|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Reach||78 in (198 cm)|
August 1, 1954|
Norwich, Port Antonio, Jamaica
|Died||October 28, 2006
Norwich, Port Antonio, Jamaica
|Wins by KO||29|
Trevor Berbick (August 1, 1954 – October 28, 2006) was a Jamaican Canadian professional boxer. He won the WBC heavyweight title in 1986 by defeating Pinklon Thomas, and lost it in his first defence to a then 20-year-old Mike Tyson. Berbick was the last man to fight Muhammad Ali, defeating him in 1981.
He was born on August 1, 1954 in Norwich, Port Antonio, Jamaica.
At 21, Berbick represented his native Jamaica in the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Quebec, Canada as a heavyweight boxer, despite having had only 11 prior amateur bouts. His lack of experience was evident as he lost to the eventual silver medalist, Mircea Şimon of Romania. However, he still displayed a lot of promise as a young heavyweight boxer. The previous year, Berbick lost a decision to future heavyweight champion Michael Dokes in the Pan American Games semifinals, winning a bronze medal.
Berbick left Jamaica after the Olympics. He opted to settle in Montreal and fight professionally out of Halifax. He won his first 11 fights (10 by knockout) before suffering his first pro loss to another rising contender, Bernardo Mercado, on April 3, 1979. As an amateur, Berbick had soundly beaten Mercado. However, with 10 seconds remaining in the first round of their only professional meeting, Berbick walked into a punch and was knocked out cold. Nevertheless, he remained in contention for the heavyweight title.
A 1980 upset of ex-champ John Tate (9th-round KO) secured a title shot against Larry Holmes on April 11, 1981, but Berbick lost a 15-round unanimous decision. In his second fight after the loss, he beat 39-year-old Muhammad Ali in the final fight of Ali's career.
In 1982 he beat undefeated prospect Greg Page, and in 1984 he moved to Miramar, Florida and signed with promoter Don King. Wins over undefeated Mitch "Blood" Green and David Bey scored him another title fight, and he won the WBC world heavyweight title by upsetting Pinklon Thomas with an easy unanimous decision on March 22, 1986. However, his reign as champion would be brief.
On November 22, in his first defense of the title, Berbick took on Mike Tyson, who was looking to break Floyd Patterson's record and become, at the age of twenty, the youngest ever heavyweight champion. In the second round, Tyson dropped Berbick with a quick knockdown. Berbick was quickly overwhelmed by his opponent and late in the round, he went down again. The champion rose to his feet, but immediately stumbled backward and fell back to the canvas. Berbick tried twice more to make it to his feet but fell both times, and referee Mills Lane stopped counting and waved the fight off to end Berbick's reign as champion.
Along with Larry Holmes, Berbick is one of only two men in professional boxing history to have fought both Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson.
In 1991, he went to the UWFI in Japan to fight Nobuhiko Takada in a "boxer vs. wrestler" bout. Berbick claimed that he had been double-crossed and that he had expected the fight to be like American kickboxing, but it turned out that the rules allowed Takada to kick Berbick below the belt. Berbick refused to mount any offense, instead repeatedly complaining to the referee as Takada kicked him repeatedly in the legs. Takada claimed victory by default when Berbick exited the ring.
Afterwards, his career deteriorated further. He eventually fought his last bout in 2000 against Canadian journeyman Shane Sutcliffe, winning a 12-round unanimous decision. Afterwards, a CAT scan revealed a blood clot in his brain and his boxing license was revoked. His final professional record was 49 wins (33 by knockout), 11 losses, and 1 draw.
Outside the ring
Berbick was a preacher at the Moments of Miracles Pentecostal church in Las Vegas.
Troubles with the law
Berbick was arrested on a number of occasions throughout his life and was sentenced in Florida to 5 years in prison for sexually assaulting his children's babysitter in 1992. He served 15 months. In 1997, he violated his parole and was deported from the United States to Canada. Due to his legal issues, he also had problems staying in Canada, losing his landed immigrant status and being ordered back to Jamaica in 1999. Later in 1999 he won the right to remain in Canada.
Feud with Larry Holmes
Berbick had a well-publicized feud with Larry Holmes, whom he fought in the ring in 1981. Their feud culminated in a public confrontation and brawl in 1991, which was caught on tape. After a verbal altercation indoors, Berbick was outside complaining about being kicked and punched by Larry Holmes when Holmes climbed atop a parked car and launched himself at Berbick. The footage ends as the two are separated by police and others.
He retired in Florida to be with his wife and four children (he had three children with his first wife in Montreal) and started to train boxers at Kenny Barrett's Gym in Tamarac, Florida. Berbick's problems escalated. He was again deported from the U.S. on December 2, 2002.
