| IBF Light Middleweight Champion
1986 Jun 4 – 1987 Jun 27
Buster Drayton Returns to the Ring in 2012
Former World Junior Middleweight champion Buster Drayton returned to the ring in an exhibition. Drayton, age 57, returned on January 28, 2012, in a exhibition in Philadelphia against Philadelphia police officer Floyd 'Sugar Boy' Richards on the undercard of Dhafir Smith versus Quinton Rankin. Drayton and Richards both work at Veteran's Hospital in Center City. Buster Drayton won the IBF title by 15 round decision at the Meadowlands over Carlos Santos in 1986. He lost it to 26-0 Matthew Hilton at The Forum in Montreal, Canada in 1987. The South Philadelphia's fighter's final professional record was 40-15-1, with 28 kayos. In terms of longevity in the ring, Drayton was 9 years younger in 2012 than The Galveston Giant, legendary former World Heavyweight champion Jack Johnson, who last appeared in an charity exhibition for U.S. War Bonds at age 66 in 1945. Also, former Junior Welterweight champion Saoul Mamby fought a professional bout at age 60 in 2008, but lost his comeback attempt by ten round decision.