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Sumbu Kalambay Record

Total Fights64
Title Wins1
Title Defenses3
Title-Fight KOs1
KO Wins33
KO Losses1
Sumbu Kalambay Record & Stats
Sumbu Kalambay's Record
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      What is Sumbu Kalambay's boxing record?

      In a professional boxing career spanning 12 years and seven months, Sumbu Kalambay fought 64 times with 57 wins, 6 losses, and 1 draw.

      Kalambay retired from professional boxing with a record of 57-6-1, which included one world-championship elevation, one world-title win, and three successful title defense fights at the middleweight weight division. He had a 51.6% knockouts-to-fights ratio with 33 of his total 64 fights being knockout wins, one of which was in a title fight. The only knockout loss in Kalambay's career was a 1st round KO loss to Michael Nunn in a middleweight title fight.

      His last fight was a 12-round unanimous decision defeat to Chris Pyatt on May 19, 1993. Kalambay was fighting for the middleweight WBO (vacant) title.

      Some of Kalambay's best fights and notable victories include wins over Hall-of-Famer Mike McCallum, Doug DeWitt, Herol Graham, Iran Barkley, Robbie Sims, Miodrag Perunovic, and Reggie Miller.

      64May 19, 199337Chris PyattLoss *UD
      63Apr 14, 199337Eddie EvansWinKO1
      62Oct 22, 199236Steve CollinsWinPTS
      61Jun 6, 199236Paul WesleyWinPTS
      60Mar 12, 199235Herol GrahamWinUD
      59Nov 14, 199135Miodrag PerunovicWinTKO4
      58Aug 24, 199135John AshtonWinRTD6
      57Apr 1, 199134Mike McCallumLoss *SD
      56Nov 24, 199034Miguel Angel MaldonadoWinPTS
      55Jul 8, 199034Frederic SeillierWinTKO9
      54Jan 24, 199033Francesco Dell'AquilaWinTKO9
      53Nov 29, 198933Reggie MillerWinRTD1
      52Oct 7, 198933Tony PowellWinKO5
      51Mar 25, 198932Michael NunnLoss *KO1
      50Nov 8, 198832Doug DeWittWin *TKO7
      49Jun 12, 198832Robbie SimsWin *UD
      48Mar 5, 198831Mike McCallumWin *UD
      47Oct 23, 198731Iran BarkleyWin *UD
      46May 26, 198731Herol GrahamWinUD
      45Mar 21, 198730Basante BlancoWinRTD5
      44Dec 13, 198630Cecil PettigrewWinPTS
      43Sep 4, 198630Giovanni De MarcoWinRTD11
      42Mar 15, 198629Cliff GilpinWinPTS
      41Dec 19, 198529Ayub KaluleLossSD
      40Sep 26, 198529Giovanni De MarcoWinSD
      39Jul 14, 198529Donald BowersWinPTS
      38Apr 27, 198529Jose DuarteWinPTS
      37Apr 6, 198528Duane ThomasLossPTS
      36Mar 8, 198528Tony HarrisonWinTKO4
      35Dec 10, 198428Clint JacksonWinPTS
      34Sep 22, 198428Tony CerdaWinPTS
      33Jul 8, 198428Bobby HoyeWinPTS
      32Apr 13, 198428Allen AlexanderWinPTS
      31Feb 18, 198427Kenneth StylesWinTKO2
      30Dec 9, 198327Irving HinesWinKO8
      29Oct 30, 198327Ralph MoncriefWinPTS
      28Oct 13, 198327James WilliamsWinKO1
      27Sep 3, 198327Guy KennedyWinTKO6
      26Jul 24, 198327Jimmie SykesWinPTS
      25Apr 10, 198327Wilson BellWinKO1
      24Feb 24, 198326Bruce JohnsonWinTKO6
      23Dec 10, 198226Salvador Perez RamosWinKO2
      22Nov 26, 198226Stacy McSwainWinTKO3
      21Oct 30, 198226Buster DraytonWinPTS
      20Sep 1, 198226Joe OuruWinDQ
      19May 29, 198226Jose QuinonesWinTKO2
      18Apr 2, 198225Costello KingWinKO2
      17Feb 5, 198225Steve WilliamsWinTKO2
      16Dec 26, 198125Gabriele LazzariWinTKO6
      15Dec 11, 198125Jose LozanoWinPTS
      14Nov 13, 198125Michel PaganiWinKO2
      13Oct 23, 198125Sonny KamungaWinKO7
      12Sep 25, 198125Jose Luis DuranWinTKO4
      11Jun 27, 198125Christian D'HelftWinTKO3
      10May 28, 198125Giovanni MartorinaWinTKO1
      9May 15, 198125Christian D'HelftWinTKO1
      8Apr 17, 198125Damiano LassandroWinTKO8
      7Mar 20, 198124Giovanni MartorinaWinPTS
      6Mar 9, 198124Cosimo CarboneWinTKO3
      5Feb 5, 198124Christian D'HelftWinPTS
      4Jan 8, 198124Stephane FerraraDrawPTS
      3Dec 5, 198024Aldo BuzzettiLossPTS
      2Oct 24, 198024Luigi MariniWinTKO6
      1Oct 10, 198024Esperno PostlWinTKO7

