Kennedy McKinney (born
January 10, 1966 in Hernando, Mississippi) was a professional boxer, who won the bantamweight gold medal at the
1988 Summer Olympics.
won the IBF junior featherweight title as a professional as well as
the WBO super bantamweight title.
- 1985 2nd place at United States Amateur Championships as a
Flyweight, was stopped by Arthur
- 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
- 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:
Known as "King", McKinney was a cautious yet exciting junior
featherweight (super bantamweight) fighter who captured the IBF
title by beating Welcome Ncita
in a spectacular bout that saw him on the deck 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
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
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 Golden Meadow, LA, were he is
know simply known as "Coach". He is the head trainer of the Bayou
Side Boxing Gym.He also is a great trainer and coach for the junior