Famous Boxers in History (Part 2)

Events in Sport

  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1990-01-15 42 year old former world heavyweight boxing champion George Foreman stops Gerry Cooney in 2 rounds in Atlantic City in a non-title bout; Cooney's last fight

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman
  • 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
  • 1995-01-14 Vinny Pazienza beats Panamanian boxing legend Roberto Durán in a 12-round unanimous decision in a super middleweight bout in Atlantic City; 2nd time in 6 months Pazienza wears down 43-year-old Duran in a high profile pay-pay-view bout

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1995-03-25 Boxer Mike Tyson released from jail after serving 3 years

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1997-03-01 Puerto Rican boxer Héctor Camacho stops Sugar Ray Leonard in 5th round in Atlantic City, NJ to retain IBC middleweight title; only time Leonard's is KO'ed and sends him into permanent retirement

  • 1997-10-15 NY jury awards boxer Mitch Green $45,000 in civil lawsuit against Mike Tyson, for street brawl in 1988
  • 2000-04-01 American boxer Chris Byrd wins WBO Heavyweight title when Ukrainian champion Vitali Klitschko retires with a shoulder injury at the end of the 9th round in Berlin, Germany
  • 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
  • 2002-03-02 40-year old South African boxer ‘Baby Jake’ Matlala ends his 22-year career with a 7th-round TKO win over Columbia’s Juan Herrera to retain his WBU junior flyweight title in Johannesburg
  • 2002-06-01 In a battle of former heavyweight boxing champions in Atlantic City, Evander Holyfield beats Hasim Rahman by TKO; fight stopped 1:40 into 8th round because of giant welt above Rahman's left eye
  • 2003-03-01 World light heavyweight boxing champion Roy Jones Jr. wins a unanimous decision against champion John Ruiz to capture the WBA heavyweight crown in Las Vegas
  • 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
  • 2015-11-28 British boxer Tyson Fury beats Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko by unanimous decision to win WBA, WBO, IBF, IBO, The Ring magazine and lineal heavyweight titles in Düsseldorf, Germany; ends Klitschko's 9 year reign as champion

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018-05-24 US President Donald Trump posthumously pardons boxer Jack Johnson for racially orientated criminal conviction - transporting a white woman across state lines [1]

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Jack Johnson
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Jack Johnson
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • 2018-06-05 American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
  • 2019-05-04 Mexican boxer Canelo Alvarez unifies a trio of middleweight world titles in a close, unanimous decision over Daniel Jacobs at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV
  • 2019-06-01 Mexican-American boxer Andy Ruiz Jr produces a huge upset when he stops English champion Anthony Joshua in 7 at Madison Square Garden; wins IBF, WBO, IBO and WBA world heavyweight titles
  • 2021-05-22 30 year old Scottish light-welterweight boxer Josh Taylor becomes Britain's first undisputed world champion in the four-belt era by beating Jose Ramirez by unanimous decision in Las Vegas

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 338

  • 1934-01-26 Joe Erskine, Welsh heavyweight boxer (British heavyweight champion 1956-58), born in Cardiff, Wales (d. 1990)
  • 1934-05-03 Henry Cooper, English boxer (British, European, C'wealth heavyweight champion; famous defeats to Muhammad Ali 1963, 66), born in London, England (d. 2011)
  • 1934-12-01 LaMar Clark, American boxer (record most consecutive knockouts 44, including unsanctioned bouts), 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)

Boxing Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxing Champion
Floyd Patterson
  • 1935-03-25 Gabriel 'Flash' Elorde, Filipino boxer (featherweight and super featherweight champion), born in Bogo (d. 1985)
  • 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)
  • 1936-05-09 Terry Downes, British middleweight boxing champion (1961-62), born in London, England (2017)
  • 1937-02-08 Manfred Krug, German actor (Boxer), born in Duisburg, Germany (d. 2016)
  • 1937-03-23 Tony Burton, actor (Rocky films) and boxer, born in Flint, Michigan (d. 2016)
  • 1937-05-06 Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, American boxer (famous murder conviction overturned after 19 years imprisonment), born in Clifton, New Jersey (d. 2014)
  • 1937-06-15 Curtis Cokes, American boxer (WBA/WBC world welterweight champion 1966-69), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2020)
  • 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, Ontario
  • 1938-01-24 Gyula Torok, Hungarian boxer (Oly Gold 1960), born in Kispest, Hungary (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)
  • 1938-10-03 Alessandro Mazzinghi, Italian boxer (WBA and WBC light-middleweight champion 1963–65, 68), born in Pontedera, Italy (d. 2020)
  • 1938-10-29 Wilbert McClure, American boxer (Olympic gold light middleweight 1960), born in Toledo, Ohio (d. 2020)
  • 1938-12-15 Bob Foster, American boxer (world light-heavyweight champion 1968-74), 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, American politician (Rep-D-CA, 1983-92/Sen-D-CA, 1993-2017), born in New York City
  • 1941-08-04 Quincey Daniels, American boxer (Olympic bronze 1960), born in San Diego, California
  • 1941-12-02 Sugar Ramos [Ultiminio Ramos], Cuban-Mexican boxer (World Featherweight champion 1963-64), born in Matanzas, Cuba (d. 2017)

