Heavyweight Boxing in History

Events in Sport

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  • 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
  • 1870-05-10 Jem Mace & defends his heavyweight crown against Irish champ Joe Coburn, it lasts 1 hr & 17 minutes, & neither is struck by a punch
  • 1873-09-23 Tom Allen beats Mike McCale for Heavyweight Boxing title
  • 1885-08-29 Boxing's 1st heavyweight title fight with 3-oz gloves & 3-minute rounds fought between John L Sullivan & Dominick McCaffrey
  • 1888-03-10 Heavyweight Boxing champ John L Sullivan draws Charlie Mitchell in 30 rounds
  • 1888-12-22 Heavyweight boxing champ John L Sullivan challenges Jake Kilrain
  • 1892-09-07 James Corbett KOs 4 to 1 favourite and defending champion John L. Sullivan in 21 rounds at the Olympic Club, New Orleans for world heavyweight boxing title; Sullivan's only defeat and his last fight
  • 1894-01-25 In his only successful title defence, James J Corbett KOs English champion Charley Mitchell in 3 rounds at the Duvall Athletic Club, Jacksonville, Florida for the world heavyweight boxing title

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1894-09-08 Employed by Thomas Edison, William K.L. Dickson films first boxing match at West Orange, New Jersey, an exhibition between world heavyweight champion James J. Corbett and Peter Courtney

Inventor Thomas Edison
Inventor
Thomas Edison
  • 1897-03-17 British boxer Bob Fitzsimmons KOs American champion Jim Corbett in the 14th round to win World Heavyweight title in Carson City, Nevada

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
  • 1900-05-11 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 Champion James J. Jeffries scores a 10th round TKO win over former champion James J Corbett in San Francisco; his 6th heavyweight boxing title defence
  • 1904-08-25 Champion James J. Jeffries scores a 2nd round TKO win over Jack Munroe in San Francisco; Jeffries retires after his 7th heavyweight boxing title defence
  • 1905-05-13 World heavyweight boxing champion James J. Jeffries retires undefeated after 7 title defences; returns in 1910 to be beaten by Jack Johnson
  • 1905-05-19 Tom Jenkins beats Frank Gotcha for heavyweight wrestling champ
  • 1905-07-03 American boxer Marvin Hart scores a 12th round KO of Jack Root in Reno, Nevada for the vacant world heavyweight title

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
  • 1907-05-08 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
  • 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
  • 1908-04-03 Frank Gotch wins world heavyweight wrestling championship in 2 hrs
  • 1908-04-18 Tommy Burns KOs Jewy Smith in 5 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1908-06-13 Tommy Burns KOs Bill Squires in 8 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1908-08-24 Tommy Burns KOs Bill Squires in 13 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1908-09-03 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
  • 1913-11-28 Heavyweight Jack Johnson KOs Andre Spaul in Paris
  • 1913-12-09 Heavyweight Jack Johnson-Jim Johnson fight to no decision in Paris
  • 1913-12-19 Jack Johnson fights Jim Johnson to a draw in 10 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

1919-07-04 Jack Dempsey beats champion Jess Willard, retired in 3rd round in Toledo, Ohio for world heavyweight championship

