Alfred Rudolph Cole (born April 21, 1964), best known as Al Cole, is an American former professional boxer. He won the IBF cruiserweight title and was a major force in the division until moving up to heavyweight, where he had less success. In 2001, Cole portrayed boxer Ernie Terrell in the film Ali.[1]

Al Cole
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Cole in 2010
Statistics
Real nameAlfred Rudolph Cole
Nickname(s)Ice
Weight(s)Cruiserweight
Heavyweight
Height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Reach80 in (203 cm)
NationalityAmerican
Born (1964-04-21) April 21, 1964 (age 55)
Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights54
Wins35
Wins by KO16
Losses16
Draws3

CareerEdit

Cole, at 6'4", was a large and dominant cruiserweight boxer. Later in his career, he did not have the size or power to compete at the upper echelon of the heavyweight division when he moved up in weight class. He listed his hometown as Spring Valley, New York. Cole began his career on a 20-1 tear and captured the cruiserweight title by defeating IBF champ James Warring after only three years as a professional. Cole went on to defend the title six times. His most notable defenses came against Uriah Grant (a fighter who beat Thomas Hearns). Cole defeated Grant twice by unanimous decision. Throughout his career Al Cole has appeared in movies with several big actors such as Robert De Niro, Will Smith, John Voight, Jamie Foxx, Jeffrey Wright & Catherine Zeta-Jones. In one of the movies Al Cole appeared in, Ali, people got knocked out during the audition. Cole was cited -"People really got knocked out auditioning for the movie roles".

HeavyweightEdit

Cole went up to heavyweight without losing his title. In his first heavyweight fight, Cole was nearly swept on all cards by Tim Witherspoon in a unanimous decision loss. A year later, Cole was TKO'd by Michael Grant in the 10th round. Cole then had brief success by drawing over ten rounds with up and coming, undefeated prospect Kirk Johnson. Johnson was to win the rematch via unanimous decision, a loss which began Cole's career downfall. Cole went on to lose to Corrie Sanders and Jameel McCline. Cole's career then had a brief resurgence with a victory over undefeated Vincent Maddalone, a unanimous decision over David Izonritei, and a draw with Jeremy Williams). Cole failed to build on the momentum though, dropping decisions to Lance Whitaker, former heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman, and finally a TKO loss to Sultan Ibragimov. Cole then retired, but returned to defeat heavyweight prospect Joey "Minnesota Ice" Abell on September 5 in Sweden. A year later, he was defeated by fringe contender Timur Ibragimov. Cole had scheduled to fight a rematch with Abell in 2010 in Uganda, but that bout fell through. Reflecting on his long career in boxing, Cole noted "I gave people what they wanted to see-an action-packed fight."[2]

Life as a trainerEdit

Cole is now a professional boxing trainer. He is currently training USBA Heavyweight Champion Maurice Harris for Boxing 360.

