Davey Moore (boxer, born 1933)
|Real name||David S. Moore|
|Born||November 1, 1933
|Died||March 25, 1963(aged 29)|
|Wins by KO||30|
David S. "Davey" Moore (November 1, 1933 – March 25, 1963) was an American world-champion boxer who fought professionally 1953–1963. A resident of Springfield, Ohio, Moore was one of two men to box professionally under the name Davey Moore. The second boxed during the 1980s.
Moore died March 25, 1963, as a result of injuries sustained in a match against Sugar Ramos.
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.
Moore had a lifetime professional record of 59 wins, 7 losses, 1 draw and 1 no contest, with 30 wins by knockout.
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.
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.
In 1962, he won four bouts, returning to Europe to defend his title versus Olli Mäki, beaten in two rounds in Finland.
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).
Last fight and death
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. 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.
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"  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.
The band BoomBox reworked 'Who Killed Davey Moore" on their 2005 album "Visions of Backbeat" featuring funk and hip-hop rhythm and musical elements vastly different than Dylan's version.
On September 21, 2013, Moore's hometown of Springfield, Ohio dedicated a statue in honor of the boxing world champion, in a public green space just south of downtown. The event was attended by nearly 250 people, including Moore's final opponent, Ultiminio "Sugar" Ramos, who came from his home in Mexico City, to pay respects to Moore and his family, on the 50th anniversary of the historic fight. It was the first time since March 1963 that Ramos and Moore's widow (Geraldine) had spoken.
The Moore statue is an 8-foot bronze piece, sitting atop a 16,000 lb. boulder, and is placed in proximity to Moore's high school and near the neighborhood where Moore grew up. The sculpture was created by Urbana, Ohio artist/sculptor Mike Major.
A pair of Davey 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 Helsinki boxing gym.
Professional boxing record
|59 Wins (30 knockouts, 29 decisions), 7 Losses (2 knockouts, 5 decisions), 1 Draw |
|Loss||38-1-3||Sugar Ramos||RTD||10||21/03/1963||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||Gil Cadilli||TKO||5||18/02/1963||San Jose, California, United States||Referee stopped the bout after the fifth round due to a severe cut.|
|Win||65-18-5||Fili Nava||UD||10||18/02/1963||San Antonio, Texas, United States|
|Win||8-1-1||Olli Maki||TKO||2||17/08/1962||Helsinki, Finland||World Featherweight Title. Maki was knocked down thrice in the fight before the referee stopped the bout at 2:45 of the second round.|
|Win||22-5||Mario Diaz||KO||2||09/07/1962||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||Cisco Andrade||TKO||7||09/03/1962||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||Kazuo Takayama||UD||15||13/11/1961||Tokyo, Japan||World Featherweight Title. 73-59, 72-64, 74-67.|
|Win||24-7-2||Felix Cervantes||KO||5||12/10/1961||Los Angeles, California, United States||Cervantes knocked out at 1:55 of the fifth round.|
|Win||20-10-3||Kid Irapuato||TKO||6||19/09/1961||Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico|
|Win||24-6-2||Felix Cervantes||UD||10||17/07/1961||Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico|
|Win||30-19-7||Gil Cadilli||UD||10||06/07/1961||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Cadilli was knocked down in the tenth round.|
|Win||17-5||Danny Valdez||KO||1||08/04/1961||Los Angeles, California, United States||World Featherweight Title. Valdez knocked out at 2:48 of the first round.|
|Win||25-0-2||Ray Nobile||PTS||10||10/02/1961||Rome, Italy|
|Win||114-16-13||Fred Galiana||TKO||4||27/01/1961||Madrid, Spain|
|Win||46-7-2||Gracieux Lamperti||PTS||10||09/01/1961||Paris, France|
|Win||24-8||Rudy Corona||KO||7||03/12/1960||Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico|
|Win||18-22-1||David Camacho||KO||8||27/11/1960||Nogales, Sonora, Mexico|
|Win||36-11-9||Kazuo Takayama||UD||15||29/08/1960||Tokyo, Japan||World Featherweight Title. 74-62, 73-66, 73-64.|
|Win||18-5-3||Kid Irapuato||UD||10||01/08/1960||Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico|
|Win||19-3-3||Frank Valdez||TKO||6||20/07/1960||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||Carlos Hernandez||TKO||7||17/03/1960||Caracas, Venezuela|
|Win||47-2-1||Sergio Caprari||TKO||8||22/02/1960||Caracas, Venezuela||Caprari was knocked down in the fourth, seventh and eighth rounds.|
|Win||24-3-1||Hilario Morales||UD||10||14/12/1959||San Francisco, California, United States||Morales was knocked down in the first round. 100-90, 100-90, 98-94.|
