Michael Nunn

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Michael Nunn
Real nameMichael John Nunn
Nickname(s)Second To
Rated atMiddleweight
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
NationalityUnited States American
Born(1963-04-14) April 14, 1963 (age 51)
Davenport, Iowa, United States
Boxing record
Total fights62
Wins by KO37
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Michael Nunn
Real nameMichael John Nunn
Nickname(s)Second To
Rated atMiddleweight
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
NationalityUnited States American
Born(1963-04-14) April 14, 1963 (age 51)
Davenport, Iowa, United States
Boxing record
Total fights62
Wins by KO37

Michael John Nunn (born April 14, 1963) is an American former boxer. Nicknamed "Second To" Nunn, he was a 6' 2" southpaw and was the Lineal/IBF middleweight champion, and the LinealWBA super-middleweight champion.

In 2004, he was sentenced to 24 years in prison for drug trafficking.

Amateur career[edit]

Nunn won three Iowa Golden Gloves titles and posted an amateur record of 168-8.[1] At the 1984 Olympic trials, U.S. boxing officials asked Nunn, who was boxing as a 156-pounder, to move up to the 165-pound division. They wanted to clear the way for Frank Tate, the eventual Olympic gold medalist, who was being heralded as America's next great middleweight. Tate's last loss was to Nunn.

After agreeing to move up in weight, Nunn boxed Virgil Hill at the Olympic trials in Fort Worth, Texas. Hill defeated Nunn by a 4-1 decision. Nunn and Hill boxed again at the Olympic box-offs in Las Vegas, Nevada. Nunn won the first box-off by a 5-0 decision. In the second box-off, Hill dropped Nunn and won by a 5-0 decision to make the Olympic team as the U.S. representative in the 165-pound division.[2]

Professional career[edit]


Nunn turned professional in 1984. After winning his first thirty fights, he fought IBF middleweight title-holder Frank Tate, who was 23-0. The fight took place on July 28, 1988 at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. Nunn won the title by a ninth-round knockout.

In his first title defense, he knocked out Juan Roldan in the eighth round. His second defense was a stunning first-round knockout of Sumbu Kalambay to capture the vacant Lineal middleweight championship. Nunn's next two title defenses were twelve-round majority decision wins over Iran Barkley and Marlon Starling. For his fifth defense, Nunn went to France and knocked out Donald Curry in ten rounds. On May 10, 1991, in his hometown of Davenport, Iowa, Nunn lost his title in a big upset to James Toney. Nunn, well ahead on points after ten rounds, was knocked out after being dropped by a left hook in the eleventh round.[3]


After the loss, Nunn moved up a weight division to super-middleweight and won the NABF title with a tenth-round stoppage against Randall Yonker. On September 12, 1992, Nunn won the Lineal/WBA super middleweight titles with a controversial twelve-round split decision over Victor Cordoba. The WBA ordered a rematch, which took place on January 30, 1993. Nunn fought much better in the rematch, winning by a one-sided twelve-round unanimous decision.[4]

In his fifth title defense, Nunn lost the title to Steve Little by a twelve-round split decision on February 26, 1994, in another huge upset.[5] On December 17, 1994, Nunn traveled to Ecuador to fight Frankie Liles in an attempt to regain the Lineal/WBA super-middleweight titles. In a very close fight, Liles, who had defeated Little in his previous fight to win the title, defeated Nunn by a twelve-round unanimous decision.


After nine consecutive wins, Nunn got another title shot. On March 21, 1998, he fought Graciano Rocchigiani for the vacant WBC light heavyweight title in Germany. Nunn lost by a twelve-round split decision, with the judges favouring Rocchigiani's fewer, more solid punches over Nunn's much higher volume of lighter shots.

On January 23, 2002, Nunn defeated Vinson Durhan by a ten-round unanimous decision at Caesar's Indiana in Bridgeport, Indiana. It would be his last fight. He finished with a record of 58-4 with 37 knockouts.[6]

Arrest and sentencing[edit]

On August 6, 2002, at a hotel in his hometown of Davenport, Iowa, Nunn was arrested after paying an undercover agent $200 for one kilogram of cocaine, which had a street value of $24,000. In May 2003, He pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine. The following January, Nunn was sentenced to 292 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge William Gritzer, who agreed to a higher sentencing guideline after considering Nunn's long history in drug trafficking and the likelihood he used a firearm during drug deals.

During the three-day sentencing hearing, prosecutors called witnesses who testified about Nunn's drug activity dating back to 1993. Nunn, who accepted responsibility for buying drugs in August 2002, denied his involvement in drug trafficking. He pointed out that several of the witnesses were in prison and could have their sentences reduced for providing testimony.

