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Vassiliy Jirov

Vassiliy Jirov
Statistics
Real name Vassiliy Valeryevich Jirov
Nickname(s) The Tiger
Rated at Cruiserweight
Height 188 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Reach 188 cm (74 in)
Nationality Kazakhstan
Born (1974-04-04) 4 April 1974
Balkhash, Kazakhstan
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 42
Wins 38
Wins by KO 32
Losses 3
Draws 1
No contests 0

Vassiliy "The Tiger" Jirov (born 4 April 1974 in Atlanta in 1996.

Soon after, he moved to the United States, settling in Scottsdale, Arizona, where he married and began to train at the SAR Club's boxing gym.

Contents

  • Professional career 1
  • Amateur career 2
  • Professional boxing record 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Professional career

Jirov made his debut as a professional on 18 January 1997, with a two round knockout of Vince Brown in Las Vegas. He won eleven fights that first year, all by knockout, including wins over Exum Speight and Art Jimmerson. In 1998, he won eight fights, six before the final bell. On 5 May he won the WBC's regional cruiserweight title with a 12 round decision over Rich La Montaigne, who became the first boxer to last the full distance against Jirov. On 5 December he once again fought in Ukrainian territory. In his first fight as a professional in Ukraine, he beat Alex Vassilev in Kiev by decision in eight.

In 1999, Jirov was given his first world title try: In front of an Felix Trinidad-Oscar De La Hoya undercard on 18 September, retaining the crown with a ten round knockout of Canadian Dale Brown.

In 2000, he beat Saul Montana by knockout in round nine to retain the world title on an Univision televised fight, and won two non-title bouts, including one over Esteban Pizarro at the Playboy mansion.

On 6 February 2001, Jirov went to Kazakhstan to defend his crown in his home-country for the first time. There, he retained the title with a first round knockout of Álex González. He won three more fights that year, one a world title affair against Julian Letterlough (knockout win in 8).

In 2002 Jirov, by then managed by the Argentina by a 12 round decision on 1 February at the Celebrity Theater in Phoenix. Talks had begun about a fight of his against former multiple division world champion James Toney. However, negotiations took long and Jirov spent more than one year outside the ring, time in which the IBF threatened to take away recognition of Jirov as world champion if he did not defend his crown soon. As a result of these managerial problems, Jirov also moved from the SAR club gym, favored by his management, to Joe Diaz's Gym, near Downtown Phoenix.

Jirov and Toney finally met on 26 April 2003, and Jirov suffered his first career defeat, when he lost the IBF cruiserweight title to Toney by a 12-round unanimous decision. On 9 August Jirov came back, beating fringe contender Ernest Mateen by knockout in seven rounds.

On 6 November 2003 he won the NABO regional cruiserweight title with a six round knockout of Joseph Kiwanuka in Phoenix. Jirov's next fight was against ex-heavyweight champion, Michael Moorer. Jirov was beaten by Moorer via TKO in the ninth round. Over the next six months, Jirov defeated Forrest Neal by knockout in round 3 and defeated Troy Beats by unanimous decision. His next fight was against former heavyweight and cruiserweight contender Orlin Norris. Jirov and Norris fought to a draw.

In his first return bout to the cruiserweight division (April 20, 2006) he defeated Luke Munsen in a unanimous decision.

On 14 July 2007 Jirov defeated Kenny 'The Raven' Craven by TKO in second round of 10 round scheduled bout.

As a Heavyweight, Jirov also lost to Joe Mesi by unanimous decision, after throwing a blow to Mesi that resulted in subdural bleeding near the fight's end.

His record stands at 38 wins, 3 losses, and 1 draw with 30 wins by knockout.

Preceded by
Arthur Williams
IBF Cruiserweight Champion
5 June 1999 – 26 April 2003
Succeeded by
James Toney

