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David Izon
Statistics
Real name David Izonritei
Rated at Heavyweight
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Reach 83 in (211 cm)
Nationality Nigerian
Born (1968-04-29) April 29, 1968 (age 47)
Lagos, Nigeria
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 33
Wins 27
Wins by KO 23
Losses 6
Draws 0
David Izonritei
Medal record
Men's Boxing
Competitor for  Nigeria
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 1992 Barcelona Heavyweight
All-Africa Games
Gold medal – first place 1991 Cairo Heavyweight

David Izonritei (born April 29, 1968 in Lagos) is a former Nigerian boxer. Also known as David Izon, Izonritei won the Heavyweight silver medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics.

Amateur career[edit]

Izon had an amateur record that included a silver medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. On his way to the silver medal Izon beat the highly regarded pair of David Tua of New Zealand, and Kirk Johnson of Canada. He lost to Félix Savón in the finals.

Professional career[edit]

Izon began his pro career with 18 consecutive victories prior to being upset by Maurice Harris. In his next fight Izon took on David Tua, and after 11 rounds of action, Tua knocked out Izon [1]. Izon became a popular HBO fighter, and after a victory over Lou Savarese, Izon took on the young, undefeated prospect Michael Grant, and was taken out in less than five rounds. Izon hit the comeback trail, and rang out seven consecutive victories against slight opposition, including a TKO victory over prospect Derrick Jefferson.

He was inactive for most of 2001, as fights with Lennox Lewis (for the heavyweight title), Mike Tyson, and Wladimir Klitschko all fell apart.

By the time he finally returned to the ring he looked a spent force as undefeated Fres Oquendo took him out in three rounds. After the loss to Oquendo, Izon was KO'd by Joe Mesi, and then dropped a decision over Al Cole, proving not only that Izon's days as a legitimate contender were effectively over, but that Izon himself had taken far too much punishment in his career, as is evidenced by his current speech difficulties and slow movements.

Professional boxing record[edit]

27 Wins (23 knockouts, 4 decisions), 6 Losses (4 knockouts, 2 decisions) [2]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 32-11-3 United States Alfred "Ice" Cole UD 8 01/03/2003 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 73-79, 73-79, 75-77.
Loss 23-0 United States "Baby" Joe Mesi KO 9 18/10/2002 New York Buffalo, New York, United States Izon knocked out at 0:09 of the ninth round.
Loss 21-0 United States Fres "Big O" Oquendo TKO 3 01/12/2001 New York New York City, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:54 of the third round.
Win 33-24-3 Mexico Mike "Nikki" Sedillo TKO 3 20/10/2000 Michigan Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States Referee stopped the bout at 0:24 of the third round.
Win 15-5 The Bahamas Reynaldo "Terminator" Minus TKO 2 20/05/2000 Mississippi Biloxi, Mississippi, United States Referee stopped the bout at 0:33 of the second round.
Win 22-0-1 United States Derrick "D-Train" Jefferson TKO 9 15/01/2000 New York New York City, United States Referee stopped the bout at 0:11 of the ninth round.
Win 17-23-2 United States Garing "Freight Train" Lane UD 8 28/08/1999 Mississippi Tunica, Mississippi, United States 79-75, 78-74, 77-75.
Win 26-4 United States Terrence "K.O." Lewis KO 5 04/06/1999 Mississippi Biloxi, Mississippi, United States Lewis knocked out at 1:38 of the fifth round.
Win 21-2-2 United States Darroll "Doin Damage" Wilson KO 4 14/11/1998 Connecticut Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States
Win 11-26-3 United States Marion "The Creep" Wilson UD 8 18/07/1998 New York New York City, United States 79-73, 80-72, 80-72.
Loss 26-0 United States "Big" Michael Grant TKO 5 17/01/1998 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States IBC World Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 1:07 of the fifth round.
Win 36-1 United States Lou Savarese KO 5 01/11/1997 New York New York City, United States Savarese knocked out at 2:44 of the fifth round.
Win 15-20-1 United States Harry "Heatwave" Daniels KO 1 11/09/1997 Florida Tallahassee, Florida, United States 79-75, 78-74, 77-75.
Loss 25-0 United States David "Tuaman" Tua TKO 12 21/12/1996 Connecticut Uncasville, Connecticut, United States WBC International Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 1:54 of the 12th round.
Loss 5-6-2 United States Maurice "Mo Bettah" Harris UD 8 15/03/1996 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States 75-76, 75-76, 75-78.
Win 4-22-1 United States Brian "The Lion" Morgan TKO 8 15/12/1995 France Sedan, Ardennes, France
Win 13-6 United States Cleveland Woods TKO 8 04/11/1995 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 15-17 United States Kimmuel Odum TKO 5 24/10/1995 France Levallois-Perret, Hauts-de-Seine, France
Win 7-15-3 United States Marion "The Creep" Wilson DQ 5 23/08/1995 France Le Cannet, Alpes-Maritimes, France
Win 12-8 United States Dan Kosmicki TKO 5 02/07/1995 Republic of Ireland Dublin, Ireland Referee stopped the bout at 1:47 of the fifth round.
Win 9-7 United States Arturo Lopez KO 2 11/04/1995 France Levallois-Perret, Hauts-de-Seine, France
Win 9-9-1 United States Bill Corrigan KO 1 01/04/1995 France Levallois-Perret, Hauts-de-Seine, France
Win 3-1 United States Ali Allen KO 2 04/03/1995 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Allen knocked out at 1:48 of the second round.
Win 7-20-1 United States Mike Robinson TKO 5 04/02/1995 France Beziers, Herault, France
Win 3-10 United States William "Gladiator" Campudani KO 1 03/12/1994 Argentina Salta, Argentina
Win 0-5 United States Isaac Poole KO 2 16/11/1994 Argentina Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 3-4 United States Rick Sullivan PTS 6 29/10/1994 France Menucourt, Val-d'Oise, France
Win 4-8-1 United States Krishna Wainwright TKO 6 14/07/1994 Monaco Monte Carlo, Monaco
Win 3-11-2 Hungary Laszlo Paszterko TKO 3 17/04/1994 France Clermont-Ferrand, Puy-de-Dome, France
Win 4-1 France Phillipe Houyvet TKO 5 19/03/1994 France Levallois-Perret, Hauts-de-Seine, France
Win 4-3 France Jean Michel Vauquelin TKO 2 12/02/1994 France Cergy-Pontoise, Val-d'Oise, France
Win 4-5 United States Earl Talley KO 1 16/10/1993 France Levallois-Perret, Hauts-de-Seine, France
Win 3-2 France Carlos Guerreiro TKO 1 06/03/1993 France Levallois-Perret, Hauts-de-Seine, France

