Michael Hunter

Michael Hunter

Michael Hunter, Jr. (born July 10, 1988) is an American professional boxer who challenged for the WBO junior heavyweight title in 2017. As an amateur he won the National Championships as a super heavyweight in 2007 and 2009, and qualified for the 2012 Olympics in the heavyweight division.He is the son of former professional boxer Mike "the Bounty" Hunter.
Hunter, who is coached by KC Ken Croom, is 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighs 215 pounds, relying on speed and quickness to succeed, which worked perfectly when defeating Alexander Ustinov to win the WBA International heavyweight belt in Monaco in 2018.

In 2006 at the age of 18 he made it to the finals of the National Golden Gloves within only five bouts where he lost to Felix Stewart and won the bronze medal at the Under-19 World Championships in Morocco by scoring wins over Andrey Volkov of Russia and Pavel Kulda of Lithuania before losing in the semifinals to eventual winner Cristian Ciocan of Romania.

In 2007, now based in Las Vegas, he beat future champ Lenroy Thompson and narrowly outpointed two-time winner Mike Wilson to win the US championships.

At the Olympic trials in 2007 he easily beat Wilson-conqueror Kimdo Bethel twice and won the tournament. At the World Championships 2007 he beat Kurban G√ľnebakan 30:7 and Jasem Delavari and lost only 15:22 to world No.1 and European champion Islam Timurziev.

At the first qualifier he beat Oscar Rivas but lost to Cuban Robert Alfonso 1:9, at the second he beat Didier Bence but lost to Jose Payares and thus failed to qualify for the 2008 Olympics.

In 2009 he edged out Thompson 8:7 and once again became national champ. In 2011 he dropped down to 201lbs and won the Golden Gloves title there.

In June 2011, Hunter helped Wladimir Klitschko in his preparation for his fight against David Haye, acting as his sparring partner in the last few weeks building up to the fight to replicate the speed of the Londoner.

He managed to qualify for the London Olympics by winning his qualifier against Julio Castillo and Yamil Peralta. At the Olympics, he was eliminated in the first round by Artur Beterbiyev.