Karl Mildenberger

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Karl Mildenberger
Statistics
Real name Karl Mildenberger
Nickname(s) Milde
Rated at Heavyweight
Height 6 ft 1 12 in (1.87 m)
Nationality German
Born (1937-11-23) November 23, 1937 (age 77)
Kaiserslautern, Rheinland-Pfalz
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 62
Wins 53
Wins by KO 19
Losses 6
Draws 3

Karl Mildenberger (born 23 November 1937, in Kaiserslautern) is a retired German heavyweight boxer. He was the European Heavyweight Champion from 1964 to 1968 (retained the Title 6 times). Mildenberger fought Muhammad Ali for the World Heavyweight Title in September 1966. Mildenberger, a left-hander, frustrated the champ for most of the fight, but ultimately lost by TKO when the referee stopped the fight at 1:28 of the twelfth round following a flurry of punches by Ali.

Karl Mildenberger lost his first fight for the European Heavyweight title when he was knocked out by Dick Richardson, the Welsh boxer, in one round in April 1962. Karl rebounded with wins over Joe Erskine, Archie McBride, Joe Bygraves and a knockout win over Billy Daniels.

Mildenberger then got a draw with highly ranked Zora Folley in April 1964. Later that year Mildenberger scored a first round knockout over Sante Amonte to capture the European Heavyweight title.

He defeated Eddie Machen over ten rounds in 1966. In April 1966 Mildenberger had a five round exhibition in Sweden with former world champion Ingemar Johansson.

In 1967, Mildenberger participated in a tournament staged by the World Boxing Association to determine the new heavyweight champion after Ali was stripped of the title for refusing induction into the draft. In the first round of the tournament,getting off the deck he lost to Oscar Bonavena by a clear twelve round decision in what was proclaimed the Ring Magazine upset of the year.

Mildenberger was not the same afterwards, and was knocked out by contender Leotis Martin in seven rounds (April 1968). Subsequently, in September 1968, Mildenberger's career ended when he lost the European Heavyweight title to Henry Cooper by eight round disqualification.

Mildenberger was the first southpaw to fight for the World Heavyweight Title.

Professional boxing record[edit]

