Dick Tiger

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Dick Tiger
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Dick Tiger (left) with Nino Benvenuti in 1969
Statistics
Real nameRichard Ihetu
Weight(s)
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Reach71 in (180 cm)
Born(1929-08-14)August 14, 1929
Amaigbo, Colony of Nigeria
DiedDecember 14, 1971(1971-12-14) (aged 42)
Aba, Nigeria
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights82
Wins60
Wins by KO27
Losses19
Draws3

Dick Tiger (born Richard Ihetu; August 14, 1929 December 14, 1971) was a Nigerian-born professional boxer who held the World Middleweight and World Light Heavyweight Championships. [1]

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Tiger emigrated to Liverpool, England to pursue his boxing career and later to the United States. Tiger was Igbo and served as a Lieutenant in the Biafran army during the Nigerian Civil War, primarily training soldiers in hand to hand combat. [2]

Tiger was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1991. The Ring magazine named him Fighter of the Year in 1962 and 1965, while the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) named him Fighter of the Year in 1962 and 1966. In 2002, Tiger was voted by The Ring magazine as the 31st greatest fighter of the last 80 years. [3]

Professional career

Tiger became a two-time undisputed world middleweight champion and helped keep boxing alive during the 1950s boxing industry recession. Tiger won the world middleweight title when he beat Gene Fullmer in 1962 and the light heavyweight title in 1966 when he dethroned José Torres of Puerto Rico. [4] [5]

Prior to these accomplishments, however, Tiger seemed condemned to poor management and a resulting lack of exposure. In 1957, using Liverpool as his fighting base, Dick Tiger was fighting on undercards for small purses, when by fortune, facing off against popular favorite Terry Downes at Shoreditch Town Hall, he walked away with a TKO after six heats. [6] New management saw to it certain "errors in his style" were corrected, and in another year, Tiger had taken 17 of 19 fights and won the British Middleweight title. In 1959, handled by the independent Jersey Jones, Tiger came to America, to face adversity in a whole, new way. Jersey Jones, resisting the influences of Madison Square Garden, brokered deals for Tiger by himself, which in the short run, cost them both. In an independent promotion at Edmonton, Alberta, Tiger's Empire belt was lost in a more-than questionable 15 round nod to local challenger Wilf Greaves. The decision as rendered, had first been called a draw; appalled, Jones demanded a recount of the cards, which boomeranged, showing the fight, dominated by Tiger, as a win for Greaves. Tiger, sincere and honorable in his dealings, often found this virtuous approach not reciprocated, particularly in North America. [7]

A. J. Liebling, impressed in witnessing Tiger's 1962 [8] performance versus Henry Hank of Detroit, described the fighter's appearance thus, "... a chest like an old-fashioned black office safe, dropping away to a slender waist, big thighs, and slender legs; he boxed classically, his arms tight against his sides at the beginning of a punch, his savagely methodical blows moving in short arcs and straight lines."

Such a description was similarly evoked, albeit in simpler terms, by Tiger's contemporaries. Gene Fullmer: "Tiger was a rough guy....I went to Nigeria to fight him, and, of course, I don't know what happened over there....He beat me. He beat me bad. My mother and father could have been judge and referee, and I couldn't have won a round..." [9] Joey Giardello: "I thank Dick Tiger because Dick Tiger was a man and Dick Tiger gave (a title shot) to me. He didn't have to give it to me. He could have give it to somebody else." [10] An additional comment from Giardello, in the form of a sarcastic bon mot, showed contemporary respect for Tiger as a fellow battler. The pair fought four times in all, the last two of these in swapping the middleweight title. Every fight went the distance, meaning that in terms of time, Dick Tiger and Joey Giardello contended face to face for two and a half hours. Prior to one of these latter encounters, when asked by the press if Giardello, a classic boxer, planned to trade punches with Tiger, Giardello squelched this with, "I wouldn't trade stamps with him." [11]

