Bentt (Fight Coordinator)
As a former WBO (World Boxing Organization) Heavyweight Championship boxer, Michael's dossier remains unchallenged on both the international and national levels of the sport. As an amateur fighter, he was a five-time U.S. Amateur Champion and a four-time New York City Golden Gloves Heavyweight Champion---those records remain unprecedented.
"Michael Bentt is the most accomplished boxer in the history of American Amateur [Heavyweight] boxing...." --- Jim Lampley, HBO Boxing Commentator
In 1986, he was selected as captain of the USA Boxing Teams, which competed in the inaugural Goodwill Games and the 1987 Pan Am Games. Then in 1988, he was selected as an alternate member of the U.S. Olympic Boxing Team. Five years later, Michael stunned the sports world with a shocking and decisive first-round knockout of the heavily favored Tommy "The Duke" Morrison for the WBO Heavyweight Championship.
Michael's article "Anatomy of a Knockout", which he wrote for the international boxing monthly Bert Sugar's Fight Game, got the attention of A-List director Ron Shelton who called it "one of the most insightful pieces on the emotional landscape of the fighter ever written." This eventually led to an acting opportunity for Michael to co-star opposite actor Will Smith, playing the coveted role of Sonny Liston in Michael Mann's ALI. And to prepare Will Smith for the role of Muhamed Ali, Michael also worked as Will's chief sparring partner and assistant boxing coach.
Michael went on to work as an actor and fight/stunt coordinator in Clint Eastwood's Academy Award winner MILLION DOLLAR BABY.
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