Alex Stewart (boxer)

Alex Stewart (28 June 1964 – 16 November 2016) was a professional boxer.[1] He represented Jamaica at the 1984 Olympics, and won a bronze medal in the heavyweight division at the 1983 Pan American Games. During his professional career, he fought world champions Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, George Foreman, Oleg Maskaev, and Michael Moorer. Known for being a strong finisher, 40 of his 43 career wins came inside the distance.

Alex Stewart
Statistics
Nickname(s)The Destroyer
Weight(s)Heavyweight
Height1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Reach199 cm (78 in)
Born(1964-06-28)28 June 1964
London, England, UK
Died16 November 2016(2016-11-16) (aged 52)
Mount Vernon, New York, U.S.
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights53
Wins43
Wins by KO40
Losses10
Medal record

Amateur careerEdit

Stewart was a member of the Jamaican 1984 Olympic team. He was beaten by Sweden's Håkan Brock in the quarter final of the heavyweight competition, losing by a 5–0 decision.[2] A year earlier he won a bronze medal at the Pan American Games. He lost to Michael Bentt in a thrilling match in the 1985 Heavyweight Golden Gloves Finals.

HighlightsEdit

  Pan American Games (heavyweight), Caracas, Venezuela, August 1983:

  • 1/4: Defeated Jorge Dascola (Argentina) KO 1
  • 1/2: Lost to Aurelio Toyo (Cuba) RSC 2

Olympic Games (heavyweight), Los Angeles, California, August 1984:

  National Golden Gloves (heavyweight), 1985:

Professional careerEdit

Nicknamed "The Destroyer", Stewart did just that in the heavyweight ranks, at least early in his career. Stewart reeled off 24 consecutive wins, all by KO, prior to his defeat to Evander Holyfield, to whom he lost twice.[3]

Stewart is probably best known for being blown out by Mike Tyson in the first round in 1990 at Trump Plaza in Atlantic City.,[4][5] and lost to other notable heavyweights of his era, including Michael Moorer, George Foreman, and Oleg Maskaev.

Stewart's loss to Foreman is likely his most notable ring performance. Although Foreman knocked him down twice, Stewart recovered to lose a narrow majority decision to Foreman, in which Foreman was badly swollen about the face.

Retirement and deathEdit

After two consecutive knockout losses, Stewart retired from boxing in 1999, and after retiring worked in the New York area for a liquor distributor. Stewart died in Mount Vernon, New York in November 2016 of a blood clot in his lung.[6]

