Boxing in History

Events in Sport

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  • 1681-01-06 1st recorded boxing match (Duke of Albemarle's butler vs his butcher)
  • 1733-05-06 1st international boxing match: Bob Whittaker beats Tito di Carni
  • 1743-08-16 Champion of England titleholder Jack Broughton publishes 'Rules of the Ring' - earliest boxing code
  • 1750-04-11 Jack Slack retains Champion of England boxing title, beats Frenchman Jean Petit in 7 rounds in Harlston, England; acknowledged as first international prize fight
  • 1751-07-29 1st international world title prize fight: Jack Stack of England, beats challenger M. Petit of France in 29 mins in England
  • 1810-12-10 Tom Cribb (GB) beats Tom Molineaus (US-Negro) in 1st interracial boxing championship (40 rounds)
  • 1853-10-12 John Morrissey wins boxing title, when Yankee Sullivan leaves ring after 36th round to slug Morrissey's fans
  • 1863-05-05 Joe Coburn KOs Mike McCoole for US boxing title in 63rd round
  • 1865-01-02 Welterweight Con Orem & heavyweight Hugh O'Neill brawl for 185 rounds before darkness ends legendary bare knuckle boxing match in Virginia City, Montana
  • 1873-09-23 Tom Allen beats Mike McCale for Heavyweight Boxing title
  • 1876-03-16 Nelly Saunders & Rose Harland fight 1st female boxing match (NY)
  • 1884-07-30 Nonpareil Dempsey [John Edward Kelly] fights George Fulljames, possibly the 1st middleweight fight with boxing gloves
  • 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
  • 1890-06-27 Canadian boxer George Dixon becomes first black world champion when he stops English bantamweight champion Edwin "Nunc" Wallace in 18 rounds in London, England

  • 1892-02-02 Longest boxing match under modern rules; 77 rounds in Nameoki, Illinois between Harry Sharpe & Frank Crosby
  • 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

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1899-06-09 American boxer James J. Jeffries KOs defending champion Bob Fitzsimmons of England in 11th round in Brooklyn, New York to win the lineal World Heavyweight title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion James J. Jeffries
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
James J. Jeffries
  • 1899-11-03 World heavyweight boxing champion James J. Jeffries retains title; beats Irishman Tom Sharkey on points in 25 rounds at Coney Island Athletic Club, Brooklyn, NYC
  • 1900-04-06 James J. Jeffries KOs Jack Finnegan in 1 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1900-04-30 165 lb English boxer Bob Fitzsimmons KOs 305 lb American Ed Dunkhost in round 2 of a lop-sided bout in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1900-05-11 James J. Jeffries KOs James J Corbett in 23 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1901-11-15 James J. Jeffries TKOs Gus Ruhlin in 6 for heavyweight boxing title in San Francisco
  • 1902-07-25 3 years after winning the title from English boxer Bob Fitzsimmons, American champion James J. Jeffries repeats the dose with an 8th round KO in San Francisco for the heavyweight crown
  • 1903-08-14 James J. Jeffries KOs James J Corbett in 10 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1904-08-25 James J. Jeffries TKOs Jack Munroe in 2 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1905-05-13 James J. Jeffries retires as boxing champion
  • 1905-07-03 American boxer Marvin Hart scores a 12th round KO of Jack Root in Reno, Nevada for world heavyweight title
  • 1905-12-20 'Philadelphia' Jack O'Brien wins the World Light Heavyweight boxing title after defending champion Bob Fitzsimmons of England retires in round 13 of 20 in San Francisco

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 Canadian world heavyweight boxing champion Tommy Burns KOs American challenger 'Fireman' Jim Flynn in 15 rounds to retain his title in Los Angeles, California
  • 1906-11-28 Canadian Tommy Burns retains his world heavyweight boxing title after being pushed to a 20-round draw by "Philadelphia" Jack O'Brien in Los Angeles, California
  • 1907-01-01 Joe Gans lands a devastating right to the head of Canadian challenger Kid Herman to retain his world lightweight boxing title with an 8th round knockout in Tonopah, Nevada
  • 1907-05-08 Canadian Tommy Burns retains his world heavyweight boxing title after beating "Philadelphia" Jack O'Brien on points in 20 rounds in Los Angeles, California

