Trevor Berbick Biography

Trevor Berbick was a professional Jamaican Canadian boxer, and a former world heavy weight champion. Check out this biography to know about his childhood, family life, achievements and fun facts about him.

Trevor Berbick
Quick Facts

Birthday: August 1, 1954

Nationality: Canadian, Jamaican

Famous: Boxers Canadian Men

Died At Age: 52

Sun Sign: Leo

Also Known As: Trevor

Born Country: Jamaica

Born in: Port Antonio

Famous as: Boxer

Height: 6'2" (188 cm), 6'2" Males

Family:

children: Anita Berbick, Jamaal Berbick, Nadia Berbick, Quinn Berbick, Shawn Berbick, Trevor Jr Berbick, Trisha Berbick

Died on: October 28, 2006

place of death: Port Antonio

Cause of Death: Assassination

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Trevor Berbick was a professional Jamaican Canadian boxer, and a former world heavy weight champion. He was one of the greatest athletes of his times, and was the last boxer to defeat the legendary boxer Muhammad Ali. During his amateur boxing career, he represented Jamaica in 1976 Montreal Olympics. After finishing his amateur boxing career, he settled in Montreal, Canada and started his professional boxing career. In his professional boxing career, he fought a total of 61 fights, with 49 wins to his name. He won the WBC heavyweight title in 1986 by defeating Pinklon Thomas. His reign as WBC heavyweight champion was short and he lost his WBC title to Mike Tyson. As a young boxer, Trevor Berbick showed promising skills in the world of boxing and made it to the Ivy League by winning numerous medals, and setting a name for himself in the eyes of his audience and his opponents. In his later years, he did have problems with his personal and professional life, but is still regarded as one of the most famous Jamaican personalities.

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Trevor Berbick
Childhood & Early Life
  • Trevor Berbick was born on August 1, 1954, at Port Antonio, Jamaica.
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Amateur Career
  • In 1975, he represented Jamaica in the Pan American Games and won a bronze medal.
  • He was selected to represent Jamaica in the 1976 Montreal Olympics. His Olympic journey came to an end when he lost to the ventual silver medalist, Mircea Şimon of Romania.
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Professional Career
  • After the 1976 Olympics Trevor Berbick, decided to end his amateur boxing career and start his professional boxing career. In this pursuit, he left Jamaica and settled in Canada. His earlier fights were around the area of Halifax where he fought numerous boxers, and won 11 fights, out of which ten were knockouts.
  • In 1977, he fought various boxers like Joe Maye, Willie Moore, Eddie Owens, and Eugene Green. All these fights were fought in Canada, and he managed to win them all.
  • From 1978 - 1980, he became a better fighter, and moved up in the league, whilst taking on the likes of boxers like John Tate, Gregory Johnson, Greg Sorrentino, Chuck Gardner, Chuck Findlay, and many more.
  • The first loss in his professional career came against Bernardo Mercado, on April 3, 1979. It was a knockout in the first round. As an amateur boxer Trevor Berbick had beaten Mercado, but failed to win in the professional league.
  • Trevor Berbick’s first big fight in the United States at ‘Caesar’s Palace’ was set on April 11, 1981 against Larry Holmes also known as the ‘Easton Assassin’. Berbick lost the fight against Larry Holmes in a 15-round unanimous decision.
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  • After his loss with Holmes, ‘Sports International’ promoted a fight between Ali and Berbick. His biggest success happened, when he beat the greatest boxer of all-time Muhammad Ali, on December 11, 1981. This match was coined as ‘Drama in Bahama’ as it was fought at Nassau Bahamas, and ended with a score of 97-94 for him.
  • Trevor Berbick continued his winning streak from 1982 to 1986, where he fought the likes of Gordon Racette, Greg Page, Renaldo Snipes, S. T. Gordon, Ken Lakusta, Mike Cohen, Mark Lee, Andros Ernie Barr, Walter Santemore, David Bey, Mitch Green, and Mike Perkins, and won most of the fights.
  • On March 22, 1986, he won the WBC world heavyweight title by defeating Pinklon Thomas in a 12-round unanimous decision.
  • Trevor Berbick's reign as WBC world heavyweight champion lasted just eight months and he lost the title to Mike Tyson on November 22, 1986 in a second round knockout..
  • After Berbick lost to Mike Tyson, he still continued to fight good contenders like Carl Williams, Buster Douglas, Melvin Foster, Jimmy Thunder, and Hasim Rahaman. With more wins, and few losses, his career came to an end on May 26, 2000, when he won his last fight against Shane Sutcliffe in Vancouver, Canada.
  • Trevor Berbick’s career ended in 2000 after he was diagnosed with a blood clot in his brain, and his boxing license was cancelled as well. He had started preaching at the ‘Moments of Miracles Pentecostal Church’ in Las Vegas after his career had ended.
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Awards & Achievement
  • Trevor Berbick was the last boxer defeat the legendary boxer Muhammad Ali.
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  • He won the WBC heavyweight title from Pinklon Thomas in 1986.
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Personal Life & Legacy
  • Trevor Berbick was married twice and had seven children namely Trevor Jr. Berbick, Jamaal Berbick, Quinn Berbick, Trisha Berbick, Nadia Berbick, Anita Berbick, and Shawn Berbick from both the marriages. One of his wives name was Nadene
  • He was sent to jail on account of sexual assault against his child’s babysitter in 1992.
  • He was deported from United States to Canada as he had violated his parole as well.
  • He was sent back to Jamaica following some issues in Canada in 1999, but later received permission to reside in Canada. He started training aspiring boxers at a Gym in Florida, but was again deported to Jamaica due to some problems.
  • After he moved to Jamaica in 2002, he was murdered by assailants on October 28, 2006 with a steel pipe. One of the assailants was his nephew Harold Berbick and the other was Kenton Gordon. Both the individuals were found guilty and sentenced on January 11, 2008. His nephew, Harold Berbick was given a life sentence, while Kenton Gordon was sentenced to 14 years in prison.
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Trivia
  • Trevor Berbick was a Leo, and has been ranked as the 983rd popular Leo of all times.
  • He has been listed as the 13th most famed Jamaican, and the 59th popular professional boxer.
  • In 1991, he was caught by the police in a street-fight with former professional boxer Larry Holmes.
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