Dick Richardson (boxer)

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Dick Richardson
Statistics
Real name Richard Alexander Richardson
Rated at Heavyweight
Nationality United Kingdom British
Born 1 June 1934
Newport, Monmouthshire, Wales
Died 15 July 1999 (aged 65)
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 47
Wins 31
Wins by KO 24
Losses 14
Draws 2
No contests 0

Dick Richardson (1 June 1934 – 15 July 1999) was a heavyweight boxer from the Maesglas area of Newport, Monmouthshire, Wales. He held the European heavyweight title from March 1960 to June 1962. In all, he won 31 of his 47 professional bouts, losing 14, with two drawn. He was 6 ft 3 in (1.90 m) tall and weighed about 14 st 4 lb (90.7 kg). He was one of a quartet of outstanding British heavyweights in the 1950s and early 1960s, along with Henry Cooper, Joe Erskine and Brian London, who held out the possibility of a British heavyweight world champion.

Richardson defeated a number of top heavyweights in his career, including; Ezzard Charles, Karl Mildenberger, Bob Baker, Brian London and Hans Kalbfell.

Career[edit]

He was born Richard Alexander Richardson but was known as Dick. He had a few amateur bouts before being called up for his national service in 1953. He served in the Royal Army Service Corps where he became boxing champion. However he was beaten in the inter-services boxing championships by Brian London, later to become British heavyweight boxing champion, and fighting under his real name of Harper. He turned professional in 1954, being managed by Wally Lesley and trained by Johnny Lewis at a gym in Blackfriars, London. In September 1954, he lost his first professional bout on points against Henry Cooper’s twin brother, George, fighting under the ring name of Jim Cooper. He avenged this defeat in March 1955 with a technical knockout in the second round.

Richardson began to build up an impressive list of victories, many of them inside the distance. In May 1956 he fought fellow Welsh heavyweight, Joe Erskine, in the Maindy Stadium, Cardiff, in front of 35,000 fans. Despite knocking Erskine down in round five, Richardson lost on points. Richardson continued to look for higher-class opponents and in October 1956, he fought the ex-world champion Ezzard Charles in a fight that became a farce when the American was disqualified in round two for persistent holding. He next fought the world-class Cuban, Nino Valdes in December 1956, but was forced to retire in the eighth round.

Richardson’s first title fight was for the Commonwealth (British Empire) Heavyweight Title against the holder, the Jamaican, Joe Bygraves, in Cardiff in May 1957. The fight, over fifteen rounds was a draw and Bygraves retained his title.

In October 1957, Richardson, was easily out-pointed in a bout against the future world light-heavyweight champion, Willie Pastrano. His career appeared to be faltering when he was beaten by Henry Cooper in September 1958, on a technical knockout in the fifth round, and also lost to Joe Erskine on points in June 1959.

European title[edit]

However, in March 1960, he was matched against the German boxer Hans Kalbfell, for the vacant European heavyweight title. He had previously beaten Kalbfell in four rounds, in Porthcawl, and he won this bout, held in Dortmund, Germany, by a technical knockout in the thirteenth round. The defeat of Kalbfell provoked a riot amongst the German fans, and Richardson needed a police escort to reach his dressing room.

Richardson defended his European title in August 1960, against Brian London, in Porthcawl, winning by a technical knockout in the eighth round. This result provoked a brawl, when London’s father and brother, with Richardson's brothers coming in to defend as the Londons invaded the ring to protest that Richardson had used his head to open a cut on his opponent.

Richardson also won a return bout against Hans Kalbfell in Dortmund in February 1961, gaining a points decision.

Richardson won the next defence of his title, in February 1962, against the German, Karl Mildenberger, by an astonishing first-round knockout. The bout was held in Dortmund. Mildenberger would fight Muhammad Ali for the world title several years later.

Richardson’s fourth defence of his title was in June 1962, against the hard-punching Swede, Ingemar Johansson. Johansson had been world heavyweight champion after beating Floyd Patterson, but had subsequently lost the title to Patterson in June 1960. The bout was held in Gothenburg, Sweden in front of 50,000 spectators, and Richardson was knocked out in the eighth round.

Richardson’s last fight was in March 1963, when Henry Cooper defended his British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles against him at Wembley. Richardson was knocked out in the fifth round.

Retirement and death[edit]

Richardson retired at the relatively early age of 28, and ran a small chain of butcher's shops in Surrey. He died from cancer on 15 July 1999, aged 65. He was married to Betty Richardson with one son, Gary and one daughter Lyn, from which he has six grandchildren.

In his 47 professional bouts, he won 31 (24 on knock-outs), and lost 14 (4 on knock-outs). Two of his bouts were drawn.

Professional boxing record[edit]

