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Famous People Who Died While Boxing

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It's a dangerous sport, so it's no wonder that there are plenty of boxers who were killed in the ring. This is a list of famous people who died while boxing, including photos, birth dates, professions, and other information. These celebrities who died during boxing matches are ranked loosely by fame and notoriety, and include the famous boxing victims’ hometown and biographical info about them when available.

From Artur Olech to Charlie Mohr, boxers killed in the ring were forced to die with a captivated audience cheering on their fight. These notable boxing deaths include modern and long-gone famous men and women, from politicians to religious leaders to writers. Everyone on this list has died while boxing as a cause of death somewhere in their public records, even if it was just one contributing factor for their death. Not everyone dies while getting pummeled by a professional, but sometimes even the best boxers couldn't avoid a life-ending blow. If you're thinking about becoming a boxer, this list of boxer deaths may just make you think twice.

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    Ed Sanders was an Olympic boxing champion who won the gold medal in the 1952 games. Sanders died on December 12, 1954 after going 11 rounds with Willie James. He had complained about headaches earlier in the day and was knocked unconscious during the fight. Many doctors believed that Sanders enhanced a previous injury during the James fight.
    Hayes Edward "Big Ed" Sanders was an Olympic champion boxer. He was born in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, to Hays Sanders, a municipal garbage worker, and Eva Sanders. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 24 (1930-1954)
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Professional Boxer
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    Benny "the Kid" Paret was a Cuban welterweight boxer who had a record of 35 wins, 12 losses and 3 ties. On March 24, 1962, Paret went 12 rounds against Emile Griffith. The fight ended when Paret went into a coma after being punched 29 consecutive times. He died in the hospital 10 days later. The fight was televised live on ABC.
    Benny "the Kid" Paret, was born as Bernardo Paret in Santa Clara, Cuba. He was a Cuban welterweight boxer who won the world welterweight title twice in the early 1960s. He also vied for the world middleweight championship. Paret's death was due to injuries sustained in a title defense against Emile ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 25 (1937-1962)
    • Birthplace: Santa Clara, Cuba
    • Profession: Professional Boxer
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    Leavander Johnson was an American Lightweight boxer who had a record of 34 wins, 5 losses, 2 ties. On September 17, 2005, Johnson fought Jesús Chávez to defend his IBF crown. The fight was stopped in the 11th round after Johnson received a series of punches from Chávez.

    He later collapsed in his locker room and was rushed to the hospital. He had emergency surgery and was placed in a drug-induced coma, but Johnson died as the result of his injuries on September 22, 2005.
    Leavander Johnson was an American lightweight boxer from Atlantic City, New Jersey, who once held the International Boxing Federation version of the world title. He won the title on June 17, 2005, against the Italian fighter Stefano Zoff, winning after the referee stopped the fight in the seventh ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 36 (1969-2005)
    • Birthplace: Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States of America
    • Profession: Professional Boxer
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    Davey Moore was an American featherweight boxer who had a record of 59 wins, 7 losses, 1 draw. On March 21, 1963, Moore hit the base of his neck on the bottom rope in the ring after being repeatedly hit by his opponent Sugar Ramos. Moore finished the fight and even conducted interview later in the evening, but he later died from is injuries.

    David S. "Davey" Moore was an American world featherweight champion boxer who fought professionally 1953–1963. A resident of Springfield, Ohio, Moore was one of two champions to share the name in the second half of the 20th century. The second, Davey Moore boxed during the 1980s. The first Moore died ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 30 (1933-1963)
    • Birthplace: Lexington, Kentucky, United States of America
    • Profession: Professional Boxer
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    Pedro Alcázar was a Panamanian super flyweight boxer who had a record of 25 wins, 1 loss, 1 draw. On June 22, 2002, Alcázar lost a title fight against Fernando Montiel. He received a good health report after the fight and he reportedly felt fine. Two days later he collapsed in his hotel room and later died at the hospital. His case caused major concerns about safety in the boxing industry.
    Guillermo Gonzalez, better known as Pedro "El Rockero" Alcázar was a Panamanian boxer who won the WBO Super flyweight championship, and then sustained fatal injuries in the ring. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 27 (1975-2002)
    • Birthplace: Panama
    • Profession: Professional Boxer
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    Simon Byrne

