Richard Dunn (boxer)
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Richard Dunn, Heavyweight Champion of Europe, Great Britain, and the Commonwealth
|Height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
19 January 1945 |
Halifax, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
|Wins by KO||16|
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.
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 (based on increases in average earnings, this would be approximately £472,500 in 2011).
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. Richard Dunn is now retired and living in Scarborough. On TV in around 2005 he explained serious injuries he received from an unfortunate accident whilst working on an oil rig.
Professional boxing record
|33 Wins (16 knockouts, 17 decisions), 12 Losses (11 knockouts, 1 decision) |
|Loss||12-2||Kallie Knoetze||KO||5||10 Sep 1977||Ellis Park Tennis Stadium, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa|
|Loss||51-7-1||Joe Bugner||KO||1||12 Oct 1976||Empire Pool, Wembley, London, United Kingdom||BBBofC British/Commonwealth/EBU Heavyweight Titles.|
|Loss||51-2||Muhammad Ali||TKO||5||24 May 1976||Olympiahalle, Munich, Germany||WBA/WBC World Heavyweight Titles. Referee stopped the bout at 2:05 of the fifth round.|
|Win||21-2-1||Bernd August||TKO||3||6 Apr 1976||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||Terry Krueger||TKO||3||25 Nov 1975||Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London, United Kingdom||Referee stopped the bout at 2:29 of the third round.|
|Win||27-5-2||Danny McAlinden||KO||2||4 Nov 1975||Empire Pool, Wembley, London, United Kingdom||BBBofC British/Commonwealth Heavyweight Titles.|
|Win||43-6||Bunny Johnson||PTS||15||30 Sep 1975||Empire Pool, Wembley, London, United Kingdom||BBBofC British/Commonwealth Heavyweight Titles.|
|Win||22-17-3||Rocky Campbell||TKO||7||7 May 1975||Solihull Civic Hall, Solihull, West Midlands, United Kingdom|
|Win||5-1||Neville Meade||TKO||4||17 Feb 1975||Grosvenor House, Mayfair, London, United Kingdom|
|Win||8-2-1||Tim Wood||PTS||8||9 Sep 1974||Grosvenor House, Mayfair, London, United Kingdom||79-78.|
|Loss||44-5-3||Jose Manuel Urtain||KO||4||22 May 1974||Madrid, Spain|
|Loss||2-1-2||Ngozika Ekwelum||KO||7||11 Apr 1974||Berlin, Germany|
|Loss||9-4-1||Jimmy Young||TKO||8||18 Feb 1974||Mayfair Sporting Club, Mayfair, London, United Kingdom|
|Win||12-2||Obie English||TKO||10||14 Jan 1974||Grosvenor House, Mayfair, London, United Kingdom||Referee stopped the bout at 2:50 of the tenth round.|
|Loss||34-6||Bunny Johnson||KO||10||11 Oct 1973||King's Hall, Manchester, United Kingdom||BBBofC British Heavyweight Title Eliminator.|
|Win||12-5||Larry Beilfuss||TKO||4||9 Jul 1973||Grosvenor House, Mayfair, London, United Kingdom|
|Win||13-5-2||Billy Aird||PTS||10||14 May 1973||Grosvenor House, Mayfair, London, United Kingdom||BBBofC British Heavyweight Title Eliminator. 49.25-48-75.|
|Win||21-7||Johnny Griffin||KO||3||15 Mar 1973||Grosvenor House, Mayfair, London, United Kingdom|
|Win||17-5||Rufus Brassell||DQ||3||13 Feb 1973||Wolverhampton Civic Hall, Wolverhampton, United Kingdom|
|Win||17-2||Roy Williams||PTS||8||15 Jan 1973||Grosvenor House, Mayfair, London, United Kingdom||39-38.|
|Win||24-10-5||Ray Patterson||PTS||8||20 Nov 1972||Grosvenor House, Mayfair, London, United Kingdom||39.5-39.25.|
