Rocky Lockridge

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Rocky Lockridge
Statistics
Real name Rick Lockridge
Nickname(s) Rocky
Rated at Super featherweight
Featherweight
Height 5 ft 6½ in
Reach 67 in (170 cm)
Nationality American
Born (1959-01-30) January 30, 1959 (age 58)
Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 53
Wins 44
Wins by KO 36
Losses 9

Rick "Rocky" Lockridge (born January 30, 1959) is an American former professional boxer. He is known for handing Roger Mayweather his first defeat—a first-round knockout in just 98 seconds—earning him the WBA and lineal super featherweight titles.[1] He later won the IBF super featherweight title.

Amateur career[edit]

Lockridge started boxing as an amateur out of the Tacoma Boys Club. Being one of four world champions to originate from Tacoma (including Freddie Steele, Leo Randolph and Johnny Bumphus), his highlights as an amateur include:

  • 1977 National AAU Bantamweight Champion, stopping David Douglas of the U.S. Army in the second round of the final.
  • 1978 National Golden Gloves Runner Up in Bantamweight Class
  • 1978 Runner Up in National AAU Championships in Bantamweight Class, losing to Jackie Beard in Biloxi, MS
  • Defeated in the quarter-finals of the World Amateur Boxing Championships in Belgrade, Yugoslavia by Fazlija Šaćirović (2-3)

Retirement and later years[edit]

For the past two decades, Lockridge has suffered drug problems; he became homeless and suffered a stroke that forced him to walk with a cane. He was featured on A&E's Intervention TV series, claiming that the intervention and the help of his sons saved his life.[2] His appearance on the show is noted for a famous moment where his son Lamar says, "Somewhere deep down in my heart, I still love you," which caused Lockridge to break down crying hard enough to the point where he was screaming at the top of his lungs. This spawned the internet meme "Best Cry Ever".[3] He was also caught on video defending himself by knocking out a bully with a single one-two jab-cross combination near a convenience store.[4] In interviews, he has expressed a desire to be drug-free, stating that he had never been this clean, even in his fighting days. "I feel so good today that if I hadn't suffered the stroke I would go for a title shot," he stated. He is also interested in becoming a boxing trainer.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rocky Lockridge - Lineal Jr. Lightweight Champion". The Cyber Boxing Zone Encyclopedia. 
  2. ^ "Rocky". Intervention. Season 8. Episode 14. 2010-04-05. A&E Network. Retrieved 2011-09-06. 
  3. ^ "Best Cry Ever".  Missing or empty |series= (help)
  4. ^ "Guy Picks Fight With Retired Boxer".  Missing or empty |series= (help)

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Achievements
Preceded by
Roger Mayweather
Lineal Junior Lightweight Champion
26 Feb 1984– 19 May 1985
Succeeded by
Wilfredo Gómez
Preceded by
Roger Mayweather
WBA Junior Lightweight Champion
26 Feb 1984– 19 May 1985
Succeeded by
Wilfredo Gómez
Preceded by
Barry Michael
IBF Junior Lightweight Champion
9 Aug 1987– 23 Jul 1988
Succeeded by
Tony Lopez