Tony Tucker

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Tony Tucker
Statistics
Real nameTony Craig Tucker
Nickname(s)TNT
Rated atHeavyweight
Height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Reach81 in (2.06 m)
NationalityAmerican
Born(1958-12-27) December 27, 1958 (age 55)
Grand Rapids, Michigan
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights66
Wins59
Wins by KO48
Losses7
Draws0
No contests1
 
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Tony Tucker
Statistics
Real nameTony Craig Tucker
Nickname(s)TNT
Rated atHeavyweight
Height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Reach81 in (2.06 m)
NationalityAmerican
Born(1958-12-27) December 27, 1958 (age 55)
Grand Rapids, Michigan
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights66
Wins59
Wins by KO48
Losses7
Draws0
No contests1

Tony Craig Tucker (born December 27, 1958) is a retired professional heavyweight boxer. Tucker fought professionally from 1980 to 1998. Nicknamed "TNT", he won a gold medal at the 1979 Pan American Games, and holds the ignominious distinction of having been, at 64 days, the shortest-reigning world heavyweight champion in history.

Tucker had a notable amateur career, winning the 1979 National AAU Light Heavyweight Championship. He also won the 1979 Pan-Ams and World Cup at Light Heavyweight. He also lost a decision to LeRoy Murphy in the finals of the 1977 Ohio State Fair tournament, and was upset at the Western Olympic trials in 1980 by Alex DeLucia.[citation needed]

Professional career[edit]

After turning pro in 1980, Tucker's early fights were often shown on NBC, as part of a collection known as "Tomorrow's Champions".

Tucker's progress in the professional ranks was slow. He was injury prone, and he changed managers and trainers several times. Eventually his father Bob Tucker performed both roles. After enjoying a high profile upon his professional debut, Tucker spent the majority of the 1980s boxing in off-TV bouts. In addition, he injured his knee in a bout against Danny Sutton, which caused him to miss a little over a year.

In June 1984, he scored a win by knocking out Eddie "The Animal" Lopez in 9 rounds on the undercard of the Tommy Hearns-Roberto Duran fight. It was the first time Lopez had ever been knocked down. In September 1984, he followed it up by outpointing Jimmy Young .

In September 1986, Tucker finally landed a big fight, against 242 lb James "Broad-Axe" Broad, for the USBA belt and a world title eliminator. Tucker won by unanimous decision.

Home Box Office and Don King Productions orchestrated a Heavyweight unification series for 1987, planning among its bouts a match between reigning IBF champion Michael Spinks and Tucker. Spinks refused to face Tucker, opting instead for a more lucrative bout with Gerry Cooney. The IBF withdraw its championship recognition of Spinks on February 19, mandating that Tucker (as the IBF's number 1-ranked contender) face its number 2 contender, Buster Douglas. Tucker won the bout, and the vacant IBF crown, via 10th-round technical knockout.

Tucker, as the winner of the IBF title, was obliged to immediately defend his title in a unification bout with World Boxing Association (WBA) and WBC champion Mike Tyson, in what would be the tournament final. Despite having a broken right hand, Tucker faced Tyson on August 1, 1987. Tyson defeated Tucker by unanimous decision to unify the three championship titles, in the process giving Tucker the distinction of having the shortest championship reign in the history of the Heavyweight division (64 days).

Coincidentally, eight years later this exact scenario would unfold to give Tucker another title shot, as the WBA would withdraw its championship recognition of George Foreman on March 4, 1995 after Foreman refused to face Tucker (who was its designated #1 contender). Unlike the 1987 scenario, this time Tucker would not earn a championship, as he would lose the match mandated by the WBA, against #2-ranked contender Bruce Seldon.

Comeback[edit]

Tucker returned to boxing in 1990, and by 1992 was back in Don King's stable. He won the NABF belt with a split decision over the highly ranked Orlin Norris, and successfully defended it against future world champion Oliver McCall, winning another 12-round decision. He finished 1992 with a 6th-round TKO of Frankie Swindell and set himself up for another world title shot.

By 1993, Tucker had run his record up to 49–1 and in May of that year he challenged Lennox Lewis for the WBC world heavyweight title. Lewis won a 12-round unanimous decision, knocking down Tucker twice. It was the first time in 34-year-old Tucker's career that he had been off his feet.

In 1995, George Foreman refused to defend his WBA world heavyweight title against Tucker, choosing to fight German Axel Schulz. Tucker and Bruce Seldon fought for the vacant WBA belt in April 1995. Seldon won by TKO after 7 rounds when doctors stopped the fight due to Tucker's eye closing shut.

Tucker lost his shot at a rematch when later that year he was outpointed by a newly signed Don King heavyweight, British-Nigerian boxer Henry Akinwande, over ten rounds.

