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|Real name||Tony Craig Tucker|
|Height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Reach||81 in (206 cm) (2.06 m)|
December 27, 1958 |
Grand Rapids, Michigan
|Wins by KO||48|
Tony Craig Tucker (born December 27, 1958) is an American former boxer who fought professionally in the heavyweight division from 1980 to 1998. Nicknamed "TNT", Tucker won a gold medal at the 1979 Pan American Games, and holds the ignominious distinction of having been, at 64 days, the shortest-reigning world heavyweight champion in history.
Tucker had a notable amateur career, winning the 1979 National AAU Light Heavyweight Championship. He also won the 1979 Pan-Ams and World Cup at Light Heavyweight. He also lost a decision to LeRoy Murphy in the finals of the 1977 Ohio State Fair tournament, and was upset at the Western Olympic trials in 1980 by Alex DeLucia.
After turning pro in 1980, Tucker's early fights were often shown on NBC, as part of a collection known as "Tomorrow's Champions".
Tucker's progress in the professional ranks was slow. He was injury prone, and he changed managers and trainers several times. Eventually his father Bob Tucker performed both roles. After enjoying a high profile upon his professional debut, Tucker spent the majority of the 1980s boxing in off-TV bouts. In addition, he injured his knee in a bout against Danny Sutton, which caused him to miss a little over a year.
In June 1984, he scored a win by knocking out Eddie "The Animal" Lopez in 9 rounds on the undercard of the Tommy Hearns-Roberto Duran fight. It was the first time Lopez had ever been knocked down. In September 1984, he followed it up by outpointing Jimmy Young .
Home Box Office and Don King Productions orchestrated a Heavyweight unification series for 1987, planning among its bouts a match between reigning IBF champion Michael Spinks and Tucker. Spinks refused to face Tucker, opting instead for a more lucrative bout with Gerry Cooney. The IBF withdraw its championship recognition of Spinks on February 19, mandating that Tucker (as the IBF's number 1-ranked contender) face its number 2 contender, Buster Douglas. Tucker won the bout, and the vacant IBF crown, via 10th-round technical knockout.
Tucker, as the winner of the IBF title, was obliged to immediately defend his title in a unification bout with World Boxing Association (WBA) and WBC champion Mike Tyson, in what would be the tournament final. Despite having a broken right hand, Tucker faced Tyson on August 1, 1987. Tyson defeated Tucker by unanimous decision to unify the three championship titles, in the process giving Tucker the distinction of having the shortest championship reign in the history of the Heavyweight division (64 days).
Coincidentally, eight years later this exact scenario would unfold to give Tucker another title shot, as the WBA would withdraw its championship recognition of George Foreman on March 4, 1995 after Foreman refused to face Tucker (who was its designated #1 contender). Unlike the 1987 scenario, this time Tucker would not earn a championship, as he would lose the match mandated by the WBA, against #2-ranked contender Bruce Seldon.
Tucker returned to boxing in 1990, and by 1992 was back in Don King's stable. He won the NABF belt with a split decision over the highly ranked Orlin Norris, and successfully defended it against future world champion Oliver McCall, winning another 12-round decision. He finished 1992 with a 6th-round TKO of Frankie Swindell and set himself up for another world title shot.
By 1993, Tucker had run his record up to 49–1 and in May of that year he challenged Lennox Lewis for the WBC world heavyweight title. Lewis won a 12-round unanimous decision, knocking down Tucker twice. It was the first time in 34-year-old Tucker's career that he had been off his feet.
In 1995, George Foreman refused to defend his WBA world heavyweight title against Tucker, choosing to fight German Axel Schulz. Tucker and Bruce Seldon fought for the vacant WBA belt in April 1995. Seldon won by TKO after 7 rounds when doctors stopped the fight due to Tucker's eye closing shut.
Tucker lost his shot at a rematch when later that year he was outpointed by a newly signed Don King heavyweight, British-Nigerian boxer Henry Akinwande, over ten rounds.
In 1996 he was outpointed by old rival Orlin Norris. He scored two low-key wins in California, and in 1997 traveled to the U.K. to challenge Herbie Hide for the vacant WBO title. Tucker was dropped three times and knocked out in round 2.
In 1998 Tucker challenged John Ruiz for his NABF belt. Despite a big 6th round where he had Ruiz in trouble, Tucker was eventually stopped in the 11th round.
