Dick Tiger

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Dick Tiger
Dick Tiger.jpg
Statistics
Real nameRichard Ihetu
Rated atMiddleweight
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Reach71 in (180 cm)
NationalityNigeria Nigerian
Born(1929-08-14)August 14, 1929
Amaigbo, Nigeria
DiedDecember 14, 1971(1971-12-14) (aged 42)
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights82
Wins60
Wins by KO27
Losses16
Draws3
 
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Dick Tiger
Dick Tiger.jpg
Statistics
Real nameRichard Ihetu
Rated atMiddleweight
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Reach71 in (180 cm)
NationalityNigeria Nigerian
Born(1929-08-14)August 14, 1929
Amaigbo, Nigeria
DiedDecember 14, 1971(1971-12-14) (aged 42)
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights82
Wins60
Wins by KO27
Losses16
Draws3

Dick Tiger CBE (born Richard Ihetu August 14, 1929 – December 14, 1971) was a boxer from Ubahu village, Amaigbo, Nigeria, who emigrated to Liverpool and later to the United States of America. Tiger was a member of the Igbo ethnic group.[1] Tiger was a boxer, commercial venturer, and Biafran rebel.

Professional career[edit]

Dick Tiger was one of the greatest fighters to come out of Africa. He became a two-time undisputed world middleweight titlist and helped keep boxing alive during the 1950s boxing industry recession. Tiger earned an undisputed Light-Heavyweight world championship. In 1962, Tiger won the world middleweight boxing championship.

On May 20, 1965, Tiger floored Rubin "Hurricane" Carter three times and won a unanimous 10-round decision. Tiger took on Gene Fullmer and won the world's Middleweight title by decision in fifteen. Later in a rematch he drew in fifteen and in the rubber match won by knockout in seven rounds.

Tiger was an "in-house fighter" at New York City's Madison Square Garden.

Retirement and death[edit]

After retiring from boxing, Tiger worked as a guard at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. One day, he felt a strong pain in his back. Tested by doctors, he was diagnosed with liver cancer. Tiger had been banned by the Nigerian government in his country because of his involvement in the Biafran movement; however, the ban was lifted immediately after news about his condition arrived in Nigeria.

He died of liver cancer on December 14, 1971; he was 42 years old.[2]

Biafran rebel cause[edit]

Tiger developed a portfolio of investments before the outbreak of the Nigerian Civil War. Tiger was appointed CBE by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, but he returned his insignia as a protest for what he perceived as a lack of support by Great Britain to the Biafran cause.

Professional boxing record[edit]

