|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Reach||73 in (185 cm)|
February 12, 1971|
Augusta, Georgia, U.S.
|Died||July 25, 2009
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
|Wins by KO||29|
Vernon Forrest (February 12, 1971 – July 25, 2009) was an American professional boxer who competed from 1992 to 2008. He was a four-time, two-weight world champion, having held the IBF welterweight title in 2001; the unified WBC, Ring magazine, and lineal welterweight titles from 2002 to 2003; and the WBC super welterweight title twice, from 2007 to 2009.
- 1 Early years and amateur career
- 2 Professional career
- 3 Professional boxing record
- 4 Titles in boxing
- 5 Charity work
- 6 Murder
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Early years and amateur career
A native of Augusta, Georgia, Forrest began boxing at the age of 9. After compiling an impressive 225-16 record as an amateur, he became the 1992 US junior welterweight champion, and won silver at the 1991 World Amateur Boxing Championships, losing in the finals to Kostya Tszyu. Forrest was the first in his family to graduate from high school receiving his diploma from Marquette Senior High School in Marquette, Michigan. Staying in Marquette, Forrest was on scholarship to Northern Michigan University where he majored in business administration through the U.S. Olympic Education Center. Forrest continued to train with the US National Team under head coach Al Mitchell.
He was a member of the 1992 US Olympic Team during the Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. He earned his Olympic position by beating Shane Mosley in the trials. After that fight, Forrest was the gold medal favorite heading in to the tournament. He would have to fight Cuban fighter Hector Vinent, a gold medallist, before reaching that goal. However, he was stricken with food poisoning a day before his first round bout and was beaten by Peter Richardson, who he'd previously defeated in a fight at the 1991 World Amateur Boxing Championships en route to winning the silver medal. He returned home to Augusta, then moved to Las Vegas, and made his professional debut on November 25, 1992.
In his professional debut in November 1992, Forrest defeated Charles Hawkins. Through 1996, Forrest stopped 13 out of 15 opponents. Five were stopped in the first round.
As the years went by Forrest won a few minor title belts. In the year 2000 Forrest finally got his chance to fight for a major title belt against Raul Frank (for the IBF welterweight title). Unfortunately for Forrest however, a cut caused by an accidental head butt ended the bout in round three and the fight was ruled a no contest.
Forrest met Frank again in a rematch at Madison Square Garden on May 15, 2001, on a Félix Trinidad undercard. Forrest dominated his opponent and won the fight by a unanimous decision to claim his first major professional boxing title.
Forrest vs Mosley I & II
In 2001, Forrest fought the WBC welterweight champion, Shane Mosley. Many considered Mosley to be the best fighter in the world, and he was the betting favorite to win the fight. Despite being the favorite, Mosley was dominated in this bout. Both fighters initially started strong, landing hard blows, but in the second round Forrest had Mosley hurt early and knocked him down for the first time in his career. A series of strong punches would put him down yet again later in the round. With his dominant performance, Forrest was awarded the Ring Magazine welterweight championship, effectively making him the new lineal champion.
Six months later, Forrest once again squared off against Mosley in a rematch. Despite a stronger performance from Mosley, Forrest won a clear cut decision, using his jab more effectively and through superior ring generalship. Forrest was now considered by many to be one of the top fighters in the world.
Setbacks against Mayorga
In January 2003, Forrest fought the WBA welterweight champion, Ricardo Mayorga. Mayorga was a mostly unknown fringe contender from Nicaragua and few gave him a chance to win against the significantly bigger and stronger Forrest. Mayorga shocked the world when he easily dominated Forrest, dropping him once in the first round and again in the third round. The referee would call off the fight after the second knockdown, as Forrest was visibly dazed and unable to get his footing.
Forrest would rematch Mayorga six months later, losing again, this time by a majority decision. The bout was close and competitive, with Mayorga mostly chasing Forrest around the ring while Forrest was content to fight from the outside.
