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Tony Tubbs
Height6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Reach79 in (201 cm)
Born (1958-02-15) February 15, 1958 (age 63)
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
Boxing record
Total fights59
Wins by KO25
No contests2
Medal record
World Cup
Gold medal – first place 1979 New York Heavyweight

Tony Tubbs (born February 15, 1958) is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1980 to 2006, and held the WBA heavyweight title from 1985 to 1986.

Amateur career

As an amateur, Tony Tubbs competed in 253 bouts, compiling a record of 240 wins and 13 losses—primarily in the heavyweight division.[1] In a 1976 match between the USSR and the United States, Tubbs lost by knockout in the second round to future Soviet Heavyweight Champion Igor Vysotsky.[2]

In 1978 Tubbs lost in the quarterfinals of the world Cup to Cuban boxer Teofilo Stevenson. Tubbs was the only opponent who managed to go the distance with Stevenson. In 1979, Tubbs became the National AAU Heavyweight Champion by defeating Mitch Green and Greg Page, both contests were rematches of previous defeats.[citation needed] In the match-up meetings USSR versus the United States Tubbs defeated the two-time amateur European champion Yevgeni Gorstkov and the future silver medalist of the Olympic games Pyotr Zayev.[citation needed] In 1979 Tubbs won the AIBA Boxing World Cup, defeating Khoren Indzhyan,[citation needed] and finally avenged his loss to Marvis Frazier, who prior to that upset went unbeaten with a 42–0 (21 KOs) record.[3]

By 1980 the conclusion of Tubbs' amateur career was the Olympic Games, but Tubbs was unable compete due to the US boycott of the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games. Among his other notable Amateur victories were defeating James Broad and Jimmy Clark, and 1980 Olympic bronze medalist Stephen Left.[citation needed] As an amateur, Tubbs worked as a sparring partner to Muhammad Ali, helping the former to prepare for his rematch with Leon Spinks for the World Heavyweight Championship.[citation needed]


Tubbs finished his career having 253 fights, with a record of 240 wins, 13 losses.[4]

Professional career

Early years

Tubbs made his professional debut on June 14, 1980, with a first-round knockout of Bruce Scott. After 11 fights, he fought fellow undefeated prospect Clarence Hill on August 7, 1982 and won by a ten-round unanimous decision. After out-pointing Jimmy Young (who had defeated George Foreman) on April 10, 1983, he was signed by Don King and began rising up the rankings while appearing on several King undercards.[citation needed] On March 15, 1985, he faced future WBA Heavyweight Champ James "Bonecrusher" Smith in a WBA title eliminator. Tubbs won by a unanimous decision, taking his record to 20-0 (15 knockouts).[citation needed]

World heavyweight title fights

Main article: Mike Tyson vs. Tony Tubbs

On April 29, 1985, Tubbs challenged Greg Page for the WBA Heavyweight Championship. Page and Tubbs fought seven times as amateurs, with Page winning six of them, but for their only meeting as professionals, Tubbs won by a fifteen-round unanimous decision.[citation needed] On January 17, 1986, Tubbs made his first title defense against former WBC Heavyweight Champion Tim Witherspoon. Tubbs weighed-in at 244 pounds (111 kg), 15 more than he weighed for the Page fight, and lost the title by a fifteen-round majority decision.[citation needed]

Tubbs and Witherspoon had a rematch scheduled for December 12, 1986, but Tubbs pulled out of the fight and was replaced by Bonecrusher Smith, who knocked Witherspoon out in the first round. Tubbs said he had an injured shoulder, but promoter Don King accused Tubbs of trying to get more money.[citation needed] On March 21, 1988, Tubbs challenged Mike Tyson for the Undisputed World Heavyweight Championship; after out-boxing Tyson in the first round, Tubbs was knocked out in the second.[citation needed]

On November 21, 1989, Tubbs out-pointed top contender Orlin Norris, winning the North American Boxing Federation title. However, Tubbs tested positive for cocaine.[5] Tubbs was stripped of the title and the victory was changed to a "no contest".[citation needed]

On April 20, 1991, a 34-year-old Tubbs lost a controversial ten-round decision to future Undisputed World Heavyweight Champion, Riddick Bowe. The general consensus in the media was that Tubbs had easily outboxed Bowe.[citation needed] On August 8, 1992, Tubbs was upset by Lionel Butler in a first-round knockout. Tubbs came back to out-point future WBA Heavyweight Champion Bruce Seldon and the undefeated Alexander Zolkin, but then suffered another first-round knockout—this one to clubfighter Jimmy Ellis.[citation needed]

People's Choice Heavyweight Tournament

In December 1993, Tubbs took part in the one-night People's Choice Heavyweight Tournament in Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi. He knocked out Willie Jackson in the first round and won three-round decisions over 1984 Olympic Gold Medalist Tyrell Biggs, Jose Ribalta, and Daniel Dăncuţă to win the tournament.[citation needed] Depending on pay-per-view revenue, he had a chance to win $1 million. He was paid $170,000.[citation needed]

