Virgil Hill

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Virgil Hill
One Last Stand.jpg
Hill in 2015
Statistics
Real name Virgil Eugene Hill
Nickname(s) Quicksilver
Rated at
Height 6 ft 0 12 in (184 cm)
Reach 77 in (196 cm)
Nationality American
Born (1964-01-18) January 18, 1964 (age 52)
Clinton, Missouri, U.S.
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 58
Wins 51
Wins by KO 24
Losses 7

Virgil Eugene Hill (born January 18, 1964) is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1984 to 2007, and in 2015. He is a two-weight world champion, having held the WBA light heavyweight title twice, from 1987 to 1997; the IBF and lineal light heavyweight titles from 1996 to 1997; and the WBA cruiserweight title twice, from 2000 to 2002 and 2006 to 2007. As an amateur, Hill won a silver medal in the middleweight division at the 1984 Summer Olympics. In 2013, he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

Early life and education[edit]

Virgil Hill was born in Clinton, Missouri.

Amateur career[edit]

At the 1984 Summer Olympics Hill represented the United States as a Middleweight then age 20, and won a silver medal in a close decision loss in the 165-lb final. His results were:

Hill was the 1984 National Golden Gloves champion at Middleweight.

Professional career[edit]

Light-heavyweight[edit]

In September 1987, after going eighteen straight fights without a loss to start his pro career, Hill aka 'Quicksilver' (his nickname) was a challenger to Leslie Stewart of Trinidad for the latter's World Boxing Association light-heavyweight title in Atlantic City. After an even match in the early going, Hill floored the defending title holder twice in the fourth round – first with a left hook and the second time with an uppercut – to take the title on a Knockout win.

A series of ten successful defenses followed, eight of which took place in Bismarck, North Dakota. Hill received offers to fight in Las Vegas and other cities, but chose the place of his 'roots' and 'hometown fans' to be the place of the majority of his defenses. Opponents in his first run as champion included Bobby Czyz and James Kinchen. Superstar Thomas Hearns would meet – and defeat – Hill in Las Vegas by decision in June 1991 to end Hill's first reign as champion.

In September 1992, it was Hill pitted against 1984 Olympic teammate Frank Tate for the vacant WBA 175-lb. title. It was a 'grudge match' between the two, and Hill won the title on his home turf of Bismarck. Another string of ten defenses would follow, including a rematch with Tate, a close decision over Lou Del Valle who almost upset Hill.

Unification matches[edit]

In November 1996 at the Olympiahalle, Munich, Hill won over the undefeated IBF champion Henry Maske to unify the WBA/IBF belts and win the vacant Lineal championship. In June 1997, WBO champion Dariusz Michalczewski scored a unanimous decision over Hill to unify the WBA, IBF, WBO and Lineal light-heavyweight titles at Arena Oberhausen, Oberhausen, Germany.

Hill boxed against Roy Jones Jr. the following year, and was stopped in round four with a body shot.[2]

Cruiserweight[edit]

The aging Hill won the WBA cruiserweight title at age 36 by knocking down Fabrice Tiozzo three times in Villeurbanne, France by TKO in the first. He made his first defense, also in France, against Jean-Marc Mormeck, but would lose both match and title on cuts after nine rounds. In July 2003 he decisioned Donny Lalonde in a North Dakota-Manitoba 'border fight'. He lost a disputed decision to Mormeck in a title rematch in South Africa in May 2004.[3]

On January 27, 2006 Virgil Hill won over previously undefeated Russian cruiserweight Valery Brudov by unanimous decision to win the 'regular' WBA cruiserweight title, as the WBA had now created a WBA "Super" title beside the standard WBA title. Despite being cut on the face in the sixth round, Hill was able to out hustle and out work his much younger opponent to capture his fifth world title at the age of 42.[4]

He had his next to last fight in Germany on March 31, 2007, facing Henry Maske, whom he had beaten in 1996. Maske had announced his retirement prior to that fight and was frustrated to end his career with a split-decision loss, the only loss in his professional career. When he heard about Hill capturing the world title again at the age of 42, he decided to challenge him for a rematch. Hill lost the Maske rematch by decision in a non-title bout, then lost to Firat Arslan by decision to lose his WBA cruiserweight title.[5]

