Robert Berridge

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Robert Berridge
Born (1984-11-22) November 22, 1984 (age 33)
Wanganui, New Zealand
Other names The Butcher
Residence Albany, New Zealand
Nationality New Zealand
Ethnicity European
Height 173 cm (5 ft 8 in)
Weight 79.0 kg (174 lb; 12 st 6 lb)
Division Light Heavyweight
Reach 178 cm (70.1 in)
Stance Southpaw
Years active 2009–2017
Professional boxing record
Total 37
Wins 29
By knockout 21
Losses 7
By knockout 2
Draws 1
Other information
Occupation Professional Boxer
Boxing record from BoxRec
last updated on: 28th January 2017

Robert Berridge (born November 22, 1984, Wanganui, New Zealand) is a retired New Zealand professional Light Heavyweight boxer.

Berridge is a boxer who has had over thirty fights, five boxing titles and has peaked at ninth on the World Boxing Organization and twelfth on the World Boxing Association rankings in 2014.[1] In 2009, Berridge made his debut against Royden Lee at ABA Stadium. In 2015 in South Africa, Berridge had his first World title bout against Thomas Oosthuizen for the International Boxing Organisation Light Heavyweight title. Berridge lost by unanimous decision.[2] Berridge second World title shot was for the Interim WBA World Light Heavyweight Title against Dmitry Bivol. Berridge lost by TKO.

Professional career[edit]

Pre Duco, First boxing titles 2009–2013[edit]

Berridge suffered his first lost against Blake Caparello by unanimous decision. Berridge took the fight with very short notice. A rematch has always been talked about with Caparello, but nothing has ever came from it.[3] The NZPBAssn presented Berridge with the Association's New Zealand Light Heavyweight title. His manager/promoter Vasco Kovacevic tried 6 boxers of standing to match Robbie for the title. All declined for various reasons. Robbie made a token appearance in the ring in a 4 x 3 bout against Moses Ioelu. Moses was the only one who volunteered to get in the ring, but with only 4 x 3’s. Robbie was presented the belt after the bout.[4] Berridge got the biggest win of his career after he defeated world ranked Australian Boxer Serge Yannick. Berridge won by TKO in the 8th round.[5] Berridge won his first regional title against Shintaro Matsumoto in July 2013 at ABA Stadium for the WBC Asian Boxing Council Light Heavyweight title. Berridge won by TKO in the fifth round.[6]

Under Duco Boxing 2013–2014[edit]

Berridge won his next two boxing title against highly New Zealander Daniel MacKinnon for the vacant WBA Pan Asian Boxing Association title and vacant WBO Oriental title. Berridge won TKO in the tenth round. MacKinnon was rushed to hospital after the fight. After a CT scan it was discovered that MacKinnon had a brain bleed and had emergency surgery. MacKinnon was in a coma however woke up less than 24 hours after the surgery. MacKinnon made a fully recover however his boxing career is over.[7] Berridge suffered his second lose to Lepikhin in his first fight in America, losing both of his regional titles. Lepikhin is five and half inches taller and had a four-inch reach advantage. Berridge lost by TKO in the fifth round. While under Duco he reached 22nd on Boxrec, 10th in WBO, 12th in WBA and including being his 4 wins on Duco Event fight nights, he had a 9 win streak, including wins over Mariano Jose Riva, Daniel MacKinnon, Kerry Foley, Rogerio Damasco and more.

Post Duco, IBO World title, Tournament, NZ title defense 2015–2016[edit]

