Famous Boxers in History

Events in Sport

  • 1818-10-08 Two English boxers are first to use padded gloves
  • 1884-11-17 Cops arrest boxer John L Sullivan in his 2nd round for being "cruel"
  • 1891-05-21 Boxers Peter Jackson & Jim Corbett fight to a draw in 61 rounds

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

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

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

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

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

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Tommy Burns
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Tommy Burns
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1915-12-14 Jack Johnson is 1st black world heavyweight boxing champion

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1921-07-02 Jack Dempsey KOs French boxer Georges Carpentier in 4 in 3rd heavyweight title defence, crowd of 91,000 brings in 1st million dollar gate ($1.7m)

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jack Dempsey
  • 1930-06-12 German boxer Max Schmeling beats Jack Sharkey by disqualification in 4, first time world heavyweight title won on a foul
  • 1931-07-03 German boxer Max Schmeling beats American Young Stribling by TKO in 15 in Cleveland, his first heavyweight title defence

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1936-06-19 German boxer Max Schmeling KOs up-and-coming American heavyweight Joe Louis in 12 rounds at Yankee Stadium, New York

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

  • 1936-09-01 Belgian boxer Gustave Roth beats Heinz Lazek of Austria in a 15 round points decision to win the EBU and vacant IBU world light heavyweight title in Vienna
  • 1938-08-17 Henry Armstrong wins his 3rd concurrent boxing championship

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1943-02-05 Jake LaMotta defeats future multi-weight world boxing champion Sugar Ray Robinson by unanimous points decision in Detroit in the 2nd of their 6 meetings; his only win of their rivalry; Robinson’s first loss in his first 40 pro bouts

World Middleweight Boxing Champion Jake LaMotta
World Middleweight Boxing Champion
Jake LaMotta
Middle/welterweight championship boxer Sugar Ray Robinson
Middle/welterweight championship boxer
Sugar Ray Robinson
  • 1945-10-01 World heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis is discharged from US army after being awarded the Legion of Merit
  • 1947-08-04 American boxer Ike Williams knocks out Bob Montgomery in 6 rounds in Philadelphia to unify the world lightweight title
  • 1948-08-13 Hungarian boxer László Papp wins the first of 3 consecutive Olympic gold medals; beats British middleweight Johnny Wright on points at the London Games
  • 1949-03-01 Heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis retires
  • 1950-12-02 South African world bantamweight boxing champion Vic Toweel sets a record for knockdowns in a title fight against Englishman Danny Sullivan in Johannesburg; Sullivan floored 14 times in 10 rounds before fight stopped

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1955-01-07 20 year-old future world heavyweight boxing champion Floyd Patterson scores a 5th-round TKO of Willie Troy in a non-title super middleweight bout at New York’s Madison Square Garden

Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion
Floyd Patterson
  • 1956-11-30 At 21 years, 10 months, 3 weeks, 5 days Floyd Patterson becomes youngest world heavyweight boxing champion; KOs Archie Moore in 5th round in Chicago; first Olympic gold medalist to win a professional heavyweight title
  • 1956-12-01 Hungarian boxer László Papp wins his 3rd straight Olympic gold medal when he beats future Hall of Famer José Torres representing the US on points in the light-middleweight final at the Melbourne Olympics
  • 1957-08-22 Olympic heavyweight boxing champion Pete Rademacher becomes first to contest the world heavyweight championship in his first professional bout; knocked out by Floyd Patterson in 6th round at Sicks' Stadium, Seattle
  • 1960-09-05 Future world middleweight boxing champion Nino Benvenuti of Italy beats Yuri Radonyak of the Soviet Union to win welterweight gold medal at the Rome Olympics

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1964-03-06 Boxing legend Cassius Clay joins the Nation of Islam and changes his name to "Muhammad Ali", calling his former title a "slave name"

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
Religious Leader Elijah Muhammad
Religious Leader
Elijah Muhammad

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1964-10-23 Future undisputed world heavyweight boxing champion Joe Frazier dominates German Hans Huber for an easy points win and the Olympic heavyweight gold medal in Tokyo

