James Broad

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James Broad
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Real nameJames W. Broad
Nickname(s)Broad Axe
Weight(s) Heavyweight
Height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Nationality American
Born(1958-01-27)January 27, 1958
Greensboro, North Carolina
DiedNovember 20, 2001(2001-11-20) (aged 43)
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights33
Wins23
Wins by KO15
Losses10

James Broad (January 27, 1958 – November 20, 2001) was an American heavyweight boxer who was an amateur star and, prior to the boycott, set to represent America in the 1980 Moscow Olympics. As a pro he won the NABF heavyweight title and was a regular sparring partner of a peak Mike Tyson. He fought the likes of James Smith, Razor Ruddock, Tony Tucker, Tim Witherspoon, Johnny du Plooy, Francesco Damiani, and Greg Page.

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Military service

James Broad took up boxing while serving in the U.S. Army, being a Specialist 4th class stationed at Fort Ord.

Amateur career

Broad took up boxing when he joined the army in 1976. He beat Chris McDonald on points, and scored a first-round-knockout victory over Marvis Frazier in the 1980 Olympic Trials finals, [1] where he qualified for the 1980 U.S. Olympic Boxing team which ultimately did not compete due to President Jimmy Carter's order to boycott the Olympics. He also lost a decision to Tony Tubbs.

Highlights

Professional career

Nicknamed "Broad-Axe", Broad turned pro in 1981 and put together 12 wins, including a 4th-round knockout of future Heavyweight Champ James "Bonecrusher" Smith. His weight was already a problem at this early stage of his career, but Broad worked down to 228 for his first big fight, against fellow undefeated prospect Marvis Frazier. Broad rocked Frazier with his signature uppercuts but was unable to replicate his knockout victory in the amateurs, and he was outworked over 10 rounds.

Broad bounced back to outpoint Larry Alexander over 12 rounds in 1983 then knockout contender Eddie Gregg in 8 rounds to win the NABF title in 1984. For his first title defense Broad scaled a whopping 261 lbs and was knocked out in 2 rounds by once and future world champion Tim Witherspoon in 1985.

Downward Spiral

Broad was unable to get back into serious shape for the remainder of his career, and his results suffered. He lost a 12-round decision to top contender and future world champion Tony Tucker for the USBA title in 1986, and in 1987 was twice outpointed over 10 rounds, by Francesco Damiani in Italy and then by ex-world champ Greg Page, in a fight where both men were down.

Broad outpointed future cruiserweight world title-challenger Patrick Lumumba but went to South Africa and was poleaxed in 4 rounds by Johnny DuPlooy. In his next fight he was stopped on his feet, in questionable circumstances, by rising contender Donovan "Razor" Ruddock. During all this time Broad was a sparring partner for a peak Mike Tyson and took many punches in the gym.

Death

In 1992 Boxing Illustrated reported that Broad intended to make a comeback and wanted to be world champion, despite the fact he was banned in Nevada and California both for failing a neurological exam and testing positive for Hepatitis. He somehow managed to get 4 more fights, losing 3 of them. By 2000 Broad was said to be homeless in Las Vegas and badly brain damaged, James died in 2001 aged only 43.

