Category:Boxers from Florida
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The following 32 pages are in this category, out of 32 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Boxing – Boxing is a combat sport in which two people wearing protective gloves throw punches at each other for a predetermined set of time in a boxing ring. Amateur boxing is both an Olympic and Commonwealth Games sport and is a fixture in most international games—it also has its own World Championships. Boxing is supervised by a referee over a series of one- to three-minute intervals called rounds, in the event that both fighters gain equal scores from the judges, the fight is considered a draw. In Olympic boxing, due to the fact that a winner must be declared, in the case of a draw - the judges use technical criteria to choose the most deserving winner of the bout. While people have fought in combat since before the dawn of history. The earliest evidence for fist fighting with any kind of gloves can be found on Minoan Crete, in Ancient Greece boxing was a well developed sport and enjoyed consistent popularity. In Olympic terms, it was first introduced in the 23rd Olympiad,688 B. C, the boxers would wind leather thongs around their hands in order to protect them. There were no rounds and boxers fought until one of them acknowledged defeat or could not continue, weight categories were not used, which meant heavyweights had a tendency to dominate. It was the head of the opponent which was primarily targeted, Boxing was a popular spectator sport in Ancient Rome. In order for the fighters to protect themselves against their opponents they wrapped leather thongs around their fists, eventually harder leather was used and the thong soon became a weapon. The Romans even introduced metal studs to the thongs to make the cestus which then led to a more sinister weapon called the myrmex, Fighting events were held at Roman Amphitheatres. The Roman form of boxing was often a fight until death to please the spectators who gathered at such events, however, especially in later times, purchased slaves and trained combat performers were valuable commodities, and their lives were not given up without due consideration. Often slaves were used against one another in a circle marked on the floor and this is where the term ring came from. In AD393, during the Roman gladiator period, boxing was abolished due to excessive brutality and it was not until the late 17th century that boxing re-surfaced in London. Records of Classical boxing activity disappeared after the fall of the Western Roman Empire when the wearing of weapons became common once again, however, there are detailed records of various fist-fighting sports that were maintained in different cities and provinces of Italy between the 12th and 17th centuries. There was also a sport in ancient Rus called Kulachniy Boy or Fist Fighting, as the wearing of swords became less common, there was renewed interest in fencing with the fists. The sport would later resurface in England during the early 16th century in the form of bare-knuckle boxing sometimes referred to as prizefighting. The first documented account of a fight in England appeared in 1681 in the London Protestant Mercury
2. Florida – Florida /ˈflɒrᵻdə/ is a state located in the southeastern region of the United States. It is bordered to the west by the Gulf of Mexico, to the north by Alabama and Georgia, to the east by the Atlantic Ocean, Florida is the 22nd-most extensive, the 3rd-most populous, and the 8th-most densely populated of the U. S. states. Jacksonville is the most populous municipality in the state and is the largest city by area in the contiguous United States, the Miami metropolitan area is Floridas most populous urban area. The city of Tallahassee is the state capital, much of the state is at or near sea level and is characterized by sedimentary soil. The climate varies from subtropical in the north to tropical in the south, the American alligator, American crocodile, Florida panther, and manatee can be found in the Everglades National Park. It was a location of the Seminole Wars against the Native Americans. Today, Florida is distinctive for its large Cuban expatriate community and high population growth, the states economy relies mainly on tourism, agriculture, and transportation, which developed in the late 19th century. Florida is also renowned for amusement parks, orange crops, the Kennedy Space Center, Florida has attracted many writers such as Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Ernest Hemingway and Tennessee Williams, and continues to attract celebrities and athletes. It is internationally known for golf, tennis, auto racing, by the 16th century, the earliest time for which there is a historical record, major Native American groups included the Apalachee, the Timucua, the Ais, the Tocobaga, the Calusa and the Tequesta. Florida was the first part of the continental United States to be visited and settled by Europeans, the earliest known European explorers came with the Spanish conquistador Juan Ponce de León. Ponce de León spotted and landed on the peninsula on April 2,1513 and he named the region La Florida. The story that he was searching for the Fountain of Youth is a myth, in May 1539, Conquistador Hernando de Soto skirted the coast of Florida, searching for a deep harbor to land. He described seeing a wall of red mangroves spread mile after mile, some reaching as high as 70 feet. Very soon, many smokes appeared along the whole coast, billowing against the sky, the Spanish introduced Christianity, cattle, horses, sheep, the Spanish language, and more to Florida. Both the Spanish and French established settlements in Florida, with varying degrees of success, in 1559, Don Tristán de Luna y Arellano established a settlement at present-day Pensacola, making it the first attempted settlement in Florida, but it was abandoned by 1561. Spain maintained tenuous control over the region by converting the tribes to Christianity. The area of Spanish Florida diminished with the establishment of English settlements to the north, the English attacked St. Augustine, burning the city and its cathedral to the ground several times. Florida attracted numerous Africans and African-Americans from adjacent British colonies who sought freedom from slavery, in 1738, Governor Manuel de Montiano established Fort Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose near St
