is a former professional boxer, who won the bantamweight gold medal
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at the 1988 Summer Olympics
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. As a professional, he won the IBF and WBO super bantamweight
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- 1985 2nd place at United States Amateur Championships as a Flyweight, was stopped by Arthur Johnson
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- 1986 2nd place at United States Amateur Championships as a Flyweight, losing by decision to Arthur Johnson
- 1987 3rd place at United States Amateur Championships as a Bantamweight, losing by decision to Michael Collins
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- 1988 2nd place at United States Amateur Championships as a Bantamweight, losing by decision to Jemal Hinton
- 1988 qualified as a Bantamweight for the United States Olympic Team, avenging previous defeats versus Michael Collins, whom he beat three times and Jemal Hinton, all by decision.
- Won the Bantamweight Olympic Gold Medal at the Seoul Olympic Games. Results were:
- Defeated Giovanni Perez
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(Guatemala) TKO 1
- Defeated Birajdar (India) forfeit
- Defeated Steve Mwema (Kenya) points
- Defeated Phajol Moolsan
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(Thailand) TKO 1
- Defeated Aleksandar Hristov
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Known as "King", McKinney was a cautious yet exciting junior featherweight (super bantamweight) fighter who captured the IBF title by beating Welcome Ncita
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in 1992 in a spectacular bout that saw him on the deck before knocking the African cold with a perfect right hand.
After five defenses, among others a KO over Rudy Zavala and a points win over Ncita, he lost his belt to future star Vuyani Bungu
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, a fight which was deemed 1994 Upset of the Year by Ring Magazine.
Two years later he challenged undefeated Marco Antonio Barrera
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for the WBO super bantamweight title, a vicious battle in which he dropped Barrera in the 11th, but lost via TKO in the 12th. McKinney later took a rematch against Bungu, but lost a narrow split decision. Later that year, he did battle with Junior Jones
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who had upset Barrera in an exciting war, one which McKinney won via TKO.
McKinney then moved up a weight class to challenge Luisito Espinosa
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for the WBC featherweight
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title in 1998. Espinosa made quick work of McKinney, winning via a 2nd round TKO.
After the loss to Espinosa, McKinney quickly lost steam. He would fight only five more times against scattered and limited opposition, three of which took place during a brief comeback run in 2002-03.
Life After Boxing
Kennedy now resides in Golden Meadow, LA, were he is know simply known as "Coach". He is the head trainer of the Bayou Side Boxing Gym.