|Born||Tyrone Clinton Spong|
3 September 1985
|Other names||King of the Ring|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Weight||106 kg (234 lb; 16 st 10 lb)|
|Reach||74 in (190 cm)|
|Style||Muay Thai, Boxing|
|Fighting out of||Boca Raton, Florida, United States|
|Team||Team Mr. Perfect |
Fighting Factory Carbin
|Trainer||Ernesto Hoost |
|Years active||2001 - 2014 (Kickboxing) |
2012 - 2013 (MMA)
2015 - present (Boxing)
|Professional boxing record|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Boxing record from BoxRec|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
last updated on: April 12, 2014
Tyrone Clinton Spong (born 3 September 1985) is a Surinamese-Dutch professional boxer and former kickboxer and mixed martial artist. He is the current WBC Latino Heavyweight Champion, current WBO Latino Heavyweight Champion, former WFCA Cruiserweight champion, former Glory 95kg Slam Champion and former It's Showtime 95MAX World champion. Spong fights out of the Fighting Factory Carbin in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Tyrone Spong was born in Suriname. In 1990 at the age of 5, he moved to the Netherlands with his family. Growing up in the Bijlmermeer, he was often involved in street fighting and began training in kickboxing at thirteen when he found a gym by coincidence. After getting his "ass whooped" in his first day of training, he was motivated to improve. He had his first match at fifteen and won by first-round knockout. Some of his early sparring partners included Alistair and Valentijn Overeem, and Gilbert Yvel.
In 2003, his first year as a pro, he made his mark winning 12 fights that year. In 2004, he fought against Rafi Zouheir at the Battle of Zaandam and won his first European Muay Thai Title (World Kickboxing Network). In 2004 Spong also visited Japan to compete in Shootboxing where he lost to Ryuji Goto. Goto suplexed him in the final seconds of the fight to earn a well-received unanimous decision. His next fight in April 2005, was against Belgian Mohammed Ouali for another European Title (WPKL). Spong won the fight by unanimous decision.
In December, 2005 at the A-1 Combat Cup in Duisburg, after three consecutive KO's in one night, Tyrone Spong won his first tournament Championship.
In 2006, Spong had two his biggest victories of his young career, KO wins over Muay Thai veteran Joerie Mes and two weeks later knocking out K-1 superstar Kaoklai Kaennorsing from Thailand in a first round.
In 2007, Spong won the SLAMM world title up to 79 kg by defeating the Thai Yodchai Wor Petchpun via TKO in the first round, and in the following match he defeated the Belarusian Dmitry Shakuta.
On January 26, 2008, Spong won the World Full Contact Association (WFCA) World Thaiboxing Cruiserweight Championship by defeating Aurelien Duarte. Following this, he won the KO World Series 2008 by defeating Nikos Sokolis via knockout in the first round, and defended his WFCA Muay Thai title by finishing Ondrej Hutnik with a left liver punch in the second round. On April 26, 2008, Spong faced Azem Maksutaj at the K-1 World Grand Prix 2008 in Amsterdam, and won by knockout in the second round. He then defeated Gary Turner via TKO in the first round. On November 29, 2008, he became the first It's Showtime 95MAX World champion after beating Zabit Samedov by unanimous decision.
On March 28, 2009, Spong participated in the first ever K-1 Heavyweight (-100 kg) Title tournament, held in Yokohama, Japan. He was beaten by Gokhan Saki in semifinals by right hook KO of the extra round.
Spong finally met rival Nathan Corbett at Champions of Champions II on June 27, 2009, in what was widely considered a battle between the two best Muay Thai fighters in the world at their weight class for the W.M.C. world title -93 kg. The fight was a close affair with Spong knocking Corbett down on the second round only for it to end with a controversial decision. In the third round Corbett managed to knock Spong out with a huge right hook causing the referee to stop the fight. However, due to the referee's misleading hand signals, Corbett rushed back in to knock Spong down once more, not sure that the fight had been stopped. After considerable confusion the fight was declared a no contest instead of a Corbett KO win.
After defeating the Worlds heavyweight champion, Kyotaro on December 5, 2009, he fought Jerome Le Banner in April 2010. Similar to the Nathan Corbett fight Spong broke his right hand in the first round and was knocked down. Despite coming back strongly he lost by decision. At the end of the year he qualified for the K-1 World Grand Prix 2010 Final, defeating veteran Ray Sefo in an elimination match, only to lose to eventual winner Alistair Overeem at the quarter final stage in what was a more competitive fight than most initial thought - as Overeem was much the bigger fighter. At the start of 2011, Spong had to vacate the It's Showtime 95MAX world title due to a number of issues such as not having had a title defense in the allocated two years and his management stating that he had moved up in weight to fight as a heavyweight.
