Kevin Finnegan

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Kevin Finnegan
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Real name Kevin Finnegan
Rated at Middleweight
Nationality  United Kingdom
Born (1948-04-18)18 April 1948
Iver, Buckinghamshire, England, UK
Died 23 October 2008(2008-10-23) (aged 60)
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 47
Wins 35
Wins by KO 13
Losses 11
Draws 1
No contests 0

Kevin Finnegan (18 April 1948 – 23 October 2008) was an English boxer.

Finnegan's older brother Chris was an Olympic gold medalist and also a professional boxer. Early in his career when Kevin was still an amateur he was banned for 18 months for climbing into the ring to dispute a loss his brother had suffered. He was well known for a trilogy of fights against Alan Minter; although he lost all three, they were close point decisions.

He won the British Middleweight title on three separate occasions, and was a two-time European Middleweight champion. Finnegan twice fought future undisputed world champion Marvin Hagler, losing by a technical knockout on both occasions. Hagler later referred to Finnegan as the toughest man he had ever fought. He also held wins over Tony Sibson and Gratien Tonna. His career lasted from 1970 to 1980 and he had 47 fights, winning 35, losing 11 and drawing one.

Finnegan died of heart disease on 23 October 2008, at his home in Hillingdon.

Professional boxing record[edit]

