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Olympic medal record
Men's Boxing
Silver Los Angeles 1984 Middleweight
Virgil Hill
Personal information
Real name: Virgil Eugene Hill
Nickname(s): Quicksilver
Nationality: United States American
Date of birth: (1964-01-18) January 18, 1964 (age 53)
Place of birth: Clinton, Missouri
Personal Statistics
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Boxing career information

Virgil Eugene Hill (born January 18, 1964) is a Hall of Fame American boxer of partly Native American heritage, who forged a solid connection between the state of North Dakota and the sport of boxing. After winning the silver medal at middleweight in the 1984 Olympic Games, he went on as a professional to make twenty successful defences of the WBA World Light-Heavyweight Championship between 1987 and 1996, also annexing the lineal and IBF titles toward the end of his reign. In 2000 he won the WBA World Cruiserweight Championship, losing it in his first defence. In 2006/07 he regained the WBA Cruiserweight Championship, again losing it in his first defence.

Amateur career Edit

In 1984 Hill, then age 20, won a silver medal in the 1984 Summer Olympics representing the United States as a Middleweight in Los Angeles in a close decision loss in the 165-lb. final (the USA's only loss on decision in Los Angeles). His results were:

In addition, Hill was the 1984 National Golden Gloves champion at Middleweight .

Professional career Edit

After going eighteen straight fights without a loss to start his pro career, 'Quicksilver' (his nickname) was a challenger to Leslie Stewart of Trinidad for the latter's WBA light heavyweight tile in September 1987 in Atlantic City. After an even match in the early going, Hill floored the defending title holder twice in the fourth round - first with a left hook and the second time with an uppercut - to take the title on a TKO win.

A series of ten successful defenses followed, eight of which took place in Bismarck, North Dakota. Offers were being made for Hill to fight in Las Vegas and other cities, but Virgil chose the place of his 'roots' and 'hometown fans' to be the place of the majority of his defenses. Opponents in his first run as champion included Bobby Czyz, James Kinchen, Joe Lasisi, and Ramzi Hassan. Then superstar Thomas Hearns would meet - and defeat - Hill in Las Vegas by decision in June 1991 to end Hill's first reign as champion.

After a couple of fights over the next year or so, it was Hill pitted against 1984 Olympic teammate Frank Tate in September 1992 for the vacant WBA 175-lb. title (the same title that Hearns won from Hill, but which was vacated after Iran Barkley dethroned Hearns afterward). It was a 'grudge match' between the two, and Hill won the decision (and the title) on his home turf of Bismarck. Another string of ten defenses would follow, including a rematch with Tate, a close decision over Lou Del Valle (who almost upset Hill), and a decision over IBF title holder Henry Maske to unify the belts, before German/Polish fighter & WBO title holder Dariusz Michalczewski scored a unanimous decision over Hill in June 1997 to unify the WBA, WBO & IBF titles.

Hill continued to fight, including against Roy Jones Jr. the following year, and was stopped in four. It was then on to the cruiserweights for the aging Hill, and he won a title at age 36 - the WBA cruiserweight title - by knocking down Fabrice Tiozzo three times to win the title in Villeurbanne, France by TKO in the first. He made his first defense, also in France, against Jean-Marc Mormeck, but would lose both match and title on cuts after nine rounds. He then decisioned Donny Lalonde in July 2003 in a North Dakota-Manitoba 'border fight', but later lost a disputed decision to Mormeck in a title rematch in South Africa in May 2004.

On Saturday January 27, 2006 Virgil Hill defeated previously undefeated Russian cruiserweight Valery Brudov by unanimous decision to win the 'regular' WBA World Cruiserweight championship. Despite being cut on the face in the sixth round, Hill was able to out hustle and out work his much younger opponent to capture his fifth world title at the age of 42.