Numerous accounts of Tiger as both man and fighting man, describe a solid, decent, un-nuanced person. Unsurprisingly, a very Western gimmick, the literal "power of the press", or perhaps of Madison Avenue, appears lost on him. Contender Joey Archer, a scientific middleweight of uncommon speed, launched a small space ad campaign directed at Tiger. The ads, using copy such as "I'm a middleweight, and I've licked every man I ever fought, including you", were employed to create a sensation and perhaps a groundswell toward securing Archer a title fight. Tiger had already signed to fight Emile Griffith, and an Archer ad admonished, "The Middleweight Champion should meet the best middleweight (not a welterweight)." Archer carried his cause to talk shows, even to the New York Daily News, was photographed taunting an angry, caged tiger at the Bronx Zoo. Whether this bombast registered in any negative way, or even impacted Dick Tiger's pride, history never discovered after Emile Griffith won Tiger's middleweight belt from him, making Tiger a non-player in the drama. Joey Archer shifted his attentions and, from 1966, Tiger campaigned as a full light heavyweight. [12]

After decisioning Jose Torres to win title honors, Tiger then defended his crown against Torres and Montanan Roger Rouse, before coming up short against veteran Bob Foster of Washington, DC. The left hook Foster used to dethrone Tiger in an instant, was rated among "The 10 Deadliest Punches of the Last 25 Years" in 1975. [13] The power in the one-punch K.O. made such an impact upon Garden promoters, it was felt that a rematch would do poor business. This attitude forced Tiger to contend for the right to regain his crown, and saw him matched against up-and-comer Frankie DePaula, who was coming off five consecutive knockouts. The fight to qualify against Foster was, for its first four rounds, a war which saw both men go down twice, and was selected by Ring magazine as "Fight of the Year". Though Dick Tiger took the decision, having proved his mettle, ill treatment on the American side seemed to cling, as Frankie DePaula, the man he had defeated, was inexplicably given the chance at Bob Foster. [14]

Retirement and death

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.

He 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 14 December 1971, aged 42.[ where? ] [15] [16]