3. Andre Berto – Andre Michael Berto is an American professional boxer who holds dual American and Haitian citizenship. He is a former welterweight world champion, having held the WBC title from 2008 to 2011. As an amateur he won the National Golden Gloves tournament in 2001 and 2003 and he also represented Haiti at the 2004 Olympics, reaching the opening round of the welterweight bracket. During his 13-year career, Berto has become known for his toughness, formidable punching power, in the late 2000s he was considered a rising star in the welterweight division, as well as a highly regarded young prospect in boxing. Bertos success was cut short after his first career loss to Victor Ortiz, since then, Bertos career has fluctuated, from 2012 to 2015 he suffered three further losses, but bounced back in 2016 with a win over Victor Ortiz in a rematch of their first meeting. The son of Haitian immigrants, Berto was one of seven children born and raised in Winter Haven and he was introduced to boxing by his father after getting beat up multiple times by classmates. Dieuseul, who competed professionally in mixed martial arts and taught the sport to Berto at a school in Winter Haven, for Berto, the sport of boxing became a solace to stay out of trouble in the rough community in which he grew up. As an amateur, Berto won a medal in the 2003 World Championships. He was also a two-time U. S. National Golden Gloves champion, a two-time National PAL champion, a three-time U. S. amateur championship medalist, and won 22 state titles in Florida. Prior to the 2003 World Championships, Berto defeated future world title challenger Andre Dirrell, Berto was an odds-on favorite to breeze through the 2004 Olympic Trials and qualify as a member of the US Olympic boxing squad. Those dreams were dashed in the round of the trials. Berto was winning the fight, before McPherson bumped into him before being pushed to the canvas, the act was ruled a flagrant foul, and Berto was disqualified. A protest was ruled in his favor, as he was declared the winner, Berto won that bout as well and prepared for the finals before a follow-up meeting the night before reverted to the initial ruling, eliminating Berto from the tournament. Berto lost in the first-round to Xavier Noel of France, from December 2004 to October 2006, Berto won 15 fights, with 13 coming by way of knockout. On December 12,2006, at the Alltel Arena in North Little Rock, Arkansas, Berto stepped up in competition, Berto put together a one-sided destruction of Figueroa, eventually forcing the referee to stop the fight in round six. He was named ESPN. coms 2006 Prospect of the Year and his next fight took place on February 17,2007, at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City, against Norberto Bravo of The Contender. Berto defeated Bravo by first-round technical knockout after Bravo was knocked down three times, triggering the three knockdown rule, on May 19,2007, Berto defeated Martinus Clay by seventh-round technical knockout. On July 27,2007, at the City Center in Saratoga Springs, Berto was in full control until he was down for the first time in his career in round six
4. Derrick Gainer – Derrick Smoke Gainer is a US born boxer who started out in the featherweight division and now fights in the lightweight division. Since his defeat to Marquez, Gainer lost in a challenge to WBA titleholder Chris John via unanimous decision, nicknamed Smoke, he is also a colleague and good friend of Roy Jones Jr. His last was a decision win over Carlos Navarro on the undercard of the Roy Jones-Anthony Hanshaw bout at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum, in Biloxi. Derrick started a high school for at risk kids in 1999 which he named after his late grandmother Dr. Ruby J Gainer. This year Gainer started Fit Nation which is a childhood obesity program with goals to help kids make healthy life style changes, Fit Nation is a non-profit program located in Pensacola, Florida. Professional boxing record for Derrick Gainer from BoxRec Interview with Fightnews DiBella Entertainment article Boxing Guru Profile Scandinavian Site