In 1996 he was outpointed by old rival Orlin Norris. He scored two low-key wins in California, and in 1997 traveled to the U.K. to challenge Herbie Hide for the vacant WBO title. Tucker was dropped three times and knocked out in round 2.

In 1998 Tucker challenged John Ruiz for his NABF belt. Despite a big 6th round where he had Ruiz in trouble, Tucker was eventually stopped in the 11th round.

He came back in May to knock out journeyman Billy Wright in one round, but later had his license revoked due to medical concerns about Tucker's vision.

Professional boxing record[edit]

57 wins (47 knockouts, 10 decisions), 7 losses (3 knockouts, 4 decisions), 0 draws, 1 no-contest [1]
ResultRecordOpponentTypeRoundDateLocationNotes
Win57–7
1 NC
United States Billy WrightKO1 (10)07/05/1998United States Sam's Town Casino, Tunica, Mississippi, United States
Loss56–7
1 NC
United States John RuizTKO11 (12)31/01/1998United States Ice Palace, Tampa, Florida, United StatesFor NABF Heavyweight title. Tucker down twice in the 1st and once in the 11th.
Win56–6
1 NC
United States Jerry HaynesTKO3 (10)16/12/1997United States Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Win55–6
1 NC
United States Abdul MuhayminUD1018/11/1997United States Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Loss54–6
1 NC
United Kingdom Herbie HideTKO2 (12)28/06/1997United Kingdom Sports Village, Norwich, Norfolk, England, United KingdomFor vacant WBO Heavyweight title. Tucker down three times in the 2nd round.
Win54–5
1 NC
United States Tyrone CampbellKO3 (10)16/12/1996United States Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California, United States
Win53–5
1 NC
United States David DixonKO1 (12)29/06/1996United States Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California, United StatesFor vacant NABF Heavyweight title. Title had been vacated by Alexander Zolkin in order to fight Henry Akinwande for the WBO title.
Loss52–5
1 NC
United States Orlin NorrisSD1024/02/1996United States Richmond Coliseum, Richmond, Virginia, United States
Loss52–4
1 NC
United Kingdom Henry AkinwandeUD1016/12/1995United States Core States Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Loss52–3
1 NC
United States Bruce SeldonRTD7 (12)08/04/1995United States Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesFor vacant WBA Heavyweight title. Bout stopped after the 7th due to swelling of Tucker's eyes.
Win52–2
1 NC
United States Dan MurphyTKO3 (?)10/12/1994Mexico Estadio de Beisbol, Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico
Win51–2
1 NC
United States Cecil CoffeeTKO2 (10)02/07/1994United States Mirage Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win50–2
1 NC
United States George StephensTKO1 (10)19/02/1994United States Coliseum, Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
Win49–2
1 NC
United States David GravesTKO2 (?)18/12/1993Mexico Estadio Cuauhtemoc, Puebla, Puebla, Mexico
Loss48–2
1 NC
United Kingdom Lennox LewisUD1208/05/1993United States Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesFor WBC Heavyweight title. Tucker was down in 3rd and 9th rounds.
Win48–1
1 NC
United States Frankie SwindellTKO6 (10)13/12/1992United States Mirage Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesStopped after 6 completed rounds due an injury.
Win47–1
1 NC
United States Paul PoirierTKO4 (10)07/11/1992United States Caesars Tahoe, Stateline, Nevada, United States
Win46–1
1 NC
United States Everett MartinPTS1012/09/1992United States Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win45–1
1 NC
United States Oliver McCallSD1026/06/1992United States CSU Convention Centre, Cleveland, Ohio, United StatesRetained NABF Heavyweight title.
Win44–1
1 NC
United States Jesus ContrerasTKO6 (10)22/04/1992United States Meadowlands Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States
Win43–1
1 NC
United States Mike FaulknerKO2 (?)10/04/1992Mexico El Toreo, Mexico City, Mexico
Win42–1
1 NC
United States Kimmuel OdumTKO2 (10)15/02/1992United States Mirage Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win41–1
1 NC
United States Orlin NorrisSD1203/06/1991United States Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesWon NABF Heavyweight title.
Win40–1
1 NC
United States James Ray ThomasKO1 (10)29/04/1991United States Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, United States
Win39–1
1 NC
United States Lionel WashingtonKO1 (12)28/01/1991United States Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, United StatesWon USA California State Heavyweight title.
Win38–1
1 NC
United States Mike RouseTKO5 (10)19/07/1990United States Kingdome, Seattle, Washington, United States
Win37–1
1 NC
United States Mike EvansUD1008/03/1990United States Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, United States
Win36–1
1 NC
United States Calvin JonesTKO5 (10)08/01/1990United States Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, United States
Win35–1
1 NC
