Virgil Hill

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Virgil Hill
Statistics
Real nameVirgil Eugene Hill
Nickname(s)Quicksilver
Rated atLight-heavyweight
Cruiserweight
Height6 ft ½ in (184 cm)
NationalityUnited States American
Born(1964-01-18) January 18, 1964 (age 50)
Clinton, Missouri
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights57
Wins50
Wins by KO23
Losses7
Draws0
No contests0
 
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Virgil Hill
Statistics
Real nameVirgil Eugene Hill
Nickname(s)Quicksilver
Rated atLight-heavyweight
Cruiserweight
Height6 ft ½ in (184 cm)
NationalityUnited States American
Born(1964-01-18) January 18, 1964 (age 50)
Clinton, Missouri
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights57
Wins50
Wins by KO23
Losses7
Draws0
No contests0
Olympic medal record
Men's Boxing
SilverLos Angeles 1984Middleweight

Virgil Eugene Hill (born January 18, 1964) is a Hall of Fame American boxer of partly Native American heritage, who forged a solid connection between the state of North Dakota and the sport of boxing. After winning the silver medal at middleweight in the 1984 Olympic Games, he went on to become a four-time world champion as a professional, including winning the LinealWBA/IBF light-heavyweight titles, and the WBA cruiserweight title.

Amateur career[edit]

In 1984 Hill, then age 20, won a silver medal in the 1984 Summer Olympics representing the United States as a Middleweight in Los Angeles in a close decision loss in the 165-lb. final (the USA's only loss on decision in Los Angeles). His results were:

In addition, Hill was the 1984 National Golden Gloves champion at Middleweight .

Professional career[edit]

Light-heavyweight[edit]

After going eighteen straight fights without a loss to start his pro career, 'Quicksilver' (his nickname) was a challenger to Leslie Stewart of Trinidad for the latter's WBA light-heavyweight tile in September 1987 in Atlantic City. After an even match in the early going, Hill floored the defending title holder twice in the fourth round - first with a left hook and the second time with an uppercut - to take the title on a TKO win.

A series of ten successful defenses followed, eight of which took place in Bismarck, North Dakota. Offers were being made for Hill to fight in Las Vegas and other cities, but Virgil chose the place of his 'roots' and 'hometown fans' to be the place of the majority of his defenses. Opponents in his first run as champion included Bobby Czyz and James Kinchen. Superstar Thomas Hearns would meet - and defeat - Hill in Las Vegas by decision in June 1991 to end Hill's first reign as champion.

After a couple of fights over the next year or so, it was Hill pitted against 1984 Olympic teammate Frank Tate in September 1992 for the vacant WBA 175-lb. title (the same title that Hearns won from Hill, but which was vacated after Iran Barkley dethroned Hearns afterward). It was a 'grudge match' between the two, and Hill won the decision (and the title) on his home turf of Bismarck. Another string of ten defenses would follow, including a rematch with Tate, a close decision over Lou Del Valle (who almost upset Hill)

Unification matches[edit]

At the Olympiahalle, Munich, Germany in November 1996, Hill won a decision over the undefeated IBF champion Henry Maske to unify the WBA/IBF belts and win the vacant Lineal championship, before WBO champion Dariusz Michalczewski scored a unanimous decision over Hill in June 1997 to unify the Lineal/WBA/WBO/IBF titles at Arena Oberhausen, Oberhausen, Germany in June 1997.

Hill boxed against Roy Jones Jr. the following year, and was stopped in round four with a body shot.

Cruiserweight[edit]

It was then on to the cruiserweights for the aging Hill, and he won a title at age 36 - the WBA cruiserweight title - by knocking down Fabrice Tiozzo three times to win the title in Villeurbanne, France by TKO in the first. He made his first defense, also in France, against Jean-Marc Mormeck, but would lose both match and title on cuts after nine rounds. He then decisioned Donny Lalonde in July 2003 in a North Dakota-Manitoba 'border fight', but later lost a disputed decision to Mormeck in a title rematch in South Africa in May 2004.

On Saturday January 27, 2006 Virgil Hill defeated previously undefeated Russian cruiserweight Valery Brudov by unanimous decision to win the 'regular' WBA cruiserweight title, as the WBA had now created a WBA "Super" title along with the standard WBA title. Despite being cut on the face in the sixth round, Hill was able to out hustle and out work his much younger opponent to capture his fifth world title at the age of 42.

His next to last fight was held in Germany on March 31, 2007. He faced Henry Maske, whom Hill had beaten in 1996. Maske had announced his retirement prior to that fight and was frustrated to end his career with a split-decision loss, the only loss in his professional career. When he heard about Hill capturing the world title again at the age of 42, he decided to challenge him for a rematch. Hill lost the Maske rematch by decision in a non-title bout, then lost to Firat Arslan by decision to lose his WBA cruiserweight title.

