Vernon Forrest

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'''Trainer''': [[Ronnie Shields]] and [[Mark Breland]] (2005-present)<br>
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'''Trainers:''' [[Ronnie Shields]], [[Mark Breland]], [[James (Buddy) McGirt]], [[Al Mitchell]]<br>
'''Manager''': [[William Baxter]] and [[William Coleman]]
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'''Managers:''' [[William Baxter]] and [[William Coleman]], [[Al Haymon]]
 
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== Amateur Career ==
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==Amateur Career==
 
'''Amateur Record''': 225-15
 
'''Amateur Record''': 225-15
 
*1991 United States Amateur light welterweight champion
 
*1991 United States Amateur light welterweight champion
 
*1991 2nd place at light welterweight in the World Championships in Sydney, Australia. Results were:
 
*1991 2nd place at light welterweight in the World Championships in Sydney, Australia. Results were:
**[[Michele Piccirillo]] (Italy) won on points
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**[[Michele Piccirillo]] (Italy) won on points (33-15)
**[[Nara Cjantrapon]] (Thailand) won on points
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**[[Nara Cjantrapon]] (Thailand) won on points (22-6)
**[[Peter Richardson]] (Great Britian) won on points
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**[[Peter Richardson]] (Great Britian) won on points (33-18)
**[[Candelario Duvergel]] (Cuba) won on points
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**[[Candelario Duvergel]] (Cuba) won by DQ 1 (low blow)
**[[Kostya Tszyu]] (Soviet Union) lost on points
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**[[Kostya Tszyu]] (Soviet Union) lost on points (9-32)
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*1992 won the AIBA World Championships Challenge at light welterweight in Tampa, FL.
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**Defeated [[Candelario Duvergel]] (Cuba) on points (17-14)
 
*1992 won the light welterweight Olympic Trials in Worcester, MA. Results were:
 
*1992 won the light welterweight Olympic Trials in Worcester, MA. Results were:
 
**Defeated [[Robert Frazier]] on points
 
**Defeated [[Robert Frazier]] on points
**Defeated [[Shane Mosley]] on points
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**Defeated [[Shane Mosley]] on points (25-14)
**Defeated [[Stevie Johnston]] on points; and defeated him again at the Box-Offs in Phoenix, also on points.
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**Defeated [[Stevie Johnston]] on points (39-31); and defeated him again at the Box-Offs in Phoenix, also on points (32-19).
 
*Represented the United States at light welterweight at the 1992 Barcelona [[Olympic Games]]
 
*Represented the United States at light welterweight at the 1992 Barcelona [[Olympic Games]]
**Lost to [[Peter Richardson]] (Great Britian) on points, in a first round match.
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**Lost to [[Peter Richardson]] (Great Britian) on points (8-14), in a first round match.
  
*Named [[Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year]] for 2002
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==Awards & Recognitions==
*[[World Boxing Hall of Fame]] [[WBHOF: Fighter of the Year|"Fighter of the Year"]] Award (2002)
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*2002 - [[Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year]]
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*2002 - [[World Boxing Hall of Fame]] [[WBHOF: Fighter of the Year|"Fighter of the Year"]]: [http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/latimes/access/215658921.html?dids=215658921:215658921&FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT&type=current&date=Oct+18%2C+2002&author=--+Rob+Fernas&pub=Los+Angeles+Times&desc=The+Inside+Track%3B+Foreman+Heads+the+Class+for+Boxing+Hall+of+Fame&pqatl=google]
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==Titles Held==
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*'''[[World Boxing Council]] Light Middleweight Title''' (2007-08, 2008-09)
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*'''[[World Boxing Council]] Welterweight Title''' (2002-03)
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*'''[[International Boxing Federation]] Welterweight Title''' (2001)
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*[[NABF]] Welterweight Title (1998-2000)
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*[[WBC]] Continental Americas Welterweight Title (1997)
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*[[IBC (Sanctioning Body)|IBC]] Light Welterweight Title (1995)
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==Philanthropy==
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In 1997, Forrest founded [http://www.destinyschildinc.com/index.html| Destiny's Child Inc.] which provides assistance to the mentally challenged, providing housing and 24-hour supervision by trained professionals. "It was truly his calling," Swanson said of his work with children. "When he wasn't boxing, this was his full-time job. ... When they would see him, they would just light up, and some of them couldn't even talk. Vernon was very much involved. He'd have some of the kids over to his house on Sundays. They were part of his family."[http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iww6sm6YU84TKwA47yI7w_A29OdwD99MLTMO0]
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==Death==
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Forrest was killed on July 25, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia. He reportedly stopped at a gas station to put air in the tires of his Jaguar around 11 p.m. when another car pulled up and he was approached by at least two men in an attempted robbery. At some point, Forrest gave chase. He was shot multiple times. Three men, 28-year-old Jquante Crews, Demario Ware, and the alleged gunman Charmon Sinkfield were convicted of the crime.[http://www.ajc.com/news/atlanta/pro-boxer-vernon-forrest-100822.html?cxntlid=homepage_tab_newstab][http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/boxing/news/story?id=4356715] [http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/7768514/second-man-found-guilty-2009-shooting-death-boxing-champ-vernon-forrest]
  
