Jimmy Young (boxer)

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Jimmy Young boxer
Birth Name Jimmy Young
Weight class Heavyweight
nationality US-american
birthday November 16, 1948
place of birth Baltimore
Date of death February 20, 2005
Place of death Philadelphia
style Left delivery
size 1.88
Combat Statistics
Struggles 56
Victories 34
Knockout victories 11
Defeats 19th
draw 2
No value 1

Jimmy Young (born November 16, 1948 in Baltimore , † February 20, 2005 in Philadelphia ) was an American boxer .

Young was considered one of the most skillful heavyweights of the 1970s. He was a normal boom and had little punching power, but made up for it with a clever way of fighting. He was badly managed at the beginning of his career and therefore lost to opponents who are weak from today's perspective. But then he started an impressive winning streak; among other things he hit the dreaded puncher Ron Lyle .

Young became known in 1976 through the fight against an untrained Muhammad Ali in Landover when he was boxing for the world heavyweight title. Muhammad Ali won the fight after 15 rounds on points. However, the ruling was controversial as many observers saw Young as the winner. He called for a rematch but didn't even get it when he outsmarted George Foreman in 1977.

The World Boxing Council then set a fight against Ken Norton so that at least one of them would get a rematch. Young lost paper thin and was bitter. After this defeat he was never the same again. He didn't come anywhere near world class and finally ended his career in 1988.

He died on February 20, 2005 at the age of 56 after suffering from dementia for several years .

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