Davey Moore (boxer, born 1933)

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Davey Moore
Statistics
Real name David S. Moore
Nickname(s) Springfield Rifle
Rated at Featherweight
Nationality United States
Born November 1, 1933
Lexington, Kentucky
Died March 25, 1963(1963-03-25) (aged 29)
Boxing record
Total fights 68
Wins 59
Wins by KO 30
Losses 7
Draws 1
No contests 1

David S. "Davey" Moore (November 1, 1933 – March 25, 1963) was an American world featherweight champion boxer who fought professionally 1953–1963. A resident of Springfield, Ohio, Moore was one of two champions to share the name in the second half of the 20th century. The second, Davey Moore (born 1959) boxed during the 1980s.

The first Moore died March 25, 1963, as a result of injuries sustained in a match against Sugar Ramos.

Career highlights[edit]

Moore made his professional debut on May 11, 1953, at the age of 19, beating Willie Reece by a decision in six rounds. He boxed 8 times in 1953, with a total record that year of 6 wins, 1 loss and 1 no contest.

From the beginning of his career through 1956 Moore fought a total of 29 bouts, with a total record of 22–5–1, and 1 no contest. Beginning with his April 10, 1957 fight against Gil Cadilli, Moore had an 18-bout winning streak, ending when he lost to Carlos Morocho Hernández on March 17, 1960 with a TKO. March 14, 1960, won match against Bob Gassey in first round, as a result of the knockout, Gassey lost all but 2 teeth. It was during this period, on March 18, 1959 that Moore won the World Featherweight Title from Hogan "Kid" Bassey. Moore retained the title through the remainder of his career, defending it successfully 5 times, and losing it to Sugar Ramos on March 21, 1963.

Boxing record[edit]

Moore had a lifetime professional record of 59 wins, seven losses, one draw and one no contest, with 30 wins by knockout.

1960[edit]

In 1960, he had a two-fight tour in Venezuela, winning one by knockout, and then having his winning streak interrupted with a seven round knockout loss at the hands of Carlos Hernández. He fought three times in Mexico that year,and retained his title in Tokyo, beating Kazuo Takayama by a decision in 15.

1961[edit]

In 1961, he toured Europe for three fights, visiting Paris, Madrid and Rome. He retained his title with a knockout in one round against Danny Valdez and won three more fights in Mexico before returning to Tokyo to beat Takayama, once again by a 15-round decision, to retain the title in their rematch.

1962[edit]

In 1962, he won four bouts, returning to Europe to defend his title versus Olli Mäki, beaten in two rounds in Finland.

1963[edit]

Moore had a record of 1–1 in 1963. Following his defeat, in the second bout, Moore died of brain injuries received during the fight (see below).

Death[edit]

Moore was scheduled to face Cuban-Mexican Sugar Ramos in July, 1962 at Dodger Stadium but a torrential typhoon-like rainstorm hit Los Angeles on the night of the fight and the fight was postponed until March 21, 1963. It was shown on national television. In the tenth round Ramos staggered Moore with a left and then continued to pummel him with blows until he fell, striking the base of his neck on the bottom rope and injuring his brain stem. Moore got to his feet for the eight-count and, despite Ramos' continuing attack, somehow managed to finish the round on his feet, but the referee stopped the fight before the eleventh, and Ramos was declared the new WBC/WBA World Featherweight Champion. Moore was able to give a clear-headed interview before he left the ring, but in the dressing room fell into a coma from which he never emerged, dying 75 hours later.[1] There was existing public controversy due to the death of Benny "Kid" Paret one year before, and Moore's death prompted debate about the dangers of boxing and the possibility of the sport being banned in the United States.

Legacy[edit]

Bob Dylan wrote a song about Davey Moore's death, posing the question of responsibility. It is titled "Who Killed Davey Moore?" and was also sung by Pete Seeger. Phil Ochs wrote a song titled "Davey Moore" [2] which told the story of Davey Moore's death and placed the guilt on the managers and the boxing "money men" as well as boxing fans.

On September 21, 2013, the 50th anniversary of Moore's final fight, his hometown of Springfield, Ohio dedicated an 8' bronze statue in his honor. Located in a public green space just south of downtown near the neighborhood where he grew up, its dedication was attended by a crowd of nearly 250. The event was marked by the appearance of Ultiminio "Sugar" Ramos, who came from Mexico City to pay his respects. It was the first time since March 1963 that he and Moore's widow Geraldine had spoken.

A pair of Moore's boxing gloves are on display in a Finnish restaurant Juttutupa in Helsinki, Finland (Säästöpankinranta 6). They were found during a renovation of a local boxing gym.