He retired with a record of 50 wins (23 KOs) and 7 losses.[6]

On July 16, 2011 Hill worked with his wife, Carla Hill, for their first ever boxing card and promotion at Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey, [7]

Hall of Fame[edit]

On November 12, 2012 he was officially inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, Class of 2013.[8][9]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
58 fights 51 wins 7 losses
By knockout 24 2
By decision 27 5
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
58 Win 51–7 United Kingdom Jimmy Campbell TKO 2 (8), 2:00 Feb 28, 2015 United States Civic Center, Bismarck, North Dakota, U.S.
57 Loss 50–7 Turkey Firat Arslan UD 12 Nov 24, 2007 Germany Freiberger Arena, Dresden, Germany Lost WBA cruiserweight title
56 Loss 50–6 Germany Henry Maske UD 12 Mar 31, 2007 Germany Olympiahalle, Munich, Germany
55 Win 50–5 Russia Valery Brudov UD 12 Jan 27, 2006 United States Tropicana Casino & Resort, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. Won vacant WBA cruiserweight title
54 Loss 49–5 France Jean-Marc Mormeck UD 12 May 22, 2004 South Africa Carnival City Casino, Brakpan, South Africa For WBA cruiserweight title
53 Win 49–4 Canada Donny Lalonde UD 10 Jul 5, 2003 Canada CanWest Global Park, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
52 Win 48–4 United States Joey DeGrandis UD 12 Nov 17, 2002 United States Ralph Engelstad Arena, Grand Forks, North Dakota, U.S. Won vacant IBC cruiserweight title
51 Win 47–4 United States Carlos Bates TKO 1 (12), 1:50 Aug 23, 2002 United States 4 Bears Casino & Lodge, New Town, North Dakota, U.S.
50 Loss 46–4 France Jean-Marc Mormeck RTD 8 (12), 3:00 Feb 23, 2002 France Palais des Sports, Marseille, France Lost WBA cruiserweight title
49 Win 46–3 France Fabrice Tiozzo TKO 1 (12), 2:59 Dec 9, 2000 France Astroballe, Lyon, France Won WBA cruiserweight title
48 Win 45–3 United States Glenn Thomas UD 10 May 9, 1999 United States Municipal Auditorium, Minot, North Dakota, U.S.
47 Win 44–3 United States James Hayes KO 2 (12), 2:27 Nov 7, 1998 United States Civic Center, Bismarck, North Dakota, U.S. Won vacant IBC cruiserweight title
46 Loss 43–3 United States Roy Jones Jr. KO 4 (12), 1:10 Apr 25, 1998 United States Coast Coliseum, Biloxi, Mississippi, U.S.
45 Loss 43–2 Poland Dariusz Michalczewski UD 12 Jun 13, 1997 Germany Arena Oberhausen, Oberhausen, Germany Lost WBA, IBF, and lineal light heavyweight titles;
For WBO light heavyweight title
44 Win 43–1 Germany Henry Maske SD 12 Nov 23, 1996 Germany Olympiahalle, Munich, Germany Retained WBA light heavyweight title;
Won IBF and vacant lineal light heavyweight titles
43 Win 42–1 United States Lou Del Valle UD 12 Apr 20, 1996 United States Ralph Engelstad Arena, Grand Forks, North Dakota, U.S. Retained WBA light heavyweight title
42 Win 41–1 Malawi Drake Thadzi UD 12 Sep 2, 1995 United Kingdom Wembley Stadium, London, England Retained WBA light heavyweight title
41 Win 40–1 United Kingdom Crawford Ashley UD 12 Apr 1, 1995 United States Star of the Desert Arena, Primm, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBA light heavyweight title
40 Win 39–1 United States Frank Tate UD 12 Jul 23, 1994 United States Civic Center, Bismarck, North Dakota, U.S. Retained WBA light heavyweight title
39 Win 38–1 Australia Guy Waters UD 12 Dec 17, 1993 United States Municipal Auditorium, Minot, North Dakota, U.S. Retained WBA light heavyweight title
38 Win 37–1 Mexico Saúl Montana TKO 10 (12), 2:26 Nov 9, 1993 United States Fargodome, Fargo, North Dakota, U.S. Retained WBA light heavyweight title
37 Win 36–1 Argentina Sergio Daniel Merani UD 12 Aug 28, 1993 United States Civic Center, Bismarck, North Dakota, U.S. Retained WBA light heavyweight title
36 Win 35–1 France Fabrice Tiozzo SD 12 Apr 3, 1993 France Palais des sports Marcel-Cerdan, Paris, France Retained WBA light heavyweight title
35 Win 34–1 United States Adolpho Washington TD 11 (12) Feb 20, 1993 United States Fargodome, Fargo, North Dakota, U.S. Retained WBA light heavyweight title;
Unanimous TD after Washington sustained a cut by bumping his head against a TV camera
34 Win 33–1 United States Frank Tate UD 12 Sep 29, 1992 United States Civic Center, Bismarck, North Dakota, U.S. Won vacant WBA light heavyweight title
33 Win 32–1 Zambia Lottie Mwale KO 4 (12), 1:44 Apr 11, 1992 United States Civic Center, Bismarck, North Dakota, U.S. Won WBC International light heavyweight title
