Jesse Ferguson

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Jesse Ferguson

Retired American boxer who fought in several noteworthy boxing matches in the 1980s and 1990s add

Category: Boxing

Born in 1957.

Countries: United States (43%), (29%), Isle of Man (14%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Mike Tyson, Bruce Seldon, Lennox Lewis

Linked to: World Boxing Association




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Jesse Ferguson was born in 1957 add something


"'Jesse "Boogieman" Ferguson"' is a retired American boxer who fought in several noteworthy boxing matches in the 1980s and 1990s add something


After an amateur career in the early 80s, Ferguson turned pro in 1983 at the age of 25 add something


This earned him a place in ESPN's 1985 Young Heavyweight tournament add something


In 1986 he took on prospect Mike Tyson who was 17-0, and making his national television debut add something


Mike Tyson - Tyson's first nationally televised bout took place on February 16, 1986, at Houston Field House in Troy, New York, New York against journeyman heavyweight Jesse Ferguson


In 1988 he fought 22-0 Orlin Norris for his NABF belt add something


Orlin Norris - In 1988 he won the NABF heavyweight title with a decision over the towering Larry Alexander, and followed it up with more easy points wins over respected challengers Renaldo Snipes, Jesse Ferguson, and ex-world champion Greg Page


He made a debut with a 4-round knockout of Richard Scott, and followed it up in the semi-finals with a 10-round points win where he outpunched James "Buster" Douglas, a fight that would become more significant over the years, as Douglas went on to upset Mike Tyson in 1990 and win the undisputed heavyweight championship of the world add something


By the time he fought Oliver McCall in 1991, he had only had one fight in three years, a 6-round kayo of Terry Armstrong in 1990 add something


In 1992 he took on Bruce Seldon where an indifferent Ferguson retired after five rounds with an eye injury add something


Bruce Seldon - Seldon returned in 1992 with a victory over sometimes-dangerous Jesse Ferguson whom he stopped on an eye injury, but was dropped and outpointed the same year by crafty ex-champ Tony Tubbs


Ferguson dropped decisions to two ex-world champions, Michael "Dynamite" Dokes and Tony "TNT" Tubbs, but in 1993 would see a turnaround of his fortunes add something


Riddick Bowe - In Bowe's next fight, May 22, 1993 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., he knocked out Jesse Ferguson in the second round to retain the title


In 1994 Ferguson travelled to the U.K. to fight Frank Bruno, who was returning after his loss to Lennox Lewis add something


In his only other fight in 1994 Ferguson was matched with Larry Holmes, the 44-year-old former great who was on another comeback trail add something


Three years later in 1994, McCall would knockout Lennox Lewis in two rounds to become heavyweight champion of the world add something


Oliver McCall - He beat Jesse Ferguson and future heavyweight champion Bruce Seldon and lost a very close decision to Tony Tucker before landing the shot against Lewis in 1994


By 1995 Ferguson was frequently out of shape and made little effort in his fights add something


He returned late in 1996, now aged 39, and beat undefeated Bobby Harris add something


In 1996 he was hired as chief sparring partner for champion Mike Tyson in the lead-up to his fight with Bruce Seldon add something


He followed this up with two more wins before a high-profile fight on HBO with Tongan Samson Po'uha, in 1997 add something


This led to another big fight on HBO in 1998, where a now 40-year-old Ferguson took on young and undefeated powerful punching contender Hasim Rahman for the USBA belt add something


His career ended in 1999 with a record of 26-18-0 with 16 knockouts add something


In 1999 Jimmy Thunder, citing an injury, dropped out of a fight with Polish contender Andrew Golota add something


Ferguson spoke of comebacks in 2000 and 2002 but each time nothing came of them add something