Trevor Berbick

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Name: Trevor Berbick
Hometown: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Birthplace: Port Antonio, Jamaica
Died: 2006-10-28 (Age:52)
Stance: Orthodox
Height: 188cm
Reach: 198cm
Pro Boxer: Record
Amateur Boxer: Record

Career Review

  • Started boxing at the age of 19.
  • Claimed a brief amateur record of 8 - 3.
  • Won a Bronze Medal for Jamaica at the 1975 Pan American Games in Mexico City. He lost on points in the heavyweight semifinals to Michael Dokes of the United States.
  • Represented Jamaica as a heavyweight at the 1976 Montreal Olympics. Berbick lost in the first round to eventual Silver Medalist Mircea Simon of Romania.
  • After the Olympics, Berbick stayed in Canada and turned professional.
  • Knocked out Earl McLeay in seven rounds to win the vacant Canadian Heavyweight Championship on May 26, 1979.
  • Scored an upset victory over former WBA Heavyweight Champion John Tate on June 20, 1980. Berbick won by a knockout in nine rounds.
  • Fought Larry Holmes for the WBC Heavyweight Championship on April 11, 1981 and lost by a fifteen-round unanimous decision. Berbick was the first fighter to go the distance with Holmes in a title defense. Ten years later, after Holmes defeated Tim (Doc) Anderson in a comeback fight, Berbick and Holmes got into a street fight.
  • Knocked out Conroy Nelson in two rounds to win the vacant Commonwealth (British Empire) Heavyweight Championship on July 21, 1981.
  • Defeated badly faded three-time World Heavyweight Champion Muhammad Ali by a ten-round unanimous decision on December 11, 1981. It was Ali's last fight.
  • Pulled off an upset win over future WBA Heavyweight Champion Greg Page on June 11, 1982. Berbick won by a ten-round unanimous decision.
  • Knocked out David Bey in eleven rounds to win the USBA Heavyweight Championship on June 15, 1985.
  • Defeated the heavily favored Pinklon Thomas by a twelve-round unanimous decision on March 22, 1986 to win the WBC Heavyweight Championship.
  • Lost the WBC Heavyweight Championship to Mike Tyson by a second-round knockout on November 22, 1986.
  • Knocked out Shane Sutcliffe in twelve rounds to regain the Canadian Heavyweight Championship on February 5, 1999.
  • After Berbick defeated Shane Sutcliffe by a twelve-round unanimous decision on May 26, 2000, he failed a brain scan and was forced to retire.
  • Has a record of 5-4 (1 KO) against former or current world titlists

Personal Life

  • Was married twice. Berbick had three children from his first marriage and three children from his second marriage.
  • Claimed to see God when he was 16-years-old. Berbick later became an ordained minister.

Legal Troubles & Death

  • Convicted in 1991 of misdemeanour assault for attacking his former business manager, who testified in court that the fighter held a gun to her head and accused her of stealing money from him.
  • Convicted in 1992 of raping a woman who worked as a babysitter for his family. Berbick was also convicted of second-degree grand theft in 1992 for forging his ex-wife's signature to get a mortgage on a home. He served a combined 15 months for both convictions and was ordered deported back to Jamaica. However, Berbick fled to Montreal before his impending removal. He eventually slipped back into the United States and was arrested in Miami on a traffic violation in 2002. After a month in INS custody, he was deported to Jamaica.
  • Berbick was found dead on the morning of October 28, 2006. His nephew, Harold Berbick, and Kenton Gordan bludgeoned him to death and left his body in a church courtyard. Prosecutors said the murder weapons were a pipe and a crowbar. The motive for the killing was a land dispute between uncle and nephew.
  • Harold Berbick and Kenton Gordon were convicted of the killing on December 20, 2007. Berbick was sentenced to life in prison, and Gordan was sentenced to fourteen years.
  • Most records had Berbick's age listed as 52 at the time of his death, but some reports put his age anywhere from 49 to 56.
  • At the time of his death, Berbick reportedly had been teaching boxing at a church in Jamaica.

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Preceded by:
Pinklon Thomas
WBC Heavyweight Champion
1986 Mar 22 – 1986 Nov 22
Succeeded by:
Mike Tyson