Professional boxing record[edit]

59 Wins (30 knockouts, 29 decisions), 7 Losses (2 knockouts, 5 decisions), 1 Draw [1]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 38-1-3 Cuba Sugar Ramos RTD 10 21/03/1963 California Los Angeles, California, United States WBC/WBA World Featherweight Titles. Moore died four days later due to a whiplash sustained when he hit the bottom rope after being knocked out.
Win 31-24-7 United States Gil Cadilli TKO 5 18/02/1963 California San Jose, California, United States Referee stopped the bout after the fifth round due to a severe cut.
Win 65-18-5 Mexico Fili Nava UD 10 18/02/1963 Texas San Antonio, Texas, United States
Win 8-1-1 Finland Olli Mäki TKO 2 17/08/1962 Finland Helsinki, Finland World Featherweight Title. Mäki was knocked down thrice in the fight before the referee stopped the bout at 2:45 of the second round.
Win 22-5 Mexico Mario Diaz KO 2 09/07/1962 California Los Angeles, California, United States Diaz was knocked down in the first and out in the second round at 1:21.
Win 46-11-1 United States Cisco Andrade TKO 7 09/03/1962 California Los Angeles, California, United States Andrade was knocked down in the sixth round before the referee stopped the bout at 2:05 of the seventh round.
Win 45-12-9 Japan Kazuo Takayama UD 15 13/11/1961 Japan Tokyo, Japan World Featherweight Title. 73-59, 72-64, 74-67.
Win 24-7-2 Mexico Felix Cervantes KO 5 12/10/1961 California Los Angeles, California, United States Cervantes knocked out at 1:55 of the fifth round.
Win 20-10-3 Mexico Kid Irapuato TKO 6 19/09/1961 Mexico Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico
Win 24-6-2 Mexico Felix Cervantes UD 10 17/07/1961 Mexico Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico
Win 30-19-7 United States Gil Cadilli UD 10 06/07/1961 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Cadilli was knocked down in the tenth round.
Win 17-5 United States Danny Valdez KO 1 08/04/1961 California Los Angeles, California, United States World Featherweight Title. Valdez knocked out at 2:48 of the first round.
Win 25-0-2 Italy Ray Nobile PTS 10 10/02/1961 Italy Rome, Italy
Win 114-16-13 Spain Fred Galiana TKO 4 27/01/1961 Spain Madrid, Spain
Win 46-7-2 France Gracieux Lamperti PTS 10 09/01/1961 France Paris, France
Win 24-8 Mexico Rudy Corona KO 7 03/12/1960 Mexico Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico
Win 18-22-1 Mexico David Camacho KO 8 27/11/1960 Mexico Nogales, Sonora, Mexico
Win 36-11-9 Japan Kazuo Takayama UD 15 29/08/1960 Japan Tokyo, Japan World Featherweight Title. 74-62, 73-66, 73-64.
Win 18-5-3 Mexico Kid Irapuato UD 10 01/08/1960 Mexico Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
Win 19-3-3 United States Frank Valdez TKO 6 20/07/1960 New Mexico Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States Valdez was down twice in the sixth round before the fight was stopped at 1:48 of the sixth round.
Loss 12-0-2 Venezuela Carlos Hernandez TKO 7 17/03/1960 Venezuela Caracas, Venezuela
Win 47-2-1 Italy Sergio Caprari TKO 8 22/02/1960 Venezuela Caracas, Venezuela Caprari was knocked down in the fourth, seventh and eighth rounds.
Win 24-3-1 Mexico Hilario Morales UD 10 14/12/1959 California San Francisco, California, United States Morales was knocked down in the first round. 100-90, 100-90, 98-94.
Win 25-3 United Kingdom Bobby Neill TKO 1 20/10/1959 United Kingdom Wembley, London, United Kingdom Neill was knocked down four times before the referee stopped the fight at 2:55 of the first round.
Win 59-12-2 Nigeria Hogan (Kid) Bassey RTD 11 19/08/1959 California Los Angeles, California, United States World Featherweight Title. Bassey did not emerge from his corner for the 11th round.
Win 59-11-2 Nigeria Hogan (Kid) Bassey RTD 13 18/03/1959 California Los Angeles, California, United States World Featherweight Title. Bassey's manager threw in the towel in the 13th round.
Win 31-4-1 Mexico Ricardo Moreno KO 1 11/12/1958 California Los Angeles, California, United States Moreno was knocked down twice and out at 2:58 of the first round.
Win 40-13-5 Mexico Kid Anahuac UD 10 25/09/1958 California Los Angeles, California, United States Anahuac was knocked down in the tenth round. 98-90, 99-89, 99-90.
Win 40-12-5 Mexico Kid Anahuac PTS 10 28/07/1958 Mexico Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
Win 81-50-11 Mexico Lauro Salas UD 10 19/06/1958 California Los Angeles, California, United States 98-86, 99-86, 99-91.
Win 22-4-2 Mexico Roberto Garcia UD 10 24/05/1958 Mexico Mexico City, Mexico Garcia was knocked down twice in the fight.
