The 1950's 1950
Feb 8 - Jersey Joe Walcott KOs Harold Johnson, three rounds, Philadelphia. In
1936, Walcott had KO's Phil Johnson, Harold's father, also in three rounds, same
Sept 4 - Dave Sands, already Australian middleweight and light heavyweight
champion, defeats Alf Gallagher, 15 rounds, Sydney, to win Australian
Sept 8 - Sandy Sandler regains featherweight title when Willie Pep is unable
to answer bell for round eight due to a dislocated shoulder, Bronx.
Sept 13 - Jake LaMotta, far behind, KOs Laurent Dauthuille with just 13
seconds remaining in the 15th round, Detroit, to retain middleweight title.
Sept 27 - Ezzard Charles gains recognition as undisputed heavyweight champion
by defeating a comebacking Joe Louis, 15 rounds, New York.
Nov 13 - Rocky Marciano defeats Ted Lowry, 10 rounds, Providence. Lowry also
lasted 10 rounds against Marciano in October 1949, giving him the distinction of
being the only fighter to do so twice.1951
Feb 14 - Ray Robinson stops Jake LaMotta, who absorbs a terrible beating but
somehow manages to stay on his feet in round 13, to win the middleweight title,
Chicago. The last of their six meetings.
March 7 - Ezzard Charles defeats Jersey Joe Walcott, 15 rounds, Detroit, to
retain heavyweight title.
June 16 - Future four division champion Roberto Duran is born in Guarare,
July 10 - Randy Turpin upsets Ray Robinson over 15 rounds, London, to win
middleweight title; Robinson's second loss in 133 fights.
July 18 - Jersey Joe Walcott, in fifth try at a heavyweight title, KOs Ezzard
Charles, seven rounds, Pittsburgh, to win title. He becomes the oldest to win
the title at age 37.
Sept 12 - Ray Robinson Stops Randy Turpin, 10 rounds, new York, to regain
Sept 26 - Sandy Saddler retains featherweight title when Willie Pep is unable
to come out for 10th rounds, New York, The bout is marred by fouling, including
a couple of falls, afterward New York State Athletic Commission suspends both
Oct 3 - Dave Sands, out on his feet in the final round, survives to defeat
Bobo Olson, 10 rounds, Chicago.
Oct 26 - Rocky Marciano KOs Joe Louis, eight rounds, New York. Joe retires
after the bout, this time permanently.1952
March 13 - Ray Robinson defeats Bobo Olson, 15 rounds, san Francisco, to
retain middleweight title.
April 16 - Ray Robinson KOs Rocky Graziano, three rounds, Chicago, to retain
June 25 - Joey Maxim retains light heavyweight title when middleweight
champion Ray Robinson collapses from heat exhaustion and dehydration and is
unable to come out for round 14, New York. The defeat will be the only time in
the 26 year career of Robinson that he is unable to finish a fight.
Aug 11 - Dave Sands, 26, British Empire middleweight champion and Australian
middleweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight champion, dies when his land
rover goes into a ditch new Newcastle, Australia.
Sept 17 - Rocky Graziano ends career, losing to Chuck Davey, 10 rounds,
Sept 23 - Rocky Marciano, down in the first and cut over both eyes and on
scalp, KOs Jersey Joe Walcott with a single right to the jaw, 13 rounds,
Philadelphia, to win heavyweight title.
Dec 17 - Archie Moore defeats Joey Maxim, 15 rounds, St. Louis, to win light
Dec 18 - Middleweight champion Ray Robinson, 31 , announces retirement from
Dec 31 - Danny Nardico does the unthinkable, he floors Jake LaMotta in the
seventh round of their bout, first time in 103 fights that LaMotta has been
down. Nardico wins when LaMotta is unable to answer bell for round eight, Coral
Jan 12 - Carmen Basilio defeats Ike Williams, 10 rounds, Syracuse.
Feb 11 - Kid Gavilan KOs Chuck Davey, 10 rounds, Chicago, to retain
March 3 - Former heavyweight champion James J. Jeffries, 77, dies in Burbank,
April 17 - Tim Sharkey, last surviving heavyweight contender from 1890s, dies
at age 79, San Francisco.
May 15 - Rocky Marciano KOs Jersey Joe Walcott, one round, Chicago, to retain
July 11 - Future heavyweight champion Leon Spinks born, St Louis.
Sept 18 - Kid Gavilan, floored in the second, rallies for a split 15 round
decision over Carmen Basilio, Syracuse to retain welterweight title.
Oct 21 - Bobo Olson defeats Randy Turpin, 15 rounds, to win vacant
middleweight title, New York.1954
Feb 7 - Former lightweight champion Battling Nelson, 71 , dies in
Feb 26 - Lulu Perez KOs Willie Pep, two rounds, New York. Rumors persist
afterward of a possible fix, but nothing is proven.
April 2 - Bobo Olson defeats welterweight champion Kid Gavilan, 15 rounds,
Chicago to retain middleweight title.
April 14 - Jake LaMotta ends career with a 10 round decision loss to Billy
Kilgore, Miami beach.
May 2 - In a bout fight in the aftermath of a typhoon, Jimmy Carruthers
defeats Chamren Songkitrat, 12 rounds, Bangkok, to retain bantamweight title.
Both boxers fight with their bare feet to keep from slipping on wet canvas, the
bout is stopped twice due to broken glass from exploding ring lights. Two weeks
later, Carruthers, just 25, announces retirement from boxing.