Professional boxing record

23 Wins (15 knockouts, 8 decisions), 10 Losses (3 knockouts, 7 decisions)
ResultOpp
Record
OpponentTypeRoundDateLocationNotes
Loss13-8 Flag of the United States.svg Calvin "Concrete" JonesMD1020/08/1993 Flag of the United States.svg Melrose Park, Illinois, United States
Win30-10-2 Flag of the United States.svg Philipp BrownPTS826/06/1993 Flag of the United States.svg Saint George, Utah, United States
Loss3-0 Flag of Romania.svg Daniel Dăncuță UD414/02/1993 Flag of the United States.svg Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss11-1 Flag of the United States.svg Billy "Bronco" WrightUD606/10/1992 Flag of the United States.svg Miami Beach, Florida, United States 54-60, 55-59, 56-58.
Win-- Flag of the United States.svg Maurice Smith TKO405/10/1991 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Referee stopped the bout at 1:26 of the fourth round.
Loss20-1-1 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Donovan "Razor" Ruddock TKO106/12/1988 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada Referee stopped the bout at 2:58 of the first round.
Loss17-1 Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Johnny du Plooy KO427/02/1988 Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Johannesburg, South Africa
Win6-1 Flag of Kenya.svg Patrick LumumbaPTS1001/08/1987 Flag of the United States.svg Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss26-6 Flag of the United States.svg Greg Page MD1030/05/1987 Flag of the United States.svg Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 94-95, 93-96, 94-94.
Loss16-0 Flag of Italy.svg Francesco Damiani UD1011/04/1987 Flag of Italy.svg Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy 95-99, 95-99, 95-99.
Loss32-0 Flag of the United States.svg Tony "TNT" Tucker UD1226/09/1986 Flag of the United States.svg Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States USBA Heavyweight Title. 111-118, 109-117, 110-117.
Win3-11-1 Flag of the United States.svg Wesley SmithKO228/06/1986 Flag of the United States.svg Troy, New York, United States
Win23-8-1 Flag of the United States.svg Bobby CrabtreeKO503/05/1986 Flag of the United States.svg Glens Falls, New York, United States Crabtree knocked out at 1:27 of the fifth round.
Win13-1 Flag of the United States.svg Rodney FrazierTKO125/01/1986 Flag of the United States.svg Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Referee stopped the bout at 0:55 of the first round.
Loss19-2 Flag of the United States.svg "Terrible" Tim Witherspoon KO229/04/1985 Flag of the United States.svg Buffalo, New York, United States NABF Heavyweight Title. Broad knocked out at 2:35 of the second round.
Win5-2-1 Flag of the United States.svg Sterling BenjaminTKO214/12/1984 Flag of the United States.svg New York City, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:59 of the second round.
Win20-0-1 Flag of the United States.svg Eddie GreggTKO823/08/1984 Flag of the United States.svg New York City, United States NABF Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 0:48 of the eighth round.
Win32-4 Flag of the United States.svg Tommy Franco ThomasTKO303/05/1984 Flag of the United States.svg Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win22-9-2 Flag of the United States.svg Larry AlexanderSD1217/11/1983 Flag of the United States.svg Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win12-7-4 Flag of the United States.svg Leroy DiggsTKO818/08/1983 Flag of the United States.svg Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:43 of the eighth round.
Loss8-0 Flag of the United States.svg Marvis Frazier UD1010/04/1983 Flag of the United States.svg Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States 3-6, 4-5, 4-5.
Win19-11-1 Flag of Tonga.svg Tony PuluKO310/03/1983 Flag of the United States.svg Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win19-10 Flag of the United States.svg Walter SantemoreUD1206/01/1983 Flag of the United States.svg Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States ESPN Heavyweight Title.
Win12-0 Flag of the United States.svg Donnie "Master of Disaster" LongMD1017/10/1982 Flag of the United States.svg Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States 6-3, 5-4, 5-5.
Win16-5-2 Flag of the United States.svg Randy MackTKO816/09/1982 Flag of the United States.svg Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win5-9 Flag of the United States.svg Art RobinsonDQ404/08/1982 Flag of the United States.svg Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win2-2 Flag of the United States.svg Lonnie ChapmanKO218/07/1982 Flag of the United States.svg Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win5-3-1 Flag of the United States.svg Harold Rice PTS802/04/1982 Flag of the United States.svg Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win13-3-2 Flag of the United States.svg Lou Benson, Jr.PTS811/02/1982 Flag of the United States.svg Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win4-4-3 Flag of the United States.svg Robert EvansTKO617/12/1981 Flag of the United States.svg Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win-- Flag of the United States.svg James "Bonecrusher" Smith TKO405/11/1981 Flag of the United States.svg Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Referee stopped the bout at 1:07 of the fourth round.
Win-- Flag of the United States.svg Greg StephanyKO316/09/1981 Flag of the United States.svg New York City, United States Referee stopped the bout at 1:21 of the third round.
Win0-4 Flag of the United States.svg Albert CollinsKO111/08/1981 Flag of the United States.svg Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Collins refused to continue at 0:59 of the first round. [3]

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References

  1. James Broad Amateur Record at the BoxingRecords. Last updated: April 12, 2006.
  2. Frazier advances at Olympic Boxing Trials (Associated Press), Havre Daily News, Jun 17, 1980, p. 7.
  3. SPORTS NEWS BRIEFS; Jersey Suspends Boxer For Quitting in Bout. The New York Times.