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|Real name||Vassiliy Valeryevich Jirov|
|Height||188 cm (6 ft 2 in)|
|Reach||188 cm (74 in)|
4 April 1974 |
|Wins by KO||32|
Vassiliy "The Tiger" Jirov (born 4 April 1974 in Balkhash, Kazakhstan) is a professional Kazakhstani boxer and former IBF cruiserweight champion, currently fighting out of Las Vegas under Thell Torrence. Jirov won the Olympic gold medal at Atlanta in 1996.
Jirov made his debut as a professional on 18 January 1997, with a two round knockout of Vince Brown in Las Vegas. He won eleven fights that first year, all by knockout, including wins over Exum Speight and Art Jimmerson. In 1998, he won eight fights, six before the final bell. On 5 May he won the WBC's regional cruiserweight title with a 12 round decision over Rich La Montaigne, who became the first boxer to last the full distance against Jirov. On 5 December he once again fought in Ukrainian territory. In his first fight as a professional in Ukraine, he beat Alex Vassilev in Kiev by decision in eight.
In 1999, Jirov was given his first world title try: In front of an HBO Boxing audience, he beat IBF world Cruiserweight champion Arthur Williams by a knockout in seven rounds at Biloxi, Mississippi, to become that organization's world cruiserweight champion.
In 2000, he beat Saul Montana by knockout in round nine to retain the world title on an Univision televised fight, and won two non-title bouts, including one over Esteban Pizarro at the Playboy mansion.
On 6 February 2001, Jirov went to Kazakhstan to defend his crown in his home-country for the first time. There, he retained the title with a first round knockout of Álex González. He won three more fights that year, one a world title affair against Julian Letterlough (knockout win in 8).
In 2002 Jirov, by then managed by the Sugar Ray Leonard promotion company, had begun to have career problems, and he was able to defend his crown once that year, beating former world Middleweight champion Jorge Castro of Argentina by a 12 round decision on 1 February at the Celebrity Theater in Phoenix. Talks had begun about a fight of his against former multiple division world champion James Toney. However, negotiations took long and Jirov spent more than one year outside the ring, time in which the IBF threatened to take away recognition of Jirov as world champion if he did not defend his crown soon. As a result of these managerial problems, Jirov also moved from the SAR club gym, favored by his management, to Joe Diaz's Gym, near Downtown Phoenix.
Jirov and Toney finally met on 26 April 2003, and Jirov suffered his first career defeat, when he lost the IBF cruiserweight title to Toney by a 12-round unanimous decision. On 9 August Jirov came back, beating fringe contender Ernest Mateen by knockout in seven rounds.
On 6 November 2003 he won the NABO regional cruiserweight title with a six round knockout of Joseph Kiwanuka in Phoenix. Jirov's next fight was against ex-heavyweight champion, Michael Moorer. Jirov was beaten by Moorer via TKO in the ninth round. Over the next six months, Jirov defeated Forrest Neal by knockout in round 3 and defeated Troy Beats by unanimous decision. His next fight was against former heavyweight and cruiserweight contender Orlin Norris. Jirov and Norris fought to a draw.
In his first return bout to the cruiserweight division (April 20, 2006) he defeated Luke Munsen in a unanimous decision.
On 14 July 2007 Jirov defeated Kenny 'The Raven' Craven by TKO in second round of 10 round scheduled bout.
As a Heavyweight, Jirov also lost to Joe Mesi by unanimous decision, after throwing a blow to Mesi that resulted in subdural bleeding near the fight's end.
His record stands at 38 wins, 3 losses, and 1 draw with 30 wins by knockout.
|IBF Cruiserweight Champion
5 June 1999 – 26 April 2003
- 1992 Junior European Champion in Edinburgh, as a Middleweight.
- 1993 3rd place at 1993 World Amateur Boxing Championships in Tampere, Finland, as a Middleweight.
- 1994 3rd place at Asian Championships in Hiroshima, Japan as a Light Heavyweight.
- 1995 3rd place at 1995 World Amateur Boxing Championships in Berlin, Germany as a Light Heavyweight.
- 1996 Olympic Gold Medalist at Light Heavyweight at the Atlanta Games.
