Heavyweight Boxing in History

Events in Sport

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  • 1870-05-10 Jem Mace & defends his heavyweight crown against Irish champ Joe Coburn, it lasts 1 hr & 17 minutes, & neither is struck by a punch
  • 1873-09-23 Tom Allen beats Mike McCale for Heavyweight Boxing title
  • 1885-08-29 Boxing's 1st heavyweight title fight with 3-oz gloves & 3-minute rounds fought between John L Sullivan & Dominick McCaffrey
  • 1888-03-10 Heavyweight Boxing champ John L Sullivan draws Charlie Mitchell in 30 rounds
  • 1888-12-22 Heavyweight boxing champ John L Sullivan challenges Jake Kilrain
  • 1892-09-07 James Corbett KOs John Sullivan in 21 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1894-01-25 James J Corbett KOs Charley Mitchell in 3 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1896-03-10 After Bob Fitzsimmons KOs much larger Jim Corbett to win world Heavyweight championship he says, "The bigger they are, the harder they fall"
  • 1897-03-17 Bob Fitzsimmons KOs James J Corbett in 14 for heavyweight boxing title

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1899-06-09 James J Jeffries KOs Bob Fitzsimmons in 11 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion James J. Jeffries
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
James J. Jeffries

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1906-02-23 Tommy Burns beats Marvin Hart in 20 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Tommy Burns
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Tommy Burns
  • 1906-10-02 Tommy Burns KOs Jim Burns in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1906-11-28 Tommy Burns & Jack O'Brien fight to a draw in 20 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1907-05-08 Tommy Burns beats Jack O'Brien in 20 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1907-07-04 Tommy Burns KOs Bill Squires in 1 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1907-12-02 Tommy Burns KOs Gunner Moir in 10 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1908-02-10 Tommy Burns KOs Jack Palmer in 4 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1908-03-17 Quickest world heavyweight title fight (Burns KOs Roche in 88 seconds)
  • 1908-03-17 Tommy Burns KOs Jem Roche in 1 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1908-04-03 Frank Gotch wins world heavyweight wrestling championship in 2 hrs
  • 1908-04-18 Tommy Burns KOs Jewy Smith in 5 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1908-06-13 Tommy Burns KOs Bill Squires in 8 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1908-08-24 Tommy Burns KOs Bill Squires in 13 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1908-09-02 Tommy Burns KOs Bill Lang in 6 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1908-12-26 Jack Johnson TKOs Tommy Burns in 14 for heavyweight boxing title, becomes 1st black heavyweight champion
  • 1909-06-30 Jack Johnson fights Tony Ross to no decision in 6 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1909-10-16 Jack Johnson KOs Stanley Ketchel in 12 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1910-07-04 Jack Johnson KOs James J Jeffries in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1912-07-04 Jack Johnson TKOs Jim Flynn in 9 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1913-11-28 Heavyweight Jack Johnson KOs Andre Spaul in Paris
  • 1913-12-09 Heavyweight Jack Johnson-Jim Johnson fight to no decision in Paris
  • 1913-12-19 Jack Johnson fights Jim Johnson to a draw in 10 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1914-06-27 Jack Johnson beats Frank Moran in 20 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1915-04-05 Jess Willard KOs Jack Johnson in 26 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1915-12-14 Jack Johnson is 1st black world heavyweight boxing champion
  • 1916-03-25 Jess Willard fights Frank Moran to no decision in 10 for heavyweight boxing title in NYC

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1919-07-04 Jack Dempsey KOs Jess Willard in Cuba for heavyweight championship