|Win||16-5||Larry Renaud||KO||1||16 Oct 1972||Grosvenor House, Mayfair, London, United Kingdom||Renaud knocked out at 1:45 of the first round.|
|Win||21-6-3||Roger Tighe||PTS||10||21 Mar 1972||Midland Hotel, Bradford, Yorkshire, United Kingdom|
|Win||3-2||Ron Oliver||KO||1||21 Feb 1972||Mayfair Sporting Club, Mayfair, London, United Kingdom|
|Loss||18-11-1||Rocky Campbell||TKO||1||9 Dec 1971||Wolverhampton Civic Hall, Wolverhampton, United Kingdom|
|Win||11-3||Cliff Field||TKO||4||24 Nov 1971||Nottingham Ice Stadium, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom|
|Win||31-10||Carl Gizzi||PTS||8||22 Sep 1971||Solihull Civic Hall, Solihull, West Midlands, United Kingdom|
|Win||8-2||Dennis Forbes||PTS||8||22 Jun 1971||Cafe Royal, Piccadilly, London, United Kingdom|
|Win||22-4||Bunny Johnson||PTS||8||13 Apr 1971||Wolverhampton Civic Hall, Wolverhampton, United Kingdom|
|Win||7-3-2||Brian Jewitt||PTS||8||25 Jan 1971||National Sporting Club, Piccadilly, London, United Kingdom|
|Win||6-1||Dennis Forbes||KO||1||14 Dec 1970||National Sporting Club, Piccadilly, London, United Kingdom|
|Loss||8-18-4||George Dulaire||TKO||1||2 Nov 1970||County Hotel, Bedford, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom|
|Loss||6-1||Billy Aird||TKO||6||7 Sep 1970||Hotel Piccadilly, Manchester, United Kingdom||BBBofC Central Heavyweight Title.|
|Win||9-16-2||Obe Hepburn||TKO||5||21 May 1970||Anglo-American Sporting Club, Mayfair, London, United Kingdom|
|Win||12-25-3||Billy Wynter||PTS||6||4 May 1970||Bedford, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom|
|Win||9-15-2||Obe Hepburn||PTS||6||31 Mar 1970||York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, United Kingdom|
|Loss||4-1||Billy Aird||PTS||8||23 Feb 1970||Grosvenor House, Mayfair, London, United Kingdom|
|Win||18-22-3||Lloyd Walford||PTS||6||25 Nov 1969||Leeds Town Hall, Leeds, Yorkshire, United Kingdom|
|Win||5-15-3||George Dulaire||TKO||2||3 Nov 1969||County Hotel, Bedford, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom|
|Win||3-3||John Cullen||PTS||3||3 Nov 1969||County Hotel, Bedford, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom|
|Win||4-0||Billy Aird||PTS||3||3 Nov 1969||County Hotel, Bedford, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom|
|Win||2-4||Jack Cotes||TKO||3||13 Oct 1969||Nottingham Ice Stadium, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom|
|Win||2-3||Jack Cotes||TKO||2||8 Sep 1969||Hotel Piccadilly, Manchester, United Kingdom|
|Win||7-0-1||Del Phillips||PTS||3||7 Jul 1969||Mayfair, London, United Kingdom|
|Loss||--||Danny McAlinden||KO||1||7 Jul 1969||Mayfair, London, United Kingdom|
- "Richard Dunn". Boxing Stats. Retrieved 10 November 2011.
- "For fighting Muhammad Ali I got £52,000 says Richard Dunn but David Haye will get millions against useless lumps - and good luck to him". London: dailymail.co.uk. 31 December 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2013.
- "Measuring Worth - Relative Value of UK Pounds". Measuring Worth. 31 December 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2013.
- Bradford Metropolitan District Council | Sports and Leisure facilities | Richard Dunn Sports Centre
- "For fighting Muhammad Ali I got £52,000 says Richard Dunn but David Haye will get millions against useless lumps - and good luck to him". Daily Mail. London.
- Richard Dunn - Boxer