Nunn, who was defiant throughout the hearing, accused government lawyers of lying and scheming against him. "You guys haven't shown me nothing," Nunn said in his statement to the judge. "Where are your facts, Mr. Prosecutor?"[7]

Nunn is currently incarcerated at the Federal Correctional Institution, Bastrop, a low-security federal prison in Texas, and is scheduled for release in 2024.[8][9]

Professional boxing record[edit]

58 Wins (37 KOs), 4 Losses (1 KO)[1]
Win58-4United States Vinson DurhamUD1023/01/2002Indiana Caesars Indiana, Bridgeport, Indiana
Win57-4United States Matthew CharlestonTKO5 (?),
08/12/2001Mississippi Grand Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi
Win56-4United States Kenny CravenTKO6 (10),
26/10/2001Mississippi Grand Casino, Gulfport, Mississippi
Win55-4United States Carlos BatesTKO1 (10),
29/09/2001Indiana Caesars Indiana, Elizabeth, Indiana
Win54-4United States William GuthrieTKO7 (10),
09/05/1999North Dakota Municipal Auditorium, Minot, North Dakota
Win53-4United States Glenn ThomasUD1004/09/1998Florida Miccosukee Indian Gaming Resort, Miami, Florida
Loss52-4Germany Graciano RocchigianiSD1221/03/1998Germany Max Schmeling Halle, Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin, GermanyFor vacant WBC light-heavyweight title.
Win52-3United States Lonnie HornKO1 (10),
05/07/1997Illinois Mark of the Quad Cities, Moline, Illinois
Win51-3United States Booker T WordTKO7 (10),
10/05/1997Illinois Mark of the Quad Cities, Moline, Illinois
Win50-3United States Rudy NixTKO2 (12),
17/01/1997California Country Club, Reseda, CaliforniaWon NABF light-heavyweight title.
Win49-3Mexico Everardo Armenta, JrTKO8 (10),
23/06/1996Texas Houston, Texas
Win48-3United States John ScullyUD1208/12/1995Connecticut Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, ConnecticutWon NABO super-middleweight title.
Win47-3United States Charles OliverPTS1013/10/1995California Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California
Win46-3United States Cecil McKenzieTKO4 (10),
15/08/1995Nevada Arizona Charlie's, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win45-3United States Terry BeeDQ3 (10),
14/07/1995Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada
Win44-3United States Earl ButlerUD1013/06/1995Illinois Moline, Illinois
Loss43-3United States Frankie LilesUD1217/12/1994Ecuador Ruminahui Coliseum, Quito, EcuadorFor Lineal/WBA super-middleweight titles.
Win43-2Mexico Salvador MacielTKO1 (10),
12/09/1994Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada
Loss42-2United States Steve LittleSD1226/02/1994United Kingdom Earls Court Exhibition Hall, Kensington, London, EnglandLost Lineal/WBA super-middleweight titles.
Win42-1Dominican Republic Merqui SosaUD1218/12/1993Mexico Estadio Cuauhtemoc, Puebla, Puebla, MexicoRetained Lineal/WBA super-middleweight titles.
Win41-1United Kingdom Crawford AshleyTKO6 (12),
23/04/1993Tennessee The Pyramid, Memphis, TennesseeRetained Lineal/WBA super-middleweight titles.
Win40-1United States Dan MorganKO1 (12),
20/02/1993Mexico Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, MexicoRetained Lineal/WBA super-middleweight titles.
Win39-1Panama Victor CordobaUD1230/01/1993Tennessee The Pyramid, Memphis, TennesseeRetained Lineal/WBA super-middleweight titles.
Win38-1Panama Victor CordobaSD1212/09/1992Nevada Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, NevadaWon Lineal/WBA super-middleweight titles.
Win37-1United States Randall YonkerTKO10 (12),
29/11/1991Nevada Mirage Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NevadaWon NABF super-middleweight title.
Loss36-1United States James ToneyTKO11 (12),
10/05/1991Iowa John O'Donnell Stadium, Davenport, IowaLost Lineal/IBF middleweight titles.
Win36-0United States Donald CurryKO10 (12),
18/10/1990France Palais Omnisports Paris Bercy, Paris XII, Paris, FranceRetained Lineal/IBF middleweight titles.
Win35-0United States Marlon StarlingMD1214/04/1990Nevada Mirage Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NevadaRetained Lineal/IBF middleweight titles.
Win34-0United States Iran BarkleyMD1214/08/1989Nevada Lawlor Events Center, Reno, NevadaRetained Lineal/IBF middleweight titles.
