Zuri Lawrence

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Zuri Lawrence
Real name Zuri Lawrence
Rated at Heavyweight
Nationality American
Born (1970-06-22) June 22, 1970 (age 47)
Poughkeepsie, NY, USA
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 44
Wins 24
Wins by KO 0
Losses 15
Draws 4
No contests 1

Zuri Lawrence (born June 22, 1970 in Poughkeepsie, New York) is a professional heavyweight boxer best known for scoring a few notable wins over famous boxers but never reaching contender status. He is most well-known for having never scored a knockout win in 44 professional fights.


He stands 6'4" (193 cm) and has a typical fight night weight of between 230 and 240 pounds. His professional record stands at 24 wins (22 by unanimous decision, 1 by disqualification), 14 loses (6 by unanimous decision, 5 by technical knockout, 1 by knockout) and 4 draws with 1 no contest (as of November 1, 2007).[1]

Lawrence has never fought for a major heavyweight title (WBC, WBA, IBF or WBO) but he is an important test for many up-and-coming prospects. Notable losses include a technical knockout loss in 11 (after being down 4 times)[2] to Russian prospect Sultan Ibragimov and being brutally rendered unconscious by Calvin "the Boxing Banker" Brock.[3]

Notable wins include upsetting the comeback trail of Jameel McCline after McCline's second heavyweight title loss and being the first to defeat highly touted Italian Olympic medallist[4] and prospect Paolo Vidoz.

Lawrence is a quick and skilled boxer who is rarely stopped and can give 12 rounds of technical boxing; this combined with his seeming lack of the ability to knock an opponent out (0 knockouts in 40 fights) makes Lawrence a popular opponent amongst matchmakers looking to get some notice for their prospects. Prior to their fight Calvin Brock gave an example of this thinking in an interview with Tiger Boxing: “Zuri Lawrence? Sure. He’s good, but he doesn’t have any power, so I wouldn’t call it a high-risk fight."[5]

In November 2007 Lawrence took on Hasim Rahman on short notice on the Versus Channel. In a close battle in which Versus' viewers had Lawrence leading, he was knocked out by Rahman in the 10th and final round. The scores at the time of stoppage were 86-84 Lawrence, 86-84 and 88-82 Rahman. In a rare feat, Lawrence was knocked out of the ring and onto the arena floor, only to return to the ring prior to the 20 count and continue fighting.

In July 2008 Lawrence won in a huge upset over heavyweight prospect Albert Sosnowski after taking the fight on late notice.

He fought Jason Estrada on September 2, 2009 and which Lawrence was knocked down once in the second and once in the seventh before the referee stopped the fight at 2:33.

Professional boxing record[edit]