31 Wins (24 knockouts, 6 decisions, 1 DQ), 14 Losses (4 knockouts, 7 decisions, 3 DQs), 2 Draws [1]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 26-8-1 United Kingdom Henry Cooper KO 5 26/03/1963 United Kingdom Empire Pool, Wembley, London BBBofC/Commonwealth Heavyweight Titles.
Loss 24-2 Sweden Ingemar Johansson KO 8 17/06/1962 Sweden Nya Ullevi, Gothenburg EBU Heavyweight Title.
Win 30-1 Germany Karl Mildenberger KO 1 24/02/1962 Germany Westfalenhallen, Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia EBU Heavyweight Title. Mildenberger knocked out at 2:35 of the first round.
Loss 37-22-8 United States Howard "Honeyboy" King PTS 10 05/09/1961 United Kingdom Empire Pool, Wembley, London
Win 26-6-1 Germany Hans Kalbfell PTS 15 18/02/1961 Germany Westfalenhallen, Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia EBU Heavyweight Title.
Win 23-6 United Kingdom Brian London TKO 8 29/08/1960 Wales Coney Beach Pleasure Park, Porthcawl EBU Heavyweight Title.
Loss 39-7-1 United States Mike DeJohn DQ 8 27/07/1960 Wales Coney Beach Pleasure Park, Porthcawl
Win 25-5-1 Germany Hans Kalbfell TKO 13 27/03/1960 Germany Westfalenhallen, Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia EBU Heavyweight Title.
Loss 38-7-1 United States Mike DeJohn PTS 10 01/12/1959 United Kingdom Empire Pool, Wembley, London
Loss 34-3-1 Wales Joe Erskine PTS 10 24/06/1959 Wales Coney Beach Pleasure Park, Porthcawl
Win 25-16-4 United States Bert Whitehurst PTS 10 10/03/1959 United Kingdom Empire Pool, Wembley, London
Win 13-5 United States Garvin Sawyer PTS 10 28/10/1958 United Kingdom Harringay Arena, Harringay, London
Loss 15-7-1 United Kingdom Henry Cooper TKO 5 03/09/1958 Wales Coney Beach Pleasure Park, Porthcawl
Win 50-12-1 United States Bob "The Grinder" Baker PTS 10 09/07/1958 Wales Coney Beach Pleasure Park, Porthcawl
Win 29-18-6 Germany Hans Friedrich KO 4 17/05/1958 Wales Newtown Pavilion, Newtown, Powys
Loss 39-2 United States Cleveland Williams DQ 4 25/03/1958 United Kingdom Empress Hall, Earl's Court, Kensington, London
Win 13-18-4 France Maurice Mols TKO 6 03/03/1958 Wales Carmarthen Market Hall, Carmarthen
Loss 49-11-1 United States Bob "The Grinder" Baker PTS 10 10/12/1957 United Kingdom Harringay Arena, Harringay, London
Loss 41-5-5 United States Willie Pastrano PTS 10 22/10/1957 United Kingdom Harringay Arena, Harringay, London
Win 17-2 Germany Hans Kalbfell TKO 4 31/07/1957 Wales Coney Beach Pleasure Park, Porthcawl
Draw 35-9 Jamaica Joe Bygraves PTS 15 27/05/1957 Wales Maindy Stadium, Cardiff Commonwealth Heavyweight Title.
Win 17-5-1 Italy Giannino Luise TKO 5 01/04/1957 United Kingdom Nottingham Ice Stadium, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Loss 35-14-3 Cuba Nino Valdes TKO 8 04/12/1956 United Kingdom Harringay Arena, Harringay, London
Win 91-20-1 United States Ezzard Charles DQ 2 02/10/1956 United Kingdom Harringay Arena, Harringay, London
Win 24-14-1 Austria Kurt Schiegl TKO 1 16/07/1956 Wales Maindy Stadium, Cardiff
Win 17-15-8 Germany Guenter Nurnberg TKO 3 07/07/1956 Wales Park Avenue Field, Aberystwyth
Loss 27-0-1 Wales Joe Erskine PTS 10 07/05/1956 Wales Maindy Stadium, Cardiff
Win 33-8-1 Belgium Marcel Limage RTD 5 27/02/1956 Wales Cardiff
Win 33-10-5 Luxembourg Werner Wiegand TKO 6 17/01/1956 United Kingdom Streatham Ice Arena, Streatham, London, England
Win 14-2-1 Belgium Alain Cherville KO 2 06/12/1955 United Kingdom Harringay Arena, Harringay, London
Win 12-28-5 Germany Robert Warmbrunn TKO 1 07/11/1955 Wales Abergavenny Market Hall, Abergavenny
Win 10-30-4 Belgium Robert Eugene KO 4 18/10/1955 United Kingdom Harringay Arena, Harringay, London
Win 0-16-2 Belgium Emile DeGreef KO 2 26/09/1955 Wales Carmarthen Drill Hall, Carmarthen
Win 18-4-1 United Kingdom Peter Bates TKO 3 13/09/1955 United Kingdom White City Stadium, White City, London
Win 11-15-4 Luxembourg Jean Serres TKO 3 29/08/1955 Wales Maindy Stadium, Cardiff
Win 0-14 Belgium Prosper Beck PTS 8 18/07/1955 Wales Maindy Stadium, Cardiff
Loss 12-8-1 Scotland Hugh Ferns DQ 5 13/06/1955 Wales Maindy Stadium, Cardiff
Win 12-11 United Kingdom Morrie Bush KO 2 26/04/1955 United Kingdom Harringay Arena, Harringay, London
Win 6-5 United Kingdom Denny Ball TKO 3 18/04/1955 Wales Maindy Stadium, Cardiff
Win 2-1 United Kingdom Jim "Twin George" Cooper TKO 2 15/03/1955 United Kingdom Streatham Ice Arena, Streatham, London, England
Win 10-7 United Kingdom Sid Cain TKO 3 28/02/1955 Wales Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
Win 12-9-2 United Kingdom Johnny McLeavy TKO 4 24/01/1955 United Kingdom Manor Place Baths, Walworth, London
Win 6-4-1 United Kingdom Sammy Clarke KO 1 10/01/1955 Wales Maindy Stadium, Cardiff
Win 3-4-2 United Kingdom Johnny Hall PTS 6 29/11/1954 Wales Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
Draw -- United Kingdom Bernie Jelley PTS 6 12/10/1954 United Kingdom Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London
Win -- Peter Green KO 1 04/10/1954 Wales Maindy Stadium, Cardiff
Win -- United Kingdom Jim "Twin George" Cooper PTS 6 14/09/1954 United Kingdom Harringay Arena, Harringay, London

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