Sharmba Mitchell

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Sharmba Mitchell
Statistics
Real name Sharmba David Mitchell
Nickname(s) Little Big Man
Weight(s)
Height 5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
Reach 72 in (183 cm)
Nationality American
Born (1970-08-27) August 27, 1970 (age 47)
Takoma Park, Maryland, U.S.
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 63
Wins 57
Wins by KO 30
Losses 6

Sharmba David Mitchell (/ˈʃɑːrmb/ SHARM-bay; born August 27, 1970) is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1988 to 2006. He held the WBA light welterweight title from 1998 to 2001, and the IBF interim light welterweight title in 2004.

Professional career[edit]

Mitchell began his professional boxing career on September 23, 1988, knocking out Eddie Colón in three rounds at Atlantic City, New Jersey.

He had a mark of 14 wins and no losses with seven knockouts - including victories over former Olympic Games bronze medalist Aristides Acevedo and over Dana Roston - when he met a former or future world champion for the first time inside a ring. On March 8, 1990, he beat the famed former world champion Rafael Limón in Atlantic City by an eight-round unanimous decision.

Mitchell kept on winning, running his record up to 27-0 with sixteen knockouts, including a victory against former world title challenger Miguel Santana. He then fought former world champion Rocky Lockridge on April 22, 1992, winning a ten-round unanimous decision.

Mitchell had recorded a 31-0 record until he lost two fights in a row to begin 1994: one against future world champion Leavander Johnson in eight rounds, then to future two-time world lightweight champion Stevie Johnston in nine rounds. He did not lose another fight in the next seven years.

After six more wins in a row, including one over future world champion Terron Millett, Mitchell fought for the WBC continental Americas light welterweight title in Dallas, Texas on April 11, 1996. He won the title by knocking out Gilberto Floes in the second round.

On May 10, 1997, Mitchell defeated Jose Rafael Barboza by a twelve-round decision in Miami, Florida to win the WBA's Fedelatin belt in the same weight division. After two more victories, he got his first chance at winning a world title.

WBA light welterweight champion[edit]

On October 10, 1998, he beat Moroccan Khalid Rahilou by a twelve-round unanimous decision in Paris, France, becoming the WBA light welterweight champion.

Mitchell retained his world title four times, his last successful defense being against Puerto Rican Felix Flores on September 16, 2000, at Las Vegas. Mitchell was dropped in the first round, but he recovered and edged the challenger by two scores of 116-111 and one of 116-113.

First fight with Tszyu[edit]

After that fight, demand rose for a unification title bout between Mitchell and Kostya Tszyu of Australia, the WBC light welterweight champion.

The highly anticipated match took place in Las Vegas on February 3, 2001. The outcome was controversial, as Mitchell broke his knee early in the fight and he could not continue after round seven. Although Mitchell was not knocked out in a conventional way, this nevertheless counted as a knockout loss in his record.[1]

Mitchell then fought eight bouts, winning each of them, including victories over former world champion Vince Phillips and winning the IBF super lightweight title against Lovemore N'Dou in Atlantic City New Jersey. Defending that title ounce in Manchester England. He also beat and became and the first person to have knocked down Ben Tackie.

Rematch with Tszyu[edit]

Negotiations for a rematch with Tszyu had been taking place long before the fights with the aforementioned rivals. Tszyu, however, had his own health problems, and the fight kept being cancelled. First scheduled for Australia and then for Moscow, the rematch finally took place on November 6, 2004, in Phoenix, Arizona. Mitchell was floored four times in the second bout with Tszyu before being stopped in round three, losing by knockout.

Losses to Mayweather and Williams[edit]

On November 19, 2005, Mitchell was defeated by Floyd Mayweather Jr. in their 147-lbs. non-title bout in Portland, Oregon. Mayweather dropped Mitchell in the third round with a straight right hand to the head, and again dropped him in the sixth with a hook to the body, ending the fight. During his most recent bout - against Paul Williams in Reno, Nevada, on August 19, 2006 - Mitchell was knocked down in the third round, and three times in the fourth round. Referee Richard Steele stopped the bout at 2:57 when Mitchell arose wobbly from the final knockdown. Mitchell retired for good shortly there after.

Mitchell finished his professional boxing career of 57 wins and 6 losses, with 30 knockout wins.