  • 1907-07-04 Canadian world heavyweight boxing champion Tommy Burns KOs Bill Squires of Australia in round 1 in Colma, California, his 6th title defence
  • 1907-12-02 Canadian world heavyweight boxing champion Tommy Burns retains his title; KOs Englishman Gunner Moir in 10th round at the National Sporting Club, Covent Garden, London
  • 1907-12-07 Eugene Corri becomes 1st referee in a boxing ring
  • 1908-02-10 Tommy Burns KOs Jack Palmer in 4 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1908-03-17 Tommy Burns KOs Jem Roche in 88 seconds in the quickest world heavyweight boxing title fight
  • 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
  • 1908-09-03 Canadian world heavyweight boxing champion Tommy Burns KOs Australian Bill Lang in 6 rounds in Melbourne in a warmup fight for his famous title bout with Jack Johnson
  • 1908-12-26 African-American boxer Jack Johnson stops Canadian defending champion Tommy Burns in the 14th round in Sydney, Australia, to become the first black man to win world heavyweight title; Burns is favourite in 12th title defence but Johnson dominates before police stop the bout
  • 1909-05-19 In his first title defence Jack Johnson fights "Philadelphia" Jack O'Brien to a no decision in 6 rounds in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to retain his world heavyweight crown
  • 1909-06-30 Jack Johnson fights Tony Ross to a no decision in 6 rounds at Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to retain his heavyweight boxing title
  • 1909-09-09 Jack Johnson retains his heavyweight boxing title when he fights Al Kaufman to a no decision in 10 rounds at Coffroth's Arena, San Francisco, California
  • 1909-10-16 In his 4th title defence Jack Johnson KOs Stanley Ketchel in the 12th round at Mission St Arena, Colma, California to retain his heavyweight boxing crown
  • 1910-07-04 "Fight of the Century": Jack Johnson beats James J. Jeffries by TKO in 15 in Reno, Nevada to retain his world heavyweight boxing title
  • 1912-07-04 Jack Johnson beats "Fireman" Jim Flynn by disqualification in 9 in Las Vegas to retain world heavyweight boxing title
  • 1913-12-19 Jack Johnson fights Jim Johnson to a draw in 10 rounds for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1914-06-27 Defending champion Jack Johnson beats fellow American Frank Moran on points in 20 rounds in Paris, France to retain his lineal 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

1920-09-06 Jack Dempsey KOs Billy Miske in 3 for heavyweight boxing title 1st radio broadcast of a prizefight

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jack Dempsey
  • 1920-12-14 Jack Dempsey KOs Bill Brennan in 12 for heavyweight boxing title in NYC
  • 1921-04-11 KDKA broadcast 1st radio sporting event, a boxing match (Ray-Dundee)
  • 1921-07-02 In boxing's first million dollar gate ($1.7m), world heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey KOs Frenchman Georges Carpentier in round 4 of his 3rd title defence; crowd 91,000 at Boyle's Thirty Acres in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • 1922-05-23 Future World Heavyweight boxing champion Gene Tunney suffers his only professional defeat in a unanimous points decision against Harry Greb at Madison Square Garden, NY
  • 1922-11-01 In an all-American bout, Mickey Walker upsets defending champion Jack Britton in a 15-round points decision at Madison Square Garden, NYC; wins world welterweight boxing crown
  • 1923-07-04 Jack Dempsey beats Tommy Gibbons on points over 15 hard fought rounds in Shelby, Montana to retain world heavyweight boxing title
  • 1923-09-14 Jack Dempsey KOs Luis Firpo in 2 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1923-10-04 Young Stribling ostensibly beats Mike McTigue on points in Columbus, Georgia for world light-heavyweight boxing title; referee Harry Ertle later calls fight a draw, claims coerced by promoters to award fight to Stribling; McTigue retains title
  • 1923-10-19 Ban Johnson persuades AL owners to prohibit boxing in their parks
  • 1924-11-04 California legalizes professional boxing (illegal since 1914)
  • 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 German boxer Max Schmeling beats Jack Sharkey by disqualification in 4 rounds in NYC for vacant NBA, NYSAC, The Ring and lineal heavyweight titles; first time title won on a foul
  • 1931-07-03 German boxer Max Schmeling beats American Young Stribling by TKO in 15 in Cleveland in his first heavyweight title defence; first major fight broadcast live on national radio