Professional boxing record

Professional record summary
82 fights60 wins19 losses
By knockout272
By decision3317
Draws3
No.ResultRecordOpponentTypeRound, timeDateLocationNotes
82Loss60–19–3 Flag of the United States Virgin Islands.svg Emile Griffith UD10Jul 15, 1970 Flag of the United States.svg Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
81Win60–18–3 Flag of the United States.svg Andy KendallUD10Nov 14, 1969 Flag of the United States.svg Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
80Win59–18–3 Flag of Italy.svg Nino Benvenuti UD10May 26, 1969 Flag of the United States.svg Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
79Win58–18–3 Flag of the United States.svg Frank DePaula UD10Oct 25, 1968 Flag of the United States.svg Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S. The Ring magazine's "Fight of the Year" (1968)
78Loss57–18–3 Flag of the United States.svg Bob Foster KO4 (15), 2:05May 24, 1968 Flag of the United States.svg Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.Lost WBA, WBC, The Ring, and lineal light heavyweight titles
77Win57–17–3 Flag of the United States.svg Roger RouseTKO12 (15), 0:12Nov 17, 1967 Flag of the United States.svg Las Vegas Convention Center, Winchester, Nevada, U.S.Retained WBA, WBC, The Ring, and lineal light heavyweight titles
76Win56–17–3 Flag of Puerto Rico.svg José Torres SD15May 16, 1967 Flag of the United States.svg Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.Retained WBA, WBC, The Ring, and lineal light heavyweight titles
75Win55–17–3 Flag of Nigeria.svg Abraham TomicaTKO5 (10)Feb 05, 1967 Flag of Nigeria.svg Mile One Park, Port Harcourt, Nigeria
74Win54–17–3 Flag of Puerto Rico.svg José Torres UD15Dec 16, 1966 Flag of the United States.svg Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.Won WBA, WBC, The Ring, and lineal light heavyweight titles
73Loss53–17–3 Flag of the United States Virgin Islands.svg Emile Griffith UD15Apr 25, 1966 Flag of the United States.svg Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.Lost WBA, WBC, The Ring, and lineal middleweight titles
72Win53–16–3 Flag of Germany.svg Peter MuellerKO3 (10), 0:57Feb 18, 1966 Flag of Germany.svg Westfalenhalle, Dortmund, Germany
71Win52–16–3 Flag of the United States.svg Joey Giardello UD15Oct 21, 1965 Flag of the United States.svg Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.Won WBA, WBC, The Ring, and lineal middleweight titles
70Win51–16–3 Flag of the United States.svg Rubin Carter UD10May 20, 1965 Flag of the United States.svg Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
69Win50–16–3 Flag of Argentina.svg Juan Carlos RiveroTKO6 (10)Mar 12, 1965 Flag of the United States.svg Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
68Loss49–16–3 Flag of the United States.svg Joey Archer SD10Oct 16, 1964 Flag of the United States.svg Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
67Win49–15–3 Flag of the United States.svg Don Fullmer UD10Sep 11, 1964 Flag of the United States.svg Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
66Win48–15–3 Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Jose Monon GonzalezTKO6 (10)Jul 31, 1964 Flag of the United States.svg Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
65Loss47–15–3 Flag of the United States.svg Joey Giardello PTS15Dec 07, 1963 Flag of the United States.svg Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.Lost WBA, WBC, The Ring, and lineal middleweight titles
64Win47–14–3 Flag of the United States.svg Gene Fullmer RTD7 (15), 3:00Aug 10, 1963 Flag of Nigeria.svg Liberty Stadium, Ibadan, NigeriaRetained WBA and The Ring middleweight titles
Won inaugural WBC and vacant lineal middleweight titles
63Draw46–14–3 Flag of the United States.svg Gene Fullmer PTS15Feb 23, 1963 Flag of the United States.svg Las Vegas Convention Center, Winchester, Nevada, U.S.Retained WBA middleweight title
62Win46–14–2 Flag of the United States.svg Gene Fullmer UD15Oct 23, 1962 Flag of the United States.svg Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California, U.S.Won WBA middleweight title
61Win45–14–2 Flag of the United States.svg Henry HankUD10Mar 31, 1962 Flag of the United States.svg Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
60Win44–14–2 Flag of Cuba.svg Florentino Fernández TKO6 (10)Jan 20, 1962 Flag of the United States.svg Convention Center, Miami Beach, Florida, U.S.
59Win43–14–2 Flag of the United States.svg William PickettUD10Dec 16, 1961 Flag of the United States.svg Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
58Win42–14–2 Flag of the United States.svg Hank CaseySD10May 15, 1961 Flag of the United States.svg Municipal Auditorium, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
57Win41–14–2 Flag of the United States.svg Spider WebbKO6 (10), 2:41Apr 15, 1961 Flag of the United States.svg St. Nicholas Arena, New York City, New York, U.S.
56Win40–14–2 Flag of the United States.svg Gene ArmstrongTKO9 (10), 1:21Feb 18, 1961 Flag of the United States.svg Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
55Win39–14–2 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Wilf Greaves TKO9 (15), 1:20Nov 30, 1960 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Edmonton Gardens, Edmonton, CanadaWon Commonwealth (British Empire) Middleweight title
54Loss38–14–2 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Wilf Greaves SD15Jun 22, 1960 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Edmonton Gardens, Edmonton, CanadaLost Commonwealth (British Empire) Middleweight title
53Win38–13–2 Flag of Argentina.svg Víctor Zalazar MD10Apr 01, 1960 Flag of the United States.svg Arena, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
52Win37–13–2 Flag of the United States.svg Gene ArmstrongUD10Feb 24, 1960 Flag of the United States.svg Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
51Win36–13–2 Flag of the United States.svg Holly MimsMD10Dec 30, 1959 Flag of the United States.svg Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
50Loss35–13–2 Flag of the United States.svg Joey Giardello UD10Nov 04, 1959 Flag of the United States.svg Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
49Win35–12–2 Flag of the United States.svg Joey Giardello UD10Sep 30, 1959 Flag of the United States.svg Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
48Win34–12–2 Flag of the United States.svg Gene ArmstrongPTS10Sep 02, 1959 Flag of the United States.svg Convention Hall, Camden, New Jersey, U.S.
