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Dariusz Michalczewski (born 5 May 1968) is a Polish-German former professional boxer who competed from 1991 to 2005. He held multiple world championships in two weight classes, including the WBA, IBF, WBO and lineal light-heavyweight titles between 1994 and 2003, and the WBO junior-heavyweight title from 1994 to 1995.

Dariusz Michalczewski
Dariusz Michalczewski (2007).jpg
Michalczewski in 2007
Statistics
Nickname(s)Tiger
Weight(s)
Height1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Reach178 cm (70 in)
Nationality
  • Polish
  • German
Born (1968-05-05) 5 May 1968 (age 51)
Gdańsk, Polish People's Republic
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights50
Wins48
Wins by KO38
Losses2

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Amateur careerEdit

Michalczewski came up through Poland's state-run sports program as a boy and had a successful amateur career. He achieved an amateur record of 139–11–2 (89 KO). Highlights of his amateur career include:

Defection to GermanyEdit

On 24 April 1988, while competing beyond the Iron Curtain in West Germany for the Polish national team, Michalczewski defected from the amateur team to stay in West Germany. Becoming a citizen of the now united Germany in 1991 and turning professional the same year, he was soon signed by Universum Box-Promotion, one of the leading boxing promoters in Europe. His aggressive style earned him the nickname "Tiger".

Professional careerEdit

Michalczewski turned professional in September 1991. He won the German International light-heavyweight title early on 13 February 1993, a title for foreign-born fighters based in Germany. He then won the IBF Intercontinental title on 22 May 1993.

Two-weight world championEdit

On 10 September 1994, Michalczewski, at 23-0 (18 KOs), captured the WBO light-heavyweight title with a 12-round decision over defending champion Leeonzer Barber at Sporthalle, Alsterdorf, Hamburg, Germany. Between then and March 2003, Michalczewski made 23 successful defenses of his WBO title and picked up three other belts along the way. Three months after beating Barber, he won the WBO cruiserweight title with a tenth-round knockout of Nestor Giovannini. However, he soon gave up that title to continue campaigning as a light-heavyweight.

In 1996, Universum Box-Promotion's conditioning coach Fritz Sdunek became head coach and replaced Chuck Talhami as Michalczewski's trainer, which resulted in a marked improvement in Michalczewski's performances.

Hill vs Michalczewski unificationEdit

On 13 June 1997, he defeated Virgil Hill over 12 rounds to add Hill's WBA, IBF and Lineal light-heavyweight titles to his own. However, Michalczewski soon lost both alphabet titles. The WBA immediately stripped him for displaying its belt along with that of the WBO, an organization it didn't recognize. Michalczewski was then forced to relinquish the IBF title when he was unable to defend the title in a court-ordered defense against mandatory challenger William Guthrie within a little over a month after the bout with Hill.[1]

After beating Hill, Michalczewski knocked out 14 consecutive opponents, all in defense of his Lineal/WBO titles. In 1998, he defeated Drake Thadzi, in 1999 he defeated Montel Griffin, and in 2000 he defeated Graciano Rocchigiani.

Going for Marciano's recordEdit

 
Autographed replica of Michalczewski's WBO title in Dziwnów

Michalczewski had a perfect record of 48-0 when he faced Julio César González of Mexico in defense of his title on 18 October 2003. Coming into the fight, he was within one victory of tying Rocky Marciano's record of 49 wins with no losses. A win also would have put him just one victory short of Joe Louis' all-time record for successful defenses at any weight class. However, as when Larry Holmes went for the same record against Michael Spinks, the now 35-year-old Michalczewski was unable to pull it off. He lost a controversial split decision to the 27-year-old Gonzalez at the Color Line Arena in Hamburg, and his career record dropped to 48-1.

Despite the loss, he still holds the record for the most consecutive successful world title defenses at light-heavyweight.