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jack Dempsey
  • 1920-09-06 Jack Dempsey KOs Billy Miske in 3 for heavyweight boxing title 1st radio broadcast of a prizefight
  • 1920-12-14 Jack Dempsey KOs Bill Brennan in 12 for heavyweight boxing title in NYC
  • 1921-07-02 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 15-round unanimous points decision against Harry Greb at Madison Square Garden, NY
  • 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 In his 4th heavyweight boxing title defence Jack Dempsey recovers after being sent through the ropes to KO Argentine challenger Luis Firpo in the 2nd round at the Polo Grounds, NYC
  • 1926-09-23 "Upset of the Decade" - Gene Tunney beats defending champion Jack Dempsey by 10-round unanimous decision at Sesquicentennial Stadium, Philadelphia for world heavyweight boxing title
  • 1927-09-22 "The long count" - in a famous boxing rematch, Gene Tunney beats Jack Dempsey by 10-round unanimous decision at Soldiers Field, Chicago to retain world heavyweight title; crowd 104,943; gate $2,858,660
  • 1928-07-26 In only his second and final defence of his world heavyweight boxing title, Gene Tunney scores an 11-round TKO win over Tom Heeney at Yankee Stadium, NYC
  • 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
  • 1932-06-21 German champion Max Schmeling loses NYSAC, NBA and lineal heavyweight boxing titles in controversial split points decision to American Jack Sharkey in NYC, New York
  • 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
  • 1933-10-22 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
  • 1934-06-14 American boxer Max Baer KO's defending champion Primo Carnera of Italy in 11th round at Madison Square Garden for the lineal world heavyweight title
  • 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
  • 1936-06-19 German boxer Max Schmeling KOs up-and-coming American heavyweight Joe Louis in 12 rounds at Yankee Stadium, 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
  • 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
  • 1939-06-28 Joe Louis TKOs Tony Galent in 4 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1939-09-20 Joe Louis KOs Bob Pastor in 11 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1940-02-09 Joe Louis beats Arturo Godoy in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1940-03-29 Joe Louis KOs Johnny Paycheck in 2 to retain heavyweight boxing title
  • 1940-06-20 Joe Louis TKOs Arturo Godoy in 8 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1940-12-16 Joe Louis KOs Al McCoy in 6 for heavyweight boxing title in Chicago
  • 1941-01-31 Joe Louis KOs Red Burman in 5 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1941-02-17 Joe Louis KOs Gus Dorazio in 2 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1941-03-21 Joe Louis KOs Abe Simon in 13 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1941-04-08 Joe Louis TKOs Tony Musto in 9 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1941-05-23 In his 20th World Heavyweight Boxing title defence Joe Louis knocks out Buddy Baer in round 1 at New York's Madison Square Garden
  • 1941-06-18 Joe Louis KOs Billy Conn in 13 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1941-09-29 Joe Louis TKOs Lou Nova in 6 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1942-01-09 In his 20th title defence, Joe Louis KOs Buddy Baer in the 1st round of their rematch to retain his world heavyweight boxing title at New York’s Madison Square Garden
  • 1942-03-27 Joe Louis KOs Abe Simon in 6 to retain heavyweight boxing title (NYC)
  • 1945-10-01 World heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis is discharged from US army after being awarded the Legion of Merit
  • 1946-06-09 Joe Louis KOs Billy Conn in 8 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1946-09-18 Joe Louis KOs Tami Mauriello in 1 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1947-06-25 Heavyweight Joe Louis KOs Tami Mauriello
  • 1947-11-21 Bill Longson beats Lou Thesz in St Louis, to win National Wrestlingg Association world heavyweight title
  • 1947-12-05 Joe Louis beats Jersey Joe Walcott in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1948-06-25 Joe Louis KOs Jersey Joe Walcott in 11 for heavyweight boxing title

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1819-01-01 Tom Hyer, American bare-knuckle boxer (unsanctioned world heavyweight champion 1841-51), born in Caernarvon Township, Pennsylvania (d. 1864)
  • 1835-08-14 Tom King, English boxer, rower and bookmaker (English heavyweight champion), born in London, England (d. 1888)
  • 1853-03-20 George Godfrey, heavyweight boxer (Old Chocolate), born in Chelsea, Massachusetts
  • 1858-10-15 John L. Sullivan, Irish-American heavyweight boxing champ (1882-92), born in Roxbury, Massachusetts (d. 1918)
  • 1861-07-03 Peter Jackson, heavyweight boxer (hall of famer), born in Christiansted, Danish West Indies (d. 1901)
  • 1866-09-01 James J. Corbett, American boxer (world heavyweight champion 1892-97), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1933)

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
  • 1878-03-31 Jack Johnson, American boxer (1st African-American world heavyweight champion [1908-15]), born in Galveston, Texas (d. 1946)
  • 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 (Lonsdale Belt, 1911), born in London, England (d. 1967)

