Steve Little (boxer)

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Steve Little
Statistics
Real name Steven K. Little
Nickname(s) Lightning
Rated at Cruiserweight
Light Heavyweight
Super Middleweight
Middleweight
Welterweight
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Reach 72 in (183 cm)
Nationality American
Born (1965-06-09)June 9, 1965
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died January 30, 2000(2000-01-30) (aged 34)
Reading, Pennsylvania, United States
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 45
Wins 25
Wins by KO 6
Losses 17
Draws 3
No contests 0

Steve "Lightning" Little (June 9, 1965 – January 30, 2000) was an American professional boxer. Little was the Lineal/WBA Super Middleweight champion in 1994. He is best known for his victories over former world champions Pipino Cuevas and Michael Nunn.

Amateur boxing career[edit]

Little won 228 of 265 amateur bouts and fought in eight amateur weight classes, ranging from 80 pounds (36 kg) to 156 pounds (71 kg).[1]

Professional boxing career[edit]

Little turned professional in 1983 and while he won his first four bouts, he soon started compiling losses. Even with a mediocre record, he fought for the WBO light-middleweight title against John David Jackson in 1989. He lost by a technical knockout. He retired for a short time after that fight.

In 1994 he scored an upset victory over Lineal and WBA super-middleweight champion Michael Nunn by split decision in London.[2] He lost the belt in his first defense to Frankie Liles, losing a decision. Although he later fought James Toney and Arthur Williams, he never fought for another major title.

Besides being a professional boxer, Little also sold used cars in Reading.

Little retired in 1998 and died from colon cancer in 2000, at the young age of 34. He left behind a wife and six children.[3]

Professional boxing record[edit]