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    Simon Byrne was an Irish boxer who was a heavyweight champion. He died on June 2, 1833, after going 99 rounds against James Burke three days earlier. Burke later went on trial for manslaughter, but he was found not guilty.
    Simon Byrne, nicknamed "The Emerald Gem", was an Irish bare-knuckle prize fighter. The heavyweight boxing champion of Ireland, he was drawn to England by the larger sums of prize money on offer and his hopes of becoming the heavyweight champion there as well. He became one of only six fighters ever to ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 27 (1806-1833)
    • Birthplace: Ireland
    • Profession: Professional Boxer
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    Alexander McKay

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    Alexander McKay was a Scottish bare-knuckle fighter. He went 47 rounds against Simon Byrne on June 2, 1830. He died of a brain hemorrhage less than two days after that fight.
    Alexander McKay was a Scottish heavyweight bare-knuckle fighter. He fought in just five prize fights, these are: Loss to Simon Byrne after 47 mins, in 5 rounds on 3 May 1827 Win over Peter Curran after 18 mins - in 1828 Win over Paul Spencer after 25 rounds on 16 October 1828 £40 Win over Paul Spencer ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 26 (1804-1830)
    • Profession: Professional Boxer
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    Robert Wangila was a Kenyan welterweight boxer who took home the Olympic gold metal in 1988. He died on July 24, 1994, due to injuries which he sustained two days earlier in a fight against David Gonzales.
    Robert Napunyi Wangila was a Kenyan boxer who won a welterweight gold medal at the 1988 Summer Olympic Games. He is still the only Kenyan Olympic gold medal winner outside athletics and the only boxer from Sub-Saharan Africa outside of South Africa to have won Olympic gold. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 27 (1967-1994)
    • Birthplace: Nairobi, Kenya
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    Duk Koo Kim was a Korean Lightweight boxer who had a record of 17 wins, 2 losses, 1 draw. On November 13, 1982, Kim went 14 rounds against Ray Mancini before the referee stopped the fight, declaring Mancini the winner by TKO. He slipped into a coma after the fight was over and died in the hospital four days later.
    Kim Duk-Koo was a South Korean boxer who died following a world championship boxing match against Ray Mancini. His death sparked a number of reforms in the sport aimed to better protect the health of fighters, including reducing the number of rounds in championship bouts from 15 to 12. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 23 (1959-1982)
    • Birthplace: Goseong County, Gangwon
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    Ernie Schaaf was a heavyweight boxer who had a record of 58 wins, 14 losses, 2 draws. In 1933, he fell into a coma after suffering a knockout loss against Primo Carnera. He died in the hospital.
    Ernie Schaaf was a professional boxer who was a heavyweight contender in the 1930s but died after a bout. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 25 (1908-1933)
    • Birthplace: Elizabeth, New Jersey, United States of America
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    Mike Quarry was an American light-heavyweight boxer who had a record of 63 wins, 13 losses, 6 ties. He did not die due to any specific fight, but his death was believed to be caused by pugilistic dementia, a condition caused by repeated blows to the head.
    Michael Wayne "Mike" Quarry was a light heavyweight boxer. He had a record of 63-13-6 including 17 knockouts during his career, which began in 1969 and ended in 1982. Quarry was born in Bakersfield, California. He first began boxing at the age of 8 and obtained his license to fight as an amateur at 17. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 55 (1951-2006)
    • Birthplace: Bakersfield, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Professional Boxer
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    Frankie Campbell was an American heavyweight boxer who had a record of 33 wins, 4 losses, 2 ties. He died on August 25, 1930 during a fight against Max Baer. After taking a brutal punch to the chin, medics tried to revive Campbell while he lay unconscious in the ring.
    Frankie Campbell was an Italian-American boxer who fought professionally as a heavyweight. He won 33 of his 40 career fights, losing four, drawing twice, and fighting to a no-contest in another. Campbell was killed in the ring by future heavyeight champion Max Baer on August 25, 1930, in San Francisco, ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 26 (1904-1930)
    • Birthplace: Hibbing, Minnesota, United States of America
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    Kevin Payne

