Al Ford

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Al Ford
Statistics
Rated at Lightweight
Welterweight
Light Welterweight
Height 5'5
Reach 63 in (160 cm)
Nationality Canadian
Born (1950-08-13) August 13, 1950 (age 66)
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 74
Wins 55
Wins by KO 19
Losses 19

Allan "Al" Ford (born August 13, 1950) is a retired Canadian professional boxer.[1] He is a former CBF Lightweight Champion.

Professional Boxing Career[edit]

Ford made his debut as a professional boxer on October 20, 1967 (shortly after his seventeenth birthday), a 3rd round knockout win over Joe Hogue, who was also making his professional debut.[2] Two months later Ford defeated Ron Lyke by first-round knockout.[3] Ford fought an opponent with a winning record for the first time in his fifth fight, defeating 4-0 Mickey McMillan by split decision after eight rounds.[2] Ford would win his first 37 fights, picking up the vacant Canadian lightweight title with a win against 9-1 Julie Mandell and successful defending it several times.[2] Ford's first truly notable win was a 10-round decision against 30-3-1 Raul Montoya on October 27, 1970.[2] The first loss of Ford's professional boxing career came against 24-22-5 Percy Hayles in Kingston, Jamaica in a contest for the Commonwealth (British Empire) lightweight title. Hayles outboxed Ford in a 15 rounder to take the decision.[2] Ford would continue to fight, winning his next four bouts before back-to-back loses to Ken Buchanan (points) and Alfonso Frazer (knockout).[2] Later Ford would lose a rematch with Percy Hayles by TKO and would finally lose his Canadian lightweight title to Johnny Summerhays in November 1975.[2] Ford was still winning more often than he was losing, but he lost to most of his notable opponents, including to 15-4 Ralph Racine, to 15-0 Rick Folstad in 1978, and to 17-0 Aaron Pryor in 1979.[2] Ford also fought Nick Furlano of Toronto for the Canadian junior welterweight title in 1979, losing by 14th-round knockout.[4] Near the end losses became more frequent, but Ford's impressive record continued to get him paydays. He would lose again to Summerhays in 1980 and dropped a decision to 17-0 Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini in 1981. According to witnesses at the time, Ford was involved in long street fight outside an Edmonton nightclub after a dispute around this time.[2] After losing six of his last seven fights, capped by a brutal decision loss to future prospect Michael Olajide on June 17, 1982, Ford finally retired with a final record of 55-19 with 19 wins coming by knockout.[2]

Personal life[edit]

He is the father of retired mixed martial arts fighter and professional boxer Ryan Ford.[5]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • Alberta Sports Hall of Fame
    • Hall of Fame (Class of 2012)[6]
  • Canadian Boxing Federation
    • CBF Lightweight Championship[7]
  • Canadian Boxing Hall of Fame
    • Hall of Fame (Class of 1990)

