Trevor Berbick

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Trevor Berbick
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Real nameTrevor Berbick
Rated atHeavyweight
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Reach78 in (198 cm)
NationalityJamaican
Canadian
Born(1954-08-01)August 1, 1954
Norwich, Port Antonio, Jamaica
DiedOctober 28, 2006(2006-10-28) (aged 52)
Norwich, Port Antonio, Jamaica
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights61
Wins49
Wins by KO33
Losses11
Draws1
No contests0
 
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Trevor Berbick
Statistics
Real nameTrevor Berbick
Rated atHeavyweight
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Reach78 in (198 cm)
NationalityJamaican
Canadian
Born(1954-08-01)August 1, 1954
Norwich, Port Antonio, Jamaica
DiedOctober 28, 2006(2006-10-28) (aged 52)
Norwich, Port Antonio, Jamaica
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights61
Wins49
Wins by KO33
Losses11
Draws1
No contests0

Trevor Berbick (August 1, 1954 – October 28, 2006) was a Jamaican-Canadian heavyweight boxer who fought as a professional from 1976 until 2000. Berbick briefly held the WBC heavyweight championship in 1986 (after beating Pinklon Thomas via 12-round unanimous decision), before losing it to 20-year old Mike Tyson, via 2nd-round TKO. He was the last man to fight Muhammad Ali, winning a 10-round unanimous decision in Nassau, Bahamas on December 11, 1981.

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Biography

Early life

He was born on August 1, 1954 in Norwich, Port Antonio, Jamaica. During interviews with the press, he claimed to have a vision from God at the age of 16.[citation needed]

Amateur career

At 21, Berbick represented his native Jamaica in the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Quebec, Canada as a heavyweight boxer, despite having had only 11 prior amateur bouts. His lack of experience was plainly evident as he lost to the eventual silver medalist, Mircea Şimon of Romania. However, he still displayed a lot of promise as a young heavyweight boxer. He lost a decision to future heavyweight champion Michael Dokes in the Pan-Am semifinals.

Professional career

Berbick left Jamaica after the Olympics. He opted to stay in Canada and fight professionally out of Montreal and Halifax. He won his first 11 fights (10 by knockout) before suffering his first pro loss to another rising contender, Bernardo Mercado, on April 3, 1979. As an amateur, Berbick had soundly beaten Mercado. However, with 10 seconds remaining in the first round of their only professional meeting, Berbick walked into a punch and was knocked out cold. Nevertheless he remained in contention for the heavyweight title.

A 1980 upset of ex-champ John Tate (9th round KO) secured a title shot against Larry Holmes on April 11, 1981, but Berbick lost a 15-round unanimous decision. In his second fight after the loss, he beat 39-year-old Muhammad Ali in the final fight of Ali's career.

In 1982 he beat undefeated prospect Greg Page, and in 1984 he moved to Miramar, Florida and signed with promoter Don King. Wins over undefeated Mitch "Blood" Green and David Bey scored him another title fight, and he won the WBC world heavyweight title by upsetting Pinklon Thomas with an easy unanimous decision on March 22, 1986. However, his reign as champion would be brief.

On November 22, in his first defense of the title, he was knocked down twice in the second round by 20-year-old Mike Tyson. Berbick got up from the first knockdown, but after the second he fell to the canvas three times while trying to get up, prompting referee Mills Lane to stop the fight, which gave Berbick a TKO loss. Again, he made boxing history—this time by being the man who Tyson defeated for his first heavyweight title, symbolically bridging the eras of Ali and Tyson, as fight commentator Barry Tompkins said after the knockout: "And we have a new era in boxing!"

In an interview on the YES Network's Centerstage in 2010, Mike Tyson told host Michael Kay that he had wanted to exact revenge on champion Trevor Berbick during their 1986 title bout for the beating Berbick gave Muhammad Ali in Ali's last fight in 1981.