United States Dino HomseyKO3 (10)12/12/1989United States Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California, United States
Loss34–1
1 NC
United States Mike TysonUD1201/08/1987United States Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesFor WBC & WBA Heavyweight titles. Lost IBF Heavyweight title.
Win34–0
1 NC
United States Buster DouglasTKO10 (15)30/05/1987United States Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesWon vacant IBF Heavyweight title.
Win32–0
1 NC
United States James BroadUD1226/09/1986United States Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United StatesWon vacant USBA Heavyweight title.
Win31–0
1 NC
United States Otis BatesKO2 (?)07/08/1986United States Houston, Texas, United States
Win30–0
1 NC
United States Eddie RichardsonKO4 (10)10/07/1986United States Houston, Texas, United States
Win29–0
1 NC
United States Eddie RichardsonUD1027/02/1986United States Cobo Arena, Detroit, Michigan, United States
Win28–0
1 NC
United States David JacoTKO3 (?)19/10/1985Monaco Stade Louis II, Monte Carlo, Monaco
Win27–0
1 NC
United States Bobby CrabtreeTKO4 (10)28/06/1985United States Hammond, Indiana, United States
Win26–0
1 NC
United States Danny SuttonUD1002/11/1984United States Americana Congress Hotel, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win25–0
1 NC
United States O T DavisKO1 (10)02/11/1984United States Cobo Arena, Detroit, Michigan, United States
Win24–0
1 NC
United States Jimmy YoungUD1022/09/1984United States Gerald R Ford Fieldhouse, Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
Win23–0
1 NC
United States Eddie LopezKO9 (10)15/06/1984United States Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win22–0
1 NC
United States Dave JohnsonTKO2 (10)09/05/1984United States Bismarck Hotel, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win21–0
1 NC
United States Walter SantemoreTKO1 (?)19/04/1984United States Detroit, Michigan, United States
Win20–0
1 NC
United States Sam JeterKO1 (10)15/03/1984United States Americana Congress Hotel, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win19–0
1 NC
United States Larry GivensKO4 (10)24/02/1984United States Americana Congress Hotel, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win19–0
1 NC
United States James DixonTKO6 (10)20/12/1983United States Americana Congress Hotel, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win18–0
1 NC
United States Lynwood JonesKO5 (10)01/12/1983United States DiVinci Manor, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win17–0
1 NC
United States James HollyTKO1 (4)07/11/1983United States Chicago, Illinois, United States
NC16–0
1 NC
United States Danny SuttonNC3 (10)12/08/1982United States Hyatt Regency Hotel, Nashville, Tennessee, United StatesBoth fighters banged their knees together. Tucker was injured and unable to continue, and couldn't fight again for about 15 months.
Win16–0United States Richard CadeTKO7 (?)08/07/1982United States Sands Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win15–0Mexico Lupe GuerraTKO2 (?)30/06/1982United States War Memorial Auditorium, Syracuse, New York, United States
Win14–0United States James DixonPTS815/06/1982United States Tropicana Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win13–0United States Charles AtlasTKO1 (10)05/06/1982United States War Memorial Auditorium, Syracuse, New York, United States
Win12–0United States Grady DanielsTKO5 (?)18/05/1982United States Tropicana Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win11–0United States Frank FarmerKO1 (?)17/10/1981United States Traverse City, Michigan, United States
Win10–0United States Harvey SteichenTKO3 (8)16/09/1981United States Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win9–0United States Jerry HunterKO1 (?)22/08/1981United States Glacier Arena, Traverse City, Michigan, United States
Win8–0United States Chip TylerTKO7 (8)30/04/1981United States Hacienda Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win7–0United States Memphis Al JonesTKO1 (10)09/04/1981United States Cobo Hall, Detroit, Michigan, United States
Win6–0United States Robert EvansTKO6 (?)23/02/1981United States Caesar's Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win5–0United States Willie KentsKO1 (?)29/01/1981United States Cobo Hall, Detroit, Michigan, United States
Win4–0United States Victor RodriguezTKO2 (6)16/01/1981United States HemisFair Arena, San Antonio, Texas, United States
Win3–0United States Max SmithKO5 (6)11/12/1980United States International Amphitheatre, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win2–0United States Jesse ClarkKO1 (6)02/12/1980United States Sports Arena, Toledo, Ohio, United States
Win1–0United States Chuck GardnerKO3 (6)01/11/1980United States Caesars Tahoe, Stateline, Nevada, United StatesGardner down in 2nd and 3rd rounds.

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Preceded by
Michael Spinks
IBF World Heavyweight champion
May 30, 1987 - August 1, 1987
Succeeded by
Mike Tyson