loss vs Michael Hunter
May 13, 2016 / Sam's Town Live, Las Vegas
Thomas dropped a 10-round unanimous decision for his first career defeat.
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Turns out your girlfriend was lying: Size does matter. At least in the sport of boxing, where it pays to have arms as long as your opponent’s legs, especially when you’re trying to fend off a dude coming at you like a bowling ball destined for a strike.
Isiah Thomas intent on putting an American face atop the 200-pound division as he prepares for Murat Gassiev
Tiny meal portions, tinier Speedos, a strange aversion to ice cubes, an even stranger infatuation with David Hasselhoff’s singing voice: Some things are distinctly European. Add boxing’s 200-pound division to that list—just not for long, if Isiah Thomas has his way.
If styles truly do make fights, then an upcoming battle of unbeaten big boys Isiah Thomas and Murat Gassiev figures to be a doozy.
LOSS vs Michael Hunter 15-0-0
May 13, 2016 • Sam's Town Hotel & Gambling Hall, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Michael Hunter WINS against Isiah Thomas by UD in Round 10 of 10
No Contest vs Murat Gassiev
Dec 18, 2015 • The Pearl, Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas
Isiah Thomas Murat Gassiev by NC in Round 3 of 12
WIN vs Jordan Shimmell
Jul 25, 2015 • The Pearl, Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas
Jordan Shimmell LOSES to Isiah Thomas by UD in Round 10 of 10
For Thomas defeats Shimmell by UD Title
Win vs Brad Austin 10-14-0
Feb 06, 2015 • Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, USA
Isiah Thomas WINS against Brad Austin by MD in Round 6 of 6
Win vs Rayco Saunders 23-23-2
Jun 06, 2014 • Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona, New York, USA
Isiah Thomas WINS against Rayco Saunders by UD in Round 8 of 8
Win vs Richard Hall 30-10-0
Nov 30, 2012 • BB&t Center, Sunrise, Florida, USA
Isiah Thomas WINS against Richard Hall by UD in Round 10 of 10
Win vs Junior Ramos 10-5-0
Oct 18, 2012 • Club el Millon, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Isiah Thomas WINS against Junior Ramos by TKO in Round 3 of 10
Win vs Ricardo Campillo 7-3-1
Sep 15, 2012 • Plush Entertainment Complex, Jacksonville, Florida, USA
Isiah Thomas WINS against Ricardo Campillo by UD in Round 6 of 6
Win vs Reggie Pena 6-8-0
Jul 21, 2012 • Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood, Florida, USA
Isiah Thomas WINS against Reggie Pena by TKO in Round 2 of 4
Win vs Anthony Pietrantonio 6-6-0
Oct 06, 2010 • BB King Blues Club & Grill, New York, New York, USA
Isiah Thomas WINS against Anthony Pietrantonio by UD in Round 6 of 6
Win vs Larry Pryor 6-7-0
Jun 24, 2010 • Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
Isiah Thomas WINS against Larry Pryor by UD in Round 6 of 6
Win vs Julius Jackson 3-4-0
Sep 18, 2009 • Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak, Michigan, USA
Isiah Thomas WINS against Julius Jackson by UD in Round 4 of 4
Win vs Craig Gandy 7-3-1
Aug 13, 2009 • Frontier Field, Rochester, New York, USA
Isiah Thomas WINS against Craig Gandy by UD in Round 4 of 4
Win vs Jeffrey Osborne Jr 8-13-2
Jul 17, 2009 • Majestic Theatre, Detroit, Michigan, USA
Isiah Thomas WINS against Jeffrey Osborne Jr by TKO in Round 4 of 4
Win vs Sam Norwood 0-2-0
Mar 28, 2009 • Buffalo Run Casino, Miami, Oklahoma, USA
Isiah Thomas WINS against Sam Norwood by TKO in Round 1 of 4
Win vs Shawn Dean 0-2-0
Oct 10, 2008 • DeCarlo's Convention Center, Warren, Michigan, USA
Isiah Thomas WINS against Shawn Dean by KO in Round 1 of 4
Win vs Tyrone Dicks 0-0-0
Sep 20, 2008 • PGA National Resort and Spa, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, USA
Isiah Thomas WINS against Tyrone Dicks by KO in Round 1 of 4
Born and raised in Detroit, Isiah Thomas fights with the chip-on-the-shoulder pugnaciousness of the basketball Hall of Famer he’s named after. At 6 foot 4 and with power in both hands, the southpaw is an intimidating presence with the boxing skills to back up his sizable physique.
From tragedy to triumph
Thomas began boxing at the age of 12, and had his first amateur fight in 2002.
His parents took him to Detroit’s famed Kronk Gym to help him cope with the loss of his younger brother, Alan, who died in an accident.
Famed Kronk trainer Emanuel Steward was reportedly impressed with Thomas’ physical attributes and saw him as a future contender, and worked with the fighter throughout his amateur career.
As an amateur, Thomas was a two-time Junior Olympic national champion, and he became the first American to take home top honors at the international Cadet World Championships, which he did in 2005.
Thomas lost to future heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder at the 2007 National Golden Gloves.
Rising up the ranks
Making his professional debut in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, in September 2008, Thomas knocked out Tyrone Dicks in the first round.
Thomas gained three straight first-round stoppages to begin his career.
After beating Richard Hall in November 2012, Thomas was inactive in the ring for nearly two years.
He returned in June 2014, winning an eight-round unanimous decision over Rayco Saunders in Verona, New York.
He then followed that up by winning a six-round unanimous decision over Brad Austin in Biloxi, Mississippi, in February 2015.