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Calvin Vance Brock (born January 22, 1975 in Charlotte, North Carolina) is an American former professional boxer who competed from 2001 to 2007. In 2006, he won Ring Magazine's Knockout of the Year for his win against Zuri Lawrence and challenged for the IBF and IBO heavyweight titles. Brock was forced to retire after receiving retinal damage in his right eye following his loss to Eddie Chambers.

Calvin Brock
Statistics
Real nameCalvin Vance Brock
Nickname(s)The Boxing Banker
Weight(s)Heavyweight
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Reach77 in (196 cm)
NationalityAmerican
Born (1975-01-22) January 22, 1975 (age 44)
Charlotte, North Carolina
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights33
Wins31
Wins by KO23
Losses2

BiographyEdit

Brock is known not only for his boxing skills but also for his skill at handling money. Brock has a degree in finance from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and manages his own portfolio. [1] Brock — formerly a banker — received his nickname from a Bank of America ad, in which he was referred to as The Boxing Banker. [1]

Amateur careerEdit

Brock had a notable amateur boxing career. He was the National Golden Gloves Heavyweight Champion in 1998. In 1999, he won the United States amateur championship at 201 lb.

At the 2000 Summer Olympics, he competed on the U.S. boxing team as a super heavyweight after narrowly beating one-time conqueror T.J.Wilson in the qualification. He was a teammate of future world champions Jermain Taylor, Jeff Lacy, and Brian Viloria, but he lost to Paolo Vidoz and did not win a medal.

Amateur record 147-38

Professional careerEdit

Brock turned professional in 2001. Although he built an impressive record, Brock did not fight many top-ranked heavyweights.

Brock's first well-known opponent was Clifford Etienne—an opponent of Mike Tyson whom Brock defeated by round 3 TKO on January 21, 2005.

Three months later, highly rated contender Jameel McCline knocked down Brock in round 7, but Brock got up and won the bout by unanimous decision.

On November 19, 2005, Brock won his first title—the IBA Continental Americas heavyweight title—when he defeated journeyman David Bostice by unanimous decision.

On February 25, 2006, Brock was part of the Shane Mosley vs. Fernando Vargas undercard. He knocked out Zuri Lawrence in round 6 with a counter left hook that caught Lawrence flush and ended up being the Ring Magazine knockout of the year." [2]

Brock defended his IBA Continental Americas title on June 24, 2006 against undefeated Timor Ibragimov by unanimous decision. The fight occurred outdoors at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, where the temperature exceeded 100 °F (38 °C).

Brock finally earned his first world title shot as he took on IBF and IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in Madison Square Garden on November 11, 2006. However, he suffered his first professional loss when he was knocked out in the 7th round, dropping his record to 29-1.

In November he was edged out by Eddie Chambers in an IBF semifinal. During this bout, Brock suffered retinal damage in his right eye. As a result of botched surgery to repair the damage in December 2007, Brock became legally blind in his right eye, and forced to retire permanently from the sport of boxing. Brock can still see images of daylight in the right eye. After retirement, Brock, who has a wife and daughter, became a commercial real estate agent.