On the comeback trail
Forrest took two years off from fighting because of injuries; Forrest had complete reconstructive surgery on his left arm. He had three surgeries two on his shoulder to repair a torn rotator cuff and one on his left elbow to repair torn cartilage and nerve damages.
In his first fight since losing twice to Mayorga, Forrest knocked out Sergio Rios in two rounds. After the fight against Rios, Forrest stopped Elco Garcia in the tenth round.
Forrest won a controversial ten round unanimous decision over Ike Quartey on August 5, 2006, at Madison Square Theatre, New York City. The judges at ringside scored the fight, 95-94, 95-94, and 96-93.
On July 28, 2007, Forrest won a unanimous decision against Carlos Baldomir in Tacoma, Washington, frequently firing off heavy right blows at Baldomir. After twelve rounds, Forrest won a lopsided 118-109, 116-111, 118-109 decision to take the vacant WBC light middleweight title.
Losing the title
On June 7, 2008, Forrest lost his title to The Contender winner Sergio Mora via a 12-round majority decision. In the build-up to the fight, Forrest referred to Mora as "the pretender" and threatened to send him "out on a stretcher". However, Mora succeeded in pulling off the upset victory. The final scores were 114-114, 115-113 and 116-112 in favor of Mora.
Reclaiming the title
Professional boxing record
|Professional record summary|
|45 fights||41 wins||3 losses|
|45||Win||41–3 (1)||Sergio Mora||UD||12||Sep 13, 2008||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Won WBC super welterweight title|
|44||Loss||40–3 (1)||Sergio Mora||MD||12||Jun 7, 2008||Mohegan Sun Arena, Montville, Connecticut, U.S.||Lost WBC super welterweight title|
|43||Win||40–2 (1)||Michele Piccirillo||TKO||11 (12), 2:21||Dec 1, 2007||Foxwoods Resort Casino, Ledyard, Connecticut, U.S.||Retained WBC super welterweight title|
|42||Win||39–2 (1)||Carlos Baldomir||UD||12||Jul 28, 2007||Emerald Queen Casino, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.||Won vacant WBC super welterweight title|
|41||Win||38–2 (1)||Ike Quartey||UD||10||Aug 5, 2006||Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|40||Win||37–2 (1)||Elco Garcia||TKO||10 (10), 1:58||Oct 21, 2005||Pechanga Resort and Casino, Temecula, California, U.S.|
|39||Win||36–2 (1)||Sergio Rios||TKO||2 (10), 2:43||Jul 16, 2005||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|38||Loss||35–2 (1)||Ricardo Mayorga||MD||12||Jul 12, 2003||The Orleans, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||For WBA (Super), WBC, The Ring, and lineal welterweight titles|
|37||Loss||35–1 (1)||Ricardo Mayorga||TKO||3 (12), 2:06||Jan 25, 2003||Pechanga Resort and Casino, Temecula, California, U.S.||Lost WBC, The Ring, and lineal welterweight titles;
For WBA (Super) welterweight title
|36||Win||35–0 (1)||Shane Mosley||UD||12||Jul 20, 2002||Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.||Retained WBC, The Ring, and lineal welterweight titles|
|35||Win||34–0 (1)||Shane Mosley||UD||12||Jan 26, 2002||The Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.||Won WBC, lineal, and vacant The Ring welterweight titles|
|34||Win||33–0 (1)||Edgar Ruiz||KO||4 (10), 2:03||Aug 24, 2001||Mountaineer Casino Racetrack and Resort, Chester, West Virginia, U.S.|
|33||Win||32–0 (1)||Raul Frank||UD||12||May 12, 2001||Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.||Won vacant IBF welterweight title|
|32||NC||31–0 (1)||Raul Frank||NC||3 (12), 1:45||Aug 26, 2000||Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.||For vacant IBF welterweight title;
NC after Frank sustained a cut from an accidental head clash
|31||Win||31–0||Vince Phillips||UD||12||Jan 22, 2000||Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Retained NABF welterweight title|
|30||Win||30–0||Santiago Samaniego||TKO||7 (12), 1:21||Aug 27, 1999||Bell Auditorium, Augusta, Georgia, U.S.||Retained NABF welterweight title|
|29||Win||29–0||Ed Goins||KO||4 (10), 2:57||Jun 19, 1999||Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|28||Win||28–0||Steve Martinez||TKO||1 (12), 1:56||Apr 16, 1999||Grand Casino, Tunica, Mississippi, U.S.||Retained NABF welterweight title|
