Eddie Cotton

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Boxers Davey Moore, Pertti Purhonen and Eddie Cotton with Miss Finland Kaarina Leskinen in 1962.

Eddie Cotton, Jr. (June 15, 1926[1] in Muskogee, Oklahoma, United States — June 24, 1990 in Seattle) was a former boxer.[2] Cotton was a resident of Seattle, Washington until his death on following a second liver transplant.[3]


Eddie Cotton was a light heavyweight contender from the late 1950s until his retirement in the late 1960s. He was known as a good defensive fighter, although not very exciting. He was also prone to getting cut in fights. His style was undoubtedly influenced by his original trainer who had boxed in an almost identical manner.

He twice unsuccessfully challenged for the world light heavyweight title, losing to Harold Johnson for the National Boxing Association title in 1961, and in 1966 losing what many felt was a controversial decision to José Torres for the world title.[3] Ring Magazine named the Torres bout the "Fight of the Year".

Cotton fought 81 times in his career, winning 56, losing 23 and drawing 2 fights.[2] He retired from boxing in 1967.[2] After his boxing career ended, Cotton worked for the Boeing Aircraft Company as a tool and die maker. He was also a member of the Washington State Boxing Commission. Cotton also owned a restaurant in Seattle which bore his name.


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