Rico Hoye

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Rico Hoye
Statistics
Real name Rico Hoye
Rated at Cruiserweight
Nationality American
Born 9 November 1974
Monroe, Michigan
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 28
Wins 24
Wins by KO 16
Losses 4
Draws 0

Rico Hoye is an American professional boxer who current competes in the Cruiserweight division. He resides Phoenix, Arizona, and is a former number one ranked light heavyweight contender (IBF) and a former world title challenger in the light heavyweight division. Hoye was a Cruiserweight division contestant in the fourth season of the Contender, boxing three 5-round bouts and one 8-round bout on Versus, winning three.[1]

Early life and professional career[edit]

Hoye was raised in Monroe, Michigan and Detroit, Michigan. His father, Bobby Hoye (1951–1996) was a professional super middleweight contender. Rico was raised by his grandfather Robert Hoye (1930–1999) a United States Army and Golden Gloves middleweight boxer. Both his father and grandfather brought him to the gym as an infant and he first competed at 7 years old. As a teenager, he was trained by his grandfather, and he was able to amass a 68-12 amateur record, including junior Olympic titles and Golden Gloves titles in Toledo and Detroit, and was hopeful for an opportunity to make the 1992 Olympic team. At that time, however, his grandfather was injured and wasn't able to train him and he strayed from the sport and became involved in street activity around his Detroit neighborhood. In a 1992 altercation at 17 years old, he shot and killed someone and spent 9 years in prison. While in prison, both his father and grandfather died. Upon his release from prison, he immediately began seriously training and was soon back in the ring competing.[2][3]

Hoye made his professional debut in June 2001 with a third round stoppage of Omar Pucci in Michigan. Over the next two years, Hoye scored twelve consecutive wins. He won the vacant IBA Continental Light Heavyweight title by decisioning Prince Badi Ajamu over 12 rounds in June 2003.

Defenses and challenges[edit]

Hoye made three defenses of his IBA regional title. He defeated Etienne Whitaker in October 2003, Donnell Wiggins in March 2004, and Montell Griffin in September 2004 in a bout which was also an International Boxing Federation eliminator for a world title shot.

In March 2005, the 18-0 Hoye traveled to England to challenge Clinton Woods for the vacant IBF title, losing on a fifth-round technical knockout.[4] In May 2007, Hoye challenged unbeaten Romanian boxer Adrian Diaconu for the WBC International light heavyweight title, an eliminator for the full WBC world title, and lost when the fight was stopped in the 3rd round.[5]

Contender[edit]

In late 2008, Hoye moved up to the cruiserweight division to compete in the fourth season of the boxing reality show, The Contender.[6][7]

Hoye defeated Mike Alexander and Joell Godfrey by decision in separate five round bouts. In the semifinal, Hoye lost by unanimous decision to Ehinomen Ehikhamenor of Nigeria. In February 2009, Hoye defeated Akinyemi Laleye by 8 round unanimous decision to win third place in the televised competition.[8]

Return from retirement[edit]

Hoye, who lived in Los Angeles and then Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife and children, operated a boxing and fitness gym in Phoenix during his four years of inactivity, working with clients on physical conditioning, including training such professional athletes as baseball player Troy O'Leary and football running back Marcel Shipp. Hoye has also sparred with heavyweights Wladimir Klitschko and Chris Arreola.

Hoye returned to the ring on November 2, 2013, at heavyweight with a 1st-round TKO of Brandon Winner and then lost by unanimous decision to cruiserweight contender Lucasz Janik in Poland June 28, 2014.

Professional boxing record[edit]