Berridge went for his first world title in June 2015 against IBO Champion Thomas Oosthuizen in South Africa. Berridge also took this fight at short notice.[8] Controversy came around this bout as Oosthuizen did not make weight. When given the opportunity came to give Oosthuizen two hours to shed off the excess weight, he came weighing even more than the first weigh in.[9] There has been reports that promoters try to convince Berridge's team to postpone the bout, however the bout went on. The World Title was declared vacant with the stipulation added that if Oosthuizen won the title will remain vacant, however if Berridge won he would be the new World Champion. Also thirty percent of Oosthuizen's purse was forfeited to Berridge.[10] Berridge unfortunately suffered his third lose of his career by Unanimous Decisionand the title remain vacant. In November 2015 Berridge competed in the Super Eight Boxing Tournament. Usually the Super 8 is a one night eight man tournament, However the Super 8 rebranded into 2 four man tournaments in one night. The other men in the tournament are Christchurch's Reece Papuni & Brad Riddell and Auckland's Sefo Falekaono.[11] Both Berridge and Papuni won their first fights, with both bouts going the extra round due to original score ending in a draw. Berridge fought Sefo Falekaono in the first round in the tournament. Berridge took on Papuni in the finals with the bout again going into the 4th round due to original score ending in a draw. The bout ended with Papuni winning the bout by Unanimous decision.[12] In July 2016, Sam Rapira Announced that he will be self-promoting his 8th show with Rapira taking on Berridge in the main event. This is one of New Zealand's most talked about dream fight in the light heavyweight weight division. The bout took place at TSB Stadium in September 2016.[13] Berridge won the bout by unanimous decision.[14] After the bout Berridge commented on how poor referee David Craig (who is also President of New Zealand Professional Boxing Federation) officiated the fight, with the lack of control and not stepping in when there was too much holding or wrestling.[15] In October 2016, Berridge took on long time rival Adrian Taihia, defending Berridges New Zealand (NZPBA version) Light Heavyweight title for the second time. This bout has been five years in the making where the two call each other out multiple times, including a WWE like style from Taihia when Berridge finished fighting in a bout on PPV. The two were scheduled to face each other in 2013, however Berridge pulled out due to injury.[16] During the weigh in, the two had a war of words in which resulted in push from Taihia, push Berridge into a couple of tables and breaking the contents on the tables. Berridge won the bout by unanimous decision. Taihia was showing a Floyd Mayweather like boxing style, but it was Taihia low punch output and Berridge aggression that won Berridge the bout.[17] Shortly after the fight Taihia announced his retirement from the ring, stating that he felt he was robbed from the fight and that he lost his passion in the sport.[18]

World Title Shots and Retirement 2017[edit]

In January 2017, Berridge announced on his Facebook page that he will be taking on Russia's Dmitry Bivol for the Interim WBA World Light Heavyweight Title.[19] Berridge lost the bout in the 4th round by TKO, stopped by the ringside doctor due to a major cut. In May 2017, Berridge took on Canadian Ryan Ford for the Universal Boxing Organisation World Light Heavyweight title. Due to a head clash in round 6, it caused a bad cut to Berridge which happens regularly for Berridge. The bout stopped in round 7 due to the cut being bad, with Ford winning on points by Technical Decision.[20] A week after the fight, Berridge announced on his Facebook that he is retiring from professional boxing.[21]

Controversy[edit]

In December 2014 Berridge became highly intoxicated at a Duco Events Fight for Life in Hamilton, New Zealand. Due to his training regime he did not usually drink and became highly intoxicated as a result. On the way back home Berridge jumped out of the car that his manager was driving on the way back to his home to Auckland with Berridge and his wife,The car was going 100 km/hr. When Berridge's wife tried to get him back in the car, Berridge lashed out arms flailing. The manager and Berridge's wife decided to leave him there while Berridge himself tried to walk and hitchhike home the next morning. Once Berridge got home he immediately searched up the government anti-violence It's Not Ok! website and enrolled himself into a family violence course. Shortly after this had happen Duco Event's released Berridge out of there stable and his contract. Berridge was signed to a six-year contract with Duco but only fought three times under the contract which may have led to his increasing frustration under Duco and not being on the Fight for Life. Since the incident Berridge has been highly apologetic to the people he disappointed with his behaviour.[22]

