Dariusz Michalczewski

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Dariusz Michalczewski
Dariusz Michalczewski (2007).jpg
Michalczewski in 2007
Statistics
Nickname(s)Tiger
Weight(s)
Height1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Reach178 cm (70 in)
Nationality
  • Polish
  • German
Born (1968-05-05) 5 May 1968 (age 53)
Gdańsk, Poland
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights50
Wins48
Wins by KO38
Losses2
Medal record
Men's amateur boxing
Representing Flag of Germany.svg  Germany
European Championships
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 1991 Gothenburg Light-heavyweight
Representing Flag of Poland.svg  Poland
European Junior Championships
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 1986 Copenhagen Middleweight

Dariusz Tomasz Michalczewski (born 5 May 1968) is a Polish-German former professional boxer who competed from 1991 to 2005. He held multiple world championships in two weight classes, including the WBA, IBF, WBO and lineal light-heavyweight titles between 1994 and 2003, and the WBO junior-heavyweight title from 1994 to 1995. BoxRec currently ranks him No.63 in its ranking of the greatest pound for pound boxers of all time. [1]

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Amateur career

Michalczewski came up through Poland's state-run sports program as a boy and had a successful amateur career. He achieved an amateur record of 139–11–2 (89 KO). Highlights of his amateur career include: [2]

Defection to Germany

On 24 April 1988, while competing beyond the Iron Curtain in West Germany for the Polish national team, Michalczewski defected from the amateur team to stay in West Germany. Becoming a citizen of the now united Germany in 1991 and turning professional the same year, he was soon signed by Universum Box-Promotion, one of the leading boxing promoters in Europe. His aggressive style earned him the nickname "Tiger". [3]

Professional career

Michalczewski turned professional in September 1991. He won the German International light-heavyweight title early on 13 February 1993, a title for foreign-born fighters based in Germany. He then won the IBF Intercontinental title on 22 May 1993. [4]

Two-weight world champion

On 10 September 1994, Michalczewski, at 23-0 (18 KOs), captured the WBO light-heavyweight title with a 12-round decision over defending champion Leeonzer Barber at Sporthalle, Alsterdorf, Hamburg, Germany. Between then and March 2003, Michalczewski made 23 successful defenses of his WBO title against 20 different boxers, and picked up three other belts along the way. Three months after beating Barber, he won the WBO cruiserweight title with a tenth-round knockout of Nestor Giovannini. However, he soon gave up that title to continue campaigning as a light-heavyweight.

In 1996, Universum Box-Promotion's conditioning coach Fritz Sdunek became head coach and replaced Chuck Talhami as Michalczewski's trainer, which resulted in a marked improvement in Michalczewski's performances.

Hill vs Michalczewski unification

On 13 June 1997, he defeated Virgil Hill over 12 rounds to add Hill's WBA, IBF and Lineal light-heavyweight titles to his own. However, Michalczewski soon lost both alphabet titles; Scandalously, the WBA immediately stripped him for displaying its belt along with that of the WBO. Michalczewski was then forced to relinquish the IBF title when he was unable to defend the title in a court-ordered defense against mandatory challenger William Guthrie within a little over a month after the bout with Hill. [5]

After beating Hill, Michalczewski knocked out 14 consecutive opponents, all in defense of his Lineal/WBO titles. In 1998, he defeated Drake Thadzi, in 1999, he defeated Montel Griffin, and in 2000, he defeated Graciano Rocchigiani.

Going for Marciano's record

Autographed replica of Michalczewski's WBO title in Dziwnow Dariusz Michalczewski belt & autograph.jpg
Autographed replica of Michalczewski's WBO title in Dziwnów

Michalczewski had a perfect record of 48-0 when he faced Julio César González of Mexico in defense of his title on 18 October 2003. Coming into the fight, he was within one victory of tying Rocky Marciano's record of 49 wins with no losses. A win also would have put him just one victory short of Joe Louis' all-time record for successful defenses at any weight class. However, as when Larry Holmes went for the same record against Michael Spinks, the now 35-year-old Michalczewski was unable to pull it off. He lost a controversial split decision to the 27-year-old Gonzalez at the Color Line Arena in Hamburg, and his career record dropped to 48-1.

