Lee Savold

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Lee Savold
Lee Savold 1942.JPG
Savold in 1942
Statistics
Real name Lee Hulver
Nickname(s) The Battling Bartender
Rated at Heavyweight
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Nationality American
Born (1916-03-22)March 22, 1916
Canby, Minnesota
Died May 14, 1972(1972-05-14) (aged 56)
Neptune, New Jersey
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 137
Wins 90
Wins by KO 65
Losses 38
Draws 2
No contests 0

Lee Savold (born Lee Hulver March 22, 1916 – May 14, 1972) was a heavyweight boxer who held the British and European (EBU) version of the World Heavyweight championship between 1950 and 1951 and was a leading contender in the 1940s and early 1950s. During his career he fought storied Heavyweight Champions Joe Louis and Rocky Marciano.[1] Savold was inducted into the Minnesota Boxing Hall of Fame in 2012.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Savold was born in Canby, Minnesota (his birth was recorded in the nearby town of Marshall). His parents were farmers and ranchers of Norwegian ancestry. As a youngster, he broke horses and herded cattle on his family ranch.

At one time or another he was a bouncer, bartender, road laborer, and stockyard worker. In 1943 he joined the merchant marine and took part in several convoys to Murmansk. After retiring from boxing, he worked for Local 825 of the Operating Engineers Union.

Boxing career[edit]

On May 25, 1942 he KO'd Lou Nova in the eighth round in a bout which was named the Ring Magazine upset of the year.[3]

On March 19, 1948 Lee Savold set the record for the quickest knockout in a main event bout in Madison Square Garden by knocking out Italy’s Gino Buonvino. He was the underdog, and had been substituted for Joe Baksi, who had injured his ankle, on only 48 hours notice. The record stood until Gerry Cooney tied the record by KO'ing Ken Norton in 1981. It was finally broken on March 10, 2007, when Sultan Ibragimov KO'd Javier Mora in 46 seconds.[4][5][6]

On June 6, 1950, he defeated Bruce Woodcock on a fourth round cut eye stoppage to win the EBU version of the World Heavyweight title, Savold had lost on a foul in their first meeting in 1948.

On June 17, 1951 he fought Joe Louis in what was the first professional prizefight carried to theaters on closed circuit TV. He was knocked out in 2 minutes 29 seconds of the sixth round. Although it was a non-title match, after this bout the EBU withdrew recognition of Savold as "world" champion.[7][8]

In his last fight, he lasted 7 rounds before being TKO'd by legendary boxer Rocky Marciano on February 13, 1952.[9]

Notable bouts[edit]

Result Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes[1]
Loss United States Rocky Marciano RTD 6 (10) 1952-02-13 United States Philadelphia Convention Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Loss United States Joe Louis KO 6 (15) 1951-06-15 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Win United Kingdom Bruce Woodcock TKO 4 (15) 1950-06-06 United Kingdom White City Stadium, White City, London Won World Heavyweight Title
Loss United Kingdom Bruce Woodcock DQ 4 (10) 1948-12-06 United Kingdom Harringay Arena, Harringay, London
Loss United States Elmer Ray KO 2 (10) 1946-08-28 United States Ebbets Field, Brooklyn, New York
NC Chile Arturo Godoy NC 8 (10) 1946-03-01 United States Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois
Loss United States Joe Baksi MD 10 1944-08-07 United States Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois
Loss United States Joe Baksi UD 12 1944-05-26 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Win United States Joe Baksi SD 10 1944-03-10 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Loss United States Tami Mauriello UD 10 1943-11-05 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Win United States Lou Nova KO 2 (10) 1943-08-09 United States Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois
Loss United States Jimmy Bivins UD 10 1942-11-27 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Loss United States Tami Mauriello UD 10 1942-10-30 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Win United States Lou Nova TKO 8 (10) 1942-05-25 United States Griffith Stadium, Washington, D.C.
Loss United States Billy Conn UD 12 1940-11-29 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Loss United States Buddy Baer NWS 8 1939-10-30 United States Des Moines Coliseum, Des Moines, Iowa Newspaper Decision

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Lee Savold's Professional Boxing Record. BoxRec.com. Retrieved on 2014-05-18.
  2. ^ Minnesota Boxing Hall of Fame - Lee Savold MNBHOF.org Retrieved on 2014-04-30
  3. ^ Dawsonspecial, James P. (1942-05-26). "Savold Scores Eight-Round Knockout Victory Over Favored Nova - WASHINGTON BOUT ENDED BY REFEREE Nova Battered, Manager Calls for Halt Between Eighth and Ninth Rounds SAVOLD CUTS FOE'S FACE His Late Rush Turns Tide in Navy Relief Fight Before 15,000 - Abrams Wins - Article - NYTimes.com". Select.nytimes.com. Retrieved 2014-06-06. 
  4. ^ Nichols, Joseph C. (1948-03-20). "SAVOLD KNOCKS OUT BUONVINO IN FIRST - Sets Garden's Quickest Finish Record by Halting Rival in 54-Second Upset - Article - NYTimes.com". Select.nytimes.com. Retrieved 2014-06-06. 
  5. ^ "BAKSI WITHDRAWS FROM GARDEN BOUT - Boxer Suffers Ankle Injury - Savold to Fight Buonvino in Feature Tomorrow - Article - NYTimes.com". Select.nytimes.com. Retrieved 2014-06-06. 
  6. ^ Nichols, Joseph C. (1948-03-19). "BUONVINO FAVORED TO DEFEAT SAVOLD - Italian Heavy Is 5-9 Choice in Main 10-Round Fight at Garden Tonight - Article - NYTimes.com". Select.nytimes.com. Retrieved 2014-06-06. 
  7. ^ Dawson, James P. (1951-06-17). "VIDEO IN THEATRES SEEN SPORTS BOON - 'Fantastic' Success of Plan With Louis-Savold Fight to Lead to Expansion - Article - NYTimes.com". Select.nytimes.com. Retrieved 2014-06-06. 
  8. ^ "JOE LOUIS KNOCKS OUT LEE SAVOLD IN SIXTH ROUND.". Cairns Post (Qld. : 1909 - 1954) (Qld.: National Library of Australia). 18 June 1951. p. 1. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  9. ^ Dawsonspecial, James P. (1952-02-14). "Marciano Knocks Out Savold at Philadelphia for 39th Consecutive Triumph - BATTLE IS HALTED AFTER SIX ROUNDS Manager Concedes One-Sided Contest to Marciano for a Badly Battered Savold KNOCKOUT LISTED FOR 7TH Brockton Heavyweight Stays Unbeaten and Strengthens Bid for Title Chance - Article - NYTimes.com". Select.nytimes.com. Retrieved 2014-06-06. 

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Titles in pretence
Vacant
Title last held by
George Godfrey
World Heavyweight Champion
BBBC/EBU recognition

June 6, 1950 - June 16, 1951
Vacant
Title next held by
Muhammad Ali
as Lineal champion