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jack Dempsey
  • 1920-09-06 Jack Dempsey KOs Billy Miske in 3 for heavyweight boxing title 1st radio broadcast of a prizefight
  • 1920-12-14 Jack Dempsey KOs Bill Brennan in 12 for heavyweight boxing title in NYC
  • 1921-07-02 Jack Dempsey KOs George S Carpentier in 4 for heavyweight boxing title 1st million dollar gate ($1.7m) boxing match (Dempsey KOs Carpentier)
  • 1923-07-04 Jack Dempsey beats Tommy Gibbon in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1923-09-14 Jack Dempsey KOs Luis Firpo in 2 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1926-09-23 Gene Tunney beats Jack Dempsey in 10 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1927-09-22 Gene Tunney beats Jack Dempsey for the 2nd time in 10 for heavyweight boxing title; dubbed the "Long count" fight
  • 1928-07-26 Gene Tunney TKOs Tom Heeney in 11 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1930-06-12 Max Schmeling beats Jack Sharkey on a foul in 4 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1931-07-03 Max Schmeling TKOs Young Stribling in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1932-06-21 Heavyweight Jack Sharkey TKOs Max Schmeling (NYC)
  • 1932-06-21 Jack Sharkey beats Max Schmeling in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1933-06-29 Primo Carnera KOs Jack Sharkey in 6 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1933-10-22 Primo Carnera beats Paulin in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1934-03-01 Primo Carnera beats Tommy Loughran in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1935-06-13 James J Braddock beats Max Baer in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1937-06-22 Joe Louis KOs James J Braddock in 18 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • 1937-08-30 Joe Louis beats Tommy Farr in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1938-02-11 Steve Casey beats Lou Thesz in Boston, to win National Boxing Association world heavyweight title
  • 1938-02-23 Joe Louis KOs Nathan Mann in 3 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1938-04-01 Joe Louis KOs Harry Thomas in 5 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1939-01-25 Joe Louis KOs John Henry Lewis in 1 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1939-02-23 Lou Thesz beats Everett Marshall in St Louis, to win National Boxing Association world heavyweight title for 2nd time
  • 1939-04-17 Joe Louis KOs Jack Roper in 1 for heavyweight boxing title

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1939-06-23 Bronko Nagurski beats Lou Thesz in Houston, to win National Boxing Association world heavyweight title

Hall of Fame American Football Player Bronko Nagurski
Hall of Fame American Football Player
Bronko Nagurski

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1949-06-22 Ezzard Charles beats Jersey Joe Walcott in 15 for National Boxing Association world heavyweight title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Ezzard Charles
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Ezzard Charles
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jersey Joe
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jersey Joe

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1853-03-20 George Godfrey, Chelsea Mass, heavyweight boxer (Old Chocolate)
  • 1858-10-15 John L Sullivan, Mass, heavyweight boxing champ (1882-92)
  • 1861-07-03 Peter Jackson, heavyweight boxer (hall of famer)
  • 1866-09-01 James "Gentleman Jim" Corbett, heavyweight champion boxer (1892-97)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1875-04-15 James J. Jeffries, American heavyweight boxer, born in Carroll, Ohio (d. 1953)

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion James J. Jeffries
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
James J. Jeffries
  • 1878-03-31 Jack Johnson,1st African American heavyweight boxing champ (1908-1915)
  • 1880-11-03 Edmond Barrett, heavyweight wrestler (Olympic-bronze-1908)
  • 1887-03-18 Frank Moran, American heavyweight boxer and film actor, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1967)
  • 1887-09-14 Stanley Ketchel [The Michigan Assassin], Polish-American heavyweight boxing champion (1908-10), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (d. 1910)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1895-06-24 Jack Dempsey, American heavyweight boxing champion (1919-26) known as "Kid Blackie" and "The Manassa Mauler", born in Manassa, Colorado (d. 1983)

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jack Dempsey
  • 1898-05-25 Gene Tunney, American boxer, world heavyweight boxing champion (1926-30), born in New York City (d. 1978)
  • 1903-02-20 Pierre Charles, Belgian heavyweight boxer
  • 1905-09-28 Max Schmeling, Klein Luckow, Province of Pomerania, German world heavyweight boxing champ (1930-32)
  • 1908-03-10 Kristjan Palusalu, Estonia, heavyweight wrestler (Olympic-gold-1936)
  • 1909-02-11 Max Baer, American heavyweight boxing champion (1934-35), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1959)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1914-01-31 Jersey Joe Walcott, Merchantville New Jersey, heavyweight boxing champ (1951-52)