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
  • 1942-06-01 Fernando Atzori, Italian boxer (Olympic gold flyweight 1964), born in Ales, Italy (d. 2020)
  • 1942-08-07 Carlos Monzón, Argentine boxer, born in San Javier, Argentina (d. 1995)
  • 1942-10-10 Chartchai Chionoi, Thai boxer (WBC/WBA flyweight champion), born in Bangkok, Thailand (d. 2018)
  • 1943-03-05 Billy Backus, American boxer
  • 1943-04-05 Masahiko 'Fighting' Harada, Japanese boxer (world flyweight, bantamweight champion), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1943-06-11 Buster Mathis, American boxer (World Super Heavyweight title 1972), born in Sledge, Mississippi (d. 1995)
  • 1943-08-09 Ken Norton, American heavyweight boxer who had 3 famous fights with Muhammad Ali, born in Jacksonville, Illinois (d. 2013)

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)
  • 1944-06-17 Chucho Castillo, Mexican bantamweight boxer (WBA, WBC, 1970), born in Nuevo Valle de Moreno, Mexico (d. 2013)
  • 1945-02-07 Pete Postlethwaite, English actor (In the Name of the Father, Inception), born in Warrington, England (d. 2011)
  • 1945-03-28 Johnny Famechon, Australian boxer (WBC featherweight champion), born in Paris, France
  • 1945-05-15 Jerry Quarry, American boxer (famous bouts v world champions Floyd Patterson, Jimmy Ellis, Joe Frazier, Muhammad Ali, Ken Norton), born in Bakersfield, California (d. 1999)
  • 1946-09-15 Fighting Mack [Edwin Alberto], Antillian welterweight boxer
  • 1947-01-14 Rubén Olivares, Mexican boxer (4-division world champion), born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • 1947-01-26 Miguel Ángel Castellini, Argentine boxer (WBA, lineal light middleweight titles 1976-77), born in Santa Rosa, Argentina (d. 2020)
  • 1947-06-04 Saoul Mamby, American boxer (WBC super lightweight title 1980-82), born in Bronx, NYC, New York (d. 2019)
  • 1947-11-01 Rolando Garbey, Cuban light middleweight boxer (Olympic silver 1968; World C'ship gold 1974), born in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
  • 1948-05-23 Ernesto Marcel, Panamanian boxer (WBA featherweight title 1972-74), born in Colón, Panama (d. 2020)
  • 1948-06-21 Lionel Rose, Australian boxer (1st Indigenous Australian to win a world title), born in Drouin, Victoria (d. 2011)
  • 1948-09-03 Ronald W Harris, American lightweight boxer (Olympic gold 1968), born in Canton, Ohio
  • 1948-11-02 Víctor Galíndez, Argentine boxer (WBA light heavyweight title 1974-79), born in Vedia, Buenos Aires (d. 1980)

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
  • 1949-08-26 John Baldwin, light middleweight boxer (Olympic bronze 1968), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1949-10-21 Masao Ohba, Japanese boxer (WBA flyweight champion), born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 1973)

