Eckhard Dagge

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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 Gonzalez. 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 10-2-3 United Kingdom Brian Anderson TKO 2 06/11/1981 Schleswig-Holstein Kiel, Germany
Win 51-24-2 United States Bruce Strauss PTS 8 25/09/1981 North Rhine-Westphalia Cologne, Germany
Win 7-8-2 United Kingdom George "Fire" Walker PTS 10 10/04/1981 Schleswig-Holstein Kiel, Germany
Win 27-15-3 Austria Esperno Postl TKO 7 13/02/1981 Schleswig-Holstein Kiel, Germany
Win 6-11-1 United States Larry "Tumbler" Davis PTS 10 06/05/1978 Hesse Frankfurt, Germany
Win 8-9 The Bahamas Rennie Pinder KO 4 07/04/1978 Berlin Berlin, Germany
Win 14-10-2 United States Jimmy "Macho Man" Savage KO 8 10/12/1977 Berlin Berlin, Germany
Loss 47-4-2 Italy Rocky Mattioli KO 5 06/08/1977 Berlin Deutschlandhalle, Charlottenburg, Germany WBC World Light Middleweight Title.
Draw 20-2 United Kingdom Maurice Hope PTS 15 15/03/1977 Berlin Deutschlandhalle, Charlottenburg, Germany WBC World Light Middleweight Title. 142-145, 145-144, 145-145.
Win 82-20-2 United States Virgin Islands Emile Griffith MD 15 18/09/1976 Berlin Deutschlandhalle, Charlottenburg, Germany WBC World Light Middleweight Title. 145-145, 149-143, 148-145.
Win 62-1-2 The Bahamas Elisha Obed TKO 10 18/06/1976 Berlin Deutschlandhalle, Charlottenburg, Germany WBC World Light Middleweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 1:47 of the tenth round.
Win 22-12 France Marcel Giordanella KO 7 02/04/1976 Schleswig-Holstein Kiel, Germany
Loss 34-1-1 Italy Vito Antuofermo PTS 15 16/01/1976 Berlin Deutschlandhalle, Charlottenburg, Germany EBU Light Middleweight Title.
Win 22-1 Austria Franz Csandl TKO 7 04/11/1975 Austria Stadthalle, Vienna, Austria EBU Light Middleweight Title.
Win 55-4-7 Spain Jose Manuel Duran TKO 9 24/06/1975 Berlin Berlin, Germany EBU Light Middleweight Title.
Loss 28-21-1 Trinidad and Tobago Carlos Marks PTS 10 18/03/1975 Berlin Berlin, Germany
Win 10-7-3 France Pascal Zito PTS 10 30/11/1974 Bavaria Munich, Germany
Win 14-2-3 France Jules Bellaiche PTS 8 05/11/1974 Berlin Berlin, Germany
Loss 51-3-7 Spain Jose Manuel Duran TKO 11 03/09/1974 Berlin Berlin, Germany EBU Light Middleweight Title.
Win 39-17-4 United States Billy Backus TKO 3 20/06/1974 Berlin Berlin, Germany
Win 60-32-6 United States Manuel "Manny" Gonzalez PTS 10 14/05/1974 Berlin Deutschlandhalle, Charlottenburg, Germany
Win 91-31-4 United States Denny Moyer PTS 10 20/02/1974 Berlin Deutschlandhalle, Charlottenburg, Germany
Win 24-2-7 France Francis Vermandere KO 7 09/11/1973 Berlin Berlin, Germany
Win 27-33-9 Spain Jose Maria Madrazo PTS 8 26/10/1973 Hamburg Hamburg, Germany
Win 19-11-2 Trinidad and Tobago Matt "Art" Donovan KO 2 28/09/1973 Berlin Berlin, Germany
Win 1-1 Luxembourg Shako Mamba PTS 10 31/08/1973 Schleswig-Holstein Luebeck, Germany
Win 12-8-1 Germany Klaus-Peter Tombers TKO 5 03/06/1973 Berlin Berlin, Germany BDB German Middleweight Title.
Win 1-10-2 Italy Antonio Rimasti KO 1 11/05/1973 Hesse Wiesbaden, Germany
Win 14-10-4 Austria Anton Schnedl TKO 4 27/04/1973 Berlin Berlin, Germany
Win -- Waldi Clere KO 1 30/03/1973 Lower Saxony Oldenburg, Germany
Win -- Ferzi Isir TKO 1 08/03/1973 Schleswig-Holstein Luebeck, Germany
Win 2-4-2 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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