Davey Moore (boxer, born 1933)
Moore (right) vs. Olli Mäki in 1962
|Real name||David Schultz Moore|
November 1, 1933|
Lexington, Kentucky, U.S.
March 25, 1963 (aged 29)|
Los Angeles, California
|Wins by KO||30|
David S. "Davey" Moore (November 1, 1933 – March 25, 1963) was an American featherweight world champion boxer who fought professionally 1953–63. A resident of Springfield, Ohio, Moore was one of two champions to share the name in the second half of the 20th century. The second, Davey Moore (born 1959) boxed during the 1980s.
Moore died on March 25, 1963, aged 29, as a result of injuries sustained in a match against Sugar Ramos.
Moore first gained wide attention from his performance on the 1952 U.S. Olympic boxing team, as a bantamweight amateur.
Moore made his professional debut on May 11, 1953, aged 19, beating Willie Reece by a decision in six rounds. He boxed 8 times in 1953, with a total record that year of 6 wins, 1 loss and 1 no contest.
From the beginning of his career through 1956 Moore fought a total of 29 bouts, with a total record of 22–5–1, and 1 no contest. Beginning with his April 10, 1957 fight against Gil Cadilli, Moore had an 18-bout winning streak, ending when he lost to Carlos Morocho Hernández on March 17, 1960 with a TKO. March 14, 1960, won match against Bob Gassey in first round, as a result of the knockout, Gassey lost all but 2 teeth. It was during this period, on March 18, 1959 that Moore won the World Featherweight Title from Hogan "Kid" Bassey. Moore retained the title through the remainder of his career, defending it successfully 5 times, and losing it to Sugar Ramos on March 21, 1963.
Moore had a lifetime professional record of 59 wins, seven losses, one draw and one no contest, with 30 wins by knockout.
In 1960, he had a two-fight tour in Venezuela, winning one by knockout, and then having his winning streak interrupted with a seven-round knockout loss at the hands of Carlos Hernández. He fought three times in Mexico that year, and retained his title in Tokyo, beating Kazuo Takayama by a decision in 15.
In 1961, he toured Europe for three fights, visiting Paris, Madrid and Rome. He retained his title with a knockout in one round against Danny Valdez and won three more fights in Mexico before returning to Tokyo to beat Takayama, once again by a 15-round decision, to retain the title in their rematch.
Moore was scheduled to face Cuban-Mexican Sugar Ramos in July 1962 at Dodger Stadium but a torrential typhoon-like rainstorm hit Los Angeles on the night of the fight and the fight was postponed until March 21, 1963. It was shown on national television in front of a crowd of 22,000. In the tenth round Ramos staggered Moore with a left and then continued to pummel him with blows until he fell, striking the base of his neck on the bottom rope and injuring his brain stem.
Moore got to his feet for the eight-count and, despite Ramos' continuing attack, managed to finish the round on his feet, but the referee stopped the fight before the eleventh, and Ramos was declared the new World Featherweight Champion. Moore was able to give a clear-headed interview before he left the ring, but in the dressing room fell into a coma from which he never emerged. As Moore fought for life, Pope John XXIII made a statement calling the sport of boxing "barbaric", and "contrary to natural principles". Moore's condition deteriorated, and he died 75 hours after the fight on March 25 at 2:20 a.m. CST in White Memorial Hospital, Los Angeles. His body lay in state at a South Los Angeles funeral home on Tuesday, March 26 for 10 hours; over 10,000 people filed by to pay respects. Moore was buried in Ferncliff Cemetery in Springfield, Ohio.
Bob Dylan wrote a song about Davey Moore's death, posing the question of responsibility. It is titled "Who Killed Davey Moore?" and was also sung by Pete Seeger and Graeme Allwright (in French). Phil Ochs wrote a song titled "Davey Moore" which told the story of Davey Moore's death and placed the guilt on the managers and the boxing "money men" as well as boxing fans.
On September 21, 2013, the 50th anniversary of Moore's final fight, his hometown of Springfield, Ohio dedicated an 8' bronze statue in his honor. Located in a public green space just south of downtown near the neighborhood where he grew up, its dedication was attended by a crowd of nearly 250. The event was marked by the appearance of Ultiminio "Sugar" Ramos, who came from Mexico City to pay his respects. It was the first time since March 1963 that he and Moore's widow Geraldine had spoken. A pair of Moore's boxing gloves are on display in a Finnish restaurant Juttutupa in Helsinki, Finland (Säästöpankinranta 6). They were found during a renovation of a local boxing gym.