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1932-02-15 As a member of gold medal winning US 4-man bobsleigh team at Lake Placid, Eddie Eagan (boxing gold Antwerp 1920) becomes only Olympian to win gold medals at both summer & winter Games in different sports

Boxer and Bobsledder Eddie Eagan
Boxer and Bobsledder
Eddie Eagan
  • 1933-06-29 Italian boxer Primo Carnera KOs American defending champion Jack Sharkey in round 6 at Madison Square Garden, NYC to become third European to win the lineal world heavyweight title
  • 1933-08-23 1st TV boxing match - Archie Sexton & Laurie Raiteri in London
  • 1933-10-22 Italian boxer Primo Carnera beats Spanish challenger Paulino Uzcudun on points in Rome, Italy to retain the IBU heavyweight title
  • 1934-03-01 Italian boxer Primo Carnera beats American challenger Tommy Loughran by unanimous points decision at Madison Square Garden, NYC for the NYSAC and NBA heavyweight titles
  • 1935-06-13 10-to-1 underdog James J Braddock upsets defending champion Max Baer in a 15 round unanimous points decision at Madison Square Garden, NYC for the world heavyweight boxing title

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1935-06-25 Future world heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis moves to 20-0 with 6th round KO of former champion Primo Carnera of Italy at Yankee Stadium, NYC

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • 1935-07-02 Great Britain amateur boxing team beats United States in the first International Golden Gloves tournament in NYC, New York
  • 1937-06-22 Challenger Joe Louis KOs James J Braddock in the 8th round at Chicago's Comiskey Park for the world heavyweight boxing title
  • 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 retains his world heavyweight boxing title by knocking out Nathan Mann in round 3 at Madison Square Garden, New York; second defence by Louis
  • 1938-04-01 World heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis KOs Harry Thomas in 5th round of their title bout in Chicago; 3rd defence by Louis
  • 1938-06-22 Joe Louis scores a stunning 1st round KO of German Max Schmeling at Yankee Stadium, NYC to retain his world heavyweight boxing title
  • 1938-08-17 Henry Armstrong wins his 3rd concurrent boxing championship
  • 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
  • 1939-06-01 First major boxing match on US television is the heavyweight bout from NY's Yankee Stadium between former world champion Max Baer and Lou Nova; Nova wins by TKO in 11th round

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

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

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

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1843-02-12 John Graham Chambers, English athlete who wrote the Queensberry rules for boxing (d. 1883)
  • 1856-05-13 Tom O'Rourke, American boxing manager (d. 1938)
  • 1858-10-15 John L. Sullivan, Irish-American heavyweight boxing champ (1882-92), born in Roxbury, Massachusetts (d. 1918)
  • 1863-05-26 Bob Fitzsimmons, English boxer (sport's first 3-division world champion; Middleweight, Light Heavyweight, Heavyweight), born in Helston, England (d. 1917)
  • 1866-03-24 Jack McAuliffe, US lightweight boxing champ, hall of famer
  • 1870-01-02 Tex Rickard, American boxing promoter and entrepreneur (founder NHL New York Rangers; builder third incarnation of Madison Square Garden, NYC), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1929)
  • 1876-05-26 Jack Root, Austrian-American boxing's 1st light heavyweight champion, born in Frahelž, Bohemia, Czech Republic (d. 1963)
  • 1878-03-31 Jack Johnson, American boxer (1st African-American world heavyweight champion [1908-15]), born in Galveston, Texas (d. 1946)
  • 1880-03-10 Michael Jacobs, American boxing promoter, born in NYC, New York
  • 1884-02-22 Abraham "Abe" Attell, boxing hall of famer
  • 1887-09-14 Stanley Ketchel [The Michigan Assassin], Polish-American heavyweight boxing champion (1908-10), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (d. 1910)
  • 1887-11-03 Nat Fleischer, American boxing writer (established Ring Magazine), born in New York City, NY (d. 1972)
  • 1889-04-18 John Kilbane, American featherweight boxing champ (world title held 1912-23), born in Cleveland, Ohio (. 1957)

