Boxing in History (Part 2)

Events in Sport

Events 101 - 200 of 277


Event of interestEvent of Interest

1945-10-01 World heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis is discharged from US army after being awarded the Legion of Merit

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis

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

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
  • 1950-12-02 South African world bantamweight boxing champion Vic Toweel sets a record for knockdowns in a title fight against Englishman Danny Sullivan in Johannesburg; Sullivan floored 14 times in 10 rounds before fight stopped
  • 1950-12-05 Ezzard Charles KOs Nick Barone in 11 for heavyweight boxing title

  • 1951-01-12 Ezzard Charles TKOs Lee Oma in 10 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1951-03-07 Ezzard Charles beats Jersey Joe Walcott in 15 for 2nd time to win National Boxing Association world heavyweight title
  • 1951-05-30 Ezzard Charles beats Joey Maxim in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
  • 1952-03-09 Heinz Neuhaus wins Europe Heavyweight Boxing title
  • 1952-06-05 1st sporting event televised nationally-Walcott vs Charles boxing

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1952-06-05 Jersey Joe Walcott beats Ezzard Charles in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1953-01-11 J. Edgar Hoover declines 6 figure offer to become president of International Boxing Club

First Director of the FBI J. Edgar Hoover
First Director of the FBI
J. Edgar Hoover
  • 1953-09-15 Boxing's NBA adopts 10-pt-must-scoring-system (10 pts to round winner)
  • 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

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1954-01-27 Archie Moore beats Joey Maxim in 15-round unanimous decision to retain his world light heavyweight boxing title at the Orange Bowl, Miami; last of famous trilogy of fights, all won by Moore

Boxing Champion Archie Moore
Boxing Champion
Archie Moore
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight 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
  • 1955-09-21 In his last fight, undefeated world heavyweight boxing champion Rocky Marciano KOs light heavyweight Archie Moore in the 9th round at Yankee Stadium, NYC
  • 1955-12-06 New York psychologist Joyce Brothers wins "$64,000 Question" with topic of boxing
  • 1956-04-27 Undefeated world heavyweight boxing champion Rocky Marciano, retires from the ring

  • 1956-08-06 After going bankrupt in 1955, the American national broadcaster DuMont Television Network makes its final broadcast, a boxing match from St. Nicholas Arena
  • 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
  • 1957-01-02 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
  • 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
  • 1958-03-25 Sugar Ray Robinson is 1st boxing champ to win 5 times
  • 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
  • 1959-05-25 US Supreme Courtt rules Louisiana prohibiting black-white boxing unconstitutional
  • 1959-06-26 Ingemar Johansson TKOs Floyd Patterson in 3 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1960-01-11 LaMar Clark sets pro boxing record of 44 consecutive knockouts
  • 1960-01-22 Paul Pender beats Sugar Ray Robinson for middleweight boxing title
  • 1960-06-20 Floyd Patterson KOs Ingemar Johansson in 5 for heavyweight boxing title

OlympicsOlympic Gold

1960-09-05 Cassius Clay [Muhammad Ali] beats 3-time European champion Zbigniew Pietrzykowski of Poland by unanimous points decision to win Olympic light heavyweight boxing gold medal at the Rome Games

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1962-03-24 Welterweight boxing title fight between Benny Paret and Emile Griffith, Paret knocked out 13th round, dies 10 days later. First use of television slow motion replay.

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
Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight 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
  • 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
  • 1964-03-06 Boxing legend Cassius Clay joins the Nation of Islam and changes his name to "Muhammad Ali", calling his former title a "slave name"

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
  • 1966-08-15 Puerto Rican champion José Torres beats Eddie Cotton on points in Las Vegas to retain the WBC/WBA light-heavyweight boxing title
  • 1966-09-10 Muhammad Ali TKOs Karl Mildenberger in 12 for heavyweight boxing 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
  • 1967-04-28 Muhammad Ali refuses induction into army & stripped of boxing title
  • 1967-05-13 Octagonal boxing ring is tested to avoid corner injuries
  • 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 Joe Frazier KOs Dave Zyglewick in 1 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 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"

Read Article
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
Read Article
  • 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
  • 1972-05-26 Joe Frazier TKOs Ron Stander in 5 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 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
  • 1974-03-26 George Foreman TKOs Ken Norton in 2 for heavyweight boxing title in Caracas, Venezuela
  • 1974-10-30 "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
  • 1974-11-23 Alexis Argüello of Nicaragua knocks out Mexican defending champion Rubén Olivares in the 13th round at the Forum in Inglewood, California, to claim the WBA world featherweight boxing title
  • 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 his world heavyweight boxing crown by beating Englishman Joe Bugner by unanimous points decision in a re-match in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • 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
  • 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

Birthdays in Sport


Weddings in Sport


Divorces in Sport


Deaths in Sport