5. Roy Jones Jr. – Roy Levesta Jones Jr. is an American professional boxer, boxing commentator, boxing trainer, rapper, and actor who holds dual American and Russian citizenship. As an amateur he represented the United States at the 1988 Summer Olympics and he also became the undisputed light heavyweight champion in 1999, by unifying the WBA, WBC, and IBF titles. During his prime, Jones was known for possessing exceptional hand speed, athleticism, movement, the Boxing Writers Association of America named Jones as the Fighter of the Decade for the 1990s. He was also named Fighter of the Year for 2003 by the World Boxing Hall of Fame, as an amateur, he ended his career with a 121–13 record. Jones represented the United States at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games and he dominated his opponents, never losing a single round en route to the final. His participation in the final was met controversy when he lost a 3–2 decision to South Korean fighter Park Si-Hun despite pummeling Park for three rounds, landing 86 punches to Parks 32. Allegedly, Park himself apologized to Jones afterward and the referee told Jones that he was dumbstruck by the judges decision, One judge shortly thereafter admitted the decision was a mistake and all three judges voting against Jones were eventually suspended. The incident led Olympic organizers to establish a new scoring system for Olympic boxing, on turning professional, he had already sparred with many professional boxers, including NABF Champion Ronnie Essett, IBF Champion Lindell Holmes and Sugar Ray Leonard. Jones began as a professional on May 6,1989, knocking out Ricky Randall in two rounds in Pensacola at the Bayfront Auditorium, for his next fight, he faced the more experienced Stephan Johnson in Atlantic City, beating him by a knockout in round eight. Jones built a record of 15–0 with 15 knockouts before stepping up in class to meet former World Welterweight Champion Jorge Vaca in a Pay Per View fight on January 10,1992 and he knocked Vaca out in round one to reach 16 knockout wins in a row. After one more KO, Jones went the distance for the first time against future world champion Jorge Castro, Jones made his first attempt at a world title on May 22,1993. He beat future Undisputed Middleweight Champion Bernard Hopkins by unanimous decision in Washington, Jones was ahead on all three judges scorecards. Jones landed 206 of 594 punches and Hopkins connected on 153 of 670, Jones claimed he had entered the bout with a broken right hand, but still managed to outpoint Hopkins and secure a unanimous decision win. Jones reminded the world of this claim on his hit single Yall Mustve Forgot later in his career, for his next fight, he fought another future world champion, Thulane Sugar Boy Malinga, in a non-title affair. Jones beat Malinga by knockout in six rounds, Jones finished the year with another win, beating Fermin Chirino by decision. In 1994, Jones beat Danny Popeye Garcia by knockout in six, on November 18,1994, Jones was set to face undefeated IBF Super Middleweight Champion James Toney, who was ranked highly in the pound for pound rankings. Toney was undefeated after 46 bouts and was rated the best in the world at 168 lbs, billed as The Uncivil War, Toney vs. Jones was heavily hyped and on PPV. Jones, for the first time in his career, was the underdog, over the course of the 12-round unanimous decision, Jones demonstrated his greatness
6. Antonio Tarver – Antonio Deon Tarver is an American professional boxer. He is a light heavyweight world champion, having held the WBA, WBC, IBF and The Ring magazine titles. Tarver also triumphed at the 1995 Pan American Games and 1995 U. S. National Championships and he remains the only boxer in history to have won gold at the Pan Am Games, World Championships and U. S. Nationals all in the same year, outside of boxing, Tarver starred as Mason The Line Dixon, the heavyweight champion in the 2006 film Rocky Balboa. 1993 and 1995 United States amateur Light Heavyweight champion,1994 National Golden Gloves Light Heavyweight champion Won the Light Heavyweight bronze medal for the United States at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. Tarver won his first 16 fights,14 by knockout, before stepping up his level of competition. After taking most of his first 16 fights in either his native Florida or at the Blue Horizon, for his 11th fight he met veteran Rocky Gannon in Chester, West Virginia, Tarver knocked out Gannon in the second round. On February 29,2000, Tarver scored a knockout against Ernest M-16 Mateen in Las Vegas. Later that year, Tarver suffered his first loss when he was knocked down in the 11th round by Eric Harding, en route to a decision on June 23 in Biloxi. This was an IBF title elimination bout, where the winner would face Roy Jones Jr, in 2002, Tarver defeated former two-weight world champion Reggie Johnson by split decision to win the NABF & USBA light-heavyweight titles, and a guaranteed title shot at Roy Jones. He then scored a fifth round stoppage over Harding in a rematch that was on the undercard of the rematch between Shane Mosely and Vernon Forrest, after dropping Griffin in the first and last rounds, Tarver was crowned champion after winning a unanimous decision. Next, rather remain at heavyweight, Jones planned to return to light-heavyweight. In fifty previous fights, Jones had only sent to the floor once. Interestingly, Johnson himself had been stripped of his IBF title before the bout with Tarver for not fighting his mandatory challenger, both fighters were celebrated for their decision to fight each other rather than bow to the pressure from what has become known as The Alphabet Soup sanctioning bodies. Tarver, considered a favorite to win the fight, suffered a loss to Johnson by way of a split decision in a fight that he did not appear to be in top shape for. Tarver avenged the loss six months later with a decision, out-boxing and out-working the aggressive Johnson at the FedEx Forum in Memphis. On June 10,2006, Tarver faced former undisputed world middleweight champion Bernard Hopkins for Tarvers The Ring title at The Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, Hopkins, a 3-to-1 underdog, dominated the fight, outboxing Tarver to win a unanimous decision. The fight was scored 118–109 by all three judges, Tarver was knocked down in the 5th round