Amateur career

Professional boxing record

38 Wins (32 knockouts, 6 decisions), 3 Losses (1 knockout, 2 decisions), 1 Draw [1]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Win 7-6-1 Jonathan "The Jackhammer" Williams TKO 2 17/10/2009 Phoenix, Arizona, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:52 of the second round.
Win 28-18 Kenny "The Raven" Craven TKO 2 14/07/2007 New Town, North Dakota, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:18 of the second round.
Win 18-4 Luke Munsen UD 10 20/04/2006 Worley, Idaho, United States 95-94, 94-93, 98-91.
Draw 57-9 Orlin "Night Train" Norris MD 8 21/07/2005 Lemoore, California, United States 78-74, 76-76, 76-76.
Win 12-5-1 Troy "Basher" Beets UD 10 14/05/2005 Kinder, Louisiana, United States 97-92, 97-92, 97-93.
Win 16-5 Forrest "Cisco" Neal TKO 3 07/04/2005 Temecula, California, United States Referee stopped the bout at 1:10 of the third round.
Loss 46-4-1 Michael "Double M" Moorer TKO 9 09/12/2004 Temecula, California, United States WBC Continental Americas/NABA/WBA North American Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 2:08 of the ninth round.
Loss 28-0 "Baby" Joe Mesi UD 10 13/03/2004 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 93-94, 93-94, 93-94.
Win 27-5-2 Joseph "The African Express" Kiwanuka TKO 6 06/11/2003 Phoenix, Arizona, United States WBO NABO Cruiserweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at the end of the sixth round.
Win 27-10-3 Ernest "M-16" Mateen TKO 7 07/08/2003 Temecula, California, United States Referee stopped the bout at 1:09 of the seventh round.
Loss 65-4-2 James "Lights Out" Toney UD 12 26/04/2003 Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States IBF World Cruiserweight Title. 109-117, 110-116, 109-117.
Win 119-7-3 UD 12 01/02/2002 Phoenix, Arizona, United States IBF World Cruiserweight Title. 119-110, 119-110, 119-110.
Win 17-1-1 Julian "Mr. K.O." Letterlough TKO 8 08/09/2001 Reno, Nevada, United States IBF World Cruiserweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 1:24 of the eighth round.
Win 30-8-2 Adolpho Washington UD 10 20/07/2001 Canton, Ohio, United States 99-90, 100-89, 100-89.
Win 19-2-2 Terry McGroom KO 1 24/03/2001 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States IBF World Cruiserweight Title. McGroom knocked out at 1:22 of the first round.
Win 18-1 Alex Gonzales KO 1 06/02/2001 Almaty, Kazakhstan IBF World Cruiserweight Title. Gonzales knocked out at 1:35 of the first round.
Win 19-11-2 Earl Butler TKO 2 29/07/2000 Phoenix, Arizona, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:35 of the second round.
Win 21-2-1 Esteban Pizzarro KO 2 19/05/2000 Beverly Hills, California, United States
Win 23-8 Don Normand TKO 1 25/03/2000 Canyonville, Oregon, United States
Win 33-6 Saul "La Cobra" Montana TKO 9 12/02/2000 Boise, Idaho, United States IBF World Cruiserweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 2:55 of the ninth round.
Win 19-0-1 "Cowboy" Dale Brown KO 10 18/09/1999 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Brown knocked out at 2:52 of the tenth round.
Win 30-4-1 "King" Arthur Williams TKO 7 05/06/1999 Biloxi, Mississippi, United States IBF World Cruiserweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 1:59 of the seventh round.
Win 14-5 Onebo Maxime KO 5 22/04/1999 Dallas, Texas, United States WBC Continental Americas Cruiserweight Title. Maxime knocked out at 2:48 of the fifth round.
Win 9-9-1 Cesar Rendon KO 1 06/03/1999 Indio, California, United States Rendon knocked out at 0:25 of the first round.
Win 4-4 Alexander Vasiliev UD 8 05/12/1998 Kiev, Ukraine
Win 14-18-4 John "The Killer" Kiser TKO 8 03/10/1998 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 9-13 Cliff Nellon TKO 3 06/08/1998 Marksville, Louisiana, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:22 of the third round.
Win 19-1-1 Rich "The Mountain" LaMontagne UD 12 05/05/1998 Biloxi, Mississippi, United States WBC International Cruiserweight Title. 117-111, 117-111, 116-112.
Win 21-11-3 Jason Waller TKO 1 14/03/1998 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:00 of the first round.
Win 8-21-1 Trent Surratt TKO 2 10/02/1998 Phoenix, Arizona, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:58 of the second round.
Win 15-9 Jason "The Native American Nightmare" Nicholson TKO 2 23/01/1998 Tunica, Mississippi, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:37 of the second round.
Win 33-10 Art Jimmerson TKO 2 06/12/1997 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:55 of the second round.
Win 6-3 Quinton "Something Peculiar" Osgood KO 1 18/10/1997 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 5-10 Calvin Combs TKO 2 12/09/1997 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Referee stopped the bout at 1:17 of the second round.
Win 2-5 Dennis "Mad Dog" Matthews TKO 4 05/07/1997 Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States
Win 5-6-1 Gesses Mesgana TKO 2 31/05/1998 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:23 of the second round.
Win 5-1-2 Tyrone Armstead TKO 4 12/04/1997 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:23 of the fourth round.
Win 1-2 Calvin Smith TKO 1 30/03/1997 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Win 2-3-1 Aljenon DeBose TKO 3 08/03/1997 Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:54 of the third round.
Win 2-5-1 Chuck Miller TKO 4 12/02/1997 New York City, United States
Win 9-31-2 Exum Speight TKO 3 28/01/1997 Tempe, Arizona, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:00 of the third round.
Win 4-0 Vincent Brown TKO 2 18/01/1997 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

References

  1. ^ http://boxrec.com/list_bouts.php?human_id=7121&cat=boxer

External links

  • Professional boxing record for Vassiliy Jirov from BoxRec
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