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Rocky Lockridge biography

Rocky Lockridge Biography, Wiki, Age, Boxing Champion Death, Boxer Intervention

Rocky Lockridge Biography, Rocky Lockridge Wiki

Rocky Lockridge Biography

Rick “Rocky” Lockridge (January 10, 1959 – February 7, 2019) was an American professional boxer. He is perhaps best known for having handed Roger Mayweather his first defeat—a first-round knockout in just 98 seconds—earning him the WBA and lineal super featherweight titles. He later won the IBF super featherweight title.

Real name Rick Lockridge
Nickname(s) Rocky
Weight(s) Super featherweight
Featherweight
Height 5 ft 6 12 in (169 cm)
Reach 67 in (170 cm)
Nationality American
Born January 10, 1959
Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
Died February 7, 2019 (aged 60)

Rocky Lockridge Wiki

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

For the last two decades of his life, Lockridge had drug problems. Therein he became homeless and suffered a stroke which forced him to walk with a cane. He was featured on A&E’s Intervention TV series, on which he claimed that the intervention and the help of his sons saved his life. His appearance on the show is noted for a notorious moment where his son Lamar says, “Because I know, 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”. 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. In interviews, he expressed a desire to be drug-free, having stated 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 was also interested in becoming a boxing trainer.

Ex-Boxing Champion Rocky Lockridge Death and Cause

Former boxing star Rocky Lockridge died Thursday at the age of 60.

According to TMZ Sports, Lockridge’s family members said he died from complications as a result of a stroke.

Lockridge was a former WBA, IBF and lineal super featherweight champion who went 44-9 as a professional boxer from 1978-1992.

Born Rick Lockridge in Tacoma, Washington, on Jan. 10, 1959, Lockridge went on to become one of the top super featherweights of the 1980s.

In 1984, Lockridge handed Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s uncle Roger Mayweather his first career loss via first-round knockout.

Lockridge later faced the legendary Julio Cesar Chavez in 1986 in a fight that saw Lockridge take Chavez the distance and lose by majority decision.

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