Tyrell Biggs

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Tyrell Biggs
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Real nameTyrell Biggs
Rated atHeavyweight
Height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
NationalityAmerican
Born(1960-12-22) December 22, 1960 (age 53)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights40
Wins30
Wins by KO20
Losses10
Draws0
 
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Tyrell Biggs
Statistics
Real nameTyrell Biggs
Rated atHeavyweight
Height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
NationalityAmerican
Born(1960-12-22) December 22, 1960 (age 53)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights40
Wins30
Wins by KO20
Losses10
Draws0

Tyrell Biggs (born December 22, 1960) is an American former boxer who fought in the heavyweight division. He won the gold medal at the 1984 Olympic Games in the super heavyweight division, after winning bronze the previous year at the 1983 Pan American Games. His professional career spanned a period of fourteen years, from 1984 to 1998.

Early life[edit]

Biggs was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, making his sporting debut playing basketball at West Philadelphia High. He was a starting forward for the Speedboys' Public League and City champions in 1978, a team that extended a state-record winning streak to 68 before a regular season loss to Overbrook. In '77, one of Biggs' teammates was Gene Banks, who went on to excel at Duke and play in the NBA.

Amateur career[edit]

Biggs' first major success as an amateur boxer was winning the gold medal at the 1981 United States National Boxing Championships in the super-heavyweight division. He repeated this feat the next year, and also in 1982 he won the World Championships in Munich, West Germany, where in the final he defeated Francesco Damiani from Italy on points, who beat the legendary Teofilo Stevenson earlier in the competition. In 1983 Biggs won a bronze medal on the Pan American Games, losing to future professional challenger Jorge Luis Gonzalez in the semi-final.In addition, Biggs won a 3-2 split decision over Cuban Angel Milian, who had beaten Greg Page five years earlier.

In 1984 Biggs won the gold medal at the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California, defeating future professional world champion Lennox Lewis in the quarter-finals. In the Olympics final Biggs beat Damiani on points again. The Cubans, including Stevenson, who defeated Biggs two times before the Olympics, did not participate on the games due to the Soviet boycott.

Biggs finished his amateur career with an outstanding record of 108-6-4.

Professional career[edit]

He turned professional soon after his Olympic victory, scoring a 6 round unanimous decision over Mike Evans on November 15, 1984 at Madison Square Garden in New York City in his first bout. Besides Mike Tyson, Lewis and Damiani he went on to face such other boxing luminaries as James "Quick" Tillis, Ossie Ocasio, Riddick Bowe, Tony Tubbs, Buster Mathis, Jr., and Larry Donald before ending his career with a second round knockout of Carlton Davis in 1998. He never won a title, but stalked the rankings of contendership for much of the mid to late 1980s.

Biggs' biggest pro fight was against Tyson, for the latter's undisputed heavyweight title. Biggs and Tyson disliked each other, and Biggs bad mouthed Tyson before the fight. Biggs attempted to outbox Tyson, using his jab and movement. But Tyson kept coming in and landing big punches, wearing him down until the fight was stopped in the 7th. Tyson admitted after the fight to carrying Biggs so he could inflict more damage, to avenge Biggs' pre-match comments.[1]

Unfortunately the talented Biggs' life has been a constant fight against drug and alcohol addiction. He had to enter rehab only a few months after turning professional, and some declare that his career at the time of the Tyson fight was already effectively over. Biggs robe was sometimes emblazoned with, "Realise your potential", a drug rehabilitation mantra. An article published when he was 40 years old characterized him as "still fighting between stints in rehabilitation".[2][3]

His professional ring record concluded with 30 wins (20 knockouts) and 10 losses in 40 contests.

The feature documentary about Tyrell Biggs' life is currently in production. "Whatever Happened to Tyrell Biggs?" is a documentary about the struggle to survive between fame and obscurity and a story that will resonate with boxing fans and non-fans alike. For more information, visit http://www.tyrellbiggs.com/

Professional boxing record[edit]

