Savold in 1942
|Real name||Lee Hulver|
|Nickname(s)||The Battling Bartender|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
March 22, 1916|
|Died||May 14, 1972
Neptune, New Jersey
|Wins by KO||65|
Lee Savold (born Lee Hulver March 22, 1916 – May 14, 1972) was a heavyweight boxer who held the British and European (EBU) version of the World Heavyweight championship between 1950 and 1951 and was a leading contender in the 1940s and early 1950s. During his career he fought storied Heavyweight Champions Joe Louis and Rocky Marciano. Savold was inducted into the Minnesota Boxing Hall of Fame in 2012.
Savold was born in Canby, Minnesota (his birth was recorded in the nearby town of Marshall). His parents were farmers and ranchers of Norwegian ancestry. As a youngster, he broke horses and herded cattle on his family ranch.
At one time or another he was a bouncer, bartender, road laborer, and stockyard worker. In 1943 he joined the merchant marine and took part in several convoys to Murmansk. After retiring from boxing, he worked for Local 825 of the Operating Engineers Union.
On March 19, 1948 Lee Savold set the record for the quickest knockout in a main event bout in Madison Square Garden by knocking out Italy’s Gino Buonvino. He was the underdog, and had been substituted for Joe Baksi, who had injured his ankle, on only 48 hours notice. The record stood until Gerry Cooney tied the record by KO'ing Ken Norton in 1981. It was finally broken on March 10, 2007, when Sultan Ibragimov KO'd Javier Mora in 46 seconds.
On June 6, 1950, he defeated Bruce Woodcock on a fourth round cut eye stoppage to win the EBU version of the World Heavyweight title, Savold had lost on a foul in their first meeting in 1948.
On June 17, 1951 he fought Joe Louis in what was the first professional prizefight carried to theaters on closed circuit TV. He was knocked out in 2 minutes 29 seconds of the sixth round. Although it was a non-title match, after this bout the EBU withdrew recognition of Savold as "world" champion.
- Lee Savold's Professional Boxing Record. BoxRec.com. Retrieved on 2014-05-18.
- Minnesota Boxing Hall of Fame - Lee Savold MNBHOF.org Retrieved on 2014-04-30
- Dawsonspecial, James P. (1942-05-26). "Savold Scores Eight-Round Knockout Victory Over Favored Nova - WASHINGTON BOUT ENDED BY REFEREE Nova Battered, Manager Calls for Halt Between Eighth and Ninth Rounds SAVOLD CUTS FOE'S FACE His Late Rush Turns Tide in Navy Relief Fight Before 15,000 - Abrams Wins - Article - NYTimes.com". Select.nytimes.com. Retrieved 2014-06-06.
- Nichols, Joseph C. (1948-03-20). "SAVOLD KNOCKS OUT BUONVINO IN FIRST - Sets Garden's Quickest Finish Record by Halting Rival in 54-Second Upset - Article - NYTimes.com". Select.nytimes.com. Retrieved 2014-06-06.
- "BAKSI WITHDRAWS FROM GARDEN BOUT - Boxer Suffers Ankle Injury - Savold to Fight Buonvino in Feature Tomorrow - Article - NYTimes.com". Select.nytimes.com. Retrieved 2014-06-06.
- Nichols, Joseph C. (1948-03-19). "BUONVINO FAVORED TO DEFEAT SAVOLD - Italian Heavy Is 5-9 Choice in Main 10-Round Fight at Garden Tonight - Article - NYTimes.com". Select.nytimes.com. Retrieved 2014-06-06.
- Dawson, James P. (1951-06-17). "VIDEO IN THEATRES SEEN SPORTS BOON - 'Fantastic' Success of Plan With Louis-Savold Fight to Lead to Expansion - Article - NYTimes.com". Select.nytimes.com. Retrieved 2014-06-06.
- "JOE LOUIS KNOCKS OUT LEE SAVOLD IN SIXTH ROUND.". Cairns Post (Qld. : 1909 - 1954). Qld.: National Library of Australia. 18 June 1951. p. 1. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
- Dawsonspecial, James P. (1952-02-14). "Marciano Knocks Out Savold at Philadelphia for 39th Consecutive Triumph - BATTLE IS HALTED AFTER SIX ROUNDS Manager Concedes One-Sided Contest to Marciano for a Badly Battered Savold KNOCKOUT LISTED FOR 7TH Brockton Heavyweight Stays Unbeaten and Strengthens Bid for Title Chance - Article - NYTimes.com". Select.nytimes.com. Retrieved 2014-06-06.
|Titles in pretence|
Title last held byGeorge Godfrey
|World Heavyweight Champion
June 6, 1950 - June 16, 1951
Title next held byMuhammad Ali
as Lineal champion