Daz Crawford ranked 10th in the world as an amateur heavyweight boxer. The lad from Liverpool also led the pack as a martial arts contender, winning the RAF championship three times. England invited him to the Seoul Olympics for basketball. The incredible athlete’s Hollywood ambitions found him studying acting in England.
Movies, modeling, television, and, of course, Gladiators followed. Daz starred as a villain in “The World is Not Enough” James Bond movie and with Wesley Snipes in “Blade 2.” He competed on the very popular British Gladiators television adaptation of the original American version in series seven and eight. He as an estimated net worth of $18 million.
At 6'3," Shirley Eson-Korito's height shoots up to the stars. Sky is the tallest and strongest female Gladiator and a daunting opponent. She joined the show with the American Gladiators Live Tour and served as Sky until the final season.
She got into modeling and bodybuilding as a young teen and placed well in several championships, notably, World Gym Classic in 1990. Part of her weight training regimen included long-distance cycling. In 2016, Eson-Korito went back to competitive bodybuilding. These days, she and her husband own a pet care facility in Florida.
During the bulk of the 90s, Warrior was a U.K. original Gladiator. His mighty presence on six series of Gladiators was daunting. Quite literally. He weighed 291 pounds, the heaviest of any competitor. He was the toughest in Tilt and Powerball. Rugby was Michael Ahearne's sport of choice.
It led to bodybuilding and winning more than 15 titles. The former bodybuilder and night club bouncer hit a legal snag in 1997. Convicted of money laundering, he spent some time in the slammer. After an appeal shortened his sentence, he opened a gym and tried his hand at an acting career.
Tonya Knight discovered weightlifting in high school. Bodybuilding was huge in the '80s, and many Gladiators embraced the sport. After winning national and international bodybuilding competitions, Gold clocked in as one of the top professional female bodybuilders in the world.
She was a formidable competitor when she first threw her hat into the "American Gladiators" contest. A knee injury kicked her off the show. Now the IFBB Professional Bodybuilder is a licensed cosmetologist and a proud mother to her 15-year-old son Malachi. Atlas' twin brother, John Poteat, is the dad. Knight's motto is, "Train hard, win easy!" She has a net worth of $250,000.
Backflipping into the Arena to the tune of Madonna's "Vogue," this fan-favorite started out as a gymnast at a youth club. Suzanne Cox also excelled at track and field and aerobic competitions. In aerobic competition, she made U.K. Champion from 1991 through 1994 and was ranked 7th in 1993 at the World International Championships in Las Vegas.
Cox was a firm favorite with Gladiator fans, dazzling them with a display of backflips upon entering the arena. Together with Gladiators Saracen and Panther, Cox runs a fashion retail shop called COR. She also records fitness videos. She and her husband, 1997 Gladiators Quarter-Finalist Mark Roberts share two children.