Derrick Gainer

This article is about the boxer. For the American football player, see Derrick Gainer (American football).
Derrick Gainer
Real name Derrick Emory Gainer
Nickname(s) Smoke
Rated at Lightweight
Nationality American
Born (1972-08-22) August 22, 1972
Pensacola, Florida
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 50
Wins 43
Wins by KO 25
Losses 7

Derrick "Smoke" Gainer (born August 22, 1972, in Pensacola, Florida) is a US born boxer who started out in the featherweight division and now fights in the lightweight division. In 2000, he defeated Freddie Norwood to win the World Boxing Association (WBA) featherweight title and after four defenses lost to Juan Manuel Márquez, who became super champion, via technical decision in 2003.[1][2][3] Since his defeat to Marquez, Gainer lost in a challenge to WBA titleholder Chris John via unanimous decision.[4] Nicknamed "Smoke", he is also a colleague and good friend of Roy Jones Jr.

His last was a split decision win over Carlos Navarro on the undercard of the Roy Jones-Anthony Hanshaw bout at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum, in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Derrick started a charter high school for at risk kids in 1999 which he named after his late grandmother Dr. Ruby J Gainer. This year Gainer started Fit Nation which is a childhood obesity program with goals to help kids make healthy life style changes. Fit Nation is a non-profit program located in Pensacola, Florida.

Preceded by
Freddie Norwood
WBA Featherweight Champion
September 9, 2000 November 1, 2003
Lost bid for super title
Succeeded by
Chris John
Interim champ promoted to regular
Succeeded by
Juan Manuel Marquez
as Super champion


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  2. "BOXING; Opponent Puts Up a Fight, But Jones Retains His Title". The New York Times. Retrieved 2016-09-18.
  3. "The Marquez brothers go for a double-hitter - latimes". 2007-03-02. Retrieved 2016-09-17.
  4. "BBC SPORT | Boxing | John defends crown against Gainer". BBC News. 2005-04-22. Retrieved 2016-09-17.

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