Late career

From 1994 to 1997, Tubbs went 3–3 with one no-contest. He retired but came back in 2002. He lost two of his first three comeback fights, but then won his next five, including a win over 18-0 Brian Minto. His last fight was a six-round unanimous decision over clubfighter Adam Smith on November 4, 2006.[citation needed]

California Boxing Hall of Fame

Tubbs was inducted into the California Boxing Hall of Fame on June 25, 2011 in Studio City, CA. Tubbs attended the induction with his family, mother and children. [1]

Professional boxing record

Professional record summary
59 fights 47 wins 10 losses
By knockout 25 5
By decision 21 5
By disqualification 1 0
No contests 2
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
59 Win 47–10 (2) United States Adam Smith UD 6 Nov 4, 2006 United States Waterfront Place Hotel, Morgantown, West Virginia, U.S.
58 Win 46–10 (2) United States Jason Waller TKO 7 (8), 2:05 Aug 6, 2006 United States Grand Victoria Casino & Resort, Rising Sun, Indiana, U.S.
57 Win 45–10 (2) United States Danny Wofford UD 6 Feb 25, 2005 United States Municipal Auditorium, Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
56 Win 44–10 (2) United States Brian Minto SD 10 Dec 30, 2004 United States Mountaineer Casino Racetrack and Resort, Chester, West Virginia, U.S. Won West Virginia heavyweight title
55 Win 43–10 (2) United States Brian Sargent TKO 1 (6), 1:25 Oct 29, 2004 United States Civic Arena, St. Joseph, Missouri, U.S.
54 Loss 42–10 (2) Ghana Abraham Okine TKO 8 (10), 2:20 Jul 25, 2003 United States Lakeview Resort, Morgantown, West Virginia, U.S.
53 Loss 42–9 (2) Mexico Gilbert Martinez UD 10 Jan 17, 2003 United States Palace Indian Gaming Center, Lemoore, California, U.S.
52 Win 42–8 (2) United States Michael Shanks TKO 2 (4), 0:52 Mar 26, 2002 United States Cumberland Place Exhibition Center, West Lafayette, Indiana, U.S.
51 Win 41–8 (2) Argentina Mario Oscar Melo KO 5 (10) Aug 30, 1997 Argentina Estadio Polideportivo Islas Malvinas, Mar del Plata, Argentina
50 Loss 40–8 (2) Denmark Brian Nielsen RTD 3 (10) Oct 20, 1995 Denmark Circus Building, Copenhagen, Denmark
49 Loss 40–7 (2) Russia Alexander Zolkin MD 12 Aug 25, 1995 United States Bally's Park Place, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. For NABF heavyweight title
48 Win 40–6 (2) United States Andre Crowder KO 1 (10), 2:48 Mar 29, 1995 United States Myrl H. Shoemaker Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
47 Loss 39–6 (2) New Zealand Jimmy Thunder PTS 12 Dec 6, 1994 United States The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, U.S. For IBO heavyweight title
46 NC 39–5 (2) United States William Morris UD 10 Oct 4, 1994 United States The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, U.S. Originally a UD win for Tubbs, later ruled an NC
45 Win 39–5 (1) United States Everett Martin UD 10 Feb 22, 1994 United States The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, U.S.
44 Win 38–5 (1) United States Willie Jackson UD 3 Dec 3, 1993 United States Casino Magic, Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, U.S.
43 Win 37–5 (1) United States Tyrell Biggs UD 3 Dec 3, 1993 United States Casino Magic, Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, U.S.
42 Win 36–5 (1) Cuba Jose Ribalta UD 3 Dec 3, 1993 United States Casino Magic, Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, U.S.
41 Win 35–5 (1) Romania Daniel Dăncuță UD 3 Dec 3, 1993 United States Casino Magic, Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, U.S.
40 Loss 34–5 (1) United States Jimmy Ellis KO 1 Aug 16, 1993 United States Boise, Idaho, U.S.
39 Win 34–4 (1) Jamaica Melton Bowen UD 10 Apr 27, 1993 United States The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, U.S.
38 Win 33–4 (1) Russia Alexander Zolkin UD 10 Feb 2, 1993 United States The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, U.S.
37 Win 32–4 (1) United States Jesse Ferguson UD 10 Nov 24, 1992 United States The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, U.S.
36 Win 31–4 (1) United States Bruce Seldon UD 10 Oct 14, 1992 United States Broadway by the Bay Theater, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
35 Loss 30–4 (1) United States Lionel Butler KO 1 (10), 3:00 Aug 18, 1992 United States Bayfront Plaza Auditorium, Pensacola, Florida, U.S.
34 Win 30–3 (1) United States Leon Taylor TKO 8 (10), 1:07 Feb 16, 1992 United States Las Vegas Hilton, Winchester, Nevada, U.S.
33 Loss 29–3 (1) United States Riddick Bowe UD 10 Apr 20, 1991 United States Broadway by the Bay Theater, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
32 Win 29–2 (1) United States Lawrence Carter RTD 6 (10) Oct 20, 1990 United States Etess Arena, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
31 Win 28–2 (1) United States Mike Cohen TKO 6 (10), 2:59 Jul 28, 1990 United States Trump's Castle, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
