Jürgen Blin

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Jürgen Blin (born 7 April 1943) is a German boxer. He is best known for fighting Muhammad Ali on 26 December 1971, being knocked out in the seventh round.

Born in Fehmarn and residing in Hamburg, he represented West Germany. Blin's record in the ring was 30-12-6 with eight knockouts.[1] He was greatly admired by German boxing fans for his toughness and stamina in the ring. He was briefly heavyweight champion of Germany after beating Gerhard Zech (he had two draws with him previously).

His first professional bout came against Klaus Krüger in October 1964. Blin won this bout, as well as the next five bouts against domestic opponents, and lost his first professional bout in June 1965 to Ray Patterson in Jordal Amfi.[1]

Blin lost a decision to Joe Bugner in May 1971 when fighting for the European heavyweight title. Blin later won the title in June 1972, his greatest triumph in the ring, when he beat Jose Urtain (who had beaten Blin for the same title in June 1970). However, in October 1972, Blin once again faced Bugner who retained the title by knocking the German out in the eighth round.[1]

The bout against Muhammad Ali happened on 26 December 1971 in Hallenstadion Arena, Zürich. Blin was knocked out 2 minutes and 12 seconds into the seventh round.[1] In 2002, Blin collaborated with author Stephen Brunt on a book called Facing Ali. He said that fighting Ali was the greatest honour of his life.[citation needed]

Professional boxing record[edit]

