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Lamon Tajuan Brewster (born June 5, 1973) is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1996 to 2010. He held the WBO heavyweight title from 2004 to 2006, and is best known for scoring an upset knockout victory over Wladimir Klitschko to win the vacant title. He was ranked as the world's No.8 heavyweight by BoxRec at the conclusion of 2004. As an amateur, Brewster won the U.S. national championships in 1995, and a silver medal at that year's Pan American Games, both in the heavyweight division. Following his retirement from the sport in 2011, he became an entrepreneur and founded a consulting business.
|Real name||Lamon Tajuan Brewster|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Reach||77 in (196 cm)|
|Born||June 5, 1973|
Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
|Wins by KO||30|
Brewster won the 1995 U.S. national amateur championship as a heavyweight. Additional highlights include:
1996–2003: Prospect to contenderEdit
2004–2005: WBO heavyweight champion and title defensesEdit
On April 10, 2004, Brewster faced Wladimir Klitschko in a fight for the vacant World Boxing Organization championship that had been vacated by Corrie Sanders, who had upset Klitschko by knocking him out in the second round of their fight in 2003, when he decided to challenge Vitali Klitschko for the World Boxing Council title vacated when Lennox Lewis retired.
Brewster was dominated in the early going, knocked down once in the fourth round. In the fifth round, Brewster hurt Klitschko with a left hook that forced the Ukrainian fighter to use the ropes to hold himself up, which resulted in a knockdown. As the round ended, Brewster hit Klitschko with a combination of punches that caused him to go down after the bell sounded. Seeing Klitschko struggle to return to his feet, referee Robert Byrd stopped the fight and awarded a technical knockout victory to Brewster. Klitschko claimed foul play resulted in his defeat but an investigation found nothing.
For eleven years, Brewster remained the last boxer to defeat Klitschko in the ring, until Tyson Fury defeated Klitschko in a 2015 heavyweight fight. Brewster remains the second last boxer to knock Klitschko out in a bout, preceding Anthony Joshua, who won by TKO on the 11th round defeating Wladimir Klitschko on 30 April 2017.
2006–2007: Brewster vs. Liakhovich and Klitschko IIEdit
Brewster lost his WBO title by unanimous decision on April 1, 2006 to Sergei Liakhovich from Belarus in an action-packed fight. In an interview following the fight, Brewster said that he could not see with his left eye after the first round. It was later confirmed that he had suffered a detached retina in his left eye and he had to undergo surgery.
Lamon Brewster returned to the ring on July 7, 2007, losing his rematch against Wladimir Klitschko after trainer Buddy McGirt stopped the fight after the sixth round. The fight took place in Köln (Cologne), Germany, for the IBF & IBO heavyweight title.
2008–2010: Tail end of careerEdit
After two tune-up bouts, he was upset by Gbenga Oloukun by an eight-round points decision. The following year he was stopped by rising contender Robert Helenius. At one point in his career, Brewster was managed by The Simpsons co-creator, professional poker player and philanthropist, Sam Simon,. Later Brewster left Simon and signed with manager Al Haymon.
On January 9, 2011, Lamon Brewster officially announced his retirement as a professional boxer. Brewster cited an eye injury from his last fight with Helenius as the reason for this retirement. Further, he indicated that he believes that Helenius tampered with his gloves which caused the resulting injury to Brewster. He underwent four unsuccessful surgeries to restore sight in his left eye. Further surgery allowed him to regain vision in the eye.
From 1993–97 Brewster was married to actress Tichina Arnold (of Martin and Everybody Hates Chris fame). Brewster remarried his current wife "Juana" Brewster in October 2000, and together they have two daughters and a son. Brewster also has one older daughter from a previous relationship. He is also the cousin of former IBF and WBO heavyweight champion Chris Byrd. Brewster has made several television appearances as well as public service announcements through his career.
Brewster founded "Fighting Connection Consulting" in July 2011 providing expertise to professional fighters on training methods, psychology, nutrition, conditioning, team building, and publicity.
