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Lionel Butler boxer

Lionel Butler image
Status inactive
Division heavyweight
Height 5′ 11″/180cm
Reach 72″/183cm
Debut 1989-02-24
Born 1967-07-25
Nationality USA
Residence Venice, California, USA
bouts
51
won
32
lost
17
draw
1
bouts
51
won
32
lost
17
draw
1
Status inactive
Division heavyweight
Height 5′ 11″/180cm
Reach 72″/183cm
Debut 1989-02-24
Born 1967-07-25
Nationality USA
Residence Venice, California, USA

Butler made his professional debut on February 24, 1989 in a losing effort to future contender Phil Jackson. In his second fight, Butler was knocked out in the second round by the debuting future Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Riddick Bowe on March 6 of that year. The following month, Butler would pick up his first victory against Michael Carroll. Butler struggled during the early portion of his career, going 6–10–1 in his first 17 fights, however, Butler's fortune would change in 1991, as he racked up three consecutive first-round knockouts during that year and followed with 13 more knockout victories from 1992 to 1994 (one victory was later changed to a no-contest after Butler failed a drug test after the fight). During his 16-fight undefeated streak, Butler scored victories over such fighters as former WBA heavyweight champions Tony Tubbs (whom Butler dispatched in less than one round) and James "Bonecrusher" Smith, while also winning both the IBO and California heavyweight title on February 23, 1993 with a victory over Tony Willis. Butler's success was halted in 1993 when a positive test for marijuana earned Butler a six-month suspension and he was subsequently stripped of both heavyweight titles as a result. Butler rebounded and in 1995, now ranked the number two heavyweight by WBC would get his first high profile match, as he was matched up against Lennox Lewis, who had recently lost his title to Oliver McCall, in a "eliminator" bout with the winner earning the right to fight for the WBC heavyweight championship. Butler, however, came into the fight grossly out-of-shape at 261 pounds and was thoroughly outboxed by Lewis, who knocked Butler out in the fifth round. Following his loss to Lewis, Butler was never quite able to reach the level of success he had obtained from 1991 to 1994. Butler would win the World Boxing Federation (WBF) heavyweight title in January 23, 1997 after defeating Marcos Gonzalez by first round knockout, but would lose to up-and-coming heavyweights Chris Byrd and Michael Grant. In 1998, Butler would challenge the undefeated Danish boxer Brian Nielsen for the IBO heavyweight title, but was knocked out in the first round. Butler would then take a three-year hiatus from boxing before returning in January 2002. Butler would win the first four fights of his comeback before meeting the once highly regarded knockout artist Andre Purlette, who promptly knocked out Butler in the second round. Butler would again leave boxing after the Purlette fight, but would launch one more comeback in 2009. He would go 1–2 in three fights between 2009 and 2010 before retiring for good following a loss to Damian Wills on June 12, 2010.

Butler made his professional debut on February 24, 1989 in a losing effort to future contender Phil Jackson. In his second fight, Butler was knocked out in the second round by the debuting future Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Riddick Bowe on March 6 of that year. The following month, Butler would pick up his first victory against Michael Carroll. Butler struggled during the early portion of his career, going 6–10–1 in his first 17 fights, however, Butler's fortune would change in 1991, as he racked up three consecutive first-round knockouts during that year and followed with 13 more knockout victories from 1992 to 1994 (one victory was later changed to a no-contest after Butler failed a drug test after the fight). During his 16-fight undefeated streak, Butler scored victories over such fighters as former WBA heavyweight champions Tony Tubbs (whom Butler dispatched in less than one round) and James "Bonecrusher" Smith, while also winning both the IBO and California heavyweight title on February 23, 1993 with a victory over Tony Willis. Butler's success was halted in 1993 when a positive test for marijuana earned Butler a six-month suspension and he was subsequently stripped of both heavyweight titles as a result. Butler rebounded and in 1995, now ranked the number two heavyweight by WBC would get his first high profile match, as he was matched up against Lennox Lewis, who had recently lost his title to Oliver McCall, in a "eliminator" bout with the winner earning the right to fight for the WBC heavyweight championship. Butler, however, came into the fight grossly out-of-shape at 261 pounds and was thoroughly outboxed by Lewis, who knocked Butler out in the fifth round. Following his loss to Lewis, Butler was never quite able to reach the level of success he had obtained from 1991 to 1994. Butler would win the World Boxing Federation (WBF) heavyweight title in January 23, 1997 after defeating Marcos Gonzalez by first round knockout, but would lose to up-and-coming heavyweights Chris Byrd and Michael Grant. In 1998, Butler would challenge the undefeated Danish boxer Brian Nielsen for the IBO heavyweight title, but was knocked out in the first round. Butler would then take a three-year hiatus from boxing before returning in January 2002. Butler would win the first four fights of his comeback before meeting the once highly regarded knockout artist Andre Purlette, who promptly knocked out Butler in the second round. Butler would again leave boxing after the Purlette fight, but would launch one more comeback in 2009. He would go 1–2 in three fights between 2009 and 2010 before retiring for good following a loss to Damian Wills on June 12, 2010.