47Loss33–12–2 Flag of the United States.svg Rory CalhounSD10Jul 17, 1959 Flag of the United States.svg War Memorial Auditorium, Syracuse, New York, U.S.
46Draw33–11–2 Flag of the United States.svg Rory CalhounPTS10Jun 05, 1959 Flag of the United States.svg Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
45Win33–11–1 Flag of the United States.svg Randy SandyPTS10May 12, 1959 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Empire Pool, Wembley, England
44Loss32–11–1 Flag of the United States.svg Randy SandyPTS10March 19,1959 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg The Stadium, Liverpool, England
43Win32–10–1 Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg Yolande Pompey PTS10Oct 14, 1958 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Empire Pool, London, England
42Loss31–10–1 Flag of the United States.svg Spider WebbPTS10Jun 24, 1958 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Earls Court Empress Hall, London, England
41Win31–9–1 Flag of England.svg Billy EllawayKO2 (8)May 01, 1958 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg The Stadium, Liverpool, England
40Win30–9–1 Flag of England.svg Pat McAteerKO9 (15)Mar 27, 1958 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg The Stadium, Liverpool, EnglandWon Commonwealth (British Empire) Middleweight title
39Win29–9–1 Flag of England.svg Johnny ReadKO6 (8)Feb 25, 1958 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Harringay Arena, London, England
38Win28–9–1 Flag of England.svg Jimmy LynasKO7 (8)Feb 03, 1958 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg King's Hall, Manchester, England
37Win27–9–1 Flag of France.svg Jean RuelletPTS8Jan 13, 1958 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg City Hall, Hull, England
36Win26–9–1 Flag of Ireland.svg Paddy DelargyKO6 (10)Nov 28, 1957 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Embassy Sportsdrome, Birmingham, England
35Draw25–9–1 Flag of England.svg Pat McAteerPTS10Nov 11, 1957 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Sophia Gardens Pavilion, Cardiff, Wales
34Win25–9 Flag of France.svg Jean Claude PoissonPTS10Oct 21, 1957 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Sophia Gardens Pavilion, Cardiff, Wales
33Win24–9 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Phil Edwards PTS10Sep 09, 1957 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Sophia Gardens Pavilion, Cardiff, Wales
32Win23–9 Flag of England.svg Alan DeanPTS8Jun 25, 1957 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg The Stadium, Liverpool, England
31Loss22–9 Flag of Scotland.svg Willie ArmstrongPTS8Jul 15, 1957 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Engineer's Club, Hartlepool, England
30Win22–8 Flag of France.svg Marius DoriTKO7 (8)Jun 04, 1957 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Harringay Arena, London, England
29Win21–8 Flag of England.svg Terry Downes TKO5 (8)May 14, 1957 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Town Hall, London, EnglandCut eye stoppage. Matchup of future world champions.
28Win20–8 Flag of England.svg Johnny ReadTKO2 (8)Apr 29, 1957 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg National Sporting Club, London, England
27Win19–8 Flag of England.svg Alan DeanPTS8Nov 09, 1956 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Tower Circus, Blackpool, England
26Loss18–8 Flag of England.svg Alan DeanPTS6Oct 18, 1956 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg The Stadium, Liverpool, England
25Win18–7 Flag of England.svg Jimmy LynasPTS8Jul 02, 1956 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Tower Circus, Blackpool, England
24Win17–7 Flag of England.svg Wally ScottTKO4 (8)May 28, 1956 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Engineer's Club, Hartlepool, England
23Win16–7 Flag of England.svg Alan DeanPTS8May 10, 1956 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg The Stadium, Liverpool, England
22Win15–7 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Dennis RowleyKO1 (8)May 03, 1956 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg The Stadium, Liverpool, England
21Loss14–7 Flag of England.svg George RoePTS8Mar 22, 1956 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg The Stadium, Liverpool, England
20Loss14–6 Flag of England.svg Jimmy LynasPTS8Mar 01, 1956 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Tower Circus, Blackpool, England
19Loss14–5 Flag of England.svg Gerry McNallyPTS8Jan 27, 1956 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Tower Circus, Blackpool, England
18Loss14–4 Flag of England.svg Alan DeanPTS6Dec 08, 1955 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg The Stadium, Liverpool, England
17Win14–3 Flag of Nigeria.svg Bolaji JohnsonPTS8Aug 31, 1955 Flag of Nigeria.svg Glover Memorial Hall, Lagos, Nigeria
16Win13–3 Flag of Nigeria.svg John AmaKO2May 01, 1955 Flag of Nigeria.svg Lagos, Nigeria
15Win12–3 Flag of Nigeria.svg Raheem FagbemiPTS8Jan 31, 1955 Flag of Nigeria.svg Glover Memorial Hall, Lagos, Nigeria
14Win11–3 Flag of Nigeria.svg Koko KidKO6Jan 01, 1955 Flag of Nigeria.svg Amaigbo, Nigeria
13Win10–3 Flag of Nigeria.svg Peter OkptraKO8Nov 01, 1954 Flag of Nigeria.svg Lagos, Nigeria
12Win9–3 Flag of Nigeria.svg Super Human PowerPTS8Jul 18, 1954 Flag of Nigeria.svg Rex Cinema Hall, Aba, Nigeria
11Win8–3 Flag of Nigeria.svg Mighty JoePTS6Jun 12, 1954 Flag of Nigeria.svg Rex Cinema Hall, Aba, Nigeria
10Win7–3 Flag of Nigeria.svg Robert NwanneKO2Feb 01, 1954 Flag of Nigeria.svg Lagos, Nigeria
9Loss6–3 Flag of Nigeria.svg Tommy WestPTS6Jan 29, 1954 Flag of Nigeria.svg Glover Memorial Hall, Lagos, Nigeria
8Loss6–2 Flag of Nigeria.svg Tommy WestRTD7May 20, 1953 Flag of Nigeria.svg African Tennis Club, Lagos, Nigeria
7Win6–1 Flag of Nigeria.svg Simon EmePTS8Feb 01, 1953 Flag of Nigeria.svg Lagos, Nigeria
6Win5–1 Flag of Nigeria.svg Blackie PowerPTS6Jan 30, 1953 Flag of Nigeria.svg Glover Memorial Hall, Lagos, Nigeria
5Win4–1 Flag of Nigeria.svg Lion RingTKO6Jan 01, 1953 Flag of Nigeria.svg Lagos
4Loss3–1 Flag of Nigeria.svg Tommy WestPTS10Dec 13, 1952 Flag of Nigeria.svg Rex Cinema Hall, Lagos, Nigeria
3Win3–0 Flag of Nigeria.svg Easy DynamiteKO1Oct 01, 1952 Flag of Nigeria.svg Port Harcourt, Nigeria
2Win2–0 Flag of Nigeria.svg Koko KidPTS8Sep 01, 1952 Flag of Nigeria.svg Port Harcour, Nigeria
1Win1–0 Flag of Nigeria.svg Simon EmeKO2Jan 01, 1952 Flag of Nigeria.svg Aba, Nigeria