32 Win 31–1 United States Aundrey Nelson UD 10 Mar 1, 1992 Australia Princes Park, Melbourne, Australia
31 Loss 30–1 United States Thomas Hearns UD 12 Jun 3, 1991 United States Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Lost WBA light heavyweight title
30 Win 30–0 United States Mike Peak UD 12 Jan 6, 1991 United States Civic Center, Bismarck, North Dakota, U.S. Retained WBA light heavyweight title
29 Win 29–0 United States Frank Minton TKO 9 (10) Oct 27, 1990 United States Civic Center, Bismarck, North Dakota, U.S.
28 Win 28–0 United States Tyrone Frazier UD 12 Jul 7, 1990 United States Civic Center, Bismarck, North Dakota, U.S. Retained WBA light heavyweight title
27 Win 27–0 United States David Vedder UD 12 Feb 25, 1990 United States Civic Center, Bismarck, North Dakota, U.S. Retained WBA light heavyweight title
26 Win 26–0 United States James Kinchen TKO 1 (12), 2:52 Oct 24, 1989 United States Civic Center, Bismarck, North Dakota, U.S. Retained WBA light heavyweight title
25 Win 25–0 Nigeria Joe Lasisi TKO 7 (12), 1:56 May 27, 1989 United States Civic Center, Bismarck, North Dakota, U.S. Retained WBA light heavyweight title
24 Win 24–0 United States Bobby Czyz UD 12 Mar 4, 1989 United States Civic Center, Bismarck, North Dakota, U.S. Retained WBA light heavyweight title
23 Win 23–0 Canada Willie Featherstone TKO 10 (12), 2:05 Nov 11, 1988 United States Civic Center, Bismarck, North Dakota, U.S. Retained WBA light heavyweight title
22 Win 22–0 Jordan Ramzi Hassan UD 12 Jun 6, 1988 United States Las Vegas Hilton, Winchester, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBA light heavyweight title
21 Win 21–0 France Jean-Marie Emebe TKO 11 (12), 1:29 Apr 3, 1988 United States Civic Center, Bismarck, North Dakota, U.S. Retained WBA light heavyweight title
20 Win 20–0 France Rufino Angulo UD 12 Nov 21, 1987 France Stade Pierre-de-Coubertin, Paris, France Retained WBA light heavyweight title
19 Win 19–0 Trinidad and Tobago Leslie Stewart TKO 4 (12), 3:07 Sep 5, 1987 United States Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. Won WBA light heavyweight title
18 Win 18–0 United States Junior Edmonds UD 10 Jul 19, 1987 United States All Seasons Arena, Minot, North Dakota, U.S.
17 Win 17–0 Mexico Marcos Geraldo KO 2 (10) Jun 13, 1987 United States Lake Tahoe, Nevada, U.S.
16 Win 16–0 United States Marvin Camel KO 1, 2:52 May 1, 1987 United States City Arena, Grand Forks, North Dakota, U.S.
15 Win 15–0 United States James Williams KO 4 Mar 6, 1987 United States Fargo, North Dakota, U.S.
14 Win 14–0 United States Clarence Osby UD 12 Dec 11, 1986 United States Felt Forum, New York City, New York, U.S. Won vacant WBC Continental Americas light heavyweight title
13 Win 13–0 United States Eric Winbush UD 10 Oct 17, 1986 United States Civic Center, Bismarck, North Dakota, U.S.
12 Win 12–0 Canada Wayne Caplette KO 1 Oct 4, 1986 United States Williston, North Dakota, U.S.
11 Win 11–0 United States Marcus Dorsey KO 2 Aug 14, 1986 United States Edmonds Community College, Lynnwood, Washington, U.S.
10 Win 10–0 United States Willie Mayberry TKO 1 Aug 2, 1986 United States Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, U.S.
9 Win 9–0 Mexico Mike Sedillo UD 10 Jul 10, 1986 United States The Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S.
8 Win 8–0 United States Santiago Valdez KO 1, 1:32 Jun 30, 1986 United States Pacific Ramada Hotel, Everett, Washington, U.S.
7 Win 7–0 United States Abdul Hakim TKO 4 (8), 0:57 Apr 30, 1986 United States Broadway by the Bay Theater, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
6 Win 6–0 United States James Williamson TKO 6, 0:57 Mar 2, 1986 United States Host Resort, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, U.S.
5 Win 5–0 United States Fred Jordan TKO 4 (6), 1:59 Jan 22, 1986 United States Broadway by the Bay Theater, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
4 Win 4–0 United States Dawud Shaw UD 6 Jul 13, 1985 United States Atlantis Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
3 Win 3–0 United States David Vedder UD 6 Feb 16, 1985 United States Lawlor Events Center, Reno, Nevada, U.S.
2 Win 2–0 United States John Tyrell TKO 1 (6), 1:12 Jan 5, 1985 United States Broadway by the Bay Theater, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
1 Win 1–0 United States Arthur Wright TKO 2, 2:05 Nov 15, 1984 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S. Professional debut