|Win||25-3||Bobby Neill||TKO||1||20/10/1959||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||Hogan (Kid) Bassey||RTD||11||19/08/1959||Los Angeles, California, United States||World Featherweight Title. Bassey did not emerge from his corner for the 11th round.|
|Win||59-11-2||Hogan (Kid) Bassey||RTD||13||18/03/1959||Los Angeles, California, United States||World Featherweight Title. Bassey's manager threw in the towel in the 13th round.|
|Win||31-4-1||Ricardo Moreno||KO||1||11/12/1958||Los Angeles, California, United States||Moreno was knocked down twice and out at 2:58 of the first round.|
|Win||40-13-5||Kid Anahuac||UD||10||25/09/1958||Los Angeles, California, United States||Anahuac was knocked down in the tenth round. 98-90, 99-89, 99-90.|
|Win||40-12-5||Kid Anahuac||PTS||10||28/07/1958||Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico|
|Win||81-50-11||Lauro Salas||UD||10||19/06/1958||Los Angeles, California, United States||98-86, 99-86, 99-91.|
|Win||22-4-2||Roberto Garcia||UD||10||24/05/1958||Mexico City, Mexico||Garcia was knocked down twice in the fight.|
|Win||14-4-2||Vince Delgado||KO||3||06/03/1958||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||Fili Nava||UD||10||20/02/1958||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||Victor Manuel Quijano||TKO||9||09/01/1958||Los Angeles, California, United States||Referee stopped the fight at 1:57 of the ninth round.|
|Win||34-13-5||Jose Luis Cotero||UD||10||08/11/1957||Washington, District of Columbia, United States||99-81, 100-89, 100-88.|
|Win||36-8-3||Victor Manuel Quijano||SD||10||14/08/1957||Syracuse, New York, United States||6-3, 7-2, 4-5.|
|Win||18-3-1||Isidro Martinez||UD||10||05/07/1957||Washington, District of Columbia, United States||Martinez was knocked down in the seventh round. 95-89, 96-89, 97-93.|
|Win||19-12-2||Buddy McDonald||UD||10||13/06/1957||Spokane, Washington, United States||McDonald was knocked down in the eighth round. 99-91, 99-91, 100-90.|
|Win||26-9-4||Gil Cadilli||UD||10||10/04/1957||Miami, Florida, United States||98-93, 98-93, 99-93.|
|Loss||8-2-2||Bobby Rogers||PTS||8||07/11/1956||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Win||14-19-7||Jimmy DeMura||PTS||6||10/10/1956||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Win||23-27-6||Charlie Slaughter||KO||4||05/06/1956||Montreal, Quebec, Canada||Slaughter knocked out at 0:58 of the fourth round.|
|Win||16-4||Jimmy Hackney||DQ||6||16/12/1955||New York City, United States||Hackney was disqualified at 1:34 of the sixth round for not trying his best.|
|Win||29-9||Nat "Killer" Jackson||KO||2||17/10/1955||New Orleans, Louisiana, United States|
|Win||14-0-1||"The Cowtown Bomber" Ray Riojas||UD||10||19/09/1955||El Paso, Texas, United States|
|Loss||16-3-1||Santiago Martinez||PTS||10||16/07/1955||Havana, Cuba|
|Win||18-2||Pedro Tesis||PTS||10||15/05/1955||Colon City, Colon, Panama||Moore was knocked down in the fourth round.|
|Loss||12-2||Isidro Martinez||PTS||10||01/05/1955||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||John Barnes||UD||6||18/01/1955||Detroit, Michigan, United States|
|Win||19-9-1||Eddie Burgin||TKO||9||07/12/1954||Cincinnati, Ohio, United States||Ohio Featherweight Title|
|Win||12-14-4||Dick Armstrong||KO||6||25/10/1954||Dayton, Ohio, United States|
|Win||12-14-7||Herky Kaminsky||PTS||10||29/06/1954||Springfield, Ohio, United States|
|Draw||12-14-6||Herky Kaminsky||PTS||10||18/05/1954||Springfield, Ohio, United States|
|Win||70-27-1||"Chillin" Charley Riley||SD||10||20/04/1954||St Louis, Missouri, United States||Moore was knocked down in the seventh round.|
|Win||1-3||Jack Ingram||KO||1||08/04/1954||Springfield, Ohio, United States|
|Win||0-2||Leo Carter||KO||2||01/04/1954||Cincinnati, Ohio, United States|
|Win||8-8-2||Bob Keeling||TKO||3||13/03/1954||Cincinnati, Ohio, United States|
|Loss||72-24-8||Jackie Blair||PTS||10||04/02/1954||Akron, Ohio, United States|
|Win||10-3||Eddie Crawford||TKO||2||05/01/1954||Columbus, Ohio, United States|
|Win||1-2||Eddie Cooper||KO||3||20/11/1953||Dayton, Ohio, United States|
|Win||13-14-3||Raul "Chilibean" Prado||NC||3||22/10/1953||Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States|
|Loss||25-1-2||Russell "Baby Faced" Tague||KO||3||03/10/1953||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Win||1-1||Ed Hughes||KO||4||29/08/1953||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Win||0-4||Eddie Gonzales||KO||1||10/07/1953||Ft. William, Kentucky, United States|
|Win||11-13-4||Dick Armstrong||TKO||4||15/06/1953||Portsmouth, Ohio, United States|
|Win||5-0||Terry Book||PTS||6||01/06/1953||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Win||--||Ralph Capone||PTS||4||25/05/1953||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Win||0-1||Willie Reece||UD||6||11/05/1953||Portsmouth, Ohio, United States|