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Virgil "Quicksilver" Hill


Birth Name: Born: Birthplace: Died: Hometown: Stance:  Height: Reach:
Virgil Hill 01-18-1964 Clinton, Missouri, USA

 

Williston, North Dakota, USA Orthodox  6′ 0½″   /   184cm 77″   /   196cm

 

Division: Middleweight / Light Heavyweight / Cruiserweight

 

Titles

  • 1941 Olympic Silver Medalist (Middleweight)
  • Former IBC Cruiserweight Champion
  • Former IBF Light Heavyweight Champion
  • Former WBA World Cruiserweight Champion
  • Former WBA World Light Heavyweight Champion
  • Former WBC International Light Heavyweight Champion
  • Former WBC Continental Americas Light Heavyweight Champion 

Biography

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 to become a four-time world champion as a professional, including winning the LinealWBA/IBF light-heavyweight titles, and the WBA cruiserweight title.

Amateur Career

  • 1984 National Golden Gloves Middleweight Champion

Won the Silver Medal, while representing the United States as a Middleweight at the 1984 Olympic Games. His results were:

  • Defeated Edward Neblett (Barbados) RSC 2
  • Defeated Brian Schumacher (Great Britian) 5-0
  • Defeated Damir Skaro (Yugoslavia) 4-1
  • Defeated Mohamed Zaoui (Algeria) 5-0
  • Lost to Shin Joon-Sup (South Korea) 2-3

Professional Career

Light-heavyweight

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 and James Kinchen. 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)

Unification matches

At the Olympiahalle, Munich, Germany in November 1996, Hill won a decision over the undefeated IBF champion Henry Maske to unify the WBA/IBF belts and win the vacant Lineal championship, before WBO champion Dariusz Michalczewski scored a unanimous decision over Hill in June 1997 to unify the Lineal/WBA/WBO/IBF titles at Arena Oberhausen, Oberhausen, Germany in June 1997.

Hill boxed against Roy Jones Jr. the following year, and was stopped in round four with a body shot.

Cruiserweight

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 VilleurbanneFrance by TKO in the first. He made his first defense, also in France, againstJean-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 cruiserweight title, as the WBA had now created a WBA "Super" title along with the standard WBA title. 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. Maske had announced his retirement prior to that fight and was frustrated to end his career with a split-decision 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 by decision in a non-title bout, then lost to Firat Arslan by decision to lose his WBA cruiserweight title.

He retired with a record of 50 wins (23 KOs) and 7 losses.

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.

Hall of Fame

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

Additional Details

Links

Boxing Record: click

Sources: BoxRec.com / Wikipedia