He retired with a record of 50 wins (23 KOs) and 7 losses.

Hill worked with his wife, Carla Hill, for their first ever boxing card and promotion at Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on July 16, 2011.[1]

Hall of Fame[edit]

On November 12, 2012 he was officially inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, Class of 2013. [2]

Professional boxing record[edit]

50 Wins (23 KOs), 7 Losses (2 KOs)[3]
Res.RecordOpponentTypeRoundDateLocationNotes
Loss50-7Turkey Firat ArslanUD12November 24, 2007Germany Freiberger Arena, Dresden, Sachsen, GermanyLost WBA cruiserweight title.
Loss50-6Germany Henry MaskeUD12March 31, 2007Germany Olympiahalle, Munich, Bayern, Germany
Win50-5Russia Valery BrudovUD12January 27, 2006New Jersey Tropicana Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New JerseyWon vacant WBA cruiserweight title.
Loss49-5France Jean-Marc MormeckUD12May 22, 2004South Africa Carnival City Casino, Brakpan, Gauteng, South AfricaFor WBA cruiserweight title.
Win49-4Canada Donny LalondeUD10July 5, 2003Canada CanWest Global Park, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Win48-4United States Joey DeGrandisUD12November 17, 2002North Dakota Ralph Engelstad Arena, Grand Forks, North Dakota
Win47-4United States Carlos BatesTKO1August 23, 2002North Dakota 4 Bears Casino & Lodge, New Town, North Dakota
Loss46-4France Jean-Marc MormeckRTD8February 23, 2002France Palais des Sports, Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, FranceLost WBA cruiserweight title.
Win46-3France Fabrice TiozzoTKO1December 9, 2000France Astroballe, Villeurbanne, Rhône, FranceWon WBA cruiserweight title.
Win45-3United States Glenn ThomasUD10May 9, 1999North Dakota Municipal Auditorium, Minot, North Dakota
Win44-3United States James HayesKO2November 7, 1998North Dakota Bismarck, North Dakota
Loss43-3United States Roy Jones, Jr.KO4April 25, 1998Mississippi Coast Coliseum, Biloxi, Mississippi
Loss43-2Poland Dariusz MichalczewskiUD12June 13, 1997Germany Oberhausen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, GermanyLost Lineal/WBA/IBF light-heavyweight titles.
For WBO light-heavyweight title.
Win43-1Germany Henry MaskeSD12November 23, 1996Germany Olympiahalle, Munich, Bayern, GermanyRetained WBA light-heavyweight title.
Won IBF, & vacant Lineal light-heavyweight titles.
Win42-1United States Lou Del ValleUD12April 20, 1996North Dakota Engelstad Arena, Grand Forks, North DakotaRetained WBA light-heavyweight title.
Win41-1Malawi Drake ThadziUD12September 2, 1995United Kingdom Wembley Stadium, Wembley, LondonRetained WBA light-heavyweight title.
Win40-1United Kingdom Crawford AshleyUD12April 1, 1995Nevada Buffalo Bill's Star Arena, Primm, NevadaRetained WBA light-heavyweight title.
Win39-1United States Frank TateUD12July 23, 1994North Dakota Civic Center, Bismarck, North DakotaRetained WBA light-heavyweight title.
Win38-1Australia Guy WatersUD12December 17, 1993North Dakota Municipal Auditorium, Minot, North DakotaRetained WBA light-heavyweight title.
Win37-1Mexico Saul MontanaTKO10November 9, 1993North Dakota Fargodome, Fargo, North DakotaRetained WBA light-heavyweight title.
Win36-1Argentina Sergio Daniel MeraniUD12August 28, 1993North Dakota Civic Center, Bismarck, North DakotaRetained WBA light-heavyweight title.
Win35-1France Fabrice TiozzoSD12April 3, 1993France Palais Marcel Cerdan, Levallois-Perret, Hauts-de-Seine, FranceRetained WBA light-heavyweight title.
Win34-1United States Adolpho WashingtonTD11February 20, 1993North Dakota Fargodome, Fargo, North DakotaRetained WBA light-heavyweight title.
Win33-1United States Frank TateUD12September 29, 1992North Dakota Civic Center, Bismarck, North DakotaWon vacant WBA light-heavyweight title.
Win32-1Zambia Lottie MwaleKO4April 11, 1992North Dakota Civic Center, Bismarck, North DakotaWon WBC International light-heavyweight title.
Win31-1United States Aundrey NelsonUD10March 1, 1992Australia Princes Park Football Ground, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Loss30-1United States Thomas HearnsUD12June 3, 1991Nevada Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, NevadaLost WBA light-heavyweight title.
Win30-0United States Mike PeakUD12January 6, 1991North Dakota Civic Center, Bismarck, North DakotaRetained WBA light-heavyweight title.
