|Nickname(s)||The Cajun Ghost|
|Rated at||Light middleweight|
|Born||October 14, 1935
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
|Died||January 25, 2008(aged 72)|
|Wins by KO||19|
Early boxing career
Dupas was the second of eleven children of a New Orleans fisherman, Peter Dupas. He became a professional boxer in 1950 at the age of 14. Trainer Angelo Dundee saw Dupas fight and took him to Miami to train him.
Dupas became a ranked contender in the lightweight division when he defeated Armand Savoi in 1953. By 1955, after beating a variety of top fighters such as Paddy DeMarco and Kenny Lane, Dupas was the top-ranked lightweight in the world. In May 1957 Dupas challenged Joe Brown for the lightweight title, but lost by an eighth-round knockout.
Dupas moved up to the welterweight division. He defeated future middleweight champion Joey Giardello in 1961, but lost a 1962 welterweight title shot to Emile Griffith. In 1963, Sugar Ray Robinson beat him by a controversial decision.
Another championship fight for Dupas materialized in the light middleweight division. Champion Denny Moyer came to New Orleans on April 29, 1963, and Dupas won the title with a fifteen-round unanimous decision. He lost the title in September of that year to Italian Sandro Mazzinghi by a thirteen-round knockout. After that match, Emile Griffith once again knocked him out in a non-title bout.
Dupas briefly retired in 1964 and worked as a card dealer in Las Vegas. He returned to the ring in 1966 and had little success. He retired for good after five fights that year.
- Ehrmann, Peter (January 2000), Remembering Junior Middle Champ Ralph Dupas, The Ring, 79, no. 1: 45
- Ehrmann, Peter (January 2000), Remembering Junior Middle Champ Ralph Dupas, The Ring, 79, no. 1: 48
|World Light Middleweight Champion
April 29, 1963 – September 7, 1963