Anton Raadik

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Anton Raadik

Name: Anton Raadik
Birth Name: Anton Raadik
Born: 1917-01-15
Birthplace: Rakula Jaam, Estonia
Died: 1999-03-13 (Age:82)
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Height: 5′ 9″   /   175cm
Boxing Record: click

Managers: Ed Stevenson, Sam Buxman

Anton Raadik was European middleweight champion in 1939. On May 13, 1939, he lost a 3-round decision to middleweight Jimmy Reeves at Chicago in the International Golden Gloves. (He was reported as being from Harjumal, Estonia). In all, he had a reported 130 amateur fights, winning 118.

In 1940 and 1941 he had three professional fights in Moscow. In 1943 he had three fights in Scandinavia, winning all, and three more in 1944, losing only to Oiva Purho in Gothenburg. He was inactive in 1945, but had three more fights in Sweden and Denmark in 1946 before moving to the United States, basing himself in Chicago.

In the USA, Raadik made quick progress and in December 1946 fought the formidable Jake LaMotta. In 1947 he lost to two famous and experienced opponents, Georgie Abrams and Al Hostak. On October 31, 1947, he had his most famous fight, with future middleweight champion Marcel Cerdan, in Chicago. Cerdan was far ahead on points going into the tenth round, but then Raadik floored him three times and came close to stopping him, only to lose the decision.

Raadik boxed until 1952, winning some fights and losing more often than he won. He met such highly regarded opponents as Carl (Bobo) Olson, Robert Villemain, Steve Belloise, and Harry (Kid) Matthews.