Win29-0United States Frank MintonTKO9October 27, 1990North Dakota Civic Center, Bismarck, North Dakota
Win28-0United States Tyrone FrazierUD12July 7, 1990North Dakota Civic Center, Bismarck, North DakotaRetained WBA light-heavyweight title.
Win27-0United States David VedderUD12February 25, 1990North Dakota Civic Center, Bismarck, North DakotaRetained WBA light-heavyweight title.
Win26-0United States James KinchenTKO1October 24, 1989North Dakota Civic Center, Bismarck, North DakotaRetained WBA light-heavyweight title.
Win25-0Nigeria Joe LasisiTKO7May 27, 1989North Dakota Civic Center, Bismarck, North DakotaRetained WBA light-heavyweight title.
Win24-0United States Bobby CzyzUD12March 4, 1989North Dakota Civic Center, Bismarck, North DakotaRetained WBA light-heavyweight title.
Win23-0Canada Willie FeatherstoneTKO10November 11, 1988North Dakota Civic Center, Bismarck, North DakotaRetained WBA light-heavyweight title.
Win22-0Jordan Ramzi HassanUD12June 6, 1988Nevada Las Vegas Hilton, Hilton Center, Las Vegas, NevadaRetained WBA light-heavyweight title.
Win21-0France Jean-Marie EmebeTKO11April 3, 1988North Dakota Civic Center, Bismarck, North DakotaRetained WBA light-heavyweight title.
Win20-0France Rufino AnguloUD12November 21, 1987France Stade Pierre De Coubertin, Bercy, FranceRetained WBA light-heavyweight title.
Win19-0Trinidad and Tobago Leslie StewartTKO4September 5, 1987New Jersey Trump Plaza Hotel, Atlantic City, New JerseyWon WBA light-heavyweight title.
Win18-0United States Junior EdmondsUD10July 19, 1987North Dakota All Seasons Arena, Minot, North Dakota
Win17-0Mexico Marcos GeraldoKO2June 13, 1987Nevada Lake Tahoe, Nevada
Win16-0United States Marvin CamelKO1May 1, 1987North Dakota City Arena, Grand Forks, North Dakota
Win15-0United States James WilliamsKO4March 6, 1987North Dakota Fargo, North Dakota
Win14-0United States Clarence OsbyUD12December 11, 1986New York Felt Forum, New York, New YorkWon WBC Continental Americas light-heavyweight title.
Win13-0United States Eric WinbushUD10October 17, 1986North Dakota Civic Center, Bismarck, North Dakota
Win12-0Canada Wayne CapletteKO1October 4, 1986North Dakota Williston, North Dakota
Win11-0United States Marcus DorseyKO2August 14, 1986Washington (state) Edmonds Community College, Lynnwood, Washington
Win10-0United States Willie MayberryTKO1August 2, 1986Minnesota Detroit Lakes, Minnesota
Win9-0Mexico Mike SedilloUD10July 10, 1986California Forum, Inglewood, California
Win8-0United States Santiago ValdezKO1June 30, 1986Washington (state) Everett Pacific Ramada Hotel, Everett, Washington
Win7-0United States Abdul HakimTKO4April 30, 1986New Jersey Harrah's Marina Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win6-0United States James WilliamsonTKO6March 2, 1986Pennsylvania Americana Host Farm, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Win5-0United States Fred JordanTKO4January 22, 1986New Jersey Harrah's Marina Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win4-0United States Dawud ShawUD6July 13, 1985New Jersey Atlantis Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win3-0United States David VedderUD6February 16, 1985Nevada Lawlor Events Center, Reno, Nevada
Win2-0United States John TyrellTKO1January 5, 1985New Jersey Harrah's Marina Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win1-0United States Arthur WrightTKO2November 15, 1984New York Madison Square Garden, New York CityProfessional debut.

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Preceded by
Leslie Stewart
WBA light heavyweight champion
September 5, 1987 – June 3, 1991
Succeeded by
Thomas Hearns
Preceded by
Iran Barkley
Vacated
WBA light heavyweight champion
September 29, 1992 – June 13, 1997
Succeeded by
Dariusz Michalczewski
Preceded by
Henry Maske
IBF light heavyweight champion
November 23, 1996 – June 13, 1997
Preceded by
Michael Spinks
Vacated
Lineal light heavyweight champion
November 23, 1996 – June 13, 1997
Preceded by
Fabrice Tiozzo
WBA cruiserweight champion
December 9, 2000 – February 23, 2002
Succeeded by
Jean-Marc Mormeck
Preceded by
Jean-Marc Mormeck
Promoted from Champion to Super Champion
WBA cruiserweight champion
Regular title

January 27, 2006 – November 24, 2007
Succeeded by
Firat Arslan