Chris Byrd

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Name: Chris Byrd
Alias: Rapid Fire
Birth Name: Christopher Cornelius Byrd
Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Birthplace: Flint, Michigan, USA
Stance: Southpaw
Height: 188cm
Reach: 191cm
Pro Boxer: Record
Amateur Boxer: Record

Trainer: Joe Byrd
Promoters: Cedric Kushner, Don King

Amateur Career

  • Amateur Record: 290-25
  • 1988 Olympic Trials: Lost to eventual United States representative Todd Foster in the quarterfinals of the Light Welterweight competition
  • 1989 United States Amateur Light Welterweight Champion
  • 1990 Goodwill Games in Seattle, WA: Lost to Torsten Schmitz (East Germany) in the quarterfinals of the Light Middleweight competition
  • 1991 United States Amateur Middleweight Champion
  • 1991 World Championships: Lost to Ramon Garbey (Cuba) in Middleweight competition
  • 1992 United States Amateur Middleweight Champion
  • 1992 Middleweight Gold Medalist at Canada Cup. Results:
  • 1992 Olympic Trials Middleweight winner in Worcester, MA. Results:
  • 1992 Olympic Box-Off Middleweight winner in Phoenix, AZ. Results:
  • 1992 Middleweight Silver Medalist at the Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. Results:

Professional Career

  • Has a record of 2-2 (1 KO) against International Boxing Hall of Fame inductees:
  • Won the vacant USBA Heavyweight Championship with a sixth-round TKO of Mike Rouse on March 28, 1995.
  • Won the vacant WBU International Heavyweight Championship with a twelve-round unanimous decision against Phil Jackson on November 21, 1995.
  • Stopped in five rounds by Ike Ibeabuchi on March 20, 1999.
  • Upset Vitali Klitschko by a ninth-round TKO to win the WBO Heavyweight Championship on April 1, 2000.
  • Lost the WBO Heavyweight Championship to Wladimir Klitschko by a twelve-round unanimous decision on October 14, 2000.
  • Defeated Maurice Harris by a twelve-round unanimous decision to regain the USBA Heavyweight Championship on May 12, 2001.
  • Upset David Tua by a twelve-round unanimous decision on August 18, 2001 to become the mandatory IBF heavyweight challenger.
  • Defeated Evander Holyfield by a twelve-round unanimous decision to win the vacant IBF Heavyweight Championship on December 14, 2002.
  • Lost the IBF Heavyweight Championship in his fifth defense to Wladimir Klitschko on April 22, 2006. Byrd was stopped in the seventh round.
  • Lost to Alexander Povetkin by a eleventh-round TKO on October 27, 2007.
  • Dropped down to light heavyweight and fought Shaun George on May 16, 2008. Looking gaunt at 174 pounds, Byrd was knocked out in the ninth round.
  • In his last fight, Byrd stopped Matthias Sandow in four rounds in a cruiserweight fight on March 21, 2009.

Boxing Family

Preceded by:
Vitali Klitschko
WBO Heavyweight Champion
2000 Apr 1 – 2000 Oct 14
Succeeded by:
Wladimir Klitschko
Preceded by:
Lennox Lewis
IBF Heavyweight Champion
2002 Dec 14 – 2006 Apr 22
Succeeded by:
Wladimir Klitschko