|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Reach||78 in (198 cm)|
|Born||1 August 1954|
Norwich, Port Antonio, Jamaica
|Died||28 October 2006 52) (aged|
Norwich, Port Antonio, Jamaica
|Wins by KO||29|
Trevor Berbick (1 August 1954 – 28 October 2006) was a Jamaican professional boxer who competed from 1976 to 2000. He won the WBC heavyweight title in 1986 by defeating Pinklon Thomas, then lost it in his first defense in the same year to Mike Tyson. Berbick was also the last boxer to fight Muhammad Ali, defeating him in 1981.
As an amateur, Berbick won a bronze medal in the heavyweight division at the 1975 Pan American Games. In both his early and late professional career he held the Canadian heavyweight title twice, from 1979 to 1986 and 1999 to 2001.
At 21, Berbick represented his native Jamaica in the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Quebec, Canada as a heavyweight boxer, despite having had only 11 prior amateur bouts. His lack of experience was evident as he lost to the eventual silver medalist, Mircea Şimon of Romania. However, he still displayed a lot of promise as a young heavyweight boxer. The previous year, in his only bout at the Pan American Games in Mexico City, Berbick lost a decision to future heavyweight champion Michael Dokes in the semi-finals, winning a bronze medal.
Leroy Caldwell, a boxer who fought almost all notable top-ranked heavyweights of the 1970s and early 1980s, including several world champions, recalled that Berbick was his most talented opponent.
Berbick left Jamaica after the Olympics. He opted to settle in Montreal and fight professionally out of Halifax. He won his first 11 fights (10 by knockout) before suffering his first pro loss to another rising contender, Bernardo Mercado, on 3 April 1979. As an amateur, Berbick had soundly beaten Mercado. However, with 10 seconds remaining in the first round of their only professional meeting, Berbick walked into a punch and was knocked out. Nevertheless, he remained in contention for the heavyweight title.
A 1980 upset of ex-champ John Tate (9th-round KO) secured a title shot against Larry Holmes on 11 April 1981, but Berbick lost a 15-round unanimous decision. In his second fight after the loss, he beat 39-year-old Muhammad Ali in the final fight of Ali's career.
In 1982 he beat undefeated prospect Greg Page, and in 1984 he moved to Miramar, Florida and signed with promoter Don King. Wins over undefeated Mitch "Blood" Green and David Bey scored him another title fight, and he won the WBC world heavyweight title by upsetting Pinklon Thomas with an easy unanimous decision on 22 March 1986. However, his reign as champion would be brief.
On 22 November, in his first defense of the title, Berbick took on Mike Tyson, who was looking to break Floyd Patterson's record and become, at the age of twenty, the youngest ever heavyweight champion. In the second round, Tyson dropped Berbick with a quick knockdown. Berbick was quickly overwhelmed by his opponent and late in the round, he went down again. The champion rose to his feet, but immediately stumbled backward and fell back to the canvas. Berbick tried twice more to make it to his feet but fell both times, and referee Mills Lane stopped counting and waved the fight off to end Berbick's reign as champion.
Berbick is the only man in professional boxing history to have fought Muhammad Ali, Larry Holmes, and Mike Tyson.
In 1991, he traveled to the UWFi promotion in Japan to fight Nobuhiko Takada in a "boxer vs. wrestler" bout. Berbick claimed that he had been double-crossed and that he had expected the fight to be like American kickboxing, but it turned out that the rules allowed Takada to kick Berbick below the belt. Berbick refused to mount any offense, instead repeatedly complaining to the referee as Takada kicked him repeatedly in the legs. Takada claimed victory by default when Berbick exited the ring.
Berbick resumed his boxing career in 1994, frequently fighting on the USA Tuesday Night Fights. He would score a mild upset over Melvin Foster but would go on to lose to prospects such as Jimmy Thunder and Hasim Rahman. He eventually fought his last bout in 2000 against Canadian journeyman Shane Sutcliffe, winning a 12-round unanimous decision. Afterwards, a CAT scan revealed a blood clot in his brain and his boxing license was revoked. His final professional record was 49 wins (33 by knockout), 11 losses, and 1 draw.
