Jamie Pittman

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Jamie Pittman
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Real nameJamie Michael Pittman
Nickname(s)Mr. Business
Weight(s) Middleweight
Height1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
NationalityIndigenous Australian
Born (1981-07-18) 18 July 1981 (age 40)
Brisbane, Queensland,
Australia
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights25
Wins22
Wins by KO7
Losses3
Draws0
No contests0

Jamie Michael Pittman (born 18 July 1981 in Brisbane, Queensland) is a professional Australian indigenous boxer in the middleweight division. [1] [2] He represented his nation Australia at the 2004 Summer Olympics finishing his amateur career with an incredible record of 187 fights 150 wins 37 losses, before turning himself into pro by the following year. From then on, Pittman held a record of twenty-five bouts throughout his professional career (twenty-two victories, eleven knockouts, and three losses). [3]

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Amateur career

Pittman started boxing as a form of rehabilitation at the age of ten, when he fell through the window that left him with 72 stitches in his arm. Since then, he trained most his sporting career for the Newcastle PCYC in Newcastle upon Tyne, New South Wales, and later selected to be the member of the boxing team under the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra. Pittman sought his official bid to compete for the host nation at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, but the match was called off during the AIBA Oceania Qualification Tournament, because of a controversial decision. According to him, he got a cut under his eye, in which doctors presumed that it was counted as a punch from the opponent. [4]

Pittman represented Australia at the 2002 Commonwealth Games. In his first bout, he defeated Hassan Mraba Mzonge of Tanzania, but lost his quarterfinal contest to Jean Pascal of Canada. [5] Pittman won 3 fights in 3 days to Win the gold medal at the 2003 Commonwealth Championships, beating Eamonn_OKane from Northern Ireland in the final. Pittman then qualified for the men's middleweight division (75 kg) at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. Having trained eight years for his Olympic debut in Sydney and missed out, he bounced back to guarantee a spot on the Australian boxing team after finishing first from the AIBA Oceania Qualification Tournament in Tonga. [4] Pittman suffered a contentious one-point defeat to Germany's Lukas Wilaschek with a tough 24–23 decision in his opening match. [6] [7]

Professional career

Shortly after the Games, Pittman turned himself into pro in 2005. Because of his unorthodox athleticism, tremendous amateur tactics, and daunting fists to punish his opponents, he was considered one of the young prospects in boxing. As of August 2014, Pittman obtains a combined record of twenty-two victories (8 KO) in twenty-five professional bouts with three defeats. [3]

At the peak of his pro career, Pittman campaigned his defence with PABA and WBA Asia Pacific middleweight titles to establish an impressive 15–0 boxing record, until he swiftly moved into the super middleweight division three years after his pro debut. [8]

On 5 April 2008, Pittman faced three-time defending WBA super middleweight champion Felix Sturm in Düsseldorf, Germany. He enjoyed his early success at the start of the match with two straight victories over Sturm upon the decision of the judges. After two rounds, Pittman continued to box Sturm with another quick punch, but his opponent rocked him at the very end with his right eye being severely cut. As the fight sustained in the fifth round, Sturm took control the ring, and knocked Pittman down with a body shot. With only 36 seconds left into the seventh round, he was floored and battered again by Sturm with a flurry of punches until referee Russell Mora stepped in to halt the fight, declaring Sturm a champion in a one-sided defence of his WBA middleweight title. Nevertheless, Pittman claimed a professional defeat in his sporting career for the first time, since he captained the Australian team at the Olympics. [9] [10]

Following his first ever defeat in pro career, Pittman bounced back to earn three boxing bouts and generated a boxing record of 18–1. In early 2010, Pittman's game plan had been overwhelmed with another debacle, after being knocked out by Ghana's Joseph Kwadjo for the IBF Australasian super middleweight title during the seventh round of their match at Le Montage Reception Centre in Sydney. [11]

In 2011, Pittman lost the PABA super middleweight title to fellow Australian boxer Serge Yannick in an unprecedented second round of their match in Hobart, Tasmania. Two years later, Pittman restored his form in the boxing scene with a clinical shutout over Zac Awad in the eighth round of their match, and ultimately clinched the PABA super middleweight title at the Sydney Entertainment Centre, hastening his pro record to 22–3 (8 KO). [12]

