Tarick Salmaci

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Tarick Salmaci
Nickname(s) The Arabian Prince[1]
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)[1]
Reach 73 in (185 cm)[1]
Nationality American
Born (1972-02-28) February 28, 1972 (age 45)
Boxing record
Total fights 22
Wins 19
Wins by KO 9
Losses 3

Tarick Salmaci (born February 28, 1972) is a Lebanese-American former professional boxer and NABO (North American Boxing Organization) middleweight champion.[1] He was one of 16 boxers chosen worldwide to participate on season 1 of NBC's reality television series The Contender.


Amateur career[edit]

Salmaci began his boxing career at the age of 8 at Kronk Gym in Detroit. He compiled an amateur record of 136-12, and a spot in the Olympic Trials where he fought his way to the finals, just missing the U.S. Olympic team.[2]

At Kronk Gym, Salmaci had the opportunity to spar with other fighters such as Thomas Hearns, Gerald McClennan, James Toney, Oba Carr, Mark Breland. He went on to become a 6-time State champion, 4-time Midwest champion, and 3-time US national champion.[citation needed]

Professional career[edit]

Salmaci turned professional after the Olympic Trials. He signed with manager Jackie Kallen[3] and was trained by Emanuel Steward.[citation needed] He was also briefly trained by controversial trainer Panama Lewis.[citation needed]

Salmaci was rated as high as 4th in the world by the WBO and 6th in the world by the WBC.[citation needed] Salmaci won the North American Boxing Organization's super middleweight title on March 11, 1997 in Phoenix, Arizona.[1] He then signed to fight Joe Calzaghe for the WBO super middleweight championship but pulled out of the fight after a dispute with his management.[4]

Salmaci won his first eighteen professional bouts and finished his career in May 2005 with an overall record of nineteen wins and three loses.[1]


In the first season of NBC's reality show The Contender, Salmaci was one of 16 fighters chosen worldwide to participate on the show,[5] Although Salmaci lost in the first round of the show's tournament,[6] he was voted back as a "fan favorite" to fight once more.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Salmaci has a Bachelors of Arts degree from the University of Michigan. He also invests in real estate development. He is married and has one daughter.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Tarick Salmaci". BoxRec. Retrieved November 17, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Phillips, George M. (November 12, 2005). "Interview with Tarick Salmaci". Boxing Scene. Retrieved November 17, 2016. 
  3. ^ Kallen, Jackie (April 25, 2011). "Jackie Kallen: Boxing in Detroit". Boxing Insider. Retrieved November 17, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Calzaghe cruises to WBO defence". BBC Sport. January 25, 1998. Retrieved December 5, 2016. German-based Sobot, a late replacement for American Tarick Salmaci, who pulled out after a row with his management, beat the count but immediately came under renewed punishment. 
  5. ^ Hauser, Thomas (2006). I Don't Believe It, But It's True: A Year in Boxing. Sportclassic Books. p. 250. ISBN 978-1-894963-50-3. 
  6. ^ Hauser, Thomas. "Keeping An Eye On 'The Contender'". SecondsOut. Retrieved November 17, 2016. Salmaci lost to Juan De La Rosa in the first round of the Contender tournament on September 9th of last year. 
  7. ^ "Jimmy Lange: More than a Contender". Boxing Insider. March 24, 2011. Retrieved November 17, 2016. As the show came to an end, Lange was voted back on to fight in a "fan favorite" bout. It was there where he beat contestant Tarick Salmaci in a majority decision. 

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