- Winner of the Val Barker Trophy for Outstanding Boxer at the 1996 Olympic Games
Professional boxing record
|38 Wins (32 knockouts, 6 decisions), 3 Losses (1 knockout, 2 decisions), 1 Draw |
|Win||7-6-1||Jonathan "The Jackhammer" Williams||TKO||2||17/10/2009||Phoenix, Arizona, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 2:52 of the second round.|
|Win||28-18||Kenny "The Raven" Craven||TKO||2||14/07/2007||New Town, North Dakota, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 2:18 of the second round.|
|Win||18-4||Luke Munsen||UD||10||20/04/2006||Worley, Idaho, United States||95-94, 94-93, 98-91.|
|Draw||57-9||Orlin "Night Train" Norris||MD||8||21/07/2005||Lemoore, California, United States||78-74, 76-76, 76-76.|
|Win||12-5-1||Troy "Basher" Beets||UD||10||14/05/2005||Kinder, Louisiana, United States||97-92, 97-92, 97-93.|
|Win||16-5||Forrest "Cisco" Neal||TKO||3||07/04/2005||Temecula, California, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 1:10 of the third round.|
|Loss||46-4-1||Michael "Double M" Moorer||TKO||9||09/12/2004||Temecula, California, United States||WBC Continental Americas/NABA/WBA North American Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 2:08 of the ninth round.|
|Loss||28-0||"Baby" Joe Mesi||UD||10||13/03/2004||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||93-94, 93-94, 93-94.|
|Win||27-5-2||Joseph "The African Express" Kiwanuka||TKO||6||06/11/2003||Phoenix, Arizona, United States||WBO NABO Cruiserweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at the end of the sixth round.|
|Win||27-10-3||Ernest "M-16" Mateen||TKO||7||07/08/2003||Temecula, California, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 1:09 of the seventh round.|
|Loss||65-4-2||James "Lights Out" Toney||UD||12||26/04/2003||Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States||IBF World Cruiserweight Title. 109-117, 110-116, 109-117.|
|Win||119-7-3||Jorge "Locomotora" Castro||UD||12||01/02/2002||Phoenix, Arizona, United States||IBF World Cruiserweight Title. 119-110, 119-110, 119-110.|
|Win||17-1-1||Julian "Mr. K.O." Letterlough||TKO||8||08/09/2001||Reno, Nevada, United States||IBF World Cruiserweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 1:24 of the eighth round.|
|Win||30-8-2||Adolpho Washington||UD||10||20/07/2001||Canton, Ohio, United States||99-90, 100-89, 100-89.|
|Win||19-2-2||Terry McGroom||KO||1||24/03/2001||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||IBF World Cruiserweight Title. McGroom knocked out at 1:22 of the first round.|
|Win||18-1||Alex Gonzales||KO||1||06/02/2001||Almaty, Kazakhstan||IBF World Cruiserweight Title. Gonzales knocked out at 1:35 of the first round.|
|Win||19-11-2||Earl Butler||TKO||2||29/07/2000||Phoenix, Arizona, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 2:35 of the second round.|
|Win||21-2-1||Esteban Pizzarro||KO||2||19/05/2000||Beverly Hills, California, United States|
|Win||23-8||Don Normand||TKO||1||25/03/2000||Canyonville, Oregon, United States|
|Win||33-6||Saul "La Cobra" Montana||TKO||9||12/02/2000||Boise, Idaho, United States||IBF World Cruiserweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 2:55 of the ninth round.|
|Win||19-0-1||"Cowboy" Dale Brown||KO||10||18/09/1999||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Brown knocked out at 2:52 of the tenth round.|
|Win||30-4-1||"King" Arthur Williams||TKO||7||05/06/1999||Biloxi, Mississippi, United States||IBF World Cruiserweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 1:59 of the seventh round.|
|Win||14-5||Onebo Maxime||KO||5||22/04/1999||Dallas, Texas, United States||WBC Continental Americas Cruiserweight Title. Maxime knocked out at 2:48 of the fifth round.|
|Win||9-9-1||Cesar Rendon||KO||1||06/03/1999||Indio, California, United States||Rendon knocked out at 0:25 of the first round.|
|Win||4-4||Alexander Vasiliev||UD||8||05/12/1998||Kiev, Ukraine|
|Win||14-18-4||John "The Killer" Kiser||TKO||8||03/10/1998||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||9-13||Cliff Nellon||TKO||3||06/08/1998||Marksville, Louisiana, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 2:22 of the third round.|
|Win||19-1-1||Rich "The Mountain" LaMontagne||UD||12||05/05/1998||Biloxi, Mississippi, United States||WBC International Cruiserweight Title. 117-111, 117-111, 116-112.|
|Win||21-11-3||Jason Waller||TKO||1||14/03/1998||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 2:00 of the first round.|
|Win||8-21-1||Trent Surratt||TKO||2||10/02/1998||Phoenix, Arizona, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 2:58 of the second round.|
|Win||15-9||Jason "The Native American Nightmare" Nicholson||TKO||2||23/01/1998||Tunica, Mississippi, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 2:37 of the second round.|
|Win||33-10||Art Jimmerson||TKO||2||06/12/1997||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 2:55 of the second round.|
|Win||6-3||Quinton "Something Peculiar" Osgood||KO||1||18/10/1997||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||5-10||Calvin Combs||TKO||2||12/09/1997||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 1:17 of the second round.|
|Win||2-5||Dennis "Mad Dog" Matthews||TKO||4||05/07/1997||Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States|
|Win||5-6-1||Gesses Mesgana||TKO||2||31/05/1998||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 2:23 of the second round.|
|Win||5-1-2||Tyrone Armstead||TKO||4||12/04/1997||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 2:23 of the fourth round.|
|Win||1-2||Calvin Smith||TKO||1||30/03/1997||Uncasville, Connecticut, United States|
|Win||2-3-1||Aljenon DeBose||TKO||3||08/03/1997||Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 2:54 of the third round.|
|Win||2-5-1||Chuck Miller||TKO||4||12/02/1997||New York City, United States|
|Win||9-31-2||Exum Speight||TKO||3||28/01/1997||Tempe, Arizona, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 2:00 of the third round.|
|Win||4-0||Vincent Brown||TKO||2||18/01/1997||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|