"I just thought he unmercifully beat the crap out of Ali," Tyson says. "I just thought that he didn't have to do that. This guy, Ali, was absolutely helpless... Ali couldn't do nothing."[citation needed]

Along with Larry Holmes, Berbick is one of only two men in professional boxing history to have fought both Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson.

In 1991, he went to the UWFI in Japan to fight Nobuhiko Takada in a "boxer vs. wrestler" bout. Berbick claimed that he had been double-crossed and that he had expected the fight to be like American kickboxing, but it turned out that the rules allowed Takada to kick Berbick below the belt. Berbick refused to mount any offense, instead repeatedly complaining to the referee as Takada kicked him repeatedly in the legs. Takada claimed victory by default when Berbick exited the ring.[1]

Afterwards, his career deteriorated further. He eventually fought his last bout in 2000 against Canadian journeyman Shane Sutcliffe, winning a 12-round unanimous decision. Afterwards, a CAT scan revealed a blood clot in his brain and his boxing license was revoked. His final professional record was 49 wins (33 by knockout), 12 losses, and 1 draw.

Outside the ring

Berbick was a preacher at the Moments of Miracles Pentecostal church in Las Vegas.

Troubles with the law

Berbick was arrested on a number of occasions throughout his life and was sentenced in Florida to 5 years in prison for sexually assaulting his children's babysitter in 1992. He served 15 months. In 1997, he violated his parole and was deported from the United States.

Feud with Larry Holmes

Berbick had a well-publicized feud with Larry Holmes, whom he fought in 1981. Their feud culminated in a public brawl in 1991 which was caught on tape. Holmes landed a flying drop kick on Berbick off the hood of a car while Berbick was being escorted from the scene by police; Berbick was complaining about being kicked and punched by Larry Holmes moments before a camera caught Holmes fly kicking Berbick.[2]

Retirement

He retired in Florida to be with his wife and four children (he had three children with his first wife in Montreal) and started to train boxers at Kenny Barrett's Gym in Tamarac, Florida. Berbick's problems escalated. He was again deported from the U.S. on December 2, 2002.

Murder

On October 28, 2006, he was murdered at a church in Norwich, Jamaica by an assailant wielding a 2-inch-thick (51 mm) steel pipe. He suffered multiple blows to the head and died at the scene.[3]

Police arrested two men, one of whom was Berbick's 20-year-old nephew Harold Berbick,[4] in connection with the murder. They were interrogated at the Port Antonio police station in Portland as of early in the morning of October 29.[5] Local residents indicated that the suspect was involved in a land dispute with Berbick.[6] On November 3 it was reported that Berbick's nephew, 20-year-old Harold Berbick, and an unidentified 18-year-old man had been charged with his murder by Jamaican police.[7] On December 20, 2007, Harold Berbick was found guilty of the murder of his uncle. His alleged accomplice, Kenton Gordon, was found guilty of manslaughter. Both were sentenced on January 11, 2008.[8] Harold Berbick was sentenced to life in prison; Kenton Gordon was sentenced to fourteen years in prison.[9]

He has three sons who live in Halifax, Nova Scotia: Quinn, Jamaal and Shawn.