Professional boxing record
|59 Wins (30 knockouts, 29 decisions), 7 Losses (2 knockouts, 5 decisions), 1 Draw|
|Loss||38-1-3||Sugar Ramos||RTD||10||March 21, 1963||Los Angeles, California, United States||Lost World Featherweight Title. Moore died four days later due to a whiplash sustained when he hit the bottom rope after being knocked down.|
|Win||31-24-7||Gil Cadilli||TKO||5||February 18, 1963||San Jose, California, United States||Referee stopped the bout after the fifth round due to a severe cut.|
|Win||65-18-5||Fili Nava||UD||10||February 18, 1963||San Antonio, Texas, United States|
|Win||8-1-1||Olli Mäki||TKO||2||August 17, 1962||Helsinki, Finland||Retained World Featherweight Title.|
|Win||22-5||Mario Diaz||KO||2||July 9, 1962||Los Angeles, California, United States||Diaz was knocked down in the first and out in the second round at 1:21.|
|Win||46-11-1||Cisco Andrade||TKO||7||March 9, 1962||Los Angeles, California, United States||Andrade was knocked down in the sixth round before the referee stopped the bout at 2:05 of the seventh round.|
|Win||45-12-9||Kazuo Takayama||UD||15||November 13, 1961||Tokyo, Japan||Retained World Featherweight Title.|
|Win||24-7-2||Felix Cervantes||KO||5||October 12, 1961||Los Angeles, California, United States||Cervantes knocked out at 1:55 of the fifth round.|
|Win||20-10-3||Kid Irapuato||TKO||6||September 19, 1961||Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico|
|Win||24-6-2||Felix Cervantes||UD||10||July 17, 1961||Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico|
|Win||30-19-7||Gil Cadilli||UD||10||July 6, 1961||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Cadilli was knocked down in the tenth round.|
|Win||17-5||Danny Valdez||KO||1||April 8, 1961||Los Angeles, California, United States||Retained World Featherweight Title. Valdez knocked out at 2:48 of the first round.|
|Win||25-0-2||Ray Nobile||PTS||10||February 10, 1961||Rome, Italy|
|Win||114-16-13||Fred Galiana||TKO||4||January 27, 1961||Madrid, Spain|
|Win||46-7-2||Gracieux Lamperti||PTS||10||January 9, 1961||Paris, France|
|Win||24-8||Rudy Corona||KO||7||December 3, 1960||Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico|
|Win||18-22-1||David Camacho||KO||8||November 27, 1960||Nogales, Sonora, Mexico|
|Win||36-11-9||Kazuo Takayama||UD||15||August 29, 1960||Tokyo, Japan||Retained World Featherweight Title.|
|Win||18-5-3||Kid Irapuato||UD||10||August 1, 1960||Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico|
|Win||19-3-3||Frank Valdez||TKO||6||July 20, 1960||Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States||Valdez was down twice in the sixth round before the fight was stopped at 1:48 of the sixth round.|
|Loss||12-0-2||Carlos Hernandez||TKO||7||March 17, 1960||Caracas, Venezuela|
|Win||47-2-1||Sergio Caprari||TKO||8||February 22, 1960||Caracas, Venezuela||Caprari was knocked down in the fourth, seventh and eighth rounds.|
|Win||24-3-1||Hilario Morales||UD||10||December 14, 1959||San Francisco, California, United States||Morales was knocked down in the first round. 100-90, 100-90, 98-94.|
|Win||25-3||Bobby Neill||TKO||1||October 20, 1959||Wembley, London, United Kingdom||Neill was knocked down four times before the referee stopped the fight at 2:55 of the first round.|
|Win||59-12-2||Hogan (Kid) Bassey||RTD||11||August 19, 1959||Los Angeles, California, United States||Retained World Featherweight Title. Bassey did not emerge from his corner for the 11th round.|
|Win||59-11-2||Hogan (Kid) Bassey||RTD||13||March 18, 1959||Los Angeles, California, United States||Won World Featherweight Title. Bassey's manager threw in the towel in the 13th round.|
|Win||31-4-1||Ricardo Moreno||KO||1||December 11, 1958||Los Angeles, California, United States||Moreno was knocked down twice and out at 2:58 of the first round.|
|Win||40-13-5||Kid Anahuac||UD||10||September 25, 1958||Los Angeles, California, United States||Anahuac was knocked down in the tenth round. 98-90, 99-89, 99-90.|
|Win||40-12-5||Kid Anahuac||PTS||10||July 28, 1958||Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico|
|Win||81-50-11||Lauro Salas||UD||10||June 19, 1958||Los Angeles, California, United States||98-86, 99-86, 99-91.|
|Win||22-4-2||Roberto Garcia||UD||10||May 24, 1958||Mexico City, Mexico||Garcia was knocked down twice in the fight.|