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
  • 1949-12-12 Ricardo Luis Carreras, American bantamweight boxer (Olympic bronze 1972), born in NYC, New York
  • 1950-03-13 Joe Bugner, Hungarian-British-Australian boxer (European Champ 1971), born in Szőreg, Hungary
  • 1950-05-07 Randall 'Tex' Cobb, American boxer and actor, born in Bridge City, Texas
  • 1950-06-27 Benjamin Peterson, American heavyweight boxer (Olympic gold 1972), born in Barron County, Wisconsin
  • 1951-04-18 Ricardo Fortaleza, Australian-Filipino boxer, born in Malate, Manila, Philippines
  • 1951-05-27 John Conteh, British boxer, WBC Light Heavyweight crown (1974-77), born in Liverpool

Person of interestRoberto Durán

1951-06-16 Roberto Durán, Panamanian boxer (4-weight world champion), born in El Chorrillo, Panama

  • 1951-08-17 Alan Minter, English boxer (world middleweight champion 1980), born in Crawley, England (d. 2020)
  • 1952-03-29 Teofilo Stevenson, Cuban heavyweight boxer (Olympic gold 1972, 76, 80), born in Puerto Padre, Cuba (d. 2012)
  • 1952-04-12 Alexis Argüello, Nicaraguan boxer (3-weight world champion), born in Managua, Nicaragua (d. 2009)
  • 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 (d. 2021)
  • 1952-07-03 Peter Mathebula, South African boxer (WBA flyweight title 1980-81), born in Mohlakeng, South Africa (d. 2020)
  • 1952-08-02 Angel Herrera, Cuban FW/LW boxer (Olympic gold 1976, 80), born in Guantánamo, Cuba

Person of interestLeon Spinks

1953-07-11 Leon Spinks, American boxer (WBC, WBA heavyweight champion 1978; Olympic gold light heavyweight 1976), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2021)

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Leon Spinks
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Leon Spinks
  • 1953-11-09 Gaétan Hart, Canadian boxer
  • 1954-04-12 Marvin Johnson, American boxer (WBC Light heavyweight title 1978; WBA Light heavyweight title 1979-80, 86-87), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1954-10-03 Branko Cikatić, Croatian kickboxer (first K-1 World Grand Prix Heavyweight C'ship 1993), born in Split, Croatia (d. 2020)
  • 1954-11-17 Jorge Hernández, Cuban boxer Olympic gold light flyweight 1976; World C'ship gold 1974, 78), born in Havana, Cuba (d. 2019)
  • 1955-01-29 John Tate, American heavyweight boxer (Olympic bronze 1968)
  • 1955-03-16 Jiro Watanabe, Japanese boxer
  • 1955-04-13 Lupe Pintor, Mexican boxer, born in Cuajimalpa, Mexico City
  • 1955-07-01 Mike Rossman, American boxer (world light-heavyweight champion 1978-79), born in Turnersville, New Jersey
  • 1955-08-01 Trevor Berbick, Jamaican boxer (WBC heavyweight champion 1986), born in Norwich, Port Antonio, Jamaica (d. 2006)
  • 1955-10-20 Aaron Pryor, American welterweight boxing champion, born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 2016)
  • 1956-01-01 Sergio Victor Palma, Argentine boxer (WBA Super Bantamweight champion 1980-82), born in La Tigra, Argentina (d. 2021)
  • 1956-02-14 Howard Edward Davis Jr., American boxer (Olympic silver 1976), born in Glen Cove, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1956-03-02 Eusebio Pedroza, Panamanian boxer (WBA featherweight champion 1978-85), born in Panama City, Panama (d. 2019)

Person of interestSugar Ray Leonard

1956-05-17 Sugar Ray Leonard, American boxer (Olympic gold 1976), born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina

  • 1956-07-13 Michael Spinks, American boxer (undisputed world light heavyweight title 1983-85; lineal world heavyweight title 1985-88; Olympic gold middleweight 1976), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1956-07-20 Charlie Magri, Tunisian British world champ flyweight boxer (1983), born in Tunis, Tunisia
  • 1956-08-04 Gerry Cooney, American heavyweight boxer (US Olympics team 1980), born in Manhattan, New York
  • 1956-10-29 Wilfredo Gómez, Puerto Rican boxer
  • 1957-01-07 Julian Solis, Puerto Rican boxer, born in Rio Pedras, Puerto Rico
  • 1957-03-10 Adolfo Horta, Camaguey Cuba, HW boxer (Olympic silver 1980)
  • 1958-01-26 Salvador Sánchez, Mexican boxer, born in Santiago Tianguistenco, Mexico (d. 1982)
  • 1958-02-15 Tony Tubbs, American boxer (WBA heavyweight title 1985-86), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1958-04-09 Tony Sibson, English boxer, born in Leicester
  • 1958-09-12 Wilfred Benítez, Puerto Rican boxer (youngest world champion at 17 years, 176 days [WBA Light Welterweight]), born in NYC, New York
  • 1958-09-19 Azumah Nelson, Ghanaian professional boxer, born in Accra, Ghana