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Further reading

Achievements
Preceded by
Gene Fullmer
WBA middleweight champion
October 23, 1962 - December 7, 1963
Succeeded by
Joey Giardello
Inaugural Champion WBC middleweight champion
August 10, 1963 - December 7, 1963
Vacant
Title last held by
Paul Pender
The Ring middleweight champion
May 7, 1963 - December 7, 1963
Lineal middleweight champion
August 10, 1963 - December 7, 1963
Inaugural Champion Undisputed middleweight champion
August 10, 1963 - December 7, 1963
Preceded by
Joey Giardello
WBA middleweight champion
October 21, 1965 - April 25, 1966
Succeeded by
Emile Griffith
WBC middleweight champion
October 21, 1965 - April 25, 1966
The Ring Middleweight Champion
October 21, 1965 - April 25, 1966
Lineal middleweight champion
October 21, 1965 - April 25, 1966
Undisputed middleweight champion
October 21, 1965 - April 25, 1966
Preceded by
José Torres
WBA light heavyweight champion
December 16, 1966 - May 24, 1968
Succeeded by
Bob Foster
WBC light heavyweight champion
December 16, 1966 - May 24, 1968
The Ring light heavyweight champion
December 16, 1966 - May 24, 1968
Lineal light heavyweight champion
December 16, 1966 - May 24, 1968
Undisputed light heavyweight champion
December 16, 1966 - May 24, 1968
Middleweight status
Preceded by
Randolph Turpin
Latest born world champion to die
December 15, 1971 January 8, 1995
Succeeded by
Carlos Monzón
Light heavyweight status
Preceded by
Freddie Mills
Latest born world champion to die
December 15, 1971 October 25, 1980
Succeeded by
Víctor Galíndez