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier
  • 1965-02-01 Former world heavyweight boxing champion Floyd Patterson beats Canadian George Chuvalo by unanimous decision in a 12-round non-title clash at New York’s Madison Square Garden; 'The Ring' names bout Fight of the Year.
  • 1965-11-22 In his second title defence, Muhammad Ali scores 12th-round KO of Floyd Patterson at Las Vegas Convention Center to retain his world heavyweight boxing championship
  • 1966-08-06 Muhammad Ali knocks out English boxer Brian London in round 3 at Earl's Court in London to retain his undisputed world heavyweight title
  • 1967-01-12 Louisville, Kentucky, draft board refuses exemption for boxer Muhammad Ali
  • 1967-04-17 Italian boxer Nino Benvenuti beats American Emile Griffith in a 15 round points decision to win world middleweight crown at Madison Square Garden; start of famous trilogy of fights between the pair
  • 1967-09-29 American boxer Emile Griffith regains his world middleweight crown on points in a brawling re-match with Italian Nino Benvenuti at Shea Stadium, NY; second of famous trilogy of fights
  • 1968-01-28 Thai boxer Chartchai Chionoi retains his world flyweight title with a 13th-round TKO of home favourite Efren Torres in Mexico City; first of 3 meetings between the pair
  • 1968-03-04 Italian boxer Nino Benvenuti regains world middleweight title with a 15-round points decision over American champion Emile Griffith at Madison Square Garden, NY; last of famous trilogy of fights
  • 1968-05-24 American boxer Bob Foster defeats holder Dick Tiger for the world light-heavyweight Championship at Madison Square Gardens, New York (goes on to defend title 14x)

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1968-10-26 Future world heavyweight boxing champion George Foreman wins the Olympic heavyweight gold medal when the final against Jonas Čepulis (Soviet Union) is stopped in round 2 at the Mexico City Games

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman

  • 1969-04-12 Simon & Garfunkel releases "Boxer"
  • 1970-01-06 Australian boxer Johnny Famechon retains his WBC featherweight title with a 14th-round knockout of Fighting Harada in Tokyo; re-match of questionable 15-round decision in 1969 in his first title defence
  • 1970-11-07 Argentine boxer Carlos Monzon upsets defending champion Nino Benvenuti of Italy in 12th round KO in Rome to win WBC, WBA middleweight titles
  • 1972-09-10 Cuban boxer Teófilo Stevenson wins first of 3 consecutive Olympic heavyweight gold medals when Munich Games opponent Ion Alexe of Romania withdraws from the final because of a broken thumb
  • 1973-01-02 Japanese boxer Masao Ohba retains his WBA flyweight title with a 12th-round knockout of Chartchai Chionoi of Thailand in Tokyo; Ohba dies three weeks later in a car accident
  • 1975-06-30 Muhammad Ali beats British boxer Joe Bugner in a 15 round unanimous decision to retain the WBC & WBA heavyweight title
  • 1976-01-13 Future undisputed world middleweight boxing champion Marvin Hagler suffers his first career loss in a controversial 10-round majority decision to Bobby Watts at the Philadelphia Spectrum
  • 1976-01-24 Former world heavyweight boxing champion George Foreman KOs Ron Lyle in 5th round at Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas; Foreman knocked down twice in 4th; 'The Ring' Fight of the Year
  • 1976-03-06 In his 10th title defence, WBA light welterweight champion Antonio Cervantes of Colombia is beaten by 17 year old Puerto Rican boxer Wilfred Benítez in a 15-round split decision in San Juan, Puerto Rico; Benitez youngest ever world champion
  • 1977-02-05 Future 5-division world boxing champion Sugar Ray Leonard makes his professional debut with a 6-round unanimous decision over Luis Vega at Baltimore’s Civic Center
  • 1978-01-21 Panamanian boxer Roberto Durán becomes undisputed world lightweight champion with a 12th-round TKO of Esteban De Jesus at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas; defends his WBA title for 12th time, also takes De Jesus’ WBC title
  • 1979-01-14 Puerto Rican boxer Wilfred Benitez beats WBC welterweight champion Carlos Palomino of Mexico in a 15-round split decision in San Juan, Puerto Rico; becomes two-division champion at the age of 20
  • 1980-02-02 Mexican boxer Salvador Sánchez dethrones Danny “Little Red” Lopez as WBC world featherweight champion with a 13th-round TKO in Phoenix, AZ; Lopez champion since November 1976, 8th defence
  • 1980-03-14 Polish airliner crash kills all 87 aboard (22 are US amateur boxers)
  • 1980-06-20 Panamanian boxer Roberto Durán takes WBC welterweight title from Sugar Ray Leonard at Olympic Stadium in Montreal by unanimous points decision

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1980-07-07 American boxer Larry Holmes scores a 7th round TKO of Scott LeDoux in Bloomington, Minnesota in defence of his WBC heavyweight title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes

Film release premierFilm Release

1980-12-19 "Raging Bull", directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Robert De Niro as boxer Jake LaMotta and Cathy Moriarty as his wife, is released in the United States

Film Director Martin Scorsese
Film Director
Martin Scorsese
Actor Robert De Niro
Actor
Robert De Niro
Actress Cathy Moriarty
Actress
Cathy Moriarty

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1981-01-16 Boxer Leon Spinks is mugged, his assailants even take his gold teeth

