Rydell Booker

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Rydell Booker
Statistics
Real name Rydell Booker
Nickname(s) Rock n' Rye
Rated at Heavyweight
Cruiserweight
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Reach 81 in (206 cm)
Nationality United States American
Born (1981-02-17) February 17, 1981 (age 36)
Detroit, Michigan
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 23
Wins 22
Wins by KO 12
Losses 1
Draws 0
No contests 0

Rydell Booker (born February 17, 1981 in Detroit, Michigan) is a boxer in the Heavyweight division. He is the former Michigan State Cruiserweight, USA Michigan State cruiserweight, USA Mid West cruiserweight, and USA Mid American cruiserweight champion.[1]

Incarceration[edit]

Shortly after his first professional loss to James Toney,[2] Booker was convicted for possession of cocaine with intent to deliver over 1000 grams. He was sentenced to 12 to 30 years in prison. Under Michigan law, Rydell cannot apply for parole until he has served at least twelve years. Booker said he spends his days working out, watching TV or reading about the legal system, while trying to avoid trouble with other prisoners.[3]

Amateur career[edit]

During his amateur career he won the Michigan State and Regional championships every year from 1992 through 2000, his first national title came in 1999. In 2001 he defeated Devin Vargas at the U.S. Challenge, As the top rated Heavyweight in the U.S. Rydell was to represent the USA at the World Championship in Ireland. But during Training at Lake Placid, N.Y he was accused of steal a calling card from fellow fighter Jason Estrada, he decided to leave the team training and turned pro instead.[4]

Pro career[edit]

While out of jail on bond and far from tip-top shape he had been scheduled for a bout with James Toney. Five months before, Booker had been arrested in Detroit with three other men and charged with possession of cocaine and intent to deliver more than 1,000 grams of the drug. On September 23, 2004 in Temecula, California,[5] Rydell fought James Toney for the International Boxing Association heavyweight and WBC Continental Americas heavyweight championships. In the fight Booker was down in the eighth and then went on to lose the twelve round decision.[6][7]

Professional boxing record[edit]

22 Wins (12 knockouts, 10 decisions), 1 Losses (0 knockouts, 1 decision) [8]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 67-4-2 United States James Toney UD 12 2004-09-23 California Pechanga Resort and Casino, Temecula, California, United States WBC Continental Americas/World Title Eliminator/IBA World Heavyweight Titles. 110-117, 107-120, 108-118.
Win 13-7 United States Tipton Walker SD 8 2004-06-18 Michigan Great Lakes Sports City Superior Arena, Fraser, Michigan, United States
Win 19-16-2 United States Ken "Doll" Murphy TKO 3 2004-05-21 Indiana Lafayette, Indiana, United States
Win 37-8-1 United States "King" Arthur Williams UD 10 2003-06-13 Michigan Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan, United States 97-94, 99-91, 98-92.
Win 8-4 United States "Father" Andrew Greeley TKO 5 2003-03-14 Michigan Warren, Michigan, United States WBC World Youth Cruiserweight Title.
Win 30-17 Jamaica Uriah Grant UD 10 2003-01-10 Michigan Warren, Michigan, United States
Win 19-21 United States Larry Prather SD 6 2002-12-14 Ohio Toledo, Ohio, United States
Win 33-17 United States Art Jimmerson TKO 2 2002-11-23 Virginia Danville, Virginia, United States
Win -- Cameroon Leon Nkendzap KO 1 2002-09-20 Michigan Warren, Michigan, United States WBC World Youth Cruiserweight Title. Nkendzap knocked out at 1:23 of the first round.
Win 13-138-4 United States Donnie Penelton UD 4 2002-09-05 Indiana Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Win 7-5-1 United States John "Governor" Battle UD 6 2002-08-29 South Carolina North Charleston, South Carolina, United States
Win 16-35-2 United States Eric "Landlord" Davis UD 6 2002-08-17 Ohio SeaGate Convention Centre, Toledo, Ohio, United States
Win 7-14 United States Anthony Kohler TKO 1 2002-08-09 Ohio Akron, Ohio, United States Referee stopped the bout at 1:48 of the first round.
Win 4-57-2 United States John Basil Jackson UD 6 2002-07-20 Virginia Leesburg, Virginia, United States
Win 1-9 United States Michael "Stargate" Shanks TKO 2 2002-06-28 Indiana Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Win 24-7 United States Ka-Dy King UD 10 2002-06-21 Michigan Warren, Michigan, United States Mid West/Mid American/Michigan Cruiserweight Titles.
Win -- United States Ronald Burnett KO 1 2002-06-01 Indiana West Lafayette, Indiana, United States Burnett knocked out at 0:40 of the first round.
Win 15-67-1 United States Roy Bedwell KO 1 2002-05-11 Tennessee Gallatin, Tennessee, United States
Win 2-6 United States Anthony Prince KO 1 2002-03-29 Michigan Detroit, Michigan, United States Prince knocked out at 0:49 of the first round.
Win 0-1 United States Steve "Bison" Thornton TKO 1 2002-01-31 Michigan Detroit, Michigan, United States Referee stopped the bout at 1:27 of the first round.
Win 1-2 United States Charles Judge TKO 1 2001-11-09 Michigan Detroit, Michigan, United States Referee stopped the bout at 1:22 of the first round.
Win 1-1 United States Michael "Mayor" Moncrief UD 4 2001-10-12 Michigan Detroit, Michigan, United States
Win 0-1 United States Mike "Snooker" White TKO 1 2001-08-10 Michigan Cobo Hall, Detroit, Michigan, United States Referee stopped the bout at 1:10 of the first round.

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