24 Wins (0 knockouts, 24 decisions), 15 Losses (8 knockouts, 7 decisions), 4 Draws, 1 No Contest [1]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 15-2 United States Jason "Bix Six" Estrada TKO 7 02/09/2009 New York (state) Syracuse, New York, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:33 of the seventh round.
Win 43-1 Poland Albert "The Dragon" Sosnowski UD 8 06/08/2008 New York (state) Brooklyn, New York, United States 80-72, 80-72, 80-72.
Loss 9-1 United States Darrel "King David" Madison UD 8 30/05/2008 New York (state) Monticello, New York, United States New York Heavyweight Title. 75-77, 75-77, 75-77.
Loss 44-6-2 United States Hasim "The Rock" Rahman TKO 10 15/11/2007 Pennsylvania Reading, Pennsylvania, United States NABF Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 2:20 of the tenth round.
Win 8-3-1 United States Jermaine Woods UD 8 26/10/2007 New York (state) Monticello, New York, United States 78-73, 77-74, 78-73. Lawrence was knocked down in the first round.
Win 5-2 United States Jason Bergman UD 4 03/08/2007 New York (state) Monticello, New York, United States
Win 6-3-1 United States Harvey "Candy Man" Jolly UD 6 29/06/2007 Connecticut Hartford, Connecticut, United States 59-55, 59-55, 58-56.
Loss 27-4-1 United States Dominick "The Southern Disaster" Guinn TKO 2 02/02/2007 New York (state) Rochester, New York, United States Referee stopped the fight at 2:59 of the second round after Lawrence was knocked down twice in the round.
Loss 27-0 United States Calvin "The Boxing Banker" Brock KO 6 25/02/2006 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Lawrence knocked out at 2:58 of the sixth round.
Win 32-5-3 United States Jameel "Big Time" McCline UD 10 21/10/2005 Florida Hollywood, Florida, United States 100-90, 97-93, 97-93.
Loss 15-0 Russia Sultan Ibragimov TKO 11 22/04/2005 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States WBO Asia Pacific Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the fight at 0:32 of the 11th round.
Win 4-3 United States Demetrice "Only by K.O." King UD 6 24/08/2004 New York (state) Poughkeepsie, New York, United States 60-54, 60-54, 60-53.
Loss 28-3 Germany Timo "Deutsche Eiche" Hoffmann UD 12 22/11/2003 Germany Riesa, Sachsen, Germany WBO Intercontinental Heavyweight Title. 109-118, 109-118, 108-119.
Draw 17-3-1 United States Ray "The Rainman" Austin MD 10 15/02/2003 Nevada Laughlin, Nevada, United States 94-96, 95-95, 95-95.
Loss 16-1 United States Tony "The Tiger" Thompson TKO 7 20/10/2002 Washington (state) Tacoma, Washington, United States Referee stopped the bout at 1:06 of the seventh round.
Win 11-0 Italy Paolo "Titanium Jaw" Vidoz UD 8 17/08/2002 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States 77-75, 77-75, 77-75.
Win 21-20-5 United States David Vedder UD 6 25/05/2002 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 59-55, 58-56, 58-56.
Win 11-22-3 United States Louis "The Facelifter" Monaco UD 6 04/05/2001 Connecticut Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Win 19-1-1 Nigeria King Ipitan DQ 9 24/08/2000 Idaho Worley, Idaho, United States Ipitan was disqualified for repeated low blows.
Win 8-15-1 United States Anthony Moore PTS 8 29/04/2000 Antigua and Barbuda St John's, Antigua and Barbuda, United States
Win 33-23-2 Mexico Mike "Nikki" Sedillo UD 10 06/04/2000 Idaho Worley, Idaho, United States 96-94, 97-94, 98-93.
Loss 21-1-1 United States David "The Boss" Bostice UD 10 02/03/2000 Illinois Rosemont, Illinois, United States
Loss 9-4 United States Brian "Big Man" Nix UD 8 07/10/1999 Michigan Mount Pleasant, Michigan, United States
Win 22-4-2 United States Darroll "Doin' Damage" Wilson UD 10 02/09/1999 New York (state) Saratoga Springs, New York, United States 100-89, 99-91, 99-91.
Win 6-4 United States Brian Watson DQ 6 09/07/1999 Massachusetts Hyannis, Massachusetts, United States Watson was disqualified after tackling Lawrence out of the ring.
Win 8-13-1 United States Domingo Monroe PTS 4 15/05/1999 Massachusetts Leominster, Massachusetts, United States
Win 7-46-2 United States Juan Quintana PTS 4 27/02/1999 Massachusetts Leominster, Massachusetts, United States
Win 22-11 United Kingdom Derek "Sweet D" Williams PTS 6 02/10/1998 Poland Wroclaw, Poland
Loss 11-3-1 Uzbekistan Furkat Tursunov PTS 8 25/09/1998 Poland Poznan, Poland
Loss 10-1 United States Willie "Black Steel" Williams PTS 6 22/11/1997 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss 9-3-1 United States Greg "Kid Chocolate" Pickrom TKO 5 11/09/1997 Connecticut Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States
Win 14-3-1 United States Craig Tomlinson UD 6 12/06/1997 Maryland Woodlawn, Maryland, United States 59-55, 59-55, 59-56.
Win 15-1 Nigeria Josh Imardiyi PTS 6 30/03/1997 Connecticut Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Win 6-26-1 United States Exum Speight PTS 6 07/07/1996 Virginia Springfield, Virginia, United States
Win 0-1 United States Rashid Latif UD 4 28/06/1996 New Jersey Somerset, New Jersey, United States
Win 3-2-1 Canada Dean Storey PTS 6 31/03/1996 Maine Portland, Maine, United States
Win 4-7 United States Mike "Little George" Whitfield UD 6 08/11/1995 Maryland Baltimore, Maryland, United States 60-54, 60-54, 59-55.
Loss 5-1 United States Rodney Price PTS 4 22/09/1995 New Jersey West Orange, New Jersey, United States
Draw 6-0 United States Derrick Lampkins PTS 4 18/08/1995 New York (state) Middletown, New York, United States
Win 6-2 Russia Georgy Peskov UD 4 02/06/1995 New York (state) Latham, New York, United States
Draw -- United States Garth Hedger PTS 4 05/05/1995 New York (state) Schenectady, New York, United States
No Contest 5-4 United States Domingo Monroe NC 2 28/01/1995 Rhode Island Warwick, Rhode Island, United States
Loss 2-0 United States Kasson Saxton TKO 1 28/07/1994 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Draw 5-3-1 United States Maurice "Mo Bettah" Harris PTS 4 21/06/1994 Massachusetts Boston, Massachusetts, United States


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