In Halifax, Berbick developed a local following and lumbered his way to an 11-0 record before facing Colombian mauler Bernardo Mercado. In December 1991, Berbick was charged with grand theft and mortgage fraud, just a few days before he lost a farcical boxer-wrestler match to Nobuhiko Takada in Japan. Please check your email and click on the link to activate your account. Ali seemed fine with it and I didnt remember feeling sad for him. Berbick's body was found on Saturday in a church courtyard with wounds to the back of his head. Your account has been locked for 30 minutes due to too many failed sign in attempts. He briefly held the World Boxing Council heavyweight title before losing it to Mike Tyson in 1986. Berbick entered the fight as the Canadian and Commonwealth heavyweight champion, as well as the WBA's fourth-ranked heavyweight contender. As the crowd chanted Alis name, Berbick gestured with his gloves as if to say why are you cheering him? In his very first title defense exactly eight months later, he was viciously knocked out in the second round by 20-year-old Mike Tyson, who became the youngest heavyweight champion in history. Nephew Is Convicted in the Death of Trevor Berbick, https://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/22/sports/othersports/22berbick.html. Close this window, and upload the photo(s) again. It . (3) It was just another illustration of how far Ali had declined physically and in terms of his own expectations. The upset win over Tate eventually earned Berbick a shot against Larry Holmes, the only consistent heavyweight of the early 1980s. He later had legal problems, including convictions for sexual assault, grand theft and burglary, that led to his being deported from the United States to his native Jamaica. Ali may have even won the third as he threw more punches (56 to 48) and jabbed better than anyone could have hoped (11 of 43, 26%). This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. When his immigration status in Canada lapsed, Berbick snuck back into the U.S. illegally. During his trial, Harold Berbick claimed that his uncle had physically abused his mother and that Berbick had also threatened him. With Mills Lane tolling the count, Berbick again tried to rise, and again his legs mutinied beneath him, sending him dive-bombing to the canvas with a thud. The technical storage or access is strictly necessary for the legitimate purpose of enabling the use of a specific service explicitly requested by the subscriber or user, or for the sole purpose of carrying out the transmission of a communication over an electronic communications network. You need a Find a Grave account to continue. He landed 68 power shots in rounds thirteen and fourteen alone versus Frazier in Manila, his last great performance. Berbick died on October 28, 2006 at the age of 52 years. In December, he was arrested in an alleged plot to commit mortgage fraud. The punishment Berbick dished out was extraordinary. Try again later. Trevor Berbick holds an interesting place in boxing history. But there was also a dark side to Trevor Berbick. After serving 15 months in prison, Berbick was deported from the United States. Oops, we were unable to send the email. His future as a backwater professional seemed assured until Top Rank Promotions miscast him as a stepping stone for Big John Tate on the undercard of the Roberto Duran-Sugar Ray Leonard I extravaganza in Montreal. In his first title defence, Tate was shockingly poleaxed by Mike Weaver with only 45 seconds left in the 15th round. Market data provided by Factset. His body was found at the. This was like putting the period at the end of the sentence. In the ninth round, a right hand sent Tate wobbling across the ring, and Berbick, in hot pursuit, clubbed him repeatedly until Tate was out cold on the canvas. How sad is that: Somebody playing with Alis mind. TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO THIS WEEK, on Nov. 22, 1986, three men began their conspiracy to murder Trevor Berbick, the heavyweight champion of the world: Mike Tyson, Berbick's nephew Harold and me. Are you sure that you want to delete this photo? According to the Jamaica Gleaner, Trevor Berbick, his skull split open by numerous blows, was found only a few feet from the Church of God Chapel. Even a late flurry of body shots from Berbick couldnt negate Alis good work in the first three minutes, which saw Ali throw 66 punches to Berbicks 41 and out-land him 16-12 overall as well as 7-2 in jabs. Mutual Fund and ETF data provided by Refinitiv Lipper. But when Holmes wrapped up the press conference and returned to his suite, Berbick gave a surreal, disjointed speech to the media that included accusations Holmes had consorted with a prostitute and had conspired with her to destroy not only his marriage but his career, as well. Year should not be greater than current year. He built his reputation by beating the legendary Muhammad Ali in a 10-round unanimous decision in 1981. Former world lightheavyweight champ Freddie Mills died of gunshot wounds to the head in 1965. Today, of course, Guantanamo Bay is notorious for its U.S. detention camp, but in the early 1970s, it was primarily known as a military base. In those rounds Berbick out-landed Ali 95-36 overall and 82-10 power, with the seventh especially the final minute being the worst by far. Photos larger than 8Mb will be reduced. James Cornelius, described in press releases as a Los Angeles-based entrepreneur, was the man charged with