Inducted on November 8, 2007
Alfred Rudolph Cole (born April 21, 1964) is an American heavyweight boxer. Cole was a champion and a major force in the cruiserweight division prior to moving up to the heavyweight division, where he had less success. He portrayed Ernie Terrell in the film Ali, released 2001.
Cole, at 6’4″, was a large and dominant cruiserweight boxer. Later in his career, he did not have the size or power to compete at the upper echelon of the heavyweight division when he moved up in weight class. He listed his hometown as Spring Valley, New York. Cole began his career on a 20-1 tear and captured the cruiserweight title by defeating IBF champ James Warring after only three years as a professional. Cole went on to defend the title six times. His most notable defenses came against Uriah Grant (a fighter who beat Thomas Hearns). Cole defeated Grant twice by unanimous decision. Throughout his career Al Cole has appeared in movies with several big actors such as Robert De Niro, Will Smith, John Voight, Jamie Foxx, Jeffrey Wright & Catherine Zeta-Jones. One of the movies Al Cole appeared in, Ali, people got knocked out during the audition. Cole was cited -“People really got knocked out auditioning for the movie roles”.
Cole went up to heavyweight without losing his title. In his first heavyweight fight, Cole was nearly swept on all cards by Tim Witherspoon in a unanimous decision loss. A year later, Cole was TKO’d by Michael Grant in the 10th round. Cole then had brief success by drawing over ten rounds with up and coming, undefeated prospect Kirk Johnson. Johnson was to win the rematch via unanimous decision, a loss which began Cole’s career downfall. Cole went on to lose to Corrie Sanders and Jameel McCline. Cole’s career then had a brief resurgence with a victory over undefeated Vincent Maddalone, a unanimous decision over David Izonritei, and a draw with Jeremy Williams). Cole failed to build on the momentum though, dropping decisions to Lance Whitaker, former heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman, and finally a TKO loss to Sultan Ibragimov. Cole then retired, but returned to defeat heavyweight prospect Joey “Minnesota Ice” Abell on September 5 in Sweden. A year later, he was defeated by fringe contender Timur Ibragimov. Cole had scheduled to fight a rematch with Abell in 2010 in Uganda, but that bout fell through. Reflecting on his long career in boxing, Cole noted “I gave people what they wanted to see-an action-packed fight.”
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