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
  • 1898-05-25 Gene Tunney, American boxer (world heavyweight champion 1926-30), born in NYC, New York (d. 1978)
  • 1902-10-26 Jack Sharkey, American boxer (NYSAC, NBA and lineal heavyweight champion 1932-33), born in Binghamton, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1903-02-20 Pierre Charles, Belgian heavyweight boxer
  • 1905-09-28 Max Schmeling, German boxer (world heavyweight champion 1930-32), born in Klein Luckow, Germany (d. 2005)
  • 1905-12-06 James J. Braddock, American boxer (World Heavyweight champion 1935-37), born in NYC, New York (d. 1974)
  • 1906-10-25 Primo Carnera, Italian boxer (World Heavyweight Champion 1933-34), born in Sequals, Italy (d. 1967)
  • 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)

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
  • 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 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

Person of interestRocky Marciano

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

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Rocky Marciano
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Rocky Marciano
  • 1924-05-30 Norbert Schemansky, USA, middle heavyweight (Olympic gold 1952)
  • 1924-10-08 Arkady Vorobyev, Russian middle heavyweight (Olympic gold 1956, 60), born in Tetyushi, Republic of Tatarstan, Russia (d. 2012)
  • 1928-11-01 James Bradford, American heavyweight weightlifter (Olympic silver 1952, 56), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2013)
  • 1928-11-20 Pete Rademacher, American boxer (Olympic gold +81kg 1956; first challenger for world heavyweight title in first pro bout; lost), born in Tieton, Washington (d. 2020)

Person of interestSonny Liston

1930-07-22 Sonny Liston, American boxer (world heavyweight champion 1962-64), born in Johnson Township, Arkansas (d. 1970)

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

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

Person of 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

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

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
  • 1950-06-27 Benjamin Peterson, American heavyweight boxer (Olympic gold 1972), born in Barron County, Wisconsin
  • 1950-07-06 Sultan Rakhmanov, Russian super heavyweight (Olympic gold 1980), born in Turtkul, Karakalpak ASSR

Person of interestMike Weaver

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

WBA World Heavyweight Champion Mike Weaver
WBA World Heavyweight Champion
Mike Weaver
  • 1952-03-29 Teofilo Stevenson, Cuban heavyweight boxer (Olympic gold 1972, 76, 80), born in Puerto Padre, Cuba (d. 2012)
  • 1953-01-03 Angelo Parisi, French judoka (Olympic gold heavyweight 1980), born in Arpino, Italy

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

Person of interestHulk Hogan

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

Professional Wrestler Hulk Hogan
Professional Wrestler
Hulk Hogan
  • 1954-10-03 Branko Cikatić, Croatian kickboxer (first K-1 World Grand Prix Heavyweight C'ship 1993), born in Split, Croatia (d. 2020)
  • 1955-01-29 John Tate, American heavyweight boxer (Olympic bronze 1968)
  • 1956-08-04 Gerry Cooney, American heavyweight boxer (US Olympics team 1980), born in Manhattan, New York
  • 1960-04-07 James 'Buster' Douglas, American boxer (undisputed world heavyweight champion 1990), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1960-08-27 Damon Keeve, heavyweight (209+ lbs) judoka (Olympics 1992, 96), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1961-05-09 Rene Capo, Cuban half-heavyweight judoka (Olympics 1996), born in Pinal del Rio Cuba

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
  • 1965-12-14 Lawrence Clay-Bey, American super heavyweight boxer (Olympics 1996), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1966-01-07 Corrie Sanders, South African boxer, (WBO heavyweight champion, 2003), born in Brits, South Africa (d. 2012)
  • 1966-02-03 Jimmy Thunder, New Zealand boxer (IBO heavyweight title 1994-95), born in Apia, Samoa (d. 2020)

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
  • 1967-03-13 Colleen Rosensteel, American heavyweight judoka (Olympics 1996), born in Greensburg, Pennsylvania

