Richard Dunn (boxer)

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Richard Dunn
Richard Dunn
Richard Dunn Heavyweight Champion of Europe, Great Britain, and the Commonwealth
Statistics
Rated at Heavyweight
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Nationality United Kingdom British
Born (1945-01-19) 19 January 1945 (age 70)
Halifax, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 45
Wins 33
Wins by KO 16
Losses 12
Draws 0
No contests 0[1]

Richard Dunn (19 January 1945) was born in Halifax, West Riding of Yorkshire, England[1] and was a heavyweight boxer who fought Muhammad Ali for the world heavyweight title in 1976.

Dunn was defeated by many top boxers of the time, losing to Muhammad Ali, Joe Bugner, Jimmy Young, and Kallie Knoetze. However, he did defeat some professional fighters such as Johnny Griffin, Neville Meade, Bunny Johnson and Danny McAlinden.

A southpaw, Dunn's professional career began with a win over Cardiff fighter Del Phillips in a heavyweight eliminator competition in Mayfair, London in July 1969. His second fight was on the same day in the semi-final, a first round defeat against Danny McAlinden, who dispatched all three of his opponents in under three rounds to win the competition. However, in May 1973 Dunn defeated Billy Aird on points in an eliminator for the British Heavyweight Championship at Grosvenor House in London. He lost the final eliminator against Bunny Johnson in October after a tenth round knockout at the King's Hall in Manchester. However, when he faced the same opponent at the Empire Pool at Wembley for both the British and Commonwealth titles in September 1975, he prevailed on points after 15 rounds.

Richard Dunn Sports Centre, Odsal Top, Bradford

He made his first defence against McAlindon just two months later. However, this time it was Dunn that won with a knockout after McAlinden went down three times in the second round. After winning the European Heavyweight title with a third round TKO OF Bernd August in April 1976, he was given the chance of fighting for the WBC and WBA titles against Ali in Munich, Germany, for which he received £52,000[2] (based on increases in average earnings, this would be approximately £472,500 in 2011).[3]

Dunn is also notable as the only Yorkshireman ever to fight Ali, who knocked him out 2:05 minutes into the fifth round; this was to be the last knockout Ali ever achieved in his professional career. Although he was seriously overmatched, many British fans have said that Dunn made one of the most courageous showings of any British fighter when he faced Ali. Dunn was knocked down five times in five rounds. After the fight, Muhammad Ali promised the gloves he had used in the fight to British promoter Mickey Duff, who was raising funds for Chris Finnegan, a terrific fighter who had lost sight in one eye. When he passed his gloves to Duff's PR Norman Giller in the ring, Ali told Giller to look inside. In one it was written 'Ali wins' and in the other 'round five'. Dunn lost his next fight to Joe Bugner, surrendering all his titles in a stunning first round knockout and retired after his next fight, a fifth round defeat to big hitting Kallie Knoetze in the Ellis Park Tennis Stadium in Johannesburg.

A sports centre is named after Dunn in his home town of Bradford in honour of his achievements.[4] Richard Dunn is now retired and living in Scarborough. On TV in around 2005 he explained serious injuries he received from an unfortunate ladder fall whilst working.[5]

Professional boxing record[edit]