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
63 fights 57 wins 6 losses
By knockout 30 6
By decision 27 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
63 Loss 57–6 Paul Williams KO 4 (12), 2:57 Aug 19, 2006 Events Center, Reno, Nevada, U.S. For WBC–USNBC and WBONABO welterweight titles
62 Win 57–5 Jose Luis Cruz UD 10 May 3, 2006 Big League Dreams, Cathedral City, California, U.S.
61 Loss 56–5 Floyd Mayweather Jr. TKO 6 (12), 2:06 Nov 19, 2005 Rose Garden, Portland, Oregon, U.S.
60 Win 56–4 Chris Smith TD 5 (12), 0:16 Jun 11, 2005 MCI Center, Washington, D.C., U.S. Won WBA–NABA welterweight title;
Unanimous TD after Mitchell was cut from an accidental head clash
59 Loss 55–4 Kostya Tszyu TKO 3 (12), 2:48 Nov 6, 2004 Glendale Arena, Phoenix, Arizona, U.S. For IBF, The Ring, and lineal light welterweight titles
58 Win 55–3 Moises Pedroza KO 2 (10), 2:55 Aug 7, 2004 Foxwoods Resort Casino, Ledyard, Connecticut, U.S.
57 Win 54–3 Michael Stewart UD 12 Apr 3, 2004 MEN Arena, Manchester, England Retained IBF interim light welterweight title
56 Win 53–3 Lovemore N'dou UD 12 Feb 7, 2004 Bally's, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. Won vacant IBF interim light welterweight title
55 Win 52–3 Ben Tackie UD 12 May 17, 2003 City Center Pavilion, Reno, Nevada, U.S.
54 Win 51–3 Carlos Vilches TKO 4 (12), 2:58 Jan 25, 2003 Bally's, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
53 Win 50–3 Vince Phillips MD 10 Nov 9, 2002 Coca-Cola Bricktown Events Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S.
52 Win 49–3 Frank Houghtaling UD 10 Jul 2, 2002 Lincoln Theatre, Washington, D.C., U.S.
51 Win 48–3 Bernard Harris UD 10 Mar 28, 2002 DAR Constitution Hall, Washington, D.C., U.S.
50 Loss 47–3 Kostya Tszyu RTD 7 (12), 3:00 Feb 3, 2001 Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Lost WBA light welterweight title;
For WBC light welterweight title
49 Win 47–2 Felix Flores UD 12 Sep 16, 2000 MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBA light welterweight title
48 Win 46–2 Elio Ortiz UD 12 Nov 13, 1999 Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBA light welterweight title
47 Win 45–2 Reggie Green MD 12 Apr 24, 1999 MCI Center, Washington, D.C., U.S. Retained WBA light welterweight title
46 Win 44–2 Pedro Saiz UD 12 Feb 6, 1999 Convention Center, Washington, D.C., U.S. Retained WBA light welterweight title
45 Win 43–2 Khalid Rahilou UD 12 Oct 10, 1998 Palais Omnisports, Paris, France Won WBA light welterweight title
44 Win 42–2 Bobby Elkins TKO 1 (10), 2:10 Feb 21, 1998 Miccosukee Resort & Gaming, Miami, Florida, U.S.
43 Win 41–2 Dezi Ford KO 5 Jul 15, 1997 Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
42 Win 40–2 Jose Rafael Barboza PTS 12 May 10, 1997 Coconut Grove Convention Center, Miami, Florida, U.S. Won vacant WBA Fedelatin light welterweight title
41 Win 39–2 John Stewart KO 1 Oct 19, 1996 Show Place Arena, Upper Marlboro, Maryland, U.S.
40 Win 38–2 Gilberto Flores KO 2 (12), 1:06 Apr 11, 1996 Dallas, Texas, U.S. Won vacant WBC Continental Americas light welterweight title
39 Win 37–2 Harold Bennett TKO 1 (8), 1:40 Feb 10, 1996 MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
38 Win 36–2 Allen Osborne TKO 2 Dec 7, 1995 Show Place Arena, Upper Marlboro, Maryland, U.S.
37 Win 35–2 James Gatlin TKO 5 Nov 21, 1995 Convention Center, Washington, D.C., U.S.
36 Win 34–2 Terron Millett TKO 1 (8), 2:38 Sep 16, 1995 The Mirage, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
35 Win 33–2 Wayne Boudreaux TKO 5 Mar 23, 1995 The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, U.S.
34 Win 32–2 Lyndon Walker KO 2 Oct 22, 1994 Convention Center, Washington, D.C., U.S.
33 Loss 31–2 Stevie Johnston TKO 9 (10), 1:02 Jun 21, 1994 MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
32 Loss 31–1 Leavander Johnson KO 8 (12), 1:33 Mar 18, 1994 MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Lost NABF lightweight title
31 Win 31–0 Chad Broussard TKO 1 (12), 2:25 Nov 6, 1993 Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won vacant NABF lightweight title
30 Win 30–0 Kenny Baysmore KO 1 (10), 1:44 May 22, 1993 Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, Washington, D.C., U.S.
29 Win 29–0 Eric Whitfield TKO 2 (10), 2:55 Nov 29, 1992 Convention Center, Washington, D.C., U.S.
28 Win 28–0 Rocky Lockridge UD 10 Apr 22, 1992 Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey, U.S.
27 Win 27–0 Gilberto Flores TKO 5 (10), 1:46 Feb 15, 1992 The Mirage, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
26 Win 26–0 Leo Martinez TKO 1 Jan 14, 1992 Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
25 Win 25–0 Keeley Thompson TKO 10 (12), 0:38 Oct 29, 1991 Convention Center, Washington, D.C., U.S.
24 Win 24–0 Miguel Santana TKO 3 Jul 23, 1991 Broadway by the Bay Theater, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
23 Win 23–0 Darryl Richardson KO 2 (10), 2:10 Apr 10, 1991 La Fontaine Bleue, Lanham, Maryland, U.S.
22 Win 22–0 Felix Gonzales TKO 5 (10), 2:36 Mar 19, 1991 High School, Woodbridge, New Jersey, U.S.
21 Win 21–0 Kevin Marston UD 10 Jan 16, 1991 La Fontaine Bleue, Lanham, Maryland, U.S.
20 Win 20–0 Robert Byrd RTD 7 (10), 3:00 Nov 1, 1990 Etess Arena, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
19 Win 19–0 Rodney Fennell PTS 6 Sep 7, 1990 UDC Physical Activities Center, Washington, D.C., U.S.
18 Win 18–0 Freddie Sevilla TKO 5 (10) Jul 20, 1990 The Blue Horizon, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
17 Win 17–0 Eric Podolak TKO 5 (10) Jul 3, 1990 Convention Center, Washington, D.C., U.S.
16 Win 16–0 Nigel Wenton UD 8 Apr 29, 1990 Circus Maximus Showroom, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
15 Win 15–0 Billy Young UD 10 Apr 3, 1990 The Blue Horizon, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
14 Win 14–0 Rafael Limón UD 8 Mar 3, 1990 Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
13 Win 13–0 Bobby Brewer UD 8 Feb 1, 1990 Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
12 Win 12–0 Dana Roston TKO 1 (8), 1:10 Jan 11, 1990 Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
11 Win 11–0 Joseph Alexander UD 8 Nov 16, 1989 Steel Pier, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
10 Win 10–0 Juan Torres TKO 3 Oct 26, 1989 Steel Pier, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
9 Win 9–0 Aristides Acevedo UD 8 Sep 21, 1989 Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
8 Win 8–0 Perry McQueen KO 1 Aug 16, 1989 Washington, D.C., U.S.
7 Win 7–0 Javier Chavez RTD 2 (4), 3:00 May 23, 1989 Showboat Hotel Casino and Bowling Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
6 Win 6–0 Verrol Liverpool PTS 6 Apr 27, 1989 D.C. Armory, Washington, D.C., U.S.
5 Win 5–0 Thomas Baker UD 6 Mar 23, 1989 National Guard Armory, Glen Burnie, Maryland, U.S.
4 Win 4–0 Craig Wills UD 4 Jan 15, 1989 Circus Maximus Showroom, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
3 Win 3–0 Willie Rivera UD 4 Nov 22, 1988 Steel Pier, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
2 Win 2–0 Randy Kearse TKO 2 Oct 11, 1988 Steel Pier, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
1 Win 1–0 Eddie Colon TKO 3 Sep 23, 1988 Steel Pier, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. Professional debut

