Howard Edward Davis Jr. (February 14, 1956 – December 30, 2015) was an American amateur and professional boxer. Growing up on Long Island as the eldest of 10 children, Davis first learned boxing from his father. After being inspired by a movie about Muhammad Ali, Davis embarked on his amateur career. He won the 1976 Olympic gold medal one week after his mother died. He was also awarded the Val Barker Trophy at the Olympics, beating out such boxers as Sugar Ray Leonard, Michael Spinks and Leon Spinks. He turned professional after the Olympics and went on to compile a professional record of 36–6–1 with 14 knockouts. He retired in 1996. After retirement he became a trainer. Eventually he worked as boxing director at American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Florida, where he trained both amateur and professional boxers and MMA fighters. He was also a motivational speaker and a musician.
1 Amateur career 2 Professional career 3 Honors 4 Life after boxing 5 Death 6 References 7 External links
Amateur career As an amateur, Davis was trained by his father, a former boxer. He had an outstanding amateur career. In 1976, Davis won the Olympic gold medal in the lightweight division in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Davis was also named the Outstanding Boxer of the 1976 Olympics and given the Val Barker Trophy. His Olympic teammates included Sugar Ray Leonard, Michael Spinks and Leon Spinks. His Olympic victory came just one week after his mother died of a heart attack. Davis had an amateur record of 125–5. Amateur accomplishments include:
1973 National AAU Champion (125 lb)
Defeated Leroy Veasley of Detroit in the final
1974 World Championships (125 lbs) in Havana, Cuba
Defeated Roberto Andino (Puerto Rico) on points Defeated Rumen Peshev (Bulgaria) on points Defeated Eddie Ndukwu (Nigeria) on points Defeated Mariano Álvarez (Cuba) on points Defeated Boris Kuznetsov (Soviet Union) on points
1976 National AAU Champion (132 lbs)
Defeated Thomas Hearns on points.
1976 Olympic Trials
Defeated Aaron Pryor to qualify at 132 pounds
1976 Summer Olympics – Gold Medal (132 lbs) and Val Barker Award winner for Most Outstanding Boxer of the Games
Defeated Yukio Segawa (Japan) won on points Defeated Leonidas Asprilla (Colombia) won by KO 2 Defeated Tzvetan Tzvetkov (Bulgaria) won by TKO 3 Defeated Ace Rusevski (Yugoslavia) won on points Defeated Simion Cuţov (Romania) won on points
Professional career Davis turned professional in 1977. After winning his first thirteen fights, he challenged Jim Watt for the WBC lightweight title in 1980. Watt won by a fifteen-round unanimous decision. In 1984, with a record of 26–1, Davis fought Edwin Rosario for the WBC lightweight title. Rosario retained his title with a twelve-round split decision. His final attempt to win a world title came in 1988. Davis was stunningly knocked out in the first round by IBF junior welterweight champion Buddy McGirt. He retired after the fight. In 1994, Davis launched a comeback as a middleweight. He retired for good after losing by second-round knockout to Dana Rosenblatt on April 13, 1996. He finished with a professional record of 36–6–1 with 14 KO's. Honors In August 1976, Davis' hometown of Glen Cove, New York honored Davis with a parade for his Olympic achievement, which was attended by Lt. Governor Mary Anne Krupsak. In July 2009, Glen Cove honored Davis by naming a street after him. The Mayor also proclaimed July 10 as Howard Davis Day in honor of both father and son. Life after boxing Davis served as a boxing trainer to MMA fighters, including Chuck Liddell and fighters from American Top Team. He also worked as a sports commentator, a public speaker, and a promoter for Fight Time Promotions. Davis was a boxing coach/trainer for Chuck Liddell on The Ultimate Fighter 11. Davis' wife Karla Guadamuz-Davis served as his Publicist and Business Manager. (www.kgcmarketingteam.com) Death In the summer of 2015 Davis learned that he had incurable, late-stage lung cancer. He died on December 30, 2015 from the disease at the age of 59. References
^ a b http://howarddavisjr.com/ ^ "Howard Davis Jr.: Boxing Let's Talk" Archived 2017-02-27 at the Wayback Machine. ^ "Olympic Champ Howard Davis Jr. is honored in Hometown of Glen Cove, NY" ^ ""The Ultimate Fighter 11" debut". mmajunkie.com. Archived from the original on 2010-03-06. Retrieved 2010-03-08. ^ "Boxing great Howard Davis Jr. calls cancer battle 'fight time'". The Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved 2015-12-31. ^ "Howard Davis, most outstanding boxer at 1976 Olympics, dead at 59". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved 2015-12-31.
