Tyrell Biggs

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Tyrell Biggs
Rated at Heavyweight
Height 6 ft 5 in (196 cm)
Reach 80 in (203 cm)
Nationality American
Born (1960-12-22) December 22, 1960 (age 55)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 40
Wins 30
Wins by KO 20
Losses 10

Tyrell Biggs (born December 22, 1960) is an American former professional boxer who fought from 1984 to 1998. He challenged once for the undisputed heavyweight title in 1987, losing to Mike Tyson via knockout. As an amateur, Biggs represented the United States at the 1984 Olympics, winning a gold medal; he had previously won bronze at the 1983 Pan American Games and gold at the 1982 World Championships, all in the super heavyweight division.

Early life[edit]

Biggs was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, making his sporting debut playing basketball at West Philadelphia High. He was a starting forward for the Speedboys' Public League and City champions in 1978, a team that extended a state-record winning streak to 68 before a regular season loss to Overbrook. In '77, one of Biggs' teammates was Gene Banks, who went on to excel at Duke and play in the NBA.

Amateur career[edit]

Biggs' first major success as an amateur boxer was winning the gold medal at the 1981 United States National Boxing Championships in the super-heavyweight division. He repeated this feat the next year, and also in 1982 he won the World Championships in Munich, West Germany, where in the final he defeated Francesco Damiani from Italy on points, who beat the legendary Teofilo Stevenson earlier in the competition. In 1983 Biggs won a bronze medal on the Pan American Games, losing to future professional challenger Jorge Luis Gonzalez in the semi-final. In addition, Biggs won a 3-2 split decision over Cuban Angel Milian, who had beaten Greg Page five years earlier.

In 1984 Biggs won the gold medal at the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California, defeating future professional world champion Lennox Lewis in the quarter-finals. In the Olympics final Biggs beat Damiani on points again. The Cubans, including Stevenson, who defeated Biggs two times before the Olympics, did not participate on the games due to the Soviet boycott.

Biggs finished his amateur career with an outstanding record of 108-6-4.

Professional career[edit]

He turned professional soon after his Olympic victory, scoring a 6 round unanimous decision over Mike Evans on November 15, 1984 at Madison Square Garden in New York City in his first bout. Besides Mike Tyson, Lewis and Damiani he went on to face such other boxing luminaries as James "Quick" Tillis, Ossie Ocasio, Riddick Bowe, Tony Tubbs, Buster Mathis, Jr., and Larry Donald before ending his career with a second round knockout of Carlton Davis in 1998. He never won a title, but stalked the rankings of contendership for much of the mid to late 1980s.

Biggs' biggest pro fight was against Tyson, for the latter's undisputed heavyweight title. Biggs and Tyson disliked each other, and Biggs bad mouthed Tyson before the fight. Biggs attempted to outbox Tyson, using his jab and movement. But Tyson kept coming in and landing big punches, wearing him down until the fight was stopped in the 7th. Tyson admitted after the fight to carrying Biggs so he could inflict more damage, to avenge Biggs' pre-match comments.[1]

Unfortunately the talented Biggs' life has been a constant fight against drug and alcohol addiction. He had to enter rehab only a few months after turning professional, and some declare that his career at the time of the Tyson fight was already effectively over. Biggs robe was sometimes emblazoned with, "Realise your potential", a drug rehabilitation mantra. An article published when he was 40 years old characterized him as "still fighting between stints in rehabilitation".[2][3]

His professional ring record concluded with 30 wins (20 knockouts) and 10 losses in 40 contests.

The feature documentary about Tyrell Biggs' life is currently in production.[4]

Professional boxing record[edit]

