Tony Tubbs

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Name: Tony Tubbs
Alias: TNT
Hometown: Santa Monica, California, USA
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Stance: Orthodox
Height: 190cm
Reach: 201cm
Pro Boxer: Record
Amateur Boxer: Record

Tony Tubbs is the older brother of heavyweight boxer Nate Tubbs and the father of cruiserweight boxer Antwaun Taylor.

Amateur Career

  • Compiled an amateur record of 240-13.
  • Defeated Greg Page, Marvis Frazier, Jimmy Clark and Mitch Green as an amateur.
  • 1978 World Amateur Championships heavyweight quarterfinalist in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. His results were:
  • 1979 AAU national heavyweight champion, outpointing Phillip Brown in the final.
  • 1979 World Cup heavyweight gold medalist in New York City. His results were:
    • Defeated Narcisco Maldonado (Puerto Rico) RSC 1
    • Defeated Luc Tchoula (Gabon) RSC 3
    • Defeated Khoren Indzheyan (Soviet Union) 5-0

Professional Career

  • Defeated Greg Page by a 15-round unanimous decision to win the WBA heavyweight championship on April 29, 1985.
  • Lost the WBA heavyweight championship to Tim Witherspoon by a 15-round majority decision on January 17, 1986. Tubbs weighed 229 pounds when he won the title, and he was criticized for going into his first title defense against Witherspoon at 244.
  • Fought Mike Tyson for the WBA/WBC/IBF heavyweight championship on March 21, 1988, and lost by a second-round TKO. The promoter offered Tubbs an additional $50,000 if he weighed less than 235 pounds for the fight. He weighed 238¼.

Failed Drug Tests and Arrests

  • Tubbs' 12-round majority decision win over NABF Heavyweight Champion Orlin Norris on November 21, 1989, was changed to a "no decision" after Tubbs tested positive for cocaine.
  • On October 9, 1992, Tubbs was charged with purchasing cocaine—a second-degree felony—and released on a $3,500 cash bond. Five days later, he defeated Bruce Seldon by a 10-round unanimous decision in an ESPN-televised fight.
  • Tubbs was scheduled to fight Tyrell Biggs for the vacant USBA Heavyweight Championship on January 17, 1993, but he was replaced by Mike (The Bounty) Hunter after he tested positive for cocaine.
  • His decision win over William Morris on October 4th 1994 was changed to a no contest likely due to another positive drug test.
  • Tubbs pleaded guilty to cocaine trafficking in November 2000 and was sentenced to two months in jail, three years of probation and drug testing.
  • Tubbs was sentenced to six months in prison for cocaine possession in January 2010 after he chose prison over an offered stay in a locked-down drug rehabilitation facility. "Mr. Tubbs, you're in the fight of your life," said Judge Melba Marsh. "How come you're not fighting?" Tubbs replied, "I know I'm a winner."


Preceded by:
Greg Page
WBA Heavyweight Champion
1985 Apr 29 – 1986 Jan 17
Succeeded by:
Tim Witherspoon