World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jersey Joe
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jersey Joe

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1914-05-13 Joe Louis, American world heavyweight boxing champion (1937-49), born in Lafayette, Alabama (d. 1981)

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • 1919-12-06 Jimmy Bivins [James], Hall of Fame heavyweight boxer, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2012)
  • 1921-01-18 Bruce Woodcock, English boxer (European Heavyweight Champion), born in Doncaster (d. 1997)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1921-07-07 Ezzard Charles, American world heavyweight boxing champion (1949-51), born in Lawrenceville, Georgia (d. 1975)

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Ezzard Charles
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Ezzard Charles

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1923-09-01 Rocky Marciano, American heavyweight champion boxer (1952-56), born in Brockton, Massachusetts (d. 1969)

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Rocky Marciano
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Rocky Marciano
  • 1924-05-30 Norbert Schemansky, USA, middle heavyweight (Olympic-gold-1952)
  • 1924-10-08 Arkady Vorobyev, Middle heavyweight (Olympic-gold-1956, 60)
  • 1932-03-10 Anatoliy Roschin, USSR, super heavyweight wrestler (Olympic-gold-1972)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1932-05-08 Sonny Liston, American heavyweight boxer, born in Sand Slough, Arkansas (d. 1970)

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Sonny Liston
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Sonny Liston
  • 1932-09-22 Ingemar Johansson, Sweden, world heavyweight boxing champ (1952)
  • 1932-10-17 Paul Anderson, US, light super heavyweight lifter (Olympic-gold-1956)
  • 1933-10-19 Wilfried Dietrich, German FR, super-heavyweight (Olympic-gold-1960)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1935-01-04 Floyd Patterson, Waco North Carolina, heavyweight champ (1956-59, 1960-62) (Oly-gold-1952)

Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion
Floyd Patterson
  • 1937-09-16 Aleksandr Medved, USSR, super heavyweight (Olympic-gold-1964 68, 72)
  • 1940-02-24 Jimmy Ellis, WBA heavyweight boxing champ (1968-70), born in Louisville, Kentucky, (d. 2014)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1942-01-17 Muhammad Ali [Cassius Clay], American world heavyweight boxing champion (1964-7 74-8), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 2016)

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • 1943-06-11 Buster Mathis, American heavyweight boxer, born in Sledge, Mississippi (d. 1995)
  • 1943-08-09 Ken Norton, American heavyweight boxer, born in Jacksonville, Illinois (d. 2013)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1949-01-10 George Foreman, Marshall Texas, American World Heavyweight boxing champ (1973-74, 95)

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1949-11-03 Larry Holmes, American heavyweight boxing champ (1978-85), born in Cuthbert, Georgia

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes
  • 1950-06-27 Benjamin Peterson, US, heavyweight boxer (Olympic-gold-1972)
  • 1950-07-06 Sultan Rakhmanov, Super heavyweight (Olympic-gold-1980)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1951-06-13 Mike Weaver, American WBA World Heavyweight Champion, born in Gatesville, Texas

WBA World Heavyweight Champion Mike Weaver
WBA World Heavyweight Champion
Mike Weaver
  • 1952-03-29 Teofilo Stevenson, Cuba, heavyweight boxer (Olympic-gold-1972, 76, 80), (d. 2012)
  • 1953-01-03 Angelo Parisi, France, heavyweight judo (Olympic-gold-1980)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1953-07-11 Leon Spinks, heavyweight boxing champ (1978, Olympic-gold-1976), born in St. Louis, Missouri

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Leon Spinks
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Leon Spinks

