Ray Anderson (boxer)

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Ray Anderson (born August 31, 1944 in Anniston, Alabama) was a boxer in the light heavyweight division who fought from 1965 to 1977. Anderson became the first challenger to last fifteen rounds against Bob Foster for the world Light Heavyweight title, but he lost what was his only world title try by decision. Anderson currently lives in Akron, Ohio.

Professional career[edit]

Anderson began his rise to prominence in 1966, as a light heavyweight he took on and beat a formidable heavyweight journeyman named Amos Johnson in a ten-rounder at The Akron Armory in Akron, Ohio. He went on to win a string of victories across the continental United States under the less publicized name "Mike Honcho". Anderson to his credit was one of the few men to beat the young Cassius Clay, who went on to became the Heavyweight Champion of the world, known later as Muhammad Ali. Ray's career continued as he fought Joe Byrd of Flint, Michigan, in 1969, knocking Joe out in round 1. Joe Bryd is the father of Chris Byrd, who succeeded his father in professional boxing. Ray also knocked out Canton's Marion Conner in Round 2, sealing his stature as Ohio's best light heavyweight. However he fought John Griffin of Syracuse, New York twice, they were both close decisions.

Ray Anderson was credited by Joe Frazier, who long used him as sparring partner because of his tall rangy Ali, like style as assisting him in his preparation to unify the heavyweight title in 1970, with his win over WBA heavyweight title holder Jimmy Ellis at Madison Square Garden. Later in 1970, Anderson was to bite off more than he could chew when he decided to fight a young prospect at the Cleveland Arena in Cleveland, Ohio named Ted Gullick, after providing Gullick with a boxing lesson in rounds 1 through 4, toward the end of the fourth Gullick scorded a knockdown with a sharp left hook. Anderson rose and was in part saved by the bell. Later Gullick, would dominate the fight and finish Anderson in the 9th round by knocking him out. Anderson beat Gregorio Peralta by a ten-round decision in Spain in 1972.

The pinnacle of Ray's career was his challenge to the former Light Heavyweight Champion of the World Bob Foster. Anderson was a tall light-heavyweight of his era, standing 6 feet 1 inches. However Foster was 6 feet 3½ inches and could punch very hard. Anderson was not used to giving away height; he prided himself in being both handsome and fast. He was not willing to risk being hit by Foster, thus he chose to run and hold all night long, thus losing a fifteen-round decision. The late Yank Durham, Joe Frazier's trainer who worked Anderson's corner during the Foster fight called Anderson a "chicken" after the fight.

Professional boxing record[edit]

