|Real name||Virgil Eugene Hill|
|Height||6 ft ½ in (184 cm)|
January 18, 1964 |
|Wins by KO||23|
|Olympic medal record|
|Los Angeles 1984||Middleweight|
Virgil Eugene Hill (born January 18, 1964) is a Hall of Fame American boxer of partly Native American heritage, who forged a solid connection between the state of North Dakota and the sport of boxing. After winning the silver medal at middleweight in the 1984 Olympic Games, he went on to become a four-time world champion as a professional, including winning the LinealWBA/IBF light-heavyweight titles, and the WBA cruiserweight title.
In 1984 Hill, then age 20, won a silver medal in the 1984 Summer Olympics representing the United States as a Middleweight in Los Angeles in a close decision loss in the 165-lb. final (the USA's only loss on decision in Los Angeles). His results were:
- Defeated Edward Neblett RSC 2
- Defeated Brian Schumacher 5-0
- Defeated Damir Škaro 4-1
- Defeated Mohamed Zaoui 5-0
- Lost to Shin Joon-Sup 2-3
In addition, Hill was the 1984 National Golden Gloves champion at Middleweight .
After going eighteen straight fights without a loss to start his pro career, 'Quicksilver' (his nickname) was a challenger to Leslie Stewart of Trinidad for the latter's WBA light-heavyweight tile in September 1987 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 TKO win.
A series of ten successful defenses followed, eight of which took place in Bismarck, North Dakota. Offers were being made for Hill to fight in Las Vegas and other cities, but Virgil 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.
After a couple of fights over the next year or so, it was Hill pitted against 1984 Olympic teammate Frank Tate in September 1992 for the vacant WBA 175-lb. title (the same title that Hearns won from Hill, but which was vacated after Iran Barkley dethroned Hearns afterward). It was a 'grudge match' between the two, and Hill won the decision (and 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)
At the Olympiahalle, Munich, Germany in November 1996, Hill won a decision over the undefeated IBF champion Henry Maske to unify the WBA/IBF belts and win the vacant Lineal championship, before WBO champion Dariusz Michalczewski scored a unanimous decision over Hill in June 1997 to unify the Lineal/WBA/WBO/IBF titles at Arena Oberhausen, Oberhausen, Germany in June 1997.
Hill boxed against Roy Jones Jr. the following year, and was stopped in round four with a body shot.
It was then on to the cruiserweights for the aging Hill, and he won a title at age 36 - the WBA cruiserweight title - by knocking down Fabrice Tiozzo three times to win the title 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. He then decisioned Donny Lalonde in July 2003 in a North Dakota-Manitoba 'border fight', but later lost a disputed decision to Mormeck in a title rematch in South Africa in May 2004.
On Saturday January 27, 2006 Virgil Hill defeated 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 along with 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.
His next to last fight was held in Germany on March 31, 2007. He faced Henry Maske, whom Hill 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.
He retired with a record of 50 wins (23 KOs) and 7 losses.
Hall of Fame
On November 12, 2012 he was officially inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, Class of 2013.
Professional boxing record
|50 Wins (23 KOs), 7 Losses (2 KOs)|
|Loss||50–7||Firat Arslan||UD||12||November 24, 2007||Freiberger Arena, Dresden, Sachsen, Germany||Lost WBA cruiserweight title.|
|Loss||50–6||Henry Maske||UD||12||March 31, 2007||Olympiahalle, Munich, Bayern, Germany|
|Win||50–5||Valery Brudov||UD||12||January 27, 2006||Tropicana Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey||Won vacant WBA cruiserweight title.|
|Loss||49–5||Jean-Marc Mormeck||UD||12||May 22, 2004||Carnival City Casino, Brakpan, Gauteng, South Africa||For WBA cruiserweight title.|
|Win||49–4||Donny Lalonde||UD||10||July 5, 2003||CanWest Global Park, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada|
|Win||48–4||Joey DeGrandis||UD||12||November 17, 2002||Ralph Engelstad Arena, Grand Forks, North Dakota|
|Win||47–4||Carlos Bates||TKO||1||August 23, 2002||4 Bears Casino & Lodge, New Town, North Dakota|
|Loss||46–4||Jean-Marc Mormeck||RTD||8||February 23, 2002||Palais des Sports, Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France||Lost WBA cruiserweight title.|
|Win||46–3||Fabrice Tiozzo||TKO||1||December 9, 2000||Astroballe, Villeurbanne, Rhône, France||Won WBA cruiserweight title.|
|Win||45–3||Glenn Thomas||UD||10||May 9, 1999||Municipal Auditorium, Minot, North Dakota|
|Win||44–3||James Hayes||KO||2||November 7, 1998||Bismarck, North Dakota|
|Loss||43–3||Roy Jones, Jr.||KO||4||April 25, 1998||Coast Coliseum, Biloxi, Mississippi|
|Loss||43–2||Dariusz Michalczewski||UD||12||June 13, 1997||Oberhausen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany||Lost Lineal/WBA/IBF light-heavyweight titles.
