Percy Price, Jr.
Full name: Percy Joseph Price, Jr.
Height: 6-3 (191 cm)
Weight: 209 lbs (95 kg)
Born: May 19, 1936 in Salem, New Jersey, United States
Died: January 12, 1989 in Jacksonville, North Carolina, United States
Affiliations: US Marine Corps, (USA)
Country: United States
Percy Price entered the US Marine Corps in 1955 and joined the Marine boxing team. He made the 1960 Olympic team, and defeated Cassius Clay/Muhammad Ali in trial matches to earn the position as the US heavyweight at Roma. Price won one match in Roma but lost in the quarter-finals. He is the last American heavyweight Olympian to not become a professional boxer. He remained in the Marines as a career military man, but he continued to box. He would later win three All-Marine Championships, two Interservice Titles, and won one title at the Conseil Internationale du Sport Militarie (CISM) meet. Price served two tours in Vietnam as a staff sergeant. He retired from the Marines in 1976 but settled in Jacksonville, North Carolina, where he had been stationed at Camp Lejeune. He died rather young from a kidney infection.