finding those mountains that were willing to be moved. Larry Holmes on Trevor Berbick Murdered by Nephew: He Deserved It (Flashback) djvlad 5.38M subscribers 507K views 4 months ago In this VladTV Flashback from 2020, Larry Holmes opens about. In June 1980, however, Tate was on the comeback trail, looking to put the Weaver loss behind him. In no time, Larry Holmes returned to the lobby and pummelled Berbick through the doors of the Diplomat and into the parking lot, where, for the moment, at least, the commotion was over. Please enter your email address and we will send you an email with a reset password code. Yes, his punches were slow and lacked snap and his legs shuffled rather than danced, but he began most of the skirmishes and connected more often. Trevor Berbick was an extremely talented fighter with a lot of natural ability. The more energetic Berbick bounded into the squared circle four minutes later and as he danced around the ring a stony Ali ignored him instead of launching into his usual pre-fight antics. Lambert had known Trevor Berbick from the day he was born. Trevor Berbick (1 August 1954 - 28 October 2006) was a Jamaican professional boxer who competed from 1976 to 2000. Those interested in ordering a copy of the book can do so by clicking here and purchasing from Amazon. For memorials with more than one photo, additional photos will appear here or on the photos tab. Photo by The Ring Magazine/ Getty Images. Unfocused and underprepared, Thomas dropped a grueling decision to Berbick, who forced the fight on the inside and outworked him. Former world and Canadian heavyweight boxing champion Trevor Berbick was found dead Saturday morning in his hometown of Kingston, Jamaica, with chop wounds to . Berbick won the WBC world heavyweight title by upsetting Pinklon Thomas in March, 1986. Sorry! Chop wounds to the head gave police a clear indication that this was a homicide and his 20-year-old nephew, Harold Berbick, and 18-year-old Kenton Gordon were picked up the next day. We had Hearns and we had Leonard and we had Duran and Hagler the Four Kings and it was a great time. Berbick was the last boxer to fight Muhammad Ali, defeating him in 1981 by unanimous decision. As a subscriber, you have 10 gift articles to give each month. As manager of this memorial you can add or update the memorial using the Edit button below. In November, Berbick was charged with aggravated assault after he menaced his ex-financial manager at gunpoint. Then Im coming home. However cocksure Berbick was outside of the ring, there was nothing he could do once the opening bell rang, although he tried shoving Tyson several times to assert his ruggedness. For the first time, I feel that Im 40 years old. Please contact Find a Grave at [emailprotected] if you need help resetting your password. Please complete the captcha to let us know you are a real person. Oops, something didn't work. He had watched him grow up, leave the island, become a world-famous boxer and return, only to die in a pool of blood, a $100 bill lying . This flower has been reported and will not be visible while under review. I dont know that we necessarily knew at that point, as Ali was retiring, that it was going to be as great a period as it was, but in fact, the era was in very good hands and didnt need Ali at that point. In fact, his loss to Tyson seemed to mark a grim turning point. His first instinct was to scramble to his feet, but his equilibrium was haywire, and he staggered across the ring, tumbling into the ropes, where an errant forearm knocked a ringside photographer out of position. 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. Check your inbox or spam folder to confirm your subscription. Careening around a ring that seemed more like the playfield of a pinball machine designed by Playmatic or Bally Midway Night Rider, say, or Moon Flight seemed to shatter his already frail psyche. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, Even as a rising contender he had been considered eccentric, and it was clear that the outcome of his performances hinged on his psychological outlook before the opening bell rang. When it was over, a police escort lead Berbick back to his home in Miami, and Holmes went on to perform with his R&B band, Marmalade, that night. Two minutes into the round, Tyson opened up with a combination as Berbick tried to crowd him in centre ring. Berbicks second-half surge allowed him to pull away on the scorecards. Also, 65% of his landed punches versus Berbick were jabs, with the CompuBox average being 28%. Still, Berbick was an authentic spoiler, and when he scored upsets over David Bey and undefeated Mitch Blood Green in 1985, he qualified for a shot at undefeated WBC titleholder Pinklon Thomas. A brain clot forced him to retire from boxing in 2000 (he finished his career with a 50-11-1 record with 33 knockouts) and he returned to Florida to begin training young boxers. Trevor Berbick had much to suggest that he would have had a. Powered and implemented by FactSet Digital Solutions. Berbick further separated himself in the ninth as he upped his work rate to 70 punches to Alis 41 and out-landed him 23-11 overall, including 20-0 in power shots. Thanks for using Find a Grave, if you have any feedback we would love to hear from you. Holmes, returning to the ring after an absence of four years, had just won his first fight since 1985, stopping hapless Tim Doc Anderson in one round at the Diplomat Hotel in Hollywood, Florida. Five months later, Berbick