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Sugar Ray Robinson Award
1938: Dempsey 1939: Conn 1940: Armstrong 1941: Louis 1942: Ross 1943: Boxers of the Armed Forces 1944: B. Leonard 1945: Walker 1946: Zale 1947: Lesnevich 1948: Williams 1949: Charles 1950: Robinson 1951: Walcott 1952: Marciano 1953: Gavilán 1954: Olson 1955: Basilio 1956: Patterson 1957: Basilio 1958: Moore 1959: Johansson 1960: Patterson 1961: Fullmer 1962: Tiger 1963: Griffith 1964: Pastrano 1965: Ali 1966: Tiger 1967: Ortiz 1968: Foster 1969: Frazier 1970: Buchanan 1971: Frazier 1972: Monzón 1973: Foreman 1974: Ali 1975: Ali & Frazier 1976: Davis Jr., S. R. Leonard, Randolph, L. Spinks & M. Spinks 1977: Norton 1978: Holmes 1979: S. R. Leonard 1980: Hearns 1981: S. R. Leonard 1982: Pryor 1983: Hagler 1984: Hearns 1985: Hagler 1986: Tyson 1987: Chávez 1988: Tyson 1989: Whitaker 1990: Holyfield 1991: Toney 1992: Bowe 1993: Whitaker 1994: Foreman 1995: De La Hoya 1996: Holyfield 1997: Holyfield 1998: Mosley 1999: Lewis 2000: Trinidad 2001: Hopkins 2002: Forrest 2003: Toney 2004: Johnson 2005: Hatton 2006: Pacquiao 2007: Mayweather Jr. 2008: Pacquiao 2009: Pacquiao 2010: Martínez 2011: Ward 2012: Donaire 2013: Mayweather Jr. 2014: Crawford 2015: Mayweather Jr. 2016: Frampton 2017: Lomachenko
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Val Barker Trophy Winners
Awarded to the outstanding and most stylistic boxer of each Olympic Games
1936: Louis Laurie (USA) 1948: George Hunter (RSA) 1952: Norvel Lee (USA) 1956: Dick McTaggart (GBR) 1960: Giovanni Benvenuti (ITA) 1964: Valeri Popenchenko (URS) 1968: Philip Waruinge (KEN) 1972: Teófilo Stevenson (CUB) 1976: Howard Davis Jr. (USA) 1980: Patrizio Oliva (ITA) 1984: Paul Gonzales (USA) 1988: Roy Jones Jr. (USA) 1992: Roberto Balado (CUB) 1996: Vassiliy Jirov (KAZ) 2000: Oleg Saitov (RUS) 2004: Bakhtiyar Artayev (KAZ) 2008: Vasyl Lomachenko (UKR) 2012: Serik Sapiyev (KAZ) 2016: Hasanboy Dusmatov (UZB)
2016: Claressa Shields (USA)
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Olympic boxing champions – men's lightweight
1904: 125–135 lb (56.7–61.2 kg), 1908: 126–140 lb (57.2–63.5 kg), 1920–1936: 126–135 lb (57.2–61.2 kg), 1948: 58–62 kg, 1952–2008: 57–60 kg, 2012: 56–60 kg
1904: Harry Spanjer (USA) 1908: Frederick Grace (GBR) 1920: Samuel Mosberg (USA) 1924: Hans Jacob Nielsen (DEN) 1928: Carlo Orlandi (ITA) 1932: Lawrence Stevens (RSA) 1936: Imre Harangi (HUN) 1948: Gerald Dreyer (RSA) 1952: Aureliano Bolognesi (ITA) 1956: Dick McTaggart (GBR) 1960: Kazimierz Paździor (POL) 1964: Józef Grudzień (POL) 1968: Ronnie Harris (USA) 1972: Jan Szczepański (POL) 1976: Howard Davis (USA) 1980: Ángel Herrera (CUB) 1984: Pernell Whitaker (USA) 1988: Andreas Zülow (GDR) 1992: Oscar De La Hoya (USA) 1996: Hocine Soltani (ALG) 2000: Mario Kindelán (CUB) 2004: Mario Kindelán (CUB) 2008: Aleksei Tishchenko (RUS) 2012: Vasyl Lomachenko (UKR) 2016: Robson Conceição (BRA)
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World amateur boxing champions – men's featherweight
1974–2009: up to 57 kg
1974: Howard Davis (USA) 1978: Ángel Herrera (CUB) 1982: Adolfo Horta (CUB) 1986: Kelcie Banks (USA) 1989: Ayrat Khamatov (URS) 1991: Kirkor Kirkorov (BUL) 1993: Serafim Todorov (BUL) 1995: Serafim Todorov (BUL) 1997: István Kovács (HUN) 1999: Ricardo Juarez (USA) 2001: Ramaz Paliani (TUR) 2003: Galib Jafarov (KAZ) 2005: Aleksei Tishchenko (RUS) 2007: Albert Selimov (RUS) 2009: Vasyl Lomachenko (UKR)
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1976 USA Olympic Boxing Team
Luis Curtis Leo Randolph Charles Mooney David Armstrong Howard Davis Jr. Sugar Ray Leonard Clinton Jackson Chuck Walker Michael Spinks Leon Spinks John Tate