He knocked out Igor Mihaljevic with a left knee in the first round at It's Showtime 2011 Lyon on May 14, 2011. He defeated Loren Javier Jorge by unanimous decision at It's Showtime Madrid 2011 on June 18, 2011.
Spong faced Melvin Manhoef at It's Showtime 2012 in Leeuwarden on January 28, 2012, and won by unanimous decision. He faced the legendary Dutchman Peter Aerts at an It's Showtime event in Brussels, Belgium on June 30, 2012, and won by knockout in the third round.
Spong returned to 95 kg to fight in the Glory 9: New York - 2013 95kg Slam in New York City, New York, United States on June 22, 2013. He had a scare in the quarter-finals when he was dropped by Michael Duut immediately as their bout started, although it was not counted by the referee. Just moments after returning to his feet, he landed a crushing right hand on Duut, sending him crashing to the canvas and ensuring his passage to the semis against Filip Verlinden. It was a technical battle this time, with Spong outpointing the Belgian and taking a unanimous decision. A match with Danyo Ilunga awaited him in the final but it ended in a controversial and anticlimactic fashion. As the fight began, both fighters met in the center of the ring and Spong unloaded a flurry of punches. As Ilunga covered up and prepared to counter, referee Mufadel Elghazaoui jumped in and stopped the fight, giving Spong the TKO win at just sixteen seconds of the first round. Although, it was later revealed that there was a "no standing eight count" rule in effect at the event as per the New York State Athletic Commission's regulations, the stoppage was still deemed premature by much of the kickboxing community.
He twice dropped Nathan Corbett with left hooks, winning by second-round TKO in their long-awaited rematch at Glory 11: Chicago - Heavyweight World Championship Tournament in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, United States on October 12, 2013.
Competing for the inaugural Glory Light Heavyweight Championship, he fought in the Glory 15: Istanbul - Light Heavyweight World Championship Tournament in Istanbul, Turkey on April 12, 2014. After defeating Saulo Cavalari via unanimous decision in the semi-finls, he then faced Gökhan Saki in a highly anticipated rematch in the final. Midway through the opening round, Spong threw a kick to Saki's left leg. Saki checked the kick, causing Spong's lower right leg to fracture immediately and end the fight via TKO.
Spong underwent surgery to repair his broken leg and returned to training in October 2014. On 14 April 2016 he stated that he had retired from kickboxing and was looking forward to new challenges.
Spong made his highly anticipated MMA debut against Travis Bartlett at World Series of Fighting 1 on November 3, 2012, in Las Vegas, Nevada in the light heavyweight (205 lb) division. For his MMA debut he trained with the Blackzilians for over a year with such fighters as K-1 World Grand Prix winner and former Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem and former UFC light heavyweight champions Rashad Evans and Vitor Belfort. Spong knocked out Bartlett at 3:15 of the first round with a straight right.
Spong made his boxing debut on March 6, 2015, beating Gabor Farkas by KO in the first round. Spong defeated Juan Carlos Salas by KO in Round 1 at Brave Warriors in Action PPV event on May 27, 2017 in Mexico. On October 7, 2017, Spong won the WBC Latino Heavyweight Championship.
Spong has four children. He is an avid lover of animals, as is evidenced by the majority of his tattoos. He is the owner of several pit bull terriers, which he bred himself. Spong has trained in the United States with Floyd Mayweather, Sr. He is friends with mixed martial artists Rashad Evans, Alistair Overeem, Muhammed Lawal and Rodney Glunder. He has helped all of them prepare for some of their fights. Spong trains his physical conditioning at the ReAT Sports athletic performance facility in Amsterdam, under the Strength & Conditioning specialist Rayen Bindraban. He has also been decorated with the Honorary Order of the Yellow Star the highest order of Suriname by President Dési Bouterse.