Professional boxing record

49 Wins (33 knockouts, 16 decisions), 11 Losses (2 knockouts, 9 decisions), 1 Draw [10]
ResultRecordOpponentTypeRoundDateLocationNotes
Win49-11-1Canada Shane SutcliffeUD1226/05/2000British Columbia Vancouver, British Columbia, CanadaRetained Canada Heavyweight title. Shortly after this fight, Berbick retired and vacated the title.
Loss48-11-1United States Tony LaRosaSD812/08/1999Alberta Slave Lake, Alberta, Canada
Win48-10-1United States Iran BarkleyUD829/06/1999Quebec Molson Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Win47-10-1Canada Shane SutcliffeTKO12 (12)05/02/1999Quebec Pierre-Charbonneau Centre, Montreal, Quebec, CanadaWon Canada Heavyweight title. Berbick recaptures the Canadian heavyweight crown 14 years after vacating the title.
Win46-10-1Canada Ben PerliniUD1006/08/1998Alberta Slave Lake, Alberta, Canada
Loss45-10-1United States Lyle McDowellSD1215/09/1997Alberta Convention Centre, Edmonton, Alberta, CanadaFor vacant IBO Inter-Continental Heavyweight title.
Loss45-9-1United States Hasim RahmanUD1015/10/1996New Jersey Caesar's Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win45-8-1United States Louis MonacoUD1018/09/1996New York Music Fair, Westbury, New York, United States
Win44-8-1United States Ken SmithTKO4 (10)26/04/1996New York Westbury, New York, United States
Win43-8-1United States Bruce JohnsonTKO3 (?)25/08/1995Ohio Columbus, Ohio, United States
Loss42-8-1Samoa Jimmy ThunderPTS1215/03/1995Minnesota Mounds View, Minnesota, United StatesFor vacant WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight title.
Win42-7-1United States Melvin FosterSD1013/09/1994New York Westbury, New York, United States
Win41-7-1United States Marcellus BrownKO2 (10)10/08/1994Louisiana New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Win40-7-1United States Paul PhillipsKO4 (10)30/07/1994Ohio Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Win39-7-1United States Danny WoffordPTS814/03/1994South Carolina Spartanburg, South Carolina, United States
Win38-7-1United States Garing LanePTS802/08/1991France Palais des Festivals, Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes, France
Win37-7-1United States Bobby CrabtreeKO5 (10)14/12/1990Florida Diplomat Hotel, Hollywood, Florida, United States
Win36-7-1United States Jeff SimsTKO6 (10)18/07/1990Florida Varsity Arena, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Loss35-7-1United States Buster DouglasUD1025/02/1989Nevada Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win35-6-1United States O T DavisKO3 (10)20/09/1988Oklahoma Central Plaza Hotel, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
Loss34-6-1United States Carl WilliamsUD1227/06/1988New Jersey Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United StatesFor USBA Heavyweight title. IBF Heavyweight title eliminator.
Win34-5-1United States Robert EvansUD1024/11/1987Nova Scotia The Forum, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Win33-5-1United States Lorenzo BoydTKO3 (10)29/10/1987Florida Musical Center, Sunrise, Florida, United States
Win32-5-1United States Art TerryTKO5 (10)31/07/1987Florida Lee Civic Center, Fort Myers, Florida, United States
Loss31-5-1United States Mike TysonTKO2 (12)22/11/1986Nevada Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesLost WBC Heavyweight title. Berbick knocked down twice in round 2. After trying to rise from the second knockdown he fell another two times.
Win31-4-1United States Pinklon ThomasUD1222/03/1986Nevada Riviera Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesWon WBC Heavyweight title.
Win30-4-1United States Mike PerkinsTKO10 (10)17/01/1986Georgia (U.S. state) The Omni, Atlanta, Georgia (U.S. state), United States
Win29-4-1United States Mitch GreenUD1210/08/1985Nevada Riviera Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesRetained USBA Heavyweight title.
Win28-4-1United States David BeyTKO11 (12)15/06/1985Nevada Riviera Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesWon USBA Heavyweight title.
Win27-4-1United States Walter SantemoreUD1028/11/1984New Jersey Harrah's Marina Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win26-4-1The Bahamas Andros Ernie BarrTKO4 (12)01/09/1984The Bahamas Nassau, BahamasRetained Commonwealth (British Empire) Heavyweight title. Berbick forfeited title for failing to defend within stipulated period.
Win25-4-1United States Mark LeePTS1013/03/1984United Kingdom Empire Pool, Wembley, London, United Kingdom