Professional boxing record

22 Wins (8 knockouts, 14 decisions), 3 Losses, 0 Draws [3]
Res.RecordOpponentTypeRoundDateLocationNotes
Win22–3 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Zac AwadUD8 (8)2013-01-30 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Sydney Entertainment Centre, Sydney
Loss21–3 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Serge YannickTKO2 (12)2011-08-31 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Derwent Entertainment Centre, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia PABA super middleweight title
Win21–2 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Tim KanofskiUD6 (6)2011-01-29 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Gold Coast Convention Centre, Broadbeach, Queensland, Australia
Win20–2 Flag of Samoa.svg Togasilimai Letoa UD6 (6)2010-10-31 Flag of Australia (converted).svg State Sports Centre, Homebush, New South Wales, Australia
Loss19–2 Flag of Ghana.svg Joseph KwadjoKO7 (12)2010-04-08 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Le Montage Reception Centre, Lilyfield, New South Wales, Australia IBF Australasia super middleweight title
Win19–1 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Frank CiampaUD6 (6)2009-07-26 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Town Hall, Melbourne, Australia
Win18–1 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Josh ClenshawUD8 (8)2009-02-20 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Newcastle Panthers Club, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
Win17–1 Flag of Argentina.svg Eduardo RojasTKO2 (6)2008-11-07 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Central Coast Leagues Club, Gosford, New South Wales, Australia
Loss16–1 Flag of Germany.svg Felix Sturm TKO7 (12)2008-04-05 Flag of Germany.svg Burg-Wächter Castello, Düsseldorf, Germany WBA middleweight title
Win16–0 Flag of Indonesia.svg Andreas SeranUD12 (12)2007-11-26 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Iguana's Bar & Brasserie, Gosford, New South Wales, AustraliaPABA middleweight title
Win15–0 Flag of South Africa.svg Tshepo Mashego UD12 (12)2007-09-14 Flag of Australia (converted).svg RSL Club, Davistown, New South Wales, Australia
Win14–0 Flag of the Philippines.svg Nonoy GonzalesUD12 (12)2007-09-14 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Crowne Plaza Hotel, Terrigal, New South Wales, Australia WBO Asia Pacific middleweight title
Win13–0 Flag of Thailand.svg Komgrit NanakornUD6 (6)2007-04-27 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Magic Millions Complex, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Win12–0 Flag of South Africa.svg William GareTD8 (12)2006-11-24 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Crowne Plaza Hotel, Terrigal, New South Wales, AustraliaWBF super middleweight title
Win11–0 Flag of New Zealand.svg Paz ViejoTKO2 (12)2006-10-20 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Bundamba Basketball Stadium, Ipswich, Queensland, Australia
Win10–0 Flag of Thailand.svg Somchai ChimlumTKO4 (6)2006-08-04 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Magic Millions Complex, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Win9–0 Flag of Thailand.svg Anont DonpradithUD6 (6)2006-06-09 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Southport RSL Club, Southport, Queensland, Australia
Win8–0 Flag of Thailand.svg Dechapon SuwunnalirdUD6 (6)2006-05-12 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Aquatic Bar & Grill, Tweed Heads South, New South Wales, Australia
Win7–0 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Les SherringtonKO4 (10)2006-03-03 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast, Queensland, AustraliaAustralian super middleweight title
Win6–0 Flag of Thailand.svg Saiseelek ChanthanyakarnTKO2 (8)2005-09-08 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Panthers World of Entertainment, Penrith, New South Wales, Australia
Win5–0 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Peter BrennanKO1 (6)2005-09-02 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Club Nova, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
Win4–0 Flag of New Zealand.svg Gerrard ZohsKO2 (6)2005-07-23 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Tuggerah Lakes Memorial Club, The Entrance, New South Wales, Australia
Win3–0 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Clint JohnsonKO3 (5)2005-05-13 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Central Coast Leagues Club, Gosford, New South Wales, Australia
Win2–0 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Peter BrennanUD6 (6)2005-03-27 Flag of Australia (converted).svg State Sports Centre, Homebush, New South Wales, Australia
Win1–0 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Sean ConnellUD6 (6)2004-11-09 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Blacktown RSL Club, Blacktown, New South Wales, Australia

Coaching career

Since fighting professionally, Pittman has been focussed on coaching existing and new Australian talent as part of Team Business [13] working with both elite and pro athletes on the Central Coast (New South Wales), including Kaye Scott and Tyson Lantry. He is currently the National Regional Development Coach [14] and the head of talent identification and development for Boxing Australia. [13] Pittman's coaching experience includes being the Australian Assistant Coach at the AIBA World Junior Championships in Russia 2015 and Australian Assistant Coach at the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships where Australia won a gold and a bronze medal. Pittman has Coached at 2 @ufc tournaments and in 2019 was named the National Futures Coach for Boxing Australia.

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