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1953-08-11 Hulk Hogan, [Terry Bollea], WWF heavyweight champion (1984-89), born in Augusta, Georgia

WWF Wrestler Hulk Hogan
WWF Wrestler
Hulk Hogan
  • 1955-01-29 John Tate, US, heavyweight boxer (Olympic-bronze-1968)
  • 1956-08-24 Gerry Cooney, heavyweight boxer (US Olympics team 1980)
  • 1960-08-27 Damon Keeve, heavyweight (209+ lbs) judoka (Olympics-92, 96), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1961-05-09 Rene Capo, Pinal del Rio Cuba, half-heavyweight judoka (Olympics-96)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1965-09-02 Lennox Lewis, heavyweight boxer (Olympic-gold-1988, WBC boxing champ), born in London, England

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Lennox Lewis
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Lennox Lewis
  • 1965-12-14 Lawrence Clay-Bey, super heavyweight boxer (Olympics-96), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1966-01-07 Corrie Sanders, Pretoria, South Africa, boxer, (WBO heavyweight champion, 2003), (d. 2012)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1966-06-30 "Iron" Mike Tyson, American boxer and youngest ever heavyweight boxing champ (1986-90), born in Brooklyn, New York

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • 1967-03-13 Colleen Rosensteel, American heavyweight judoka (Olympics-96), born in Greensburg, Pennsylvania

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1967-08-10 Riddick Bowe, Heavyweight boxing champion (Olympic-silver-1988), born in Brooklyn, New York

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1967-11-12 Michael Moorer, boxing heavyweight champ (defeated Holyfield-1994), born in Brooklyn, New York

World Boxing Champion Michael Moorer
World Boxing Champion
Michael Moorer
  • 1968-05-28 Sandra Bacher, half-heavyweight judoka (Oly-92, 96), born in Long Island, New York
  • 1972-08-18 Nate Jones, heavyweight boxer (Olympics-bronze-96), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1973-12-28 Garth John Da Silva, heavyweight boxer (Olympics-96), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1980-09-06 Samuel Peter, Nigerian heavyweight boxer
  • 1988-08-12 Tyson Fury, British heavyweight professional boxer, born in Manchester

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

1916-10-09 Heavyweight boxing champ Jack Dempsey (21) weds Maxine Gates in Farmington, Utah

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jack Dempsey

HeartWedding of Interest

1950-12-31 Heavyweight boxing champ Rocky Marciano (27) weds Barbara Cousins in Brockton

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Rocky Marciano
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Rocky Marciano

HeartWedding of Interest

1957-09-03 World Heavyweight champion Sonny Liston (25) weds Geraldine Clark in St. Louis, Missouri

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Sonny Liston
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Sonny Liston

HeartWedding of Interest

1964-08-14 World Heavyweight Champion Muhammad Ali (22) weds cocktail waitress Sonja Roi

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali

HeartWedding of Interest

1988-02-07 Heavyweight boxing champ Mike Tyson marries actress Robin Givens

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson

HeartWedding of Interest

1996-05-18 Heavyweight boxer Tommy Morrison (27) weds Dawn Freeman

Heavyweight Boxer Tommy Morrison
Heavyweight Boxer
Tommy Morrison

HeartWedding of Interest

1996-10-04 Former undisputed boxing heavyweight world champion Evander Holyfield (34) weds Janice Itson (34) at Glynn Wedding Chapel in nearby Fayetteville

HeartWedding of Interest

2005-07-15 Heavyweight boxing champion Lennox Lewis (39) weds former Miss Jamaica runner-up Violet Chang at William Knibb Memorial Baptist Church in Falmouth, Jamaica

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Lennox Lewis
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Lennox Lewis
  • 2006-03-14 OVW Heavyweight wrestling champion Matt Cappotelli (26) weds Lindsay Seeders at Makena Cove Beach in Maui
  • 2006-05-06 Former WWF Women's Champion Sable (38) weds IWGP World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar (28) in Medina, Minnesota