His next to last fight was held in Germany on March 31, 2007. He faced Henry Maske, whom Hill had beaten in 1996 to unify the WBA and IBF light heavyweight titles. Maske had announced his retirement prior to that fight and was frustrated to end his career with a loss, the only loss in his professional career. When he heard about Hill capturing the world title again at the age of 42, he decided to challenge him for a rematch. Hill lost the Maske rematch, then lost to Firat Arslan in a 12 round title bout. Hill worked with his wife, Carla Hill, for their first ever boxing card and promotion at Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on July 16, 2011.[1]

Hall of Fame Edit

On November 12, 2012 he was officially inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, Class of 2013. [2]

Professional boxing recordEdit

50 Wins (23 KOs), 7 Losses (2 KOs)[3]
Res. Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 27-3-1 22x20px Firat Arslan UD 12 24/11/2007 Germany Dresden, Sachsen, Germany Lost WBA cruiserweight title.
Loss 30-1 Germany Henry Maske UD 12 31/03/2007 Germany Munich, Bayern, Germany
Win 30-0 22x20px Valery Brudov UD 12 27/01/2006 22x20px Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Won vacant WBA cruiserweight title.
Loss 29-2 22x20px Jean-Marc Mormeck UD 12 22/05/2004 22x20px Brakpan, Gauteng, South Africa For WBA cruiserweight title.
Win 41-4-1 Canada Donny Lalonde UD 10 05/07/2003 Canada Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Win 30-6 United States Joey DeGrandis UD 12 17/11/2002 22x20px Grand Forks, North Dakota, United States
Win 29-16-1 United States Carlos Bates TKO 1 23/08/2002 22x20px New Town, North Dakota, United States
Loss 26-2 22x20px Jean-Marc Mormeck RTD 8 23/02/2002 22x20px Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhone, France Lost WBA cruiserweight title.
Win 42-1 22x20px Fabrice Tiozzo TKO 1 09/12/2000 22x20px Villeurbanne, Rhone, France Won WBA cruiserweight title.
Win 27-5 United States Glenn Thomas UD 10 09/05/1999 22x20px Minot, North Dakota, United States
Win 22-1 United States James Hayes KO 2 07/11/1998 22x20px Bismarck, North Dakota, United States
Loss 35-1 United States Roy Jones, Jr. KO 4 25/04/1998 22x20px Biloxi, Mississippi, United States
Loss 33-0 22x20px Dariusz Michalczewski UD 12 13/06/1997 Germany Oberhausen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany Lost Lineal/WBA/IBF light heavyweight titles.
For WBO light heavyweight title.
Win 30-0 Germany Henry Maske SD 12 23/11/1996 Germany Munich, Bayern, Germany Retained WBA light heavyweight title.
Won IBF, & vacant Lineal light heavyweight titles.
Win 22-0 United States Lou Del Valle UD 12 20/04/1996 22x20px Grand Forks, North Dakota, United States Retained WBA light heavyweight title.
Win 27-7-1 22x20px Drake "Nightmare" Thadzi UD 12 02/09/1995 United Kingdom Wembley, London, United Kingdom Retained WBA light heavyweight title.
Win 20-6-1 United Kingdom Crawford Ashley UD 12 01/04/1995 22x20px Primm, Nevada, United States Retained WBA light heavyweight title.
Win 34-3 United States Frank Tate UD 12 23/07/1994 22x20px Bismarck, North Dakota, United States Retained WBA light heavyweight title.
Win 15-2-1 22x20px Guy Waters UD 12 17/12/1993 22x20px Minot, North Dakota, United States Retained WBA light heavyweight title.
Win 21-3 Mexico Saul Montana TKO 10 09/11/1993 22x20px Fargo, North Dakota, United States Retained WBA light heavyweight title.
Win 28-4-3 Argentina Sergio Daniel Merani UD 12 28/08/1993 22x20px Bismarck, North Dakota, United States Retained WBA light heavyweight title.
Win 25-0 22x20px Fabrice Tiozzo SD 12 03/04/1993 22x20px Levallois-Perret, Hauts-de-Seine, France Retained WBA light heavyweight title.
Win 19-1-1 United States Adolpho Washington TD 11 20/02/1993 22x20px Fargo, North Dakota, United States Retained WBA light heavyweight title.
Win 30-2 United States Frank Tate UD 12 29/09/1992 22x20px Bismarck, North Dakota, United States Won vacant WBA light heavyweight title.
Win 42-5 22x20px Lottie Mwale KO 4 11/04/1992 22x20px Bismarck, North Dakota, United States Won WBC International light heavyweight title.
Win 17-1 United States Aundrey Nelson UD 10 01/03/1992 22x20px Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Loss 49-3-1 United States Thomas Hearns UD 12 03/06/1991 22x20px Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Lost WBA light heavyweight title.
