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Howard Davis, Jr.

Full name: Howard Edward Davis, Jr.
Gender: Male
Height: 5-10 (178 cm)
Weight: 132 lbs (60 kg)
Born: February 14, 1956 in Glen Cove, New York, United States
Died: December 30, 2015 in Plantation, Florida, United States
Country: USA United States
Sport: Boxing

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Howard Davis had a distinguished amateur career. In 1973 he won the AAU featherweight crown, and in 1974, at the first Worlds Amateur Boxing Championships, he became the first to win the featherweight title. He also won four Golden Gloves titles, and in 1976 added the AAU lightweight title before taking the Olympic trials. At the Trials, Davis had to defeat a "murderers' row" of future world champions, including Thomas Hearns, Aaron Pryor, and Hilmer Kenty. At Montreal he won his gold medals with classy technical skills and speed, being give the Val Barker Award as the best technical boxer at the Olympics. Davis's gold medal was especially poignant as his mother, who was only 37, died from a heart attack just a few days before the Games started and he dedicated the gold medal to her.

After 1976 Davis fought successfully as a professional thru 1988. Davis fought three times for a world lightweight title, but lost each bout. He retired in that year, but came back and boxed again professionally from 1994-1996, then retiring with a career record of 36 wins (14 by KO), 6 losses, and 1 draw. In his later years, Davis trained MMA fighters in Florida. He died only a few months after being diagnosed with lung cancer.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1976 Summer 20 Montréal 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 R T
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Boxing United States USA Final Round Match 1/2 1 1976-07-31 Davis, Jr. (USA) , Cuțov (ROU) decision 5 60 60 60 59 60 299
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Boxing United States USA Semi-Finals Match #2 1 1976-07-29 Davis, Jr. (USA) , Rusevski (YUG) decision 5 60 60 60 60 60 300
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Boxing United States USA Quarter-Finals Match #3 1 1976-07-27 Davis, Jr. (USA) , Tsvetkov (BUL) retired 3 1:48
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Boxing United States USA Round Three Match #5 1 1976-07-24 Davis, Jr. (USA) , Asprilla (COL) referee stops contest (head blow) 2 2:33
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Boxing United States USA Round Two Match #10 1 1976-07-21 Davis, Jr. (USA) , Segawa (JPN) decision 5 60 59 60 60 60 299
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Boxing United States USA Round One Match #20 1 1976-07-18 Davis, Jr. (USA) bye
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