Bobo Olson

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Bobo Olson
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Real nameCarl Olson
Nickname(s)The Hawaiian Swede
The Kalihi Kid
Weight(s) Middleweight
Height5 ft 10 12 in (1.79 m)
NationalityAmerican (since 1959)
Hawaiian (until 1959)
Born(1928-07-11)July 11, 1928
Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii
DiedJanuary 16, 2002(2002-01-16) (aged 73)
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Stanceorthodox
Boxing record
Total fights115
Wins97
Wins by KO47
Losses16
Draws2
No contests0

Carl Olson (July 11, 1928 – January 16, 2002) was an American boxer. He was the World Middleweight champion between October 1953 and December 1955, [1] the longest reign of any champion in that division during the 1950s. His nickname, Bobo, was based on his younger sister's mispronunciation of "brother". [2]

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Early years

Olson was born in Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii to a Portuguese mother and a Swedish father, hence his other nickname "The Hawaiian Swede". Like many boxers, Olson decided to take up the sport after getting into fights on the streets. Olson received training from boxers who were stationed in Hawaii during World War II, and it was during this period that he picked up his two trademark tattoos. [3] [2]

Using a fake identity card Olson obtained a boxing license at the age of 16. His earliest fights were in his native Kalihi, Hawaii. He had won his first three contests, two by knockout, before his true age was discovered. During 1945, Olson ran off to San Francisco to continue his boxing career. By the time he was 18, he had amassed a record of 13 successive wins (10 by KO). Even at this stage his power and huge reserves of stamina were clear, as was his rather average skill. [3] [2] [4] [5]

Professional career

The first real test of Olson's career came on March 20, 1950, Olson's record at this point was 40 wins and 2 losses, against the Australian Dave Sands. Olson lost to a close points decision in Sydney. Seven months after this Olson had his first fight against Sugar Ray Robinson, for the lowly regarded Pennsylvania State World Middleweight Title. Olson, who was widely seen as a slow starter, failed to get into the fight, even though Robinson was not having one of his best fights. Olson managed to hold on for 11 rounds before being knocked out. Despite his great record it was clear that Olson was still too inexperienced to be fighting at that level. [3] [2]

A year after his loss to Robinson, Olson managed to get a rematch against Dave Sands. This fight was the first to be televised coast-to-coast in America. However, Sands once again proved too much for Olson, he again won by unanimous decision. [3]

On March 13, 1952 Olson fought Robinson again, this time for the world middleweight title. Robinson, who had lost and regained the title against Randy Turpin in his previous two fights, was looking for an easy fight. However, Olson had improved significantly from their first encounter. Through ten rounds the fight was neck-and-neck, and only a dominant finish by Robinson over the last five rounds won him the decision. The Los Angeles Times wrote that Robinson won the first six rounds easily, slowly stacking up points, but that Olson reduced the points margin in the seventh through tenth. Robinson won the fifteenth convincingly with hard rights and lefts. [6] This would be the only time that Olson lasted the duration against Robinson. [3]

Robinson retired for the first time in December 1952, vacating his middleweight crown. The top four contenders fought a tournament for the title. Olson defeated Paddy Young for the American title to gain the right to fight for the vacant world title, Turpin won the other eliminator against Charley Humez. [3]

The title fight against Turpin took place on October 21, 1953, at Madison Square Garden. Turpin dominated the first four rounds, he almost scored a knockdown in the first round, before Olson got a grip on the fight. As the fight progressed Olson took the initiative, he scored knockdowns in the 10th and 11th rounds on the way to a unanimous decision. Following his success Olson was voted Ring magazine's fighter of the year for 1953. [3] [5]

Olson won all seven of his fights in 1954 including defenses of his title against such big names as Kid Gavilan, Rocky Castellani, and Pierre Langlois. [3]

In 1955 Olson, who was finding it increasingly difficult to make weight, stepped up to light heavyweight. His first major fight in this category was against former champion Joey Maxim. Olson won the fight easily on points after scoring knockdowns in both the 2nd and 9th rounds. On June 22 Olson challenged 41-year-old Archie Moore for the light heavyweight title, a fight that many believed Olson would easily win. However, Moore was too strong for Olson and won by knockout after only a minute had elapsed of the third round. After this fight Olson began his decline. [3] [2]