Professional boxing recordEdit

53 fights 43 wins 10 losses
By knockout 40 7
By decision 3 3
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
53 Loss 43–10   Jorge Luis González TKO 2 (10), 2:38 6 Jun 1999   New Frontier Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
52 Loss 43–9   Lance Whitaker TKO 7 (10), 1:40 16 Jan 1999   MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
51 Win 43–8   Ezra Sellers TKO 3 (10), 2:43 8 Oct 1998   Harrah's Casino, Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
50 Loss 42–8   Phil Jackson UD 10 24 Jul 1998   Miccosukee Indian Gaming Resort, Miami, Florida, U.S.
49 Win 42–7   Abdul Muhaymin UD 8 12 Jun 1998   Belle of Baton Rogue Casino, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S.
48 Loss 41–7   Oleg Maskaev TKO 7 (10) 27 Sep 1997   Circus, Moscow, Russia
47 Win 41–6   James Warring UD 10 1 May 1997   Convention Center, Asbury Park, New Jersey, U.S.
46 Win 40–6   Samson Cohen KO 1 (10), 2:53 6 Mar 1997   Hyatt Regency Hotel, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
45 Loss 39–6   Craig Petersen TKO 8 (10), 2:46 3 Nov 1996   Tokyo Bay Hall, Urayasu, Chiba, Japan
44 Win 39–5   Bryant Smith KO 6 (10), 2:19 6 Feb 1996   69th Regiment Armory, New York City, New York, U.S.
43 Win 38–5   Terry Anderson KO 1 (10), 2:37 2 Dec 1995   The Grand Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
42 Win 37–5   Darren Hayden RTD 5 (10), 3:00 3 Oct 1995   Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut, U.S.
41 Win 36–5   Jesse Ferguson UD 10 8 Aug 1995   Spotlight 29 Casino, Coachella, California, U.S.
40 Win 35–5   Tyrone Evans TKO 4 (10), 1:47 9 May 1995   Aladdin Theater, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
39 Win 34–5   Tyrone Evans TKO 6 (8), 1:56 10 Sep 1994   Flamingo Hotel Laughlin, Nevada, U.S.
38 Win 33–5   Derrick Roddy TKO 6 (10), 2:45 2 Jul 1994   Convention Center, South Padre Island, Texas, U.S.
37 Loss 32–5   Evander Holyfield UD 12 26 Jun 1993   Concention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
36 Win 32–4   Rick Enis TKO 3 (10) 26 Apr 1993   Rosemont, Illinois, U.S.
35 Win 31–4   Jerry Halstead TKO 7 (10) 6 Feb 1993   Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
34 Win 30–4   Marshall Tillman TKO 10 (10), 0:31 25 Aug 1992   Harrah's Resort, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
33 Win 29–4   Paul Poirier TKO 3 (10), 1:04 24 Jul 1992   Friar Tuck Inn, Catskill, New York, U.S.
32 Loss 28–4   George Foreman MD 10 11 Apr 1992   Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
31 Win 28–3   Joey Christjohn TKO 3 (10) 22 Feb 1992   Katowice, Poland
30 Loss 27–3   Michael Moorer TKO 4 (10), 1:54 27 Jul 1991   Scope Arena, Norfolk, Virginia, U.S.
29 Win 27–2   Danny Wofford RTD 4 (10), 3:00 11 Apr 1991   Civic ArenaSaint Joseph, Missouri, U.S.
28 Loss 26–2   Mike Tyson TKO 1 (10), 2:27 8 Dec 1990   Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
27 Win 26–1   Jamie Howe TKO 7 (10), 0:32 3 Jul 1990   Kusher's Club, Monticello, New York, U.S.
26 Win 25–1   Mark Young RTD 5 (10), 3:00 25 May 1990   Trump Plaza Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
25 Loss 24–1   Evander Holyfield TKO 8 (12), 2:51 4 Nov 1989   Trump Plaza Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. For WBC Continental Americas heavyweight title
24 Win 24–0   Terry Armstrong TKO 3 (10), 1:25 10 Aug 1989   Felt Forum, New York City, New York, U.S.
23 Win 23–0   Fernando Montes TKO 2 (10), 1:50 13 Jul 1989   Felt Forum, New York City, New York, U.S.
22 Win 22–0   Michael Johnson TKO 2 (10) 29 Apr 1989   Pegasus Hotel, Kingston, Jamaica
21 Win 21–0   Arthel Lawhorne TKO 4 (10), 2:07 30 Mar 1989   Felt Forum, New York City, New York, U.S.
20 Win 20–0   David Jaco TKO 1 (10) 18 Feb 1989   Sportcsarnok Hall, Budapest, Hungary
19 Win 19–0   Eddie Richardson KO 3 (10), 1:11 15 Dec 1988   Felt Forum, New York City, New York, U.S.
18 Win 18–0   Lorenzo Canady TKO 4 (10), 2:14 27 Oct 1988   Felt Forum, New York City, New York, U.S.
17 Win 17–0   Tim Adams TKO 1 (8), 1:53 23 Sep 1988   Gleason's Arena, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
16 Win 16–0   Conroy Nelson TKO 2 (8) 31 Jul 1988   Felt Forum, New York City, New York, U.S.
15 Win 15–0   Calvin Sherman TKO 1 (8), 2:32 14 Jul 1988   Felt Forum, New York City, New York, U.S.
14 Win 14–0   Aaron Brown TKO 1 (10), 1:58 26 May 1988   Park Plaza Hotel, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
13 Win 13–0   Jim Berry TKO 1 (8), 2:31 20 May 1988   Gleason's Arena, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
12 Win 12–0   Mike Jones KO 4 (8), 2:42 12 May 1988   Felt Forum, New York City, New York, U.S.
11 Win 11–0   Harry Terrell KO 1 (8), 2:46 25 Mar 1988   Felt Forum, New York City, New York, U.S.
10 Win 10–0   George Garza TKO 2 (6), 1:39 4 Feb 1988   Felt Forum, New York City, New York, U.S.
9 Win 9–0   John Morton TKO 4 (6) 17 Dec 1987   Felt Forum, New York City, New York, U.S.
8 Win 8–0   Juan Quintana TKO 2 (8) 27 Nov 1987   Veterans Memorial Coliseum, New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.
7 Win 7–0   Ernie Poole TKO 1 (?), 2:16 20 Nov 1987   Cobo Hall, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
6 Win 6–0   Jimmy Harrison TKO 2 (6), 0:40 27 Oct 1987   Felt Forum, New York City, New York, U.S.
5 Win 5–0   Tim Morrison TKO 2 (6), 0:54 1 Oct 1987   Felt Forum, New York City, New York, U.S.
4 Win 4–0   Dennis Cain TKO 2 (4), 1:08 6 Aug 1987   Felt Forum, New York City, New York, U.S.
3 Win 3–0   Jim Little KO 1 (4), 2:20 18 Jun 1987   Felt Forum, New York City, New York, U.S.
2 Win 2–0   Eric Mitchell TKO 3 (4) 7 May 1987   Felt Forum, New York City, New York, U.S.
1 Win 1–0   James Walker TKO 3 (4), 2:13 6 Sep 1986   Las Vegas Hilton, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.

Personal lifeEdit

Alex Stewart is survived by his wife, Angella Stewart, and his daughter, Ajay-Tenille Stewart, who was born in 1985.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Slater, James. "R.I.P Alex Stewart: 1964-2016".
  2. ^ Alex Stewart Amateur Record at the BoxingRecords. Last updated : 12 April 2006.
  3. ^ a b "Alex Stewart, Who Fought Tyson, Holyfield and Foreman, Dies at 52". The New York Times. Associated Press. 23 November 2016. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 4 January 2018.
  4. ^ Finger, David E. (2014). Rocky Lives!. Potomac Books, Inc. p. 254. ISBN 9781612343099.
  5. ^ "Sports People: Boxing; A Bout Amid Sadness For Alex Stewart". The New York Times. 3 July 1990. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 4 January 2018.
  6. ^ "Alex Stewart, Who Fought Tyson, Holyfield and Foreman, Dies at 52". The New York Times. Associated Press. 23 November 2016.

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