30 Wins (8 knockouts, 22 decisions), 12 Losses (4 knockouts, 8 decisions), 6 Draws [2]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 24-1 United States Ron Lyle TKO 2 04/10/1973 United States Denver, Colorado Referee stopped the bout at 1:01 of the second round.
Win 0-9 Venezuela Danny Machado TKO 7 03/02/1973 Germany Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein
Loss 39-4-1 United Kingdom Joe Bugner KO 8 10/10/1972 United Kingdom Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London EBU Heavyweight Title.
Win 39-4-2 Spain Jose Manuel Urtain PTS 15 09/06/1972 Spain Madrid EBU Heavyweight Title. 73-68, 72-70, 71-67.
Win 21-13-1 Canada Charles E. Chase KO 5 05/05/1972 Germany Hamburg
Loss 33-1 United States Muhammad Ali KO 7 26 December 1971 Switzerland Hallenstadion, Zürich Blin knocked out at 2:12 of the seventh round.
Win 18-20-4 United States George "Scrap Iron" Johnson TKO 2 01/10/1971 Germany Hamburg
Loss 32-2-1 United Kingdom Joe Bugner SD 15 11/05/1971 United Kingdom Empire Pool, Wembley, London EBU Heavyweight Title. 69-70, 70-67, 71-73.
Win 24-14-3 Mexico Manuel "Pulgarcito" Ramos PTS 10 02/04/1971 Germany Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia
Win 21-22 Peru Roberto Davila PTS 10 26 February 1971 Germany Hamburg
Win 7-7-2 Italy Vasco Faustino PTS 8 05/02/1971 Germany Frankfurt, Hesse
Win 13-16-3 United States Charley Polite PTS 10 02/01/1971 Germany Wiesbaden, Hesse
Win 7-6 United States Sylvester Dullaire KO 8 17 November 1970 Germany Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia
Win 10-7-3 United States Billy Joiner PTS 10 09/10/1970 Germany Hamburg
Loss 30-0 Spain Jose Manuel Urtain PTS 15 22 June 1970 Spain Barcelona, Catalonia EBU Heavyweight Title.
Win 23-8-4 United States Ray Patterson PTS 10 13 February 1970 Germany Ernst Merck Halle, Mitte, Berlin
Win 30-9-6 Germany Wilhelm Von Homburg PTS 10 12/12/1969 Germany Sporthalle, Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia
Win 33-9-3 Germany Gerhard Zech PTS 10 21 November 1969 Germany Ernst Merck Halle, Hamburg
Win 17-17-3 United States David E. Bailey PTS 10 12/09/1969 Germany Ernst Merck Halle, Hamburg
Win 41-13-5 Italy Giulio Rinaldi PTS 10 29 May 1969 Germany Grugahalle, Essen, North Rhine-Westphalia
Draw 3-2-1 Guinea Macan Keita PTS 8 29 November 1968 Germany Festhalle Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Hesse
Loss 20-3-2 Germany Peter Weiland PTS 10 01/11/1968 Germany Ostseehalle, Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein Germany BDB Heavyweight Title.
Loss 32-6-5 Italy Piero Tomasoni DQ 2 29 September 1968 Italy Brescia, Lombardy EBU Heavyweight Title Eliminator.
Win 33-7-3 Germany Gerhard Zech PTS 12 11/05/1968 Germany Deutschlandhalle, Charlottenburg, Berlin Germany BDB Heavyweight Title.
Win 15-12-3 Jamaica Lloyd Walford PTS 8 08/03/1968 Germany Sporthalle, Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia
Win 22-11-3 Brazil Renato Moraes PTS 10 17 February 1968 Germany Deutschlandhalle, Charlottenburg, Berlin
Win 18-3 Italy Giuseppe Ros PTS 8 15 December 1967 Germany Sporthalle, Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia
Loss 33-3-3 Italy Piero Del Papa PTS 10 11/11/1967 Germany Deutschlandhalle, Charlottenburg, Berlin
Draw 19-11-3 Argentina Jose Menno PTS 8 08/09/1967 Germany Sporthalle, Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia
Win 16-11-3 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Ivan Prebeg KO 5 28 April 1967 Germany Sporthalle, Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia
Draw 32-6-2 Germany Gerhard Zech PTS 12 24 February 1967 Germany Sporthalle, Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia Germany BDB Heavyweight Title.
Draw 32-6-1 Germany Gerhard Zech PTS 12 18 November 1966 Germany Sporthalle, Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia Germany BDB Heavyweight Title.
Loss 6-0-2 Italy Giulio Saraudi PTS 8 23 September 1966 Italy Palazzetto dello Sport, Rome, Lazio
Draw 40-9-3 Italy Giulio Rinaldi PTS 10 02/09/1966 Germany Mungersdorfer Stadion, Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia
Win 18-15-6 Germany Ossi Buettner KO 8 15 June 1966 Germany Festhalle Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Hesse
Win 6-5-1 Germany Roland Graetz PTS 6 14 May 1966 Germany Westfalenhallen, Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia
Win 10-27-2 Belgium Andre Wyns PTS 6 15 April 1966 Germany Ernst Merck Halle, Hamburg
Draw 1-0 Finland Raimo Nisula PTS 8 18 March 1966 Sweden Masshallen, Gothenburg
Loss 8-8-2 France Joseph Juvillier PTS 8 02/12/1965 Germany Westfalenhallen, Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia
Loss 46-25-6 Netherlands Wim Snoek RTD 6 16 October 1965 Germany Westfalenhallen, Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia
Win 10-10-4 Netherlands Willem Bomber PTS 6 10/09/1965 Germany Ernst Merck Halle, Hamburg
Loss 10-2 United States Ray Patterson PTS 6 21 June 1965 Norway Jordal Amfi, Oslo
Win 7-10-2 Belgium Valere Mahau PTS 4 09/04/1965 Germany Ernst Merck Halle, Hamburg
Win 0-1 Germany Manfred Schlesinger PTS 6 27 March 1965 Germany Westfalenhallen, Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia
Win 3-1 Italy Danilo Zoratti KO 3 30 January 1965 Germany Stadthalle Bremen, Bremen
Win 1-6-1 Austria Friedrich Mayr KO 1 16 January 1965 Germany Westfalenhallen, Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia
Win 1-7 Germany Manfred Ackers PTS 4 05/12/1964 Germany Sporthalle, Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia
Win -- Germany Klaus Krueger PTS 4 16 October 1964 Germany Sporthalle, Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia

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