Name: James Shuler
Alias: Black Gold
Died: 1986-03-17 (Age:26)
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Height: 6′ 1″ / 185cm
Reach: 78″ / 198cm
Boxing Record: click
Trainers: Joe Frazier, Eddie Futch
One week after losing to Thomas Hearns, Shuler was killed in Philadelphia when the motorcycle he was riding crashed into a tractor-trailer.
Shuler's younger brother, Marvin Shuler, was also a boxer. He boxed professionally from 1981 to 1985 and retired with a record of 9-0-2 with 8 knockouts.
- Amateur record: 178-6
- 1979 & 1980 Pennsylvania State Golden Gloves Champion (156 lbs)
- 1979 & 1980 National Golden Gloves Champion (156 lbs)
- Member of the U.S. boxing team that perished in a plane crash in Poland on March 14, 1980. Shuler had stayed home because of an injury.
- Member of the 1980 U.S. Olympic boxing team (156 lbs). Shuler didn't get to compete in the Moscow Olympics because the U.S. boycotted to protest the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.
- Defeated Sugar Ray Seales by a 12-round unanimous decision to win the NABF middleweight title on October 23, 1982.
- Lost the NABF middleweight title to Thomas Hearns on March 10, 1986. Shuler was knocked out in 73 seconds.
- Entered the fight against Hearns ranked as the No. 1 middleweight contender by the WBA, WBC, and IBF.