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Tim Witherspoon Record

Total Fights69
Title Wins2
Title Defenses1
Title-Fight KOs1
KO Wins38
KO Losses4
Tim Witherspoon Record & Stats
Tim Witherspoon's Record
Tim Witherspoon's boxing record and career infographic

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      What is Tim Witherspoon's boxing record?

      In a professional boxing career spanning 23 years and four months, Tim Witherspoon fought 69 times with 55 wins, 13 losses, and 1 draw.

      Witherspoon retired from professional boxing with a record of 55-13-1, which included two heavyweight world-title wins and one successful title defense fight. He had a 55.1% knockouts-to-fights ratio with 38 of his total 69 fights being knockout wins, one of which was in a title fight. Witherspoon suffered four knockout losses in his career, one of which was against James Smith in a heavyweight title fight.

      His last fight was a 10-round split decision defeat to Brian Nix on March 15, 2003.

      Some of Witherspoon's best fights and notable victories include wins over Tony Tubbs, Greg Page, Al Cole, Frank Bruno, José Ribalta, Jorge Luis González, and James Tillis.

      69Mar 15, 200345Brian NixLossSD
      68Sep 22, 200244Lou SavareseLossTKO5
      67May 18, 200244Ahmed AbdinWinUD
      66Mar 10, 200244Darroll WilsonWinKO2
      65Jan 18, 200244Ed WhiteWinTKO1
      64Jul 29, 200143Cleveland WoodsWinKO1
      63Jun 8, 200143Monte BarrettLossSD
      62Apr 13, 200143Danny WoffordWinTKO3
      61Mar 31, 200143Elieser CastilloWinMD
      60Feb 22, 200143David BosticeWinTKO1
      59Jul 8, 200042David SmithWinTKO2
      58Apr 29, 200042Mike SedilloDrawPTS
      57Feb 25, 200042Joe BallardWinKO1
      56Jun 18, 199941Greg PageLossRTD7
      55Apr 16, 199941Brian NielsenLossTKO4
      54Oct 2, 199840Andrew GolotaLossUD
      53Apr 7, 199840Jimmy ThunderLossUD
      52Dec 13, 199739Larry DonaldLossUD
      51Nov 4, 199739Levi BillupsWinTKO1
      50Dec 14, 199638Ray MercerLossUD
      49May 10, 199638Jorge Luis GonzálezWinTKO5
      48Jan 12, 199638Al ColeWinUD
      47Nov 14, 199537Tim PullerWinTKO2
      46Oct 31, 199537Everton DavisWinTKO7
      45Mar 24, 199537Jesse ShelbyWinTKO1
      44Dec 17, 199436Nathaniel FitchWinTKO6
      43Aug 12, 199436Sherman GriffinWinTKO3
      42Aug 25, 199234Tony WillisWinUD
      41Jul 21, 199234Everett MartinLossSD
      40Mar 23, 199234James PritchardWinUD
      39Feb 4, 199234Jimmy Lee SmithWinKO1
      38Sep 10, 199133Art TuckerWinTKO3
      37Mar 8, 199133Carl WilliamsWinSD
      36Jul 19, 199032José RibaltaWinMD
      35Mar 12, 199032Greg GorrellWinTKO3
      34Jan 11, 199032Jeff SimsWinRTD5
      33Oct 19, 198931Anders EklundWinKO1
      32Jan 27, 198931Larry AlexanderWinSD
      31Feb 17, 198830Mauricio VillegasWinTKO9
      30Oct 14, 198729Mike WilliamsWinSD
      29Aug 4, 198729Mark WillsWinTKO1
      28Dec 12, 198628James SmithLoss *KO1
      27Jul 19, 198628Frank BrunoWin *TKO11
      26Jan 17, 198628Tony TubbsWin *MD
      25Oct 12, 198527Sammy ScaffWinTKO4
      24Sep 6, 198527Larry BeilfussWinTKO1
      23Jun 15, 198527James SmithWinUD
      22Apr 29, 198527James BroadWinKO2
      21Mar 25, 198527Mark WillsWinTKO9
      20Aug 31, 198426Pinklon ThomasLoss *MD
      19Mar 9, 198426Greg PageWin *MD
      18Sep 23, 198325James TillisWinTKO1
      17Jul 16, 198325Floyd CummingsWinUD
      16May 20, 198325Larry HolmesLoss *SD
      15Jun 5, 198224Renaldo SnipesWinMD
      14Mar 30, 198224Luis AcostaWinKO2
      13Dec 5, 198123Alfonzo RatliffWinTKO7
      12Nov 17, 198123Curtis GaskinsWinKO2
      11Jul 30, 198123Jerry WilliamsWinTKO8
      10Jun 17, 198123Bobby JordanWinKO4
      9Apr 11, 198123Dave JohnsonWinUD
      8Feb 7, 198123Marvin StinsonWinPTS
      7Jan 24, 198123Ed BednarikWinTKO1
      6Dec 11, 198022James ReidWinTKO6
      5Oct 24, 198022Oliver WrightWinTKO2
      4Jul 20, 198022Charles CoxWinKO5
      3May 9, 198022Robert EvansWinUD
      2Apr 26, 198022Robert RitchieWinKO1
      1Oct 30, 197921Joe AdamsWinTKO1