Personal[edit]

David's brothers, Roger and Emmanuel Izonritei, are also professional boxers.[1] David lives in Pensacola, FL with his wife, Laurence (French) and two children, Melissa and Ian.

References[edit]

  1. ^ (6 April 2004) Boxer Izonritei aims a step higher than brother, Sports Illustrated, Retrieved October 28, 2010

External links[edit]



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AllAfrica.com
Wed, 22 Apr 2015 02:54:45 -0700

Daniel and Dennis, identical twins and nephews of Olympic boxing silver medallist, David Izonritei, have taken to tennis rather than boxing which made their uncle famous and wealthy. Daniel and Dennis Izonritei, 12, attend the Grandmates Secondary ...
 
BoxingNews24.com
Fri, 10 Jan 2014 10:38:40 -0800

Bruce Seldon was 42 and washed up when they fought (it was Seldon's last fight), The diminished Bert Cooper had 19 losses under his belt when they fought, Harris was a journeyman with 17 losses (and a ko% of 23.4), David Izonritei was yet another weak ...
 
THISDAY Live
Sun, 21 Jul 2013 23:33:45 -0700

Ikhuoria, who was at the helm as the national boxing coach when the country excelled at the Olympic Games through Peter Konyegwachie (1984) and David Izonritei (1992), said the country currently lacked experienced coaches. ``I'm over 50 and I have won ...
 
Doghouse Boxing
Wed, 13 Jun 2012 00:18:45 -0700

I had to learn to compensate.” Welliver proved to be an apt pupil. “I learned so much from David Izonritei, an excellent fighter. We sparred over 500 rounds. Then there was Audley Harrison and Vasily Jirov. After the sparring sessions, they'd talk to ...
 
P.M. News
Wed, 15 Aug 2012 09:25:04 -0700

Following the abysmal performance of the Nigerian contingent to the 2012 London Olympics, President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday ordered a comprehensive re-organisation of the sports sector. Minister of Information, Labaran Maku disclosed this in ...
 
Antena 3
Sat, 23 Jun 2012 01:11:35 -0700

Între 1986 şi 2000, categoria grea a boxului amator a avut un singur stăpân: Felix Savon. În această perioadă, pugilistul cubanez a obţinut trei titluri olimpice consecutive, performanţă pe care au mai reuşit-o doar compatriotul său Teofilo Stevenson ...
 
ESPN Deportes
Tue, 22 May 2012 04:17:40 -0700

Cuando ganó la medalla de oro en Barcelona -en la final superó al nigeriano David Izonritei-, como en un extraño pero casi lógico deja-vu, le ofrecieron dinero para hacerse profesional. Y Savón, continuando los pasos de Stevenson, respondió de manera ...
 
Voz de América
Tue, 24 Jul 2012 14:23:42 -0700

Venció en todos los combates y en la final por el oro venció 14-1 al nigeriano David Izonritei. Cuatro años después en Atlanta se convirtió en doble campeón olímpico, superando por el oro 20-1 al canadiense de origen africano David Defiagbon. En Sídney ...
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