60 Wins (27 Knockouts), 16 Defeats (2 Knockouts), 3 Draws[3]
Res.RecordOpponentTypeRd., TimeDateLocationNotes
Loss60-19-3United States Virgin Islands Emile GriffithUD101970-07-15United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Win60-18-3United States Andy KendallUD101969-11-14United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Win59-18-3Italy Nino BenvenutiUD101969-05-26United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Win58-18-3United States Frank DePaulaUD101968-10-25United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New YorkThe Ring magazine's "Fight of the Year" (1968)
Loss57-18-3United States Bob FosterKO4 (15), 2:051968-05-24United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New YorkLost The Ring, WBC & WBA World Light Heavyweight titles
Win57-17-3United States Roger RouseTKO12 (15), 0:121967-11-17United States Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NevadaRetained The Ring, WBC & WBA World Light Heavyweight titles
Win56-17-3Puerto Rico José TorresSD151967-05-16United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New YorkRetained The Ring, WBC & WBA World Light Heavyweight titles
Win55-17-3Nigeria Abraham TomicaTKO5 (10)1967-02-05Nigeria Mile One Park, Port Harcourt
Win54-17-3Puerto Rico José TorresUD151966-12-16United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New YorkWon The Ring, WBC & WBA World Light Heavyweight titles
Loss53-17-3United States Virgin Islands Emile GriffithUD151966-04-25United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New YorkLost The Ring, WBC & WBA World Middleweight titles
Win53-16-3Germany Peter MuellerKO3 (10), 0:571966-02-18Germany Westfalenhalle, Dortmund, Nordrhein-Westfalen
Win52-16-3United States Joey GiardelloUD151965-10-21United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New YorkWon The Ring, WBC & WBA World Middleweight titles
Win51-16-3United States Rubin CarterUD101965-05-20United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Win50-16-3Argentina Juan Carlos RiveroTKO6 (10)1965-03-12United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Loss49-16-3United States Joey ArcherSD101964-10-16United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Win49-15-3United States Don FullmerUD101964-09-11United States Cleveland Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
Win48-15-3Puerto Rico Jose Monon GonzalezTKO6 (10)1964-07-31United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Loss47-15-3United States Joey GiardelloPTS151963-12-07United States Atlantic City Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New JerseyLost The Ring, WBC & WBA World Middleweight titles
Win47-14-3United States Gene FullmerRTD7 (15), 3:001963-08-10Nigeria Liberty Stadium, IbadanRetained WBA & Won vacant The Ring, WBC World Middleweight titles
Draw46-14-3United States Gene FullmerPTS151963-02-23United States Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NevadaRetained WBA World Middleweight title
Win46-14-2United States Gene FullmerUD151962-10-23United States Candlestick Park, California, CaliforniaWon vacant WBA World Middleweight titles
Win45-14-2United States Henry HankUD101962-03-31United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Win44-14-2Cuba Florentino FernándezTKO6 (10)1962-01-20United States Miami Beach, Florida
Win43-14-2United States William PickettUD101961-12-16United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Win42-14-2United States Hank CaseySD101961-05-15United States New Orleans, Louisiana
Win41-14-2United States Spider WebbKO6 (10), 2:411961-04-15United States St. Nicholas Arena, New York, New York
Win40-14-2United States Gene ArmstrongTKO9 (10), 1:211961-02-18United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Win39-14-2Canada Wilf GreavesTKO9 (15), 1:201960-11-30Canada Edmonton Gardens, Edmonton, AlbertaWon Commonwealth (British Empire) Middleweight title
Loss38-14-2Canada Wilf GreavesSD151960-06-22Canada Edmonton Gardens, Edmonton, AlbertaLost Commonwealth (British Empire) Middleweight title
Win38-13-2Argentina Víctor ZalazarMD101960-04-01United States Boston Arena, Boston, Massachusetts
Win37-13-2United States Gene ArmstrongUD101960-02-24United States Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois
Win36-13-2United States Holly MimsMD101959-12-30United States Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois
Loss35-13-2United States Joey GiardelloUD101959-11-04United States Cleveland Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
Win35-12-2United States Joey GiardelloUD101959-09-30United States Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois
Win34-12-2United States Gene ArmstrongPTS101959-09-02United States Convention Hall, Camden, New Jersey
Loss33-12-2United States Rory CalhounSD101959-07-17United States War Memorial Auditorium, Syracuse, New York
Draw33-12-2United States Rory CalhounPTS101959-06-05United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Win33-12-1United States Randy SandyPTS101959-05-12England Empire Pool, Wembley, London
Loss32-11-1United States Randy SandyPTS101959-05-12England Liverpool Stadium, Liverpool, Merseyside
Win32-10-1Trinidad and Tobago Yolande PompeyPTS101958-10-14England Empire Pool, Wembley, London
Loss31-10-1United States Spider WebbPTS101958-06-24England Empress Hall, Earl's Court, Kensington, London
Win31-9-1England Billy EllawayKO2 (8)1958-05-01England Liverpool Stadium, Liverpool, Merseyside
Win30-9-1England Pat McAteerKO9 (15)1958-03-27England Liverpool Stadium, Liverpool, MerseysideWon Commonwealth (British Empire) Middleweight title
Win29-9-1England Johnny ReadKO6 (8)1958-03-27England Harringay Arena, Harringay, London
Win28-9-1England Jimmy LynasKO7 (8)1958-02-03England King's Hall, Belle Vue, Manchester
Win27-9-1France Jean RuelletPTS81958-01-13England City Hall, Hull, Yorkshire
Win26-9-1Republic of Ireland Paddy DelargyKO6 (10)1957-11-28England Embassy Sportsdrome, Birmingham, West Midlands
Draw25-9-1England Pat McAteerPTS101957-11-11Wales Maindy Stadium, Cardiff
Win25-9France Jean Claude PoissonPTS101957-10-21Wales Maindy Stadium, Cardiff
Win24-9Wales Phil EdwardsPTS101957-09-09Wales Maindy Stadium, Cardiff
Win23-9England Alan DeanPTS81957-07-25England Liverpool Stadium, Liverpool, Merseyside
Loss22-9Scotland Willie ArmstrongPTS81957-07-15England Engineer's Club, West Hartlepool, County Durham
Win22-8France Marius DoriTKO7 (8)1957-06-04England Harringay Arena, Harringay, London
Win21-8England Terry DownesTKO5 (8)1957-05-14England Town Hall, Shoreditch, LondonCut eye stoppage. Matchup of future world champions.
Win20-8England Johnny ReadTKO2 (8)1957-04-29England National Sporting Club, Piccadilly, London
Win19-8England Alan DeanPTS81956-11-09England Tower Circus, Blackpool, Lancashire
Loss18-8England Alan DeanPTS61956-10-18England Liverpool Stadium, Blackpool, Lancashire
Win18-7England Jimmy LynasPTS81956-07-02England Tower Circus, Blackpool, Lancashire
Win17-7England Wally ScottTKO4 (8)1956-05-28England Engineer's Club, West Hartlepool, County Durham
Win16-7England Alan DeanPTS81956-05-10England Liverpool Stadium, Blackpool, Lancashire
Win15-7Wales Dennis RowleyKO1 (8)1956-05-03England Liverpool Stadium, Blackpool, Lancashire
Loss14-7England George RoePTS81956-03-22England Liverpool Stadium, Blackpool, Lancashire
Loss14-6England Jimmy LynasPTS81956-03-01England Tower Circus, Blackpool, Lancashire
Loss14-5England Gerry McNallyPTS81956-01-27England Tower Circus, Blackpool, Lancashire
Loss14-4England Alan DeanPTS61955-12-08England Liverpool Stadium, Blackpool, Lancashire

