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01-31-2010, 12:37 AM

Michael "Second To" Nunn

Amateur career:
Lost to Virgil Hill in the Olympic trials of '84.

Professional career:
IBF middleweight champion 1988-1991 (5 defenses)
WBA super middleweight champion 1992-1994 (4 defenses)
1988 The Ring Progress Award
1988 KO Magazine Fighter of the Year

Michael Nunn was a slick boxer with extraordinary gifts. He was one of the best fighters of his era and defeated some outstanding fighters. A tall middleweight, he displayed dazzling handspeed and great movement for his size. He could throw as many punches at once as anybody ever could. His power, while never his ultimate showcase, was still underrated, which he proved in the devastating 88 second knockout of former champion Sumbu Kalambay. For that he got The Ring KO of the Year award. Despite an oustanding amateur record, Nunn never qualified or participated in a major tournament as amateur. He failed to qualify for the '84 Olympics and decided instead to turn pro. He was 30-0 when he challenged Frank Tate (who was the '84 Olympic champion) for the IBF middleweight title on 28th of July 1988. Nunn put on a dominating performance and stopped Tate in the 9th by TKO.

What followed was a string of defenses against the most acknowledged fighters in the division; he beat Juan Domingo Roldan by KO8, aforementioned Kalambay by KO1, Iran Barkley by MD12, Marlon Starling by MD12 and Donald Curry by KO10. Then in May '91 Nunn fought undefeated James Toney in his hometown of Davenport, Iowa. Nunn managed to outbox Toney in the first half of the fight, but Toney came more and more into the fight and inflicted some punishment on Nunn. Still Nunn was in control until the 11th, when a thunderous left hook sent him down. Nunn got up but was dazed and Toney finished him off quickly thereafter. He gathered himself together and chose to move up to 168.
He won his second title against Victor Cordoba, tough Panamanian who held the WBA title, by a split decision in September '92. He would defend it four times before losing it to Steve Little in '94 by SD. He again challenged for the same title against Frankie Liles, who had taken it from Little, but was defeated by a UD. After that he would fight for a title one more time, this time as a light heavyweight, but lose to Graciano Rocchigiani by another SD, in '98. He retired from boxing in 2002. In 2004, Nunn was arrested after buying cocaine from an undercover police officer and sentenced to no less than 24 years of prison. As of now, he is still there.

Notable wins:
Donald Curry
Marlon Starling
Sumbu Kalambay
Iran Barkley
Juan Domingo Roldan
Frank Tate
Merqui Sosa
Victor Cordoba
Curtis Parker
John Scully
Kevin Watts
William Guthrie
Crawford Ashley

Notable losses:
James Toney
Steve Little
Frankie Liles

Questionable wins:

Questionable losses:
Graciano Rocchigiani

Overall points score:

'A' level wins:
Sumbu Kalambay, Donald Curry
'A-' level wins:
Marlon Starling, Iran Barkley
'B' level wins:
Juan Domingo Roldan, Frank Tate, Merqui Sosa, Victor Cordoba x2, Kevin Watts, Curtis Parker
'B- level wins:
John Scully, William Guthrie, Crawford Ashley

Points score: 4+3+6.5+1.5-8=7