Professional boxing recordEdit
|41 fights||35 wins||6 losses|
|41||Loss||35–6||Robert Helenius||TKO||8 (10), 2:31||Jan 30, 2010||Jahnsportforum, Neubrandenburg, Germany|
|40||Loss||35–5||Gbenga Oloukun||UD||8||Aug 29, 2009||Gerry Weber Stadion, Halle, Germany|
|39||Win||35–4||Michael Sprott||UD||8||Mar 14, 2009||Ostseehalle, Kiel, Germany|
|38||Win||34–4||Danny Batchelder||KO||5 (12), 1:10||Aug 30, 2008||Gardens, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.||Won vacant WBA–NABA heavyweight title|
|37||Loss||33–4||Wladimir Klitschko||RTD||6 (12), 3:00||Jul 7, 2007||Kölnarena, Cologne, Germany||For IBF and IBO heavyweight titles|
|36||Loss||33–3||Siarhei Liakhovich||UD||12||Apr 1, 2006||Wolstein Center, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.||Lost WBO heavyweight title|
|35||Win||33–2||Luan Krasniqi||TKO||9 (12), 2:48||Sep 28, 2005||Color Line Arena, Hamburg, Germany||Retained WBO heavyweight title|
|34||Win||32–2||Andrew Golota||TKO||1 (12), 0:52||May 21, 2005||United Center, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.||Retained WBO heavyweight title|
|33||Win||31–2||Kali Meehan||SD||12||Sep 4, 2004||Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Retained WBO heavyweight title|
|32||Win||30–2||Wladimir Klitschko||TKO||5 (12), 3:00||Apr 10, 2004||Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Won vacant WBO heavyweight title|
|31||Win||29–2||Joe Lenhart||TKO||3 (10), 3:00||Mar 1, 2003||Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|30||Win||28–2||Tommy Martin||TKO||3 (12), 2:03||Dec 14, 2002||Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.||Retained WBO–NABO heavyweight title;|
Won vacant WBC Continental Americas heavyweight title
|29||Win||27–2||Willie Chapman||TKO||6 (10), 1:32||Jul 27, 2002||Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|28||Win||26–2||Nate Jones||TKO||3 (12), 1:10||Feb 2, 2002||Sovereign Center, Reading, Pennsylvania, U.S.||Won vacant WBO–NABO heavyweight title|
|27||Win||25–2||Joey Guy||TKO||1 (10), 1:44||Oct 25, 2001||Hollywood Park Casino, Inglewood, California, U.S.|
|26||Loss||24–2||Charles Shufford||UD||10||Oct 21, 2000||Cobo Hall, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.|
|25||Win||24–1||Val Smith||TKO||1 (8), 2:02||Sep 24, 2000||Silver Smith Casino, West Wendover, Nevada, U.S.|
|24||Loss||23–1||Clifford Etienne||UD||10||May 6, 2000||Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|23||Win||23–0||Richard Mason||UD||10||Feb 26, 2000||Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|22||Win||22–0||Quinn Navarre||KO||1 (10), 2:12||Sep 17, 1999||All American Sports Park, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.|
|21||Win||21–0||Mario Cawley||KO||2 (8), 1:20||May 22, 1999||Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|20||Win||20–0||Marcus Rhode||TKO||1 (8), 2:06||Oct 3, 1998||Las Vegas Hilton, Winchester, Nevada, U.S.|
|19||Win||19–0||Everett Martin||TKO||4||Aug 15, 1998||Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|18||Win||18–0||Louis Monaco||KO||2 (8), 3:00||Jun 14, 1998||Etess Arena, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.|
|17||Win||17–0||Garing Lane||UD||10||May 16, 1998||Bank of America Centre, Boise, Idaho, U.S.|
|16||Win||16–0||Marselles Brown||KO||4||Mar 23, 1998||Foxwoods Resort Casino, Ledyard, Connecticut, U.S.|
|15||Win||15–0||Artis Pendergrass||TKO||1 (6), 2:11||Feb 28, 1998||Bally's Park Place, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.|
|14||Win||14–0||Biko Botowamungu||TKO||5 (8), 0:20||Jan 9, 1998||Grand Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, U.S.|
|13||Win||13–0||Tony LaRosa||TKO||1 (10)||Dec 20, 1997||Spotlight 29 Casino, Coachella, California, U.S.|
|12||Win||12–0||John Kiser||UD||8||Nov 20, 1997||Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|11||Win||11–0||Aaron Conway||TKO||1 (6), 2:24||Aug 8, 1997||The Orleans, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|10||Win||10–0||Cleveland Woods||RTD||2 (8), 3:00||Jul 11, 1997||Tropicana Las Vegas, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|9||Win||9–0||Willie Johnson||TKO||2||Apr 8, 1997||Grand Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, U.S.|
|8||Win||8–0||Mark Johnson||KO||1 (6), 2:03||Mar 6, 1997||Convention Hall, Asbury Park, New Jersey, U.S.|
|7||Win||7–0||Tim Knight||KO||1||Feb 6, 1997||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|6||Win||6–0||Trent Surratt||KO||1 (6), 1:52||Jan 31, 1997||Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S.|
|5||Win||5–0||Ronnie Smith||TKO||3 (6), 0:30||Jan 9, 1997||Beverly Wilshire Hotel, Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|4||Win||4–0||Fabian Meza||KO||1 (4)||Dec 28, 1996||Irvine, California, U.S.|
|3||Win||3–0||Greg McGhee||KO||2 (4), 2:28||Dec 17, 1996||National Guard Armory, Pikesville, Maryland, U.S.|
|2||Win||2–0||Sean Fink||KO||1 (4)||Nov 29, 1996||Civic Center, Roanoke, Virginia, U.S.|
|1||Win||1–0||Moses Harris||KO||1 (4), 1:21||Nov 8, 1996||Arizona Charlie's Decatur, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.|
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