The 6 foot 4, 220 pound Denorvell Collier regarded extra apt at turning into a school soccer participant than a fighter, the Chicago native attended Indiana state college on a soccer scholarship however had flirted with boxing and had caught the attention of Muhammad Ali. Ali had seen Collier sparring and suggested him to pursue the game, Ali instructed Dee that he would want professional teaching and Could must relocate to attain his goals. Collier took the recommendation and headed on a protracted journey to Los Angeles to search out the connections and mentoring that would in the end make him right into a champion. Dee turned professional within the of June 1983 however would lose a disappointing 4 spherical resolution to fellow Chicagoan Mike Evans on the LA Sports activities area. Collier endured and by 1984 would compile a document of 7-2 and would face the primary respected identify of his profession, the skilled Mike Jameson, Dee boxed effectively and dropped a cut up resolution in San Jose however made an ideal account of himself in defeat. Irrational administration would thrust Collier right into a combat with the very succesful Cruiserweight Bash Ali 12 weeks later in Reno. Collier was caught chilly by Ali and knocked out within the second spherical. leaving the imported Californian’s profession in tatters.
Regardless Collier insisted on remaining lively, he understood his errors and had religion in what he was able to. Collier at 7-4 and coming off damaging losses could be scheduled to combat former world title challenger Randall Cobb who at 24-6 was nonetheless a dwell contender and was famend for his sturdiness and toughness. The chips appeared stacked in opposition to Dee previous to the bout at Reseda Nation membership, Cobb outweighed Collier by 20 kilos and had confronted the likes of Norton, Dokes, Holmes, Shavers, Douglas and was ranked 22 locations above Collier by the WBA. Sadly Dee failed to purchase into the script and knocked Cobb out in 2 and a half minutes of the opening spherical, the one time that Cobb was ever stopped or knocked out. 4 months later Collier would beat the succesful Mark Wills to seize the California State heavyweight title. The headlines grabbed with the spectacular stoppage of Cobb earned Dee the most important alternative of his life, a spot on the Spinks v Tangstad undercard at The Las Vegas Hilton on September 6, 1986. Collier would face the extremely ranked and common James Buster Douglas and would provide stable resistance by staying the course and forcing the contender to accept a unanimous resolution. Collier would return with a repeat victory over Mark Wills, this time by a seventh spherical Tko, to retain his California state title. Within the July of 1987, Collier could be matched with 7 foot Mike White in Irvine, Dee would wrestle to barter the peak and attain of the mammoth White and dropped a ten spherical resolution. 7 months later Collier would attempt his luck once more, this time along with his California State title on the road however would lose by a wider margin over 12 in the identical area. Collier would return within the November in opposition to the undefeated Alex Garcia, Dee would field effectively and match the onerous punching former San Fernando gang member over the primary half of the combat, and when a lower over Garcia’s proper eye started affecting his imaginative and prescient, Collier was awarded the retirement victory in spherical 8. Over the following 7 months Collier would rating knockouts over Bobby Crabtree and Monte Masters to earn him a shot at NABF champion Orlin Norris on the Showboat in Las Vegas. Collier wouldn’t shame himself however would lose a large resolution to the longer term world Cruiserweight champion earlier than calling it a day to pursue a life exterior of boxing.
Within the mid Nineteen Nineties Collier landed himself a string of appearances in films and commercials, together with Solely in America, the Don King biopic , Diggs City with Lou Gossett Jr and Freeway to Heaven with Michael Landon. In 2009, 20 years after leaving the ring Collier appeared on competition-styled actuality television present ‘Wipeout’ a present the place contestants face a extremely aggressive assault course to remove his opposition, proving that there was nonetheless life within the outdated canine. Collier retired with a document of 13-8 (9 Ko’s) and took up bodybuilding to take care of his implausible physique and nonetheless lives along with his household in California.