Today in Middleweight History

Events in Sport

  • 1884-08-30 Jack "Nonpareil" Dempsey wins middleweight title in 1st fight with boxing gloves
  • 1936-09-01 Middleweight Staff Roth KOs Heinz Lazek

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1950-08-25 Sugar Ray Robinson KOs Jose Basora to win middleweight boxing title

Middle/welterweight championship boxer Sugar Ray Robinson
Middle/welterweight championship boxer
Sugar Ray Robinson
  • 1951-02-14 Sugar Ray Robinson defeats Jake LaMotta & takes middleweight title
  • 1960-01-22 Paul Pender beats Sugar Ray Robinson for middleweight boxing title
  • 1980-09-27 Marvin Hagler defeats Alan Minter to claim boxing's world Middleweight championship in London. They have to be escorted away by police after a riot forms.
  • 1983-04-13 Undefeated middleweight boxer Tony Ayala gets 35 years on sex assault
  • 1983-07-08 Rudi Koopmans retains European middleweight title
  • 1995-02-25 British super middleweight Nigel Benn puts opponent Gerard McClellan in hospital

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1919-01-01 Rocky Graziano, US boxer (Middleweight champ) and entertainer (Pantomime Quiz, Miami Undercover), born in New York City

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1921-07-10 Jake LaMotta, middleweight boxing champ (1949-51) (Raging Bull), born in The Bronx, New York

World Middleweight Boxing Champion Jake LaMotta
World Middleweight Boxing Champion
Jake LaMotta
  • 1929-04-19 Edward Crook, middleweight boxer (Olympic-gold-1960), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1936-05-09 Terry Downes, middleweight boxing champ (1961-62)
  • 1944-01-20 Isao Okano, Japan, middleweight judo (Olympic-gold-1964)
  • 1944-06-05 Chris Finnegan, UK, middleweight boxing champ (Olympic-gold-1968)
  • 1946-10-01 Alfred Jones, Grace Miss, middleweight boxer (Olympic-bronze-1968)
  • 1948-10-22 John Peterson, US, Middleweight (Olympic-gold-1976)
  • 1952-05-23 "Marvelous" Marvin Hagler, NJ, middleweight boxing champ (1982-83)
  • 1954-04-12 Marvin Johnson, US, middleweight boxer (Olympic-bronze-1972)
  • 1956-07-22 Michael Spinks, US, middleweight boxer (Olympic-gold-1976)
  • 1964-01-08 Virgil Hill, Missouri, middleweight boxer (Olympic-silver-1984)
  • 1972-05-21 Liliko Ogasawara, middleweight judoka (Olympics-96), born in Englewood, New Jersey
  • 1973-03-06 Brian Olson, middleweight (189 lbs) judoka (Oly-96), born in Tallahassee, Florida
  • 1976-12-30 Rhoshii Wells, middleweight boxer (Olympics-bronze-96), born in Austin, Texas

Weddings in Sport

HeartWedding of Interest

2013-01-04 Former World Middleweight champ Jake LaMotta (90) weds his longtime fiancée Denise Baker (62) in Bisbee, Arizona

World Middleweight Boxing Champion Jake LaMotta
World Middleweight Boxing Champion
Jake LaMotta

Deaths in Sport

  • 2008-10-23 Kevin Finnegan, British Middleweight Boxing Champion (b. 1948)
  • 2012-11-07 Carmen Basilio [Carmine], American world welter and middleweight boxing champion, dies from pneumonia at 85