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
74 fights 55 wins 19 losses
By knockout 19 4
By decision 36 15
Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
Loss 55–19 Canada Michael Olajide UD 8 17/06/1982 Canada Kensington Park Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Loss 55–18 France Robert Gambini PTS 10 09/04/1982 France Marseille, France
Loss 55–17 United States Johnny Lira UD 10 11/03/1982 United States Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win 55–16 United States Bruce Strauss UD 10 12/02/1982 Canada Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Loss 54–16 Canada Nick Furlano UD 8 28/04/1981 Canada Paul Sauve Arena, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Loss 54–15 United States Ray Mancini UD 10 02/04/1981 United States Hilton Hotel, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Loss 54–14 Canada Mario Cusson SD 8 24/02/1981 Canada Paul Sauve Arena, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Win 54–13 United States Tony Taylor SD 8 12/02/1981 Canada Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 37–35, 39–34, 37–40
Win 53–13 United States Tom Crowley UD 10 20/01/1981 Canada Winnipeg Convention Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada 49–43, 46–45, ???
Loss 52–13 Canada Nick Furlano UD 10 27/08/1980 Canada Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Loss 52–12 Canada Johnny Summerhays UD 8 17/03/1980 Canada Northlands Coliseum, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 38–39, 36–39, 38–39
Win 52–11 Canada Allen Clarke SD 10 06/03/1980 Canada Winnipeg Convention Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada 49–48, 49–48, 43–48
Loss 51–11 Canada Ralph Racine UD 8 18/12/1979 Canada Montreal Forum, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Win 51–10 Canada Danny Stokes TKO 2 (10), 2:20 08/12/1979 Canada Winnipeg Convention Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Loss 50–10 United States Aaron Pryor TKO 4 (10), 2:29 11/05/1979 United States Cincinnati Gardens, Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Loss 50–9 Canada Nick Furlano TKO 14 (15) 09/02/1979 Canada Winnipeg Convention Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada For CBF Light Welterweight Championship
Win 50–8 United States Tom Tarantino UD 10 05/12/1978 Canada Winnipeg Convention Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada 50–42, 49–43, 48–43
Loss 49–8 Canada Ralph Racine SD 10 20/06/1978 Canada Winnipeg Convention Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Loss 49–7 United States Rick Folstad SD 10 18/04/1978 Canada Winnipeg Convention Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Win 49–6 Canada Bob Hughes MD 10 06/02/1978 Canada Northlands Coliseum, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 49–45, 48–46, 48–48
Loss 48–6 Canada Ralph Racine SD 10 04/11/1977 Canada Winnipeg Convention Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Win 48–5 Mexico Octavio Amparan PTS 10 23/06/1977 Canada Thompson, Manitoba, Canada
Win 47–5 Canada Nick Furlano SD 12 24/05/1977 Canada Winnipeg Convention Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada 57–55, 57–56, 57–58
Win 46–5 United States Nick Alfaro PTS 8 27/02/1977 Canada Alsan Convention Center, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Loss 45–5 Canada Johnny Summerhays UD 12 28/11/1975 Canada Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Lost CBF Lightweight Championship
Win 45–4 United States Victor De La Cruz UD 10 20/10/1975 Canada Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Win 44–4 United States Roscoe Frazier UD 10 02/08/1975 Canada Slave Lake, Alberta, Canada
Win 43–4 Canada Jo Jo Jackson PTS 10 12/07/1975 Canada Slave Lake, Alberta, Canada
Loss 42–4 Jamaica Percy Hayles TKO 12 (15), 1:41 Jan 22, 1973 Jamaica National Stadium, Kingston, Jamaica For Commonwealth British Empire Lightweight Championship
Win 42–3 Mexico Raul Montoya UD 10 29/11/1972 Canada Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Loss 41–3 Panama Alfonso Frazer TKO 5 (10) 17/06/1972 Panama Panama City, Panama
Loss 41–2 United Kingdom Ken Buchanan PTS 10 28/03/1972 United Kingdom Empire Pool, Wembley, United Kingdom Welterweight Bout
Win 41–1 United States Joe Espinosa KO 4 (10), 2:04 01/03/1972 United States Seattle Center Arena, Seattle, Washington, United States
Win 40–1 United States Moses Diamond KO 1 (10) 09/12/1971 United States New Chinatown Restaurant, Seattle, Washington, United States
Win 39–1 Mexico Fermin Soto PTS 10 23/10/1971 Mexico Mexico City, Mexico
Win 38–1 United States Nick Aghai UD 10 23/09/1971 United States Multnomah County Expo Center, Portland, Oregon, United States
Loss 37–1 Jamaica Percy Hayles SD 15 10/07/1971 Jamaica Kingston, Jamaica For Commonwealth British Empire Lightweight Championship
Win 37–0 Canada Leo Noel TKO 8 (12), 0:54 03/05/1971 Canada Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada Retained CBF Lightweight Championship