Win 9-3-2 United States Mike Peak UD 12 06/01/1991 22x20px Bismarck, North Dakota, United States Retained WBA light heavyweight title.
Win 22-10-1 United States Frank Minton TKO 9 27/10/1990 22x20px Bismarck, North Dakota, United States
Win 17-1-3 United States Tyrone Frazier UD 12 07/07/1990 22x20px Bismarck, North Dakota, United States Retained WBA light heavyweight title.
Win 12-8-3 United States David Vedder UD 12 25/02/1990 22x20px Bismarck, North Dakota, United States Retained WBA light heavyweight title.
Win 46-6-2 United States James Kinchen TKO 1 24/10/1989 22x20px Bismarck, North Dakota, United States Retained WBA light heavyweight title.
Win 20-0 22x20px Joe Lasisi TKO 7 27/05/1989 22x20px Bismarck, North Dakota, United States Retained WBA light heavyweight title.
Win 34-3 United States Bobby Czyz UD 12 04/03/1989 22x20px Bismarck, North Dakota, United States Retained WBA light heavyweight title.
Win 19-3-1 Canada Willie Featherstone TKO 10 11/11/1988 22x20px Bismarck, North Dakota, United States Retained WBA light heavyweight title.
Win 25-3 22x20px Ramzi Hassan UD 12 06/06/1988 22x20px Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Retained WBA light heavyweight title.
Win 25-4 22x20px Jean-Marie Emebe TKO 11 03/04/1988 22x20px Bismarck, North Dakota, United States Retained WBA light heavyweight title.
Win 29-10-2 22x20px Rufino Angulo UD 12 21/11/1987 22x20px Bercy, France Retained WBA light heavyweight title.
Win 24-1 22x20px Leslie Stewart TKO 4 05/09/1987 22x20px Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Won WBA light heavyweight title.
Win 17-5-1 United States Junior Edmonds UD 10 19/07/1987 22x20px Minot, North Dakota, United States
Win 65-23-1 Mexico Marcos Geraldo KO 2 13/06/1987 22x20px Lake Tahoe, Nevada, United States
Win 43-7-3 United States Marvin Camel KO 1 01/05/1987 22x20px Minot, North Dakota, United States
Win 24-35-2 United States James Williams KO 4 06/03/1987 22x20px Fargo, North Dakota, United States
Win 13-7 United States Clarence Osby UD 12 11/12/1986 22x20px New York City, United States Won WBC Continental Americas light heavyweight title.
Win 14-11 United States Eric Winbush UD 10 17/10/1986 22x20px Bismarck, North Dakota, United States
Win 26-6 Canada Wayne Caplette KO 1 04/10/1986 22x20px Williston, North Dakota, United States
Win 6-30-1 United States Marcus Dorsey KO 2 14/08/1986 22x20px Lynnwood, Washington, United States
Win 5-3-1 United States Willie Mayberry TKO 1 02/08/1986 22x20px Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, United States
Win 16-2 Mexico Mike Sedillo UD 10 10/07/1986 22x20px Inglewood, California, United States
Win 16-8 United States Santiago Valdez KO 1 30/06/1986 22x20px Everett, Washington, United States
Win 5-4 United States Abdul Hakim TKO 4 30/04/1986 22x20px Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 5-1 United States James "Hook" Williamson TKO 6 02/03/1986 22x20px Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 1-5 United States Fred "Air" Jordan TKO 4 22/01/1986 22x20px Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 11-6 United States Dawud Shaw UD 6 13/07/1985 22x20px Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 1-0-1 United States David Vedder UD 6 16/02/1985 22x20px Reno, Nevada, United States
Win 5-5 United States John Tyrell TKO 1 05/01/1985 22x20px Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win -- United States Arthur Wright TKO 2 15/11/1984 22x20px New York City, United States Professional debut.

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Preceded by
Leslie Stewart
WBA light heavyweight champion
September 5, 1987 – June 3, 1991
Succeeded by
Thomas Hearns
Preceded by
Iran Barkley
Vacated
WBA light heavyweight champion
September 29, 1992 – June 13, 1997
Succeeded by
Dariusz Michalczewski
Preceded by
Henry Maske
IBF light heavyweight champion
November 23, 1996 – June 13, 1997
Preceded by
Michael Spinks
Vacated
Lineal light heavyweight champion
November 23, 1996 – June 13, 1997
Preceded by
Fabrice Tiozzo
WBA cruiserweight champion
December 9, 2000 – February 23, 2002
Succeeded by
Jean-Marc Mormeck
Preceded by
Jean-Marc Mormeck
Promoted from Champion to Super Champion</span>
WBA cruiserweight champion
Regular title

January 27, 2006 – November 24, 2007
Succeeded by
Firat Arslan

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