Heavyweight Boxing in History (Part 2)

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Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1947-12-05 Joe Louis beats Jersey Joe Walcott in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jersey Joe
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jersey Joe
  • 1949-03-01 Former world heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis retires with a 66-3-0 record including 52 KOs; defended the title a record 25 times

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1949-06-22 Ezzard Charles beats Jersey Joe Walcott in 15 for National Boxing Association world heavyweight title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Ezzard Charles
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Ezzard Charles
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jersey Joe
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jersey Joe

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1951-07-18 Jersey Joe Walcott at 37 becomes oldest to win heavyweight champion

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

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1951-10-26 Future world heavyweight boxing champion Rocky Marciano defeats former champion Joe Louis by TKO in the 8th round at Madison Square Garden

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Rocky Marciano
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Rocky Marciano
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • 1952-01-09 Karel Sys wins European heavyweight boxing title

  • 1952-02-13 Future world champion Rocky Marciano knocks out Italian heavyweight boxer Gino Buonvino in the 2nd round at Rhode Island Auditorium, Providence for his 40th straight win
  • 1952-03-09 Heinz Neuhaus wins Europe Heavyweight Boxing title
  • 1952-06-05 1st sporting event televised nationally - Jersey Joe Walcott beats Ezzard Charles in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1952-09-23 Undefeated Rocky Marciano KOs defending champion Jersey Joe Walcott in the 13th round at Municipal Stadium, Philadelphia for the world heavyweight boxing title
  • 1953-05-15 In his first world heavyweight title defence, Rocky Marciano KOs former champion Jersey Joe Walcott in the 1st round at Chicago Stadium
  • 1953-09-24 Rocky Marciano TKOs home town favourite Roland LaStarza in 11 at NYC's Polo Grounds to retain his world heavyweight boxing title
  • 1954-06-17 Rocky Marciano beats Ezzard Charles by unanimous points decision in his 3rd world heavyweight boxing title defence at Yankee Stadium, NYC
  • 1954-09-17 In a quick re-match at Yankee Stadium, NYC, Rocky Marciano KOs Ezzard Charles in the 8th round to retain his world heavyweight boxing title

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

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

Boxing Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxing Champion
Floyd Patterson
  • 1955-05-16 Rocky Marciano beats Don Cockell by TKO in the 9th round at Kezar Stadium, San Francisco to retain his world heavyweight boxing title
  • 1956-04-27 Undefeated world heavyweight boxing champion Rocky Marciano, retires from the ring
  • 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
  • 1957-07-29 Floyd Patterson TKOs Tommy Jackson in 10 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1957-08-22 Olympic heavyweight boxing champion Pete Rademacher becomes first to contest the world title in his first professional bout; knocked out by Floyd Patterson in 6th round at Sicks' Stadium, Seattle
  • 1958-08-18 Floyd Patterson TKOs Roy Harris in 13 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1959-05-01 Floyd Patterson scores 11th round KO of Englishman Brian London in Indianapolis; his 4th World Heavyweight Boxing title defence
  • 1959-06-26 Ingemar Johansson TKOs Floyd Patterson in 3 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1960-06-20 Floyd Patterson KOs Ingemar Johansson in 5 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1961-03-13 Floyd Patterson KOs Ingemar Johansson in 6 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1961-12-04 Floyd Patterson KOs Tom McNeeley in 4 for heavyweight boxing title

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1962-09-25 Challenger Sonny Liston KOs Floyd Patterson at 2:06 of round 1 at Comiskey Park, Chicago to win the world heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Sonny Liston
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Sonny Liston
Boxing Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxing Champion
Floyd Patterson
  • 1963-07-22 In their second clash Sonny Liston once again KOs Floyd Patterson in round 1 at the Convention Center, Las Vegas to retain the world heavyweight boxing title

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1964-02-25 Muhammad Ali [Cassius Clay] wins his first world heavyweight boxing title when Sonny Liston fails to come out for round 7 at the Convention Center, Miami Beach

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Sonny Liston
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Sonny Liston
  • 1964-05-20 Buster Mathis beats future world heavyweight champion Joe Frazer on points at trials in Flushing, NY to qualify for US Olympic boxing team; Mathis injures thumb, replaced by Frazier who wins gold medal

OlympicsOlympic Gold

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.
  • 1965-03-05 Ernie Terrell beats Eddie Machen in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1965-05-25 Muhammad Ali KOs Sonny Liston at 2:12 of round 1 at Central Maine Civic Center, Lewiston to retain his WBC/WBA heavyweight boxing title
  • 1965-11-01 Ernie Terrell retains WBA heavyweight boxing title; beats Canadian George Chuvalo in 15 round points decision in Toronto
  • 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
  • 1966-03-29 Muhammad Ali beats George Chuvalo in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1966-05-21 Muhammad Ali TKOs Henry Cooper in 6 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1966-06-28 Ernie Terrell beats Doug Jones in 15 wba for heavyweight boxing title
  • 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
  • 1966-09-10 Muhammad Ali TKOs Karl Mildenberger in 12 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1966-11-14 Muhammad Ali TKOs Cleveland Williams in 3 for heavyweight title
  • 1967-02-06 Muhammad Ali pummels Ernie Terrell for 15 rounds to retain his world heavyweight boxing crown at Houston Astrodome; regains Terrell’s WBA belt as well
  • 1967-03-22 Muhammad Ali KOs Zora Folley in 7 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1968-03-04 Joe Frazier takes his record to 20-0 and captures vacant world heavyweight boxing title; stops Buster Mathis in 11th round TKO at Madison Square Garden, NYC
  • 1968-06-24 Joe Frazier stops Mexican challenger Manuel Ramos in 2nd round TKO at NYC's Madison Square Garden in his first heavyweight boxing title defence