In May 2016, Berridge had pulled out of a fight on Joseph Parker vs Carlos Takam undercard due to neck injury. Berridge was scheduled to fight Joseph Kwadjo, however Berridge was replaced by Nikolas Charalampous. Berridge Stated that the fight was hard to come about as Duco Events (the promoter of the event) were refusing to pay Berridge, making him and his team having to pay the purse for both him and his opponent and other benefits such as flights and accommodation. After Berridge pulled out, Duco found and paid for an opponent (Nikolas Charalampous) without reimbursing Berridge.[23]

Professional boxing titles[edit]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
37 fights 29 wins 7 losses
By knockout 21 2
By decision 8 5
Draws 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
37 Lose 29–7–1 Canada Ryan Ford TD 7 (12), 3:00 May 27, 2017 Singapore Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore For UBO World Light Heavyweight Title
36 Lose 29–6–1 Russia Dmitry Bivol TKO 4, (12) Feb 23, 2017 Russia Perm, Russia For Interim WBA World Light Heavyweight Title
35 Win 29–5–1 New Zealand Adrian Taihia UD 10 Oct 28, 2016 New Zealand ASB Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand Won NZPBA Light Heavyweight Title
34 Win 28–5–1 New Zealand Sam Rapira[24] UD 8 Sep 18, 2016 New Zealand TSB Stadium, New Plymouth, New Zealand
33 Lose 27–5–1 Colombia Eleider Álvarez UD 10 July 29, 2016 Canada Centre Videotron, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
32 Lose 27–4–1 New Zealand Reece Papuni SD 4, (3) Nov 3, 2015 New Zealand Sky City Convention Centre, Auckland, New Zealand Super 8 Four Man Light Heavyweight Tournament Final
Original result ended in a draw so it went to an extra round.
31 Win 27–3–1 New Zealand Sefo Falekaono UD 4, (3) Nov 3, 2015 New Zealand Sky City Convention Centre, Auckland, New Zealand Super 8 Four Man Light Heavyweight Tournament Semi-Final
Original result ended in a draw so it went to an extra round.
30 Loss 26–3–1 South Africa Thomas Oosthuizen UD 12 June 6, 2015 South Africa Emperors Palace, Kempton Park, Gauteng, South Africa Vacant IBO World Light Heavyweight Title. Oosthuizen did not make weight therefore the title will remain vacant and 30% of Oosthuizen's purse goes to Berridge
29 Win 26–2–1 New Zealand Andrew Robinson UD 10 April 25, 2015 New Zealand Springvale Stadium, Wanganui, New Zealand NZPBA & Vacant IBO Oceania Light Heavyweight Titles
28 Win 25–2–1 Samoa Togasilimai Letoa TKO 5, (8) 1:18 Mar 6, 2015 Australia Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton, Victoria, Australia
27 Loss 24–2–1 Russia Vasily Lepikhin TKO 5, (12) 1:04 Aug 9, 2014 United States Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States WBA-PABA & WBO Oriental Light Heavyweight Titles
26 Win 24–1–1 Brazil Rogerio Damasco TKO 1, (12) 2:16 July 5, 2014 New Zealand Vodafone Events Centre, Manukau City, New Zealand WBA-PABA & WBO Oriental Light Heavyweight Titles
25 Win 23–1–1 Australia Kerry Foley TKO 10, (12) 2:12 Feb 19, 2014 Australia Hordern Pavilion, Moore Park, New South Wales, Australia WBA-PABA Light Heavyweight Title
24 Win 22–1–1 New Zealand Daniel MacKinnon TKO 10, (12) 2:51 Nov 16, 2013 New Zealand Claudelands Arena, Hamilton, New Zealand Vacant WBA-PABA & Vacant WBO Oriental Light Heavyweight Titles
23 Win 21–1–1 Argentina Mariano Jose Riva KO 3, (8) 0:32 Oct 10, 2013 New Zealand The Trusts Arena Auckland, New Zealand
22 Win 20–1–1 Japan Shintaro Matsumoto TKO 5, (10) 1:40 July 5, 2013 New Zealand ABA Stadium Auckland, New Zealand Vacant WBC Asian Boxing Council Light Heavyweight Title
21 Win 19–1–1 CameroonAustralia Serge Yannick TKO 8, (10) 1:25 April 18, 2013 Australia Croatian Club, Footscray, Victoria, Australia