Person of interestJack Dempsey

1895-06-24 Jack Dempsey, American boxer (world heavyweight champion 1919-26), born in Manassa, Colorado (d. 1983)

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jack Dempsey
  • 1896-04-07 Benny Leonard, lightweight boxing champ (1917-25)
  • 1898-05-25 Gene Tunney, American boxer, world heavyweight boxing champion (1926-30), born in NYC, New York (d. 1978)
  • 1901-07-13 Mickey Walker, American boxer (World Welterweight Champion 1922-26; World Middleweight Champion 1926-29), born in Elizabeth, New Jersey (d. 1981)
  • 1901-08-01 Pancho Villa [Francisco Guilledo], Filipino world boxing champion, born in Ilog, Negros Occidental, Philippine Islands (d. 1925)
  • 1905-09-28 Max Schmeling, German boxer (world heavyweight champion 1930-32), born in Klein Luckow, Germany (d. 2005)
  • 1907-09-26 Bep [Lambertus] van Klaveren, Dutch boxing champ (Olympic gold 1928), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1992)
  • 1907-10-01 Maxie Rosenbloom, American boxer, actor (world light heavyweight champion 1932-34), born in Leonard's Bridge, Connecticut (d. 1976)
  • 1908-01-17 Cus D'Amato, American boxing manager (d. 1985)
  • 1909-02-11 Max Baer, American heavyweight boxing champion (1934-35), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1959)
  • 1909-12-23 Barney Ross, American Welterweight Boxing Champ (1934), born in NYC, New York
  • 1911-08-09 Eddie Futch, American boxing trainer, born in Hillsboro, Mississippi (d. 2001)
  • 1912-12-22 Henry Armstrong, American professional boxer and 1938 world boxing champion, born in Columbus, Mississippi (d. 1988)

Person of interestArchie Moore

1913-12-13 Archie Moore, American light-heavyweight boxing champion (1952-60), born in Benoit, Mississippi, (d. 1998)

Boxing Champion Archie Moore
Boxing Champion
Archie Moore

Person of interestJersey Joe

1914-01-31 Jersey Joe Walcott, American heavyweight boxing champion (1951-52), born in Merchantville, New Jersey (d. 1994)

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

Person of interestJoe Louis

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
  • 1915-02-22 Gus Lesnevich, light heavyweight boxing champ (1947 fight of year)
  • 1920-04-09 F Don Miller, Boxing coach (Olympic-1956), born in Racine, Wisconsin

Person of interestEzzard Charles

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
  • 1921-08-30 Angelo Dundee, American boxing trainer and cornerman (Muhammad Ali 1960–81 & 15 other world boxing champions), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
  • 1922-05-28 Lou Duva, American boxing trainer, born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)

Person of interestJake LaMotta

1922-07-10 Jake LaMotta, American boxer (world middleweight champion 1949-51, immortalised in 'Raging Bull'), born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)

