Iran Barkley Former WBC Middleweight World Champion Who Also Defeated Thomas Hearns On 2 Occasions SIGNED Sketch

Iran Barkley Former WBC Middleweight World Champion Who Also Defeated Thomas Hearns On 2 Occasions SIGNED Sketch

Iran Barkley former WBC middleweight World champion who also defeated Thomas Hearns on 2 occasions SIGNED 8 1/2" x 11" printed sketch.

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Iran Barkley vs Thomas Hearns WBC Middleweight Title 3rd Round TKO

Iran Barkley (born May 6, 1960 in Bronx, New York).

Professional Career
Known as "The Blade", Barkley fought in several of the defining fights in the late 1980s and early 1990s in the Middleweight and Super Middleweight weight classes, but never appeared to reach the full potential he flashed in these fights.

Barkley became the WBC Middleweight Champion of the World by TKO of Thomas Hearns in 1988, voted 1988 Upset of the Year by Ring magazine. In his next fight, Barkley lost his title via split decision in a 12 round war with Roberto Duran, in a fight proclaimed 1989 Fight of the Year by Ring Magazine.

Following the defeat to Duran, Barkley took on undefeated Michael Nunn for the IBF Middleweight Title, dropping a close majority decision. Next he fought Nigel Benn for the WBO Middleweight Title and was TKO'd at the end of a wild first round with both fighters hurt.

Barkley moved up to the Super Middleweight division and beat Darrin Van Horn for the IBF belt in 1992. He went on to again defeat Hearns later that year for the WBA Light Heavyweight title. He never defended that title, choosing instead to defend his Super Middleweight belt against James Toney. He lost that belt to Toney via 10th round TKO.

Barkley's final shot at a title would come against undefeated Henry Maske at light heavyweight, for Maske's IBF Light Heavyweight Title. Barkley lost via 9th round TKO.

Barkley continued to fight after this loss, eventually moving up to the heavyweight division. His last fight of note was a 1997 fight against aged Gerrie Coetzee, a fight which Barkley won by 10th round TKO. Shortly afterward, Barkley's career ended in 1999 after a string of six consecutive losses, including a defeat to Trevor Berbick.

At the age of 47, Barkley announced a comeback to take place in Lapwai, Idaho at the Pi-Nee-Waus Community Center of the Nez Perce Tribe. The card was subsequently cancelled.

Barkley will be featured in the forthcoming boxing documentary "Fallen Soldier," which is directed by Bobby Razak.