|Professional record summary|
|14 fights||14 wins||0 losses|
|15||N/A||N/A||Oleksandr Usyk||N/A||- (12)||12 Oct 2019||Wintrust Arena, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|14||Win||14-0||Jeyson Minda||TKO||2 (10), 1:42||31 Aug 2019||Gimnasio Polifuncional, Merida, Mexico|
|13||Win||13-0||Ytalo Perea||SD||10||21 Dec 2018||Anthony Nesty Sporthal, Paramaribo, Suriname||Retained WBC Latino and WBO Latino heavyweight titles|
|12||Win||12-0||Santander Silgado||KO||1 (10), 1:14||31 Aug 2018||Convention Center, West Palm Beach, Florida, U.S.||Retained WBC Latino and WBO Latino heavyweight titles|
|11||Win||11-0||Carlos Nascimento||KO||5 (10), 1:53||24 Feb 2018||Domo Unidad Deportiva del F.U.T.V., Merida, Mexico||Retained WBC Latino heavyweight title;|
Won vacant WBO Latino heavyweight title
|10||Win||10-0||Sergio Ramirez||KO||1 (8), 2:54||7 Oct 2017||Domo Unidad Deportiva del F.U.T.V., Merida, Mexico||Won WBC Latino heavyweight title|
|9||Win||9-0||Juan Carlos Salas||KO||1 (6), 1:44||27 May 2017||Polyforum Zam Ná, Mérida, Mexico|
|8||Win||8-0||Jose Felix||TKO||1 (8), 1:34||18 Apr 2017||Casa de los Clubes, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic|
|7||Win||7-0||Carlos Rodriguez||TKO||1 (8), 1:06||31 Mar 2017||Coliseo Pepe Mayen, San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic|
|6||Win||6-0||Hugo Leon||KO||3 (6), 0:36||4 Sep 2016||Club Deportivo Ferrocarrilero, Aguascalientes City, Mexico|
|5||Win||5-0||Tracey Johnson||TKO||2 (6), 1:41||6 Aug 2016||Doubletree Miamimart Hotel, Miami, Florida, U.S.|
|4||Win||4-0||Lucas Queen||KO||1 (4), 1:04||1 Apr 2016||War Memorial Auditorium, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.|
|3||Win||3-0||David Gogishvili||TKO||2 (4), 1:05||5 Mar 2016||Colosseum Sport Hall, Grozny, Russia|
|2||Win||2-0||Emre Altintas||TKO||1 (4), 1:54||21 Mar 2015||Unihalle Wuppertal, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany|
|1||Win||1-0||Gabor Farkas||KO||1 (4), 1:14||6 Mar 2015||Bruno Gehrke Halle, Berlin, Germany|
|91 Wins (60 (T)KO's, 31 decisions), 7 Losses (4 (T)KO's, 3 decisions), 1 Draw, 1 No Contest|
|2014-04-12||Loss||Gökhan Saki||Glory 15: Istanbul - Light Heavyweight World Championship Tournament, Final||Istanbul, Turkey||TKO (leg fracture)||1||1:37|
|For the Glory Light Heavyweight Championship and the Glory Light Heavyweight World Championship Tournament.|
|2014-04-12||Win||Saulo Cavalari||Glory 15: Istanbul - Light Heavyweight World Championship Tournament, Semi Finals||Istanbul, Turkey||Decision (unanimous)||3||3:00|
|2013-10-12||Win||Nathan Corbett||Glory 11: Chicago||Hoffman Estates, Illinois, USA||TKO (left hook)||2||1:10|
|2013-06-22||Win||Danyo Ilunga||Glory 9: New York - 95 kg Slam Tournament, Finals||New York City, New York, USA||TKO (punches)||1||0:16|
|Wins the Glory 95kg Slam Tournament.|
|2013-06-22||Win||Filip Verlinden||Glory 9: New York - 95 kg Slam Tournament, Semi Finals||New York City, New York, USA||Decision (unanimous)||3||3:00|
|2013-06-22||Win||Michael Duut||Glory 9: New York - 95 kg Slam Tournament, Quarter Finals||New York City, New York, USA||KO (right hook)||1||0:31|
|2013-03-23||Win||Remy Bonjasky||Glory 5: London||London, England||KO (right hook)||2||2:02|
|2012-06-30||Win||Peter Aerts||Music Hall & BFN Group present: It's Showtime 57 & 58||Brussels, Belgium||KO (punch)||3||2:10|
|2012-01-28||Win||Melvin Manhoef||It's Showtime 2012 in Leeuwarden||Amsterdam, Netherlands||Decision (unanimous)||3||3:00|
