Friday, August 11, 2017


Nickname: "Too Sweet"

   Washington DC's Derrell "Too Sweet" Coley opened his pro boxing career on July 21, 1990 with a unanimous decision win over fellow DC'er Darrick Johnson.

   He won 18 straight pro bouts before fighting to a 10 round draw in the Great Western Forum's welterweight tournament in Inglewood, California.  Even though it was a draw on the pro ledger, it was Smith who advanced having a 1-point edge on one of the judges' scorecards.

   Derrell continued his winning ways running off an impressive 7-fight win streak including victories over Darryl Lattimore, former world champion Saoul Mamby, Floyd Williams, and winning the vacant NABF Welterweight championship with an 11th round tko win over Terrence Alli.
Derrell Coley and Reggie Green as guest on "The 8-Count Boxing Hour"

   Coley defended that title with a 12 round 3-way split draw against Jaime "Rocky" Balboa in front of his Washington D.C. fans.

   He then defended that title via 12 round decision over unbeaten Ray Lovato (20-0) before stepping in against Detroit's Oba Carr (35-1) and losing a razor thin split decision.

   "Too Sweet" Coley again bounced back like a true champion and ran off another impressive 7-win streak (and 1 no contest), regaining his NABF title belt, and scoring wins against top notch opponents including: Pat Coleman, Kipp Diggs, Romallis Ellis, Willy Wise, and Ivan Ledon. That incredible win streak and being NABF champion put him in line to face legendary Oscar Delahoya (31-1) in a bid for the vacant IBA Welterweight World Championship.


   The fight took place at Madison Square Garden, and was televised by HBO. After starting well, it was Oscar's night as he won via 7th round ko to win the vacant IBA world title.

   Derrell Coley finished his career with 4 straight wins and fought his final pro bout on August 9, 2003, roughly 13 years after his first time in the ring as a pro.

   Coley was a respected world class contender who ruled the North American Boxing Federation's Welterweight division for nearly 3 1/2 years!  He battled and defeated some world class opposition and delighted boxing fans around the world.

   Derrell finished with a professional record of: 38 wins, 2 losses, and  2 draws. Winning 27 by knockout!  He had Speed, style, power, a solid chin, and great skills.

Check out his pro record on

If you would like to see Derrell "Too Sweet" Coley in ring action, I have the following bouts available on DVD:

1. DONALD WALLACE                [w-6]
2. TERRENCE ALLI                      [tko-11] {Vacant NABF Welter Title}
3. JAIME "Rocky" BALBOA         [Draw-12] {NABF Welter Title}
4. RAY LOVATO                            [w-12] {NABF Welter Title}
5. OBA CARR                                [L-12] {NABF Welter Title}
6. PAT COLEMAN                        [n/c-10] {Vacant NABF Welter Title}
7. KIPP DIGGS                             [tko-11] {Vacant NABF Wetler Title}
8. WILLIE WISE                           [w-12] {NABF Welter Title}
9. OSCAR DELAHOYA               [ko-by-7] {Vacant IBA Welter Title}

Other Stuff:
a) Interview + Reggie Green W/ D.Sisneros 12/94 at weigh in-1173 (HV/R/4 Min.)

Derrell's speech at the Washington D.C. Hall-of-Fame induction:
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