was convicted of sexual battery in the case involving his babysitter. He was doing so much better than he did against Larry Holmes. But I learned a little martial arts from the Special Forces and handled him pretty well. "Legally, I'm a spirit," he once said. cemeteries found within kilometers of your location will be saved to your photo volunteer list. (9). Are you sure that you want to delete this memorial? Carlos Acevedo is the editor of Hannibal Boxing and was the founder of The Cruelest Sport. As the bell sounded for round eight Ali broke out the old butterfly float and a facsimile of the bee-like sting. If ever a fighter personified the concept of a world champion, it was Muhammad Ali. All rights reserved. An email has been sent to the person who requested the photo informing them that you have fulfilled their request, There is an open photo request for this memorial. On November 22, in his first title defense, the fight was stopped in the second round after he was knocked down three times by 20-year-old Mike Tyson. To use this feature, use a newer browser. The baton had been passed to the non-heavyweights at that point. She was the second . Boxing was on TV like crazy and we had the big closed-circuit fights. Boxing Record Featured Opponents Hasim Rahman Larry Holmes If Ali could do this five more times, he would do enough to earn the decision and make a good case for the fight he wanted next a crack at Mike Weavers WBA title. As always you can unsubscribe at any time. Most other boxers, even those at their zenith, wouldnt have survived those nine minutes but while Alis physical abilities were long gone his competitive drive, his resourcefulness and his toughness remained in prime form. (4), The main event almost didnt happen because Berbick had received only $100,000 of his $350,000 guarantee and said he wouldnt fight until he was paid the full amount. More in News . Berbick was arrested several times and served 15 months for sexually assaulting the family babysitter in 1992. Berbicks body blasts and hurtful hooks broke the spell that had ensnared so many others. Though no longer able to contribute, Ali surely must have surveyed the scene, took it all in and exhaled in satisfaction. Recently, he had been coaching boxing at clinics in Trinidad. Berbick, 52, won the WBC crown in 1986 by beating Pinklon Thomas before losing it to Mike Tyson eight months later. His record was 50 wins (33 by knockout), 11 losses, and 1 draw. There is a problem with your email/password. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/16356139/trevor-berbick. All photos appear on this tab and here you can update the sort order of photos on memorials you manage. TREVOR BERBICK, who reigned briefly as the WBC heavyweight champion in 1986, left behind one of the strangest legacies in boxing history: for being the last man Muhammad Ali faced in the ring, in a shambolic promotion exiled to the Bahamas; for being the first title-fight victim of Mike Tyson (in which Berbick suffered such a spectacular kayo loss that he became a permanent Youtube loadstone, like Baby Shark or Gangnam Style); for a bonkers parking lot melee with comebacking ex-champion Larry Holmes seen coast-coast on every sports newscast in America; for his savage murder in Jamaica, after years of scandalous headlines had made him a laughing stock across the globe. In retrospect, all of it was wishful thinking. Found more than one record for entered Email, You need to confirm this account before you can sign in. When we left there that day, you knew it would never be the same because of what he brought to a fight from a writers perspective was unique and was never going to be matched. Beverly Howell said Berbick's body was discovered around 6:30 a.m. in a church courtyard in Portland parish. Referee Zach Clayton, who counted Foreman out the night Ali regained the title, delivered the final instructions. To add a flower, click the Leave a Flower button. Berbick, a 27-year-old Jamaican fighting out of Canada, was rated fourth by the WBA and sported a 19-2-1 record that included 17 knockouts. 2023 FOX News Network, LLC. Ali's final pro bout was a 10-round non-title affair against Canadian contender Trevor Berbick. (8) Ali and his retinue knew full well that the string that Ali had played the past few years was frayed and nearing disintegration. With barely a dozen fights as an amateur, Berbick turned pro on September 27, 1976, scoring a TKO in Shediac, New Brunswick, known as The Lobster Capital of the World.. For Berbick, the loss was humiliating. Const. Ali landed just 51 power punches in his losses to Berbick and Holmes. Join our newsletter to get info about latest events and deals! He turned pro that fall and went on to win 18 of his first 20 professional fights (one loss, one draw), earning him a shot at Larry Holmes heavyweight crown in April 1981. Berbick finished with a professional record of 50-11-1, including 33 KOs, but ran into legal problems following the Tyson fight. In 1997, he violated his parole and was deported. A crowd of more than 10,000 horrified fans gathered at the Halifax Metro Centre on April 3, 1979, to see Berbick plunge to the canvas, unconscious, after absorbing a booming overhand to the jaw in the first round. At the sound of the bell, Berbick summoned enough energy to stick out his tongue at Tyson, but it was more than just false bravado: it was a sign that Berbick was already disoriented. Not consenting or withdrawing consent, may adversely affect