May 23 - Future middleweight champion Marvin Hagler is born in Newark,
June 7 - Ex light heavyweight champion Joey Maxim hands 19 year old Floyd
Patterson his first defeat, taking eight round decision, Brooklyn.
Sept 17 - Rocky Marciano, suffering a badly split nose, comes back to KO
Ezzard Charles, eight rounds, Bronx, New York, to retain heavyweight title.
Oct 20 - Ex welterweight and middleweight champion Ray Robinson announces
return to the ring.
Nov 26 - Pascual Perez defeats Yoshi Shirai, 15 rounds, Tokyo, to win
Jan 19 - Ralph (Tiger) Jones, a loser in his 5 previous bouts, upsets Ray
Robinson, 10 rounds, Chicago.
Feb 16 - Bobo Olson defeats Ralph (Tiger) Jones, 10 rounds, Chicago.
April 13 - Bobo Olson defeats Joey Maxim, 10 rounds, San Francisco, Cali.
April 14 - Ex lightweight champion Ad Wolgast, committed to a sanitarium
since 1927, dies at age 67, Camarillo, Calif.
May 2 - In the first important bout held in Las Vegas, light heavyweight
champion Archie Moore defeats heavyweight Nino Valdes, 15 rounds.
June 10 - Carmen Basilio stops Tony DeMarco, 12 rounds, to win welterweight
June 21 - Light heavyweight champion Archie Moore KOs middleweight champion
Bobo Olson, three rounds, New York, to retain his title.
Sept 21 - In a classic clash between two great champions, Rocky Marciano gets
off teh deck in the second round, the floors light heavyweight champion Archie
Moore five times , knocking him out in the ninth round, Bronx. Marcian's' 49th
consecutive victory and his last.
Dec 9 - Ray Robinson, a 3-1 underdog, KOs Bobo Olson, two rounds, Chicago, to
regain middleweight title he had given up three years before. The win represents
the start of Robinson's third reign as champion.1956
Jan 12 - Sam Langford, considered by boxing historians as the greatest
fighter never to win a world championship, dies at age 73, Cambridge, Mass.
April 27 - Heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano, 32 , announces retirement. he
leaves the ring with 49-0 record, the only heavyweight champion to retire
unbeaten throughout career.
May 17 - Future five time division champion Ray Charles Leonard is born.
July 13 - Future heavyweight champion Michael Spinks is born, St. Louis.
July 25 - Light heavyweight champion Archie Moore KOs heavyweight contender
James J. Parker, nine rounds, Toronto.
Sept 30 Ingemar Johannson KOs Franco Cavicchi, 13 rounds, Bologna , Italy, to
win European heavyweight title.
Nov 30 - Floyd Patterson KOs Archie Moore, five rounds, Chicago, to win
vacant heavyweight title. At 21, Patterson is youngest to win crown, at 42,
Moore is oldest to fight for it.1957
Jan 2 - Gene Fullmer defeats Ray Robinson, 15 rounds, New York, to win
Jan 21 - Featherweight champion sandy Sadler, inactive since suffering an eye
injury in an auto accident, announces retirement.
May 1 - Ray Robinson lands "the perfect punch", a left hook to the jaw , to
KO Gene Fullmer, five rounds, Chicago, to win the middleweight title for a
record 4th time.
Aug 21 - Floyd Patterson defends heavyweight title against Olympic
heavyweight champ Pete Rademacher, making pro debut. The challenger wins first
round, floors Patterson in the second, but Patterson comes back to KO
Rademacher, six rounds, Seattle.
Sept 23 - Welterweight champion Carmine Basilio defeats Ray Robinson, 15
rounds, Bronx, to win middleweight title.1958
May 25 - Ray Robinson wins middleweight title for unprecedented 5th time by
defeating Carmen Basilio on a 15 round split decision, Chicago.
Sept 15 - George Chuvalo KOs James J Parker, one round, Toronto, to win
vacant heavyweight title.
Sept 20 - Featherweight champion Hogan (Kid) Bassey KOs Willie Pep, nine
rounds, Boston, non-title.
Dec 10 - In the greatess fight of his career, Archie Moore, down three time
sin the first round and once in the fifth, come back to floor Yvon Durelles
three times before KOing him in 11 rounds, Montreal, to retain light heavyweight
Dec 31- Former heavyweight contender Harry Wills, dies, age 69, New
Jan 12 - Henry Cooper defeats Brian London, 15 rounds, London, to win British
and Empire heavyweight titles.
March 12 - Carlos Ortiz wins vacant junior welter title when Kenny Lane is
unable to answer bell for third round, New York.
March 18 - Davey Moore stops Hogan (Kid) Basey, 14 rounds, Los Angeles, to
win featherweight title.
April 15 - In a punchers' duel between two hardest punchers in the
heavyweight division, Sonny Liston flattens Cleveland Williams, three rounds,
June 26 - Ingemar Johannson floors Floyd Patterson seven times in the third
round, stopping him to win the heavyweight title, Bronx, New York.
Aug 28 - Gene Fullmer stops Carmen Basilio, 14 rounds, San Francisco, to win
vacant NBA middleweight title.
Sept 26 - Future welterweight champion Benny (Kid) Paret draws over ten
rounds with future light heavyweight champion Jose Torres, San Juan.
Nov 21 - Former heavyweight champion Max Baer dies, age 50, Hollywood,