| Kennedy McKinney|
| January 10, 1966 (age 49) (1966-01-10) Hernando, Mississippi, U.S.|
Boxing at the 1988 Summer Olympics - Bantamweight
Junior Jones, Vuyani Bungu, Marco Antonio Barrera, Jorge Julio Rocha
Kennedy McKinney Wikipedia
Kennedy McKinney (born January 10, 1966 in Hernando, Mississippi) is an American former professional boxer, who won the bantamweight gold medal at the 1988 Summer Olympics. As a professional, he won the IBF and WBO super bantamweight titles.
1985 2nd place at United States Amateur Championships as a Flyweight, was stopped by Arthur Johnson
1986 2nd place at United States Amateur Championships as a Flyweight, losing by decision to Arthur Johnson
1987 3rd place at United States Amateur Championships as a Bantamweight, losing by decision to Michael Collins
1988 2nd place at United States Amateur Championships as a Bantamweight, losing by decision to Jemal Hinton
1988 qualified as a Bantamweight for the United States Olympic Team, avenging previous defeats versus Michael Collins, whom he beat three times and Jemal Hinton, all by decision.
Won the Bantamweight Olympic Gold Medal at the Seoul Olympic Games. Results were:
Defeated Erick Perez (Guatemala) TKO 1
Defeated Shahuraj Birajdor (India) forfeit
Defeated Steve Mwema (Kenya) points
Defeated Phajol Moolsan (Thailand) TKO 1
Defeated Aleksandar Hristov (Bulgaria) points
Known as "King", McKinney was a cautious yet exciting junior featherweight (super bantamweight) fighter who captured the IBF title by beating Welcome Ncita in 1992 in a spectacular bout that saw him staggered and taking a standing eight count before knocking the African cold with a perfect right hand.
After five defenses, among others a KO over Rudy Zavala and a points win over Ncita, he lost his belt to future star Vuyani Bungu, a fight which was deemed 1994 Upset of the Year by Ring Magazine.
Two years later he challenged undefeated Marco Antonio Barrera for the WBO super bantamweight title, a vicious battle in which he dropped Barrera in the 11th, but lost via TKO in the 12th. McKinney later took a rematch against Bungu, but lost a narrow split decision. Later that year, he did battle with Junior Jones who had upset Barrera in an exciting war, one which McKinney won via TKO.
McKinney then moved up a weight class to challenge Luisito Espinosa for the WBC featherweight title in 1998. Espinosa made quick work of McKinney, winning via a 2nd round TKO.
After the loss to Espinosa, McKinney quickly lost steam. He would fight only five more times against scattered and limited opposition, three of which took place during a brief comeback run in 2002-03.
Kennedy now resides in Olive Branch, Mississippi, where he is simply known as "Coach McKinney". He is the Head Boxing Coach at the Prize Fight Gym in Southaven, Mississippi.