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Ronnie Harris

Full name: Ronald Woodson "Ronnie" Harris
Other name(s): Ronald Mazel Harris
Gender: Male
Height: 5-10 (178 cm)
Weight: 132 lbs (60 kg)
Born: September 3, 1948 in Canton, Ohio, United States
Affiliations: Kent State Golden Flashes, Kent, Ohio (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Boxing

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

No relation to the other American boxer, Ronnie Allen Harris, this Ronnie Harris also fought as a lightweight, and achieved the rare feat of winning the National AAU title three consecutive years – 1966-1968. Harris twice won the Golden Gloves title and was a bronze medalist at the 1967 Pan American Games. Harris attended Kent State University, where he initially studied pre-med. He later embraced Judaism and changed his name to Ronald Mazel Harris. Harris did this after an accident in which he was struck by a car while doing roadwork, and later spoke of a religious awakening he had while in the hospital recovering.

Harris fought as a professional from 1971-82, with a career record of 35 wins (14 by knockout) and 2 losses (1 by knockout). On 5 August 1978 he fought Hugo Corro for the WBA and WBC Middleweight titles, but lost a unanimous decision over 15 rounds in Corro's hometown of Buenos Aires, Harris' first loss after 28 victories. Harris won the NABF Middleweight championship in 1979 with a unanimous decision over Edgar Wallace, but lost that title one year later, when he suffered his only career loss by knockout against Sammy NeSmith.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1968 Summer 20 Ciudad de México Boxing Men's Lightweight United States USA 1 Gold

Men's Lightweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result MR JF J1S J2S J3S J4S J5S TJP
1968 Summer 20 Ciudad de México Boxing United States USA Final Round Match 1/2 1 1968-10-26 Harris (USA) , Grudzień (POL) decision 5 60 59 60 60 60 299
1968 Summer 20 Ciudad de México Boxing United States USA Semi-Finals Match #1 1 1968-10-24 Harris (USA) , Cuţov (ROU) decision 5 59+ 60 59 60 60 298
1968 Summer 20 Ciudad de México Boxing United States USA Quarter-Finals Match #2 1 1968-10-23 Harris (USA) , Muruli (UGA) decision 5 60 60 60 60 60 300
1968 Summer 20 Ciudad de México Boxing United States USA Round Three Match #3 1 1968-10-20 Harris (USA) , Stracey (GBR) decision 4 60 60 60 58 60 298
1968 Summer 20 Ciudad de México Boxing United States USA Round Two Match #5 1 1968-10-17 Harris (USA) , Lee (KOR) decision 5 60 59 60 60 59 298
1968 Summer 20 Ciudad de México Boxing United States USA Round One Match #9 1 1968-10-13 Harris (USA) bye
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