For WBO light-heavyweight title.
|Win||43–1||Henry Maske||SD||12||Nov 23, 1996||Olympiahalle, Munich, Bayern, Germany||Retained WBA light-heavyweight title.
Won IBF, & Lineal light-heavyweight titles.
|Win||42–1||Lou Del Valle||UD||12||April 20, 1996||Engelstad Arena, Grand Forks, North Dakota||Retained WBA light-heavyweight title.|
|Win||41–1||Drake Thadzi||UD||12||September 2, 1995||Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London||Retained WBA light-heavyweight title.|
|Win||40–1||Crawford Ashley||UD||12||April 1, 1995||Buffalo Bill's Star Arena, Primm, Nevada||Retained WBA light-heavyweight title.|
|Win||39–1||Frank Tate||UD||12||July 23, 1994||Civic Center, Bismarck, North Dakota||Retained WBA light-heavyweight title.|
|Win||38–1||Guy Waters||UD||12||Dec 17, 1993||Municipal Auditorium, Minot, North Dakota||Retained WBA light-heavyweight title.|
|Win||37–1||Saul Montana||TKO||10||November 9, 1993||Fargodome, Fargo, North Dakota||Retained WBA light-heavyweight title.|
|Win||36–1||Sergio Daniel Merani||UD||12||August 28, 1993||Civic Center, Bismarck, North Dakota||Retained WBA light-heavyweight title.|
|Win||35–1||Fabrice Tiozzo||SD||12||April 3, 1993||Palais Marcel Cerdan, Hauts-de-Seine, France||Retained WBA light-heavyweight title.|
|Win||34–1||Adolpho Washington||TD||11||Feb 20, 1993||Fargodome, Fargo, North Dakota||Retained WBA light-heavyweight title.|
|Win||33–1||Frank Tate||UD||12||Sep 29, 1992||Civic Center, Bismarck, North Dakota||Won vacant WBA light-heavyweight title.|
|Win||32–1||Lottie Mwale||KO||4||April 11, 1992||Civic Center, Bismarck, North Dakota||Won WBC International light-heavyweight title.|
|Win||31–1||Aundrey Nelson||UD||10||March 1, 1992||Princes Park Football Ground, Melbourne, Australia|
|Loss||30–1||Thomas Hearns||UD||12||June 3, 1991||Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada||Lost WBA light-heavyweight title.|
|Win||30–0||Mike Peak||UD||12||January 6, 1991||Civic Center, Bismarck, North Dakota||Retained WBA light-heavyweight title.|
|Win||29–0||Frank Minton||TKO||9||October 27, 1990||Civic Center, Bismarck, North Dakota|
|Win||28–0||Tyrone Frazier||UD||12||July 7, 1990||Civic Center, Bismarck, North Dakota||Retained WBA light-heavyweight title.|
|Win||27–0||David Vedder||UD||12||Feb 25, 1990||Civic Center, Bismarck, North Dakota||Retained WBA light-heavyweight title.|
|Win||26–0||James Kinchen||TKO||1||October 24, 1989||Civic Center, Bismarck, North Dakota||Retained WBA light-heavyweight title.|
|Win||25–0||Joe Lasisi||TKO||7||May 27, 1989||Civic Center, Bismarck, North Dakota||Retained WBA light-heavyweight title.|
|Win||24–0||Bobby Czyz||UD||12||March 4, 1989||Civic Center, Bismarck, North Dakota||Retained WBA light-heavyweight title.|
|Win||23–0||Willie Featherstone||TKO||10||Nov 11, 1988||Civic Center, Bismarck, North Dakota||Retained WBA light-heavyweight title.|
