Anton Raadik

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Anton Raadik
Born(1917-01-15)January 15, 1917
Rapla County, Estonia
DiedMarch 13, 1999(1999-03-13) (aged 82)
Chicago, Illinois
Other namesRampaging Estonian
NationalityEstonia Estonia
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight168 lb (76 kg; 12.0 st)
Fighting out ofChicago, Illinois
Years active1940–1952
Professional boxing record
By knockout26
By knockout9
Amateur boxing record
Other information
Boxing record from BoxRec
last updated on: August 8, 2009

Anton "Rampaging Estonian" Raadik (January 15, 1917 – March 13, 1999) was the most famous Estonian-born middleweight boxer of the 1940s and 1950s, fighting out of Chicago, Illinois.

Professional boxing career[edit]

Anton Raadik was European Middleweight Champion in 1939. On May 13, 1939, he lost a three-round decision to middleweight Jimmy Reeves in Chicago in the International Golden Gloves. In all, he had a reported 130 amateur fights, winning 118.

In 1940 and 1941 he had his first three professional fights in Moscow. In 1943 he won three more fights in Scandinavia, losing only to Oiva Purho in Gothenburg in 1944. Raadik fled the Soviet occupation of Estonia during World War II and settled first in Finland before moving to Sweden in 1945. He was inactive in 1945 and then moved to Chicago in 1946.

In the USA, Raadik made rapid progress and in December 1946 fought the formidable Jake LaMotta. In 1947 he lost to two famous and experienced opponents, Georgie Abrams and Al Hostak.

On October 31, 1947, he had his most famous fight, with future middleweight champion Marcel Cerdan, in Chicago. Cerdan was well ahead on points going into the tenth round, but then Raadik floored him three times and came close to stopping him, only to lose the decision.

Raadik boxed until 1952, losing more fights than he won. He fought such highly regarded opponents as Carl (Bobo) Olson, Robert Villemain, Steve Belloise, and Harry (Kid) Matthews, but his heyday had passed.[1]


  • Mis juhtus Anton Raadikuga? by Jaan Sepp, Juhan Maidlo - 1997. ISBN 9985-57-147-9


  1. ^ "Anton Raadik at Boxing Encyclopedia". Retrieved 2007-04-26. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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