Person of interestThomas Hearns

1958-10-18 Thomas Hearns, American boxer (first boxer to win world titles in 5 weight divisions), born in Memphis, Tennessee

  • 1959-05-03 Carlos De León, Puerto Rican boxer (WBC cruiserweight champion (1980–82, 83–85, 86–88, 89–90), born in Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico (d. 2020)
  • 1959-05-15 Kaokor Galaxy, Thai boxer

Weddings in Sport


Divorces in Sport


Deaths in Sport

  • 2007-05-07 Diego Corrales, American boxer (b. 1977)
  • 2008-01-03 Yo-Sam Choi, South Korean boxer (Lineal & WBC light flyweight titles 1999-2002), dies of brain damage after fight at 35
  • 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)
  • 2009-03-02 Chris Finnegan, British boxer (Olympic gold middleweight 1968), dies of pneumonia at 64
  • 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)
  • 2009-11-14 Bruce Wells, English boxer (European amateur light middleweight champion 1953) & actor (Dr. Who 1965-73), dies at 76
  • 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 (undefeated world champion WBA super featherweight 2006-08; WBC lightweight 2009-10), commits suicide at 28
  • 2011-05-01 Henry Cooper, English boxer (British, European, C'wealth heavyweight champion; famous defeats to Muhammad Ali 1963, 66), 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, American boxer (Olympic gold heavyweight 1964; undisputed world heavyweight champion 1970-73), 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
  • 2012-02-01 Angelo Dundee, American boxing trainer & cornerman (Muhammad Ali 1960–81 & 15 other world boxing champions), dies at 90
  • 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
  • 2012-11-07 Carmen Basilio, American boxer (World Welterweight title 1955-56; Middleweight title 1957-58), dies from pneumonia at 85
  • 2012-11-24 Héctor Camacho, Puerto Rican boxer (WBC super featherweight 1983-84, WBC lightweight 1985-87, WBO Jr. welterweight twice 1989-1992), dies from gunshot wounds at 50
  • 2013-01-15 Chucho Castillo, Mexican bantamweight boxer (WBA, WBC, 1970), dies from a heart attack at 68
  • 2013-02-01 Vladimir Yengibaryan, Armenian boxer (Olympic gold light welterweight 1956), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 80
  • 2013-04-20 Nosher Powell, English actor and boxer, dies at 84
  • 2013-07-23 Emile Griffith, American boxer, (world welterweight, middleweight & junior middleweight champion), dies of dementia complications at 75

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
  • 2013-09-18 Ken Norton, American heavyweight boxer who had 3 famous fights with Muhammad Ali, dies at 70
  • 2013-12-07 Jacob Matlala, South African boxer (WBO, WBU, IBA flyweight champion; shortest world champion ever at 1.47m [4-foot-10]), dies from pneumonia at 51
  • 2014-01-12 Gyula Torok, Hungarian Olympic Champion Boxer, dies at 75
  • 2014-03-23 Carmelo Bossi, Italian light middleweight boxer (Olympic silver 1960), dies at 74
  • 2014-04-20 Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, American boxer (famous murder conviction overturned after 19 years imprisonment), dies of prostate cancer at 76
  • 2014-05-06 Jimmy Ellis, American boxer & WBA heavyweight champion, dies from dementia at 74
  • 2014-12-16 Ernie Terrell, American boxer (WBA champ 1965-7), dies at 75
  • 2015-04-27 Gene Fullmer, American boxer (world middleweight champion), dies at 83
  • 2015-11-21 Bob Foster, American boxer (world light-heavyweight champion 1968-74), dies at 76
  • 2015-12-30 Howard Edward Davis Jr., boxer (Olympic silver 1976), dies at 59
  • 2016-02-25 Tony Burton, American actor (Rocky films) and boxer, dies at 78

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
  • 2016-10-21 Manfred Krug, German actor (Boxer), dies at 79
  • 2017-09-03 Sugar Ramos [Ultiminio Ramos], Cuban-Mexican boxer (World Featherweight champion 1963-64), dies at 75