Win 36–0 United Kingdom Willie Reilly UD 10 22/03/1971 Canada Edmonton Gardens, Edmonton, Alberta, United States 46–43, 46–45, 48–47
Win 35–0 Mexico Juan Montoya UD 10 25/02/1971 United States Sports Arena, Portland, Oregon, United States 100–94, 100–92, 100–96
Win 34–0 Mexico Gabriel Brambila KO 6 (10) 13/02/1971 United States Seattle Center Arena, Seattle, Washington, United States
Win 33–0 United States Chi Chi Ontiveros TKO 5 (10), 1:50 20/01/1971 Canada Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Win 32–0 Mexico Raul Montoya PTS 10 27/10/1970 Canada Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Win 31–0 Jamaica Percy Hayles UD 10 29/09/1970 Canada Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Win 30–0 United States Angel Rivera UD 10 20/06/1970 Canada Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Win 29–0 Canada Lawrence Hafey SD 12 30/05/1970 Canada New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, Canada Retained CBF Lightweight Championship
Win 28–0 United States Len Kesey SD 10 13/05/1970 Canada Sales Pavilion, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Win 27–0 Canada Luis Baez UD 10 08/04/1970 Canada Edmonton Gardens, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Win 26–0 Philippines Francisco Montemayor TKO 9 (10) 20/02/1970 United States Hilo Auditorium, Hilo, Hawaii, United States
Win 25–0 Philippines Flash Gallego UD 10 11/02/1970 United States Hawaii International Center, Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Win 24–0 Mexico Fermin Soto PTS 10 13/01/1970 United States Hawaii International Center, Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Win 23–0 Mexico Jose Luis Castillo KO 2 (10) 04/12/1969 United States Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Win 22–0 Nigeria Ray Adigun UD 10 19/11/1969 United States Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Win 21–0 United States Rene Macias UD 10 23/10/1969 United States Sports Arena, Portland, Oregon, United States 98–90, 99–94, 99–93
Win 20–0 Mexico Beto Maldonado MD 10 29/08/1969 Canada Sales Pavilion, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Win 19–0 Canada Fernand Durelle PTS 12 17/08/1969 Canada Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada Retained CBF Lightweight Championship
Win 18–0 United States Felix Jasso SD 8 30/05/1969 Canada Sales Pavilion, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Win 17–0 Canada Jean-Marie Huard KO 2 (8), 0:54 17/04/1969 Canada Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Win 16–0 United States Bobby Brooks UD 8 19/02/1969 Canada Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Win 15–0 United States Ben Joseph UD 8 31/01/1969 Canada Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Win 14–0 United States Dave White TKO 5 (10), 2:10 21/11/1968 United States Sports Arena, Portland, Oregon, United States
Win 13–0 United States Jimmy Fields UD 10 13/11/1968 Canada Sales Pavilion, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 50–39, 50–39, 49–40
Win 12–0 Canada Julie Mandell UD 12 27/09/1968 Canada Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Won CBF Lightweight Championship
Win 11–0 Canada Michel Godin TKO 3, 1:00 26/06/1968 Canada Sales Pavilion, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Win 10–0 United States Lee Gray TKO 5 (8) 10/06/1968 United States Portland Armory, Portland, Oregon, United States
Win 9–0 United States Ismael Rivera TKO 4 (8) 10/06/1968 United States Portland Armory, Portland, Oregon, United States
Win 8–0 United States Andy Anderson UD 6 30/04/1968 United States Portland Armory, Portland, Oregon, United States
Win 7–0 United States Danny Barthuly TKO 2 (6), 2:50 08/04/1968 Canada Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Win 6–0 Tony Mesi KO 2 (4) 25/03/1968 United States Portland Armory, Portland, Oregon, United States
Win 5–0 Canada Mickey McMillan SD 8 08/03/1968 Canada Sales Pavilion, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 39–35, 35–37, 38–38
Win 4–0 United States Gene Green TKO 2 (4) 09/02/1968 Canada Sales Pavilion, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Win 3–0 United States Ron Lyke KO 1 (4) 15/12/1967 Canada Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Win 2–0 Milton Gabriel KO 3 (4) 17/11/1967 Canada Sales Pavilion, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Win 1–0 Joe Hogue KO 3 20/10/1967 Canada Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Professional boxing debut

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "City's Al Ford recalls his rumble with Ray Mancini". 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j http://www.boxrec.com/list_bouts.php?human_id=40735&cat=boxer
  3. ^ http://www.boxrec.com/list_bouts.php?human_id=62180&cat=boxer
  4. ^ http://www.canadianboxing.com/profiles_content.htm
  5. ^ "Al Ford calls out Ryan "The Real Deal" Ford after getting his Belt". 
  6. ^ "Allan Ford - Alberta Sports Hall of Fame & Museum". 
  7. ^ "Canadian Boxing Federation Lightweight Champion History". 

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