|Win||22–0||Ramzi Hassan||UD||12||June 6, 1988||Las Vegas Hilton, Hilton Center, Las Vegas, Nevada||Retained WBA light-heavyweight title.|
|Win||21–0||Jean-Marie Emebe||TKO||11||April 3, 1988||Civic Center, Bismarck, North Dakota||Retained WBA light-heavyweight title.|
|Win||20–0||Rufino Angulo||UD||12||Nov 21, 1987||Stade Pierre De Coubertin, Bercy, France||Retained WBA light-heavyweight title.|
|Win||19–0||Leslie Stewart||TKO||4||Sep 5, 1987||Trump Plaza Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey||Won WBA light-heavyweight title.|
|Win||18–0||Junior Edmonds||UD||10||July 19, 1987||All Seasons Arena, Minot, North Dakota|
|Win||17–0||Marcos Geraldo||KO||2||June 13, 1987||Lake Tahoe, Nevada|
|Win||16–0||Marvin Camel||KO||1||May 1, 1987||City Arena, Grand Forks, North Dakota|
|Win||15–0||James Williams||KO||4||March 6, 1987||Fargo, North Dakota|
|Win||14–0||Clarence Osby||UD||12||Dec 11, 1986||Felt Forum, New York, New York||Won WBC Continental light-heavyweight title.|
|Win||13–0||Eric Winbush||UD||10||October 17, 1986||Civic Center, Bismarck, North Dakota|
|Win||12–0||Wayne Caplette||KO||1||October 4, 1986||Williston, North Dakota|
|Win||11–0||Marcus Dorsey||KO||2||August 14, 1986||Edmonds Community College, Lynnwood, Washington|
|Win||10–0||Willie Mayberry||TKO||1||August 2, 1986||Detroit Lakes, Minnesota|
|Win||9–0||Mike Sedillo||UD||10||July 10, 1986||Forum, Inglewood, California|
|Win||8–0||Santiago Valdez||KO||1||June 30, 1986||Everett Pacific Ramada Hotel, Everett, Washington|
|Win||7–0||Abdul Hakim||TKO||4||April 30, 1986||Harrah's Marina Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey|
|Win||6–0||James Williamson||TKO||6||March 2, 1986||Americana Host Farm, Lancaster, Pennsylvania|
|Win||5–0||Fred Jordan||TKO||4||January 22, 1986||Harrah's Marina Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey|
|Win||4–0||Dawud Shaw||UD||6||July 13, 1985||Atlantis Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey|
|Win||3–0||David Vedder||UD||6||Feb 16, 1985||Lawlor Events Center, Reno, Nevada|
|Win||2–0||John Tyrell||TKO||1||January 5, 1985||Harrah's Marina Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey|
|Win||1–0||Arthur Wright||TKO||2||Nov 15, 1984||Madison Square Garden, New York City||Professional debut.|
- Professional boxing record for Virgil Hill from BoxRec
- Virgil Hill's Amateur Boxing Record
- Carla and Virgil Hill's official promotional website
|WBA light heavyweight champion
September 5, 1987 – June 3, 1991
|WBA light heavyweight champion
September 29, 1992 – June 13, 1997
|IBF light heavyweight champion
November 23, 1996 – June 13, 1997
|Lineal light heavyweight champion
November 23, 1996 – June 13, 1997
|WBA cruiserweight champion
December 9, 2000 – February 23, 2002
Promoted from Champion to Super Champion
|WBA cruiserweight champion
January 27, 2006 – November 24, 2007
|Most Successful Light Heavyweight Title Defenses
November 23rd 1996 – April 20, 2002
15th on December 17, 1993