36 Wins (21 knockouts, 15 decisions), 19 Losses (11 knockouts, 8 decision), 5 Draws [1]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 28-3-3 United States Mike Rossman TKO 4 02/03/1977 New York Madison Square Garden, New York City, United States
Draw 18-8-1 Mali Ba Sounkalo PTS 10 04/12/1976 Germany Hamburg, Germany
Loss 9-0 United States Marvin Johnson TKO 6 03/04/1976 Indiana Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Loss 16-0 Argentina Miguel Angel Cuello KO 6 20/02/1976 Germany Alsterdorfer Sporthalle, Alsterdorf, Germany
Win 42-7-2 Argentina Jorge Ahumada PTS 10 28/11/1975 Germany Hamburg, Germany
Draw 86-13-4 Argentina Avenamar Peralta PTS 10 12/09/1975 Germany Offenbach, Germany
Loss 7-2-4 Nigeria Ngozika Ekwelum KO 5 24/06/1975 Germany Berlin, Germany
Loss 42-6 Jamaica Bunny Johnson PTS 8 19/06/1975 Norway Jordal Amfi, Oslo, Norway
Draw 7-2-3 Nigeria Ngozika Ekwelum PTS 8 16/05/1975 Germany Ludwigshafen, Germany
Loss 10-0-1 Norway Harald Skog PTS 10 13/03/1975 Norway Oslo, Norway
Loss 80-12-4 Argentina Avenamar Peralta TKO 8 18/01/1975 Germany Hamburg, Germany
Loss 5-0 United States James "Great" Scott UD 10 23/04/1974 Florida Miami Beach, Florida, United States
Loss 26-6-4 Argentina Victor Galindez KO 2 16/02/1974 Argentina Balcarce, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina Anderson knocked out at 1:23 of the second round.
Draw 39-9-3 United States Jimmy "The Cat" Dupree PTS 10 28/11/1973 Ohio Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Loss 32-5-1 Argentina Jorge Ahumada TKO 8 13/08/1973 New York Felt Forum, New York City, United States
Win 50-16-14 Argentina Miguel Angel Paez PTS 8 12/03/1973 France Palais des Sports (Paris), Paris, France
Loss 13-15-2 United States Roy "Cookie" Wallace SD 10 14/02/1973 Ohio Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Win 90-7-8 Argentina Gregorio Peralta PTS 10 09/06/1972 Spain Madrid, Spain
Loss 9-1-1 Mali Ba Sounkalo PTS 10 27/03/1972 France Paris, France
Loss 23-6-1 United States Joe "Cigarette" Burns KO 9 15/01/1972 Louisiana New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Win 3-10 United States JD McCauley KO 7 10/11/1971 Ohio Akron, Ohio, United States
Loss 42-5 United States Bob Foster UD 15 24/04/1971 Florida Curtis Hixon Hall, Tampa, Florida, United States WBC World Light Heavyweight Title. 140-145, 139-148, 138-149.
Win 25-2 United States Hal Carroll PTS 10 18/11/1970 Ohio Ashland, Ohio, United States
Loss 13-3 United States Johnny "70s" Griffin UD 10 14/09/1970 Ohio Akron, Ohio, United States
Loss 12-3 United States Johnny "70s" Griffin PTS 10 03/08/1970 Ohio Norton, Ohio, United States
Loss 12-6 United States Charley "Devil" Green TKO 1 28/04/1970 New York Felt Forum, New York City, United States Referee stopped the bout at 1:36 of the first round.
Draw 27-7-2 United States Allen "Bibliophile" Thomas PTS 10 30/03/1970 Illinois Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win 2-3-1 United States Hydra Lacy KO 4 27/01/1970 Florida Orlando, Florida, United States
Loss 5-0 United States Ted Gullick KO 9 10/12/1969 Ohio Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Win 14-9-2 United States Joe Hopkins KO 1 21/11/1969 South Dakota Rapid City, South Dakota, United States
Win 9-5 Canada Ed Ostapovich KO 1 13/11/1969 Washington (state) Seattle Center Arena, Seattle, Washington, United States
Win 10-6 United States Joe "Nice Guy" Byrd TKO 1 06/11/1969 Ohio Akron, Ohio, United States
Win 27-6 United States Karl Zurheide UD 10 06/10/1969 Minnesota Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Win 46-15-1 United States Pete Riccitelli KO 5 11/08/1969 Minnesota Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
Win 49-50-12 United States Billy "Boggy" Marsh KO 3 23/07/1969 Florida Orlando, Florida, United States
Win 7-10-1 United States Roy "Cookie" Wallace PTS 10 03/06/1969 Georgia (U.S. state) Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Win 15-34-11 United States Frank "Snakebite" Niblett UD 10 27/05/1969 California Oakland, California, United States 8-1, 7-2, 8-1.
Win 9-7-5 United States Willie McIntyre KO 2 01/04/1969 Florida Orlando, Florida, United States
Win 26-17-1 United States Marion "Thunderbolt" Connor TKO 2 23/03/1969 Ohio Canton, Ohio, United States
Win 15-13-2 United States Willie Tiger TKO 1 05/03/1969 Ohio Akron, Ohio, United States
Win 26-16-1 United States Marion "Thunderbolt" Connor UD 10 26/01/1969 Ohio Canton, Ohio, United States Ohio Heavyweight Title.
Win 17-8-2 United States Hubert "Happy Wanderer" Hilton TKO 3 10/01/1969 New York Felt Forum, New York City, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:54 of the third round.
Win 22-8-2 United States Amos Johnson PTS 10 06/11/1968 Ohio Akron, Ohio, United States
Win 11-4 United States Eddie Dembry TKO 1 18/09/1968 Ohio Mansfield, Ohio, United States
Win -- Jimmy "The Poll" Harris TKO 1 14/02/1968 Ohio Akron, Ohio, United States
Loss 8-1 United States Willie "Monster" McMillan TKO 6 19/07/1967 New York Madison Square Garden, New York City, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:21 of the sixth round.
Win 0-3 United States Bobby Lawson KO 2 27/05/1967 Ohio Columbus, Ohio, United States Lawson knocked out at 1:42 of the second round.
Win 4-2-1 Spain Francisco San Jose PTS 8 28/04/1967 Sweden Stockholm, Sweden
Win 8-7 United States Vic Brown UD 6 15/03/1967 Ohio Akron, Ohio, United States
Win 0-5 United States James Goree KO 2 21/02/1967 California Winterland Arena, San Francisco, California, United States Goree knocked out at 1:51 of the second round.
Win 2-1 United States Tom "Liberty" Bell KO 1 15/01/1967 Ohio Akron, Ohio, United States
Win 7-11-2 United States Bob Slaughter PTS 6 05/12/1966 Pennsylvania Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 10-2-1 Canada Bob "Pretty Boy" Felstein KO 5 26/10/1966 Ohio Akron, Ohio, United States
Win 7-0 United States Jimmy McClain PTS 6 14/06/1966 Pennsylvania Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 0-1 United States Al "Hank" Williams KO 1 25/05/1966 Ohio Akron, Ohio, United States Williams knocked out at 1:28 of the first round.
Win -- United States Al "Hank" Williams KO 1 11/03/1966 Ohio Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Win 0-2 United States Gene "Ashes to Ashes" Hunt KO 2 02/03/1966 Ohio Akron, Ohio, United States
Win -- James "The Boss" Ross PTS 4 02/02/1966 Ohio Akron, Ohio, United States
Win 1-0 United States Larry Tatum PTS 4 16/12/1965 Ohio Akron, Ohio, United States
Win 0-1 United States Gene "Ashes to Ashes" Hunt TKO 3 14/07/1965 Ohio Akron, Ohio, United States Referee stopped the bout at 1:37 of the third round.

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