Final fightEdit

In October 2004, it was announced that Michalczewski would come out of retirement to box France's Fabrice Tiozzo for the WBA light heavyweight title on 26 February 2005 in Hamburg. Michalczewski was stopped in six rounds, then announce his retirement in May 2005.

Michalczewski was to come out of retirement to fight German boxing icon Sven Ottke in Germany in May 2008, but the bout never materialized.

In popular cultureEdit

  • Tiger Energy Drink is named after the famous boxer. His picture and text "Recommended by Dariusz 'Tiger' Michalczewski" appears on the cans and bottles.[2]
  • Dariusz Michalczewski struck a friendship with performer Mark Wahlberg, known at the time by his stage name Marky Mark of the formation Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch. In 1995, Marky Mark released a track called "No Mercy" about his friend Dariusz Michalczewski, including excerpts in Polish language from Dariusz, who also appears in the video clip shot by Frank Papenbroock.[3] "No Mercy" appears in the album The Remix Album by Prince Ital Joe and Marky Mark, although this particular track is a solo effort by Marky Mark.
  • In 2006, a documentary was made by Pawel Kocambasi alias P.M.Starost. The 60-minute documentary entitled "Tiger"[4] took part in Filmfest München and won the award for the Best Documentary at the Biberacher Filmfestspiele.

Social involvementEdit

In 2003 Dariusz Michalczewski established foundation "Równe Szanse" (equal chances) which was aimed at supporting initiatives for youth from dysfunctional families.[5] Since 2014 he supports the social campaign for civil union and the right for adoption by homosexual couples.[6][7]