|2011-06-18||Win||Loren Javier Jorge||It's Showtime Madrid 2011||Madrid, Spain||Decision (unanimous)||3||3:00|
|2011-05-14||Win||Igor Mihaljevic||It's Showtime 2011 Lyon||Lyon, France||KO (left knee)||1||2:01|
|2010-12-11||Loss||Alistair Overeem||K-1 World GP 2010 Final, Quarter Final||Tokyo, Japan||Decision (unanimous)||3||3:00|
|2010-10-02||Win||Ray Sefo||K-1 World GP 2010 Seoul Final 16||Seoul, Republic of Korea||Decision (unanimous)||3||3:00|
|Qualifies for K-1 World Grand Prix 2010 Final.|
|2010-04-03||Loss||Jerome Le Banner||K-1 World Grand Prix 2010 in Yokohama||Yokohama, Japan||Decision (unanimous)||3||3:00|
|2009-12-05||Win||Keijiro Maeda||K-1 World Grand Prix 2009 Final||Yokohama, Japan||Decision (unanimous)||3||3:00|
|2009-06-27||NC||Nathan Corbett||Champions of Champions II||Montego Bay, Jamaica||No contest||3||0:55|
|2009-05-16||Win||Attila Karacs||It's Showtime 2009 Amsterdam||Amsterdam, Netherlands||Decision (split)||3||3:00|
|2009-03-28||Loss||Gökhan Saki||K-1 World GP 2009 in Yokohama||Yokohama, Japan||KO (right hook)||4||1:58|
|2009-01-24||Win||Samir Benazzouz||Beast of the East||Zutphen, Netherlands||TKO (corner stoppage)||3||2:23|
|2008-11-29||Win||Zabit Samedov||It's Showtime 2008 Eindhoven||Eindhoven, Netherlands||Decision (unanimous)||5||3:00|
|Wins It's Showtime 95MAX World title.|
|2008-10-05||Win||Gary Turner||K.O. Events "Tough Is Not Enough"||Rotterdam, Netherlands||TKO (doctor stoppage)||1||1:05|
|2008-04-26||Win||Azem Maksutaj||K-1 World GP 2008 in Amsterdam||Amsterdam, Netherlands||KO (knee strike)||2||0:45|
|2008-03-15||Win||Ondrej Hutnik||It's Showtime 75MAX Trophy 2008, World Title Fight||'s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands||KO (Left liver punch)||2||2:32|
|Retains title of (W.F.C.A.) World Thaiboxing Cruiserweight championship.(1)|
|2008-02-09||Win||Nikos Sokolis||KO World Series 2008 in Auckland||Auckland, New Zealand||KO (left liver punch)||1||2:25|
|Wins KO World Series 2008 in Auckland Cruiserweight world title.|
|2008-02-09||Win||Chad Walker||KO World Series 2008 in Auckland||Auckland, New Zealand||KO (overhand right)||1||1:08|
|2008-01-26||Win||Aurelien Duarte||Beast of the East||Zutphen, Netherlands||Decision (unanimous)||3||3:00|
|Wins vacant title of (W.F.C.A.) World Thaiboxing Cruiserweight (-86.18kg) title.|
|2007-12-24||Win||Rasmus Zoeylner||Return of the King 2||Paramaribo, Suriname||KO (strikes)||2||N/A|
|2007-10-27||Win||Emil Zoraj||One Night in Bangkok||Antwerp, Belgium||TKO (doctor stoppage)||4||1:02|
|2007-08-26||Win||Human Nikmaslak||Return of the King 1||Paramaribo, Suriname||KO (knee strike)||1||2:31|
|2007-06-02||Win||Dmitry Shakuta||Gentleman Fight Night IV||Tilburg, Netherlands||Decision||5||3:00|
|2007-05-06||Win||Yodchai Wor Petchpun||SLAMM "Nederland vs Thailand III"||Haarlem, Netherlands||TKO (referee stoppage)||1||2:38|
|Wins the vacant title of SLAMM World 79kg title.|
|2007-03-25||Loss||Amir Zeyada||Rings Gala, Vechtsenbanen||Utrecht, Netherlands||TKO (referee stoppage/punches)||3||1:49|
|2006-11-12||Win||Joerie Mes||Pride & Honor Ahoy 2006||Rotterdam, Netherlands||TKO (knee)||5||1:12|
|2006-10-01||Win||Kaoklai Kaennorsing||SLAMM "Nederland vs Thailand II"||Almere, Netherlands||KO (right punch)||1||1:55|
|2006-06-18||Win||Sem Braan||2H2H The Road To Tokyo||Amsterdam, Netherlands||KO (left hook)||3||1:40|
