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Ronnie Harris

Full name: Ronald Allen "Ronnie" Harris
Gender: Male
Height: 5'7" (169 cm)
Weight: 132 lbs (60 kg)
Born: February 8, 1947 in Detroit, Michigan, United States
Died: December 31, 1980 in Detroit, Michigan, United States
Affiliations: Chadsey High School
Country: USA United States
Sport: Boxing

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

In addition to winning a bronze medal in the 1964 Olympics, Ronnie Harris won the National AAU title in that same year. He was the youngest member of the 1964 US Olympic boxing team, fighting in Tokyo at only 17-years-old. He later turned professional, fighting from 1965 to 1973 as a pro, with a career record of 24 wins (5 by knockout), 4 losses, and 1 draw. He never fought for a major title. His career began with a 6th-round knockout of Willie Cooper in Wheeling, West Virginia, and ended in Toronto after a loss by decision to Arturo Zuñiga. In his obituaries his retirement was termed "abrupt." Harris was killed in 1980 when he was shot approaching the home of a friend. He was no relation to the Ronnie Harris who boxed for the US at the 1968 Olympics.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1964 Summer 17 Tokyo Boxing Men's Lightweight United States USA 3T Bronze

Men's Lightweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result JF J1S J2S J3S J4S J5S TJP MR R T
1964 Summer 17 Tokyo Boxing United States USA Semi-Finals Match #1 2 1964-10-21 Grudzień (POL) , Harris (USA) 1 59 58 60 59 58 294
1964 Summer 17 Tokyo Boxing United States USA Quarter-Finals Match #2 1 1964-10-20 Harris (USA) , Arpon (PHI) 5 60 60 60 60 60 300 decision
1964 Summer 17 Tokyo Boxing United States USA Round Three Match #3 1 1964-10-18 Harris (USA) , Shiratori (JPN) 5 59 59 59 59 59 295 decision
1964 Summer 17 Tokyo Boxing United States USA Round Two Match #5 1 1964-10-14 Harris (USA) , Hassan (EGY) knock-out 3 2:05
1964 Summer 17 Tokyo Boxing United States USA Round One Match #10 1 1964-10-11 Harris (USA) bye