Police arrested two men, one of whom was Berbick's 20-year-old nephew Harold Berbick, in connection with the murder. They were interrogated at the Port Antonio police station in Portland as of early in the morning of October 29. Local residents indicated that the suspect was involved in a land dispute with Berbick. On November 3 it was reported that Berbick's nephew, 20-year-old Harold Berbick, and an unidentified 18-year-old man had been charged with his murder by Jamaican police. On December 20, 2007, Harold Berbick was found guilty of the murder of his uncle. His alleged accomplice, Kenton Gordon, was found guilty of manslaughter. Both were sentenced on January 11, 2008. Harold Berbick was sentenced to life in prison; Kenton Gordon was sentenced to fourteen years in prison. Trevor Berbick was buried at the Berbick Family Plot Norwich Portland, Jamaica.
Professional boxing record
|49 Wins (33 knockouts, 16 decisions), 11 Losses (2 knockouts, 9 decisions), 1 Draw|
|Win||49-11-1||Shane Sutcliffe||UD||12||26/05/2000||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada||Retained Canada Heavyweight title. Shortly after this fight, Berbick retired and vacated the title.|
|Loss||48-11-1||Tony LaRosa||SD||8||12/08/1999||Slave Lake, Alberta, Canada|
|Win||48-10-1||Iran Barkley||UD||8||29/06/1999||Molson Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Win||47-10-1||Shane Sutcliffe||TKO||12 (12)||05/02/1999||Pierre-Charbonneau Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada||Won Canada Heavyweight title. Berbick recaptures the Canadian heavyweight crown 14 years after vacating the title.|
|Win||46-10-1||Ben Perlini||UD||10||06/08/1998||Slave Lake, Alberta, Canada|
|Loss||45-10-1||Lyle McDowell||SD||12||15/09/1997||Convention Centre, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada||For vacant IBO Inter-Continental Heavyweight title.|
|Loss||45-9-1||Hasim Rahman||UD||10||15/10/1996||Caesar's Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||45-8-1||Louis Monaco||UD||10||18/09/1996||Music Fair, Westbury, New York, United States|
|Win||44-8-1||Ken Smith||TKO||4 (10)||26/04/1996||Westbury, New York, United States|
|Win||43-8-1||Bruce Johnson||TKO||3 (?)||25/08/1995||Columbus, Ohio, United States|
|Loss||42-8-1||Jimmy Thunder||PTS||12||15/03/1995||Mounds View, Minnesota, United States||For vacant WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight title.|
|Win||42-7-1||Melvin Foster||SD||10||13/09/1994||Westbury, New York, United States|
|Win||41-7-1||Marcellus Brown||KO||2 (10)||10/08/1994||New Orleans, Louisiana, United States|
|Win||40-7-1||Paul Phillips||KO||4 (10)||30/07/1994||Cincinnati, Ohio, United States|
|Win||39-7-1||Danny Wofford||PTS||8||14/03/1994||Spartanburg, South Carolina, United States|
|Win||38-7-1||Garing Lane||PTS||8||02/08/1991||Palais des Festivals, Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes, France|
|Win||37-7-1||Bobby Crabtree||KO||5 (10)||14/12/1990||Diplomat Hotel, Hollywood, Florida, United States|
|Win||36-7-1||Jeff Sims||TKO||6 (10)||18/07/1990||Varsity Arena, Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Loss||35-7-1||Buster Douglas||UD||10||25/02/1989||Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||35-6-1||O T Davis||KO||3 (10)||20/09/1988||Central Plaza Hotel, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States|
|Loss||34-6-1||Carl Williams||UD||12||27/06/1988||Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||For USBA Heavyweight title. IBF Heavyweight title eliminator.|
|Win||34-5-1||Robert Evans||UD||10||24/11/1987||The Forum, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada|
|Win||33-5-1||Lorenzo Boyd||TKO||3 (10)||29/10/1987||Musical Center, Sunrise, Florida, United States|
|Win||32-5-1||Art Terry||TKO||5 (10)||31/07/1987||Lee Civic Center, Fort Myers, Florida, United States|
|Loss||31-5-1||Mike Tyson||TKO||2 (12)||22/11/1986||Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Lost WBC Heavyweight title. Berbick down twice in second round.|
|Win||31-4-1||Pinklon Thomas||UD||12||22/03/1986||Riviera Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Won WBC Heavyweight title.|
|Win||30-4-1||Mike Perkins||TKO||10 (10)||17/01/1986||The Omni, Atlanta, Georgia (U.S. state), United States|
|Win||29-4-1||Mitch Green||UD||12||10/08/1985||Riviera Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Retained USBA Heavyweight title.|
|Win||28-4-1||David Bey||TKO||11 (12)||15/06/1985||Riviera Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Won USBA Heavyweight title.|
