Middleweight in History

Events in Sport

  • 1884-08-30 Jack "Nonpareil" Dempsey wins middleweight title in 1st fight with boxing gloves
  • 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
  • 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

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1950-08-25 Sugar Ray Robinson KOs Jose Basora to win middleweight boxing title

Middle/welterweight championship boxer Sugar Ray Robinson
Middle/welterweight championship boxer
Sugar Ray Robinson
  • 1951-02-14 Sugar Ray Robinson defeats Jake LaMotta & takes middleweight title
  • 1960-01-22 Paul Pender beats Sugar Ray Robinson for middleweight boxing title
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1968-03-04 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
  • 1980-09-27 Marvin Hagler defeats Alan Minter to claim boxing's world Middleweight championship in London. They have to be escorted away by police after a riot forms.
  • 1983-04-13 Undefeated middleweight boxer Tony Ayala gets 35 years on sex assault
  • 1983-07-08 Rudi Koopmans retains European middleweight title
  • 1995-02-25 British super middleweight Nigel Benn puts opponent Gerard McClellan in hospital

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2015-07-06 Floyd Mayweather Jr. is stripped of his WBO welterweight boxing title after failing to pay $200k sanctioning fee and vacate his 2 junior middleweight titles

  • 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

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1919-01-01 Rocky Graziano, US boxer (Middleweight champ) and entertainer (Pantomime Quiz, Miami Undercover), born in NYC, New York

Person of interestJake LaMotta

1922-07-10 Jake LaMotta, American middleweight boxing champion (1949-51) (portrayed in Raging Bull), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2017)

World Middleweight Boxing Champion Jake LaMotta
World Middleweight Boxing Champion
Jake LaMotta
  • 1927-04-02 Carmen Basilio, American world welter and middleweight boxing champion, born in Canastota, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1929-04-19 Edward Crook, American middleweight boxer (Olympic gold 1960), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1936-05-09 Terry Downes, middleweight boxing champ (1961-62)
  • 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
  • 1944-01-20 Isao Okano, Japan, middleweight judo (Olympic gold 1964)
  • 1944-06-05 Chris Finnegan, UK, middleweight boxing champ (Olympic gold 1968)
  • 1946-10-01 Alfred Jones, Grace Miss, middleweight boxer (Olympic bronze 1968)
  • 1948-10-22 John Peterson, American freestyle wrestler (Olympic gold 1976), born in Cumberland, Wisconsin
  • 1952-05-23 "Marvelous" Marvin Hagler, NJ, middleweight boxing champ (1982-83)
  • 1954-04-12 Marvin Johnson, American middleweight boxer (Olympic bronze 1972), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1956-07-22 Michael Spinks, American middleweight boxer (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1964-01-08 Virgil Hill, Missouri, middleweight boxer (Olympic silver 1984)
  • 1972-05-21 Liliko Ogasawara, middleweight judoka (Olympics 1996), born in Englewood, New Jersey
  • 1973-03-06 Brian Olson, middleweight (189 lbs) judoka (Olympics 1996), born in Tallahassee, Florida
  • 1976-12-30 Rhoshii Wells, middleweight boxer (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1982-04-08 Gennady Golovkin, Kazakh boxer (undisputed world middleweight champion), born in Karaganda, Kazakhstan
  • 1982-09-07 Andre Dirrell, American boxer (IBF interim super middleweight 2017-18), born in Flint, Michigan

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

2013-01-04 Former World Middleweight champ Jake LaMotta (90) weds his longtime fiancée Denise Baker (62) in Bisbee, Arizona

World Middleweight Boxing Champion Jake LaMotta
World Middleweight Boxing Champion
Jake LaMotta

Deaths in Sport

  • 2008-10-23 Kevin Finnegan, British Middleweight Boxing Champion (b. 1948)
  • 2012-11-07 Carmen Basilio, American world welter and middleweight boxing champion, dies from pneumonia at 85
  • 2013-07-23 Emile Griffith, American boxer, (world welterweight, middleweight & junior middleweight champion), dies of dementia complications at 75

Person of interestJake LaMotta

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

World Middleweight Boxing Champion Jake LaMotta
World Middleweight Boxing Champion
Jake LaMotta