Date Opponent Last Opponents' Results Place Titles Result
June 12, 2010 Damian Wills LWWWWW Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood LOSS
Unanimous decision
Jan. 8, 2010 Andrey Fedosov WWWWWW Civic Auditorium, Glendale LOSS
KO
Sept. 10, 2009 Fred Kassi WWWWWW San Manuel Indian Casino, Highland San Manuel Casino Heavyweight

WIN
Split-decision
Sept. 9, 2003 Andre Purlette LWWWLW Level Nightclub, Miami LOSS
Technical knockout
Aug. 30, 2003 Dan Ward LLLLLL Sam's Town Casino, Tunica WIN
Technical knockout
July 18, 2003 John Dixon LLLLLL Argosy Festival Atrium, Baton Rouge WIN
KO
Feb. 2, 2002 Willie Driver LLWLLL Grand Casino, Gulfport WIN
KO
Jan. 23, 2002 Craig Brinson LLLLLL Caesars Indiana, Bridgeport WIN
Unanimous decision
Nov. 6, 1998 Brian Nielsen WWWWWW K.B. Hallen, Copenhagen International Boxing Organization World Heavyweight

LOSS
KO
Oct. 28, 1997 Cleveland Woods LLWLLL Orleans Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas WIN
Technical knockout
April 19, 1997 Michael Grant WWWWWW Las Vegas Hilton, Las Vegas LOSS
DQ
Jan. 23, 1997 Marcos Gonzalez LLWWWL Country Club, Reseda World Boxing Federation World Heavyweight

WIN
KO
Nov. 21, 1996 Bomani Parker LWLDWL Country Club, Reseda WIN
KO
Oct. 17, 1996 Salvador Maciel WWLLLL Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles WIN
Technical knockout
April 23, 1996 Chris Byrd WWWWWW The Palace, Auburn Hills LOSS
Technical knockout
March 18, 1996 Mauricio Villegas WLLLLL County Coliseum, El Paso WIN
Technical knockout
May 13, 1995 Lennox Lewis WWWWWL Arco Arena, Sacramento LOSS
Technical knockout
March 1, 1995 James Flowers LLDLLL Memorial Auditorium, Fort Lauderdale WIN
Technical knockout
April 26, 1994 Eric Curry WWWWWL The Palace, Auburn Hills
NC
Feb. 8, 1994 Jerry Jones LWWLLL Country Club, Reseda WIN
Corner retirement
Jan. 18, 1994 James Smith WWWLWW Civic Auditorium, Omaha WIN
Technical knockout
Nov. 16, 1993 Lawrence Carter LWWLWL Casino Magic, Bay Saint Louis WIN
Technical knockout
May 27, 1993 Tim Bullock LDLLLL Biloxi Belle Casino, Biloxi WIN
Technical knockout
May 4, 1993 Jesse Shelby LLLWLL McNichols Sports Arena, Denver WIN
Technical knockout
March 26, 1993 Craig Payne WDLWWL Country Club, Reseda WIN
Corner retirement
Feb. 23, 1993 Tony Willis LWLLWL Country Club, Reseda vacant International Boxing Organization World Heavyweight

USA California State Heavyweight

WIN
Technical knockout
Nov. 4, 1992 John Morton LLLLLL Country Club, Reseda WIN
Technical knockout
Aug. 18, 1992 Tony Tubbs WWWLW Bayfront Auditorium, Pensacola WIN
KO
May 11, 1992 David Dixon LWWWWW Great Western Forum, Inglewood WIN
DQ
March 31, 1992 Juan Ramon Perez LLDLLL Country Club, Reseda WIN
KO
Feb. 25, 1992 Sam Adkins WLLWLL Country Club, Reseda WIN
Technical knockout
Dec. 17, 1991 Terry Verners WLLLLL Country Club, Reseda WIN
KO
Nov. 26, 1991 Dominic Parker WWWLLL Country Club, Reseda WIN
KO
Oct. 29, 1991 Don Askew LLLLLL Country Club, Reseda WIN
KO
April 29, 1991 Kevin Ford WWWWLW Great Western Forum, Inglewood LOSS
Split-decision
Feb. 5, 1991 James Ruffin LLWLLL Longhorn Club, Vinton WIN
KO
Feb. 1, 1991 Terry Davis WWWLWW Richmond LOSS
DQ
Dec. 14, 1990 Terry Davis DWWWWL Brownsville LOSS
DQ
July 16, 1990 Oliver McCall WLWWWL Central Plaza Hotel, Oklahoma City LOSS
Split-decision
May 10, 1990 Sean McClain WWWLWW Harrah's Tahoe, Lake Tahoe DRAW
TD
April 12, 1990 Vyacheslav Yakovlev W Korakuen Hall WIN
Majority decision
March 24, 1990 Craig Petersen WWWWLW Fairgrounds Arena, Mobile LOSS
Split-decision
March 5, 1990 Tim Adams DLLWLL Fairgrounds Arena, Mobile WIN
Points
Feb. 16, 1990 Sammy Speech WWWWW Clarion Hotel Ballroom, Saint Louis LOSS
Unanimous decision
Jan. 25, 1990 Jerry Goff WWWWWW Municipal Auditorium, New Orleans WIN
Technical knockout
Jan. 11, 1990 Troy Jefferson UNO Lakefront Arena, New Orleans WIN
Unanimous decision
Dec. 9, 1989 James Pritchard DLLWWW Community Center, Biloxi LOSS
Technical knockout
Aug. 1, 1989 Cleveland Woods WWWWL Showboat Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas LOSS
Technical knockout
April 1, 1989 Michael Carroll W Hilton Hotel Grand Casino Room, Biloxi WIN
Unanimous decision
March 6, 1989 Riddick Bowe Lawlor Events Center, Reno LOSS
Technical knockout
Feb. 24, 1989 Phil Jackson WW Hilton Hotel Grand Casino Room, Biloxi LOSS
Points