Eckhard Dagge

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Eckhard Dagge
Born(1948-02-27)February 27, 1948
Probsteinhagen, Germany.
DiedApril 4, 2006(2006-04-04) (aged 58)
Hamburg, Germany
Cause of deathCancer
ResidenceHamburg, Germany
Boxing career
Weight(s)super welterweight
Boxing record
Total fights32
Wins by KO16

Eckhard Dagge (February 27, 1948 in Probsteinhagen, Germany – April 4, 2006 in Hamburg), was a professional boxer in the super welterweight (154 lb) division.

Eckhard Dagge was Germany's second world champion, after Max Schmeling, holding the WBC Light Middleweight title from 1976 to 1977. Dagge also held German National and European titles, during his ten-year career.


Dagge was born in Probsteinhagen, Germany, near Kiel in 1946. He learned to fight in the bars and taverns of Hamburg. He would later embark on an amateur career, in which he won 66 out of 80 bouts, before falling short of making the 1972 Olympic Team.

Professional career[edit]

Dagge would win the German Middleweight title, in his 6th bout. Dagge would follow up with wins over notable, but faded fighters Denny Moyer and Manuel González. In 1974, Dagge challenged Jose Manuel Duran for the European Light Middleweight title, losing by 11th-round TKO. He came back the next year however, and stopped Duran in the 9th round, to win the title. He would defend this title once, before he lost it by decision to Vito Antuofermo.

Dagge earned a title shot against WBC Light Middleweight champion Elisha Obed on June 17, 1976. Dagge pulled off a stunning upset of Obed, winning by 10th-round TKO, to win the title in Berlin. Dagge then successfully defended his title against faded former champion Emile Griffith, winning a majority decision. He followed this up with a draw over England's Maurice Hope, a future world champion. Dagge then faced Australia-based Italian Rocky Mattioli on August 6, 1977, and was knocked out in the 5th round. Dagge would win six more bouts over lesser opposition until he was stopped by Brian Anderson in 1981.

Professional boxing record[edit]

26 Wins (16 knockouts, 10 decisions), 5 Losses (3 knockouts, 2 decisions), 1 Draw [1]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 26–5–1 United Kingdom Brian Anderson TKO 2 06/11/1981 Schleswig-Holstein Kiel, Germany
Win 26–4–1 United States Bruce Strauss PTS 8 25/09/1981 North Rhine-Westphalia Cologne, Germany
Win 25–4–1 United Kingdom George Walker PTS 10 10/04/1981 Schleswig-Holstein Kiel, Germany
Win 24–4–1 Austria Esperno Postl TKO 7 13/02/1981 Schleswig-Holstein Kiel, Germany
Win 23–4–1 United States Larry Davis PTS 10 06/05/1978 Hesse Frankfurt, Germany
Win 22–4–1 The Bahamas Rennie Pinder KO 4 07/04/1978 Berlin Berlin, Germany
Win 21–4–1 United States Jimmy Savage KO 8 10/12/1977 Berlin Berlin, Germany
Loss 20–4–1 Italy Rocky Mattioli KO 5 06/08/1977 Berlin Deutschlandhalle, Charlottenburg, Germany Lost WBC light middleweight title
Draw 20–3–1 United Kingdom Maurice Hope PTS 15 15/03/1977 Berlin Deutschlandhalle, Charlottenburg, Germany Retained WBC light middleweight title
Win 20–3 United States Virgin Islands Emile Griffith MD 15 18/09/1976 Berlin Deutschlandhalle, Charlottenburg, Germany Retained WBC light middleweight title
Win 19–3 The Bahamas Elisha Obed TKO 10 18/06/1976 Berlin Deutschlandhalle, Charlottenburg, Germany Won WBC light middleweight title
Win 18–3 France Marcel Giordanella KO 7 02/04/1976 Schleswig-Holstein Kiel, Germany
Loss 17–3 Italy Vito Antuofermo PTS 15 16/01/1976 Berlin Deutschlandhalle, Charlottenburg, Germany Retained EBU light middleweight title
Win 17–2 Austria Franz Csandl TKO 7 04/11/1975 Austria Stadthalle, Vienna, Austria Retained EBU light middleweight title
Win 16–2 Spain Jose Manuel Duran TKO 9 24/06/1975 Berlin Berlin, Germany Retained EBU light middleweight title
Loss 15–2 Trinidad and Tobago Carlos Marks PTS 10 18/03/1975 Berlin Berlin, Germany
Win 15–1 France Pascal Zito PTS 10 30/11/1974 Bavaria Munich, Germany
Win 14–1 France Jules Bellaiche PTS 8 05/11/1974 Berlin Berlin, Germany
Loss 13–1 Spain Jose Manuel Duran TKO 11 03/09/1974 Berlin Berlin, Germany Won EBU Light Middleweight Title
Win 13–0 United States Billy Backus TKO 3 20/06/1974 Berlin Berlin, Germany
Win 12–0 United States Manuel "Manny" Gonzalez PTS 10 14/05/1974 Berlin Deutschlandhalle, Charlottenburg, Germany
Win 11–0 United States Denny Moyer PTS 10 20/02/1974 Berlin Deutschlandhalle, Charlottenburg, Germany
Win 10–0 France Francis Vermandere KO 7 09/11/1973 Berlin Berlin, Germany
Win 9–0 Spain Jose Maria Madrazo PTS 8 26/10/1973 Hamburg Hamburg, Germany
Win 8–0 Trinidad and Tobago Matt "Art" Donovan KO 2 28/09/1973 Berlin Berlin, Germany
Win 7–0 Luxembourg Shako Mamba PTS 10 31/08/1973 Schleswig-Holstein Luebeck, Germany
Win 6–0 Germany Klaus-Peter Tombers TKO 5 03/06/1973 Berlin Berlin, Germany Won BDB German Middleweight Title
Win 5–0 Italy Antonio Rimasti KO 1 11/05/1973 Hesse Wiesbaden, Germany
Win 4–0 Austria Anton Schnedl TKO 4 27/04/1973 Berlin Berlin, Germany
Win 3–0 Waldi Clere KO 1 30/03/1973 Lower Saxony Oldenburg, Germany
Win 2–0 Ferzi Isir TKO 1 08/03/1973 Schleswig-Holstein Luebeck, Germany
Win 1–0 Germany Hans Heukeshoven KO 1 02/03/1973 Berlin Berlin, Germany

Life After Boxing[edit]

Dagge had a repuatation as a wild man during his career and afterwards, as he struggled with alcoholism. Dagge worked with Universum after his pro career ended, training Dariusz Michalczewski, Michael Loewe, and Mario Schiesser. However, he was fired from his job as a manager in 1994, due to absenteeism and his problems with alcoholism. Dagge died on April 4, 2006 in Hamburg, Germany, after a battle with cancer.

Preceded by
Elisha Obed
WBC Light Middleweight boxing champion
17 Jun 1976 – 6 Aug 1977
Succeeded by
Rocky Mattioli

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