|27||Win||27–0||Mark Fernandez||TKO||2 (8), 1:48||Feb 20, 1999||Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|26||Win||26–0||Ed Griffin||TKO||2 (12), 2:38||Dec 12, 1998||Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.||Retained NABF welterweight title|
|25||Win||25–0||Adrian Stone||TKO||11 (12), 1:27||Aug 18, 1998||Grand Casino, Tunica, Mississippi, U.S.||Won vacant NABF welterweight title|
|24||Win||24–0||Gilberto Flores||TKO||2||Mar 28, 1998||Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.|
|23||Win||23–0||Ray Oliveira||UD||12||Nov 7, 1997||Bally's, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Won vacant WBC Continental Americas welterweight title|
|22||Win||22–0||Jaime Lerma||UD||10||Aug 19, 1997||Convention Center, Austin, Texas, U.S.|
|21||Win||21–0||Pedro Saiz||RTD||6 (10), 3:00||May 5, 1997||Harrah's Marina Resort, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.|
|20||Win||20–0||Francisco De Assis||TKO||1 (10)||Apr 5, 1997||Bally's Park Place, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.|
|19||Win||19–0||Mike Rios||TKO||1||Jan 24, 1997||Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.|
|18||Win||18–0||Chris Slaughter||KO||1 (10)||May 10, 1996||Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|17||Win||17–0||Isaac Cruz||KO||8 (10), 2:05||Apr 9, 1996||Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California, U.S.|
|16||Win||16–0||Tony Ortiz||KO||1 (8), 1:29||Feb 22, 1996||Civic Center, Hammond, Indiana, U.S.|
|15||Win||15–0||Marlon Thomas||UD||12||Nov 28, 1995||Bell Auditorium, Augusta, Georgia, U.S.||Won vacant IBC light welterweight title|
|14||Win||14–0||Jesus Mayorga||TKO||1 (10)||Nov 3, 1995||The Aladdin, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|13||Win||13–0||Roberto Chala||TKO||3 (6)||Sep 12, 1995||Biloxi, Mississippi, U.S.|
|12||Win||12–0||Julian Romero||TKO||2 (10)||Jul 15, 1995||Caesars Tahoe, Stateline, Nevada, U.S.|
|11||Win||11–0||Dezi Ford||TKO||4, 1:53||Apr 18, 1995||The Aladdin, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|10||Win||10–0||Genaro Andujar||KO||1||Mar 4, 1995||The Roxy, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|9||Win||9–0||Carlos Cartagena||UD||6||Jan 25, 1995||Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.|
|8||Win||8–0||Randy Archuleta||KO||1 (6)||Nov 5, 1994||Caesars Tahoe, Stateline, Nevada, U.S.|
|7||Win||7–0||Elvesto Mills||UD||6||Feb 5, 1994||The Aladdin, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|6||Win||6–0||Lamont Johnson||TKO||1||Dec 18, 1993||Caesars Tahoe, Stateline, Nevada, U.S.|
|5||Win||5–0||Eldon Sneeze||TKO||1||Oct 20, 1993||Casino Magic, Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, U.S.|
|4||Win||4–0||Theodore Carradine||TKO||3 (6), 2:08||Jul 17, 1993||Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|3||Win||3–0||Augustine Renteria||TKO||2 (6), 1:40||Jun 7, 1993||Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|2||Win||2–0||Ray Garcia||TKO||1 (4), 2:35||Jan 30, 1993||Riviera, Winchester, Nevada, U.S.|
|1||Win||1–0||Charles Hawkins||TKO||1 (4), 1:29||Nov 25, 1992||Riviera, Winchester, Nevada, U.S.||Professional debut|
Titles in boxing
|United States light welterweight champion
Title last held byEdgar Ruiz
|WBC Continental Americas welterweight champion
November 7, 1997 – August 1998
Title next held byJorge Vaca
Title last held byDerrell Coley
|NABF welterweight champion
August 18, 1998 – August 2000
Title next held byDanny Perez Ramírez
|Minor world titles|
Title last held byCorey Johnson
|IBC light welterweight champion
November 28, 1995 – February 1996
Title next held bySøren Fjordback Søndergaard
|Major world titles|
Title last held byFélix Trinidad
|IBF welterweight champion
May 12, 2001 – December 2001
Title next held byMichele Piccirillo
|WBC welterweight champion
January 26, 2002 – January 25, 2003
Title last held byMarlon Starling
|The Ring welterweight champion
January 26, 2002 – January 25, 2003
|Lineal welterweight champion
January 26, 2002 – January 25, 2003
Title last held byFloyd Mayweather Jr.