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    Kevin Payne was a welterweight boxer who had a record of 14 wins, 5 losses and 1 tie. He died in March 2008 after suffering a brain injury during a fight against Ryan Maraldo.
    Kevin Payne was a professional boxer. He died as a result of injuries sustained in a bout against Ryan Maraldo on March 18, 2006. Payne had come back from a year-and-a-half layoff to beat Maraldo in their second meeting, an 8-round split decision, that led to Payne being assisted from the ring, and ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 34 (1972-2006)
    • Birthplace: Evansville, Center Township, Indiana, United States of America
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    Felix Bwalya

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    Felix Bwalya was a Zambian boxer who competed in the 1992 Summer Olympics. He died on December 23, 1997, nine days after fighting Paul Burke.
    Felix Bwalya was a boxer from Zambia, who competed for his native country at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. There he was stopped in the first round of the lightweight division by Tanzania's Rashid Matumla. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 27 (1970-1997)
    • Birthplace: Chingola, Zambia
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    James Murray

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    James Murray was a Scottish bantamweight boxer who had a record of 15 wins, 2 losses. On 13 October 1995, he was knocked out while fighting Drew Docherty. He died from his injuries two days later.
    James Murray was a Scottish professional bantamweight boxer. He died as a result of injuries sustained in his last fight. Murray was born in Lanark, Scotland. He won the BBBofC Scottish Area bantamweight title in November 1994, and defended it once. On 13 October 1995 he fought and was knocked out by ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 26 (1969-1995)
    • Birthplace: Lanark, United Kingdom
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    Lito Sisnorio

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    Lito Sisnorio was a Filipino flyweight boxer. He died after sustaining brain injuries during a fight against Chatchai Sasakul on March 31, 2007.
    Angelito "Lito" Sisnorio Jr. was a Filipino World Boxing Council youth flyweight champion boxer who died following a controversial boxing match in Thailand in April 2007. The controversy over the match arose from the fact that Sisnorio's role in the fight was not officially sanctioned by the Philippine ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 25 (1982-2007)
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    Martín Sánchez

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    Martín Sánchez was a Mexican super featherweight boxer. He died on July 2, 2005 after sustaining severe brain injuries during a fight against Rustam Nugaev the previous day.
    Martín Sánchez, aka The Fireman, was a Mexican super featherweight boxer. He died of the injuries sustained in a boxing fight at the Orleans Hotel and Casino in Clark County, Nevada. Sánchez died one day following his 9th round knockout loss to Rustam Nugaev. Sánchez had left the ring under his own ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 26 (1979-2005)
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    Charlie Mohr

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    Charlie Mohr was a middleweight boxer for the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He died on April 17, 1960 after suffering brain injuries during a college sponsored fight. Later that year, the NCAA ended their support of the college boxing tournament.
    Charlie Mohr was a middleweight college boxer for the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He died April 17, 1960 of a brain hemorrhage following an NCAA Tournament bout. Twenty-two days after Charlie Mohr's death the University of Wisconsin–Madison abolished the sport at UW–Madison. The NCAA soon followed ... more on Wikipedia
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    Yo-Sam Choi was a Korean boxer who had a record of 32 wins and 5 losses. On December 25, 2007, he collapsed in the ring after a fight against Heri Amol. He was rushed to the hospital, but he died due to his injuries on January 3, 2008.
    Yo-Sam Choi was a Korean world boxing champion. He was born in Jeongeup, Jeollabukdo, South Korea. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 36 (1972-2008)
    • Birthplace: Jeongeup, South Korea
    • Profession: Professional Boxer
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    Benjamín Flores

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    Benjamín Flores was a Mexican professional boxer. He died on May 5, 2009, after suffering severe brain trauma during a fight against Al Seeger five days earlier.
    Benjamín Flores was a Mexican professional boxer from Morelia, Michoacán. He died from a brain injury sustained during his defeat on April 30, 2009 to Al Seeger. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 25 (1984-2009)
    • Birthplace: Morelia, Mexico
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