33 Wins (16 knockouts, 17 decisions), 12 Losses (11 knockouts, 1 decision) [6]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 12-2 South Africa Kallie Knoetze KO 5 10 Sep 1977 South Africa Ellis Park Tennis Stadium, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Loss 51-7-1 Australia Joe Bugner KO 1 12 Oct 1976 England Empire Pool, Wembley, London, United Kingdom BBBofC British/Commonwealth/EBU Heavyweight Titles.
Loss 51-2 United States Muhammad Ali TKO 5 24 May 1976 Germany Olympiahalle, Munich, Germany WBA/WBC World Heavyweight Titles. Referee stopped the bout at 2:05 of the fifth round.
Win 21-2-1 Germany Bernd August TKO 3 6 Apr 1976 England Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London, United Kingdom EBU Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 1:38 of the third round.
Win 32-12-1 United States Terry Krueger TKO 3 25 Nov 1975 England Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London, United Kingdom Referee stopped the bout at 2:29 of the third round.
Win 27-5-2 United Kingdom Danny McAlinden KO 2 4 Nov 1975 England Empire Pool, Wembley, London, United Kingdom BBBofC British/Commonwealth Heavyweight Titles.
Win 43-6 Jamaica Bunny Johnson PTS 15 30 Sep 1975 England Empire Pool, Wembley, London, United Kingdom BBBofC British/Commonwealth Heavyweight Titles.
Win 22-17-3 Antigua and Barbuda Rocky Campbell TKO 7 7 May 1975 England Solihull Civic Hall, Solihull, West Midlands, United Kingdom
Win 5-1 Wales Neville Meade TKO 4 17 Feb 1975 England Grosvenor House, Mayfair, London, United Kingdom
Win 8-2-1 United Kingdom Tim Wood PTS 8 9 Sep 1974 England Grosvenor House, Mayfair, London, United Kingdom 79-78.
Loss 44-5-3 Spain Jose Manuel Urtain KO 4 22 May 1974 Spain Madrid, Spain
Loss 2-1-2 Nigeria Ngozika Ekwelum KO 7 11 Apr 1974 Germany Berlin, Germany
Loss 9-4-1 United States Jimmy Young TKO 8 18 Feb 1974 England Mayfair Sporting Club, Mayfair, London, United Kingdom
Win 12-2 United States Obie English TKO 10 14 Jan 1974 England Grosvenor House, Mayfair, London, United Kingdom Referee stopped the bout at 2:50 of the tenth round.
Loss 34-6 Jamaica Bunny Johnson KO 10 11 Oct 1973 Lancashire King's Hall, Manchester, United Kingdom BBBofC British Heavyweight Title Eliminator.
Win 12-5 United States Larry Beilfuss TKO 4 9 Jul 1973 England Grosvenor House, Mayfair, London, United Kingdom
Win 13-5-2 United Kingdom Billy Aird PTS 10 14 May 1973 England Grosvenor House, Mayfair, London, United Kingdom BBBofC British Heavyweight Title Eliminator. 49.25-48-75.
Win 21-7 United States Johnny Griffin KO 3 15 Mar 1973 England Grosvenor House, Mayfair, London, United Kingdom
Win 17-5 United States Rufus Brassell DQ 3 13 Feb 1973 England Wolverhampton Civic Hall, Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
Win 17-2 United States Roy Williams PTS 8 15 Jan 1973 England Grosvenor House, Mayfair, London, United Kingdom 39-38.
Win 24-10-5 United States Ray Patterson PTS 8 20 Nov 1972 England Grosvenor House, Mayfair, London, United Kingdom 39.5-39.25.
Win 16-5 Canada Larry Renaud KO 1 16 Oct 1972 England Grosvenor House, Mayfair, London, United Kingdom Renaud knocked out at 1:45 of the first round.
Win 21-6-3 United Kingdom Roger Tighe PTS 10 21 Mar 1972 Yorkshire Midland Hotel, Bradford, Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Win 3-2 United States Ron Oliver KO 1 21 Feb 1972 England Mayfair Sporting Club, Mayfair, London, United Kingdom
Loss 18-11-1 Antigua and Barbuda Rocky Campbell TKO 1 9 Dec 1971 England Wolverhampton Civic Hall, Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
Win 11-3 United States Cliff Field TKO 4 24 Nov 1971 Nottinghamshire Nottingham Ice Stadium, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
Win 31-10 Wales Carl Gizzi PTS 8 22 Sep 1971 England Solihull Civic Hall, Solihull, West Midlands, United Kingdom
Win 8-2 Jamaica Dennis Forbes PTS 8 22 Jun 1971 England Cafe Royal, Piccadilly, London, United Kingdom
Win 22-4 Jamaica Bunny Johnson PTS 8 13 Apr 1971 England Wolverhampton Civic Hall, Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
Win 7-3-2 United Kingdom Brian Jewitt PTS 8 25 Jan 1971 England National Sporting Club, Piccadilly, London, United Kingdom
Win 6-1 Jamaica Dennis Forbes KO 1 14 Dec 1970 England National Sporting Club, Piccadilly, London, United Kingdom
Loss 8-18-4 United Kingdom George Dulaire TKO 1 2 Nov 1970 Bedfordshire County Hotel, Bedford, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
Loss 6-1 United Kingdom Billy Aird TKO 6 7 Sep 1970 Lancashire Hotel Piccadilly, Manchester, United Kingdom BBBofC Central Heavyweight Title.
Win 9-16-2 United Kingdom Obe Hepburn TKO 5 21 May 1970 England Anglo-American Sporting Club, Mayfair, London, United Kingdom
Win 12-25-3 Antigua and Barbuda Billy Wynter PTS 6 4 May 1970 Bedfordshire Bedford, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
Win 9-15-2 United Kingdom Obe Hepburn PTS 6 31 Mar 1970 England York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, United Kingdom
Loss 4-1 United Kingdom Billy Aird PTS 8 23 Feb 1970 England Grosvenor House, Mayfair, London, United Kingdom
Win 18-22-3 Jamaica Lloyd Walford PTS 6 25 Nov 1969 Yorkshire Leeds Town Hall, Leeds, Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Win 5-15-3 United Kingdom George Dulaire TKO 2 3 Nov 1969 Bedfordshire County Hotel, Bedford, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
Win 3-3 United Kingdom John Cullen PTS 3 3 Nov 1969 Bedfordshire County Hotel, Bedford, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
Win 4-0 United Kingdom Billy Aird PTS 3 3 Nov 1969 Bedfordshire County Hotel, Bedford, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
Win 2-4 United Kingdom Jack Cotes TKO 3 13 Oct 1969 Nottinghamshire Nottingham Ice Stadium, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
Win 2-3 United Kingdom Jack Cotes TKO 2 8 Sep 1969 Lancashire Hotel Piccadilly, Manchester, United Kingdom
Win 7-0-1 Wales Del Phillips PTS 3 7 Jul 1969 England Mayfair, London, United Kingdom
Loss -- United Kingdom Danny McAlinden KO 1 7 Jul 1969 England Mayfair, London, United Kingdom

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