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Former heavyweight champion Trevor Berbick found dead
« on: October 28, 2006, 12:54:27 pm »
By HOWARD CAMPBELL, Associated Press Writer
October 28, 2006

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) -- Former heavyweight champion Trevor Berbick was found dead in a church courtyard Saturday with chop wounds to his head, police said.

Police are treating Berbick's death as a homicide, Inspector Victor Henry said. Berbick's body was discovered about 6:30 a.m. in his hometown parish of Portland, constable Beverly Howell said. No other details were immediately available.

Berbick, who was believed to be 52 and was beset by legal woes following his retirement from the ring, lost his heavyweight title to Mike Tyson and was the last boxer to fight Muhammad Ali.

After beating Ali in 1981 in a unanimous decision in the Bahamas, Berbick went on to win the WBC heavyweight title fours years later in a decision over Pinklon Thomas. His reign was short, however, as a 20-year-old Tyson knocked Berbick out in the second round of their bout on Nov. 22, 1986, to become the youngest heavyweight champion in history.

In his loss to Tyson in Las Vegas, Berbick was knocked down twice in the second round. After trying to get up from the second knockdown he fell another two times.

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Berbick fought from 1976 to 2000, finishing with a 50-11-1 record, including 33 knockouts. He also fought for Jamaica at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal. He was a strong puncher who moved well and had the potential to be a lasting force in the heavyweight division before the emergence of Tyson.

In spanning the Ali and Tyson eras, Berbick beat such fighters as Iran Barkley, Greg Page and John Tate. Among his losses were those to Buster Douglas, Renaldo Snipes and Larry Holmes.

Berbick's career soured following the loss to Tyson and he began to run into legal trouble.

In 1991, Berbick was convicted of misdemeanor assault for attacking his former business manager, who testified the boxer put a gun to her head and accused her of stealing money from him.

The following year, he was convicted of raping a family baby sitter and was sentenced to four years in prison. He also was convicted in 1992 of second-degree grand theft for forging his ex-wife's signature to get a mortgage on a home.

After serving 15 months in prison, Berbick was deported. He went to Canada, where he lived for a time following the 1976 Olympics. He eventually moved back to the U.S., but was deported a second time.

He had been living in Portland parish since 2002. Recently, he had been coaching boxing at clinics in Trinidad.

Though Berbick was believed to be 52, according to boxing records, other reports said he was as old as 56 or as young as 49.

"Legally, I'm a spirit," he once said. "I have no age."

Man, R.I.P. brother.

 
 

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Re: Former heavyweight champion Trevor Berbick found dead
« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2006, 06:17:35 pm »
what i take from this story is damn, you walk this earth for 50 something years to have your demise come from being hacked up with a machete? live a simple life i say...live a simple life.

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Re: Former heavyweight champion Trevor Berbick found dead
« Reply #2 on: October 30, 2006, 04:29:09 pm »
Sad.  I will always remember him for his place in History as the recipient of Mike Tyson's coming out ass whupping.
I ventured into the courtyard followed by 52 brothers bruised battered and scarred but hard.

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Re: Former heavyweight champion Trevor Berbick found dead
« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2006, 01:55:50 pm »
If he raped that woman like the courts say he did, well...karma's a bitch.

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Re: Former heavyweight champion Trevor Berbick found dead
« Reply #4 on: December 26, 2006, 01:27:58 am »
Jenn's words are true enough,if he DID rape her--I'm talking forcible rape,not statutory--well,I've always believed that forcible rape deserves the death penalty with no exceptions,so f#ck him if he did rape her.However,if he DIDN'T forcibly rape her,and he got machete knocked or axe chopped or whatever it was? Man,that is truly truly horrific.Regardless,there should be a full investigation,because he is somebody's father,somebody's brother,somebody's uncle,cousin,friend...his family deserves closure and we should determine if he was the victim of some foul play.
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