Anton Raadik

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Anton Raadik
Raadik.jpg
Born(1917-01-15)15 January 1917
Raikküla,
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)
DivisionMiddleweight
StanceOrthodox
Fighting out ofChicago, Illinois
Years active1940–1952
Professional boxing record
Total63
Wins37
By knockout26
Losses25
By knockout9
Draws1
Amateur boxing record
Total130
Wins118
Losses12
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 3-round decision to middleweight Jimmy Reeves at 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, before moving to Chicago, Illinois in 1946.

In the USA, Raadik made quick 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 far 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, winning some fights and losing more often than he won. He fought such highly regarded opponents as Carl (Bobo) Olson, Robert Villemain, Steve Belloise, and Harry (Kid) Matthews, but his greatest opportunity was in the past.[1]

Books[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Anton Raadik at Boxing Encyclopedia". Boxrec.com. Retrieved 2007-04-26.

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