Titles in boxing[edit]

Regional titles
Vacant
Title last held by
J.B. Williamson
WBC Continental Americas light heavyweight champion
December 11, 1986 – May 1987
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Donny Lalonde
Preceded by
Lottie Mwale
WBC International light heavyweight champion
April 11, 1992 – September 1992
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Jimmy Joseph
Minor world titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Robert Daniels
IBC cruiserweight champion
November 7, 1998 – 2000
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Himself
Vacant
Title last held by
Himself
IBC cruiserweight champion
November 17, 2002 – 2004
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Krzysztof Włodarczyk
Major world titles
Preceded by
Leslie Stewart
WBA light heavyweight champion
September 5, 1987 – June 3, 1991
Succeeded by
Thomas Hearns
Vacant
Title last held by
Iran Barkley
WBA light heavyweight champion
September 29, 1992 – June 13, 1997
Succeeded by
Dariusz Michalczewski
Preceded by
Henry Maske
IBF light heavyweight champion
November 23, 1996 – June 13, 1997
Vacant
Title last held by
Michael Spinks
Lineal light heavyweight champion
November 23, 1996 – June 13, 1997
Preceded by
Fabrice Tiozzo
WBA cruiserweight champion
December 9, 2000 – February 23, 2002
Succeeded by
Jean-Marc Mormeck
Vacant
Title last held by
Jean-Marc Mormeck
WBA cruiserweight champion
Regular title

January 27, 2006 – November 24, 2007
Succeeded by
Firat Arslan

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Records
Previous:
Bob Foster
14
Most successful light heavyweight title defenses
20

November 23, 1996 – April 20, 2002
15th defense on December 17, 1993
Next:
Dariusz Michalczewski
23
Previous:
Johnny Nelson
Oldest cruiserweight champion
January 27, 2006 – present
Incumbent