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Leon Spinks
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Leon Spinks
  • 1981-05-23 Puerto Rican boxer Wilfred Benítez (22) becomes the youngest 3-division world champion in history by knocking out WBC World Super Welterweight champion Maurice Hope in 12 rounds in Las Vegas

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1981-10-03 After a year's inactivity, American boxer Mike Weaver outpoints countryman James 'Quick' Tillis in 15 rounds in Chicago to retain his WBA heavyweight title

WBA World Heavyweight Champion Mike Weaver
WBA World Heavyweight Champion
Mike Weaver
  • 1982-01-30 WBC super welterweight champion Wilfred Benitez of Puerto Rico defeats boxing legend Roberto Durán of Panama in a 15-round unanimous decision at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas
  • 1982-11-18 South Korean boxer Duk Koo Kim dies from injuries sustained during a 14-round beating by Ray Mancini in Las Vegas; WBC shortens title bouts to 12 rounds; WBA and WBO follow in 1988, and IBF in 1989
  • 1983-04-13 Undefeated middleweight boxer Tony Ayala gets 35 years on sex assault
  • 1983-05-20 American heavyweight boxer Larry Holmes beats countryman Tim Witherspoon by split decision to retain his WBC title at the Dunes Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas
  • 1984-06-15 American boxer Thomas Hearns retains WBC light middleweight title with 2 round KO of Roberto Durán of Panama at Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas; marks first time in his illustrious career Durán knocked out
  • 1984-08-11 Future 4-weight world boxing champion Pernell Whitaker wins the lightweight gold medal at the Los Angeles Olympics
  • 1984-12-01 American boxer Greg Page KOs home town favourite Gerrie Coetzee in 8th round to win WBA heavyweight title in Sun City, South Africa
  • 1985-09-21 Michael Spinks beats Larry Holmes in 15 to become Heavyweight Boxing Champion

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1988-09-07 NY Daily News reports boxer Mike Tyson is seeing a psychiatrist

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • 1988-09-22 South Korean coaches attack NZ referee after disputing his decision, Olympic Korean boxer stages a 67 minute sit-in

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1988-10-02 Future world heavyweight boxing champion Lennox Lewis, representing Canada, wins super-heavyweight gold medal at the Seoul Olympics; beats American Riddick Bowe by 2nd round TKO

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Lennox Lewis
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Lennox Lewis
Boxer Riddick Bowe
Boxer
Riddick Bowe
  • 1988-10-02 South Korean light middleweight boxer Park Si-hun is controversially awarded the Seoul Olympic gold medal after appearing well beaten by future 4 weight class world champion Roy Jones Jr
  • 1989-02-24 Panamanian boxing legend Roberto Durán wins 4th world title in different weight divisions when he beats Iran Barkley in a 12 round split decision in Atlantic City; 37 year old Durán wins WBC middleweight title
  • 1991-10-12 Boxer Hector Comacho arrested for driving while getting oral sex
  • 1992-08-09 Cuban boxer Félix Savón wins the first of 3 consecutive Olympic heavyweight gold medals when he dominates Nigerian David Izonritei on points at the Barcelona Games
  • 1994-01-29 Frankie Randall beats Mexican boxing legend Julio César Chávez by split decision to win WBC super lightweight title at MGM Grand, Las Vegas; Chavez's 1st knockdown of career in 11th and 1st loss in 91 pro fights
  • 1995-03-25 Boxer Mike Tyson released from jail after serving 3 years

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1995-09-02 British boxer Frank Bruno beats American champion Oliver McCall in a unanimous 12 round points decision in London for the WBC heavyweight title

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1996-02-15 American boxer Tommy Morrison announces he has contracted HIV

Heavyweight Boxer Tommy Morrison
Heavyweight Boxer
Tommy Morrison

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1996-11-09 Evander Holyfield upsets Mike Tyson in 11th-round knockout in Las Vegas to regain WBA heavyweight boxing title; second boxer, after Muhammad Ali, to win a heavyweight title 3 times

Boxer Evander Holyfield
Boxer
Evander Holyfield
Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • 1997-10-15 NY jury awards boxer Mitch Green $45,000 in civil lawsuit against Mike Tyson, for street brawl in 1988
  • 2000-10-01 Cuban boxer Félix Savon wins his 3rd consecutive Olympic heavyweight gold medal at the Sydney Games; easily beats Russian Sultan Ibragimov on points 21-13; retires after victory ceremony
  • 2004-08-29 Future undisputed world light heavyweight boxing champion Andre Ward of the US wins the light heavyweight gold medal at the Athens Olympics beating Magomed Aripgadjiev of Belarus on points
  • 2007-12-29 American boxer Steve Cunningham defends his IBF cruiserweight title for the first time with a 12th-round TKO of local favourite Marco Huck in Bielefeld, Germany
  • 2015-01-17 American boxer Deontay Wilder wins the WBC heavyweight championship by unanimous decision over Bermane Stiverne at MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas; Wilder first American to hold a heavyweight title since Shannon Briggs in 2007

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2016-02-17 Nike ends endorsement deal with Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao after he made TV comments gay people are "worse than animals."