 
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  before=[[Floyd Mayweather Jr.]]<br>Vacated|
 
  title=[[WBC Light Middleweight Champion]]|
 
  title=[[WBC Light Middleweight Champion]]|
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  before=[[Sergio Mora]]|
  title=[[Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year]]|
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  title=[[WBC Light Middleweight Champion]]|
  after=[[James Toney]]|
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  after=[[Sergio Gabriel Martinez]]|
  years=2002
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  years=2008 Sep 13 &ndash; 2009 May 21<br>'''Stripped'''
 
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Revision as of 14:19, 4 May 2013

Vernon Forrest

Name: Vernon Forrest
Alias: The Viper
Born: 1971-01-12
Birthplace: Augusta, Georgia, USA
Died: 2009-07-25 (Age:38)
Nationality: US American
Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Stance: Orthodox
Height: 6′ 0″   /   183cm
Reach: 73″   /   185cm
Boxing Record: click

Trainers: Ronnie Shields, Mark Breland, James (Buddy) McGirt, Al Mitchell
Managers: William Baxter and William Coleman, Al Haymon

Contents

Amateur Career

Amateur Record: 225-15

  • 1991 United States Amateur light welterweight champion
  • 1991 2nd place at light welterweight in the World Championships in Sydney, Australia. Results were:
  • 1992 won the AIBA World Championships Challenge at light welterweight in Tampa, FL.
  • 1992 won the light welterweight Olympic Trials in Worcester, MA. Results were:
  • Represented the United States at light welterweight at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games
    • Lost to Peter Richardson (Great Britian) on points (8-14), in a first round match.

Awards & Recognitions

Titles Held

Philanthropy

In 1997, Forrest founded Destiny's Child Inc. which provides assistance to the mentally challenged, providing housing and 24-hour supervision by trained professionals. "It was truly his calling," Swanson said of his work with children. "When he wasn't boxing, this was his full-time job. ... When they would see him, they would just light up, and some of them couldn't even talk. Vernon was very much involved. He'd have some of the kids over to his house on Sundays. They were part of his family."[2]

Death

Forrest was killed on July 25, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia. He reportedly stopped at a gas station to put air in the tires of his Jaguar around 11 p.m. when another car pulled up and he was approached by at least two men in an attempted robbery. At some point, Forrest gave chase. He was shot multiple times. Three men, 28-year-old Jquante Crews, Demario Ware, and the alleged gunman Charmon Sinkfield were convicted of the crime.[3][4] [5]


Preceded by:
Felix Trinidad
Vacated
IBF Welterweight Champion
2001 May 12 – 2001 Dec 12
Vacated
Succeeded by:
Michele Piccirillo
Preceded by:
Shane Mosley
WBC Welterweight Champion
2002 Jan 26 – 2003 Jan 25
Succeeded by:
Ricardo Mayorga
Preceded by:
Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Vacated
WBC Light Middleweight Champion
2007 Jul 28 – 2008 Jun 7
Succeeded by:
Sergio Mora
Preceded by:
Sergio Mora
WBC Light Middleweight Champion
2008 Sep 13 – 2009 May 21
Stripped
Succeeded by:
Sergio Gabriel Martinez


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