30 NC 27–2 (1) United States Orlin Norris MD 12 Nov 21, 1989 United States Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, California, U.S. NABF heavyweight title at stake;
Originally an MD win for Tubbs, later ruled an NC after he failed a drug test
29 Win 27–2 Mexico Ladislao Mijangos TKO 3 (10) Jun 24, 1989 United States Bakersfield, California, U.S.
28 Win 26–2 United States Eddie Richardson DQ 8 (10), 1:03 May 6, 1989 United States Civic Center, Pensacola, Florida, U.S. Richardson disqualified for an intentional headbutt
27 Win 25–2 United States Mike Evans UD 10 Apr 20, 1989 United States The Strand, Redondo Beach, California, U.S.
26 Loss 24–2 United States Mike Tyson TKO 2 (12), 2:54 Mar 21, 1988 Japan Tokyo Dome, Tokyo, Japan For WBA, WBC, and IBF heavyweight titles
25 Win 24–1 United States Eddie Gonzales RTD 3 (10), 3:00 Sep 29, 1987 United States Celebrity Theatre, Anaheim, California, U.S.
24 Win 23–1 United States Jerry Halstead UD 10 May 30, 1987 United States Las Vegas Hilton, Winchester, Nevada, U.S.
23 Win 22–1 United States Mike Jameson UD 10 Apr 20, 1987 United States Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, California, U.S.
22 Loss 21–1 United States Tim Witherspoon MD 15 Jan 17, 1986 United States Omni Coliseum, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. Lost WBA heavyweight title
21 Win 21–0 United States Greg Page UD 15 Apr 29, 1985 United States Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, U.S. Won WBA heavyweight title
20 Win 20–0 United States James Smith UD 10 Mar 15, 1985 United States Riviera, Winchester, Nevada, U.S.
19 Win 19–0 United States Tim Miller TKO 2 (10) Jan 16, 1985 United States Riviera, Winchester, Nevada, U.S.
18 Win 18–0 United States Jerry Williams TKO 7 (10), 2:39 Nov 9, 1984 United States Riviera, Winchester, Nevada, U.S.
17 Win 17–0 United States Tom Trimm TKO 2 (10) Mar 18, 1984 United States Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, California, U.S.
16 Win 16–0 Canada Gordon Racette UD 10 Sep 9, 1983 United States Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
15 Win 15–0 United States Jimmy Young UD 10 Apr 10, 1983 United States Hilton, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
14 Win 14–0 United States Larry Givens TKO 7 (10), 1:06 Feb 25, 1983 United States Cincinnati Gardens, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
13 Win 13–0 United States Steve Zouski TKO 5 (10) Sep 18, 1982 United States Sands, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
12 Win 12–0 Bermuda Clarence Hill UD 10 Aug 7, 1982 United States University, Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.
11 Win 11–0 United States Clayman Parker TKO 1, 2:02 Jun 12, 1982 United States Playboy Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
10 Win 10–0 United States Baker Tinsley KO 3, 1:41 Apr 11, 1982 United States Playboy Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
9 Win 9–0 United States Don Halpin UD 8 Dec 18, 1981 United States David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
8 Win 8–0 United States Jesse Brown TKO 1, 2:24 Nov 21, 1981 United States Vegas Club, Erlanger, Kentucky, U.S.
7 Win 7–0 United States Dennis Wimberly TKO 2, 2:35 Aug 21, 1981 United States Thomas Dunn Sports Center, Elizabeth, New Jersey, U.S.
6 Win 6–0 United States Mike Creel RTD 3 (8), 3:00 Nov 29, 1980 United States Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
5 Win 5–0 United States Larry Sims TKO 3 (6) Nov 22, 1980 United States Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
4 Win 4–0 United States John L Johnson TKO 1 (6), 2:17 Nov 14, 1980 United States Jai-Alai Fronton, Miami, Florida, U.S.
3 Win 3–0 United States Ron Draper PTS 6 Nov 7, 1980 United States HemisFair Arena, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
2 Win 2–0 United States Ron Draper TKO 4 (6), 0:54 Aug 2, 1980 United States Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
1 Win 1–0 United States Bruce Scott TKO 1 (6), 1:13 Jun 14, 1980 United States Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.


  1. ^ BoxRec. "Tony Tubbs Amateur Career". BoxRec. Retrieved 11 June 2014.
  2. ^ "Igor Vysotsky Boxing Record". BoxRec. Retrieved 11 June 2014.
  3. ^ Frazier sees self in son, Lansing State Journal, December 9, 1979, p. 53.
  4. ^ Tony Tubbs Career Record at Last updated: March 1, 2006.
  5. ^ "In the News - Tony Tubbs". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 23 March 2015.


Sporting positions Amateur boxing titles Previous:Greg Page U.S. heavyweight champion 1985, 1986 Next:Marvis Frazier Regional boxing titles Preceded byBrian Minto West Virginiaheavyweight champion December 30, 2004 – 2006Retired VacantTitle next held byJustin Howes World boxing titles Preceded byGreg Page WBA heavyweight champion April 29, 1985 – January 17, 1986 Succeeded byTim Witherspoon