World Middleweight Boxing Champion Jake LaMotta
World Middleweight Boxing Champion
Jake LaMotta
  • 1923-10-12 Goody Petronelli, American boxing trainer and manager, born in Brockton, Massachusetts (d. 2012)
  • 1926-03-04 Pascual Pérez (boxing), Argentine flyweight boxer (d. 1977)
  • 1927-01-28 Don Fraser, American boxing promoter (LA venues; colourful wardrobe & offbeat PR gimmicks), born in Blythe, California (d. 2019)
  • 1927-04-02 Carmen Basilio, American boxer (World Welterweight tile 1955-56; Middleweight title 1957-58), born in Canastota, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1927-04-13 George Washington, American boxing trainer (Riddick Bowe and Mark Breland), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2006)
  • 1928-06-05 Don Chargin, American boxing promoter (IBHOF; Bobby Chacon, Tony "The Tiger" Lopez, Loreto Garza), born in Santa Clara, California (d. 2018)
  • 1930-12-04 Lorraine Chargin, American boxing promoter (Bobby Chacon, Tony "The Tiger" Lopez, Loreto Garza), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 2010)
  • 1931-02-11 Larry Merchant, author/boxing commentator (Showtime)
  • 1931-08-20 Don King, American boxing promoter best known for his association with Mike Tyson and for his unusual hairstyles, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1932-09-22 Ingemar Johansson, Swedish world heavyweight boxing champ (1952)
  • 1936-05-09 Terry Downes, British middleweight boxing champion (1961-62), born in London, England (2017)
  • 1936-11-12 Mills Lane, American judge and boxing referee
  • 1940-01-26 Harold Lederman, American boxing judge, analyst (HBO), born in NYC, NY (d. 2019)
  • 1940-02-24 Jimmy Ellis, WBA heavyweight boxing champ (1968-70), born in Louisville, Kentucky, (d. 2014)

Person of interestMuhammad Ali

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

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali

Person of interestJoe Frazier

1944-01-12 Joe Frazier, American boxer (Olympic gold heavyweight 1964; undisputed world heavyweight champion 1970-73), born in Beaufort, South Carolina (d. 2011)

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier
  • 1944-06-05 Chris Finnegan, British boxer (Olympic gold middleweight 1968), born in Iver, Buckinghamshire, England (d. 2009)
  • 1947-11-16 Ebby Thust, German boxing promoter and writer, born in Frankfurt-Sossenheim, Germany

Person of interestGeorge Foreman

1949-01-10 George Foreman, American boxer (world heavyweight champion 1973-74, 95), born in Marshall, Texas

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman
  • 1949-08-09 Brie Howard-Darling, American musician, artist and cake designer (Boxing Gandhis, Fanny), born in Stockton, California
  • 1949-10-03 Dan Goossen, American boxing promoter (Michael Nunn, Terry Norris, James Toney), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2014)

Person of interestLarry Holmes

1949-11-03 Larry Holmes, American boxer (world heavyweight champion, 20 successful title defences), born in Cuthbert, Georgia

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes
  • 1951-11-07 Dan Duva, American boxing promoter and producer (Howard Stern New Years Party), born in Paterson, New Jersey (d. 1996)
  • 1952-05-23 'Marvelous' Marvin Hagler, American boxer (undisputed World Middleweight champion 1980-87; second-longest unified C'ship reign in history ), born in Newark, New Jersey

Person of interestLeon Spinks

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
  • 1955-10-20 Aaron Pryor, American welterweight boxing champion, born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 2016)
  • 1956-07-29 Teddy Atlas, American boxing trainer and commentator
  • 1957-02-15 Steve Farhood, American boxing historian and analyst
  • 1960-04-22 Lloyd Honeyghan, English welterweight boxing champ (1986)
  • 1960-05-17 Lou DiBella, American boxing promoter

Person of interestLennox Lewis

1965-09-02 Lennox Lewis, British/Canadian boxer (Olympic gold super-heavyweight 1988, undisputed world heavyweight champion 1999), born in London, England

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Lennox Lewis
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Lennox Lewis
  • 1966-05-03 M-16 [Ernest Mateen], Cruiserweight boxing champion, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2012)