24 Wins (16 knockouts, 8 decisions), 4 Losses (2 knockouts, 2 decisions) [1]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 26-2 Poland Łukasz Janik UD 10 06/28/2014 Poland Hala na Podpromiu, Rzeszów, Poland
Win 3-8 United States Brandon Winner TKO 1 11/02/2013 United States Potawatomi Bingo Casino, Milwaukee comeback at heavyweight after 4 year and 9 month layoff
Win 12-2 Nigeria Akinyemi Laleye UD 8 02/25/2009 United States Foxwoods, Mashantucket, Connecticut Contender Season 4 3rd Place Fight. 79-72, 79-72, 79-72.
Loss 14-3 Nigeria Ehinomen Ehikhamenor UD 5 02/18/2009 Singapore 45-50, 47-48, 46-49.
Win 9-1-1 United States Joell Godfrey UD 5 02/11/2009 Singapore 50-44, 49-45, 48-46.
Win 12-2 United States Mike Alexander UD 5 01/12/2009 Singapore 49-46, 48-47, 49-46.
Loss 23-0 Romania Adrian Diaconu TKO 3 05/09/2007 Canada Studio Mel's, Montreal WBC International/TAB Light Heavyweight Titles. WBC World Light Heavyweight Title Eliminator. Referee stopped the bout at 0:32 of the third round.
Win 17-6-1 United States Sam "Punching Policeman" Hill TKO 10 11/10/2006 United States Quiet Cannon, Montebello, California Referee stopped the bout at 2:15 of the tenth round.
Win 23-23-3 United States Derrick Whitley UD 6 12/10/2005 United States Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, Connecticut 59-55, 59-55, 60-54.
Loss 36-3-1 United Kingdom Clinton Woods TKO 5 03/04/2005 United Kingdom Magna Centre, Rotherham, Yorkshire IBF World Light Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 2:59 of the fifth round.
Win 46-4 United States Montell Griffin SD 12 09/16/2004 United States Kewadin Casino, Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan IBA Continental Light Heavyweight Title. IBF World Light Heavyweight Title Eliminator. 116-112, 113-115, 116-112.
Win 27-4 Jamaica Richard Hall KO 4 05/15/2004 United States Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas IBF World Light Heavyweight Title Eliminator. Hall knocked out at 1:10 of the fourth round.
Win 20-3-2 United States Donnell Wiggins TKO 1 03/18/2004 United States Chumash Casino, Santa Ynez, California WBO NABO/WBC Continental Americas/IBA Continental Light Heavyweight Titles. Referee stopped the bout at 2:38 of the first round.
Win 15-58-3 United States Marris Virgil KO 1 12/12/2003 United States Ford Community Center, Dearborn, Michigan Virgil knocked out at 1:12 of the first round.
Win 29-10-2 United States Etianne Whitaker TKO 2 10/11/2003 United States The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan WBO NABO/IBA Continental Light Heavyweight Titles. Referee stopped the bout at 1:22 of the second round.
Win 15-0-1 United States Prince Badi Ajamu UD 12 06/05/2003 United States State Theatre, Detroit IBA Continental Light Heavyweight Title. 118-109, 117-110, 118-109.
Win 10-16-3 United States Tyrone Muex TKO 3 04/24/2003 United States Grand Casino Gulfport, Gulfport, Mississippi Referee stopped the bout at 1:22 of the third round.
Win 19-9-2 Ecuador Segundo Mercado TKO 1 01/29/2003 United States Andiamo's Banquet Center, Warren, Michigan Referee stopped the bout at 2:16 of the first round.
Win 5-1-1 United States Ayodeji Fadeyi TKO 1 11/02/2002 United States The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan Referee stopped the bout at 1:47 of the first round.
Win 18-8-2 United States "Mr. Everything" Greg Wright UD 8 09/27/2002 United States The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Win 11-5-2 United States George Klinesmith TKO 2 06/08/2002 United States Pyramid Arena, Memphis, Tennessee Referee stopped the bout at 1:40 of the second round.
Win 15-34-2 United States Ruben Ruiz TKO 2 04/19/2002 United States Auburn Hills, Michigan
Win 32-38 United States Kenny Snow UD 6 01/31/2002 United States The Roostertail, Detroit
Win 1-12 United States Conley Person KO 1 01/22/2002 United States Andiamo's Banquet Center, Detroit Person knocked out at 1:21 of the first round.
Win 1-5-2 United States Vidal Middlebrook TKO 1 12/21/2001 United States Youngstown, Ohio
Win 13-46-3 United States Marris Virgil KO 2 11/23/2001 United States The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan Virgil knocked out at 1:09 of the second round.
Win 3-3-1 United States Percel Banks TKO 3 08/10/2001 United States Cobo Hall, Detroit Referee stopped the bout at 2:59 of the third round.
Win 3-0 United States Omar Pucci TKO 3 06/20/2001 United States Andiamo's Banquet Center, Warren, Michigan Referee stopped the bout at 2:59 of the third round.

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