  • 2016-05-21 On same card, American boxer Jermell Charlo KOs John Jackson in 8th to claim vacant WBC super welterweight title, and Jermall Charlo beats Austin Trout on points to retain IBF version; first twins to hold world championships in same weight division

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2017-08-27 Former five-weight world boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. defeats MMA fighter Conor McGregor in his debut match in the 10th round in Las Vegas

  • 2017-09-21 Andre Ward, unified light heavyweight champion and world’s top pound-for-pound boxer, announces his retirement

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2018-05-24 US President Trump posthumously pardons boxer Jack Johnson for racially orientated criminal conviction - transporting a white woman across state lines

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • 2018-06-05 Boxer Floyd Mayweather named 2017 top earning sportsperson by Forbes with $285 million
  • 2018-07-15 Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao stops WBA welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse in 7 in Kuala Lumpur for his first knockout in 9 years and 60th career victory
  • 2018-09-15 Russian boxer Gennady Golovkin (38-1-1, 34 KOs) loses his first pro fight in record 20th title defence as well as undisputed world middleweight crown when outpointed by Mexican Canelo Álvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs) in Las Vegas
  • 2018-12-01 British boxer Tyson Fury dominates much of the fight but survives 2 knockdowns to force a split decision draw with defending WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder at the Staples Center, Los Angeles

Birthdays in Sport

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  • 1831-02-12 John Morrissey, boxer/developer of Saratoga Springs horse race track
  • 1853-03-20 George Godfrey, heavyweight boxer (Old Chocolate), born in Chelsea, Massachusetts
  • 1861-07-03 Peter Jackson, heavyweight boxer (hall of famer), born in Christiansted, Danish West Indies (d. 1901)
  • 1863-05-26 Robert Fitzsimmons, English boxing champion, born in Helston, England (d. 1917)
  • 1866-09-01 James "Gentleman Jim" Corbett, heavyweight champion boxer (1892-97)
  • 1874-11-25 Joe Gans, American boxer (world lightweight champion), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1910)

Person of interestJames J. Jeffries

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
  • 1877-05-04 Arthur Lang, American boxer and businessman, born in Van Wert, Ohio (d. 1992)
  • 1879-08-26 Joe Jeannette, American boxer (world coloured champion 1909), born in West Hoboken, New Jersey (d. 1958)

Person of interestTommy Burns

1881-06-17 Tommy Burns, Canadian boxer, born in Hanover, Ontario (d. 1955)

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Tommy Burns
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Tommy Burns
  • 1881-12-29 Jess Willard, American boxer, born in Pottawatomie County, Kansas (d. 1968)
  • 1882-09-03 Johnny Douglas, English cricketer and boxer, born in Stoke Newington, London (d. 1930)
  • 1883-03-04 Sam Langford, Canadian boxer (d. 1956)
  • 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)
  • 1889-08-31 Bombardier Billy Wells [William Thomas Wells], English heavyweight boxer (Lionsdale Belt, 1911), born in London, England (d. 1967)
  • 1892-05-15 Jimmy Wilde, boxer (d. 1969)
  • 1894-01-12 Georges Carpentier, French boxer (world light heavyweight champion, 1st $1m gate v J Dempsey), born in Lievin, France (d. 1975)

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

Person of interestEddie Eagan

1897-04-26 Eddie Eagan, American boxer (Olympic gold 1920) and bobsledder (Olympic gold 1932), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1967)

