NJ Boxing HOF

IRAN BARKLEY

Iran Barkley is a five time world champion who made his name with a third round 
knockout win over Thomas Hearns in Las Vegas in 1988. Before he fought Hearns, 
the champion's trainer Emanuel Steward knew Barkley had the attitude to be 
dangerous. "He's not that skillful, but he just don't give a damn." Sure 
enough, battered and on the brink of defeat, Barkley found the right hand to 
drop Hearns on his back. Seconds after regaining his feet, Hearns was rescued 
by the referee. Four years later, Barkley became the only man to defeat Hearns 
twice, when he out pointed him over 12 rounds to win the WBA Lightheavyweight 
title. This victory also made Barkley a member of an elite group of fighters 
who have won world titles in three separate weights. Nicknamed "The Blade," he 
was taught to box in the Bronx by his sister Yvonne. Barkley was one definitely 
to avoid, he showed that by destroying Darrin Van Horn in two rounds to win the 
IBF 168-pound belt, and followed that by beating Hearns the second time.

Fact File:
1960 Born in the Bronx, NY
1988 Stopped Hearns to win WBC Middleweight title
1992 Won IBF Super Middleweight title against Darrin Van Horn
1997 Beat Hearns again to win WBA Lightheavyweight title

Iran "The Blade" Barkley

Record: Fight: Date: Opponent: Result: Location: Title: 
 1982:     
1 Dec. 9 Larry Jordan KO 2 Atlantic City, New Jersey  
 1983:     
2 Jan. 6 Bruce Starling KO 1 Atlantic City, New Jersey  
3 Jan. 29 Dominique Williams KO 1 Atlantic City, New Jersey  
4 Feb. 18 Don Franklin WD 4 Atlantic City, New Jersey  
5 Mar. 31 Osley Silas LD 6 Atlantic City, New Jersey  
6 Jun. 18 Jose Torres WD 6 Atlantic City, New Jersey  
7 Aug. 18 Frankie Minton KO 5 Atlantic City, New Jersey  
8 Dec. 15 Marciano Bernardi TKO 1 Atlantic City, New Jersey  
 1984:     
9 Jan. 6 Robbie Sims KO by 6 Atlantic City, New Jersey  
10 Jul. 5 Esteban Pizzarro WD 10 Atlantic City, New Jersey  
11 Aug. 23 John Ford KO 5 Atlantic City, New Jersey  
12 Nov. 11 Eddie Hall LD 8 Atlantic City, New Jersey  
 1985:     
13 Feb. 21 Osley Silas KO 6 Atlantic City, New Jersey  
14 Apr. 26 Norberto Sabater TKO 2 New York, New York  
15 May. 24 Randy Smith WD 10 New York, New York  
16 Jul. 11 Carlos Betancourt KO 1 New York, New York  
17 Aug. 9 Billy Lee TKO 3 New York, New York  
18 Aug. 29 Noberto Sabeter KO 2 New York, New York  
19 Nov. 1 Wilford Scypion KO 8 New York, New York  
20 Dec. 9 Mike Tinley WD 12 New York, New York  
 1986:     
21 Jun. 19 Tony Harrison KO 3 New York, New York  
22 Jul. 24 Basante Blanco TKO 4 New York, New York  
23 Oct. 17 James Kinchen WD 10 Detroit, Michigan  
 1987:     
24 Feb. 20 Stacy McSwain WD 10 Atlantic City, New Jersey  
25 Apr. 3 Jorge Amparo WD 10 Las Vegas, Nevada  
26 Oct. 23 Sumbu Kalembay LD 15 Livourne,  WBA Middleweight 
 1988:     
27 Jan. 29 Sanderline Williams WD 10 Atlantic City, New Jersey  
28 Mar. 6 Michael Olajide TKO 5 New York, New York  
29 Jun. 6 Thomas "The Hitman" Hearns TKO 3 Las Vegas, Nevada WBC Middleweight 
 1989:     
30 Feb. 24 "Hands of Stone" Roberto Duran LD 12 Atlantic City, New Jersey WBC Middleweight 
31 Aug. 14 Michael "Second to" Nunn LD 12 Reno, Nevada IBF Middleweight 
 1990:     
32 Aug. 18 Nigel "The Dark Destroyer" Benn TKO by 1 Las Vegas, Nevada WBO Middleweight 
 1991:     
33 Aug. 16 Juan Hernandez WD 10 Las Vegas, Nevada IBF Super Middleweight 
34 Oct. 3 Jesus Castaneda TKO 8 Great Falls,   
 1992:     
35 Jan. 10 Darrin Van Horn TKO 2 New York, New York IBF Super Middleweight 
36 Mar. 20 Thomas "The Hitman" Hearns WD 12 Las Vegas, Nevada WBA Light Heavyweight 
37 Dec. 5 Robert Folley KO 4 Atlantic City, New Jersey  
 1993:     
38 Feb. 13 James "Lights Out" Toney TKO by 10 Las Vegas, Nevada IBF Super Middleweight 
39 Aug. 30 Ed Dino Stewart TKO 9 Kansas City, Kansas  
40 Oct. 20 Adolpho Washington TKO by 6 Bay St. Louis, Mississippi  
 1994:     
41 May. 24 Rick Enis TKO 4 Tulsa, Oklahoma  
42 Jul. 22 Cary Butler WD 10 Tulsa, Oklahoma  
43 Oct. 8 Henry Maske TKO by 10 Halle, Germany IBF Light Heavyweight 
 1995:     
44 May. 14 Tosca Petridis LD 10 Melbourne, Australia  
45 Aug. 18 Rocky Gannon LD 8 Las Vegas, Nevada  
 1996:     
46 Feb. 2 James Calvin Baker TKO 1 Des Moines, Iowa  
47 Jun. 3 Brian "B-52" Yates WD 8 Kansas City, Kansas  
48 Jul. 27 Craig Payne WD 8 Rochester, Washington  
49 Sep. 6 Dan Kosmicki WD 8 Omaha, Nebraska  
50 Nov. 14 Frankie Hines TKO 1 ?  
51 Nov. 20 K.C. Truesdale TKO 4 ?  
 1997:     
52 Jan. 22 David Fiddler KO 1 Rochester, Washington  
53 Jun. 8 Gerrie Coetzee KO 10 Hollywood, California WBB 
54 Sep. 13 Marcelo Aravena TKO 3 Mandan,   
 1998:     


WON: LOST: DRAWED: KO's: 
42    12     0     27 


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