      * World-title fight

      Boxing career

      Tim Witherspoon (Terrible) is a 66-year old retired American professional boxer. He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. on December 27, 1957. He is a former heavyweight world champion. His professional boxing career spanned more than 23 years — from 1979 to 2003.

      Witherspoon made his professional boxing debut against Joe Adams at the age of 21 on October 30, 1979, defeating Adams via 1st round TKO. He went on to win 14 more consecutive fights after the debut, which included 10 wins via stoppage.

      He had his first world title fight at the age of 25 on May 20, 1983 after 15 professional fights, against Larry Holmes for the WBC and The Ring titles. He lost to Holmes via 12 round split decision.

      Witherspoon has won two world titles at heavyweight. For all the details about Witherspoon's world title wins and defenses refer to the "Championships" section below.

      Witherspoon had a total of 13 losses in his professional boxing career.

      His last professional fight was a non-title bout against Brian Nix on March 15, 2003. Witherspoon lost the fight via 10 round split decision. It's been 21 years, 4 months, and 10 days since this fight.


      Witherspoon had a total of six world-title fights, which includes winning two world titles and one successful title defense. He won three of these fights and lost three.

      Title Wins

      Tim Witherspoon fought for heavyweight world titles in three fights and won two of these fights. In total, he won two heavyweight belts.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles WonMethod
      Jan 17, 1986Tony TubbsHeavyweightWBAMD
      Mar 9, 1984Greg PageHeavyweightWBC*MD
      * Vacant title

      Title Defenses

      Tim Witherspoon had three heavyweight world-title defense fights. He won once and lost two times.

      Following is the table of his successful title defense fights, the next section has the fights where he lost his titles.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles DefendedMethod
      Jul 19, 1986Frank BrunoHeavyweightWBATKO

      Title Losses

      Tim Witherspoon lost two world-title defense fights, and lost a total of two titles in these fights.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles LostMethod
      Dec 12, 1986James SmithHeavyweightWBAKO
      Aug 31, 1984Pinklon ThomasHeavyweightWBCMD


      Witherspoon fought a total of 69 times during his professional career, which includes 6 world-title fights at the heavyweight division. These six fights are the highlight of his career.

      • May 20, 1983: In his first world-title fight, Tim Witherspoon loses to Larry Holmes via 12 round split decision. He was fighting for the WBC and The Ring heavyweight titles.

      • March 9, 1984: Witherspoon wins the WBC heavyweight title from Greg Page, by beating Page via 12 round majority decision.

      • January 17, 1986: Witherspoon wins the WBA heavyweight title from Tony Tubbs, by beating Tubbs via 15 round majority decision.

      • July 19, 1986: Witherspoon successfully defends the WBA heavyweight title against Frank Bruno, winning the fight via 11th round TKO.

      • January 12, 1996: Tim Witherspoon beats Al Cole via 10th round unanimous decision.

      • May 10, 1996: Tim Witherspoon beats Jorge Luis González via 5th round TKO.


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