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
  • 2017-11-16 Ferdie Pacheco, American boxer and physician (the "Fight Doctor"), dies at 89
  • 2018-01-21 Chartchai Chionoi, Thai boxer (WBC/WBA flyweight champion), dies of Parkinson's disease at 75
  • 2018-05-08 James Scott, American boxer and felon, dies at 71
  • 2018-11-24 David Defiagbon, Nigerian-Canadian boxer (Olympic silver 1996), dies at 48
  • 2019-03-01 Eusebio Pedroza, Panamanian boxer (WBA featherweight champion 1978-85), dies of pancreatic cancer at 62
  • 2019-07-14 Pernell Whitaker, American boxer (Olympic gold 1984, 4-division world champion), dies when hit by a vehicle at 55
  • 2019-12-12 Jorge Hernández, Cuban boxer Olympic gold light flyweight 1976; World C'ship gold 1974, 78), dies at 65
  • 2019-12-19 Saoul Mamby, American boxer (WBC super lightweight title 1980-82), dies at 72
  • 2020-01-01 Carlos De León, Puerto Rican boxer (WBC cruiserweight champion (1980–82, 83–85, 86–88, 89–90), dies of a heart attack at 60
  • 2020-01-18 Peter Mathebula, South African boxer (WBA flyweight title 1980-81), dies at 67
  • 2020-01-31 Johnny Bumphus, American boxer (WBA super lightweight title 1984), dies at 59
  • 2020-02-13 Jimmy Thunder, New Zealand boxer (IBO heavyweight title 1994-95), dies following brain surgery at 54
  • 2020-03-17 Roger Mayweather, American boxer (WBA & lineal super featherweight title 1983-84, WBC light welterweight 1987-89; IBO light welterweight; IBO welterweight 1994-95), dies at 58
  • 2020-03-23 Branko Cikatić, Croatian kickboxer (first K-1 World Grand Prix Heavyweight C'ship 1993), dies from Parkinson's disease at 65
  • 2020-05-29 Curtis Cokes, American boxer (WBA/WBC world welterweight champion 1966-69), dies of heart failure at 82
  • 2020-06-04 Pete Rademacher, American boxer (Olympic gold +81kg 1956; first challenger for world heavyweight title in first pro bout; lost), dies at 91
  • 2020-06-29 Ernesto Marcel, Panamanian boxer (WBA featherweight title 1972-74), dies at 72
  • 2020-06-30 Alfred Kotey, Ghanaian boxer (WBO Bantamweight C'ship 1994-95), dies of complications from a stroke at 52
  • 2020-07-15 Travell Mazion, American boxer (WBC-NABF super welterweight title 2020), dies in a car accident at 24
  • 2020-08-06 Wilbert McClure, American boxer (Olympic gold light middleweight 1960), dies at 81
  • 2020-08-22 Alessandro Mazzinghi, Italian boxer (WBA and WBC light-middleweight champion 1963–65, 68), dies from a stroke at 81
  • 2020-09-09 Alan Minter, English boxer (world middleweight champion 1980), dies from cancer at 69
  • 2020-10-28 Miguel Ángel Castellini, Argentine boxer (WBA, lineal light middleweight titles 1976-77), dies from COVID-19 at 73
  • 2020-11-09 Fernando Atzori, Italian boxer (Olympic gold flyweight 1964), dies at 78
  • 2021-02-05 Leon Spinks, American boxer (WBC, WBA heavyweight champion 1978; Olympic gold light heavyweight 1976), dies from prostate cancer at 67
  • 2021-03-13 'Marvelous' Marvin Hagler, American boxer (undisputed World Middleweight champion 1980-87; second-longest unified C'ship reign in history), dies at 66
  • 2021-05-14 Olga Domuladzhanova, Russian boxer (World amateur heavyweight gold 2001), dies from COVID-19 at 52
  • 2021-05-29 Keith Mullings, American boxer (WBC and lineal light middleweight titles 1998), dies at 53
  • 2021-06-28 Sergio Victor Palma, Argentine boxer (WBA Super Bantamweight champion 1980-82), dies from COVID-19 at 65
  • 2021-07-02 Lehlo Ledwaba, South African boxer (IBF super bantamweight title 1999-2001), dies from COVID-19 at 49

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