|Win||27-4-1||Walter Santemore||UD||10||28/11/1984||Harrah's Marina Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||26-4-1||Andros Ernie Barr||TKO||4 (12)||01/09/1984||Nassau, Bahamas||Retained Commonwealth (British Empire) Heavyweight title. Berbick forfeited title for failing to defend within stipulated period.|
|Win||25-4-1||Mark Lee||PTS||10||13/03/1984||Empire Pool, Wembley, London, United Kingdom|
|Win||24-4-1||Mike Cohen||TKO||4 (10)||19/02/1984||Hyatt Regency, Tampa, Florida, United States|
|Win||23-4-1||Ken Lakusta||TKO||10 (12)||09/09/1983||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada||Retained Commonwealth (British Empire) & Canada Heavyweight titles.|
|Loss||22-4-1||S. T. Gordon||UD||10||28/05/1983||Showboat Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||22-3-1||Renaldo Snipes||PTS||10||02/10/1982||Sands Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Berbick down in the 1st round.|
|Win||22-2-1||Greg Page||UD||10||11/06/1982||Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Page broke his right thumb in the 2nd round.|
|Win||21-2-1||Gordon Racette||TKO||11 (12)||05/03/1982||Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada||Retained Commonwealth (British Empire) & Canada Heavyweight titles.|
|Win||20-2-1||Muhammad Ali||UD||10||11/12/1981||Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre, Nassau, Bahamas||Was Ali's last fight|
|Win||19-2-1||Conroy Nelson||KO||2 (15)||21/07/1981||Halifax Metro Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada||Retained Canada Heavyweight title & won vacant Commonwealth (British Empire) Heavyweight title. Commonwealth title had vacated by John L. Gardner.|
|Loss||18-2-1||Larry Holmes||UD||15||11/04/1981||Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||For WBC Heavyweight title.|
|Win||18-1-1||Chuck Gardner||TKO||3 (10)||31/01/1981||Kingston, Jamaica|
|Win||17-1-1||Chuck Findlay||KO||1 (10)||11/11/1980||Halifax Metro Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada|
|Win||16-1-1||Ron Rouselle||KO||1 (12)||27/08/1980||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada||Retained Canada Heavyweight title.|
|Win||15-1-1||John Tate||KO||9 (10)||20/06/1980||Olympic Stadium, Montreal, Quebec, Canada||Tate turned away from Berbick early in round 9 after being hit by an overhand right.|
|Win||14-1-1||Johnny Warr||SD||10||11/03/1980||Halifax Metro Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada|
|Win||13-1-1||Ngozika Ekwelum||KO||5 (10)||11/12/1979||Halifax Metro Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada|
|Draw||12-1-1||Leroy Caldwell||PTS||10||14/06/1979||Convention Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada|
|Win||12–1||Earl McLeay||TKO||7 (12)||26/05/1979||Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada||Won vacant Canada Heavyweight title. Title had been vacated upon the retirement of George Chuvalo.|
|Loss||11–1||Bernardo Mercado||KO||1 (12)||03/04/1979||Halifax Metro Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada||For WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight title.|
|Win||11–0||Greg Sorrentino||TKO||1 (10)||08/10/1978||Halifax Metro Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada|
|Win||10–0||Gregory Johnson||KO||4 (10)||12/09/1978||Halifax Metro Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada|
|Win||9–0||Tony Moore||TKO||6 (10)||01/08/1978||Halifax Metro Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada|
|Win||8–0||Horst Geisler||KO||1 (10)||28/06/1978||Halifax Metro Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada|
|Win||7–0||Eugene Green||UD||10||08/12/1977||Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada|
|Win||6–0||Eddie Owens||TKO||5 (10)||08/09/1977||Halifax Metro Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada|
|Win||5–0||Willie Moore||KO||4 (10)||18/08/1977||Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada|
|Win||4–0||Joe Maye||TKO||7 (10)||25/01/1977||Halifax Metro Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada|
|Win||3–0||Michael (Ace) Lucas||TKO||2 (6)||09/01/1977||New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, Canada|
|Win||2–0||Bobby Halpern||TKO||3 (6)||23/11/1976||Halifax Metro Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada|
|Win||1–0||Wayne Martin||TKO||5 (6)||27/09/1976||Shediac, New Brunswick, Canada||Pro debut for Berbick.|
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