|WBC super welterweight champion
July 28, 2007 – June 7, 2008
|WBC super welterweight champion
September 14, 2008 – May 21, 2009
promoted from interim status
Forrest was involved directly with the creation of the Not for Profit Destiny's Child, a group home that assists people with developmental, emotional, and psychological disabilities and needs. Forrest was also involved directly with helping the clients by organizing Destiny's Child's activities.
At about 11:00 pm EDT on July 25, 2009, Forrest stopped at a gas station in the Atlanta neighborhood of Mechanicsville. With him was his 11-year-old godson. As the boy went inside the gas station, Forrest went to the back of his car to add air to a low tire. As this occurred, a man robbed him at gunpoint and fled. Forrest, who was armed, went after the man and shots were exchanged. After a short distance, Forrest gave up the chase and began talking to a second man. It was this man that shot Forrest seven to eight times in the back. According to police, the shooter and a second person left the scene in a red Pontiac. Forrest was pronounced dead at the scene and the death was ruled a homicide. Atlanta Police would arrest and later charge 25-year-old Jquante Crews, 20-year-old Demario Ware and 30-year-old Charman Sinkfield for his murder. It is believed that Sinkfield was the shooter, Ware was the robber, and Crews was the driver. Sinkfield is slated to face trial for Capital Murder and if convicted could receive a death penalty. Crews and Ware are serving life sentences. (Georgia Department of Corrections)
- Vernon Forrest Biography and Statistics
- HBO: Fighters Bio; VERNON FORREST
- http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/boxing/news/story?id=2541145 | Forrest wins unanimous -- and controversial -- decision
- ESPN – Mora in search of respect against Forrest – Boxing
- Staff Writer (2008-06-07). "'Contender' Mora shocks Forrest for WBC superwelter belt". Agence France-Presse. Retrieved 2009-07-30.
- 411mania.com: Sports – Mora Upsets Forrest – Williams Gains Revenge
- "Pavlik retains middleweight titles, Mora beats Forrest". Reuters. June 8, 2008.
- ap.google.com, Forrest batters Mora, recaptures 154-pound crown Archived September 19, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
- "Destiny's Child, Inc Main Webpage". Destiny's Child, Inc. Retrieved July 30, 2009.
- McLaughlin, Eliott (July 29, 2009). "Friends on killed boxer". CNN. Retrieved July 30, 2009.
- Facey-Palmer, Erika; J. Leslie (2009-07-26). "Boxing Pro Vernon Forrest Murdered in Atlanta". WXIA-TV. Retrieved 2009-07-26.
- Hummer, Steve (2009-07-26). "Police: Killer shot boxer Vernon Forrest in back". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved 2009-07-26.
- Garner, Marcus K. (2009-08-25). "How police cracked the Vernon Forrest case". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved 2009-08-26.