Win33-0Italy Sumbu KalambayKO1 (12),
25/03/1989Nevada Las Vegas Hilton, Hilton Center, Las Vegas, NevadaRetained IBF middleweight title. Won vacant Lineal middleweight title.
Win32-0Argentina Juan RoldanKO8 (12),
04/11/1988Nevada Las Vegas Hilton, Hilton Center, Las Vegas, NevadaRetained IBF middleweight title.
Win31-0United States Frank TateTKO9 (15),
28/07/1988Nevada Caesars Palace, Sports Pavilion, Las Vegas, NevadaWon IBF middleweight title.
Win30-0United States Ron DanielsTKO2 (?),
31/05/1988California Country Club, Reseda, California
Win29-0United States Curtis ParkerKO2 (12),
19/03/1988Nevada Caesars Palace, Sports Pavilion, Las Vegas, NevadaRetained NABF middleweight title.
Win28-0United States Kevin WattsUD1202/01/1988California Country Club, Reseda, CaliforniaRetained NABF middleweight title.
Win27-0United States Darnell KnoxTKO4 (12),
29/10/1987Nevada Las Vegas Hilton, Outdoor Arena, Las Vegas, NevadaWon NABF middleweight title.
Win26-0United States Dale JacksonUD1011/09/1987Iowa Palmer Auditorium, Davenport, Iowa
Win25-0United States Franklin OwensTKO9 (?),
11/08/1987Nevada Bally's Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win24-0Mexico Jose DuarteTKO2 (10),
02/07/1987California Country Club, Reseda, California
Win23-0United States Cecil PettigrewKO5 (10),
24/04/1987Iowa Palmer Auditorium, Davenport, Iowa
Win22-0United States Charles CampbellTKO9 (10),
04/04/1987Nevada Caesars Palace, Outdoor Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win21-0United States Willie HarrisTKO6 (?),
06/02/1987California Country Club, Reseda, California
Win20-0United States Alex RamosUD1221/11/1986California Country Club, Reseda, CaliforniaWon California State middleweight title.
Win19-0United States Orlando PauldingKO1 (10),
28/10/1986California Country Club, Reseda, California
Win18-0United States Mike TinleyUD1019/09/1986New Jersey Resorts International, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win17-0United States Charles BostonUD1025/07/1986Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada
Win16-0United States Randy SmithUD1025/06/1986California Forum, Inglewood, California
Win15-0Mexico Felipe VacaTKO3 (10),
19/05/1986California Country Club, Reseda, California
Win14-0United States Carl JonesPTS1009/03/1986Nevada Caesars Palace, Outdoor Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win13-0United States Charles CarterTKO3 (10),
10/02/1986California Forum, Inglewood, California
Win12-0United States Alvaro GranilloTKO2 (10),
28/01/1986California Country Club, Reseda, California
Win11-0United States Billy RobertsonUD1010/12/1985California Forum, Inglewood, California
Win10-0Dominican Republic Jorge AmparoPTS813/11/1985Nevada Showboat Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win9-0United States Charles CampbellPTS825/09/1985Nevada Showboat Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win8-0Mexico Marcos GeraldoTKO5 (8),
27/08/1985California Country Club, Reseda, California
Win7-0United States James WaireTKO3 (8),
29/07/1985California Country Club, Reseda, California
Win6-0United States Larry DavisTKO2 (6),
27/06/1985Nevada Showboat Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win5-0United States JW JohnsonKO1 (8),
21/05/1985California Country Club, Reseda, California
Win4-0United States Sergio CamposKO1 (6),
13/04/1985Nevada Showboat Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win3-0United States Robert JacksonKO1 (8),
26/03/1985California Country Club, Reseda, California
Win2-0United States Ismael TemplosKO4 (6),
08/02/1985Nevada Caesars Tahoe, Stateline, Nevada
Win1-0United States John BormanTKO1 (4),
20/12/1984Nevada Showboat Hotel & Casino, Sports Pavilion, Las VegasProfessional debut.



Preceded by
Frank Tate
IBF Middleweight Champion
28 Jul 1988 – 10 May 1991
Succeeded by
James Toney
Preceded by
Ray Leonard
Lineal Middleweight Champion
25 Mar 1989 – 10 May 1991
Preceded by
Victor Cordoba
WBA Super-Middleweight Champion
12 Sep 1992 – 26 Feb 1994
Succeeded by
Steve Little
Preceded by
Victor Cordoba
Lineal Super-Middleweight Champion
12 Sep 1992 – 26 Feb 1994