Boxer and Bobsledder Eddie Eagan
Boxer and Bobsledder
Eddie Eagan
  • 1898-05-25 Gene Tunney, American boxer, world heavyweight boxing champion (1926-30), born in NYC, New York (d. 1978)
  • 1899-09-02 Hans Nielsen, Danish lightweight and featherweight boxer (Olympic gold 1924)
  • 1901-08-01 Pancho Villa [Francisco Guilledo], Filipino world boxing champion, born in Ilog, Negros Occidental, Philippine Islands (d. 1925)
  • 1902-10-26 Jack Sharkey [Joseph Paul Zukauskas], American boxer and world heavyweight boxing champion, born in Binghamton, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1903-02-20 Pierre Charles, Belgian heavyweight boxer
  • 1903-09-17 Karel Miljon, Dutch boxer (d. 1984)
  • 1905-06-12 James J. Braddock, American heavyweight boxer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1974)
  • 1905-09-28 Max Schmeling, German boxer (world heavyweight champion 1930-32), born in Klein Luckow, Germany (d. 2005)
  • 1906-02-04 Primo Carnera, Italian boxer (champ-1933)
  • 1907-10-01 "Slapsie" Maxie Rosenbloom, Light heavyweight boxing champion (1930-34) and actor, born in NYC, New York (d. 1976)
  • 1908-02-09 Jackie Fields, American featherweight boxer (Olympic gold 1924)
  • 1909-02-11 Max Baer, American heavyweight boxing champion (1934-35), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1959)
  • 1910-03-12 Tony "Two-Ton" Galento, American heavyweight boxer and actor (On the Waterfront), born in Orange, New Jersey (d. 1979)
  • 1910-07-04 Champion Jack [William Thomas] Dupree, American boxer and pianist, born in Irish Channel, New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1992)
  • 1912-12-22 Henry Armstrong, American professional professional boxer & world boxing champion (1938), born in Columbus, Mississippi (d. 1988)
  • 1913-05-29 Tony Zale, American boxer (d. 1997)
  • 1913-07-26 Louis Salica, American flyweight boxer (Olympic bronze 1932), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2002)

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
  • 1914-05-01 John Henry Lewis, American boxer (World Light-Heavyweight champion 1935-38), born in Phoenix, Arizona (d. 1974)

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
  • 1916-07-22 Marcel Cerdan, French boxer (d. 1949)
  • 1917-10-08 Billy Conn, American boxer, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1993)
  • 1918-05-26 Anton Christoforidis, Greek boxer (d. 1985)
  • 1919-01-01 Rocky Graziano, US boxer (Middleweight champ) and entertainer (Pantomime Quiz, Miami Undercover), born in NYC, New York
  • 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 interestSugar Ray Robinson

1921-05-03 Sugar Ray Robinson [Walter Smith], American middle/welterweight boxer (1946-52, 55, 58), born in Ailey, Georgia (d. 1989)

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

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
  • 1922-03-28 Joey Maxim, American boxer, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2001)

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

Person of interestRocky Marciano

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
  • 1924-09-22 Norvel la Follette Ray Lee, lt-HW boxer (Olympic gold 1952)
  • 1925-09-10 Roy James Brown, American boxer and soul singer (Good Rockin' Tonight), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1981)
  • 1926-01-06 Kid Gavilan, Cuban boxer, born in Berrocal, Spain (d. 2003)
  • 1926-03-04 Pascual Pérez (boxing), Argentine flyweight boxer (d. 1977)
  • 1926-03-25 Laszlo Papp, Hungarian Olympic Boxer (Gold-1948, 1952, 1956)
  • 1927-04-02 Carmen Basilio, American world welter and middleweight boxing champion, born in Canastota, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1927-07-22 George Hunter, South Africa, light heavyweight boxer (Olympic gold 1948)
  • 1927-08-15 Wesley Mouzon, American boxer/trainer (Roy Jones Jr), born in Kingstree, South Carolina (d. 2003)
  • 1928-01-12 Vic Toweel, South African boxer (undisputed world bantamweight champion), born in Benoni, South Africa (d. 2008)
  • 1929-04-19 Edward Crook, American middleweight boxer (Olympic gold 1960), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1929-08-14 Dick Tiger, Nigerian boxer (d. 1971)
  • 1929-10-14 Yvon Durelle, Canadian boxer, born in Baie-Sainte-Anne, New Brunswick, Canada (d. 2007)
  • 1930-06-20 Paul Pender, American boxer
  • 1930-11-30 James Felton Boyd, Rocky Mount NC, light HW boxer (Olympic gold 1956)
  • 1930-12-25 Emmanuel Agassi, Iranian boxer and coach and father of Andre Agassi, born in Salmas, Iran
  • 1931-07-21 Gene Fullmer, American boxer (world middleweight champion), born in West Jordan, Utah (d. 2015)
  • 1932-04-24 Vladimir Yengibaryan, Armenian welterweight boxer (Olympic gold, 1956), born in Yerevan, Armenia (d. 2013)
  • 1932-04-27 Charles Adkins, American light welterweight boxer (Olympic gold 1952), born in Gary, Indiana (d. 1993)

Person of interestSonny Liston

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
  • 1932-08-11 Wilson "Papa" Godett, Curacaos worker's union leader/boxer
  • 1933-07-17 Bruce Wells, British boxer & actor
  • 1933-08-04 Nathan Eugene Brooks, flyweight boxer (Olympic gold 1952), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1933-11-01 Davey Moore, American featherweight world champion boxer who died after injuries sustained in a match against Sugar Ramos, born in Lexington, Kentucky (d. 1963)
  • 1934-05-03 Henry Cooper, English heavyweight boxer (famous defeat to Muhammad Ali 1966), born in London, England (d. 2011)
  • 1934-12-01 LeMar Clark, American heavyweight boxer, born in Cedar City, Utah (d. 2006)

