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Trevor Berbick

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  • Nickname: None
  • Date of Birth: 1st August 1954
  • Died: 28th October 2006 (52 years old)
  • Career length: 23 years 7 months
  • Status: Deceased
  • Nationality: Jamaica Flag Jamaica
  • Birthplace: Port Antonio, Jamaica Flag Port Antonio, Jamaica
  • Residence: Montreal, Quebec, Canada Flag Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • Division: Heavyweight
  • Height: 188cm
  • Reach: 198cm
  • Stance: Orthodox
  • BoxRec: Trevor Berbick
  • Debut: 27th September 1976

Biography

Trevor Berbick, born on August 1, 1954, in Norwich, Port Antonio, Jamaica, experienced incredible highs and devastating lows. As a boxer, he succeeded by winning the WBC heavyweight title in 1986, but legal troubles and a tragic end marred his life outside the ring.

Berbick's boxing career began with promise, as he represented Jamaica in the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, despite having only 11 prior amateur bouts. Although he lost to the eventual silver medallist, Mircea ?imon of Romania, Berbick's potential was evident. The previous year, he had won a bronze medal at the Pan American Games in Mexico City, losing to future heavyweight champion Michael Dokes in the semi-finals.

After turning professional, Berbick settled in Montreal and fought out of Halifax. He won his first 11 fights (10 by knockout) before suffering his first loss to Bernardo Mercado in 1979. Berbick's career was marked by notable victories, including an upset of ex-champ John Tate in 1980 and a unanimous decision win over Muhammad Ali in 1981, the legendary boxer's final fight.

Berbick's crowning achievement came on March 22, 1986, when he upset Pinklon Thomas to win the WBC world heavyweight title. However, his reign was short-lived, as he lost the title to a young Mike Tyson in his first defence on November 22, 1986. Berbick holds the unique distinction of being the only boxer to have fought Muhammad Ali, Larry Holmes, and Mike Tyson.

Outside the ring, Berbick's life was troubled. In 1992, he was convicted of raping his children's babysitter and served 15 months in prison. Legal issues continued to plague him, leading to his deportation from the United States to Canada in 1997 and then to Jamaica in 1999.

Berbick's post-boxing life was also marked by a well-publicized feud with former opponent Larry Holmes, culminating in a public brawl in 1991. After retiring from boxing in 2000, Berbick moved to Florida to be with his family and began training boxers at a local gym.

Tragically, on October 28, 2006, Berbick was murdered at a church in his hometown of Norwich, Jamaica, by an assailant wielding a steel pipe. His nephew, Harold Berbick, and an accomplice were convicted of the crime, with Harold receiving a life sentence and his accomplice sentenced to fourteen years in prison.

Trevor Berbick's life was one of contrasts. He was a talented boxer who achieved the highest honours in his sport but also a man whose personal life was marked by legal troubles and a shocking, untimely death. Despite his flaws and the tragedy that befell him, Berbick's contributions to the boxing world cannot be overlooked, and his unique place in the sport's history will always be remembered.