Following two walkover wins, Olson put his middleweight title on the line against Robinson, who was once again number 1 contender following his brief retirement, on December 9, 1955. It was Olson's fourth and final defense of his title, but ended as a stunning comeback for Robinson. Olson, who entered the fight as a 3–1 favorite, was knocked out in the second round. The rematch, fought five months later at Wrigley Field, on May 18, 1956, ended similarly with Olson going down in the fourth. Robinson ended the bout with a hard left hook to the body and a right to the jaw. Olson had made the mistake of dropping his right hand after Robinson's hard left, dropping his only defense in an instant. [7] After this second defeat Olson announced his retirement. [3] [8]

Late career

After a year out of the game Olson returned as a heavyweight to fight Maxim again, a fight he won on points. Olson took another year out following a knockout defeat against Pat McMurtry. Whilst initially coming back as a journeyman, despite being only 30, Olson managed to reestablish himself as a contender. On November 27, 1964, he fought José Torres with the winner going on to fight the champion, Willie Pastrano. Olson was knocked out after 2 minutes of the first round. This defeat effectively ended his career, he would only fight again four more times, with his final fight being a defeat to Gene Fullmer's younger brother, Don. [3]

Life after boxing

Olson retired with a record of 97 wins (47 by KO), 16 losses, and 2 draws from his 115 professional fights. He went on to work with disaffected youngsters before working as a PR officer for the Elevator Operating Engineers Local Union in San Francisco. In 1987 he was a Union Elevator Operator in Lancaster, California, working on new construction at the Antelope Valley Medical Center. [9]

In the 1990s he lived in Northern California for a time. In his later years Olson suffered from Alzheimer's disease to add quality of life to his later years he and much of his close family returned to Honolulu. He died on January 16, 2002, in Honolulu at Queens Medical Center at the age of 73. He was inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame in 1958, and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2000. [3] [2] [10]