Person of interestMike Tyson

1966-06-30 Mike Tyson, American boxer (youngest ever heavyweight champion 1986-90, 20 years, 4 months, 22 days), born in Brooklyn, New York

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson

Person of interestRiddick Bowe

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

Person of interestMichael Moorer

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

World Boxing Champion Michael Moorer
World Boxing Champion
Michael Moorer

Person of interestTommy Morrison

1969-01-02 Tommy Morrison, American boxer (WBO heavyweight title 1993) and actor (Rocky V), born in Gravette, Arkansas (d. 2013)

Heavyweight Boxer Tommy Morrison
Heavyweight Boxer
Tommy Morrison

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding 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

LoveWedding of Interest

1944-05-29 Boxing champion Sugar Ray Robinson (23) weds Edna Mae Holly

Middle/welterweight championship boxer Sugar Ray Robinson
Middle/welterweight championship boxer
Sugar Ray Robinson

LoveWedding of Interest

1950-12-31 World heavyweight boxing champion Rocky Marciano (27) weds Barbara Cousins in Brockton, Massachusetts

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Rocky Marciano
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Rocky Marciano

LoveWedding of Interest

1956-08-21 Boxing champ Archie Moore (42) weds model Joan Hardy in Ensenada, Mexico

Boxing Champion Archie Moore
Boxing Champion
Archie Moore

LoveWedding of Interest

1986-11-19 Hall of Fame boxing champ Muhammad Ali (44) weds Yolanda Williams

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson

LoveWedding 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

LoveWedding 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
  • 2009-06-09 Boxing legend Mike Tyson (43) weds Lakiha Spicer (32) at La Bella Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada

Divorces in Sport


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1919-04-02 American world heavyweight boxing champion 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

  • 1789-01-08 Jack Broughton, English boxer (published first boxing code), dies at 85
  • 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, Irish-American heavyweight boxing champ (1882-92), dies at 59
  • 1925-07-14 Pancho Villa [Francisco Guilledo], Filipino world boxing champion, dies at 23
  • 1929-01-06 Tex Rickard, American boxing promoter and entrepreneur (founder NHL New York Rangers; builder third incarnation of Madison Square Garden, NYC), dies of complications from an appendectomy at 59
  • 1930-12-19 Johnny Douglas, English cricket all-rounder, boxer (23 Tests; Olympic gold middleweight 1908), dies of drowning at 48
  • 1933-06-03 William Muldoon, American wrestler and owner of NY health institute "The Olympia", dies at 88
  • 1946-06-10 Jack Johnson, American boxer (1st African-American heavyweight boxing champion [1908-15]), dies in a car accident aged 68
  • 1947-04-18 Benny Leonard, Jewish-American lightweight boxing champ (1917-25), dies at 51
  • 1954-11-22 Roderick McMahon, Professional Wrestling/Boxing Booker (b. 1882)
  • 1959-11-21 Max Baer, American heavyweight boxing champion (1934-35), dies at 50
  • 1963-04-04 Endzion Barelli, dies 2 days after winning a boxing match at 18
  • 1967-01-18 Barney Ross, welterweight Boxing Champ (1934), dies at 57
  • 1968-12-15 Jess Willard, Heavyweight boxing champ (1915-19), dies at 86

Person of interestSonny Liston

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
  • 1972-06-25 Nat Fleischer, American boxing writer (established Ring Magazine), dies at 84

Person of interestEzzard Charles

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
  • 1976-03-06 Maxie Rosenbloom, American boxer, actor (world light heavyweight champion 1932-34), dies of Paget's disease of bone at 68
  • 1978-11-07 Gene Tunney, American boxer, heavyweight boxing champion (1926-28), dies at 80

Person of interestJoe Louis

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 interestJack Dempsey

1983-05-31 Jack Dempsey, American boxer (world heavyweight champion 1919-26), dies of heart failure at 86

