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Ross Puritty boxer

Ross Puritty image
Status inactive
Division heavyweight
Height 6′ 3″/191cm
Reach 80″/203cm
Debut 1989-05-29
Born 1966-12-18
Nationality USA
Residence Norman, Oklahoma, USA
bouts
54
won
31
lost
20
draw
3
bouts
54
won
31
lost
20
draw
3
Status inactive
Division heavyweight
Height 6′ 3″/191cm
Reach 80″/203cm
Debut 1989-05-29
Born 1966-12-18
Nationality USA
Residence Norman, Oklahoma, USA

But early in his career Ross was stopped in 1 round by Cleveland Woods, knocked down twice. It was his 2nd fight. Through his first six professional fights Puritty had compiled a mediocre record of 3-3, and after thirteen professional fights he was doing even worse, falling to 6-7. By this time Puritty was considered nothing more than a useful journeyman who could be used as a trial horse for other young heavyweights. But Puritty was learning the art and science of boxing, and with time and experience his results began to improve.A July 1994 match against Tommy Morrison, 41-2 at the time, was a turning point in Puritty's career, as he was outlanded and tired out near the end of the fight, but the bout was scored a draw after ten rounds on the strength of Puritty's two knockdowns of Morrison. Puritty then went on a tear, winning his next ten consecutive bouts, all by knockout. Puritty had made his name and was now considered a top-tier opponent, earning matches against Hasim Rahman and Michael Grant (both of whom beat him), and against Jorge Luis Gonzalez and Joe Hipp, both of whom Puritty beat. Following the win against Hipp, Puritty was matched against world title contenders Corrie Sanders, Larry Donald, and Chris Byrd, losing all three fights. Just when it appeared that his time as a contender was ending, Puritty upset the undefeated prospect Mark Hulstrom and the also undefeated future world champion Wladimir Klitschko in just 29 days in late 1998 on his way to a four fight win streak (he won the WBC international Heavyweight title from Klitschko).

But early in his career Ross was stopped in 1 round by Cleveland Woods, knocked down twice. It was his 2nd fight. Through his first six professional fights Puritty had compiled a mediocre record of 3-3, and after thirteen professional fights he was doing even worse, falling to 6-7. By this time Puritty was considered nothing more than a useful journeyman who could be used as a trial horse for other young heavyweights. But Puritty was learning the art and science of boxing, and with time and experience his results began to improve.A July 1994 match against Tommy Morrison, 41-2 at the time, was a turning point in Puritty's career, as he was outlanded and tired out near the end of the fight, but the bout was scored a draw after ten rounds on the strength of Puritty's two knockdowns of Morrison. Puritty then went on a tear, winning his next ten consecutive bouts, all by knockout. Puritty had made his name and was now considered a top-tier opponent, earning matches against Hasim Rahman and Michael Grant (both of whom beat him), and against Jorge Luis Gonzalez and Joe Hipp, both of whom Puritty beat. Following the win against Hipp, Puritty was matched against world title contenders Corrie Sanders, Larry Donald, and Chris Byrd, losing all three fights. Just when it appeared that his time as a contender was ending, Puritty upset the undefeated prospect Mark Hulstrom and the also undefeated future world champion Wladimir Klitschko in just 29 days in late 1998 on his way to a four fight win streak (he won the WBC international Heavyweight title from Klitschko).

Date Opponent Last Opponents' Results Place Titles Result
Oct. 27, 2007 Carl Gathright WLLLL River Rock Casino, Richmond WIN
Majority decision
Feb. 10, 2007 David Cadieux WWWWWW Montreal Casino, Montreal LOSS
Unanimous decision
May 17, 2005 Eddie Chambers WWWWWW Blue Horizon, Philadelphia LOSS
Unanimous decision
Nov. 6, 2004 Alexander Dimitrenko WWWWWW Erdgas Arena, Riesa LOSS
Unanimous decision
Jan. 24, 2004 Tommy Connelly WWWWWL Fire Lake Casino, Shawnee WIN
Technical knockout
Aug. 2, 2003 John Dixon LLLLLL Northern Lights Casino, Walker WIN
KO
Sept. 8, 2002 Attila Levin WWWWWW Great Plains Coliseum, Lawton LOSS
Unanimous decision
June 1, 2002 Timo Hoffmann WLLWWW Nuernberg Arena, Nuremberg (Nürnberg) International Boxing Federation Inter-Continental Heavyweight

LOSS
Unanimous decision
Dec. 8, 2001 Vitali Klitschko WWWLWW Koenig Pilsener Arena, Oberhausen World Boxing Association Inter-Continental Heavyweight

LOSS
Technical knockout
Sept. 21, 2001 Sedreck Fields LWWLWL Sport Palace Yunusabad, Tashkent World Boxing Association Inter-Continental Heavyweight

