Ralph Dupas

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Ralph Dupas
Statistics
Nickname(s) The Cajun Ghost
Rated at Light middleweight
Nationality American
Born October 14, 1935
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Died January 25, 2008(2008-01-25) (aged 72)
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 135
Wins 106
Wins by KO 19
Losses 23
Draws 6
No contests 0

Ralph Dupas (October 14, 1935 – January 25, 2008) was an American boxer from New Orleans who won the world light middleweight championship.

Early boxing career[edit]

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.[1] 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.[2]

Championship[edit]

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.

Post-championship career[edit]

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.

After boxing[edit]

After he retired, Dupas began to exhibit signs of dementia pugilistica. His brother Tony, also a former fighter, moved Ralph from Las Vegas back to New Orleans and put him in a nursing home.[1]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ehrmann, Peter (January 2000), Remembering Junior Middle Champ Ralph Dupas, The Ring, 79, no. 1: 45 
  2. ^ Ehrmann, Peter (January 2000), Remembering Junior Middle Champ Ralph Dupas, The Ring, 79, no. 1: 48 
Preceded by
Denny Moyer
World Light Middleweight Champion
April 29, 1963 – September 7, 1963
Succeeded by
Sandro Mazzinghi