Tyrell Biggs

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Tyrell Biggs
Height6 ft 5 in (196 cm)
Reach80 in (203 cm)
BornTyrol Biggs
(1960-12-22) December 22, 1960 (age 58)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Boxing record
Total fights40
Wins by KO20

Tyrell Biggs (born December 22, 1960) is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1984 to 1998, and challenged once for the undisputed heavyweight title in 1987. As an amateur he won a gold medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics, having previously won bronze at the 1983 Pan American Games and gold at the 1982 World Championships, all in the super heavyweight division.

Early life[edit]

Biggs was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, making his sporting debut playing basketball at West Philadelphia High where he was born and raised. 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 at a mediocre level in the NBA for a short span. After his initial boxing successes, he changed his name to "Tyrell."[1]

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 Olympic gold medallist and professional world champion Lennox Lewis in the quarter-finals. In the Olympics final Biggs beat Damiani on points again.

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 did not win a title, but stalked the rankings of contendership for much of the mid- to late 1980s.

Biggs vs. Tyson[edit]

Biggs' biggest professional fight was against Tyson, for the latter's undisputed heavyweight title. Biggs and Tyson disliked each other, and Biggs derided 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 seventh. Tyson admitted after the fight to "carrying" Biggs so as to inflict more damage, in retaliation for Biggs' pre-match comments.[2]

Unfortunately the talented Biggs' life has been a constant fight against drug and alcohol addiction. He had to enter rehabilitation 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, "Realize your potential," a drug rehabilitation mantra. An article published when he was 40 years old characterized him as "still fighting between stints in rehabilitation."[3][4]

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. A feature documentary about Tyrell Biggs' life is currently in production.[5]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
40 fights 30 wins 10 losses
By knockout 20 7
By decision 10 3
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
40 Win 30–10 United States Carlton Davis KO 2 Aug 27, 1998 United States Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
39 Loss 29–10 United States Larry Donald KO 2 (10), 1:00 Sep 11, 1997 United States Foxwoods Resort Casino, Ledyard, Connecticut, U.S.
38 Win 29–9 United States Alonzo Hollis PTS 6 Feb 19, 1997 United States Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
37 Win 28–9 United States Andre Crowder TKO 1 Jan 11, 1997 United States Royal Oaks Center, Mount Washington, Kentucky, U.S.
36 Loss 27–9 Haiti Ray Anis TKO 3 (10), 2:55 Apr 4, 1994 Japan Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
35 Loss 27–8 United States Buster Mathis Jr. UD 12 Feb 5, 1994 United States The Aladdin, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. For vacant USBA heavyweight title
34 Win 27–7 Russia Evgeny Sudakov SD 3 Dec 3, 1993 United States Casino Magic, Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, U.S.
33 Win 26–7 Canada Shane Sutcliffe TKO 2 (3), 3:00 Dec 3, 1993 United States Casino Magic, Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, U.S.
32 Loss 25–7 United States Tony Tubbs UD 3 Dec 3, 1993 United States Casino Magic, Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, U.S.
31 Loss 25–6 United States Mike Hunter UD 12 Jan 17, 1993 United States Union Plaza Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. For vacant USBA heavyweight title
30 Win 25–5 United States Marion Wilson UD 10 Dec 8, 1992 United States Hyatt Regency, Tampa, Florida, U.S.
29 Win 24–5 United States John Jones KO 2 Nov 19, 1992 United States Days Inn South, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S.
28 Win 23–5 United States Roy Jobe KO 1 Jul 18, 1992 United States Civic Assembly Center, Muskogee, Oklahoma, U.S.
27 Win 22–5 United States Mike Faulkner TKO 2 May 29, 1992 United States Amarillo, Texas, U.S.
26 Win 21–5 United States Charles Woolard TKO 1 (8), 2:12 May 7, 1992 United States Westin, Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.
25 Win 20–5 United States Alan Jamison KO 1 Apr 18, 1992 United States High School Field House, Chandler, Oklahoma, U.S.
24 Loss 19–5 United Kingdom Lennox Lewis TKO 3 (10), 2:47 Nov 23, 1991 United States Omni Coliseum, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
23 Loss 19–4 United States Riddick Bowe TKO 8 (10), 2:17 Mar 2, 1991 United States Broadway by the Bay Theater, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
22 Win 19–3 Puerto Rico Rodolfo Marin UD 10 Dec 8, 1990 United States Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
21 Win 18–3 United States Rick Kellar TKO 2 Apr 5, 1990 United States The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, U.S.
20 Win 17–3 Puerto Rico Ossie Ocasio UD 10 Jan 11, 1990 United States Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
19 Win 16–3 United States Bobby Crabtree TKO 5 (10) Nov 29, 1989 United States The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, U.S.
18 Loss 15–3 United Kingdom Gary Mason KO 7 (10), 3:00 Oct 4, 1989 United Kingdom Royal Albert Hall, London, England
17 Loss 15–2 Italy Francesco Damiani TKO 5 (10), 1:06 Oct 29, 1988 Italy Palatrussardi, Milan, Italy
16 Loss 15–1 United States Mike Tyson TKO 7 (15), 2:59 Oct 16, 1987 United States Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. For WBA, WBC, and IBF heavyweight titles
15 Win 15–0 United States Lorenzo Boyd TKO 3, 1:12 Jul 31, 1987 United States Memorial Coliseum, Corpus Christi, Texas, U.S.
14 Win 14–0 United States David Bey TKO 6 (10), 2:15 Mar 7, 1987 United States Las Vegas Hilton, Winchester, Nevada, U.S.
13 Win 13–0 United States Renaldo Snipes UD 10 Dec 12, 1986 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
12 Win 12–0 United States Robert Evans KO 5 (10), 2:35 Oct 29, 1986 United Kingdom Alexandra Palace, London, England
11 Win 11–0 United States Percell Davis UD 10 Sep 14, 1986 United States Broadway by the Bay Theater, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
10 Win 10–0 United States Rodney Smith RTD 7 (8) Aug 14, 1986 United States Felt Forum, New York City, New York, U.S.
9 Win 9–0 United States Jeff Sims UD 10 Mar 23, 1986 United States Lawlor Events Center, Reno, Nevada, U.S.
8 Win 8–0 United States James Tillis UD 8 Jan 25, 1986 United States Americana Host Farm Resort, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, U.S.
7 Win 7–0 United States Tony Anthony KO 1, 2:57 Dec 21, 1985 United States Pavilion Convention Center, Virginia Beach, Virginia, U.S.
6 Win 6–0 United States Danny Sutton TKO 7 (8) Nov 19, 1985 United States Landmark Hotel, Metairie, Louisiana, U.S.
5 Win 5–0 United States Sterling Benjamin TKO 7 Aug 29, 1985 United States Omni Coliseum, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
4 Win 4–0 United States Eddie Richardson TKO 3 (6), 1:55 Jul 13, 1985 United States Atlantis Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
3 Win 3–0 United States Grady Daniels RTD 2 (6) May 17, 1985 United States Caesars Tahoe, Stateline, Nevada, U.S.
2 Win 2–0 United States Mike Perkins TKO 1 (6), 2:50 Apr 20, 1985 United States Memorial Coliseum, Corpus Christi, Texas, U.S.
1 Win 1–0 United States Mike Ronay Evans UD 6 Nov 15, 1984 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.


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Sporting positions
Amateur boxing titles
Inaugural champion U.S. super heavyweight champion
1981, 1982
Warren Thompson