Wednesday, June 10, 2015


Nickname: "Motor City"

   Oba Carr was a wonderfully skilled boxer/puncher who came out of Detroit, Michigan.  After building an incredible record of 168-8 as an amateur, he turned professional at age 17.  December 22, 1989 was the night that Carr served notice of his presence with a 1st round knockout over Cincinnati Ohio's Marcus Reed.  He built up a record of 20-0 with 14 ko's before stepping in against former world champion Livingstone Bramble on Oct. 8, 1991 at the Palace in Auburn Hills, Michigan.  It was a wild bout with Carr going down twice in the first round.  He showed heart and got off of the canvas to battle back and win a 10 round split decision. He continued his winning ways and after 32 straight victories in Dec. of 1994, 5 years after turning professional, he finally got his chance to fight for the IBF World Welterweight Title against undefeated champion Felix "Tito" Trinidad (24-0, 20 ko).  It was an exciting showdown of unbeaten fighters.  Carr dropped Trinidad in the 2nd round, but Tito rose up to battle back and drop Carr twice in round 8 en route to a tko victory.  After tasting defeat for the first time, Carr scored 3 straight impressive KO victories and challenged undefeated Derrell "Too Sweet" Coley for his NABF Welterweight Title belt. Carr won a very close split decision that night, and picked up his first title belt.  It was Oct. 4, 1996 when he would take another shot at a world title, this time it was the WBA Welter title, and it was in the hands of undefeated champion Ike Quartey (32-0, 28 ko's).  Carr lost a Majority decision that night on scores of  112-112, 109-117, and 109-116.  He then ran off another undefeated streak of 10 straight fights including wins over Jaime "Rocky" Balboa, Ross "The Boss" Thompson, Frankie "The Surgeon" Randall, and a draw against fellow Detroit star Anthony "Baby" Jones.  It was May 22, 1999 when Carr took his record of 48-2-1, 28 ko's into his 3rd and final World Title Challenge, this time against undefeated WBC Welterweight Champion Oscar Delahoya (30-0, 24 ko's).  It was an impressive performance but Carr was stopped by Delahoya in round 11.  It was 2 fights later that Carr would score a big win over former world champion Luis Ramon "Yori Boy" Campas (74-3, 63 ko's), stopping him in 8 rounds.  12 1/2 years after his first pro fight, Oba fought his last professional bout on May 18, 2002 at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, NV.  He dropped a 10 round decision to Kuvanych Toygonbayev (17-1, 12 ko's).  Kronk Gym's Oba "Motor City" Carr finished his career with a great professional record of 54 wins, 6 defeats, 1 draw, with 31 of his victories by knockout.

Oba Carr's complete Pro record

If you would like to see Oba Carr in action, I have the following bouts available on DVD:

1. MARCUS REED                                [ko-1] (Pro Debut)
2. RUDY FUENTES                               [tko-2]
3. ROBERT VASQUEZ                          [tko-3] (*Final Rd. only)
4. ANTHONY FLETCHER                     [ko-3]
5. MARTIN QUIROZ                              [w-10]
6. LARRY BENSON                               [w-8]
7. VLADEMIR FRANCO                        [ko-4] (*Quick HL ONLY)
8. PAT BRENNAN                                  [tko-1]
9. DAVID TAYLOR                                 [w-10]
10. RAMON ZAVALA                             [w-10]
11. BERNARD GRAY                              [ko-5]
12. LIVINGSTONE BRAMBLE                [w-10]
13. ALBERTO ALCARAZ                         [w-10]
14. ERSKINE WADE                                [tko-4]
15. ROLAND COMMINGS                      [w-10]
16. MIGUEL ANGEL DOMINGUEZ         [ko-5]
17. GILBERTO FLORES                           [tko-2]
18. PEDRO "Chinito" SANCHEZ                [tko-by-8] {IBF Welter Title}
19. FELIX TRINIDAD                                [tko-by-8] {IBF Welter Title}
20. DERRELL COLEY                               [w-12] {NABF Welter Title}
21. IKE QUARTEY                                    [L-12] {WBA Welter Title}
22. JAIME "Rocky" BALBOA                     [w-10]
23. ROSS THOMPSON                              [w-10]
24. ANTHONY "Baby" JONES                   [Draw-10]
25. ALFRED ANKAMAH                           [w-10]
26. VERDELL SMITH                                 [w-8]
27. FRANKIE RANDALL                           [w-10]
28. OSCAR DELAHOYA                            [tko-by-11] {WBC Welter Title}
29. LUIS RAMON "Yori Boy" CAMPAS    [tko-8]
30. KUVANYCH TOYGONBAYEV           [L-10] (*Oba Carr's LAST Pro Fight)

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