Professional boxing record

97 Wins (47 knockouts, 50 decisions), 16 Losses (7 knockouts, 9 decisions), 2 Draws [11]
ResultRecordOpponentTypeRoundDateLocationNotes
Loss97–16–2 Don Fullmer MD10November 28, 1966 Oakland Arena, Oakland, California
Win97–15–2Piero Del PapaSD10July 11, 1966 San Francisco Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California
Win96–15–2Fred RootsTKO3September 23, 1965 Centennial Coliseum, Reno, Nevada
Win95–15–2Andy KendallUD10June 24, 1965 Centennial Coliseum, Reno, Nevada
Loss94–15–2 José Torres KO1November 27, 1964 Madison Square Garden, New York City
Win94–14–2Wayne ThorntonUD10August 28, 1964 Kezar Pavilion, San Francisco, California
Loss93–14–2Johnny PersolMD10June 19, 1964 Madison Square Garden, New York City
Win93–13–2Wayne ThorntonMD10March 27, 1964 Kezar Pavilion, San Francisco, California
Draw92–13–2Hank CaseyPTS10December 9, 1963 Oakland Auditorium Arena, Oakland, California
Win92–13–1Jose MennoUD10October 21, 1963 Kezar Pavilion, San Francisco, California
Win91–13–1Jesse BowdryUD10May 14, 1963 Honolulu Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, Hawaii
Win90–13–1Sonny RayTKO8April 30, 1963 Honolulu Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, Hawaii
Win89–13–1Tiger Al WilliamsTKO5January 25, 1963 Lane County Fair, Eugene, Oregon
Draw88–13–1 Giulio Rinaldi PTS10December 14, 1962 Palazzetto dello Sport, Rome
Win88–13 Lennart Risberg KO6June 3, 1962 Stockholm Olympic Stadium, Stockholm
Loss87–13 Pete Rademacher UD10April 3, 1962 Honolulu Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii
Win87–12Artie DixonPTS10January 19, 1962 Honolulu Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, Hawaii
Win86–12Tiger Al WilliamsPTS10January 12, 1962 Honolulu Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, Hawaii
Win85–12Yancy D. SmithTKO8November 14, 1961 Honolulu Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, Hawaii
Win84–12Sixto RodriguezUD10October 23, 1961 San Francisco Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California
Loss83–12Sixto RodriguezUD10September 11, 1961 San Francisco Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California
Win83–11Roque MaravillaUD10August 14, 1961 Oakland Auditorium Arena, Oakland, California
Win82–11Floyd BuchananTKO3February 16, 1961 Victoria Memorial Arena, Victoria, British Columbia
Win81–11Bobby DanielsUD10January 19, 1961 Spokane Coliseum, Spokane, Washington
Loss80–11 Doug Jones KO6August 31, 1960 Chicago Stadium, Chicago
Win80–10 Mike Holt PTS10June 6, 1960 Rand Stadium, Johannesburg, Gauteng
Win79–10Al SparksTKO5May 5, 1960 Pacific National Exhibition, Vancouver, British Columbia
Win78–10Roque MaravillaTKO7April 7, 1960 Auditorium, Portland, Oregon
Win77–10George KartalianTKO5August 25, 1959 Memorial Auditorium, Fresno, California
Win76–10Herman CalhounUD10March 30, 1959 Cow Palace, Daly City, California
Win75–10Tommy VillaTKO5December 16, 1958 Memorial Auditorium, Fresno, California
Win74–10Paddy YoungTKO6November 25, 1958 Oakland Auditorium Arena, Oakland, California
Win73–10Don GrantTKO7October 28, 1958 Oakland Auditorium Arena, Oakland, California
Loss72–10Pat McMurtryKO2August 17, 1957 Meadows Race Track, Portland, Oregon
Win72–9 Joey Maxim SD10June 18, 1957 Auditorium, Portland, Oregon
Loss71–9 Sugar Ray Robinson KO4May 18, 1956 Wrigley Field, Los AngelesFor The Ring and lineal middleweight titles
Loss71–8 Sugar Ray Robinson KO2December 9, 1955 Chicago Stadium, ChicagoLost The Ring and lineal middleweight titles
Win71–7 Joey Giambra UD10August 26, 1955 Cow Palace, Daly City, California
Win70–7Jimmy MartinezUD10August 13, 1955 Multnomah Stadium, Portland, Oregon
Loss69–7 Archie Moore KO3June 22, 1955 Polo Grounds, New York CityFor The Ring and lineal light heavyweight titles
Win69–6 Joey Maxim UD10April 13, 1955 Cow Palace, Daly City, California
Win68–6Willie VaughnUD10March 12, 1955Legion Stadium, Hollywood, California
Win67–6Ralph Tiger JonesUD10February 16, 1955 Chicago Stadium, Chicago
Win66–6Pierre LangloisTKO11December 15, 1954 Cow Palace, Daly City, California Retained The Ring and lineal middleweight titles
Win65–6Garth PanterTKO8November 3, 1954 Auditorium, Richmond, California Joe Louis refereed the bout.
Win64–6 Rocky Castellani UD15August 20, 1954 Cow Palace, Daly City, California Retained The Ring and lineal middleweight titles
Win63–6Pedro GonzalesKO4July 7, 1954 Oakland Auditorium Arena, Oakland, California Max Baer refereed the bout.
Win62–6Jesse TurnerTKO8June 15, 1954 Honolulu Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii
Win61–6 Kid Gavilan MD15April 2, 1954 Chicago Stadium, ChicagoRetained The Ring and lineal middleweight titles
Win60–6Joe RindoneKO5January 23, 1954 Winterland Arena, San Francisco, California
Win59–6 Randy Turpin UD15October 21, 1953 Madison Square Garden, New York CityWon The Ring and lineal middleweight titles
Win58–6Paddy YoungUD15June 19, 1953 Madison Square Garden, New York CityWon American Middleweight Title
Win57–6Garth PanterUD10March 16, 1953 Butte, Montana
Win56–6Norman HayesUD10February 7, 1953 Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Win55–6Norman HayesUD10December 18, 1952 San Francisco Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California
Win54–6 Lee Sala KO2November 20, 1952 Winterland Arena, San Francisco, California
Win53–6Gene HairstonTKO6August 27, 1952 Madison Square Garden, New York City
Win52–6 Robert Villemain SD10July 12, 1952 Cow Palace, Daly City, California
Win51–6Jimmy BeauUD10June 6, 1952 Madison Square Garden, New York City
Win50–6 Walter Cartier TKO5May 19, 1952 Boxing From Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, New York
Win49–6Woody HarperTKO7May 6, 1952 Auditorium, Richmond, California
