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|Real name||Rick Lockridge|
|Rated at||Junior Lightweight|
|Height||5 ft 6 in|
January 30, 1959 |
Seattle, Washington, United States
|Wins by KO||36|
Rocky Lockridge (born January 30, 1959) is an American former boxer. As a professional, he is best known for handing Roger Mayweather his first defeat—a first-round knockout after just 98 seconds—earning him the WBA JR. Lightweight championship.
Lockridge started boxing as an amateur out of the Tacoma Boys Club. Being one of four world champions to originate from Tacoma (including Freddie Steele, Leo Randolph and Johnny Bumphus), his highlights as an amateur include:
- 1977 National AAU Bantamweight Champion, stopping David Douglas of the U.S. Army in the second round of the final.
- 1978 National Golden Gloves Runner Up in Bantamweight Class
- 1978 Runner Up in National AAU Championships in Bantamweight Class, losing to Jackie Beard in Biloxi, MS
- Defeated in the quarter-finals of the World Amateur Boxing Championships in Belgrade, Yugoslavia by Fazlija Šaćirović (2-3)
Retirement and later years
For the past two decades, Lockridge has suffered drug problems; he became homeless and suffered a stroke that forced him to walk with a cane. He was featured on A&E's Intervention TV series, claiming that the intervention and the help of his sons saved his life. His appearance on the show—specifically, a scene in which he is seen crying heavily—has become a popular Internet meme, known as the "Best Cry Ever." He was also caught on video defending himself by knocking out a bully with a single one two jab-cross combination near a convenience store. In interviews, he has expressed a desire to be drug-free, stating that he had never been this clean, even in his fighting days. "I feel so good today that if I hadn't suffered the stroke I would go for a title shot," he stated. He is also interested in becoming a boxing trainer.
|WBA Junior Lightweight Champion
26 Feb 1984– 19 May 1985
|IBF Junior Lightweight Champion
9 Aug 1987– 23 Jul 1988