Michael Bentt boxer

Michael Bentt boxer
6′ 3″/191cm

Michael Bentt (born September 4, 1965) is a British-born American film and television actor, and retired professional boxer who competed from 1989 to 1994. Of Jamaican heritage, he was born in East Dulwich, London, but raised in the Cambria Heights section of Queens in New York City. Bentt won the WBO heavyweight title from Tommy Morrison in 1993, losing the title in his first defense in 1994 to Herbie Hide. As an amateur he won bronze medals at the 1986 World Championships and 1987 Pan American Games.As an actor, Bentt is best known for co-starring as Sonny Liston in the 2001 film Ali, and as Biggis/El Plaga in the 2005 film State Property 2. He is featured in the first episode of the 2019 American web television documentary series Losers.One of the most decorated amateur boxers in US history, Bentt won four New York City Golden Gloves titles, five United States Amateur Boxing Championships and three (New York State) Empire State Games gold medals. After having won the bronze medal at the 1986 World Amateur Boxing Championships and the 1987 Pan American Games he placed a controversial second-place finish at the 1988 United States Olympic Trials and Box-off's to the Seoul Olympics eventual Gold Medalist, Ray Mercer. Sport writers frequently misspelled his second name, writing "Bent" or "Bennet" instead of "Bentt," and after he defeated Tommy Morrison, HBO's host Larry Merchant ironized in a way that he's finally have to add the third "T" to his name.As both his mother and father are Jamaican citizens, he won the right to fight on the Jamaican Olympic Boxing Team after stopping the island nation's top amateur heavyweights in the 1988 Jamaican Olympic Trials. However, when confronted with the provision that he would have to relinquish his United States citizenship in order to accompany the Jamaican team to Seoul, he refused. Bentt is regarded as the most decorated boxer in the history of American amateur boxing never to have competed on a United States Olympic boxing team.His other amateur titles included the 1981 New York City Police Athletic League Champion, 1980 NYC Kids Gloves Champion, Empire State Games Heavyweight Champion (1982, 1983, 1984). He was a three-time selected member of the United States All-American National Boxing Team (1985, 1986, 1987), captain of the 1986 United States Goodwill Games Boxing Team and the 1987 United States Pan American Games Boxing Team. He was a bronze medalist in each of those competitions. At the Pan American semifinals and North American finals he faced Félix Savón, to whom he lost by unanimous decision twice in nine days, cutting his way to the 1987 World Cup in Belgrade. He also received the bronze medal at the 1985 World Amateur Championships in Seoul, South Korea and the gold medal at the 1985 North American Championship in Beaumont, Texas.Though he didn't compete at the 1985 AAU National Championships, deciding to take some time off after losing a decision to Alexandr Yagubkin of the Soviet Union in the semifinals of the World Cup, he was the recipient of the 1985 Sugar Ray Robinson Award as the most outstanding boxer in the New York Golden Gloves tournament that year (among the 85' class of Golden Gloves champions were future professional champions Riddick Bowe, Kevin Kelly and Junior Jones). Bentt was also a three time member of the United States All-American Amateur Boxing Team. After winning the Pan American Box-offs he was ranked #1 U.S. amateur heavyweight by the United States Amateur Boxing Federation.

Date Opponent Last Opponents' Results Place Result
1994-03-19 Herbie Hide WWWWWW Millwall Football Stadium, Millwall LOST
1993-10-29 Tommy Morrison WWWWWW Civic Center, Tulsa WIN
Technical knockout
1993-07-15 Mark Wills LWLWWW Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket WIN
Unanimous decision
1993-05-28 Danny Wofford LLWLWL Brooklyn WIN
Unanimous decision
1992-09-25 Kenneth Myers LLWDWL Friar Tuck Inn, Catskill WIN
Technical knockout
1992-08-14 Jerry Arentzen WDLWLL Trump Plaza Hotel, Atlantic City WIN
Technical knockout
1992-05-02 David Graves DDLLWD Tarrant Co Convention Center, Fort Worth WIN
Majority decision
1992-03-11 Rick Honeycutt LDWWLW Paramount Theatre, New York WIN
Technical knockout
1991-11-29 Lynwood Jones WWLLLL Issy-les-Moulineaux WIN
1991-09-13 Willie Johnson LWWWWL Marina at St. Johns Place, Jacksonville WIN
Technical knockout
1991-05-16 Lynwood Jones LLWWLL Jacksonville WIN
1990-12-12 James Holley LWLLLL Royal Albert Hall, Kensington WIN
1989-02-07 Jerry Jones WWWLWW Trump Castle, Atlantic City LOST