Despite the loss, he still holds the record for the most consecutive successful world title defenses at light-heavyweight.

Final fight

In October 2004, it was announced that Michalczewski would come out of retirement to box France's Fabrice Tiozzo for the WBA light heavyweight title on 26 February 2005 in Hamburg. Michalczewski was stopped in six round, then he announced his retirement in May 2005.

Michalczewski was to come out of retirement to fight German boxing icon Sven Ottke in Germany in May 2008, but the bout never materialized.

Social involvement

In 2003 Dariusz Michalczewski established foundation "Równe Szanse" (equal chances) which was aimed at supporting initiatives for youth from dysfunctional families. [9] Since 2014 he supports the social campaign for civil union and the right for adoption by homosexual couples. [10] [11]

Professional boxing record

Professional record summary
50 fights48 wins2 losses
By knockout381
By decision71
By disqualification30
No.ResultRecordOpponentTypeRound, timeDateLocationNotes
50Loss48–2 Flag of France.svg Fabrice Tiozzo TKO6 (12), 2:0526 Feb 2005 Flag of Germany.svg Color Line Arena, Hamburg, GermanyFor WBA light-heavyweight title
49Loss48–1 Flag of Mexico.svg Julio César González SD1218 Oct 2003 Flag of Germany.svg Color Line Arena, Hamburg, GermanyLost WBO light-heavyweight title
48Win48–0 Flag of the United States.svg Derrick HarmonKO9 (12)29 Mar 2003 Flag of Germany.svg Color Line Arena, Hamburg, GermanyRetained WBO light-heavyweight title
47Win47–0 Flag of Jamaica.svg Richard Hall TKO10 (12)14 Sep 2002 Flag of Germany.svg Volkswagen Halle, Braunschweig, GermanyRetained WBO light-heavyweight title
46Win46–0 Flag of the United States.svg Joey DeGrandisKO2 (12)20 Apr 2002 Flag of Poland.svg Hala Olivia, Gdańsk, PolandRetained WBO light-heavyweight title
45Win45–0 Flag of Jamaica.svg Richard Hall TKO11 (12), 1:5015 Dec 2001 Flag of Germany.svg Estrel Hotel, Berlin, GermanyRetained WBO light-heavyweight title
44Win44–0 Flag of Spain.svg Alejandro LakatosKO9 (12), 1:355 May 2001 Flag of Germany.svg Volkswagen Halle, Braunschweig, GermanyRetained WBO light-heavyweight title
43Win43–0 Flag of the United States.svg Ka-Dy KingTKO7 (12), 0:2816 Dec 2000 Flag of Germany.svg Grugahalle, Essen, GermanyRetained WBO light-heavyweight title
42Win42–0 Flag of Germany.svg Graciano Rocchigiani TKO10 (12), 3:0015 Apr 2000 Flag of Germany.svg Preussag Arena, Hanover, GermanyRetained WBO light-heavyweight title
41Win41–0 Flag of the United States.svg Montell Griffin TKO4 (12), 2:5928 Aug 1999 Flag of Germany.svg Stadthalle, Bremen, GermanyRetained WBO light-heavyweight title
40Win40–0 Flag of Russia.svg Muslim BiarslanovTKO7 (12), 1:413 Apr 1999 Flag of Germany.svg Stadthalle, Bremen, GermanyRetained WBO light heavyweight title
39Win39–0 Flag of Malawi.svg Drake Thadzi TKO9 (12), 1:4512 Dec 1998 Flag of Germany.svg Ballsporthalle, Frankfurt, GermanyRetained WBO light-heavyweight title
38Win38–0 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Mark PrinceKO8 (12)19 Sep 1998 Flag of Germany.svg Arena Oberhausen, Oberhausen, GermanyRetained WBO light-heavyweight title
37Win37–0 Flag of Italy.svg Andrea Magi TKO4 (12)20 Mar 1998 Flag of Germany.svg Ballsporthalle, Frankfurt, GermanyRetained WBO light-heavyweight title