Professional boxing recordEdit

35 Wins (16 knockouts, 19 decisions), 16 Losses (4 knockouts, 12 decisions), 3 Draws [1]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 43-10   Danny "Brixton Bomber" Williams SD 6 03/09/2011   Karlstad, Sweden 56-58, 58-56, 56-59.
Loss 25-2-1   Timur Ibragimov UD 6 04/09/2009   Karlstad, Sweden 55-60, 56-59, 55-59.
Win 20-2   Joey "Minnesota Ice" Abell SD 6 05/09/2008   Karlstad, Sweden 56-58, 58-57, 58-57.
Loss 14-0   Sultan Ibragimov TKO 3 03/03/2005   New York City, United States WBO Asia Pacific Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 1:46 of the third round.
Loss 35-5-1   Hasim "The Rock" Rahman UD 10 11/03/2004   Glen Burnie, Maryland, United States 94-96, 94-96, 94-96.
Loss 26-2-1   Lance "Mount" Whitaker UD 12 30/10/2003   Coconut Creek, Florida, United States NABA Heavyweight Title. 110-118, 111-117, 112-116.
Win 11-18-3   Joe Lenhart UD 6 22/08/2003   Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 60-54, 60-54, 59-55.
Win 27-5   David Izon UD 8 01/03/2003   Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 79-73, 79-73, 77-75.
Draw 39-4   Jeremy "Half Man-Half Amazing" Williams PTS 10 30/01/2003   Portland, Oregon, United States 94-96, 95-95, 95-95.
Loss 17-15-1   Sedreck "Big Buck" Fields UD 10 31/08/2002   Bridgehampton, New York, United States 94-96, 93-97, 92-98.
Win 15-0   Vinny Maddalone UD 6 29/06/2002   Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss 18-6-1   Sherman "The Caribbean Tank" Williams UD 10 26/01/2002   New York City, United States
Loss 32-0   Juan Carlos "Pantera Negra" Gomez TKO 6 04/08/2001   Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 24-2-3   Jameel "Big Time" McCline UD 10 25/05/2001   Norfolk, Virginia, United States
Loss 24-2-1   David "The Boss" Bostice UD 10 08/12/2000   Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 93-97, 93-97, 94-96.
Loss 27-7   Terrence "K.O." Lewis UD 10 14/09/2000   New York City, United States 90-96, 93-95, 90-96.
Draw 37-19-2   Frankie "The Tennessee Stud" Swindell PTS 10 27/04/2000   New York City, United States 95-95, 95-95, 95-95.
Loss 35-1   Corrie "The Sniper" Sanders TKO 1 19/02/2000   Brakpan, Gauteng, South Africa WBU World Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 1:13 of the first round.
Win 10-4   Brian "Big Man" Nix TKO 8 29/10/1999   Montreal, Quebec, Canada Referee stopped the bout at 2:25 of the eighth round.
Loss 26-0-1   Kirk "Bubba" Johnson UD 10 20/03/1999   Tacoma, Washington, United States 93-97, 94-96, 93-97.
Draw 26-0   Kirk "Bubba" Johnson PTS 10 08/12/1998   New York City, United States 94-93, 94-94, 94-94.
Win 18-13   Derrick Roddy TKO 3 04/09/1998   Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:23 of the third round.
Win 11-5   Carlos "The Shock Absorber" Monroe UD 10 08/05/1998   Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States 97-93, 97-93, 96-94.
Loss 24-0   "Big" Michael Grant RTD 10 20/06/1997   Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States IBC World Heavyweight Title. Cole did not come out for the 11th round.
Win 23-7   Matthew Charleston KO 1 22/11/1996   Tampa, Florida, United States
Loss 43-4   Tim Witherspoon UD 10 12/01/1996   New York City, United States
Win 23-10   Uriah Grant UD 12 24/06/1995   Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Retained IBF cruiserweight title
Win 15-16   Mike "The Duke" Dixon TKO 8 18/03/1995   Pensacola, Florida, United States
Win 23-3   Nate Miller UD 12 23/07/1994   Bismarck, North Dakota, United States Retained IBF cruiserweight title
Win 26-4-1   Vincent Boulware TKO 5 17/11/1993   Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Retained IBF cruiserweight title
Win 30-7-1   Glenn McCrory UD 12 16/07/1993   Moscow, Russia Retained IBF cruiserweight title
Win 22-9   Uriah "Bossman" Grant UD 12 28/02/1993   Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Retained IBF cruiserweight title
Win 14-1   James Warring UD 12 30/07/1992   Stanhope, New Jersey, United States Won IBF cruiserweight title
Win 9-2-1   Govoner Chavers TKO 6 12/12/1991   Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 11-6-2   Mike DeVito TKO 3 25/09/1991   Stanhope, New Jersey, United States Referee stopped the bout at the end of the third round.
Win 19-5   Frankie "The Tennessee Stud" Swindell TKO 11 25/07/1991   Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States USBA Cruiserweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 2:08 of the 11th round.
Win 18-2   Nate Miller UD 12 09/05/1991   Newark, New Jersey, United States USBA Cruiserweight Title.
Win 13-4   Leon Taylor UD 12 08/03/1991   Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States USBA Cruiserweight Title. 116-112, 116-112, 116-112.
Loss 12-4   Leon Taylor SD 10 13/12/1990   Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States 94-96, 94-96, 97-93.
Win 8-2-1   Matthew Brooks TKO 4 27/09/1990   Stanhope, New Jersey, United States Referee stopped the bout at 1:09 of the fourth round.
Win 19-8-1   Jesse Shelby UD 10 05/08/1990   Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 12-7-1   Keith "Sir Jabalot" McMurray PTS 8 24/06/1990   Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 2-4   Chris Collins TKO 5 12/06/1990   Fort Bragg, North Carolina, United States
Win 8-4   Tommy Richardson TKO 5 03/05/1990   Newark, New Jersey, United States Referee stopped the bout at 1:18 of the fifth round.
Win 7-3   Jerry Dorsey TKO 3 22/03/1990   Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Referee stopped the bout at 1:40 of the third round.
Win 7-0   Ed Mack UD 6 07/01/1990   Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States 58-55, 58-55, 58-55.
Win 3-1   Luis Castillo TKO 3 14/11/1989   West Orange, New Jersey, United States
Win 2-0   Harrison "Darth Vader" Pearson KO 5 20/10/1989   Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 14-1-1   Drake "Nightmare" Thadzi PTS 6 12/09/1989   Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 2-0-1   John Beckles TKO 4 15/08/1989   West Orange, New Jersey, United States
Win 2-0   Aundrey Nelson PTS 4 24/06/1989   Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 9-4   Jack Basting MD 4 27/05/1989   Bismarck, North Dakota, United States
Win 8-0-2   Guy Sonnenberg UD 4 25/04/1989   Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 1-1   Lorenzo Thomas TKO 3 25/03/1989   Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Referee stopped the bout at 1:06 of the third round.

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Preceded by
James Warring
IBF Cruiserweight Champion
30 Jul 1992–24 June 1998
Vacates
Succeeded by
Adolpho Washington