25 Wins (6 knockouts, 19 decisions), 17 Losses (3 knockouts, 14 decisions), 3 Draws [4]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Draw 19-4-1 United States Courtney Butler PTS 8 03/11/1998 United States Martin's West, Woodlawn, Maryland 77-73, 74-76, 75-75.
Loss 12-2 Cuba Ivan Camacho PTS 6 16/10/1998 Denmark Aalborg Hallen, Aalborg
Loss 26-4-1 United States "King" Arthur Williams UD 12 09/09/1997 United States Fernwood Resort, Bushkill, Pennsylvania For IBF USBA Cruiserweight Title.
Win 6-13 United States Andre Sherro KO 3 24/08/1997 United States Reading, Pennsylvania
Loss 54-4-2 United States James Toney UD 12 14/06/1997 United States Grand Casino Biloxi, Biloxi, Mississippi For IBO Cruiserweight Title. 110-119, 114-116, 110-119.
Win 22-11-1 Dominican Republic Joaquin Velasquez UD 12 30/08/1996 United States Reading Municipal Stadium, Reading, Pennsylvania Won IBC Super Middleweight Title. 117-110, 118-109, 119-108.
Win 13-1 Colombia Camilo Alarcon UD 12 23/03/1996 United States Miami Arena, Miami, Florida Won WBC FECARBOX Super Middleweight Title.
Loss 24-1 United States Frankie Liles UD 12 12/08/1994 Argentina Estadio Monumental Jose Fierro, San Miguel de Tucuman Lost Lineal and WBA Super Middleweight Titles. 112-118, 114-116, 113-118.
Win 42-1 United States Michael Nunn SD 12 26/02/1994 United Kingdom Earls Court Exhibition Centre, Kensington, London Won Lineal and WBA Super Middleweight Titles. 113-115, 116-114, 115-112.
Win 4-7 United States Anthony Williams PTS 8 04/12/1992 United States Resorts Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 4-16 United States Hector Rosario UD 10 14/09/1992 United States Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Draw 19-2 Dominican Republic Merqui Sosa PTS 10 31/01/1992 United States The Blue Horizon, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 99-94, 95-96, 95-95.
Win 19-3-3 United States Tyrone Frazier SD 12 23/09/1991 United States The Blue Horizon, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 119-110, 117-112, 113-115.
Win 9-5-1 United States Michael Dale PTS 10 01/07/1991 United States Cheyney, Pennsylvania
Loss 16-1 United States Adam Garland MD 10 20/05/1991 United States Whippany, New Jersey
Win 3-9-3 United States Mike "Pit Bull" Brown TKO 10 26/01/1991 United States Reading High School, Reading, Pennsylvania
Loss 17-2-3 United States Tyrone Frazier SD 10 17/09/1990 United States The Blue Horizon, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 47-45, 43-47, 45-48. Little was awarded the Pennsylvania Super Middleweight Title due to Frazier being overweight.
Loss 18-0 United States J.D. Jackson TKO 8 22/04/1989 United States The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan For WBO World Light Middleweight Title.
Loss 25-0-1 Canada Dave Hilton, Jr. UD 10 14/03/1989 United States Resorts Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey 94-97, 93-97, 94-98.
Loss 18-2 United States Terry Norris TKO 6 09/12/1988 United States Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada For WBC NABF Light Middleweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 1:06 of the sixth round.
Win 8-3 United States Jerry Williams UD 10 27/08/1988 United States Reading Municipal Stadium, Reading, Pennsylvania
Loss 21-1-1 United States Robert Hines UD 12 21/04/1988 United States Resorts Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey For IBF USBA Light Middleweight Title. 112-117, 112-117, 110-118.
Win 13-4 Puerto Rico Ismael Negron UD 10 23/12/1987 United States Resorts Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey 98-92, 97-94, 99-92.
Loss 16-0-1 United States David Gutierrez UD 10 03/09/1987 United States Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California 94-95, 94-95, 94-95.
Loss 25-1 United States Tyrone Trice UD 10 06/08/1987 United States Felt Forum, New York City 4-6, 4-6, 3-7.
Win 10-6 Mexico Norberto Bueno UD 10 21/02/1987 United States Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 37-2 United States David "Machine Gun" Braxton UD 10 12/08/1986 United States Detroit, Michigan
Win 31-11 Mexico Pipino Cuevas PTS 10 03/03/1986 United States Sacramento, California
Loss 8-0 United States Hugh "Buttons" Kearney MD 12 14/01/1986 United States The Blue Horizon, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania For Pennsylvania Welterweight Title. 52-58, 55-58, 54-54.
Loss 18-1 United States Glenn Wolfe RTD 9 18/09/1985 United States Egypt Shrine Temple, Tampa, Florida Wolfe failed to come out for the ninth round.
Win 19-1-1 United States Sanford Ricks SD 10 30/06/1985 United States Essex Racquet Club, West Orange, New Jersey 6-4, 6-3, 4-5.
Draw 4-0 United States "Smokin" Joe Walker PTS 8 04/06/1985 United States Tropicana Atlantic City, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Loss 2-0 United States Mark Breland UD 6 06/04/1985 United States San Angelo, Texas
Win 10-1-1 United States Junie Nash UD 6 23/02/1985 United States Sands Atlantic City, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 17-0 United States Glenn Wolfe UD 8 05/02/1985 United States Atlantis Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey 5-3, 5-3, 5-2.
Win 3-0 United States Harold Whitfield SD 6 12/12/1984 United States Harrah's Marina, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 16-7 Canada John "Rasta" Herbert UD 6 31/10/1984 United States Harrah's Marina, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 1-5 United States Bob Saxton TKO 4 05/10/1984 United States Sheraton Berkshire Inn, Reading, Pennsylvania Referee stopped the bout at 1:44 of the fourth round.
Loss 4-0 United States Joe Summers MD 6 18/09/1984 United States Atlantic City, New Jersey
Loss 4-0 United States Tony Montgomery UD 6 30/05/1984 United States Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 3-1 United States Charlie Smith KO 4 25/04/1984 United States Harrah's Marina, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 0-2 United States Buddy Randolph TKO 2 07/04/1984 United States Sands Atlantic City, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win -- United States James Morgan UD 4 22/02/1984 United States Harrah's Marina, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win -- United States Greg Tutt SD 4 03/02/1984 United States Allentown, Pennsylvania
Win -- Gregory Girolami TKO 2 13/12/1983 United States Tropicana Atlantic City, Atlantic City, New Jersey

Championship titles held[edit]

  • Pennsylvania State - Super Middleweight (1991)
  • Lineal - Super Middleweight (1994)
  • WBA - Super Middleweight (1994)
  • WBC FECARBOX - Super Middleweight (1996)
  • IBC - Super Middleweight (1996)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Seltzer, Robert (August 1994), "A Dream Fulfilled: Little Proves Better than Nunn", World Boxing 
  2. ^ "Steve Little - Lineal Super Middleweight Champion". The Cyber Boxing Zone Encyclopedia. 
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. Retrieved August 25, 2006. 
  4. ^ "BoxRec - Steve Little". Boxrec.com. Retrieved 2016-04-14. 

External links[edit]

Achievements
Preceded by
Michael Nunn
Lineal Super Middleweight Champion
26 Feb 1994 – 12 Aug 1994
Succeeded by
Frankie Liles
Preceded by
Michael Nunn
WBA Super Middleweight Champion
26 Feb 1994 – 12 Aug 1994
Succeeded by
Frankie Liles