Professional boxing recordEdit

Professional record summary
33 fights 31 wins 2 losses
By knockout 23 1
By decision 8 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
33 Loss 31–2   Eddie Chambers SD 12 2 Nov 2007   Emerald Queen Casino, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
32 Win 31–1   Alex Gonzales UD 8 2 Jun 2007   Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
31 Win 30–1   Ralph West KO 1 (10), 2:49 17 Mar 2007   American Bank Center, Corpus Christi, Texas, U.S.
30 Loss 29–1   Wladimir Klitschko TKO 7 (12), 2:10 11 Nov 2006   Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S. For IBF and IBO heavyweight titles
29 Win 29–0   Timur Ibragimov UD 12 24 Jun 2006   Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won vacant WBC FECARBOX heavyweight title
28 Win 28–0   Zuri Lawrence KO 6 (10), 2:58 25 Feb 2006   Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
27 Win 27–0   David Bostice UD 12 19 Nov 2005   Cricket Arena, Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.
26 Win 26–0   Kenny Craven TKO 4 (10), 2:34 25 Jun 2005   Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
25 Win 25–0   Jameel McCline UD 10 23 Apr 2005   Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
24 Win 24–0   Clifford Etienne TKO 3 (10), 1:25 21 Jan 2005   Reliant Center, Houston, Texas, U.S.
23 Win 23–0   Wesley Martin TKO 2 (6), 2:00 14 Nov 2004   Mountain High Casino, Black Hawk, Colorado, U.S.
22 Win 22–0   Willie Williams UD 6 24 Jul 2004   Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
21 Win 21–0   Terry Smith UD 10 15 May 2004   DePaul Athletic Center, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
20 Win 20–0   Derek Berry RTD 6 (10), 3:00 22 Jan 2004   Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.
19 Win 19–0   David Vedder TKO 8 (8), 1:27 12 Dec 2003   Casino Del Sol, Tucson, Arizona, U.S.
18 Win 18–0   Ken Murphy TKO 3 8 Nov 2003   Cricket Arena, Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.
17 Win 17–0   Shane Swartz RTD 6 (8), 3:00 29 Aug 2003   Sovereign Center, Reading, Pennsylvania, U.S.
16 Win 16–0   Marcus Rhode KO 2 (8), 2:35 19 Jul 2003   Reliant Center, Houston, Texas, U.S.
15 Win 15–0   Jim Strohl TKO 1 (6), 1:40 7 Jun 2003   Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
14 Win 14–0   Shawn Robinson TKO 1 (6), 1:28 4 Apr 2003   Fernwood Resort, Bushkill, Pennsylvania, U.S.
13 Win 13–0   Jeff Pegues TKO 3 (6) 23 Jan 2003   Convention Center, Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.
12 Win 12–0   Franklin Edmondson TKO 2 (8), 2:41 22 Nov 2002   Bally's Park Place Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
11 Win 11–0   Leroy Humphries TKO 2 (6), 0:12 13 Sep 2002   Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
10 Win 10–0   Antonio Colbert UD 6 27 Jul 2002   Beau Rivage Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, U.S.
9 Win 9–0   Don Normand TKO 2 (6), 2:44 25 May 2002   Lowes Speedway, Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.
8 Win 8–0   Craig Brinson TKO 5 (6), 1:40 7 Oct 2001   Grand Victoria Casino, Elgin, Illinois, U.S.
7 Win 7–0   Lewis Gilbert TKO 1 (6), 3:00 2 Sep 2001   Silverstar Hotel & Casino, Choctaw, Mississippi, U.S.
6 Win 6–0   Rocky Gannon TKO 2 (6), 2:27 18 Aug 2001   Cox Pavilion, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
5 Win 5–0   Shawn Woods TKO 1 (6), 2:42 17 Jun 2001   Sunset Station, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
4 Win 4–0   Antonio Colbert UD 4 1 Apr 2001   Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
3 Win 3–0   Jeff Ford TKO 2 (4), 1:37 23 Mar 2001   Texas Station Casino, North Las Vegas, U.S.
2 Win 2–0   Benjamin Garcia TKO 1 (4), 2:29 11 Mar 2001   Feather Falls Casino, Oroville, California, U.S.
1 Win 1–0   Zibielee Kimbrough TKO 3 (4), 1:05 11 Feb 2001   Grand Victoria Casino, Elgin, Illinois, U.S. Professional debut

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Sharkie's Machine: Q & A With Calvin Brock". Eastsideboxing.com. Retrieved 2010-05-18.
  2. ^ "Class: Mosley and Vargas Paid Off After All". Thesweetscience.com. 2006-03-07. Retrieved 2010-05-18.

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