Professional boxing recordEdit

Professional record summary
50 fights 48 wins 2 losses
By knockout 38 1
By decision 7 1
By disqualification 3 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
50 Loss 48–2   Fabrice Tiozzo TKO 6 (12), 2:05 26 Feb 2005   Color Line Arena, Hamburg, Germany For WBA light-heavyweight title
49 Loss 48–1   Julio César González SD 12 18 Oct 2003   Color Line Arena, Hamburg, Germany Lost WBO and lineal light-heavyweight titles
48 Win 48–0   Derrick Harmon KO 9 (12) 29 Mar 2003   Color Line Arena, Hamburg, Germany Retained WBO and lineal light-heavyweight titles
47 Win 47–0   Richard Hall TKO 10 (12) 14 Sep 2002   Volkswagen Halle, Braunschweig, Germany Retained WBO and lineal light-heavyweight titles
46 Win 46–0   Joey DeGrandis KO 2 (12) 20 Apr 2002   Hala Olivia, Gdańsk, Poland Retained WBO and lineal light-heavyweight titles
45 Win 45–0   Richard Hall TKO 11 (12), 1:50 15 Dec 2001   Estrel Hotel, Berlin, Germany Retained WBO and lineal light-heavyweight titles
44 Win 44–0   Alejandro Lakatos KO 9 (12), 1:35 5 May 2001   Volkswagen Halle, Braunschweig, Germany Retained WBO and lineal light-heavyweight titles
43 Win 43–0   Ka-Dy King TKO 7 (12), 0:28 16 Dec 2000   Grugahalle, Essen, Germany Retained WBO and lineal light-heavyweight titles
42 Win 42–0   Graciano Rocchigiani TKO 10 (12), 3:00 15 Apr 2000   Preussag Arena, Hanover, Germany Retained WBO and lineal light-heavyweight titles
41 Win 41–0   Montell Griffin TKO 4 (12), 2:59 28 Aug 1999   Stadthalle, Bremen, Germany Retained WBO and lineal light-heavyweight titles
40 Win 40–0   Muslim Biarslanov TKO 7 (12), 1:41 3 Apr 1999   Stadthalle, Bremen, Germany Retained WBO and lineal light heavyweight titles
39 Win 39–0   Drake Thadzi TKO 9 (12), 1:45 12 Dec 1998   Ballsporthalle, Frankfurt, Germany Retained WBO and lineal light-heavyweight titles
38 Win 38–0   Mark Prince KO 8 (12) 19 Sep 1998   Arena Oberhausen, Oberhausen, Germany Retained WBO and lineal light-heavyweight titles
37 Win 37–0   Andrea Magi TKO 4 (12) 20 Mar 1998   Ballsporthalle, Frankfurt, Germany Retained WBO and lineal light-heavyweight titles
36 Win 36–0   Darren Zenner RTD 6 (12), 3:00 13 Dec 1997   Alsterdorfer Sporthalle, Hamburg, Germany Retained WBO and lineal light-heavyweight titles
35 Win 35–0   Nicky Piper TKO 7 (12), 3:00 4 Oct 1997   Stadionsporthalle, Hanover, Germany Retained WBO and lineal light-heavyweight titles
34 Win 34–0   Virgil Hill UD 12 13 Jun 1997   Arena Oberhausen, Oberhausen, Germany Retained WBO light-heavyweight title;
Won WBA, IBF, and lineal light-heavyweight titles
33 Win 33–0   Christophe Girard TKO 8 (12) 13 Dec 1996   Stadionsporthalle, Hanover, Germany Retained WBO light-heavyweight title
32 Win 32–0   Graciano Rocchigiani DQ 7 (12), 3:00 10 Aug 1996   Wilhelm-Koch-Stadion, Hamburg, Germany Retained WBO light-heavyweight title;
Rocchigiani disqualified for punching after a clinch
31 Win 31–0   Christophe Girard UD 12 8 Jun 1996   Sporthalle, Cologne, Germany Retained WBO light-heavyweight title
30 Win 30–0   Asluddin Umarov TKO 5 (12), 2:30 6 Apr 1996   Stadionsporthalle, Hanover, Germany Retained WBO light-heavyweight title
29 Win 29–0   Philippe Michel UD 12 7 Oct 1995   Festhalle, Frankfurt, Germany Retained WBO light-heavyweight title
28 Win 28–0   Everardo Armenta Jr. KO 5 (12), 2:59 19 Aug 1995   Eisstadion an der Brehmstraße, Düsseldorf, Germany Retained WBO light-heavyweight title
27 Win 27–0   Paul Carlo KO 4 (12), 2:46 20 May 1995   Alsterdorfer Sporthalle, Hamburg, Germany Retained WBO light-heavyweight title
26 Win 26–0   Roberto Dominguez KO 2 (12), 1:05 11 Mar 1995   Sporthalle, Cologne, Germany Retained WBO light-heavyweight title
25 Win 25–0   Nestor Hipolito Giovannini KO 10 (12), 1:25 17 Dec 1994   Alsterdorfer Sporthalle, Hamburg, Germany Won WBO junior-heavyweight title
24 Win 24–0   Leeonzer Barber UD 12 10 Sep 1994   Alsterdorfer Sporthalle, Hamburg, Germany Won WBO light-heavyweight title
23 Win 23–0   Melvin Wynn KO 2, 3:05 28 May 1994   Tivoli Eissporthalle, Aachen, Germany
22 Win 22–0   David Davis KO 7 (10) 23 Apr 1994   Sporthalle Bildungszentrum, Halle, Germany
21 Win 21–0   David Vedder DQ 1 19 Feb 1994   Sporthalle Wandsbek, Hamburg, Germany
20 Win 20–0   Sergio Daniel Merani TD 9 (12) 20 Nov 1993   Alsterdorfer Sporthalle, Hamburg, Germany Retained IBF Inter-Continental light-heavyweight title
19 Win 19–0   Mwehu Beya PTS 12 11 Sep 1993   Tivoli Eissporthalle, Aachen, Germany Retained IBF Inter-Continental light-heavyweight title
18 Win 18–0   Juan Alberto Barrero KO 5 (10) 26 Jun 1993   Alsterdorfer Sporthalle, Hamburg, Germany
17 Win 17–0   Noel Magee TKO 8 (12) 22 May 1993   Tivoli Eissporthalle, Aachen, Germany Won vacant IBF Inter-Continental light-heavyweight title
16 Win 16–0   Pat Alley KO 4 3 Apr 1993   Sporthalle Wandsbek, Hamburg, Germany
15 Win 15–0   Ali Saidi KO 10 (10) 13 Feb 1993   Alsterdorfer Sporthalle, Hamburg, Germany Won German International light-heavyweight title
14 Win 14–0   Willie McDonald KO 2 (8) 12 Jan 1993   Saaltheater Geulen, Aachen, Germany
13 Win 13–0   Mike Peak PTS 8 8 Dec 1992   Legiencenter, Hamburg, Germany
12 Win 12–0   Keith Williams TKO 2 17 Nov 1992   Holstentorhalle, Lübeck, Germany
11 Win 11–0   Cecil Simms KO 2 7 Nov 1992   Sporthalle, Cologne, Germany
10 Win 10–0   Steve McCarthy DQ 3 (10), 2:59 29 Sep 1992   Legiencenter, Hamburg, Germany McCarthy disqualified for an intentional headbutt
9 Win 9–0   Sylvester White TKO 5 28 Aug 1992   Tivoli Eissporthalle, Aachen, Germany
8 Win 8–0   Richard Bustin KO 4 (8) 27 Jun 1992   Hotel, Quinta do Lago, Portugal
7 Win 7–0   Terrence Wright TKO 2 22 May 1992   Dinslaken, Germany
6 Win 6–0   Robert Johnson TKO 2 (8), 2:41 4 Apr 1992   Düsseldorf, Germany
5 Win 5–0   Sean Mannion TKO 3 21 Feb 1992   Legiencenter, Hamburg, Germany
4 Win 4–0   Yves Monsieur TKO 4 (8) 28 Jan 1992   Legiencenter, Hamburg, Germany
3 Win 3–0   Zoltan Habda TKO 2 (6) 10 Jan 1992   Saaltheater Geulen, Aachen, Germany
2 Win 2–0   Peter Cenki TKO 2 15 Oct 1991   Legiencenter, Hamburg, Germany
1 Win 1–0   Frederic Porter TKO 2 16 Sep 1991   Legiencenter, Hamburg, Germany

