Tiger Smalls

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Real namePriest George Youngs Smalls
Nickname(s)Tiger - The Pride of the Wild
The One and Only
The Bad Guy
Weight(s) Super featherweight
Featherweight
Junior featherweight
Height5'9
Reach72"
Nationality American
Born (1969-03-02) March 2, 1969 (age 52)
New York, New York, United States
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights38
Wins21
Wins by KO11
Losses16
Draws1
No contests0

Tiger Smalls (born Priest George Youngs Smalls on March 2, 1969) is a professional American boxing trainer who formerly held the World Boxing Organization Inter-Continental Featherweight title and North American Boxing Organization Featherweight title, as well as the Universal Boxing Association world featherweight title. [1]

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Early life

Smalls spent his early years in the training camp of Muhammad Ali in Deer Lake, Pennsylvania and was featured in Jet magazine in 1973 at age three. He gained some minor celebrity for a photograph where Ali grimaces from one of young Smalls' punches. [2]

Career

Smalls was a standout amateur with a reported record of 92-11. With fast hands and feet and better than average power, Smalls is reported to have won several amateur titles in the Junior Olympics, Silver Gloves, the New York Golden Gloves, the Diamond Gloves, and the Amateur Athletic Union. [3] He and also several military titles while serving in the U.S. Navy, including the 1988 All-Armed Forces bantamweight championship.

Smalls began his pro career on March 30, 1993. He became the Universal Boxing Association World Featherweight Champion in 1997 by knocking out Tony Green in the first round, and claimed the California State Featherweight title in 2002 by defeating Roger Medal with a technical knockout in the second round. Smalls earned the World Boxing Organization Inter-Contintental Featherweight title in 2003 by defeating Christian Favela. The following year, he defeated Alvin Brown for the North American Boxing Organization Featherweight Championship.

Smalls was inducted into the California Boxing Hall of Fame in October 2013.

Controversy

Controversy dogged Smalls throughout his career. Smalls upset the boxing establishment when he appeared in the February 2005 issue of High Times magazine, posing for a photo wearing his belts and holding a marijuana bud. The article quoted him as saying that he regularly smoked marijuana during training. [4] Later that year, he angered ESPN when he showed up to defend his NABO featherweight title bearing a temporary tattoo for Golden Palace, the online casino. [5]

Tiger Smalls Receiving Key to the City Tiger Smalls Receiving Key to the City.jpg
Tiger Smalls Receiving Key to the City

Personal life

Tiger Smalls trains his son Prince Tiger Smalls and mentors students and fighters at the San Diego Combat Academy. [6]

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner presented Smalls with the key to the City of San Diego on March 2, 2013.

Professional boxing record

21 Wins (9 knockouts, 12 decisions), 16 Losses (14 decisions, 2 TKO), 1 Draw [1] [7]
Res.OpponentTypeDateLocationNotes
LossJuan Castaneda Jr.Decision (unanimous)November 30, 2007 Flag of the United States.svg Santa Ynez, CA
LossVasyl TarabarovDecision (split)October 13, 2007 Flag of the United States.svg Hoffman Estates, IL
LossNick CasalDecision (split)June 1, 2007 Flag of the United States.svg Santa Ynez, CA
Loss Vicente Escobedo Decision (unanimous)February 1, 2007 Flag of the United States.svg Arco Arena, Sacramento, CA
LossCastulo GonzalezDecision (unanimous)November 24, 2006 Flag of the United States.svg Boston, MA
WinPete FrissinaDecision (split)September 29, 2006 Flag of the United States.svg Tampa, FL
Loss Francisco Lorenzo Decision (unanimous)June 29, 2006 Flag of the United States.svg American Airlines Arena, Miami, FLWBC Caribbean Boxing Federation (CABOFE) super featherweight title
Loss Elio Rojas TKOJanuary 7, 2006 Flag of the United States.svg Madison Square Garden New York, NY
Loss Juan Ruiz Decision (unanimous)November 22, 2005 Flag of the United States.svg Lancaster, CAWBO-NABO junior featherweight title.
Loss Marcos Ramirez Decision (unanimous)August 2, 2005 Flag of the United States.svg Kansas City, MOLost WBO-NABO featherweight title. Aired on ESPN2 [8]
Win Alvin Brown Decision (unanimous)September 22, 2004 Flag of the United States.svg Kansas City, MOWon WBO-NABO featherweight title.
WinAnthony MartinezDecision (unanimous)August 27, 2004 Flag of the United States.svg Burbank,CAWBO-INC featherweight title defense.
Win Ramon Valle Decision (unanimous)April 9, 2004 Flag of the United States.svg Burbank, CAWBO-INC featherweight title defense.
Loss Ismael Gonzalez Decision (split)April 9, 2004 Flag of the United States.svg Montobello, CA
Win Pedro Mora Decision (split)November 14, 2003 Flag of the United States.svg Montobello, CA
Win Cristian Favela Decision (unanimous)July 17, 2003 Flag of the United States.svg City of Industry, CAWBO Inter-Continental featherweight title.
WinRoger MedalTKOSeptember 20, 2002 Flag of the United States.svg Burbank, CACalifornia State featherweight title. Medal ruled unable to continue due to shoulder dislocation.
WinMario CamarenaDecision (unanimous)August 23, 2002 Flag of the United States.svg Montebello, CA
Win Artur Petrosyan Decision (unanimous)November 29, 2001 Flag of the United States.svg Inglewood, CA
LossMarcos LiconaDecision (unanimous)May 11, 2000 Flag of the United States.svg Irvine, CA
Loss James Armah TKOSeptember 13, 1999 Flag of the United States.svg Irvine, CACalifornia State Featherweight title.
WinRoger MedalDecision (split)August 9, 1999 Flag of the United States.svg Anaheim, CACalifornia State featherweight title.
Win Eddie Croft KOMarch 31, 1999 Flag of the United States.svg Monterey, CA
WinFernando TrejoDecision (unanimous)December 27, 1998 Flag of the United States.svg Inglewood, CA
LossMarcos LiconaDecision (split)May 28, 1998 Flag of the United States.svg Irvine, CA
WinTony GreenTKOMarch 22, 1997 Flag of the United States.svg Pikeville, KYUniversal Boxing Association world featherweight title.
LossDanny BosticDecision (unanimous)January 23, 1997 Flag of the United States.svg St. Louis, MO
WinFrankie BandaKOJune 3, 1996 Flag of the United States.svg Anaheim, CA
LossSergio SanchezPointsDecember 13, 1995 Flag of the United States.svg Woodland Hills, CA
WinGary AdkinsKONovember 10, 1995 Flag of the United States.svg Ashville, NC
WinOlegario DeLeonTKOOctober 26, 1995 Flag of the United States.svg Woodland Hills, CA
WinJames McCloskeyTKOJune 2, 1995 Flag of the United States.svg Latham, NY
WinJimmy NavaroTKO 2ndFebruary 20, 1995 Flag of the United States.svg Inglewood, CA
DrawOscar ZamoraPointsAugust 29, 1994 Flag of the United States.svg Inglewood, CA
WinThomas StiltnerKOJuly 16, 1994 Flag of the United States.svg Ashville, NC
WinHilario GuererroPointsApril 11, 1994 Flag of the United States.svg Inglewood, CA
WinOscar AguilarKOJuly 19, 1993 Flag of Mexico.svg Tijuana, Mexico
LossRichard ThielePointsMarch 30, 1993 Flag of the United States.svg San Diego, CA

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  2. Jet magazine. Johnson Publishing Company. 12 April 1973. Retrieved 2012-06-02.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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