• Virgil Hunter is a TV personality and a boxing coach born in the US on November 10, 1953 of white ethnicity and American nationality.
• He was raised as an only child in the US by his boxer father and housewife mother.
• Became an internet sensation after coaching famous boxer Andre Ward, who won a gold medal in the light-heavyweight category.
• Father of the famous singer Keyshia Cole, also has a daughter named Angela Hunter with another woman whose identity is kept secret.
• Has focused his entire life on boxing and has an estimated net worth of over $1 million.
Who is Virgil Hunter and what is his ethnicity?
Virgil was born in USA on 10 November 1953 – his zodiac sign is Scorpio, he is of white ethnicity and holds American nationality. He is a TV personality and a boxing coachwho is perhaps best known as the father of American singer Keyshia Cole.
Early life and education
Virgil was raised as an only child in the US by his father, who was a boxer, and his mother, who was a housewife. There was rarely enough money in the house for both bills and food, so Virgil started working as soon as he was able to earn money and help his family.
He attended a local high school where he was very physically active as he played both football and basketball but he was a troublemaker like his father taught him to fight, and Virgil loved to show off his fighting skills. He dropped out of school before taking the matriculation exam and eventually became a boxing coach.
Career as a TV personality
Virgil became an internet sensation after he began coaching famed boxer Andre Ward, who won the 2004 Summer Olympics gold medal in the light-heavyweight category. Because of Andre, Virgil guest-starred in three episodes of the reality TV series “Fight Camp 360: Inside the Super Six World Boxing Classic”and in 2011, he appeared in two episodes of the talk show “ESPN Friday Night Fights”.
The same year, Virgil received the Boxing Writers Association of America Futch-Condon Award for Trainer of the Year.
Virgil next appeared in a single episode of the sports series “Golden Boy Boxing”, as well as two episodes of the reality series “HBO Boxing After Dark”. In 2016, he starred in the sports documentary short film “The Rise of Khan”, and he also appeared in five episodes of the “HBO Boxing” series. In 2017, Virgil was invited to guest star in two episodes of the reality series “Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood” while the following year he was featured in the documentary “Team Khan”.
His last appearance was in 2019, when he guest-starred in seven episodes of the sports series ‘Premier Boxing Champions’.
Love life and daughter
In the mid-1970s, Virgil began a relationship with Francine Lons, but after she became pregnant, Francine left Virgil without telling him about her pregnancy. On October 15, 1981, Francine gave birth to their daughter Keyshia Myeshia Lons, who was subsequently adopted by her mother’s friends Leon and Yvonne Cole – Keyshia did not know her biological father was Virgil until 2016 when they first met, and when a paternity test was conducted was done. Virgil has another daughter named Angela Hunter with another woman whose identity has been kept secret.
Virgil has kept the details of his love life to himself, but has been seen spending time with different women on many occasions.
He was rumored to be in a long-term relationship only once – when he dated Keyshia’s mother – so as of August 2020, Virgil is single, not married and has two daughters.
Hobbies and other interests
Virgil has been mainly focused on boxing throughout his life, and still does sparring, and has several training sessions at the gym every week, which surprises his fans as he doesn’t get far from his 80s. He enjoys traveling and accompanying his trainees to their boxing matches – his work has taken him all over the US as well as many European countries such as England, Italy and Spain.
Virgil is an animal lover and has had many pet dogs, most of which have died of old age – he now has two dogs.
Virgil likes to watch boxing movies with some of his favorite actors Steven Seagal, Jackie Chan and Chuck Norris; some of his favorite movies are “Under Siege”, “Above the Law” and “Marked for Death”.
Age and ability
Virgil’s age is 76. He is bald and always wears a hat, his eyes are black, and his height is 6 feet (1.8 m) while he weighs about 170 lbs (77 kg). As of August 2020, his net worth is estimated to be over $1 million while his daughter’s net worth is reported to be over $9.5 million.
Who is Keyshia Cole?
Keyshia was only 12 years old when she started making music with American rapper MC Hammer – she also knew Tupac Shakur, who promised to help her with her career the night he died.
When she was 16, Keyshia joined the East Oakland Youth Development Center where she practiced singing, and after turning 18, she moved to Los Angeles, California alone to pursue a career as a singer.
Her career officially took off on March 23, 2004, with the release of her single “Never”, which subsequently served as the original soundtrack (OST) of the comedy movie “Barbershop 2: Back in Business” – on June 21, 2004, her debut album was released titled “As It Is”. On September 25, 2007, she released her second album “Just Like You” under Geffen Records, and it peaked at #2 on the US Billboard 200 Chart – her third album followed on December 16, 2008 titled “A Different Me”, reaching # 2 on the Billboard 200 Chart, while selling over 320,000 physical copies in just one week.
Keyshia began dating former basketball star Daniel Gibson in May 2009, and on March 2, 2010, she gave birth to their son, thus taking a three-month break from making music. She and Daniel separated on March 21, 2014, but their divorce was only finalized a few days ago on September 3, 2020.
On December 21, 2010, Keyshia released her fourth studio album “Calling All Hearts” featuring Nicki Minaj, Tank and Timbaland – her fifth album “Woman to Woman” was released on November 19, 2012 and peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200 Chart. Her album “Point of No Return” was released on October 7, 2014 and only sold about 25,000 copies in its first week, while her latest (seventh) album was released on October 20, 2017 and only sold about 15,000 copies in its first seven days – Keyshia’s worst-selling album.
She hasn’t released any albums in the past three years, but recently announced she’s working on her eighth album.
Keyshia is also a TV personality as she starred in her own documentary series “Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is” in July 2006. She launched a new show – “Keyshia & Daniel: Family First” – on October 9, 2012, and her first episode was watched by nearly three million people. In November 2014, it was announced that Keyshia would star in her third reality series “Keyshia Cole: All In” while her fourth reality series “Keyshia Cole: My New Life” first aired in November 2019.
She is also a designer, as she has developed her own shoe line with the help of Steve Madden, which includes boots, wedges and high heels.