30 Wins (20 knockouts, 10 decisions), 10 Losses (7 knockouts, 3 decision) [1]
ResultRecordOpponentTypeRoundDateLocationNotes
Win1-1United States Carlton DavisKO227/08/1998United States Atlanta, Georgia
Loss27-1-1United States Larry DonaldKO211/09/1997United States Foxwoods, Mashantucket, Connecticut
Win3-4-1United States Alonzo HollisPTS619/02/1997United States Louisville, Kentucky
Win6-36-3United States Andre CrowderKO111/01/1997United States Mount Washington, Kentucky
Loss12-1Haiti Ray AnisKO304/04/1994Japan Tokyo
Loss12-0United States Buster Mathis, Jr.UD1205/02/1994United States The Aladdin, Las Vegas, NevadaIBF USBA Heavyweight Title. 110-117, 111-117, 112-115.
Loss34-5United States Tony TubbsUD303/12/1993United States Casino Magic, Bay Saint Louis, MississippiPeople's Choice Tournament Quarter Final.
Win8-1Canada Shane SutcliffeTKO203/12/1993United States Casino Magic, Bay Saint Louis, MississippiPeople's Choice Tournament Second Round.
Win3-0-1Russia Evgeny SudakovSD303/12/1993United States Casino Magic, Bay Saint Louis, MississippiPeople's Choice Tournament First Round.
Loss19-3-2United States Mike "The Bounty" HunterUD1217/01/1993United States Las Vegas, NevadaIBF USBA Heavyweight Title. 109-118, 110-117, 110-117.
Win6-4-2United States Marion WilsonUD1008/12/1992United States Hyatt Regency, Tampa, Florida98-92, 98-92, 99-92.
Win--United States John JonesKO219/11/1992United States Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Win--Roy JobeKO118/07/1992United States Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Win9-4United States Mike Lee FaulknerTKO229/05/1992United States Amarillo, Texas
Win6-4-1United States Charles WoolardTKO107/05/1992United States Westin Hotel, Tulsa, OklahomaReferee stopped the bout at 2:12 of the first round.
Win1-17United States Alan JamisonKO118/04/1992United States Chandler, Oklahoma
Loss17-0United Kingdom Lennox LewisTKO323/11/1991United States The Omni, Atlanta, GeorgiaReferee stopped the bout at 2:47 of the third round.
Loss21-0United States Riddick BoweTKO802/03/1991United States Harrah's Marina, Atlantic City, New JerseyReferee stopped the bout at 2:17 of the eighth round.
Win17-0Puerto Rico Rodolfo MarinUD1008/12/1990United States Atlantic City Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win15-27-2United States Rick KellarTKO205/04/1990United States The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Win22-7-1Puerto Rico Ossie OcasioUD1011/01/1990United States Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey98-93, 97-93, 98-93.
Win35-21-1United States Bobby CrabtreeTKO529/11/1989United States The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Loss31-0United Kingdom Gary MasonKO704/10/1989United Kingdom Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London
Loss21-0Italy Francesco DamianiTKO529/10/1988Italy Palatrussardi, Milan, LombardyReferee stopped the bout at 1:06 of the fifth round because of a cut to Biggs' eye.
Loss31-0United States Mike TysonTKO716/10/1987United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New JerseyIBF/WBA/WBC World Heavyweight Titles. Referee stopped the bout at 2:59 of the seventh round.
Win18-11United States Lorenzo BoydTKO331/07/1987United States Memorial Coliseum, Corpus Christi, TexasReferee stopped the bout at 1:12 of the third round.
Win15-4United States David BeyTKO607/03/1987United States Las Vegas Hilton, Las Vegas, NevadaReferee stopped the bout at 2:15 of the sixth round.
Win26-5-1United States Renaldo SnipesUD1012/12/1986United States Madison Square Garden, New York City
Win6-10-3United States Robert EvansKO529/10/1986United Kingdom Alexandra Palace, Muswell Hill, London, EnglandEvans knocked out at 2:35 of the fifth round.
Win13-4United States Percell DavisUD1014/09/1986United States Atlantic City, New Jersey10-0, 10-0, 10-0.
Win7-4United States Rodney SmithTKO614/08/1986United States Felt Forum, New York City
Win22-3United States Jeff SimsUD1023/03/1986United States Lawlor Events Center, Reno, Nevada97-93, 99-92, 97-93.
Win31-7United States James TillisUD825/01/1986United States Americana Host Farm, Lancaster, Pennsylvania39-33, 39-33, 39-34.
Win17-4United States Tony "Fighting Schoolteacher" AnthonyKO121/12/1985United States Pavilion, Virginia Beach, VirginiaAnthony knocked out at 2:57 of the first round.
Win24-9United States Danny SuttonTKO719/11/1985United States Landmark Hotel, Metairie, Louisiana
Win5-5-1United States Sterling BenjaminTKO729/08/1985United States The Omni, Atlanta, Georgia
Win9-1United States Eddie RichardsonTKO313/07/1985United States The Atlantis, Atlantic City, New JerseyReferee stopped the bout at 1:55 of the third round.
Win8-19United States Grady DanielsTKO217/05/1985United States Caesars Tahoe, Stateline, Nevada
Win16-7-1United States "Smokin" Mike PerkinsTKO120/04/1985United States Memorial Coliseum, Corpus Christi, TexasReferee stopped the bout at 2:50 of the first round.
Win3-1-1United States Mike Ronay EvansUD615/11/1984United States Madison Square Garden, New York City

Outside the Ring[edit]

Biggs competed in the American Gladiators Season 5 Gold Medal Challenge of Champions in 1993, losing to 1984 Gold Downhill Skiing medalist Bill Johnson.

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Preceded by
Newly Created Title
United States Amateur Super Heavyweight Champion
1981 - 1982
Succeeded by
Warren Thompson