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Achievements
Preceded by
Gene Fullmer
WBA Middleweight Champion
23 Oct 1962 – 7 Dec 1963
Succeeded by
Joey Giardello
Vacant
Title last held by
Paul Pender
WBC Middleweight Champion
7 May 1963 – 7 Dec 1963
The Ring Middleweight Champion
7 May 1963 – 7 Dec 1963
Vacant
Title last held by
Gene Fullmer
World Middleweight Champion
7 May 1963 – 7 Dec 1963
Preceded by
Joey Giardello
WBA Middleweight Champion
21 Oct 1965 – 25 Apr 1966
Succeeded by
Emile Griffith
WBC Middleweight Champion
21 Oct 1965 – 25 Apr 1966
The Ring Middleweight Champion
21 Oct 1965 – 25 Apr 1966
World Middleweight Champion
21 Oct 1965 – 25 Apr 1966
Preceded by
José Torres
WBA Light Heavyweight Champion
16 Dec 1966 – 24 May 1968
Succeeded by
Bob Foster
WBC Light Heavyweight Champion
16 Dec 1966 – 24 May 1968
The Ring Light Heavyweight
16 Dec 1966 – 24 May 1968
World Light Heavyweight Champion
16 Dec 1966 – 24 May 1968
Awards
Preceded by
Joe Brown
Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year
1962
Succeeded by
Cassius Clay
Preceded by
Gene Fullmer
BWAA Fighter of the Year
1962
Succeeded by
Emile Griffith
Preceded by
Emile Griffith
Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year
1965
Succeeded by
Joe Frazier (1967)
Preceded by
Muhammad Ali
BWAA Fighter of the Year
1966
Succeeded by
Carlos Ortiz