Berbick was a preacher at the Moments of Miracles Pentecostal church in Las Vegas.
Berbick was arrested on a number of occasions throughout his life and was sentenced in Florida to 5 years in prison for raping his children's babysitter in 1992. He served only 15 months. In 1997, he violated his parole and was deported from the United States to Canada. Due to his legal issues, he also had problems staying in Canada, losing his landed immigrant status and being ordered back to Jamaica in 1999.Later in 1999 he won the right to remain in Canada.
Berbick had a well-publicized feud with Larry Holmes, whom he fought in the ring in 1981. Their feud culminated in a public confrontation and brawl in 1991, which was caught on tape. After a verbal altercation indoors, Berbick was outside complaining about being kicked and punched by Larry Holmes when Holmes climbed atop a parked car and launched himself at Berbick. Holmes was furious with Berbick badmouthing his family. The footage ends as the two are separated by police and others.
Berbick retired in Florida to be with his wife and four children (he had three children with his first wife in Montreal) and started to train boxers at Kenny Barrett's Gym in Tamarac, Florida. Berbick's problems escalated. He was again deported from the U.S. on 2 December 2002.
On 28 October 2006, Berbick was murdered at a church in Norwich, Jamaica by an assailant wielding a 2-inch-diameter (51 mm) steel pipe. He sustained repeated blows to the head and died at the scene.
Police arrested two men, one of whom was Berbick's 20-year-old nephew Harold Berbick,in connection with the murder. They were interrogated at the Port Antonio police station in Portland early on the morning of 29 October. Local residents indicated that the suspect was involved in a land dispute with Berbick. On 3 November it was reported that Berbick's nephew, 20-year-old Harold Berbick, and an unidentified 18-year-old man had been charged with his murder by Jamaican police. On 20 December 2007, Harold Berbick was convicted for the murder of his uncle. His alleged accomplice, Kenton Gordon, was convicted of manslaughter and both men were sentenced on 11 January 2008. Harold Berbick was sentenced to life in prison; Kenton Gordon was sentenced to fourteen years in prison. Trevor Berbick's body was buried at the Berbick Family Plot Norwich, in Portland, Jamaica.
|61 fights||49 wins||11 losses|
|61||Win||49–11–1||UD||12||26 May 2000||Retained Canada heavyweight title|
|60||Loss||48–11–1||SD||8||12 Aug 1999|
|59||Win||48–10–1||UD||8||29 Jun 1999|
|58||Win||47–10–1||TKO||12 (12), 0:44||5 Feb 1999||Won Canada heavyweight title|
|57||Win||46–10–1||UD||10||6 Aug 1998|
|56||Loss||45–10–1||SD||12||15 Sep 1997||For vacant IBO Inter-Continental heavyweight title|
|55||Loss||45–9–1||UD||10||15 Oct 1996|
|54||Win||45–8–1||UD||10||18 Sep 1996|
|53||Win||44–8–1||TKO||4 (10), 1:05||26 Apr 1996|
|52||Win||43–8–1||TKO||3 (10)||25 Aug 1995|
|51||Loss||42–8–1||UD||12||15 Mar 1995||For vacant WBC Continental Americas heavyweight title|
|50||Win||42–7–1||SD||10||13 Sep 1994|
|49||Win||41–7–1||KO||2 (10)||10 Aug 1994|
|48||Win||40–7–1||KO||4 (10), 1:14||30 Jul 1994|