Loss48–6 Sugar Ray Robinson UD15March 13, 1952 San Francisco Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, CaliforniaFor The Ring and lineal middleweight titles
Win48–5Tommy HarrisonUD10February 15, 1952Legion Stadium, Hollywood, California
Win47–5Woody HarperUD10February 12, 1952 Sacramento Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento, California
Loss46–5 Dave Sands UD10October 3, 1951 Chicago Stadium, Chicago
Win46–4Bobby JonesMD10August 27, 1951Coliseum Bowl, San Francisco, California
Win45–4Charley CatoTKO3July 27, 1951 Auditorium, Richmond, California
Win44–4Chuck HunterUD10July 9, 1951 San Francisco Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California
Win43–4 Lloyd Marshall KO5May 7, 1951 Honolulu Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii
Win42–4Art SotoPTS10March 20, 1951 Honolulu Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii
Loss41–4 Sugar Ray Robinson KO12October 26, 1950 Philadelphia Convention Center, Philadelphia Pennsylvania Middleweight Title
Win41–3 Henry Brimm UD10September 5, 1950 Honolulu Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii
Win40–3Otis GrahamPTS10May 22, 1950 Honolulu Stadium, Holulu, Territory of Hawaii
Win39–3Roy MillerRTD5April 25, 1950 Honolulu Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii Miller retired due to a broken jaw.
Loss38–3 Dave Sands PTS12March 20, 1950 Sydney Stadium, Sydney
Win38–2Don LeePTS10February 22, 1950 Honolulu Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii
Win37–2Earl TurnerPTS10December 13, 1949 Honolulu Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii
Win36–2Johnny DukeUD10November 22, 1949 Honolulu Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii
Win35–2Art HardyKO3August 23, 1949 Honolulu Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii
Win34–2Milo SavageUD10July 26, 1949 Honolulu Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii
Win33–2Tommy YaroszPTS10June 3, 1949 Honolulu Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii
Win32–2 Anton Raadik TKO7March 15, 1949 Honolulu Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii
Win31–2Paul PerkinsTKO2January 11, 1949 Honolulu Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii
Win30–2Johnny BoskiKO1December 14, 1948 Honolulu Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii
Win29–2Kenny WatkinsUD10October 26, 1948 Honolulu Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii
Win28–2Boy BrooksTKO3October 12, 1948 Honolulu Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii
Win27–2Charley CatoPTS8July 20, 1948 Honolulu Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii
Win26–2Bobby CastroPTS10May 11, 1948 Honolulu Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii
Win25–2Flashy SebastianKO7April 7, 1948 Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, Manila, Metro Manila
Win24–2Boy BrooksPTS12January 17, 1948 Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, Manila, Metro Manila Hawaii Middleweight Title.
Win23–2Nai Som PongKO3December 17, 1947 Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, Manila, Metro Manila
Loss22–2Boy BrooksPTS10November 22, 1947 Honolulu Stadium, Holulu, Territory of Hawaii Hawaii Middleweight Title.
Win22–1Georgie DukePTS10August 19, 1947 Honolulu Stadium, Holulu, Territory of Hawaii Hawaii Middleweight Title.
Loss21–1Georgie DukePTS10July 4, 1947 Honolulu Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii Hawaii Middleweight Title.
Win21–0Paulie LewisPTS10June 20, 1947 Honolulu Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii
Win20–0Leroy WadeTKO4May 2, 1947 Honolulu Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii
Win19–0Candy McDanielsPTS10March 21, 1947 Honolulu Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii
Win18–0Gil MojicaPTS10January 28, 1947 Honolulu Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii
Win17–0Wayne PowellTKO4December 2, 1946 Honolulu Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii
Win16–0Wayne PowellTKO4October 7, 1946 Honolulu Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii
Win15–0Jackie RyanTKO6September 9, 1946 Honolulu Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii
Win14–0Johnny BoskiKO3August 19, 1946 Honolulu Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii
Win13–0Johnny BoskiKO4July 26, 1946 Honolulu Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii
Win12–0Ernie HorneTKO2July 18, 1946 Honolulu Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii
Win11–0Delaware BradbyKO3February 25, 1946 San Francisco Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California
Win10–0Chuck RossPTS6February 4, 1946Coliseum Bowl, San Francisco, California
Win9–0Pedro JimenezKO4January 28, 1946Coliseum Bowl, San Francisco, California
Win8–0Vepe WatsonTKO1January 14, 1946Coliseum Bowl, San Francisco, California
Win7–0Obie WootenTKO1January 7, 1946 San Francisco Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California
Win6–0LaVelle PerkinsTKO2December 21, 1945 Sacramento, California
Win5–0Bobby JonesKO2December 10, 1945 San Francisco Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California
Win4–0Art RobinsonTKO4November 23, 1945 San Francisco Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California
Win3–0Young PanchoPTS4September 10, 1944 Honolulu Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii
Win2–0Ben RamosTKO4August 27, 1944 Honolulu Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii
Win1–0Bob CorreaKO2August 19, 1944 Honolulu Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii

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Achievements
Preceded by
Sugar Ray Robinson
Retired
World Middleweight Champion
October 21, 1953 – December 9, 1955
Succeeded by
Sugar Ray Robinson