Tarick Salmaci

Tarick Salmaci (born February 28, 1972) is a Lebanese-American former professional boxer and North American Boxing Organization (NABO) middleweight champion.[1] He was one of 16 boxers chosen worldwide to participate on season 1 of NBC's reality television series The Contender.

Tarick Salmaci
Nickname(s)The Arabian Prince[1]
Height6 ft 1 in (185 cm)[1]
Reach73 in (185 cm)[1]
Born (1972-02-28) February 28, 1972 (age 49)
Boxing record
Total fights23
Wins by KO11


Amateur career

Salmaci began his boxing career at the age of 8 at Kronk Gym in Detroit. He compiled an amateur record of 136-12, and earned a spot in the Olympic Trials where he fought his way to the finals, just missing the U.S. Olympic team.[2]

Professional career

Salmaci turned professional after the Olympic Trials and signed with manager Jackie Kallen.[3]

Salmaci won the North American Boxing Organization's super middleweight title on March 11, 1997 in Phoenix, Arizona.[1] He then signed to fight Joe Calzaghe for the WBO super middleweight championship but pulled out of the fight after a dispute with his management.[4]

Salmaci won his first eighteen professional bouts and finished his career in May 2005 with an overall record of nineteen wins and three losses.[1]


In the first season of NBC's reality show The Contender, Salmaci was one of 16 fighters chosen worldwide to participate on the show,[5] Although Salmaci lost in the first round of the show's tournament,[6] he was voted back as a "fan favorite" to fight once more.[7]

Personal life

Salmaci has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan. He also invests in real estate development. He is married and has one daughter.[2]

Professional boxing record

Professional record summary
22 fights 19 wins 3 losses
By knockout 5 0
By decision 14 3
Draws 0
No contests 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
22 Loss 19–3   Jimmy Lange MD 5 2005-05-24   Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
21 Loss 19–2   Juan de la Rosa UD 5 2004-09-05   Pasadena, California, USA
20 Win 19–1   Thomas McGrogan UD 6 2001-03-29   Cobo Hall, Detroit, Michigan, USA
19 Loss 18–1   Kippy Warren MD 8 1999-10-22   Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan, USA For vacant USA Mid West Super middleweight title.
18 Win 18–0   Bruce Rumbolz UD 10 1999-07-16   Twin Lakes Golf Club, Oakland, Michigan, USA
17 Win 17–0   Kit Munroe UD 10 1998-07-31   Orleans Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
16 Win 16–0   Jerry Cheatham DQ 10 (12), 1:54 1997-03-11   Club Rio, Phoenix, Arizona, USA Won WBO NABO Super Middleweight title.
15 Win 15–0   Marcel Huffaker KO 1 (6) 1996-05-23   Dearborn, Michigan, USA
14 Win 14–0   Stacy Goodson PTS 6 1995-08-03   Detroit, Michigan, USA
13 Win 13–0   Deltonia Clary PTS 6 1995-04-26   The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, USA
12 Win 12–0   Tyrone Mack KO 5 (8) 1994-09-21   Inkster, Michigan, USA
11 Win 11–0   Gerald Reed PTS 8 1994-07-20   Adray Sports Arena, Dearborn, Michigan, USA Won vacant USA Mid West Super welterweight title.
10 Win 10–0   David Walker KO 1 (6) 1994-06-25   World's Fair Convention Center, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
9 Win 9–0   Tyrone Ingram UD 6 1994-01-25   The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, USA
8 Win 8–0   Bryan Blakely UD 6 1993-12-07   The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, USA
7 Win 7–0   Tim Dendy UD 6 1993-08-24   The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, USA
6 Win 6–0   Mike Hammond UD 4 1993-05-15   Trump Castle, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
5 Win 5–0   Demetrius Davis MD 4 1993-04-08   Resorts Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
4 Win 4–0   Aaron McLaurine UD 4 1993-03-23   The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, USA
3 Win 3–0   Errol Brown PTS 4 1993-01-12   The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, USA
2 Win 2–0   David Lee TKO 1 (4), 2:04 1992-11-24   The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, USA
1 Win 1–0   Vernard Wright KO 1 (4), 1:04 1992-08-25   The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, USA Professional debut.


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Tarick Salmaci". BoxRec. Retrieved November 17, 2016.
  2. ^ a b Phillips, George M. (November 12, 2005). "Interview with Tarick Salmaci". Boxing Scene. Retrieved November 17, 2016.
  3. ^ Kallen, Jackie (April 25, 2011). "Jackie Kallen: Boxing in Detroit". Boxing Insider. Retrieved November 17, 2016.
  4. ^ "Calzaghe cruises to WBO defence". BBC Sport. January 25, 1998. Retrieved December 5, 2016. German-based Sobot, a late replacement for American Tarick Salmaci, who pulled out after a row with his management, beat the count but immediately came under renewed punishment.
  5. ^ Hauser, Thomas (2006). I Don't Believe It, But It's True: A Year in Boxing. Sportclassic Books. p. 250. ISBN 978-1-894963-50-3.
  6. ^ Hauser, Thomas. "Keeping An Eye On 'The Contender'". SecondsOut. Retrieved November 17, 2016. Salmaci lost to Juan De La Rosa in the first round of the Contender tournament on September 9th of last year.
  7. ^ "Jimmy Lange: More than a Contender". Boxing Insider. March 24, 2011. Retrieved November 17, 2016. As the show came to an end, Lange was voted back on to fight in a "fan favorite" bout. It was there where he beat contestant Tarick Salmaci in a majority decision.

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