36Win36–0 Flag of the United States.svg Darren Zenner RTD6 (12), 3:0013 Dec 1997 Flag of Germany.svg Alsterdorfer Sporthalle, Hamburg, GermanyRetained WBO light-heavyweight title
35Win35–0 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Nicky Piper TKO7 (12), 3:004 Oct 1997 Flag of Germany.svg Stadionsporthalle, Hanover, GermanyRetained WBO light-heavyweight title
34Win34–0 Flag of the United States.svg Virgil Hill UD1213 Jun 1997 Flag of Germany.svg Arena Oberhausen, Oberhausen, GermanyRetained WBO light-heavyweight title;
Won WBA and IBF light-heavyweight titles
33Win33–0 Flag of France.svg Christophe Girard TKO8 (12)13 Dec 1996 Flag of Germany.svg Stadionsporthalle, Hanover, GermanyRetained WBO light-heavyweight title
32Win32–0 Flag of Germany.svg Graciano Rocchigiani DQ7 (12), 3:0010 Aug 1996 Flag of Germany.svg Wilhelm-Koch-Stadion, Hamburg, GermanyRetained WBO light-heavyweight title;
Rocchigiani disqualified for punching after a clinch
31Win31–0 Flag of France.svg Christophe Girard UD128 Jun 1996 Flag of Germany.svg Sporthalle, Cologne, GermanyRetained WBO light-heavyweight title
30Win30–0 Flag of Kazakhstan.svg Asluddin UmarovTKO5 (12), 2:306 Apr 1996 Flag of Germany.svg Stadionsporthalle, Hanover, GermanyRetained WBO light-heavyweight title
29Win29–0 Flag of France.svg Philippe MichelUD127 Oct 1995 Flag of Germany.svg Festhalle, Frankfurt, GermanyRetained WBO light-heavyweight title
28Win28–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Everardo Armenta Jr.KO5 (12), 2:5919 Aug 1995 Flag of Germany.svg Eisstadion an der Brehmstraße, Düsseldorf, GermanyRetained WBO light-heavyweight title
27Win27–0 Flag of the United States.svg Paul CarloKO4 (12), 2:4620 May 1995 Flag of Germany.svg Alsterdorfer Sporthalle, Hamburg, GermanyRetained WBO light-heavyweight title
26Win26–0 Flag of Spain.svg Roberto DominguezKO2 (12), 1:0511 Mar 1995 Flag of Germany.svg Sporthalle, Cologne, GermanyRetained WBO light-heavyweight title
25Win25–0 Flag of Argentina.svg Nestor Hipolito Giovannini KO10 (12), 1:2517 Dec 1994 Flag of Germany.svg Alsterdorfer Sporthalle, Hamburg, GermanyWon WBO junior-heavyweight title
24Win24–0 Flag of the United States.svg Leeonzer Barber UD1210 Sep 1994 Flag of Germany.svg Alsterdorfer Sporthalle, Hamburg, GermanyWon WBO light-heavyweight title
23Win23–0 Flag of the United States.svg Melvin WynnKO2, 3:0528 May 1994 Flag of Germany.svg Tivoli Eissporthalle, Aachen, Germany
22Win22–0 Flag of the United States.svg David DavisKO7 (10)23 Apr 1994 Flag of Germany.svg Sporthalle Bildungszentrum, Halle, Germany
21Win21–0 Flag of the United States.svg David VedderDQ119 Feb 1994 Flag of Germany.svg Sporthalle Wandsbek, Hamburg, Germany
20Win20–0 Flag of Argentina.svg Sergio Daniel MeraniTD9 (12)20 Nov 1993 Flag of Germany.svg Alsterdorfer Sporthalle, Hamburg, GermanyRetained IBF Inter-Continental light-heavyweight title
19Win19–0 Flag of Italy.svg Mwehu BeyaPTS1211 Sep 1993 Flag of Germany.svg Tivoli Eissporthalle, Aachen, GermanyRetained IBF Inter-Continental light-heavyweight title
18Win18–0 Flag of Uruguay.svg Juan Alberto BarreroKO5 (10)26 Jun 1993 Flag of Germany.svg Alsterdorfer Sporthalle, Hamburg, Germany