  • 1968-09-14 Jimmy Ellis beats Floyd Patterson in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

OlympicsOlympic Gold

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
  • 1968-12-10 Joe Frazier beats Oscar Bonavena in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1969-04-22 American Joe Frazier KOs American Dave Zyglewick in 1st round to retain heavyweight boxing title, in Houston, Texas
  • 1969-06-23 Joe Frazier TKOs Jerry Quarry in 8 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1970-02-16 Joe Frazier TKOs Jimmy Ellis in 5 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1970-11-18 Joe Frazier KOs Bob Foster in 2 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1971-01-05 Body of former world heavyweight boxing champion Charles "Sonny" Liston (40) is found by his wife Geraldine at their Las Vegas home; he had been dead for an estimated 6 days; foul play suspected

Sinatra Snaps the Fight of the CenturySinatra Snaps the Fight of the Century

1971-03-08 Joe Frazier ends Muhammad Ali's 31-fight winning streak at Madison Square Garden, NYC; retains heavyweight boxing title by unanimous points decision over 15 rounds in the "Fight of the Century"

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Sinatra is the focus of attention as he prepares to take his ringside shots and, right, the controversial Life magazine cover picture that the singer took
Sinatra is the focus of attention as he prepares to take his ringside shots and, right, the controversial Life magazine cover picture that the singer took
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  • 1971-12-26 Muhammad Ali finishes off German Jürgen Blin with a thundering right cross for a 7th-round knockout in a non-title heavyweight boxing contest in Zurich, Switzerland
  • 1972-01-15 World heavyweight boxing champion Joe Frazier stops Terry Daniels in 4 rounds in New Orleans to retain his WBC and WBA titles
  • 1972-05-25 Heavyweight Joe Frazier KOs Ron Stander
  • 1972-05-26 Joe Frazier TKOs Ron Stander in 5 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 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
  • 1973-01-22 George Foreman TKOs Joe Frazier in 2 rounds to win WBC & WBA heavyweight boxing titles in Kingston, Jamaica; Frazier knocked down 3 times in both 1st & 2nd rounds
  • 1973-02-14 Muhammad Ali beats British heavyweight boxing champion Joe Bugner by unanimous points decision in 12 rounds at Las Vegas Convention Centre
  • 1973-09-01 In his first title defence George Foreman retains his WBC & WBA heavyweight crowns when he KOs Jose "King" Roman of Puerto Rico in round 1 in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1974-03-26 George Foreman TKOs Ken Norton in 2 for heavyweight boxing title in Caracas, Venezuela
  • 1974-10-30 "The Rumble in the Jungle": Muhammad Ali KOs George Foreman in the 8th round in Kinshasa, Zaire; regains world heavyweight boxing title with famous "rope-a-dope" tactic
  • 1975-03-24 Muhammad Ali TKOs Chuck Wepner in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

  • 1975-05-16 Muhammad Ali TKOs Ron Lyle in 11 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1975-06-30 Muhammad Ali retains world heavyweight boxing crown by beating Englishman Joe Bugner by unanimous points decision in a re-match in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • 1975-10-01 "The Thrilla in Manila"; Muhammad Ali stops Joe Frazier in 14 rounds in Quezon City, the Philippines to retain his WBC/WBA heavyweight title
  • 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
  • 1976-04-30 Muhammad Ali beats Jimmy Young in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1976-05-24 Muhammad Ali TKOs Richard Dunn in 5 for heavyweight boxing title in Munich
  • 1976-09-28 Muhammad Ali beats Ken Norton in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1977-05-16 Muhammad Ali beats Alfredo Evangelist in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1977-09-29 Eva Shain is 1st woman to referee a heavyweight championship
  • 1977-09-29 Muhammad Ali beats Earnie Shavers in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1978-02-15 Leon Spinks beats Muhammad Ali in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Leon Spinks
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Leon Spinks
Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1978-06-09 Larry Holmes beats Ken Norton in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes
  • 1978-09-15 Muhammad Ali beats Leon Spinks in 15 rounds for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1978-11-10 Larry Holmes KOs Alfredo Evangelist in 7 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1979-03-23 Larry Holmes TKOs Osvaldo Ocasio in 7 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1979-06-22 Larry Holmes TKOs Mike Weaver in 12 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1979-06-27 Heavyweight Muhammad Ali confirms that his 3rd retirement is final (it isn't)
  • 1979-09-28 Larry Holmes TKOs Earnie Shavers in 11 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1979-10-20 John Tate beats Gerrie Coetze in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1980-02-03 Larry Holmes TKOs Lorenzo Holmes in 6 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1980-03-31 Almost concurrent heavyweight boxing championship fights: Larry Holmes TKOs Leroy Jones in 8 for WBC title in Las Vegas, NV whilst Mike Weaver KOs John Tate in 15 for WBA belt in Knoxville, TN
  • 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
  • 1980-08-02 Cuban super-heavyweight Teofilo Stevenson becomes the 1st fighter to win 3 Olympic gold medals in the same division, scores 4-1 points decision over Pyotr Zayev (Soviet Union) in Moscow
  • 1980-10-02 38 year old Muhammad Ali comes out of 2-year retirement to challenge undefeated world heavyweight champion Larry Holmes at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas; Ali pounded unmercifully for 10 rounds before corner throws in towel

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