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Lionel Butler boxer

Lionel Butler image
Status inactive
Division lightweight
Debut 1990-10-18
Born 1965-06-03
Nationality USA
Residence Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
bouts
27
won
21
lost
4
draw
2
bouts
27
won
21
lost
4
draw
2
Status inactive
Division lightweight
Debut 1990-10-18
Born 1965-06-03
Nationality USA
Residence Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 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
Oct. 20, 1999 Marcus Colvert Club Rogues, Virginia Beach WIN
Technical knockout
March 25, 1998 James Dawson LLLLL Virginia Beach WIN
Technical knockout
Aug. 12, 1997 David Chambers WLLL Virginia Beach WIN
Technical knockout
March 17, 1997 Jesse Johnson Alexandria WIN
Technical knockout
March 1, 1997 Darryl Richardson LLLLLL WIN
Points
Feb. 20, 1997 Adrian Taylor LLL Virginia Beach WIN
KO
Nov. 14, 1996 Jahamal Williams LLL Virginia Beach WIN
Technical knockout
Sept. 28, 1995 John Brown WLWWLW Caesars Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City LOSS
KO
May 13, 1995 Allen Osborne LLLLLL Alexandria WIN
Technical knockout
Feb. 11, 1995 Andre Reed Alexandria WIN
Technical knockout
Jan. 28, 1995 Ivan Robinson WWWWWW Ballys Park Place Hotel Casino, Atlantic City LOSS
Unanimous decision
Oct. 27, 1994 Anthony Hardy LLLLLL Washington Hilton & Towers, Washington WIN
Unanimous decision
Nov. 13, 1993 James Furr LLLLLL Stafford Highschool Gym, Stafford WIN
Unanimous decision
Oct. 21, 1993 Tim Lee WWWLDD Washington DRAW
Points
Oct. 12, 1993 Brian Rogers WWWL Virginia Beach WIN
Points
June 13, 1992 Rich Summers Alexandria WIN
Technical knockout
March 21, 1992 Glenn Randolph LWLWWL Colonial Theatre, Fredericksburg WIN
Unanimous decision
Feb. 22, 1992 Darryl Nathan L Alexandria WIN
KO
Jan. 18, 1992 Glenn Randolph LWLWW Alexandria WIN
Points
Jan. 11, 1992 Billy Outley LLLLLL Grundy WIN
KO
Dec. 18, 1991 Nathaniel Hardy WL Skate Away Roller Rink, Fredericksburg WIN
Technical knockout
Nov. 16, 1991 Richard De Jesus WL Alexandria LOSS
Majority decision
Nov. 7, 1991 Nathaniel Hardy W Grand Hyatt, Washington WIN
Technical knockout
June 20, 1991 Derek Francis W Harrah's Casino Hotel, Atlantic City LOSS
Technical knockout
May 16, 1991 Edwin Santana WWW Harrah's Marina Hotel Casino, Atlantic City DRAW
Split-decision
Feb. 26, 1991 Gregorio Talbert LLLL Convention Center, Washington WIN
KO
Oct. 18, 1990 Aaron Evans LLWL Washington WIN
Points