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Tony Tucker

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  • Nickname: TNT
  • Date of Birth: 27th December 1958 (65 years old)
  • Retired: 7th May 1998 (Career length: 17 years 6 months)
  • Status: Retired
  • Nationality: USA Flag USA
  • Birthplace: Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA Flag Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
  • Residence: Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA Flag Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
  • Division: Heavyweight
  • Height: 196cm
  • Reach: 208cm
  • Stance: Orthodox
  • BoxRec: Tony Tucker
  • Debut: 1st November 1980


Tony Craig Tucker (born December 27, 1958) is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1980 to 1998. He won the IBF heavyweight title in 1987 but had the shortest reign as a world heavyweight champion at just 64 days. Reflecting on his career, Tucker once said, 'Boxing is not just about winning titles; it's about the journey and the lessons you learn along the way.'

Tucker's journey to professional boxing was paved with remarkable achievements in his amateur career. He emerged victorious in the 1979 United States National Championships and the 1979 World Cup and even clinched a gold medal at the 1979 Pan American Games, all in the light heavyweight division. His amateur career concluded with an impressive record of 115-6.

Transitioning to the professional arena in 1980, Tucker faced numerous challenges, including injuries and managerial changes, which hindered his progress. However, his perseverance paid off in 1987 when he overcame Buster Douglas to claim the vacant IBF heavyweight title. Unfortunately, his reign was short-lived as he was contractually bound to defend his title against the formidable Mike Tyson just 64 days later. Despite a valiant effort, Tucker lost unanimously, with Tyson unifying the WBA, WBC, and IBF titles.

Tucker returned to boxing in 1989 and secured notable wins over Orlin Norris and Oliver McCall. In 1993, he challenged Lennox Lewis for the WBC heavyweight title but lost by unanimous decision, being knocked down twice in the process.

In 1995, the WBA stripped George Foreman of their title for refusing to defend against Tucker, their #1 contender. Tucker faced Bruce Seldon for the vacant WBA title but lost by TKO after seven rounds.

Tucker's final world title challenge came in 1997 against Herbie Hide for the vacant WBO title. He was knocked out in the second round. His last significant fight was an 11th-round stoppage loss to John Ruiz in 1998.

Tucker retired with a professional record of 57 wins (47 by knockout), seven losses, and 0 draws. Despite his brief reign as IBF champion and his close fight with Mike Tyson, Tucker referred to himself as the "invisible champion" due to the lack of public recognition he received.