Win 14-4-2 United States Vince Delgado KO 3 06/03/1958 California Los Angeles, California, United States Delgado was knocked down in the second round and out in the third at 0:48 of the round.
Win 47-12-2 Mexico Fili Nava UD 10 20/02/1958 California Los Angeles, California, United States Nava was knocked down in the fifth and ninth round. 98-84, 98-86, 99-90.
Win 38-9-3 Mexico Victor Manuel Quijano TKO 9 09/01/1958 California Los Angeles, California, United States Referee stopped the fight at 1:57 of the ninth round.
Win 34-13-5 United States Jose Luis Cotero UD 10 08/11/1957 United States Washington, District of Columbia, United States 99-81, 100-89, 100-88.
Win 36-8-3 Mexico Victor Manuel Quijano SD 10 14/08/1957 New York Syracuse, New York, United States 6-3, 7-2, 4-5.
Win 18-3-1 Panama Isidro Martinez UD 10 05/07/1957 United States Washington, District of Columbia, United States Martinez was knocked down in the seventh round. 95-89, 96-89, 97-93.
Win 19-12-2 United States Buddy McDonald UD 10 13/06/1957 Washington (state) Spokane, Washington, United States McDonald was knocked down in the eighth round. 99-91, 99-91, 100-90.
Win 26-9-4 United States Gil Cadilli UD 10 10/04/1957 United States Miami, Florida, United States 98-93, 98-93, 99-93.
Loss 8-2-2 United States Bobby Rogers PTS 8 07/11/1956 Illinois Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win 14-19-7 United States Jimmy DeMura PTS 6 10/10/1956 Illinois Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win 23-27-6 United States Charlie Slaughter KO 4 05/06/1956 Canada Montreal, Quebec, Canada Slaughter knocked out at 0:58 of the fourth round.
Win 16-4 United States Jimmy Hackney DQ 6 16/12/1955 New York New York City, United States Hackney was disqualified at 1:34 of the sixth round for not trying his best.
Win 29-9 United States Nat "Killer" Jackson KO 2 17/10/1955 Louisiana New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Win 14-0-1 United States "The Cowtown Bomber" Ray Riojas UD 10 19/09/1955 Texas El Paso, Texas, United States
Loss 16-3-1 Cuba Santiago Martinez PTS 10 16/07/1955 Cuba Havana, Cuba
Win 18-2 Panama Pedro Tesis PTS 10 15/05/1955 Panama Colon City, Colon, Panama Moore was knocked down in the fourth round.
Loss 12-2 Panama Isidro Martinez PTS 10 01/05/1955 Panama Colon City, Colon, Panama Martinez was knocked down twice in the fourth round and Moore was knocked down once in the ninth round.
Win 15-5-1 United States John Barnes UD 6 18/01/1955 Michigan Detroit, Michigan, United States
Win 19-9-1 United States Eddie Burgin TKO 9 07/12/1954 Ohio Cincinnati, Ohio, United States Ohio Featherweight Title
Win 12-14-4 United States Dick Armstrong KO 6 25/10/1954 Ohio Dayton, Ohio, United States
Win 12-14-7 United States Herky Kaminsky PTS 10 29/06/1954 Ohio Springfield, Ohio, United States
Draw 12-14-6 United States Herky Kaminsky PTS 10 18/05/1954 Ohio Springfield, Ohio, United States
Win 70-27-1 United States "Chillin" Charley Riley SD 10 20/04/1954 Missouri St Louis, Missouri, United States Moore was knocked down in the seventh round.
Win 1-3 United States Jack Ingram KO 1 08/04/1954 Ohio Springfield, Ohio, United States
Win 0-2 United States Leo Carter KO 2 01/04/1954 Ohio Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Win 8-8-2 United States Bob Keeling TKO 3 13/03/1954 Ohio Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Loss 72-24-8 United States Jackie Blair PTS 10 04/02/1954 Ohio Akron, Ohio, United States
Win 10-3 United States Eddie Crawford TKO 2 05/01/1954 Ohio Columbus, Ohio, United States
Win 1-2 United States Eddie Cooper KO 3 20/11/1953 Ohio Dayton, Ohio, United States
Win 13-14-3 United States Raul "Chilibean" Prado NC 3 22/10/1953 Michigan Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
Loss 25-1-2 United States Russell "Baby Faced" Tague KO 3 03/10/1953 Illinois Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win 1-1 United States Ed Hughes KO 4 29/08/1953 Illinois Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win 0-4 United States Eddie Gonzales KO 1 10/07/1953 Kentucky Ft. William, Kentucky, United States
Win 11-13-4 United States Dick Armstrong TKO 4 15/06/1953 Ohio Portsmouth, Ohio, United States
Win 5-0 United States Terry Book PTS 6 01/06/1953 Illinois Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win -- United States Ralph Capone PTS 4 25/05/1953 Illinois Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win 0-1 United States Willie Reece UD 6 11/05/1953 Ohio Portsmouth, Ohio, United States

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Death Of A Champion". Sports Illstated. Retrieved 2012-10-11. 
  2. ^ "Davey Moore". Web.cecs.pdx.edu. Retrieved 2010-10-18. 

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