|47||Win||39–7–1||PTS||8||14 Mar 1994|
|46||Win||38–7–1||PTS||8||2 Aug 1991|
|45||Win||37–7–1||KO||5 (10), 2:00||14 Dec 1990|
|44||Win||36–7–1||TKO||6 (10), 2:15||18 Jul 1990|
|43||Loss||35–7–1||UD||10||25 Feb 1989|
|42||Win||35–6–1||KO||3 (10)||20 Sep 1988|
|41||Loss||34–6–1||UD||12||27 Jun 1988||For USBA heavyweight title|
|40||Win||34–5–1||UD||10||24 Nov 1987|
|39||Win||33–5–1||TKO||3 (10), 1:48||29 Oct 1987|
|38||Win||32–5–1||TKO||5 (10), 1:33||31 Jul 1987|
|37||Loss||31–5–1||TKO||2 (12), 2:35||22 Nov 1986||Lost WBC heavyweight title|
|36||Win||31–4–1||UD||12||22 Mar 1986||Won WBC heavyweight title|
|35||Win||30–4–1||TKO||10 (10)||17 Jan 1986|
|34||Win||29–4–1||MD||12||10 Aug 1985||Retained USBA heavyweight title|
|33||Win||28–4–1||TKO||11 (12), 2:30||15 Jun 1985||Won USBA heavyweight title|
|32||Win||27–4–1||UD||10||28 Nov 1984|
|31||Win||26–4–1||TKO||4 (12)||1 Sep 1984||Retained Commonwealth heavyweight title|
|30||Win||25–4–1||PTS||10||13 Mar 1984|
|29||Win||24–4–1||KO||4 (10)||19 Feb 1984|
|28||Win||23–4–1||KO||10 (12), 1:52||9 Sep 1983||Retained Commonwealth and Canada heavyweight titles|
|27||Loss||22–4–1||UD||10||28 May 1983|
|26||Loss||22–3–1||UD||10||2 Oct 1982|
|25||Win||22–2–1||UD||10||11 Jun 1982|
|24||Win||21–2–1||TKO||11 (12)||5 Mar 1982||Retained Commonwealth and Canada heavyweight titles|
|23||Win||20–2–1||UD||10||11 Dec 1981|
|22||Win||19–2–1||KO||2 (15), 2:49||21 Jul 1981||Retained Canada heavyweight title;|
Won vacant Commonwealth heavyweight title
|21||Loss||18–2–1||UD||15||11 Apr 1981||For WBC, The Ring , and lineal heavyweight titles|
|20||Win||18–1–1||TKO||4 (10), 1:12||31 Jan 1981|
|19||Win||17–1–1||KO||1 (10), 2:47||11 Nov 1980|
|18||Win||16–1–1||KO||1 (12), 0:33||27 Aug 1980||Retained Canada heavyweight title|
|17||Win||15–1–1||KO||9 (10), 0:22||20 Jun 1980|
|16||Win||14–1–1||SD||10||11 Mar 1980|
|15||Win||13–1–1||TKO||5 (10), 0:01||11 Dec 1979|
|14||Draw||12–1–1||PTS||10||14 Jun 1979|
|13||Win||12–1||TKO||7 (12), 2:07||26 May 1979||Won vacant Canada heavyweight title|
|12||Loss||11–1||KO||1 (12), 2:55||3 Apr 1979||For vacant WBC Continental Americas heavyweight title|
|11||Win||11–0||TKO||1 (10), 1:27||8 Oct 1978|
|10||Win||10–0||KO||4 (10), 2:49||12 Sep 1978|
|9||Win||9–0||TKO||6 (10), 0:01||1 Aug 1978|
|8||Win||8–0||KO||1 (10), 1:21||28 Jun 1978|
|7||Win||7–0||UD||10||8 Dec 1977|
|6||Win||6–0||TKO||5 (10), 2:34||8 Sep 1977|
|5||Win||5–0||KO||4 (10), 2:04||18 Aug 1977|
|4||Win||4–0||TKO||7 (10), 2:50||25 Jan 1977|
|3||Win||3–0||TKO||2 (6), 2:21||9 Jan 1977|
|2||Win||2–0||TKO||3 (6), 2:05||23 Nov 1976|
|1||Win||1–0||TKO||5 (6)||27 Sep 1976|
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|Regional boxing titles|
Title last held byGeorge Chuvalo
| Canada heavyweight champion|
26 May 1979 – 1986
Title next held byKen Lakusta
Title last held byJohn L. Gardner
21 July 1981 – 1986
Title next held byHorace Notice
| USBA heavyweight champion|
15 June 1981 – March 1986
Title next held byTony Tucker
| Canada heavyweight champion|
5 February 1999 – October 2001
Title next held byDonovan Ruddock
|World boxing titles|
| WBC heavyweight champion |
22 March 1986 – 22 November 1986