Person of interestRiddick Bowe

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

  • 1967-09-22 Félix Savón, Cuban boxer (3 Olympic heavyweight gold 1992, 96, 80), born in San Vicente, Cuba

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
  • 1968-05-28 Sandra Bacher, half-heavyweight judoka (Olympics 1992, 96), born in Long Island, New York

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
  • 1970-08-15 Chris Byrd, American boxer (WBO heavyweight title 2000; IBF heavyweight tile 2002; Olympic silver middleweight 1992), born in Flint, Michigan
  • 1971-07-19 Vitali Klitschko, Ukrainian boxer (3-time world heavyweight champion; only heavyweight to reign as world champion in 3 different decades), born in Belovodskoye, Kyrgyzstan
  • 1971-12-04 Shannon Briggs, American boxer (lineal 1997-98 & WBO heavyweight champion 2006-07), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1972-08-18 Nate Jones, American heavyweight boxer (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1973-12-28 Garth John Da Silva, heavyweight boxer (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1976-03-25 Wladimir Klitschko, Ukrainian boxer (2-time world heavyweight champion; Olympic gold super-heavyweight 1996), born in Semey, Kazakhstan
  • 1980-09-06 Samuel Peter, Nigerian-American heavyweight boxer, born in Akwa Ibom, Nigeria
  • 1988-08-12 Tyson Fury, British heavyweight professional boxer, born in Manchester

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

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

1957-09-03 Future world heavyweight boxing champion Sonny Liston (27) weds Geraldine Clark in St. Louis, Missouri

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

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali

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

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

Heavyweight Boxer Tommy Morrison
Heavyweight Boxer
Tommy Morrison

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


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

  • 1864-06-26 Tom Hyer, American bare-knuckle boxer (unsanctioned world heavyweight champion 1841-51), dies of edema at 45
  • 1888-10-03 Tom King, English boxer, rower and bookmaker (English heavyweight champion), dies of bronchitus at 53
  • 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
  • 1933-02-18 James J. Corbett, American boxer (world heavyweight champion 1892-97), dies at 66
  • 1946-06-10 Jack Johnson, American boxer (1st African-American heavyweight boxing champion [1908-15]), dies in a car accident aged 68

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
  • 1959-11-21 Max Baer, American heavyweight boxing champion (1934-35), dies at 50
  • 1966-08-08 Pierre Charles, Belgian heavyweight boxer, dies at 63
  • 1967-06-12 Bombardier Billy Wells [William Thomas Wells], English heavyweight boxer (Lionsdale Belt, 1911), dies at 79
  • 1967-06-29 Primo Carnera, Italian boxer (World Heavyweight Champion 1933-34), dies of alcohol-related liver disease at 60
  • 1967-12-14 Frank Moran, American heavyweight boxer & film actor, dies of a heart attack at 80
  • 1968-12-15 Jess Willard, Heavyweight boxing champ (1915-19), dies at 86

Person of interestRocky Marciano

1969-08-31 Rocky Marciano, American boxer (undefeated world heavyweight champion 1952-56), dies in a plane crash at 45

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Rocky Marciano
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Rocky Marciano

Person of interestSonny Liston

1970-12-30 Sonny Liston, American boxer (world heavyweight champion 1962-64), dies of lung congestion and heart failure at 40; foul play suspected

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Sonny Liston
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Sonny Liston
  • 1974-11-29 James J. Braddock, American boxer (World Heavyweight champion 1935-37), 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
  • 1978-11-07 Gene Tunney, American boxer (world heavyweight 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

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
  • 1990-02-02 Joe Erskine, Welsh heavyweight boxer (British heavyweight champion 1956-58), dies at 56
  • 1994-08-17 Jack Sharkey, American boxer (NYSAC, NBA and lineal heavyweight champion 1932-33), dies at 91
  • 1995-09-06 Buster Mathis, American heavyweight boxer, dies at 52
  • 1997-12-21 Bruce Woodcock, English boxer, European Heavyweight Champion, dies at 76
  • 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