Divorces in Sport


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1919-04-02 Heavyweight boxing champ Jack Dempsey (23) divorces Maxine Gates after 2 years of marriage

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jack Dempsey
  • 1943-07-07 Heavyweight boxing champ Jack Dempsey (48) divorces broadway singer Hannah Williams (32) after 10 years of marriage

Deaths in Sport

  • 1910-10-15 Stanley Ketchel [The Michigan Assassin], Polish-American heavyweight boxing champion (1908-10), murdered at a ranch in Missouri at 24
  • 1918-02-02 John L Sullivan, Mass, heavyweight boxing champ, dies at 59
  • 1933-02-18 James Corbett, (Gentleman Jim), heavyweight box champ (1892-97), dies
  • 1946-06-10 Jack Johnson, 1st African American world heavyweight boxing champion, dies in a car accident aged 68

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1953-03-03 James J. Jeffries, American heavyweight boxer, dies at 77

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion James J. Jeffries
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
James J. Jeffries
  • 1959-11-21 Max Baer, American heavyweight boxing champion (1934-35), dies at 50
  • 1966-08-08 Pierre Charles, Belgian heavyweight boxer, dies at 63
  • 1967-12-14 Frank Moran, American heavyweight boxer and film actor, dies of a heart attack at 80
  • 1968-12-15 Jess Willard, Heavyweight boxing champ (1915-19), dies at 86

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1969-08-31 Rocky Marciano, former heavyweight champ, dies in a plane crash at 45

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Rocky Marciano
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Rocky Marciano

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1970-12-30 Sonny Liston, World heavyweight boxing champion (1962-64), dies at 38

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Sonny Liston
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Sonny Liston
  • 1974-11-29 James J. Braddock, American heavyweight boxer (b. 1905)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1975-05-27 Ezzard Charles, heavyweight boxing champion (1949-51), dies of ALS at 53

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Ezzard Charles
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Ezzard Charles
  • 1978-11-07 Gene Tunney, American boxer, heavyweight boxing champion (1926-28), dies at 80

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1981-04-12 Joe Louis, [Brown bomber], US heavyweight boxing champion (1937-49), dies of cardiac arrest at 66

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1983-05-31 Jack Dempsey, former heavyweight boxing champ/actor, dies at 86

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jack Dempsey

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1989-04-12 Sugar Ray Robinson, heavyweight boxing champ, dies at 67 of Alzheimer

Middle/welterweight championship boxer Sugar Ray Robinson
Middle/welterweight championship boxer
Sugar Ray Robinson
  • 1995-09-06 Buster Mathis, American heavyweight boxer, dies at 52
  • 1997-12-21 Bruce Woodcock, English boxer, European Heavyweight Champion, dies at 76
  • 2005-02-02 Max Schmeling, German boxer (1930-32 World Heavyweight Champion), dies at 99
  • 2009-01-30 Ingemar Johansson, Swedish heavyweight professional boxing champion of the world (b. 1932)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

2011-11-07 Joe Frazier, Olympic Heavyweight Boxer, dies of liver cancer at 67

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier
  • 2012-06-11 Teofilo Stevenson, Cuban Heavyweight boxer, dies from a heart attack at 60

Person of interestPerson of Interest

2013-09-01 Tommy Morrison, American heavyweight boxing champion and actor, dies from multiple organ failure at 44

Heavyweight Boxer Tommy Morrison
Heavyweight Boxer
Tommy Morrison
  • 2013-09-18 Ken Norton, American heavyweight boxer, dies at 70
  • 2014-05-06 Jimmy Ellis, American boxer & WBA heavyweight champion, dies from dementia at 74

Person of interestPerson of Interest

2016-06-03 Muhammad Ali [Cassius Clay], American world heavyweight boxing champion (1964-70, 1974-80), dies from septic shock caused by respiratory illness at 74

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali