Zuri Lawrence (born June 22, 1970 in Poughkeepsie, New York) is a professional heavyweight boxer best known for scoring a few notable wins over famous boxers but never reaching contender status. He is most well-known for having never scored a knockout win in 44 professional fights.
He stands 6'4" (193 cm) and has a typical fight night weight of between 230 and 240 pounds. His professional record stands at 24 wins (22 by unanimous decision, 1 by disqualification), 14 loses (6 by unanimous decision, 5 by technical knockout, 1 by knockout) and 4 draws with 1 no contest (as of November 1, 2007).
Lawrence has never fought for a major heavyweight title (WBC, WBA, IBF or WBO) but he is an important test for many up-and-coming prospects. Notable losses include a technical knockout loss in 11 (after being down 4 times) to Russian prospect Sultan Ibragimov and being brutally rendered unconscious by Calvin "the Boxing Banker" Brock.
Notable wins include upsetting the comeback trail of Jameel McCline after McCline's second heavyweight title loss and being the first to defeat highly touted Italian Olympic medallist and prospect Paolo Vidoz.
Lawrence is a quick and skilled boxer who is rarely stopped and can give 12 rounds of technical boxing; this combined with his seeming lack of the ability to knock an opponent out (0 knockouts in 40 fights) makes Lawrence a popular opponent amongst matchmakers looking to get some notice for their prospects. Prior to their fight Calvin Brock gave an example of this thinking in an interview with Tiger Boxing: “Zuri Lawrence? Sure. He’s good, but he doesn’t have any power, so I wouldn’t call it a high-risk fight."
In November 2007 Lawrence took on Hasim Rahman on short notice on the Versus Channel. In a close battle in which Versus' viewers had Lawrence leading, he was knocked out by Rahman in the 10th and final round. The scores at the time of stoppage were 86-84 Lawrence, 86-84 and 88-82 Rahman. In a rare feat, Lawrence was knocked out of the ring and onto the arena floor, only to return to the ring prior to the 20 count and continue fighting.
In July 2008 Lawrence won in a huge upset over heavyweight prospect Albert Sosnowski after taking the fight on late notice.
He fought Jason Estrada on September 2, 2009 and which Lawrence was knocked down once in the second and once in the seventh before the referee stopped the fight at 2:33.
Professional boxing record
|24 Wins (0 knockouts, 24 decisions), 15 Losses (8 knockouts, 7 decisions), 4 Draws, 1 No Contest |
|Loss||24-15-4 (1)||Jason Estrada||TKO||7||02/09/2009||Syracuse, New York, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 2:33 of the seventh round.|
|Win||24-14-4 (1)||Albert Sosnowski||UD||8||06/08/2008||Brooklyn, New York, United States||80-72, 80-72, 80-72.|
|Loss||23-14-4 (1)||Darrel Madison||UD||8||30/05/2008||Monticello, New York, United States||New York Heavyweight Title. 75-77, 75-77, 75-77.|
|Loss||23-13-4 (1)||Hasim Rahman||TKO||10||15/11/2007||Reading, Pennsylvania, United States||NABF Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 2:20 of the tenth round.|
|Win||23-12-4 (1)||Jermaine Woods||UD||8||26/10/2007||Monticello, New York, United States||78-73, 77-74, 78-73. Lawrence was knocked down in the first round.|
|Win||22-12-4 (1)||Jason Bergman||UD||4||03/08/2007||Monticello, New York, United States|
|Win||21-12-4 (1)||Harvey Jolly||UD||6||29/06/2007||Hartford, Connecticut, United States||59-55, 59-55, 58-56.|
|Loss||20-12-4 (1)||Dominick Guinn||TKO||2||02/02/2007||Rochester, New York, United States||Referee stopped the fight at 2:59 of the second round after Lawrence was knocked down twice in the round.|
|Loss||20-11-4 (1)||Calvin Brock||KO||6||25/02/2006||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Lawrence knocked out at 2:58 of the sixth round.|
|Win||20-10-4 (1)||Jameel McCline||UD||10||21/10/2005||Hollywood, Florida, United States||100-90, 97-93, 97-93.|
|Loss||19-10-4 (1)||Sultan Ibragimov||TKO||11||22/04/2005||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||WBO Asia Pacific Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the fight at 0:32 of the 11th round.|
|Win||19-9-4 (1)||Demetrice King||UD||6||24/08/2004||Poughkeepsie, New York, United States||60-54, 60-54, 60-53.|
|Loss||18-9-4 (1)||Timo Hoffmann||UD||12||22/11/2003||Riesa, Sachsen, Germany||WBO Intercontinental Heavyweight Title. 109-118, 109-118, 108-119.|
|Draw||18-8-4 (1)||Ray Austin||MD||10||15/02/2003||Laughlin, Nevada, United States||94-96, 95-95, 95-95.|
|Loss||18-8-3 (1)||Tony Thompson||TKO||7||20/10/2002||Tacoma, Washington, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 1:06 of the seventh round.|
|Win||18-7-3 (1)||Paolo Vidoz||UD||8||17/08/2002||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||77-75, 77-75, 77-75.|
|Win||17-7-3 (1)||David Vedder||UD||6||25/05/2002||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||59-55, 58-56, 58-56.|
|Win||16-7-3 (1)||Louis Monaco||UD||6||04/05/2001||Uncasville, Connecticut, United States|
|Win||15-7-3 (1)||King Ipitan||DQ||9||24/08/2000||Worley, Idaho, United States||Ipitan was disqualified for repeated low blows.|
|Win||14-7-3 (1)||Anthony Moore||PTS||8||29/04/2000||St John's, Antigua and Barbuda, United States|
|Win||13-7-3 (1)||Mike Sedillo||UD||10||06/04/2000||Worley, Idaho, United States||96-94, 97-94, 98-93.|
|Loss||12-7-3 (1)||David Bostice||UD||10||02/03/2000||Rosemont, Illinois, United States|
|Loss||12-6-3 (1)||Brian Nix||UD||8||07/10/1999||Mount Pleasant, Michigan, United States|
|Win||12-5-3 (1)||Darroll Wilson||UD||10||02/09/1999||Saratoga Springs, New York, United States||100-89, 99-91, 99-91.|
|Win||11-5-3 (1)||Brian Watson||DQ||6||09/07/1999||Hyannis, Massachusetts, United States||Watson was disqualified after tackling Lawrence out of the ring.|
|Win||10-5-3 (1)||Domingo Monroe||PTS||4||15/05/1999||Leominster, Massachusetts, United States|
|Win||9-5-3 (1)||Juan Quintana||PTS||4||27/02/1999||Leominster, Massachusetts, United States|
|Win||8-5-3 (1)||Derek Williams||PTS||6||02/10/1998||Wroclaw, Poland|
|Loss||7-5-3 (1)||Furkat Tursunov||PTS||8||25/09/1998||Poznan, Poland|
|Loss||7-4-3 (1)||Willie Williams||PTS||6||22/11/1997||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Loss||7-3-3 (1)||Greg Pickrom||TKO||5||11/09/1997||Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States|
|Win||7-2-3 (1)||Craig Tomlinson||UD||6||12/06/1997||Woodlawn, Maryland, United States||59-55, 59-55, 59-56.|
|Win||6-2-3 (1)||Josh Imardiyi||PTS||6||30/03/1997||Uncasville, Connecticut, United States|
|Win||5-2-3 (1)||Exum Speight||PTS||6||07/07/1996||Springfield, Virginia, United States|
|Win||4-2-3 (1)||Rashid Latif||UD||4||28/06/1996||Somerset, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||3-2-3 (1)||Dean Storey||PTS||6||31/03/1996||Portland, Maine, United States|
|Win||2-2-3 (1)||Mike Whitfield||UD||6||08/11/1995||Baltimore, Maryland, United States||60-54, 60-54, 59-55.|
|Loss||1-2-3 (1)||Rodney Price||PTS||4||22/09/1995||West Orange, New Jersey, United States|
|Draw||1-1-3 (1)||Derrick Lampkins||PTS||4||18/08/1995||Middletown, New York, United States|
|Win||1-1-2 (1)||Georgy Peskov||UD||4||02/06/1995||Latham, New York, United States|
|Draw||0-1-2 (1)||Garth Hedger||PTS||4||05/05/1995||Schenectady, New York, United States|
|NC||0-1-1 (1)||Domingo Monroe||NC||2||28/01/1995||Warwick, Rhode Island, United States|
|Loss||0-1-1||Kasson Saxton||TKO||1||28/07/1994||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Draw||0-0-1||Maurice Harris||PTS||4||21/06/1994||Boston, Massachusetts, United States|