Olli Mäki

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Olli Mäki
Olli Maki 1958.jpg
Olli Mäki in 1958
Personal information
Full nameOlli Johan Oskari Mäki
NationalityFlag of Finland.svg  Finland
Born(1936-12-22)22 December 1936
Kokkola, Finland
Died6 April 2019(2019-04-06) (aged 82)
Kirkkonummi, Finland
Sport
SportBoxing
Weight class Featherweight, lightweight

Olli Johan Oskari Mäki (22 December 1936 – 6 April 2019 [1] ) was a Finnish boxer. As an amateur he won the European lightweight title in 1959, having placed second in 1957. After being dropped from the 1960 Olympic team, he turned professional and fought until 1973 with a record of 28 victories, 14 losses and 8 draws. In August 1962 he was beaten in two rounds by Davey Moore for the World Featherweight Title, and in February 1964 he won the European Boxing Union light welterweight title against Conny Rudhof; he lost it to Rudhof in 1967. [2] [3] In retirement Mäki worked as a boxing coach and manager.

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Mäki died after a long illness on 6 April 2019, aged 82. [4] He had been suffering from dementia and Alzheimer's disease. [5]

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References

  1. Nyrkkeilijä Olli Mäki on kuollut (in Finnish)
  2. Professional boxing record for Olli Mäki from BoxRec
  3. Olli Mäki. Nyrkkeily Museo
  4. "Nyrkkeilijä Olli Mäki on kuollut" (in Finnish). Ilta-Sanomat. 2019-04-06. Retrieved 2019-04-06.
  5. ""Esikuva ja ennen kaikkea hyvä isä" – Pekka Mäki tunteikkaana tänään kuolleen Olli Mäen jättämästä perinnöstä" (in Finnish). MTV. 2019-04-06. Retrieved 2019-04-06.

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