Michael Bennett (Boxer)
1999 Bennett was after a final defeat by Malik Scott at the U.S. Championships runner-up in heavyweight ( to 91 kg), the Golden Gloves tournament, however, he lost prematurely against DaVarryl Williamson. In the same year he won under happy circumstances, the heavyweight title at the Amateur World Championships in Houston. After victories over the Dutchman Patrick Mesters and the Uzbeks Serik Umirbekow he reached the semifinals. There he met Steffen Kretschmann, who was forced to retire through injury after the second round of their fight. In the final battle of the Cuban Félix Savón would have been his opponent, but since this boycotted the finals for alleged disadvantages of the Cuban team, Bennett became world champions without a struggle.
In 2000, he was with a win over Jason Estrada American champion, he also managed to qualify for participation in the Olympic Games in Sydney. There, Bennett hit although the Poland Wojciech Bartnik, then met in the quarterfinals but Savón and defeated 8-23 ( RSCO -3).
He turned pro at cruiserweight in 2001, but was unsuccessful despite a high impact force, since he had only bad taker skills. After four knockout defeats in 14 fights, he finished his career in 2003.