Awards[edit]

  • 2011: Washington D.C. Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 2012: Maryland Sports Hall of Fame inductee[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tszyu a step closer to unification bout". The Day. AP. 5 February 2001. Retrieved 11 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "Unitas, Mann to enter Maryland State Athletic Hall of Fame". Baltimore Sun. September 1, 2012. Retrieved April 10, 2017. 

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Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Rafael Ruelas
NABF lightweight champion
November 6, 1993 – March 18, 1994
Succeeded by
Leavander Johnson
Vacant
Title last held by
Scott Walker
WBC Continental Americas light welterweight champion
April 11, 1996 – May 1997
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Antonio Pitalúa
Vacant
Title last held by
Walter Javier Crucce
WBA Fedelatin light welterweight champion
May 10, 1997 – October 1998
Vacated
Vacant
Title last held by
Elio Ortiz
Preceded by
Chris Smith
WBA–NABA welterweight champion
June 11, 2005 – November 2005
Vacated
Vacant
Title last held by
Oscar Díaz
World boxing titles
Preceded by
Khalid Rahilou
WBA light welterweight champion
October 10, 1998 – February 3, 2001
Lost bid for super title
Vacant
Title next held by
Diosbelys Hurtado
as Regular champion
Vacant
Title last held by
Zab Judah
IBF light welterweight champion
Interim title

February 7, 2004 – November 6, 2004
Lost bid for full title
Title discontinued