Win24-4-1United States Mike CohenTKO4 (10)19/02/1984Florida Hyatt Regency, Tampa, Florida, United States
Win23-4-1Canada Ken LakustaTKO10 (12)09/09/1983Alberta Edmonton, Alberta, CanadaRetained Commonwealth (British Empire) & Canada Heavyweight titles.
Loss22-4-1United States S. T. GordonUD1028/05/1983Nevada Showboat Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss22-3-1United States Renaldo SnipesPTS1002/10/1982New Jersey Sands Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United StatesBerbick down in the 1st round.
Win22-2-1United States Greg PageUD1011/06/1982Nevada Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesPage broke his right thumb in the 2nd round.
Win21-2-1Canada Gordon RacetteTKO11 (12)05/03/1982British Columbia Nanaimo, British Columbia, CanadaRetained Commonwealth (British Empire) & Canada Heavyweight titles.
Win20-2-1United States Muhammad AliUD1011/12/1981The Bahamas Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre, Nassau, BahamasAli fought at the heaviest of his professional career (at 236 1/4 lbs.).
Win19-2-1Canada Conroy NelsonKO2 (15)21/07/1981Nova Scotia Halifax Metro Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia, CanadaRetained Canada Heavyweight title & won vacant Commonwealth (British Empire) Heavyweight title. Commonwealth title had vacated by John L. Gardner.
Loss18-2-1United States Larry HolmesUD1511/04/1981Nevada Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesFor WBC Heavyweight title.
Win18-1-1United States Chuck GardnerTKO3 (10)31/01/1981Jamaica Kingston, Jamaica
Win17-1-1Canada Chuck FindlayKO1 (10)11/11/1980Nova Scotia Halifax Metro Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Win16-1-1Canada Ron RouselleKO1 (12)27/08/1980Alberta Edmonton, Alberta, CanadaRetained Canada Heavyweight title.
Win15-1-1United States John TateKO9 (10)20/06/1980Quebec Olympic Stadium, Montreal, Quebec, CanadaTate turned away from Berbick early in round 9 after being hit by an overhand right.
Win14-1-1United States Johnny WarrSD1011/03/1980Nova Scotia Halifax Metro Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Win13-1-1Nigeria Ngozika EkwelumKO5 (10)11/12/1979Nova Scotia Halifax Metro Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Draw12-1-1United States Leroy CaldwellPTS1014/06/1979Manitoba Convention Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Win12–1Canada Earl McLeayTKO7 (12)26/05/1979Nova Scotia Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, CanadaWon vacant Canada Heavyweight title. Title had been vacated upon the retirement of George Chuvalo.
Loss11–1Colombia Bernardo MercadoKO1 (12)03/04/1979Nova Scotia Halifax Metro Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia, CanadaFor WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight title.
Win11–0United States Greg SorrentinoTKO1 (10)08/10/1978Nova Scotia Halifax Metro Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Win10–0United States Gregory JohnsonKO4 (10)12/09/1978Nova Scotia Halifax Metro Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Win9–0United Kingdom Tony MooreTKO6 (10)01/08/1978Nova Scotia Halifax Metro Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Win8–0Canada Horst GeislerKO1 (10)28/06/1978Nova Scotia Halifax Metro Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Win7–0United States Eugene GreenUD1008/12/1977Nova Scotia Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Win6–0United States Eddie OwensTKO5 (10)08/09/1977Nova Scotia Halifax Metro Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Win5–0United States Willie MooreKO4 (10)18/08/1977Nova Scotia Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Win4–0United States Joe MayeTKO7 (10)25/01/1977Nova Scotia Halifax Metro Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Win3–0United States Michael (Ace) LucasTKO2 (6)09/01/1977Nova Scotia New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, Canada
Win2–0United States Bobby HalpernTKO3 (6)23/11/1977Nova Scotia Halifax Metro Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Win1–0United States Wayne MartinTKO5 (6)27/09/1977New Brunswick Shediac, New Brunswick, CanadaPro debut for Berbick.

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Achievements
Preceded by
David Bey
USBA Heavyweight Champion
June 15, 1985 - March 22, 1986
Vacated
Succeeded by
Tony Tucker
Preceded by
Pinklon Thomas
Heavyweight boxing champion (WBC)
March 22, 1986 - November 22, 1986
Succeeded by
Mike Tyson