Person of interestFloyd Patterson

1935-01-04 Floyd Patterson, American boxer (world heavyweight champion 1956-59, 1960-62, Olympic gold 1952), born in Waco, North Carolina (d. 2006)

Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion
Floyd Patterson
  • 1935-03-25 Flash Elorde, Filipino boxer
  • 1935-10-10 Dave Charnley, British lightweight boxer (Dartford Destroyer), born in Dartford, England (d. 2012)
  • 1936-05-03 José Torres, Puerto Rican boxer (world light-heavyweight champion), born in Ponce, Puerto Rico (d. 2009)
  • 1937-02-08 Manfred Krug, Duisburg Germany, actor (Boxer)
  • 1937-03-23 Tony Burton, actor (Rocky films) and boxer, born in Flint, Michigan (d. 2016)
  • 1937-05-06 Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, American boxer whose murder convictions were overturned after 19 years in prison, born in Clifton, New Jersey
  • 1937-08-14 Brian Curvis, Welsh boxer and British welterweight champion (1960-1964), born in Swansea, Wales (d. 2012)
  • 1937-09-12 George Chuvalo, Canadian boxer, born in Toronto, Canada
  • 1938-01-24 Gyula Torok, Hungarian Boxer (Oly Gold 1960), (d. 2014)
  • 1938-02-03 Emile Griffith, American boxer, (world welterweight, middleweight & junior middleweight champion), born in Saint Thomas, US Virgin Islands (d. 2013)
  • 1938-04-26 Nino Benvenuti, Italian boxer (world middleweight champion), born in Izola, Slovenia
  • 1938-05-07 Johnny Caldwell, Irish flyweight boxer (Olympic bronze 1956), born in Belfast, Ireland (d. 2009)
  • 1938-06-24 Boris Lagutin, USSR, light-middleweight boxer (Olympic gold 1964, 68)
  • 1938-12-15 Bob [Robert] Foster, American professional boxer "The Deputy Sheriff", born in Borger, Texas (d. 2015)
  • 1939-02-28 Charles Brown, featherweight boxer (Olympic bronze 1964), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1939-04-04 Ernie Terrell, American boxer (WBA champ 1965-7), born in Belzoni, Mississippi (d. 2014)
  • 1939-09-09 Carlos Ortiz, Puerto Rican boxer
  • 1939-10-15 Carmelo Bossi, Italian light middleweight boxer (Olympic silver 1960), born in Milan, Italy (d. 2014)
  • 1939-12-18 Sandro Lopopolia, Italian lightweight boxer (Olympic-Silver-1960)
  • 1940-10-19 Jerzy Kulej, Polish light welterweight boxer (Olympic gold 1964, 68), (d. 2012)
  • 1940-11-11 Barbara Boxer, (Rep-D-CA, 1983-92/Sen-D-CA, 1993- )
  • 1941-08-04 Quincey Daniels, American boxer (Olympic bronze 1960), born in San Diego, California

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding 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

HeartWedding of Interest

1971-12-24 Professional boxer George Foreman (22) weds Adrienne Calhoun

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman

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

2000-05-10 World champion professional boxer Manny Pacquiao (21) weds Jinkee Pacquiao

  • 2001-10-05 "The Golden Boy" professional boxer Oscar De La Hoya (28) weds Puerto Rican pop singer Millie Corretjer (27) in a secret ceremony held at "El Invernino" in San Juan

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

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson

Divorces in Sport


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1974-02-13 Professional boxer George Foreman (25) divorces Adrienne Calhoun after almost 3 years of marriage

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman

Deaths in Sport

Deaths 1 - 100 of 123

  • 1789-01-08 Jack Broughton, English boxer (published first boxing code), dies at 85
  • 1848-05-11 Tom Cribb, English boxer (b. 1781)
  • 1910-08-10 Joe Gans, American boxer (world lightweight champion), dies of tuberculosis at 35
  • 1910-10-15 Stanley Ketchel [The Michigan Assassin], Polish-American heavyweight boxing champion (1908-10), murdered at a ranch in Missouri at 24
  • 1917-10-22 Bob Fitzsimmons, English boxer (b. 1863)
  • 1925-07-14 Pancho Villa [Francisco Guilledo], Filipino world boxing champion, dies at 23
  • 1930-12-19 Johnny Douglas, English cricketer and boxer, drowns at 48
  • 1944-09-18 Anthony Stefanich, British boxer/captain, killed in Arnhem
  • 1946-06-10 Jack Johnson, 1st African American world heavyweight boxing champion, dies in a car accident aged 68
  • 1949-10-27 Marcel Cerdan, French boxer (b. 1916)

