Chris Byrd is an American former professional boxer who has gained prominence for winning the world heavyweight championship twice in his professional career as a boxer. His first victory for the championship came over Vitali Klitschko in the year 2000, and his second victory for the championship came over Evander Holyfield in the year 2002. He was a star even in his amateur years as he represented his country, the United States, in the Summer Olympics of the year 1992. It was held in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, and he managed to win a silver medal in the middleweight division.

Chris Byrd fights with the southpaw stance and likes to distract his opponent with his weaker right side and surprise the opponent with his dominant left side. He has fought a total of 47 fights in his professional career and won 41 fights, out of which 22 victories came via knockout.

Quick Info
Full NameChristopher Cornelius Byrd
Nickname(s)Rapid Fire
Date Of BirthAugust 15, 1970
Birth PlaceFlint, Michigan, U.S.
FatherJoe Byrd Sr
MotherJoe Byrd Sr. ( Father )
Marital StatusMarried
WifeTracy Byrd
Children's nameJordan Byrd
Sydney Byrd
Justin Byrd
Height6 ft
Weight91 Kg
Age50 Years
Body MeasurementN/A
Hair ColorBlack
Eye ColorBlack
Net WorthUS $5 million
RecordsTotal Match: 47
Wins: 41
Losses: 5
Draw: 1

Where did Chris Byrd grow up?

Chris Byrd’s full name is Christopher Cornelius Byrd. He was born on 15 August 1970 in Flint, Michigan, the United States, to a mother whose name has not been made public by the fighter and to a father named Joe Byrd Senior. He trained in his father’s training center, Joe Byrd Boxing Academy when he was a kid. He was born and raised alongside his brothers, whose names are Tim Byrd and Patrick Byrd. Besides this, he is currently 50 years old with the zodiac sign of Leo.

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Physical stats

Chris Byrd holds an American nationality and belongs to the African American ethnicity. He believes in Jesus Christ and practices Christianity as his religion. Besides this, he stands at the height of 6 feet (1.83m/183cms) and weighs around 91kgs (200lbs). Moreover, he has an athletic body figure with black-colored eyes with a bald hairstyle. In addition to this, he has a reach advantage of 74 inches (1.88m/188cms).


What is the education of Chris Byrd?

Chris Byrd studied and graduated from the Flint Northwestern High School, a high school located in Flint, Michigan, United States.


Who is the wife of Chris Byrd? 

Chris Byrd got married to Tracy Byrd in the year 1993. The couple has been blessed with two daughters whose names are Jordan Byrd and Sydney Byrd, and a son named Justin Byrd.

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What is the story of Chris Byrd?

Chris Byrd gave his debut performance as a professional fighter on 28 January 1993 when he fought and won against Gary Smith and won via unanimous decision in a fight scheduled for six rounds. His second victory came over Mike Sullivan when he managed to knock him out in the very first round technically. Likewise, his third victory came via unanimous decision against Exum Speight on 22 March 1994 in a scheduled fight for 6 rounds. After this, he won six of his fights in a row via knockouts and technical knockouts.


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His tenth win came over Joel Humm when Humm retired in the 4th round in the fight that was scheduled for a total of 8 rounds, and his eleventh win came over Arthur Williams via split decision on 23 May 1995. Similarly, he went on to fight and win 15 other fights in a row and maintained a winning streak of 26 wins to 0 losses. However, this streak came to an end on 20 March 1999 when he suffered a defeat at the hands of the Nigerian professional boxer whose name is Ikemefula Charles ‘Ike’ Ibeabuchi via technical knockout in 2 minutes and 59 seconds of the fifth round in the match that was scheduled for a total of 10 rounds.

Following this loss, he went on to win four other fights before getting a shot at the World Boxing Organization’s heavyweight championship. On 1 April 2000, he fought and won the fight against the Ukrainian former professional boxer named Vitali Volodymyrovych Klitschko. Vitali lost the fight after retiring ninth round in the fight that was scheduled for a total of 12 rounds. His first title defense was against Vitali’s brother, Wladimir Klitschko, who fought and lost the match via unanimous decision on 14 October 2000. Following this, he went on to win the USBA heavyweight title on 12 May 2001 when he defeated Maurice Harris via unanimous decision and then retained the USBA heavyweight title against David Tua on 18 August 2001.

Total fights 47
Wins 41
Wins by KO 22
Losses 5

One of his most notable wins came over the American former Evander Holyfield when he won the vacant IBF heavyweight title via unanimous decision on 14 December 2002. His most recent win came over Matthias Sandow on 21 March 2009 when he won via technical knockout in the match in the Hanns Martin Schleyer Halle, Stuttgart in Germany.

Achievements and Awards

Chris Byrd has won the heavyweight championships twice in his professional boxing career and has also won a silver medal in the 1992 Summer Olympics held in Catalonia in Spain.

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Social Media

Chris Byrd is active on social media platforms. His supposed Instagram account (@chris_byrd_boxing) has over 2.7 thousand followers, and his supposed Twitter account (@Slipmaster92) has over 4.3 thousand followers, but none of these accounts has been verified yet. Moreover, he also owns his website, where fans can visit and purchase fitness supplements.


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What is Chris Byrd’s Net Worth?

Chris Byrd earns primarily from his professional boxing career and through numerous brand endorsements and sponsors. As of the year 2020, he has an estimated net worth of around $5 million.


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