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Percy Price, Jr.

Full name: Percy Joseph Price, Jr.
Gender: Male
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: USA United States
Sport: Boxing


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.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1960 Summer 24 Roma Boxing Men's Heavyweight United States USA 5T

Men's Heavyweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result JF J1S J2S J3S J4S J5S TJP MR R
1960 Summer 24 Roma Boxing United States USA Quarter-Finals Match #1 2 1960-09-02 Němec (TCH) , Price, Jr. (USA) 1 57 58 58 60 58 291
1960 Summer 24 Roma Boxing United States USA Round Two Match #2 1 1960-08-31 Price, Jr. (USA) , Taylor (AUS) knock-out 2
1960 Summer 24 Roma Boxing United States USA Round One Match #3 1 1960-08-25 Price, Jr. (USA) bye
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