53 Wins (19 knockouts, 34 decisions), 6 Losses (4 knockouts, 1 decisions, 1 DQ), 3 Draws [1]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 36-13-1 United Kingdom Henry Cooper DQ 8 18/09/1968 United Kingdom Empire Pool, Wembley, London EBU Heavyweight Title.
Loss 24-3 United States Leotis Martin KO 7 05/04/1968 Germany Festhalle Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Hesse
Win 33-6-3 Germany Gerhard Zech PTS 15 30/12/1967 Germany Sportpalast, Schoeneberg, Berlin EBU Heavyweight Title.
Loss 30-3 Argentina Oscar Bonavena UD 12 16/09/1967 Germany Waldstadion, Frankfurt, Hesse WBA World Heavyweight Title Eliminator Semi-Final. 47-56, 53-57, 53-58.
Win 40-9-1 United States Amos Lincoln TKO 6 06/05/1967 Germany Festhalle Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Hesse
Win 20-5-2 United Kingdom Billy Walker TKO 8 21/03/1967 United Kingdom Empire Pool, Wembley, London EBU Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 1:43 of the eighth round.
Win 28-5-4 Italy Piero Tomasoni PTS 15 01/02/1967 Germany Festhalle Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Hesse EBU Heavyweight Title.
Loss 25-0 United States Muhammad Ali TKO 12 10/09/1966 Germany Waldstadion, Frankfurt, Hesse World Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 1:30 of the 12th round.
Win 13-9-3 Croatia Ivan Prebeg PTS 15 15/06/1966 Germany Festhalle Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Hesse EBU Heavyweight Title.
Win 47-6-3 United States Eddie Machen PTS 10 03/02/1966 Germany Festhalle Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Hesse
Win 31-4-1 Germany Gerhard Zech PTS 15 26/11/1965 Germany Festhalle Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Hesse EBU Heavyweight Title.
Win 14-13-3 United States David E. Bailey PTS 10 10/09/1965 Germany Ernst Merck Halle, Hamburg
Win 25-3-3 Italy Piero Tomasoni PTS 15 14/05/1965 Germany Festhalle Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Hesse EBU Heavyweight Title.
Win 27-12-2 United States Kirk Barrow KO 5 09/04/1965 Germany Ernst Merck Halle, Hamburg
Win 22-6-1 United States Jefferson Davis PTS 10 22/01/1965 Germany Festhalle Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Hesse
Win 18-29 United States Ollie Wilson TKO 4 04/12/1964 Germany Festhalle Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Hesse
Draw 18-3-1 United States Amos Johnson PTS 10 20/11/1964 Germany Deutschlandhalle, Charlottenburg, Berlin
Win 51-5-3 Italy Santo Amonti KO 1 17/10/1964 Germany Deutschlandhalle, Charlottenburg, Berlin EBU Heavyweight Title.
Draw 67-7-3 United States Zora Folley PTS 10 17/04/1964 Germany Festhalle Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Hesse
Win 30-15-1 United States Archie McBride PTS 10 25/01/1964 Germany Sportpalast, Schoeneberg, Berlin
Win 18-4 United States Billy "The Barber" Daniels KO 3 29/11/1963 Germany Festhalle Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Hesse
Win 43-6-1 Wales Joe Erskine PTS 10 13/10/1963 Germany Westfalenhallen, Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia
Win 27-17-4 United States Wayne Bethea PTS 10 06/07/1963 Germany Deutschlandhalle, Charlottenburg, Berlin
Win 17-10-2 United States Von Clay PTS 10 10/05/1963 Germany Deutschlandhalle, Charlottenburg, Berlin
Win 21-16-7 Germany Ulli Ritter PTS 10 20/04/1963 Germany Ostseehalle, Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein
Draw 30-15 United States Archie McBride PTS 10 26/01/1963 Germany Sportpalast, Schoeneberg, Berlin
Win 40-19-1 Jamaica Joe Bygraves PTS 3 30/11/1962 Germany Festhalle Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Hesse
Win 21-11 United States Alonzo Johnson PTS 10 17/11/1962 Germany Westfalenhallen, Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia
Win 11-6-3 Sweden John Robert Henry PTS 8 06/10/1962 Germany Messesporthalle, Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia
Win 21-20-6 Italy Federico Friso PTS 10 01/09/1962 Germany Messesporthalle, Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia
Loss 30-12-2 Wales Dick Richardson KO 1 24/02/1962 Germany Westfalenhallen, Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia EBU Heavyweight Title. Karl knocked out at 2:35 of the first round.
Win 14-6-1 United States Pete Rademacher PTS 10 20/01/1962 Germany Westfalenhallen, Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia
Win 38-22-8 United States Howard "Honeyboy" King PTS 10 24/11/1961 Germany Festhalle Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Hesse
Win 23-15-2 United States Wayne Bethea PTS 10 03/11/1961 Germany Ernst Merck Halle, Hamburg
Win 22-15-1 United States Young Jack Johnson PTS 10 29/09/1961 Germany Sportpalast, Schoeneberg, Berlin
Win 30-26-6 Spain José González Sales KO 2 10/09/1961 Germany Eisstadion, Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia
Win 3-10-2 Germany Walter Haufft TKO 2 03/06/1961 Germany Eisstadion, Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia
Win 36-21-4 United States Frankie Daniels PTS 10 28/04/1961 Germany Sportpalast, Schoeneberg, Berlin
Win 10-1-2 Sweden Thoerner Ahsman TKO 4 17/03/1961 Germany Sportpalast, Schoeneberg, Berlin
Win 27-5-2 United States Hal Carter TKO 8 20/01/1961 Germany Sportpalast, Schoeneberg, Berlin
Win 65-9-3 Italy Franco Cavicchi PTS 10 07/12/1960 Italy Bologna, Emilia Romagna
Win 31-25-6 Germany Hans Friedrich TKO 3 26/11/1960 Germany Festhalle Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Hesse
Win 3-0 Ghana Robert Archie Moore PTS 8 29/10/1960 Germany Ostseehalle, Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein
Win 26-16-2 Belgium Alain Cherville TKO 4 01/10/1960 Germany Westfalenhallen, Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia
Win 78-35-3 United Kingdom Alex Buxton PTS 8 06/05/1960 Germany Ernst Merck Halle, Mitte, Berlin
Win 14-11-2 France Francois Kania KO 3 22/04/1960 Germany Ostseehalle, Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein
Win 15-9-2 Nigeria Sammy Langford TKO 3 08/04/1960 Germany Sportpalast, Schoeneberg, Berlin
Win 13-9-3 United Kingdom Ron Redrup TKO 7 13/02/1960 Germany Killesbergpark, Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg
Win 35-20-5 United States Jimmy "The Spoiler" Slade PTS 8 30/12/1959 Germany Sportpalast, Schoeneberg, Berlin
Win 32-18-5 Netherlands Wim Snoek PTS 8 12/12/1959 Germany Killesbergpark, Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg
Loss 10-4-1 Germany Helmut Ball KO 7 07/11/1959 Germany Killesbergpark, Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg Germany Light Heavyweight Title Eliminator.
Win 35-13-2 United Kingdom Arthur Howard PTS 8 04/07/1959 Germany Deutschlandhalle, Charlottenburg, Berlin
Win 32-16-5 Netherlands Wim Snoek PTS 8 06/06/1959 Germany Killesbergpark, Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg
Win 24-15-5 France Jacques Bro KO 5 09/05/1959 Germany Killesbergpark, Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg
Win 17-11 Netherlands Pedro Klijssen PTS 8 24/04/1959 Germany Grugahalle, Essen, North Rhine-Westphalia
Win 23-13-1 Belgium Alain Cherville PTS 8 14/03/1959 Germany Killesbergpark, Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg
Win 2-8-1 Belgium Louis DeBolster KO 3 14/02/1959 Germany Landwirtschaftshalle, Kaiserslautern, Rhineland-Palatinate
Win 9-15-2 Belgium Andre Wyns PTS 8 13/12/1958 Germany Killesbergpark, Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg
Win 4-1 Spain Jose Mariano Moracia Ibanes PTS 8 05/12/1958 Germany Bayernhalle, Munich, Bavaria
Win 12-4 France Andre Oueille TKO 5 15/11/1958 Germany Killesbergpark, Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg
Win 6-22-1 Germany Guenter Huber PTS 4 09/11/1958 Germany Schwarzwaldhalle, Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg
Win -- Germany Manfred Striemer KO 1 15/10/1958 Germany Killesbergpark, Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg

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