• Virgil Hunter is a TV personality and a boxing coach born in the USA on 10 November 1953 with white ethnicity and American nationality.
• He was raised an only child in the US by his father who was a boxer and his mother who was a housewife.
• Became an internet sensation after coaching the famous boxer Andre Ward, who won a gold medal in the light-heavyweight category.
• Father of famous singer Keyshia Cole, also has another daughter named Angela Hunter with another woman whose identity is kept secret.
• Has been focusing on boxing throughout his entire life, and has a net worth estimated at over $1 million.
Who is Virgil Hunter, and what is his ethnicity?
Virgil was born in the 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 coach, who is perhaps best known for being the father of the American singer Keyshia Cole.
Early life and education
Virgil was raised 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 the bills and food which is why Virgil started working as soon as he was capable of earning money, and helping his family.
He attended a local high school at which he was physically very active as he played both football and basketball, but he was a trouble maker as his father had taught him how to fight, and Virgil liked to show off his fighting skills. He quit school before matriculation, and eventually became a boxing coach.
Career as a TV personality
Virgil became an internet sensation after he started coaching the famous boxer Andre Ward, who in 2004 won the 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”.
In the same year, Virgil received the Boxing Writers Association of America Futch-Condon Award for the Trainer of the Year.
Virgil went on to appear in a single episode of the sport series “Golden Boy Boxing”, as well as two episodes of the reality series “HBO Boxing After Dark”. The year 2016 saw him star in the short sport documentary movie “The Rise of Khan”, and he also appeared in five episodes of the series “HBO Boxing”. In 2017, Virgil was invited to guest star in two episodes of the reality series “Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood”, while the following year saw him appear in the documentary film “Team Khan”.
His latest appearance has been in 2019, when he guest starred in seven episodes of the sport series “Premier Boxing Champions”.
Love life and daughter
In the mid-70s, Virgil started a relationship with Francine Lons, but after she became pregnant, Francine left Virgil without telling him about her pregnancy. On 15 October 1981, Francine gave birth to their daughter Keyshia Myeshia Lons, who was then adopted by her mother’s friends Leon and Yvonne Cole – Keyshia didn’t know that her biological father was Virgil until 2016 when they met for the first time, and when a paternity test was done. Virgil has another daughter named Angela Hunter with another woman whose identity has been kept a secret.
Virgil has been keeping the details of his love life to himself ,but has been seen on many occasions spending time with different women.
According to rumors, he was only once in a long-term relationship – when he dated Keyshia’s mother – so as of August 2020, Virgil is single, hasn’t married and has two daughters.
Hobbies and other interests
Virgil has mostly been focused on boxing throughout his entire life, and still spars today, and has several training sessions at the gym each week which amazes his fans as he is not far from turning 80. He likes to travel and escort his trainees to their boxing competitions – his job has taken him all around the US as well as to many European countries such as England, Italy and Spain.
Virgil is a lover of animals, and has had many pet dogs most of which have died due to old age – he has two dogs today.
Virgil likes to watch boxing movies starring 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 net worth
Virgil’s age is 76. He is bald and always wears a hat, his eyes are black and his height is 5ft 11ins (1.8m) while he weighs around 170lbs (77kgs). As of August 2020, his net worth has been estimated at over $1 million, while his daughter’s wealth is reputedly estimated at over $9.5 million.
Who is Keyshia Cole?
Keyshia was only 12 years old when she started making music with the American rapper MC Hammer – she also knew Tupac Shakur, who promised to help her with her career the very night he died.
When she was 16, Keyshia joined the East Oakland Youth Development Center at which she practiced singing, then after turning 18, she moved alone to Los Angeles in California to pursue a career as a singer.
Her career was officially launched on 23 March 2004, with the released of her single “Never”, which then served as the original soundtrack (OST) of the comedy movie “Barbershop 2: Back in Business” – on 21 June 2004, her debut album was released entitled “The Way It Is”. On 25 September 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 16 December 2008 entitled “A Different Me”, and reached #2 on the Billboard 200 Chart, while it sold over 320,000 physical copies in only a week.
Keyshia started dating former basketball star Daniel Gibson in May 2009, and on 2 March 2010 she gave birth to their son, and thus took a three-month break from making music. She and Daniel split on 21 March 2014, but their divorce wasn’t finalized until a couple of days ago on 3 September 2020.
On 21 December 2010, Keyshia released her fourth studio album “Calling All Hearts” which featured Nicki Minaj, Tank and Timbaland – her fifth album “Woman to Woman” came out on 19 November 2012 and peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200 Chart. Her album “Point of No Return” came out on 7 October 2014, selling only around 25,000 copies in its first week while her latest (seventh) album was released on 20 October 2017, selling only around 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 has recently announced that she is 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 9 October 2012, and its first episode was watched by nearly three million people. It was announced in November 2014 that Keyshia would be starring in her third reality series “Keyshia Cole: All In”, while her fourth reality series “Keyshia Cole: My New Life” aired its first episode 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.