision on 13 June 2009.

He fought Jermell Barnes on 21 August 2009 in a fight which he won by unanimous decision with the scores of 79-73, 77-75 and 80-72 all in favor of Beck. Also in late 2009 Owen enlisted a new trainer Clinton Barnes.

On 16 January 2010, Beck fought Manuel Charr and was TKO'ed in the tenth and final round with 16 seconds left on the clock.

On 16 April, Beck fought Tony Thompson in Memphis, Tennessee, and was knocked out at 2-minutes and 50-seconds of the 4th-round.

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
42 fights 29 wins 13 losses
By knockout 20 10
By decision 8 3
By disqualification 1 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
42 Loss 29–13 Mexico Ignacio Esparza MD 10 29 Oct 2016 Mexico Arena Coliseo, Guadalajara, Mexico
41 Loss 29–12 Russia Oleg Maskaev TKO 3 (10), 2:59 30 Oct 2012 Russia Sports Palace Quant, Moscow, Russia
40 Loss 29–11 United States Deontay Wilder RTD 3 (8), 3:00 23 Jun 2012 United States Killer Buzz Arena, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, U.S.
39 Loss 29–10 Russia Sergey Rozhnov UD 4 8 Feb 2012 Russia Krylia Sovetov, Moscow, Russia
38 Loss 29–9 Poland Artur Szpilka RTD 4 (6) 15 Oct 2011 Poland Spodek, Katowice, Poland
37 Loss 29–8 United States David Rodriguez KO 3 (10), 2:02 24 Jun 2011 United States Don Haskins Convention Center, El Paso, Texas, U.S. For vacant WBC–FECOMBOX heavyweight title
36 Loss 29–7 United States Cedric Boswell KO 9 (10), 2:29 7 Dec 2010 United States Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood, Florida, U.S. For vacant WBC Latino heavyweight title
35 Loss 29–6 Australia Alex Leapai TKO 6 (10), 2:50 12 Aug 2010 Australia Southport RSL Club, Southport, Australia
34 Loss 29–5 United States Tony Thompson TKO 4 (10), 2:50 16 Apr 2010 United States Omni New Daisy Theater, Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
33 Loss 29–4 Germany Manuel Charr TKO 10 (10), 2:44 9 Jan 2010 Germany Bordelandhalle, Magdeburg, Germany

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