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Michael Bentt : biography

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Michael A. Bentt (born September 4, 1965 in London, England) is a film and television actor and retired heavyweight boxer. Of Jamaican lineage, he was born in East Dulwich, London, but raised in the Cambria Heights section of Queens in New York City. Bentt is a one-time heavyweight champion, having held the World Boxing Organization championship from October 1993 until March 1994, losing the title in his first defence. As an actor he's best known for co-starring as Sonny Liston in Michael Mann's Ali and as Biggis/El Plaga in Damon Dash's indie urban hip hop classic "State Property 2".

Professional boxing record

|- |align="center" colspan=8|11 Wins (6 knockouts, 5 decisions), 2 Losses (2 knockouts, 0 decisions), 0 Draws |- | align="center" style="border-style: none none solid solid; background: #e3e3e3"|Result | align="center" style="border-style: none none solid solid; background: #e3e3e3"|Record | align="center" style="border-style: none none solid solid; background: #e3e3e3"|Opponent | align="center" style="border-style: none none solid solid; background: #e3e3e3"|Type | align="center" style="border-style: none none solid solid; background: #e3e3e3"|Round | align="center" style="border-style: none none solid solid; background: #e3e3e3"|Date | align="center" style="border-style: none none solid solid; background: #e3e3e3"|Location | align="center" style="border-style: none none solid solid; background: #e3e3e3"|Notes |-align=center |Loss |11–2 |align=left| Herbie Hide |KO |7 |19/03/1994 |align=left| |align=left| |-align=center |Win |11–1 |align=left| Tommy Morrison |TKO |1 |29/10/1993 |align=left| |align=left| |-align=center |Win |10–1 |align=left| Mark Wills |PTS |10 |15/07/1993 |align=left| |align=left| |-align=center |Win |9–1 |align=left| Danny Wofford |UD |8 |28/05/1993 |align=left| |align=left| |-align=center |Win |8–1 |align=left| Kenneth Myers |TKO |3 |25/09/1992 |align=left| |align=left| |-align=center |Win |7–1 |align=left| Jerry Arentzen |TKO |3 |14/08/1992 |align=left| |align=left| |-align=center |Win |6–1 |align=left| David Graves |MD |6 |02/05/1992 |align=left| |align=left| |-align=center |Win |5–1 |align=left| Rick Honeycutt |TKO |1 |11/03/1992 |align=left| |align=left| |-align=center |Win |4–1 |align=left| Lynwood Jones |PTS |6 |19/11/1991 |align=left| |align=left| |-align=center |Win |3–1 |align=left| Willie Johnson |TKO |1 |13/09/1991 |align=left| |align=left| |-align=center |Win |2–1 |align=left| Lynwood Jones |PTS |6 |16/05/1991 |align=left| |align=left| |-align=center |Win |1–1 |align=left| James Holly |KO |1 |12/12/1990 |align=left| |align=left| |-align=center |Loss |0–1 |align=left| Jerry Jones |KO |1 |07/02/1989 |align=left| |align=left| |-align=center

Amateur career

Bentt won four New York Golden Gloves titles and five United States Amateur Boxing Championships. After having won the bronze medal at the 1986 World Amateur Boxing Championships and the 1987 PanAmerican Games he placed a controversial second in the 1988 United States Olympic Trials to the eventual 1988 Olympic Gold Medalist, Ray Mercer.

As both his mother and father are Jamaican citizens, he won the right to fight on the Jamaican Olympic Boxing Team after stopping the island nation's top amateur heavyweights in the 1988 Jamaican Olympic Trials. However, when confronted with the provision that he would have to relinquish his United States citizenship in order to accompany the Jamaican team to Seoul,he refused. Bentt is regarded as the most decorated boxer in the history of American amateur boxing never to have competed on a United States Olympic boxing team.

His other amateur titles included the 1981 New York City Police Athletic League Champion, 1980 NYC Kids Gloves Champion, Empire State Games Heavyweight Champion (1982, 1983, 1984). He was a three-time selected member of the United States All-American National Boxing Team (1985, 1986, 1987), captain of the 1986 United States Goodwill Games Boxing Team and the 1987 United States Pan American Games Boxing Team. He was a bronze medalist in each of those competitions. He also received the bronze medal at the 1985 World Amateur Championships in Seoul, South Korea and the gold medal at the 1985 North American Championship in Beaumont, Texas.

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