30 Wins (20 knockouts, 10 decisions), 10 Losses (7 knockouts, 3 decision) [5]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Win 1-1 United States Carlton Davis KO 2 1998-08-27 United States Atlanta, Georgia
Loss 27-1-1 United States Larry Donald KO 2 1997-09-11 United States Foxwoods, Mashantucket, Connecticut
Win 3-4-1 United States Alonzo Hollis PTS 6 1997-02-19 United States Louisville, Kentucky
Win 6-36-3 United States Andre Crowder KO 1 1997-01-11 United States Mount Washington, Kentucky
Loss 12-1 Haiti Ray Anis KO 3 1994-04-04 Japan Tokyo
Loss 12-0 United States Buster Mathis, Jr. UD 12 1994-02-05 United States The Aladdin, Las Vegas, Nevada IBF USBA Heavyweight Title. 110-117, 111-117, 112-115.
Loss 34-5 United States Tony Tubbs UD 3 1993-12-03 United States Casino Magic, Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi People's Choice Tournament Quarter Final.
Win 8-1 Canada Shane Sutcliffe TKO 2 1993-12-03 United States Casino Magic, Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi People's Choice Tournament Second Round.
Win 3-0-1 Russia Evgeny Sudakov SD 3 1993-12-03 United States Casino Magic, Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi People's Choice Tournament First Round.
Loss 19-3-2 United States Mike "The Bounty" Hunter UD 12 1993-01-17 United States Las Vegas, Nevada IBF USBA Heavyweight Title. 109-118, 110-117, 110-117.
Win 6-4-2 United States Marion Wilson UD 10 1992-12-08 United States Hyatt Regency, Tampa, Florida 98-92, 98-92, 99-92.
Win -- United States John Jones KO 2 1992-11-19 United States Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Win -- Roy Jobe KO 1 1992-07-18 United States Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Win 9-4 United States Mike Lee Faulkner TKO 2 1992-05-29 United States Amarillo, Texas
Win 6-4-1 United States Charles Woolard TKO 1 1992-05-07 United States Westin Hotel, Tulsa, Oklahoma Referee stopped the bout at 2:12 of the first round.
Win 1-17 United States Alan Jamison KO 1 1992-04-18 United States Chandler, Oklahoma
Loss 17-0 United Kingdom Lennox Lewis TKO 3 1991-11-23 United States The Omni, Atlanta, Georgia Referee stopped the bout at 2:47 of the third round.
Loss 21-0 United States Riddick Bowe TKO 8 1991-03-02 United States Harrah's Marina, Atlantic City, New Jersey Referee stopped the bout at 2:17 of the eighth round.
Win 17-0 Puerto Rico Rodolfo Marin UD 10 1990-12-08 United States Atlantic City Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 15-27-2 United States Rick Kellar TKO 2 1990-04-05 United States The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Win 22-7-1 Puerto Rico Ossie Ocasio UD 10 1990-01-11 United States Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey 98-93, 97-93, 98-93.
Win 35-21-1 United States Bobby Crabtree TKO 5 1989-11-29 United States The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Loss 31-0 United Kingdom Gary Mason KO 7 1989-10-04 United Kingdom Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London
Loss 21-0 Italy Francesco Damiani TKO 5 1988-10-29 Italy Palatrussardi, Milan, Lombardy Referee stopped the bout at 1:06 of the fifth round because of a cut to Biggs' eye.
Loss 31-0 United States Mike Tyson TKO 7 1987-10-16 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey IBF/WBA/WBC World Heavyweight Titles. Referee stopped the bout at 2:59 of the seventh round.
Win 18-11 United States Lorenzo Boyd TKO 3 1987-07-31 United States Memorial Coliseum, Corpus Christi, Texas Referee stopped the bout at 1:12 of the third round.
Win 15-4 United States David Bey TKO 6 1987-03-07 United States Las Vegas Hilton, Las Vegas, Nevada Referee stopped the bout at 2:15 of the sixth round.
Win 26-5-1 United States Renaldo Snipes UD 10 1986-12-12 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City
Win 6-10-3 United States Robert Evans KO 5 1986-10-29 United Kingdom Alexandra Palace, Muswell Hill, London, England Evans knocked out at 2:35 of the fifth round.
Win 13-4 United States Percell Davis UD 10 1986-09-14 United States Atlantic City, New Jersey 10-0, 10-0, 10-0.
Win 7-4 United States Rodney Smith TKO 6 1986-08-14 United States Felt Forum, New York City
Win 22-3 United States Jeff Sims UD 10 1986-03-23 United States Lawlor Events Center, Reno, Nevada 97-93, 99-92, 97-93.
Win 31-7 United States James Tillis UD 8 1986-01-25 United States Americana Host Farm, Lancaster, Pennsylvania 39-33, 39-33, 39-34.
Win 17-4 United States Tony "Fighting Schoolteacher" Anthony KO 1 1985-12-21 United States Pavilion, Virginia Beach, Virginia Anthony knocked out at 2:57 of the first round.
Win 24-9 United States Danny Sutton TKO 7 1985-11-19 United States Landmark Hotel, Metairie, Louisiana
Win 5-5-1 United States Sterling Benjamin TKO 7 1985-08-29 United States The Omni, Atlanta, Georgia
Win 9-1 United States Eddie Richardson TKO 3 1985-07-13 United States The Atlantis, Atlantic City, New Jersey Referee stopped the bout at 1:55 of the third round.
Win 8-19 United States Grady Daniels TKO 2 1985-05-17 United States Caesars Tahoe, Stateline, Nevada
Win 16-7-1 United States "Smokin" Mike Perkins TKO 1 1985-04-20 United States Memorial Coliseum, Corpus Christi, Texas Referee stopped the bout at 2:50 of the first round.
Win 3-1-1 United States Mike Ronay Evans UD 6 1984-11-15 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City

Outside the ring[edit]

Biggs competed in the American Gladiators Season 5 Gold Medal Challenge of Champions in 1993, losing to 1984 Gold Downhill Skiing medalist Bill Johnson.


External links[edit]

New title USA Amateur Super Heavyweight Champion
Succeeded by
Warren Thompson
Olympic Super Heavyweight Champion
Succeeded by
Lennox Lewis