DRAW
Points
Nov. 4, 2000 Ronnie Smith LLLLLL Music Hall, Austin WIN
Technical knockout
Aug. 20, 2000 Elieser Castillo LWWWDW Casino Queen, East Saint Louis LOSS
Unanimous decision
Jan. 14, 2000 Frankie Swindell WLWWWL Don Haskins Center, El Paso DRAW
Split-decision
April 22, 1999 Louis Monaco LLLLLD Adam’s Mark Hotel, Tulsa WIN
Points
March 23, 1999 Lorenzo Boyd LLWWL KC Market Center, Kansas City WIN
Technical knockout
Dec. 5, 1998 Wladimir Klitschko WWWWWW Sport Palace, Kiev World Boxing Council International Heavyweight

WIN
Technical knockout
Nov. 6, 1998 Mark Hulstrom WWWWWW K.B. Hallen, Copenhagen WIN
KO
July 14, 1998 Chris Byrd WWWWWW Casino Magic, Bay Saint Louis LOSS
Unanimous decision
April 21, 1998 Larry Donald WWWWWW Players Island Casino, Lake Charles LOSS
Unanimous decision
Nov. 15, 1997 Corrie Sanders WWWWWW Carousel Casino, Hammanskraal vacant World Boxing Union (1995-2004) Heavyweight

LOSS
Unanimous decision
June 15, 1997 Joe Hipp WWWWWW Grand Casino, Biloxi WIN
KO
April 17, 1997 Calvin Jones LLWWLL Adam’s Mark Hotel, Tulsa WIN
Technical knockout
Dec. 5, 1996 Jorge Luis Gonzalez WWWLWL Brady Theater, Tulsa WIN
Technical knockout
Sept. 14, 1996 Lionel Jackson L Matte Sports Arena, Tulsa WIN
KO
Sept. 3, 1996 Michael Seals Memphis WIN
Technical knockout
July 21, 1996 Michael Grant WWWWWW Teamster's Hall, Baltimore LOSS
Unanimous decision
March 26, 1996 Hasim Rahman WWWWWW Blue Cross Arena, Rochester LOSS
Unanimous decision
March 2, 1996 Ron Brooks L Civic Center, Sanford WIN
Technical knockout
Sept. 23, 1995 Stan Jones WWLWW Kissimmee WIN
KO
Aug. 26, 1995 Andre Smiley LLLLLL Argosy Riverboat, Kansas City WIN
Technical knockout
Aug. 22, 1995 Cedric Harbaugh Civic Center, Raleigh WIN
Technical knockout
Aug. 18, 1995 Andre Smiley LLLLLL Ciudad Juarez WIN
Technical knockout
July 25, 1995 Tom Williams WLLL Columbia WIN
Technical knockout
July 18, 1995 Lamar Johnson LL Raleigh WIN
Technical knockout
June 22, 1995 Tyrone Dixon LLL Virginia Beach WIN
KO
April 26, 1995 Max Key LLLLLL Raleigh WIN
Technical knockout
Feb. 17, 1995 Ron Gullette WLLLLL Raleigh WIN
Technical knockout
July 28, 1994 Tommy Morrison WWLWWW Convention Center, Atlantic City DRAW
Split-decision
May 5, 1994 Kirk Johnson WWWWWW Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles LOSS
Unanimous decision
March 27, 1994 Derrick Roddy WWWWWL Expo Square Pavilion, Tulsa WIN
Unanimous decision
March 12, 1994 Jason Williams L MGM Grand, Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas WIN
Unanimous decision
March 5, 1994 Brian Nielsen WWWWWW Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles LOSS
Points
Aug. 5, 1993 Will Hinton WWWWWL Aladdin Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas LOSS
Unanimous decision
April 3, 1992 Juan Ramon Perez LDLLLL Ciudad Juarez WIN
KO
March 25, 1992 Mike Bardwell LLLWLW Sports Arena, San Diego WIN
KO
Feb. 25, 1992 King Ipitan WW Country Club, Reseda LOSS
Points
Feb. 24, 1991 Derek Isaman WWWW Bally's Las Vegas, Las Vegas LOSS
Unanimous decision
Feb. 3, 1991 Jose Avila LDLL El Paso Convention Center, El Paso WIN
Technical knockout
Jan. 6, 1991 John Sargent WWWWWW Civic Center, Bismarck LOSS
Unanimous decision
Oct. 29, 1990 Alexander Miroshnichenko WW Korakuen Hall LOSS
Corner retirement
June 10, 1990 Troy Tutwiler County Coliseum, El Paso WIN
Technical knockout
Jan. 15, 1990 Sergio Hernandez Sunland Park WIN
Technical knockout
June 27, 1989 Cleveland Woods WWW Showboat Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas LOSS
Technical knockout
May 29, 1989 Sergio Araujo County Coliseum, El Paso WIN
KO