|Height||6 ft 5 in (196 cm)|
|Reach||80 in (203 cm)|
December 22, 1960 |
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Wins by KO||20|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
Professional boxing record
|30 Wins (20 knockouts, 10 decisions), 10 Losses (7 knockouts, 3 decision) |
|Win||1-1||Carlton Davis||KO||2||1998-08-27||Atlanta, Georgia|
|Loss||27-1-1||Larry Donald||KO||2||1997-09-11||Foxwoods, Mashantucket, Connecticut|
|Win||3-4-1||Alonzo Hollis||PTS||6||1997-02-19||Louisville, Kentucky|
|Win||6-36-3||Andre Crowder||KO||1||1997-01-11||Mount Washington, Kentucky|
|Loss||12-0||Buster Mathis, Jr.||UD||12||1994-02-05||The Aladdin, Las Vegas, Nevada||IBF USBA Heavyweight Title. 110-117, 111-117, 112-115.|
|Loss||34-5||Tony Tubbs||UD||3||1993-12-03||Casino Magic, Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi||People's Choice Tournament Quarter Final.|
|Win||8-1||Shane Sutcliffe||TKO||2||1993-12-03||Casino Magic, Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi||People's Choice Tournament Second Round.|
|Win||3-0-1||Evgeny Sudakov||SD||3||1993-12-03||Casino Magic, Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi||People's Choice Tournament First Round.|
|Loss||19-3-2||Mike "The Bounty" Hunter||UD||12||1993-01-17||Las Vegas, Nevada||IBF USBA Heavyweight Title. 109-118, 110-117, 110-117.|
|Win||6-4-2||Marion Wilson||UD||10||1992-12-08||Hyatt Regency, Tampa, Florida||98-92, 98-92, 99-92.|
|Win||--||John Jones||KO||2||1992-11-19||Oklahoma City, Oklahoma|
|Win||--||Roy Jobe||KO||1||1992-07-18||Oklahoma City, Oklahoma|
|Win||9-4||Mike Lee Faulkner||TKO||2||1992-05-29||Amarillo, Texas|
|Win||6-4-1||Charles Woolard||TKO||1||1992-05-07||Westin Hotel, Tulsa, Oklahoma||Referee stopped the bout at 2:12 of the first round.|
|Win||1-17||Alan Jamison||KO||1||1992-04-18||Chandler, Oklahoma|
|Loss||17-0||Lennox Lewis||TKO||3||1991-11-23||The Omni, Atlanta, Georgia||Referee stopped the bout at 2:47 of the third round.|
|Loss||21-0||Riddick Bowe||TKO||8||1991-03-02||Harrah's Marina, Atlantic City, New Jersey||Referee stopped the bout at 2:17 of the eighth round.|
|Win||17-0||Rodolfo Marin||UD||10||1990-12-08||Atlantic City Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey|
|Win||15-27-2||Rick Kellar||TKO||2||1990-04-05||The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan|
|Win||22-7-1||Ossie Ocasio||UD||10||1990-01-11||Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey||98-93, 97-93, 98-93.|
|Win||35-21-1||Bobby Crabtree||TKO||5||1989-11-29||The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan|
|Loss||31-0||Gary Mason||KO||7||1989-10-04||Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London|
|Loss||21-0||Francesco Damiani||TKO||5||1988-10-29||Palatrussardi, Milan, Lombardy||Referee stopped the bout at 1:06 of the fifth round because of a cut to Biggs' eye.|
|Loss||31-0||Mike Tyson||TKO||7||1987-10-16||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||Lorenzo Boyd||TKO||3||1987-07-31||Memorial Coliseum, Corpus Christi, Texas||Referee stopped the bout at 1:12 of the third round.|
|Win||15-4||David Bey||TKO||6||1987-03-07||Las Vegas Hilton, Las Vegas, Nevada||Referee stopped the bout at 2:15 of the sixth round.|
|Win||26-5-1||Renaldo Snipes||UD||10||1986-12-12||Madison Square Garden, New York City|
|Win||6-10-3||Robert Evans||KO||5||1986-10-29||Alexandra Palace, Muswell Hill, London, England||Evans knocked out at 2:35 of the fifth round.|
|Win||13-4||Percell Davis||UD||10||1986-09-14||Atlantic City, New Jersey||10-0, 10-0, 10-0.|
|Win||7-4||Rodney Smith||TKO||6||1986-08-14||Felt Forum, New York City|
|Win||22-3||Jeff Sims||UD||10||1986-03-23||Lawlor Events Center, Reno, Nevada||97-93, 99-92, 97-93.|
|Win||31-7||James Tillis||UD||8||1986-01-25||Americana Host Farm, Lancaster, Pennsylvania||39-33, 39-33, 39-34.|
|Win||17-4||Tony "Fighting Schoolteacher" Anthony||KO||1||1985-12-21||Pavilion, Virginia Beach, Virginia||Anthony knocked out at 2:57 of the first round.|
|Win||24-9||Danny Sutton||TKO||7||1985-11-19||Landmark Hotel, Metairie, Louisiana|
|Win||5-5-1||Sterling Benjamin||TKO||7||1985-08-29||The Omni, Atlanta, Georgia|
|Win||9-1||Eddie Richardson||TKO||3||1985-07-13||The Atlantis, Atlantic City, New Jersey||Referee stopped the bout at 1:55 of the third round.|
|Win||8-19||Grady Daniels||TKO||2||1985-05-17||Caesars Tahoe, Stateline, Nevada|
|Win||16-7-1||"Smokin" Mike Perkins||TKO||1||1985-04-20||Memorial Coliseum, Corpus Christi, Texas||Referee stopped the bout at 2:50 of the first round.|
|Win||3-1-1||Mike Ronay Evans||UD||6||1984-11-15||Madison Square Garden, New York City|
Outside the ring
|New title||USA Amateur Super Heavyweight Champion
|Olympic Super Heavyweight Champion