Middleweight in History

Events in Sport

  • 1884-07-30 Nonpareil Dempsey [John Edward Kelly] fights George Fulljames, possibly the 1st middleweight fight with boxing gloves
  • 1933-08-23 First televised boxing match — 6-round exhibition at Broadcasting House in London between middleweights Archie Sexton and Lauri Raiteri; aired by BBC-TV
  • 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

OlympicsOlympic Gold

1952-08-02 17 year-old future world champion Floyd Patterson wins the gold medal in the middleweight division at the Helsinki Olympic Games with a 1st round KO of Romanian Vasile Tita

Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion
Floyd Patterson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1952-12-31 Danny Nardico stops former world middleweight champion Jake LaMotta in 7 rounds in a light heavyweight non-title bout in Coral Gables, Florida; LaMotta is knocked down for the only time in his career, his corner stopping fight after the round

World Middleweight Boxing Champion Jake LaMotta
World Middleweight Boxing Champion
Jake LaMotta
  • 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
  • 1957-01-02 In the first of 4 meetings between the fighters, Gene Fullmer wins the world middleweight boxing title with a 15-round unanimous decision over Sugar Ray Robinson at New York’s Madison Square Garden
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1983-11-10 'Marvelous' Marvin Hagler retains world middleweight boxing title with a 15-round unanimous points decision over Roberto Durán at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas; first time Hagler taken the distance as champion
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1995-02-25 British super middleweight Nigel Benn puts opponent Gerard McClellan in hospital
  • 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

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

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

  • 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

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1862-12-15 Jack 'The Nonpareil' Dempsey, Irish boxer (first holder of World Middleweight Championship 1886-90), born in Curran, County Kildare (d. 1895)
  • 1863-05-26 Bob Fitzsimmons, English boxer (sport's first 3-division world champion; Middleweight, Light Heavyweight, Heavyweight), born in Helston, England (d. 1917)
  • 1870-03-31 Tommy Ryan, American boxer (World Welterweight, Middleweight champion), born in Redwood, NY (d. 1948)
  • 1882-09-03 Johnny Douglas, English cricket all-rounder, boxer (23 Tests; Olympic gold middleweight 1908), born in Stoke Newington, London (d. 1930)
  • 1884-02-08 Reginald "Snowy" Baker, Australian boxer (Olympic silver middleweight 1908), rugby union halfback (2 caps) and actor (The Sword of Valor), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1953)
  • 1901-07-13 Mickey Walker, American boxer (World Welterweight Champion 1922-26; World Middleweight Champion 1926-29), born in Elizabeth, New Jersey (d. 1981)
  • 1906-08-26 Ceferino Garcia, Filipino boxer (World Middleweight champion 1939-40), born in Naval, Biliran, Philippine Islands (d. 1981)
  • 1913-05-29 Tony Zale, American boxer (World Middleweight Champion 1940-47, 48), born in Gary, Indiana (d. 1997)
  • 1919-01-01 Rocky Graziano, American boxer (World Middleweight title 1947-48; famous Tony Zale trilogy) and entertainer (Pantomime Quiz, Miami Undercover), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1990)

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
  • 1923-11-03 Glen Brand, American wrestler (Olympic gold middleweight 1948), born in Clarion, Iowa (d.2008)
  • 1927-04-02 Carmen Basilio, American boxer (World Welterweight tile 1955-56; Middleweight title 1957-58), born in Canastota, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1929-04-19 Edward Crook Jr., American middleweight boxer (Olympic gold 1960), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2005)
  • 1931-07-21 Gene Fullmer, American boxer (world middleweight champion), born in West Jordan, Utah (d. 2015)
  • 1936-05-09 Terry Downes, British middleweight boxing champion (1961-62), born in London, England (2017)
  • 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, Japanese judoka (Olympic gold 1964), born in Ryugasaki, Japan
  • 1944-06-05 Chris Finnegan, British boxer (Olympic gold middleweight 1968), born in Iver, Buckinghamshire, England (d. 2009)
  • 1948-10-22 John Peterson, American freestyle wrestler (Olympic gold 1976), born in Cumberland, Wisconsin
  • 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
  • 1954-04-12 Marvin Johnson, American middleweight boxer (Olympic bronze 1972), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1956-07-13 Michael Spinks, American middleweight boxer (Olympic gold 1976), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1964-01-18 Virgil Hill, American middleweight boxer (Olympic silver 1984), born in Clinton, Missouri
  • 1970-08-15 Chris Byrd, American boxer (WBO heavyweight title 2000; IBF heavyweight tile 2002; Olympic silver middleweight 1992), born in Flint, Michigan
  • 1971-05-29 Éric Lucas, Canadian boxer (WBC Super Middleweight title 2001-02), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 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
  • 1979-03-01 Mikkel Kessler, Danish boxer (WBA super-middleweight title x 3; WBC title x 2; IBA title 2002), born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 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


LoveWedding 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

  • 1895-11-02 Jack 'The Nonpareil' Dempsey, Irish boxer (first holder of World Middleweight Championship 1886-90), dies from tuberculosis at 32
  • 1917-10-22 Bob Fitzsimmons, English boxer (sport's first 3-division world champion; Middleweight, Light Heavyweight, Heavyweight), dies from pneumonia at 54
  • 1930-12-19 Johnny Douglas, English cricket all-rounder, boxer (23 Tests; Olympic gold middleweight 1908), dies of drowning at 48
  • 1948-08-03 Tommy Ryan, American boxer (World Welterweight, Middleweight champion), dies at 78
  • 1953-12-02 Reginald "Snowy" Baker, Australian boxer (Olympic silver middleweight 1908), rugby union halfback (2 caps) and actor (The Sword of Valor), dies at 69
  • 1981-01-01 Ceferino Garcia, Filipino boxer (World Middleweight champion 1939-40), dies at 74
  • 1981-04-28 Mickey Walker, American boxer (World Welterweight Champion 1922-26; World Middleweight Champion 1926-29), dies at 79

Person of interestSugar Ray Robinson

1989-04-12 Sugar Ray Robinson, American boxer (world welterweight champion 1946-51; middleweight champion 1951-52, 55, 58), dies of Alzheimer's disease at 67

Middle/welterweight championship boxer Sugar Ray Robinson
Middle/welterweight championship boxer
Sugar Ray Robinson
  • 1990-05-22 Rocky Graziano, American boxer (World Middleweight title 1947-48; famous Tony Zale trilogy) and entertainer (Pantomime Quiz, Miami Undercover), dies of heart failure at 71
  • 1997-03-20 Tony Zale, American boxer (World Middleweight Champion 1940-47, 48), dies at 83
  • 2005-07-25 Edward Crook Jr., American middleweight boxer (Olympic gold 1960), dies at 76
  • 2008-10-23 Kevin Finnegan, British Middleweight Boxing Champion (b. 1948)
  • 2008-11-15 Glen Brand, American wrestler (Olympic gold middleweight 1948), dies at 85
  • 2009-03-02 Chris Finnegan, British boxer (Olympic gold middleweight 1968), dies of pneumonia at 64
  • 2012-11-07 Carmen Basilio, American boxer (World Welterweight tile 1955-56; Middleweight title 1957-58), dies from pneumonia at 85
  • 2013-07-23 Emile Griffith, American boxer, (world welterweight, middleweight & junior middleweight champion), dies of dementia complications at 75
  • 2015-04-27 Gene Fullmer, American boxer (world middleweight champion), dies at 83

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