He came back in May to knock out journeyman Billy Wright in one round, but later had his license revoked due to medical concerns about Tucker's vision.
Professional boxing record
|57 wins (47 knockouts, 10 decisions), 7 losses (3 knockouts, 4 decisions), 0 draws, 1 no-contest |
|Win||57–7||Billy Wright||KO||1 (10)||07/05/1998||Sam's Town Casino, Tunica, Mississippi, United States|
|Loss||56–7||John Ruiz||TKO||11 (12)||31/01/1998||Ice Palace, Tampa, Florida, United States||For NABF Heavyweight title. Tucker down twice in the 1st and once in the 11th.|
|Win||56–6||Jerry Haynes||TKO||3 (10)||16/12/1997||Nashville, Tennessee, United States|
|Win||55–6||Abdul Muhaymin||UD||10||18/11/1997||Nashville, Tennessee, United States|
|Loss||54–6||Herbie Hide||TKO||2 (12)||28/06/1997||Sports Village, Norwich, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom||For vacant WBO Heavyweight title. Tucker down three times in the 2nd round.|
|Win||54–5||Tyrone Campbell||KO||3 (10)||16/12/1996||Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California, United States|
|Win||53–5||David Dixon||KO||1 (12)||29/06/1996||Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California, United States||For vacant NABF Heavyweight title. Title had been vacated by Alexander Zolkin in order to fight Henry Akinwande for the WBO title.|
|Loss||52–5||Orlin Norris||SD||10||24/02/1996||Richmond Coliseum, Richmond, Virginia, United States|
|Loss||52–4||Henry Akinwande||UD||10||16/12/1995||Core States Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Loss||52–3||Bruce Seldon||RTD||7 (12)||08/04/1995||Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||For vacant WBA Heavyweight title. Bout stopped after the 7th due to swelling of Tucker's eyes.|
|Win||52–2||Dan Murphy||TKO||3 (?)||10/12/1994||Estadio de Beisbol, Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico|
|Win||51–2||Cecil Coffee||TKO||2 (10)||02/07/1994||Mirage Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||50–2||George Stephens||TKO||1 (10)||19/02/1994||Coliseum, Charlotte, North Carolina, United States|
|Win||49–2||David Graves||TKO||2 (?)||18/12/1993||Estadio Cuauhtemoc, Puebla, Puebla, Mexico|
|Loss||48–2||Lennox Lewis||UD||12||08/05/1993||Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||For WBC Heavyweight title. Tucker was down in 3rd and 9th rounds.|
|Win||48–1||Frankie Swindell||TKO||6 (10)||13/12/1992||Mirage Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Stopped after 6 completed rounds due an injury.|
|Win||47–1||Paul Poirier||TKO||4 (10)||07/11/1992||Caesars Tahoe, Stateline, Nevada, United States|
|Win||46–1||Everett Martin||PTS||10||12/09/1992||Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||45–1||Oliver McCall||SD||10||26/06/1992||CSU Convention Centre, Cleveland, Ohio, United States||Retained NABF Heavyweight title.|
|Win||44–1||Jesus Contreras||TKO||6 (10)||22/04/1992||Meadowlands Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||43–1||Mike Faulkner||KO||2 (?)||10/04/1992||El Toreo, Mexico City, Mexico|
|Win||42–1||Kimmuel Odum||TKO||2 (10)||15/02/1992||Mirage Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||41–1||Orlin Norris||SD||12||03/06/1991||Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Won NABF Heavyweight title.|
|Win||40–1||James Ray Thomas||KO||1 (10)||29/04/1991||Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, United States|
|Win||39–1||Lionel Washington||KO||1 (12)||28/01/1991||Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, United States||Won USA California State Heavyweight title.|
|Win||38–1||Mike Rouse||TKO||5 (10)||19/07/1990||Kingdome, Seattle, Washington, United States|
|Win||37–1||Mike Evans||UD||10||08/03/1990||Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, United States|
|Win||36–1||Calvin Jones||TKO||5 (10)||08/01/1990||Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, United States|
|Win||35–1||Dino Homsey||KO||3 (10)||12/12/1989||Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Loss||34–1||Mike Tyson||UD||12||01/08/1987||Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||For WBC & WBA Heavyweight titles. Lost IBF Heavyweight title.|