20 Win 18–1–1 SamoaNew Zealand Moses Ioelu TKO 3, (4) Mar 28, 2013 New Zealand ABA Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand Berridge was awarded the vacant NZPBA Light Heavyweight title after this fight. The title itself was not on the line for this fight.
19 Win 17–1–1 SamoaNew Zealand Peter Tovi'o TKO 3, (4) Dec 20, 2012 New Zealand ABA Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand
18 Win 16–1–1 Australia Joel Casey TKO 2, (8) 1:09 Oct 5, 2012 Australia Croatian Club, Ardeer, Victoria, Australia
17 Loss 15–1–1 Australia Blake Caparello UD 10 May 18, 2012 Australia The Melbourne Pavilion, Flemington, Victoria, Australia
16 Win 15–0–1 SamoaNew Zealand Peter Tovi'o TKO 1, (4) 2:59 April 20, 2012 New Zealand The Corporate Box, Auckland, New Zealand
15 Win 14–0–1 Thailand Dechapon Suwunnalird UD 6 Mar 31, 2012 New Zealand ABA Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand
14 Win 13–0–1 Samoa Faimasasa Tavu'i UD 6 Feb 8, 2012 New Zealand Claudelands Arena, Hamilton, New Zealand
13 Win 12–0–1 Australia Trent Broadhurst TKO 4, (4) 2:59 Oct 28, 2011 Australia Mansfield Tavern, Mansfield, Queensland, Australia
12 Win 11–0–1 SamoaNew Zealand Peter Tovi'o TKO 2, (4) 1:12 Aug 25, 2011 New Zealand Takapuna Rugby Football Club, Northcote, New Zealand
11 Draw 10–0–1 Australia Kerry Foley MD (6) July 20, 2011 Australia Sydney Entertainment Centre, NSW, Australia
10 Win 10–0 SamoaNew Zealand Moses Ioelu DQ 2, (4) June 17, 2011 New Zealand ABA Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand
9 Win 9–0 New Zealand Fale Siaoloa TKO 4, (4) May 28, 2011 New Zealand ABA Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand
8 Win 8–0 New Zealand Fale Siaoloa UD 6 Feb 26, 2011 New Zealand ABA Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand
7 Win 7–0 New Zealand Roman Hunt TKO 2, (6) 2:59 Oct 3, 2010 New Zealand ABA Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand
6 Win 6–0 SamoaNew Zealand Moses Ioelu KO 2, (6) 0:26 Aug 27, 2010 New Zealand ABA Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand
5 Win 5–0 SamoaNew Zealand Monty Filimaea KO 2, (6) 2:43 May 21, 2010 New Zealand Northcote-Birkenhead Rugby Club, Northcote, New Zealand
4 Win 4–0 New ZealandAustralia Areta Gilbert TKO 3, (6) 2:43 Mar 31, 2010 New Zealand The Trusts Arena, Auckland New Zealand
3 Win 3–0 Samoa Faimasasa Tavu'i UD 6 July 13, 2009 New Zealand Northcote-Birkenhead Rugby Club, Northcote, New Zealand
2 Win 2–0 New Zealand Jamie Waru KO 2,(4) 1:10 June 6, 2009 New Zealand Lagoon Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand
1 Win 1–0 New Zealand Royden Lee TKO 1, (4) 1:52 April 23, 2009 New Zealand ABA Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand Professional debut.

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Vacant NZPBA Light Heavyweight
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March 28, 2013 – June 03, 2017
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Title last held by
Sergey Kovalev
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WBC ABC Light Heavyweight
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July 05, 2013 - July 05, 2015
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Title last held by
Blake Caparello
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PABA Light Heavyweight
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November 16, 2013 - August 09, 2014
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WBO Oriental Light Heavyweight
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November 16, 2013 - August 09, 2014
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Vacant IBO Oceania Light Heavyweight
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April 25, 2015 - April 25, 2016
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