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jack Dempsey

Person of interestSugar Ray Robinson

1989-04-12 Sugar Ray Robinson, American boxer (world welterweight champion 1946-51; middleweight champion 1951-52, 55, 58), dies of Alzheimer's disease at 67

Middle/welterweight championship boxer Sugar Ray Robinson
Middle/welterweight championship boxer
Sugar Ray Robinson
  • 1992-02-12 Bep [Lambertus] van Klaveren, Dutch boxing champ (Olympic gold 1928), dies
  • 1993-11-15 Theo Huizenaar, Dutch boxing trainer (Bep van Klaveren), dies at 93
  • 1995-01-08 Carlos Monzon, [El Macho], Argentine medium weight boxing champ (1970-77), dies at 52
  • 1996-01-28 Dan Duva, American boxing promoter and producer (Howard Stern New Years Party), dies at 44
  • 1996-09-14 Joe Elsby Martin, boxing coach, dies at 80

Person of interestArchie Moore

1998-12-09 Archie Moore, American light-heavyweight boxing champion (1952-60), dies at 84

Boxing Champion Archie Moore
Boxing Champion
Archie Moore
  • 2001-10-10 Eddie Futch, American boxing trainer, dies at 90
  • 2006-06-11 George Washington, American boxing trainer (Riddick Bowe and Mark Breland), dies of heart failure at 79
  • 2008-10-23 Kevin Finnegan, British Middleweight Boxing Champion (b. 1948)
  • 2009-01-24 Reg Gutteridge, British Boxing Journalist (b. 1924)
  • 2009-01-30 Ingemar Johansson, Swedish heavyweight professional boxing champion of the world (b. 1932)
  • 2009-03-02 Chris Finnegan, British boxer (Olympic gold middleweight 1968), dies of pneumonia at 64
  • 2010-04-06 Lorraine Chargin, American boxing promoter (IBHOF; Bobby Chacon, Tony "The Tiger" Lopez, Loreto Garza), dies from cancer at 79
  • 2012-01-29 Goody Petronelli, American boxing trainer and manager, dies at 88
  • 2012-02-01 Angelo Dundee, American boxing trainer and cornerman (Muhammad Ali 1960–81 & 15 other world boxing champions), dies at 90
  • 2012-11-06 M-16 [Ernest Mateen], American cruiserweight boxing champion, dies at 46
  • 2012-11-07 Carmen Basilio, American boxer (World Welterweight tile 1955-56; Middleweight title 1957-58), dies from pneumonia at 85

Person of interestTommy Morrison

2013-09-01 Tommy Morrison, American boxer (WBO heavyweight title 1993) and actor (Rocky V), dies from AIDS at 44

Heavyweight Boxer Tommy Morrison
Heavyweight Boxer
Tommy Morrison
  • 2014-09-29 Dan Goossen, American boxing promoter (Michael Nunn, Terry Norris, James Toney), dies of liver cancer at 64

Person of interestMuhammad Ali

2016-06-03 Muhammad Ali [Cassius Clay], American boxer (world heavyweight champion 1964-7 74-8), dies of respiratory illness at 74

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • 2016-10-09 Aaron Pryor, American welterweight boxing champion, dies of heart disease at 60

Person of interestJake LaMotta

2017-09-19 Jake LaMotta, American boxer (world middleweight champion 1949-51, immortalised in 'Raging Bull'), dies at 95

World Middleweight Boxing Champion Jake LaMotta
World Middleweight Boxing Champion
Jake LaMotta
  • 2017-10-06 Terry Downes, British middleweight boxing champion (1961-62), dies at 81
  • 2018-09-28 Don Chargin, American boxing promoter (IBHOF; Bobby Chacon, Tony "The Tiger" Lopez, Loreto Garza), dies from brain cancer at 90
  • 2019-05-11 Harold Lederman, American boxing judge & analyst (HBO), dies of cancer at 79
  • 2019-10-30 Don Fraser, American boxing promoter (LA venues; colourful wardrobe & offbeat PR gimmicks), dies at 92