certain features and functions. But then he got tired and he just couldnt (keep going). However, Berbick's title reign was brief. Im here, God!, Trevor Berbick was born in Port Antonio, Jamaica, in either 1952 or 1954, and spent five years in Guantanamo Bay as immigrant labour. The fight was shown on closed circuit television and was available to about three million homes in the United States . He's one of just two boxers to fight both Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson, the other being Larry Holmes, and was a big part of an often-overlooked era in the sport in the early 1980s. Family members linked to this person will appear here. Berbick went on to capture the WBC heavyweight title with a decisive win over American fighter Pinklon Thomas. They beat Berbick with a crowbar and a pipe, leaving him mortally wounded on a dirt path. KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) A nephew of the former heavyweight champion Trevor Berbick was convicted along with another man of killing Berbick. Berbick was convicted in 1991 of misdemeanour assault for attacking his former business manager, who testified in court that the fighter held a gun to her head and accused her of stealing money from him. The shadow of Ali, 9 of 60 overall and 3 of 22 power, paled in comparison. But while a dishevelled Berbick aired his grievances to a gathering crowd, Holmes charged out of the hotel, face contorted in anger, and raced across the parking lot. After that, I figured I had a shot at being a pretty good fighter., From Guantanamo Bay, Berbick returned to Port Antonio, and, after one walkover after another, he eventually wound up representing Jamaica in the Montreal Olympics without having thrown a single punch. No excuses this time, but at least I didnt go down. This relationship is not possible based on lifespan dates. Becoming a Find a Grave member is fast, easy and FREE. He was murdered by an assailant wielding a hatchet or machete who inflicted a fatal wound to Berbick's head. That fight was like watching a mugging. A thudding left hook landed on the forehead and produced a delayed effect that would eventually give way to one of the most frightening examples of what a precise blow from a professional boxer can do to the nervous system. Failed to delete memorial. Here, there was no reason for him to quit and there was no time in which I felt like yelling, stop the fight. . Sure, Ali could never dethrone Holmes, but he might have a chance against Weaver, who was out-boxed by Tate for nearly the entire fight before a miraculous hook flattened Tate with 45 seconds left in the final round, they might have said to themselves. Legal Statement. Police have arrested a man and. After all, Berbick would steer himself back home to peruse his dog-eared bible after training sessions, break out into impromptu hymns, and spend most of his Sundays at church, where he would often preach, energetically, at the pulpit. Quotes displayed in real-time or delayed by at least 15 minutes. The venue bore a regal name Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre but in reality, it was a converted baseball stadium that was still under construction. These extracurricular pursuits distracted him right up to the day of the fight, when he could be found in the lobby of the Riviera Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, hawking cassette tapes of a song he had recorded in hopes of landing a major label contract. Berbick's death a homicide: police. Tel: 408-998-2226. Berbick fought from 1976 to 2000, finishing with a record of 50-11 with a draw and 33 knockouts. Berbick's body was discovered about 6:30 a.m. in his hometown parish of Portland, constable Beverly Howell said. Please try again later. Sheldon Francis said. Berbick made his professional boxing debut at the age of 22 on September 27, 1976. How dare he try to play with Alis mind? God raised me up for a purpose! It is a priority for CBC to create products that are accessible to all in Canada including people with visual, hearing, motor and cognitive challenges. I dont know if that was the feeling after the Holmes fight probably it was, he took such a beating in that fight everybody figured there wouldnt be any more but this time everybody knew there would be no more. Use the links under See more to quickly search for other people with the same last name in the same cemetery, city, county, etc. Berbick continued to fight, with his final bout being a 2000 win over Canadian journeyman Shane Sutcliffe. As he sat ringside, he was optimistic that Ali still had enough in reserve to wring out another victory. Berbick drove Ali toward the ropes with a series of heavy body shots, then maintained the pressure as Ali desperately tried to fend him off with clinches and the Rope-a-Dope. The crowd tried to spark Ali with Ali, bomaye chants but even the ghosts of Kinshasa couldnt regenerate the Ali of old. According to Berbick, it was his gig as a matre d at a rowdy mess hall that led him to boxing. Edit a memorial you manage or suggest changes to the memorial manager. You have the wake and then the funeral, but this fight was like the headstone dedication, he said. Six months later, on April 7, 1991, Berbick took part in a fracas with Larry Holmes that epitomised his now-disordered life. Despite competing in just 11 amateur bouts, he represented Jamaica at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, losing to eventual silver medalist, Mercia Simon. sprite ginger discontinued,