fought 18 matches as an
amateur, and won 16 of them, and then won a gold
medal at the 1968 Olympic Games. He turned
professional in 1969, and became Heavyweight
Champion of the World in 1973. He lost his
championship to Muhammad Ali in 1974, but won it
back at the age of 45 to become the oldest
fighter ever to win the World Heavyweight crown.
won three straight Golden Gloves championships
and took the Heavyweight Boxing Gold Medal at the
1964 Olympic Games before turning professional in
1965. He held the WBA Heavyweight
Title from 1971 to 1973, and ended his
professional career in 1981 with 32 wins (27 by
KO), 4 losses (2 to Muhammad Ali), and 1 draw.
held the World Heavyweight Championship longer
than any other boxer. He earned it by knocking
out James Braddock on June 22, 1937, and held it
through 24 challenges until retiring as
undefeated champion in 1949.
Joseph "Gene" Tunney
won the North American light heavyweight title by
defeating Battling Levinsky in 1922. He defeated
Jack Dempsey to claim the world heavyweight title
in 1926, defended that title twice (once against
Dempsey), and retired from boxing in 1928.
On February 7 the New York State Athletic
Commission revoked Rocky Graziano's boxing
license for his failure to report a $100,000
bribe offer. Joe Louis successfully defended his
World Heavyweight Title on December 5.
On November 30, Floyd Patterson knocked out
Archie Moore to become the youngest heavyweight
boxing champion in modern ring history.
"Sugar Ray" Robinson
earned the "distinction" of having
lost, won, and lost his World Middleweight title
in the span of a year. Heavyweight champion Floyd
Patterson successfully defended his title twice
"Sugar Ray" Robinson,
weighing 159-3/4 pounds, won the world
middleweight championship for the fifth time by
scoring a 2-to-1 decision over Carmen Basilio,
153 pounds, in 15 rounds in Chicago, Illinois, on
The National Boxing Association
vacated Sugar Ray Robinson's world middleweight
title because of his failure to defend it as
required. Ingemar Johansson knocked out Floyd
Patterson to win the world heavyweight title.
The biggest story of the year was the knockout of
Ingemar Johansson by Floyd Patterson in the fifth
round at New York City, New York, on June 20.
Patterson became the first fighter ever to regain
the World Heavyweight title.
Floyd Patterson successfully defended
his Heavyweight crown twice during 1961.
Almost all of the boxing news in
1967 centered on heavyweight champion Muhammad
Ali, who successfully defended his title twice
before being arrested, tried, and convicted for
refusing to be inducted into the U.S. Army.
Muhammad Ali reclaimed
his World Boxing Association heavyweight crown
from Leon Spinks in the Superdome in New Orleans,
Louisiana, on September 15.
Muhammad Ali announced his retirement on June 27.
The World Boxing Association ultimately crowned
John Tate as his successor.