|Win||14-4-2||Vince Delgado||KO||3||March 6, 1958||Los Angeles, California, United States||Delgado was knocked down in the second round and out in the third at 0:48 of the round.|
|Win||47-12-2||Fili Nava||UD||10||February 20, 1958||Los Angeles, California, United States||Nava was knocked down in the fifth and ninth round. 98-84, 98-86, 99-90.|
|Win||38-9-3||Victor Manuel Quijano||TKO||9||January 9, 1958||Los Angeles, California, United States||Referee stopped the fight at 1:57 of the ninth round.|
|Win||34-13-5||Jose Luis Cotero||UD||10||November 8, 1957||Washington, District of Columbia, United States||99-81, 100-89, 100-88.|
|Win||36-8-3||Victor Manuel Quijano||SD||10||August 14, 1957||Syracuse, New York, United States||6-3, 7-2, 4-5.|
|Win||18-3-1||Isidro Martinez||UD||10||July 5, 1957||Washington, District of Columbia, United States||Martinez was knocked down in the seventh round. 95-89, 96-89, 97-93.|
|Win||19-12-2||Buddy McDonald||UD||10||June 13, 1957||Spokane, Washington, United States||McDonald was knocked down in the eighth round. 99-91, 99-91, 100-90.|
|Win||26-9-4||Gil Cadilli||UD||10||April 10, 1957||Miami, Florida, United States||98-93, 98-93, 99-93.|
|Loss||8-2-2||Bobby Rogers||PTS||8||November 7, 1956||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Win||14-19-7||Jimmy DeMura||PTS||6||October 10, 1956||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Win||23-27-6||Charlie Slaughter||KO||4||June 5, 1956||Montreal, Quebec, Canada||Slaughter knocked out at 0:58 of the fourth round.|
|Win||16-4||Jimmy Hackney||DQ||6||December 16, 1955||New York City, United States||Hackney was disqualified at 1:34 of the sixth round for not trying his best.|
|Win||29-9||Nat "Killer" Jackson||KO||2||October 17, 1955||New Orleans, Louisiana, United States|
|Win||14-0-1||"The Cowtown Bomber" Ray Riojas||UD||10||September 19, 1955||El Paso, Texas, United States|
|Loss||16-3-1||Santiago Martinez||PTS||10||July 16, 1955||Havana, Cuba|
|Win||18-2||Pedro Tesis||PTS||10||May 15, 1955||Colon City, Colon, Panama||Moore was knocked down in the fourth round.|
|Loss||12-2||Isidro Martinez||PTS||10||May 1, 1955||Colon City, Colon, Panama||Martinez was knocked down twice in the fourth round and Moore was knocked down once in the ninth round.|
|Win||15-5-1||John Barnes||UD||6||January 18, 1955||Detroit, Michigan, United States|
|Win||19-9-1||Eddie Burgin||TKO||9||December 7, 1954||Cincinnati, Ohio, United States||Ohio Featherweight Title|
|Win||12-14-4||Dick Armstrong||KO||6||October 25, 1954||Dayton, Ohio, United States|
|Win||12-14-7||Herky Kaminsky||PTS||10||June 29, 1954||Springfield, Ohio, United States|
|Draw||12-14-6||Herky Kaminsky||PTS||10||May 18, 1954||Springfield, Ohio, United States|
|Win||70-27-1||"Chillin" Charley Riley||SD||10||April 20, 1954||St Louis, Missouri, United States||Moore was knocked down in the seventh round.|
|Win||1-3||Jack Ingram||KO||1||April 8, 1954||Springfield, Ohio, United States|
|Win||0-2||Leo Carter||KO||2||April 1, 1954||Cincinnati, Ohio, United States|
|Win||8-8-2||Bob Keeling||TKO||3||March 13, 1954||Cincinnati, Ohio, United States|
|Loss||72-24-8||Jackie Blair||PTS||10||February 4, 1954||Akron, Ohio, United States|
|Win||10-3||Eddie Crawford||TKO||2||January 5, 1954||Columbus, Ohio, United States|
|Win||1-2||Eddie Cooper||KO||3||November 20, 1953||Dayton, Ohio, United States|
|Win||13-14-3||Raul "Chilibean" Prado||NC||3||October 22, 1953||Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States|
|Loss||25-1-2||Russell "Baby Faced" Tague||KO||3||October 3, 1953||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Win||1-1||Ed Hughes||KO||4||August 29, 1953||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Win||0-4||Eddie Gonzales||KO||1||July 10, 1953||Ft. William, Kentucky, United States|
|Win||11-13-4||Dick Armstrong||TKO||4||June 15, 1953||Portsmouth, Ohio, United States|
|Win||5-0||Terry Book||PTS||6||June 1, 1953||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Win||--||Ralph Capone||PTS||4||May 25, 1953||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Win||0-1||Willie Reece||UD||6||May 11, 1953||Portsmouth, Ohio, United States|
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| World Featherweight Champion
March 18, 1959 – March 21, 1961
Ultiminio "Sugar" Ramos
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