|2006-06-03||Win||Henry Akdeniz||Gentleman Fight Night 3||Tilburg, Netherlands||TKO (doctor stoppage)||3||3:00|
|2006-05-06||Win||Farid M'Laika||Gala de Kickboxing||Geneva, Switzerland||Decision (unanimous)||5||2:00|
|2006-04-29||Win||Cho In Jun||MARS World Fighting GP||Seoul, Korea||KO (strikes)||1||2:07|
|2005-12-03||Win||Senol Kiziltas||A-1 Combat League||Duisburg, Germany||TKO (knee)||2||N/A|
|Wins A-1 Combat League World title.|
|2005-12-03||Win||Senol Cetin||A-1 Combat League||Duisburg, Germany||TKO (corner stoppage)||1||N/A|
|2005-12-03||Win||Rene Litchko||A-1 Combat League||Duisburg, Germany||KO (right hook)||1||0:45|
|2005-10-09||Win||Vincent Vielvoye||Rotterdam Rumble||Rotterdam, Netherlands||Decision||5||3:00|
|2005-05-08||Win||Youness El Mhassani||Muay Thai Gala||Amsterdam, Netherlands||Decision||5||3:00|
|2005-04-09||Win||Mohammed Ouali||Muay Thai Champions League XIV||Netherlands||Decision||5||3:00|
|Wins title of W.P.K.L. European Middleweight(-72.5kg) championship.|
|2004-12-23||Win||Renato Hasset||The Night of Legend||Paramaribo, Suriname||KO (strikes)||4||N/A|
|2004-11-14||Win||Richard Weston||Muay Thai/Mixed Fight Gala, Sporthal Stedenwijk||Almere, Netherlands||KO (strikes)||1||N/A|
|2004-10-17||Win||Rafi Zoufeir||Battle in Zaandam II||Zaandam, Netherlands||TKO (low kicks)||3||N/A|
|Wins title of W.K.N. Thaiboxing European Middleweight (-76.2kg) championship.|
|2004-04-18||Loss||Ryuji Goto||Shoot boxing: Infinity-S Vol.2||Tokyo, Japan||Decision||3||3:00|
|2004-03-21||Win||Hamid El Caid||Profighters Gala in Almere||Almere, Netherlands||Decision||5||3:00|
|2004-02-22||Win||William Diender||2H2H||Rotterdam, Netherlands||Decision (majority)||5||3:00|
|2003-11-12||Draw||Youness El Mhassani||Veni, Vidi, Vici II||Veenendaal, Netherlands||Draw||5||3:00|
|2003-11-02||Win||Xavier Gatez||Immortality||Amsterdam, Netherlands||KO (strikes)||2||N/A|
|2003-10-13||Win||Rocky Grandjean||2H2H in Ahoy||Netherlands||TKO (doctor stoppage)||2||N/A|
|2003-07-04||Win||Gregory Costina||Baas Sports||Willemstad, Curaçao||TKO (low kicks)||4||N/A|
|2003-05-18||Win||Melvin Rozenblad||Killerdome III||Amsterdam, Netherlands||Decision||5||3:00|
|Makes His A-class debut.|
|2003-04-19||Win||Henry Akendiz||Beast of The East||Zutphen, Netherlands||TKO (corner stoppage)||1||3:00|
|2003-04-13||Win||Jan van Denderen||East Side III||Gorinchem, Netherlands||Decision||5||2:00|
|2003-02-02||Win||Harry Lodewijks||Killerdome II||Amsterdam, Netherlands||KO (strikes)||1||N/A|
|2003-01-11||Win||Tarik Slimani||Dudok Arena||Hilversum, Netherlands||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|2002-10-27||Win||Ray Staring||Beast of The East||Arnhem, Netherlands||Decision||5||2:00|
|2002-05-19||Loss||Amir Zeyada||Itai-Te Promotions, Thaiboksgala Predators III||Amsterdam, Netherlands||KO (slam)||4||0:47|
|2002-03-08||Win||Dave van der Ploeg||Beast of The East||Zutphen, Netherlands||Decision||5||2:00|
|2002-03-03||Win||Olli Koch||Loasana Promotions, The Palace||Groningen, Netherlands||KO (strikes)||1||N/A|
|2001-09-22||Win||Werner Stoel||Champions Gym Gala in Hanenhof||Geleen, Netherlands||Decision||5||2:00|
|Legend: Win Loss Draw/No contest Notes|
|Professional record breakdown|
|2 matches||2 wins||0 losses|
|Win||2-0||Angel DeAnda||Decision (unanimous)||WSOF 4||August 10, 2013||3||5:00||Ontario, California, United States|
|Win||1-0||Travis Bartlett||KO (punch)||WSOF 1||November 3, 2012||1||3:15||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|