      * World-title fight

      Boxing career

      Sumbu Kalambay is a 68-year old retired Italian professional boxer. He was born in Élisabethville, Belgian Congo on April 10, 1956. He is a former middleweight world champion. His professional boxing career spanned more than 12 years — from 1980 to 1993.

      Kalambay made his professional boxing debut against Esperno Postl at the age of 24 on October 10, 1980, defeating Postl via 7th round TKO.

      He had his first world title fight at the age of 31 on October 23, 1987 after 46 professional fights, against Iran Barkley for the middleweight WBA (vacant) title. He defeated Barkley via 15 round unanimous decision to become the middleweight champion of the world.

      Kalambay has won one world title at middleweight. He was elevated as world champion once. For all the details about Kalambay's world title wins and defenses refer to the "Championships" section below.

      Kalambay had a total of six losses in his professional boxing career.

      His last professional fight was a middleweight bout against Chris Pyatt on May 19, 1993 for the vacant middleweight WBO title. Kalambay lost the fight via 12 round unanimous decision. It's been 31 years, 1 month, and 4 days since this fight.


      Kalambay had a total of seven world-title fights, which includes winning one world title and three successful title defenses. He won four of these fights and lost three.

      Title Wins

      Sumbu Kalambay fought for a middleweight world title in four fights and won once. He won one middleweight belt. He was elevated as world champion once, by The Ring.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles WonMethod
      Oct 23, 1987Iran BarkleyMiddleweightWBA*UD
      * Vacant title

      Title Defenses

      Sumbu Kalambay had three middleweight world-title defense fights.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles DefendedMethod
      Nov 8, 1988Doug DeWittMiddleweightWBA, The RingTKO
      Jun 12, 1988Robbie SimsMiddleweightWBA, The RingUD
      Mar 5, 1988Mike McCallumMiddleweightWBAUD


      Kalambay fought a total of 64 times during his professional career, which includes 7 world-title fights at the middleweight division. These four fights are the highlight of his career.

      • May 26, 1987: Sumbu Kalambay puts on the first remarkable performance of his career, defeating Herol Graham via 12th round unanimous decision.

      • October 23, 1987: Kalambay wins his first world title by defeating Iran Barkley via 15 round unanimous decision. He is now the WBA middleweight world champion.

      • March 5, 1988: Kalambay successfully defends the WBA middleweight title against Mike McCallum, winning the fight via 12 round unanimous decision.

      • November 8, 1988: Kalambay successfully defends the WBA and The Ring middleweight titles against Doug DeWitt, winning the fight via 7th round TKO.


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