Buster Douglas is a former professional boxer from the United States who started his career in 1981. He boxed professionally till 1999. He is known for defeating Mike Tyson for the undisputed heavyweight championship in 1990. He was the champion for over eight months. Douglas has also acted in movies and is the son of William “Dynamite” Douglas, who himself was a professional boxer. Here is a quick summary of Buster Douglas’s net worth in 2018, career and earnings.
Buster Douglas Early Life
James “Buster” Douglas is the son of William “Dynamite” Douglas and Lula Pearl. He was born on 7 April 1960, in Columbus, Ohio. He spent his childhood in Windsor Terrace, Columbus.
He went to Linden McKinley High School and was active in basketball and football. Following that, he played basketball for Coffeyville, Kansas’s Coffeyville Community College Red Ravens. He has also played for Sinclair Community College. Later, Douglas received a basketball scholarship to attend Mercyhurst University.
In 1987, Buster Douglas married Bertha M. Paige. They are the parents of three sons named Arthur, Kevin, and Cardae. He also has another son named Lamar with his girlfriend from high school.
He was given the title of “Desert Fox”. In 1977, he was the winner of the Class AAA state basketball championship. He once weighed around 400 pounds and also went into a coma. In 1995, he was portrayed by Duane Davis in the TV movie ‘Tyson’.
Buster Douglas Career, Awards & Achievement
Buster Douglas turned professional in 1981 and went on to defeat Dan O’Malley in his debut match. In July that year, he defeated Mike Lear. He then secured victories over boxers Mike Rodgers, Abdul Muhaymin, and Jesse Clark.
After having five continuous wins, Douglas lost his first match against David Bey in November 1981. A month later, he went on to defeat Don Johnson. In October 1982, he boxed against Norway’s Steffen Tangstad. It resulted in the first draw of his career.
After having a continuous winning streak of thirteen matches, Douglas witnessed the second loss of his career against Mike White in 1983. He then had wins over Randall Cobb and Dion Simpson.
In February 1989, Buster Douglas defeated Canada’s Trevor Berbick. Prior to this, he defeated Greg Page, who was a former champion.
In 1990, he boxed against Mike Tyson in Tokyo Dome, Tokyo. The winner of the match will become the undisputed world champion and will also book a fight with the undefeated Evander Holyfield. Later, he made the biggest upset by defeating Tyson.
He lost the title to Evander Holyfield after eight months. In the 1990s, he almost died from a diabetic coma. He retired from professional boxing in 1999 with a career record of 38 wins and six losses.
Awards & Achievements
Buster Douglas’s greatest career achievement is to be the Undisputed World Champion by upsetting legendary boxer, Mike Tyson. He was honored by the Ohio State University to dot the “i”. He has been named in the Men’s Basketball Hall of Fame of Coffeyville Community College.
Net Worth of Buster Douglas
The estimated net worth of Buster Douglas is more than $17.5 million. In his career, he has boxed with several top boxers of the world. He has successfully held the Undisputed World Championship by defeating Mike Tyson. He has also worked as an actor and his acting credits include ‘The Top 5 Reasons You Can’t Blame…’, ‘Pluto’s Plight’, and ‘From Gettysburg to Baghdad’. He has appeared in the video game called ‘James ‘Buster’ Douglas Knockout Boxing’. Douglas was a character in the video game ‘Final Blow’.
Buster Douglas is one of the most famous boxers in the world. In his career, he has been involved in only one draw. He has successfully appeared in movies and has boxed with many big names. He is an influential man who has been referred as “Desert Fox”.