|Win||34–0||Buster Douglas||TKO||10 (15)||30/05/1987||Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Won vacant IBF Heavyweight title.|
|Win||33–0||James Broad||UD||12||26/09/1986||Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Won vacant USBA Heavyweight title.|
|Win||32–0||Otis Bates||KO||2 (?)||07/08/1986||Houston, Texas, United States||After knocking out Bates, Tucker was given a title shot against reigning champion of the world James Broad.|
|Win||31–0||Eddie Richardson||KO||4 (10)||10/07/1986||Houston, Texas, United States|
|Win||30–0||Eddie Richardson||UD||10||27/02/1986||Cobo Arena, Detroit, Michigan, United States|
|Win||29–0||David Jaco||TKO||3 (?)||19/10/1985||Stade Louis II, Monte Carlo, Monaco|
|Win||28–0||Bobby Crabtree||TKO||4 (10)||28/06/1985||Hammond, Indiana, United States|
|Win||27–0||Danny Sutton||UD||10||02/11/1984||Americana Congress Hotel, Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Win||26–0||O T Davis||KO||1 (10)||02/11/1984||Cobo Arena, Detroit, Michigan, United States|
|Win||25–0||Jimmy Young||UD||10||22/09/1984||Gerald R Ford Fieldhouse, Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States|
|Win||24–0||Eddie Lopez||KO||9 (10)||15/06/1984||Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||23–0||Dave Johnson||TKO||2 (10)||09/05/1984||Bismarck Hotel, Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Win||22–0||Walter Santemore||TKO||1 (?)||19/04/1984||Detroit, Michigan, United States|
|Win||21–0||Sam Jeter||KO||1 (10)||15/03/1984||Americana Congress Hotel, Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Win||20–0||Larry Givens||KO||4 (10)||24/02/1984||Americana Congress Hotel, Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Win||19–0||James Dixon||TKO||6 (10)||20/12/1983||Americana Congress Hotel, Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Win||18–0||Lynwood Jones||KO||5 (10)||01/12/1983||DiVinci Manor, Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Win||17–0||James Holly||TKO||1 (4)||07/11/1983||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Win||16–0||Richard Cade||TKO||7 (?)||08/07/1982||Sands Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||15–0||Lupe Guerra||TKO||2 (?)||30/06/1982||War Memorial Auditorium, Syracuse, New York, United States|
|Win||14–0||James Dixon||PTS||8||15/06/1982||Tropicana Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||13–0||Charles Atlas||TKO||1 (10)||05/06/1982||War Memorial Auditorium, Syracuse, New York, United States|
|Win||12–0||Grady Daniels||TKO||5 (?)||18/05/1982||Tropicana Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||11–0||Frank Farmer||KO||1 (?)||17/10/1981||Traverse City, Michigan, United States|
|Win||10–0||Harvey Steichen||TKO||3 (8)||16/09/1981||Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||9–0||Jerry Hunter||KO||1 (?)||22/08/1981||Glacier Arena, Traverse City, Michigan, United States|
|Win||8–0||Chip Tyler||TKO||7 (8)||30/04/1981||Hacienda Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||7–0||Memphis Al Jones||TKO||1 (10)||09/04/1981||Cobo Hall, Detroit, Michigan, United States|
|Win||6–0||Robert Evans||TKO||6 (?)||23/02/1981||Caesar's Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||5–0||Willie Kents||KO||1 (?)||29/01/1981||Cobo Hall, Detroit, Michigan, United States|
|Win||4–0||Victor Rodriguez||TKO||2 (6)||16/01/1981||HemisFair Arena, San Antonio, Texas, United States|
|Win||3–0||Max Smith||KO||5 (6)||11/12/1980||International Amphitheatre, Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Win||2–0||Jesse Clark||KO||1 (6)||02/12/1980||Sports Arena, Toledo, Ohio, United States|
|Win||1–0||Chuck Gardner||KO||3 (6)||01/11/1980||Caesars Tahoe, Stateline, Nevada, United States||Gardner down in 2nd and 3rd rounds.|
- "Tony Craig Tucker" at BoxingRecords.com
- Professional boxing record for Tony Tucker from BoxRec
- Earl Gustkey, "For one moment, Tucker had it all", Los Angeles Times, 5 January 1990.
|IBF World Heavyweight champion
May 30, 1987 - August 1, 1987