17Win17–0 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Noel Magee TKO8 (12)22 May 1993 Flag of Germany.svg Tivoli Eissporthalle, Aachen, GermanyWon vacant IBF Inter-Continental light-heavyweight title
16Win16–0 Flag of the United States.svg Pat AlleyKO43 Apr 1993 Flag of Germany.svg Sporthalle Wandsbek, Hamburg, Germany
15Win15–0 Flag of Germany.svg Ali SaidiKO10 (10)13 Feb 1993 Flag of Germany.svg Alsterdorfer Sporthalle, Hamburg, GermanyWon German International light-heavyweight title
14Win14–0 Flag of the United States.svg Willie McDonaldKO2 (8)12 Jan 1993 Flag of Germany.svg Saaltheater Geulen, Aachen, Germany
13Win13–0 Flag of the United States.svg Mike PeakPTS88 Dec 1992 Flag of Germany.svg Legiencenter, Hamburg, Germany
12Win12–0 Flag of the United States.svg Keith WilliamsTKO217 Nov 1992 Flag of Germany.svg Holstentorhalle, Lübeck, Germany
11Win11–0 Flag of the United States.svg Cecil SimmsKO27 Nov 1992 Flag of Germany.svg Sporthalle, Cologne, Germany
10Win10–0 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Steve McCarthy DQ3 (10), 2:5929 Sep 1992 Flag of Germany.svg Legiencenter, Hamburg, GermanyMcCarthy disqualified for an intentional headbutt
9Win9–0 Flag of the United States.svg Sylvester WhiteTKO528 Aug 1992 Flag of Germany.svg Tivoli Eissporthalle, Aachen, Germany
8Win8–0 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Richard BustinKO4 (8)27 Jun 1992 Flag of Portugal.svg Hotel, Quinta do Lago, Portugal
7Win7–0 Flag of the United States.svg Terrence WrightTKO222 May 1992 Flag of Germany.svg Dinslaken, Germany
6Win6–0 Flag of the United States.svg Robert JohnsonTKO2 (8), 2:414 Apr 1992 Flag of Germany.svg Düsseldorf, Germany
5Win5–0 Flag of Ireland.svg Sean MannionTKO321 Feb 1992 Flag of Germany.svg Legiencenter, Hamburg, Germany
4Win4–0 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Yves MonsieurTKO4 (8)28 Jan 1992 Flag of Germany.svg Legiencenter, Hamburg, Germany
3Win3–0 Flag of Hungary.svg Zoltan HabdaTKO2 (6)10 Jan 1992 Flag of Germany.svg Saaltheater Geulen, Aachen, Germany
2Win2–0 Flag of Germany.svg Peter CenkiTKO215 Oct 1991 Flag of Germany.svg Legiencenter, Hamburg, Germany
1Win1–0 Flag of the United States.svg Frederic PorterTKO216 Sep 1991 Flag of Germany.svg Legiencenter, Hamburg, Germany

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Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
Preceded by
Ali Saidi
German International
light-heavyweight champion

13 February 1993 – 1994
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Silvio Meinel
Vacant
Title last held by
Frank Tate
IBF Inter-Continental
light-heavyweight champion

22 May 1993 – September 1994
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Montell Griffin
World boxing titles
Preceded by
Leeonzer Barber
WBO light-heavyweight champion
10 September 1994 – 18 October 2003
Succeeded by
Julio César González
Preceded by
Nestor Hipolito Giovannini
WBO junior-heavyweight champion
17 December 1994 – March 1995
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Ralf Rocchigiani
Preceded by
Virgil Hill
WBA light-heavyweight champion
13 June 1997 – 1 July 1997
Stripped
Vacant
Title next held by
Lou Del Valle
IBF light-heavyweight champion
13 June 1997 – 16 June 1997
Stripped
Vacant
Title next held by
William Guthrie