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Trevor Berbick

Profession: Boxer

Nationality:
Jamaica
Jamaican

Why Famous: Trevor Berbick was one of the leading heavyweight boxers in the 1980's, considered to be a golden era in the sport.

He is the only man in professional boxing history to have fought all 3 of the greatest fighters of all-time - Muhammad Ali, Larry Holmes and Mike Tyson.

Berbick won the WBC heavyweight title in 1986 by beating Pinklon Thomas by unanimous decision, then lost it in his first defence by KO to Mike Tyson. He is probably best known for beating 39-year-old Muhammad Ali in the final fight of Ali's career.

He had many issues with the law which eventually led to his deportation from both the US and Canada. Berbick became a preacher but was murdered in a Jamaican church by his nephew over a land dispute in 2006.

Born: August 1, 1955
Birthplace: Norwich, Port Antonio, Jamaica

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Goat/Sheep
Star Sign: Leo

Died: October 28, 2006 (aged 51)
Cause of Death: Murdered

Historical Events

  • 1981-04-11 Larry Holmes beats Trevor Berbick by unanimous decision in Las Vegas to retain his WBC heavyweight boxing title
  • 1981-12-11 Former world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali's 61st and last fight; loses to Trevor Berbick by unanimous decision in 10 rounds at Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre, Nassau, Bahamas
  • 1986-03-22 Jamaican boxer Trevor Berbick upsets Pinklon Thomas by unanimous decision in Las Vegas to win WBC heavyweight title
  • 1986-11-22 20 year old Mike Tyson becomes youngest heavyweight champion in boxing history when he stops titleholder Trevor Berbick in round 2 at Las Vegas Hilton to earn the WBC title

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