Person of interestJames J. Jeffries

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

Person of interestTommy Burns

1955-05-10 Tommy Burns, Canadian boxer, dies of a heart attack at 73

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Tommy Burns
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Tommy Burns
  • 1956-01-21 Sam Langford, Canadian boxer (b. 1883)
  • 1958-07-02 Joe Jeannette, American boxer (world coloured champion 1909), dies at 78
  • 1959-11-21 Max Baer, American heavyweight boxing champion (1934-35), dies at 50
  • 1962-04-03 Benny "Kid" Paret, US welterweight boxer, dies after fight, at 24
  • 1963-03-25 Davey Moore, American featherweight world champion boxer, dies at 29 as a result of injuries sustained in a match against Sugar Ramos
  • 1966-05-16 Randolph Turpin, boxer, shot dead in his home
  • 1966-08-08 Pierre Charles, Belgian heavyweight boxer, dies at 63
  • 1967-06-12 Bombardier Billy Wells [William Thomas Wells], English heavyweight boxer (Lionsdale Belt, 1911), dies at 79

Person of interestEddie Eagan

1967-06-14 Eddie Eagan, American boxer (Olympic gold 1920) and bobsledder (Olympic gold 1932), dies of a heart attack at 69

Boxer and Bobsledder Eddie Eagan
Boxer and Bobsledder
Eddie Eagan
  • 1967-06-29 Primo Carnera, Italian boxer (b. 1906)
  • 1967-12-14 Frank Moran, American heavyweight boxer and film actor, dies of a heart attack at 80

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
  • 1971-12-14 Dick Tiger, Nigerian-born boxer (b. 1929)
  • 1973-01-25 Masao Ohba, Japanese boxer (WBA flyweight champion), dies in a car accident at 23
  • 1974-04-18 John Henry Lewis, American boxer (World Light-Heavyweight champion 1935-38), dies of emphysema and Parkinson's at 59
  • 1974-11-29 James J. Braddock, American heavyweight boxer, dies at 69

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
  • 1975-10-28 Georges Carpentier, French boxer (world light heavyweight champion, 1st $1m gate v J Dempsey), dies of a heart attack at 81
  • 1976-03-06 "Slapsie" Maxie Rosenbloom, Light heavyweight boxing champion (1930-34) and actor, dies at 71
  • 1978-11-07 Gene Tunney, American boxer, heavyweight boxing champion (1926-28), dies at 80
  • 1979-07-22 Tony "Two-Ton" Galento, American heavyweight boxer and actor (On the Waterfront), dies at 69

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
  • 1981-05-25 Roy Brown, American boxer/rocker, dies of a heart attack at 55
  • 1982-08-12 Salvador Sanchez, Mexican boxer (b. 1959)
  • 1982-11-17 Duk Koo Kim, South Korean boxer, legally declared dead

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
  • 1984-02-08 Karel Miljon, Dutch boxer (b. 1903)
  • 1985-10-31 Anton Christoforidis, Greek boxer (b. 1918)

Person of interestSugar Ray Robinson

1989-04-12 Sugar Ray Robinson [Walter Smith], American middle/welterweight boxer (1946-52, 55, 58), dies of alzheimer's disease at 67

Middle/welterweight championship boxer Sugar Ray Robinson
Middle/welterweight championship boxer
Sugar Ray Robinson
  • 1990-02-02 Joe Erskine, Welsh boxer (b. 1934)
  • 1990-05-22 Rocky Graziano, boxer/writer/actor (Mr Rock & Roll), dies at 71 of heart failure
  • 1992-01-21 Champion Jack [William Thomas] Dupree, American boxer and pianist, dies at 81
  • 1992-05-17 Warren Neal Boxer, dies of AIDS at 34
  • 1992-08-08 Arthur Lang, American boxer and businessman, dies at 115
  • 1993-05-29 Billy Conn, American boxer, dies of pneumonia at 75
  • 1993-07-08 Charles Adkins, American light welterweight boxer (Olympic gold 1952), dies at 61

Person of interestJersey Joe

1994-02-25 Jersey Joe Walcott, boxer, dies at 80

World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jersey Joe
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jersey Joe
  • 1994-07-24 Wangila Napunyi, welterweight boxer (Olympic gold 1988), dies at 26
  • 1994-08-17 Jack Sharkey [Joseph Paul Zukauskas], American boxer and world heavyweight boxing champion, dies at 91
  • 1995-09-06 Buster Mathis, American heavyweight boxer, dies at 52
  • 1997-03-20 Tony Zale, American boxer (b. 1913)
  • 1997-12-21 Bruce Woodcock, English boxer, European Heavyweight Champion, dies at 76