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://boxrec.com/media/index.php/Dariusz_Michalczewski_vs._Virgil_Hill
  2. ^ Tiger Energy Drink#Facts
  3. ^ Video clip of No Mercy by Marky Mark about Dariusz Michalczewski
  4. ^ "Official website of Polish P.M.Starost documentary on Dariusz Michalczewski". Archived from the original on 12 April 2009. Retrieved 6 April 2009.
  5. ^ „Równe Szanse” – Fundacja Sportowa Darka Michalczewskiego
  6. ^ Michalczewski: Popieram adopcję dzieci przez pary homoseksualne - Sporty walki - Najnowsze wiadomości - Dziennik.pl
  7. ^ Dariusz Michalczewski: Homofobia to obciach

External linksEdit

Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
Preceded by
Ali Saidi
German International
light-heavyweight champion

13 February 1993 – 1994
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Silvio Meinel
Vacant
Title last held by
Frank Tate
IBF Inter-Continental
light-heavyweight champion

22 May 1993 – September 1994
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Montell Griffin
World boxing titles
Preceded by
Leeonzer Barber
WBO light-heavyweight champion
10 September 1994 – 18 October 2003
Succeeded by
Julio César González
Preceded by
Nestor Hipolito Giovannini
WBO junior-heavyweight champion
17 December 1994 – March 1995
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Ralf Rocchigiani
Preceded by
Virgil Hill
WBA light-heavyweight champion
13 June 1997 – 1 July 1997
Stripped
Vacant
Title next held by
Lou Del Valle
IBF light-heavyweight champion
13 June 1997 – 16 June 1997
Stripped
Vacant
Title next held by
William Guthrie
Lineal light-heavyweight champion
13 June 1997 – 18 October 2003
Succeeded by
Julio César González