Vernon Forrest

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Name: Vernon Forrest
Alias: The Viper
Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Birthplace: Augusta, Georgia, USA
Died: 2009-07-25 (Age:38)
Stance: Orthodox
Height: 183cm
Reach: 185cm
Pro Boxer: Record
Amateur Boxer: Record

Olympic Games results

  • 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.

World Championships results

Other Amateur results

Claimed Amateur Record: 225-15

  • 1990 US National Golden Gloves Bronze medallist at light welterweight, losing to Mark Lewis (0-5)
  • 1991 United States Amateur light welterweight champion
  • 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:

Awards & Recognition

Career Factoids

Titles Held


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."[1]


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.[2][3] [4]

Preceded by:
Felix Trinidad
IBF Welterweight Champion
2001 May 12 – 2001 Dec 12
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.
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
Succeeded by:
Sergio Gabriel Martinez