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
  • 2001-06-02 Joey Maxim, American boxer, dies at 79
  • 2002-01-16 Bobo Olson, American boxer (b. 1928)
  • 2002-01-30 Louis Salica, American flyweight boxer (Olympic bronze 1932), dies at 89
  • 2002-06-23 Pedro 'El Rockero' Alcazar, Panamanian boxer (b. 1975)
  • 2003-02-13 Kid Gavilan, Cuban boxer (b. 1926)
  • 2003-07-01 Wesley Mouzon, American boxer/trainer (Roy Jones Jr), dies of kidney cancer at 75
  • 2003-10-16 László Papp, Hungarian boxer (b. 1926)
  • 2004-08-16 Robert Quiroga, American boxer (b. 1969)
  • 2004-10-28 Jimmy McLarnin, Northern Irish-born boxer (b. 1907)
  • 2005-02-02 Max Schmeling, German boxer (world heavyweight champion 1930-32), dies at 99
  • 2005-02-14 Najai Turpin, American boxer

Person of interestFloyd Patterson

2006-05-11 Floyd Patterson, American boxer (world heavyweight champion 1956-59, 1960-62, Olympic gold 1952), dies of prostate cancer at 71

Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion
Floyd Patterson
  • 2006-08-13 Payao Poontarat, Thai Olympic boxer (b. 1957)
  • 2006-10-28 Trevor Berbick, Jamaican professional boxer, dies at 52
  • 2006-11-05 LeMar Clark, American heavyweight boxer, dies at 71
  • 2006-11-23 Willie Pep, American boxer (b. 1922)
  • 2007-01-06 Yvon Durelle, Canadian boxer, dies at 77
  • 2007-05-07 Diego Corrales, American boxer (b. 1977)
  • 2008-01-03 Yo-Sam Choi, South Korean boxer/former WBC light flyweight champion (b. 1972)
  • 2008-08-15 Vic Toweel, South African boxer (undisputed world bantamweight champion), dies at 79
  • 2008-10-23 Kevin Finnegan, British Middleweight Boxing Champion (b. 1948)
  • 2009-01-04 Giselle Salandy, Trinidad & Tobago female boxer (b. 1987)
  • 2009-01-16 Joe Erskine, American boxer and long distance runner (b. 1930)
  • 2009-01-19 José Torres, Puerto Rican boxer (world light-heavyweight champion), dies of a heart attack at 72
  • 2009-01-30 Ingemar Johansson, Swedish heavyweight professional boxing champion of the world (b. 1932)
  • 2009-03-23 Raúl Macías, A famous Mexican boxer (b. 1934)
  • 2009-03-25 Giovanni Parisi, Italian boxer (b. 1967)
  • 2009-07-01 Alexis Argüello, Nicaraguan boxer (3-weight world champion), dies of self inflicted gun wound at 57
  • 2009-07-11 Arturo Gatti, Italian-Canadian professional boxer (b. 1972)
  • 2009-07-25 Vernon Forrest, Professional boxer, 2-division world champion (b. 1971)
  • 2009-09-14 Darren Sutherland, Irish boxer (b. 1982)
  • 2010-01-08 Tony Halme, Finnish boxer and politician (b. 1963)
  • 2010-01-11 Joe Rollino, American strongman, weightlifter, and boxer (b. 1905)
  • 2010-04-19 Edwin Valero, Venezuelan boxer (b. 1981)
  • 2011-05-01 Henry Cooper, English heavyweight boxer (famous defeat to Muhammad Ali 1966), dies of heart failure at 76
  • 2011-05-08 Lionel Rose, Australian boxer (1st Indigenous Australian to win a world title), dies at 62

Person of interestJoe Frazier

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

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier
  • 2012-01-09 Brian Curvis, British boxer and 1960 welterweight champion, dies from leukemia at 74
  • 2012-03-03 Dave Charnley, British lightweight boxer (Dartford Destroyer), dies at 72
  • 2012-03-10 Julio Gonzalez, Mexican light heavyweight boxer (WBO Champion 2003-2004), dies from a hit and run at 35
  • 2012-06-11 Teofilo Stevenson, Cuban Heavyweight boxer, dies from a heart attack at 60
  • 2012-07-04 Jimmy Bivins [James], American Hall of Fame boxer, dies from pneumonia at 92
  • 2012-07-13 Jerzy Kulej, Polish light welterweight boxer and politician, dies from a heart attack at 71
  • 2012-09-23 Corrie Sanders, South African boxer, shot dead at 46
  • 2012-11-06 M-16 [Ernest Mateen], American cruiserweight boxing champion, dies at 46