Duane Thomas

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Duane Thomas

Name: Duane Thomas
Born: 1961-02-21
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, USA
Died: 2000-06-13 (Age:39)
Hometown: Detroit, Michigan, USA
Stance: Orthodox
Height: 5′ 9½″   /   177cm
Boxing Record: click

Trainer: Emanuel Steward

On December 5, 1986, Thomas won the vacant WBC light middleweight title via a 3rd round TKO over John "The Beast" Mugabi at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Thomas would lose the title eight months later, in Merignac, France, by way of a 12 round unanimous decision to Lupe Aquino.

On January 3, 1988, Thomas fell short in his attempt to regain the title, suffering a 7th round TKO loss in Italy, at the hands of the new champ, Gianfranco Rosi.

He was shot to death in front of an East Detroit party store over a minor drug dispute.


Preceded by:
Thomas Hearns
Vacated
WBC Light Middleweight Champion
1986 Dec 5 – 1987 Jul 12
Succeeded by:
Lupe Aquino