35 Wins (13 knockouts, 22 decisions), 11 Losses (5 knockouts, 6 decisions), 1 Draw [1]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 21-0 Italy Matteo Salvemini PTS 12 10/09/1980 Italy Ariston Cinema, Sanremo, Italy EBU Middleweight Title.
Draw 16-1-1 Germany Georg Steinherr PTS 12 14/05/1980 Germany Olympiahalle, Munich, Germany EBU Middleweight Title.
Win 44-7 France Gratien Tonna PTS 12 07/02/1980 France Stade Pierre de Coubertin, Bercy, France EBU Middleweight Title.
Win 33-2-1 United Kingdom Tony Sibson PTS 15 06/11/1979 England Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London, United Kingdom BBBofC British Middleweight Title.
Win 15-8-1 Mexico Abel Cordoba PTS 8 29/05/1979 England Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London, United Kingdom
Loss 14-1 South Africa Charlie "Silver Assassin" Weir TKO 7 03/02/1979 South Africa Ellis Park Tennis Stadium, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Loss 24-0 Uganda Ayub Kalule UD 10 07/12/1978 Denmark K.B. Hallen, Copenhagen, Denmark 95-100, 95-100, 93-100.
Win 12-4-2 United States Bob "Hunter" Patterson PTS 8 26/09/1978 England Empire Pool, Wembley, London, United Kingdom
Loss 39-2-1 United States Marvin Hagler TKO 7 13/05/1978 Massachusetts Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Loss 37-2-1 United States Marvin Hagler TKO 9 04/03/1978 Massachusetts Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Loss 28-6 United Kingdom Alan Minter PTS 15 08/11/1977 England Empire Pool, Wembley, London, United Kingdom BBBofC British Middleweight Title. 143-144.
Win 16-6-3 United Kingdom Karl Vinson PTS 10 27/09/1977 England Empire Pool, Wembley, London, United Kingdom
Win 6-3 United Kingdom Frank "Gangster" Lucas TKO 11 31/05/1977 England Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London, United Kingdom BBBofC British Middleweight Title.
Win 14-6 United Kingdom Alex Tompkins PTS 8 07/12/1976 England Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London, United Kingdom
Win 12-15-3 United Kingdom Oscar Angus PTS 8 15/11/1976 England York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, United Kingdom
Loss 23-4 United Kingdom Alan Minter PTS 15 14/09/1976 England Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London, United Kingdom BBBofC British Middleweight Title.
Win 21-1 Belgium Freddy De Kerpel KO 9 10/04/1976 Belgium Liege, Belgium
Win 11-8-3 United Kingdom Oscar Angus PTS 8 15/03/1976 England Hilton Hotel, Mayfair, London, United Kingdom 80-78.5.
Win 7-3-1 Scotland Danny McCafferty TKO 4 25/02/1976 England York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, United Kingdom
Loss 19-4 United Kingdom Alan Minter PTS 15 04/11/1975 England Empire Pool, Wembley, London, United Kingdom BBBofC British Middleweight Title.
Loss 35-4 France Gratien Tonna PTS 15 07/05/1975 Monaco Stade Louis II, Monte Carlo, Monaco EBU Middleweight Title.
Win 22-3-2 Germany Frank Reiche PTS 10 12/11/1974 England Empire Pool, Wembley, London, United Kingdom
Win 46-18-9 United States Eddie Mazon TKO 9 29/10/1974 England Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London, United Kingdom
Win 63-5-1 France Jean-Claude Bouttier UD 15 27/05/1974 France Stade Roland Garros, Paris, France EBU Middleweight Title.
Win 28-13-4 United Kingdom Bunny Sterling PTS 15 11/02/1974 England Hilton Hotel, Mayfair, London, United Kingdom BBBofC British Middleweight Title. 148-146.5.
Win 19-14-3 Northern Ireland Frank "Mighty Joe" Young PTS 8 03/12/1973 England Anglo-American Sporting Club, Mayfair, London, United Kingdom 79.5-77.5.
Win 3-1-1 United Kingdom "English" Bob Murphy TKO 4 23/10/1973 Essex Anglo-American Sporting Club, Southend, United Kingdom
Win 22-14-4 United Kingdom Ronnie Hough KO 8 07/05/1973 England Hilton Hotel, Mayfair, London, United Kingdom Hough knocked out at 1:07 of the eighth round.
Win 15-1-2 United States Alvin Anderson PTS 8 27/03/1973 England Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London, United Kingdom 40-38.75.
Win 11-2 United States Leon "The Whip" Washington TKO 7 12/03/1973 England Grosvenor House Hotel, Mayfair, London, United Kingdom
Win 13-0 United Kingdom Pat McCann PTS 12 17/01/1973 England Hilton Hotel, Mayfair, London, United Kingdom BBBofC Southern Area Middleweight Title. 59.5-58.5.
Win 22-14-1 Trinidad and Tobago Carlos Marks PTS 8 14/11/1972 England Empire Pool, Wembley, London, United Kingdom 39.75-38.75.
Win 19-17-2 United Kingdom Len Gibbs RTD 6 17/10/1972 England Hilton Hotel, Mayfair, London, United Kingdom
Win 12-7 Wales Dave Cranswick TKO 3 12/09/1972 England Shoreditch Town Hall, Shoreditch, London, United Kingdom
Loss 27-14-5 Scotland "Dandy" Don McMillan TKO 5 24/05/1972 Bedfordshire Sporting Club, Bedford, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom BBBofC British Middleweight Title Eliminator.
Win 13-5 United Kingdom Eric Blake PTS 10 10/04/1972 England National Sporting Club, Piccadilly, London, United Kingdom BBBofC Southern Area Middleweight Title/British Middleweight Title Eliminator.
Win 14-24-6 Jamaica Tommy "Dinner" Bell PTS 8 13/03/1972 England Anglo-American Sporting Club, Mayfair, London, United Kingdom
Win 38-28-6 United Kingdom Harry Scott PTS 10 15/02/1972 England Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London, United Kingdom BBBofC British Middleweight Title Eliminator. 49.25-48.5.
Win 29-6-2 United Kingdom Pat "Washer" Dwyer PTS 8 16/11/1971 England Empire Pool, Wembley, London, United Kingdom
Win 13-1-1 United Kingdom Mick O'Neill TKO 6 27/09/1971 England Empire Pool, Wembley, London, United Kingdom
Loss 19-7-3 United Kingdom Ronnie Hough TKO 2 14/06/1971 England Anglo-American Sporting Club, Mayfair, London, United Kingdom
Win 33-15-2 Wales Dick Duffy PTS 8 27/04/1971 England Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London, United Kingdom
Win 22-13-2 Wales Clive Cook PTS 8 06/04/1971 England Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London, United Kingdom
Win 2-7-1 United Kingdom Dave Ivory TKO 4 10/02/1971 England York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, United Kingdom
Win 7-9-1 Barbados Gerald Gooding PTS 6 25/01/1971 England Anglo-American Sporting Club, Piccadilly, London, United Kingdom
Win 11-10-3 United Kingdom Maurice Thomas TKO 6 08/12/1970 England Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London, United Kingdom
Win 10-16-2 United Kingdom Billy Deasy TKO 4 23/11/1970 England Anglo-American Sporting Club, Mayfair, London, United Kingdom

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