Deaths in 2008

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Deaths of boxing-related people occurring in 2008.

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November 2008

24
  • Toby Gibson, Referee for the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Age at death 61

October 2008

unknown (18-23)
  • Kevin Finnegan, 60, British middleweight boxer, died between October 18-23

September 2008

4
  • Joey Giardello, 78, American middleweight boxer, held the World middleweight title from 1963 to 1965.

August 2008

26
  • Edip Sekowitsch, 50, Serbian-Austrian boxer Light Middleweight European Champion, compiled a 30-9-1 record, died in Vienna, Austria, from wounds sustained during a knife attack.
11
  • Rhoshii Wells, 31, American Light middleweight boxer and Olympian, murdered.
5
  • Kenny Lane, 76, American lightweight boxer from Muskegon, Michigan was a contender during the 1950s and 1960s, heart attack.
4
  • Ray Hawkins, unknown, American boxing judge from Texas.
2
  • Bernabe (Baby) Vasquez, 76, Mexican lightweight boxer and contender of the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, automobile accident.
1
  • Jake Betz, unknown, Minnesota boxer, of a hematoma suffered in a July 19 sparring session.

July 2008

29
  • Mate Parlov, 59, Croatian boxer won Olympic and World Light heavyweight championship, lung cancer.
27
25
  • Pat Valentino, 88, American heavyweight contender of the 1940s from San Francisco.
19
  • Mike Holt, 77, South African Light heavyweight and heavyweight, kidney failure.
  • Joe Miceli, 79, American welterweight contender of the 1950s from Brooklyn, New York, compiled a 60-42-8 record.
14
  • Mike Schutte, 57, South African heavyweight boxer, compiled a 38-9-2 record in pro career between 1971 and 1979, cancer.
12
  • Sam Hughes, unknown, American welterweight from Michigan, boxed from 1942 to 1947.
7
  • Justin English, 25, American boxer who compiled a 3-0 record, killed by a roadside bomb while serving in Iraq.
6
  • Mando Ramos, 59, American boxer from Los Angeles, California, twice held the World lightweight title.
1
  • Hy Meltzer, 79, New York welterweight who fought professionally from 1947 to 1953, at Los Angeles.

June 2008

29
28
  • Nicolae Linca, 79, Romanian boxer, won the Olympic gold medal as a welterweight in 1956.
  • Mario de Persio, 76, former Italian heavyweight champion who fought professionally from 1955-1958, Rome.
27
25
  • Esau Ferdinand, 78, San Francisco, California middleweight/Light heavyweight.
24
22
  • Eddie Van Kirk, 45, American boxer, compiled a 27-9-2 record between 1982 and 1995.
17
  • Vitaly Shkraba, 38, Belarussian boxer, compiled a 14-14-0 record between 1997 and 2007.
15
  • Jonas Hernandez, 25, Puerto Rican super bantamweight, compiled a 9-1 record between 2005 to 2008, died in a shooting.
14
  • Maurice Harper, 76, Oakland, California Welterweight compiled a 27-5 record from 1949 to 1957, was a 1949 National AAU champ.
9
  • Don Jasper, 78, Duluth, Minnesota heavyweight boxer, boxed professionally from 1949 to 1959, respiratory failure.
7
  • Roque Montoya, 47, Mexican boxer, died after injuries sustained from a May 21, 2008 shooting.
6
  • Mitsunori Seki, 66, Japanese boxer, challenged for both flyweight and featherweight titles, brain hemorrhage.

May 2008

29
  • Tibor Richter, 53, Hungarian referee and judge, Tatabánya, Hungary, tumor.
  • Carmine Fatta, 90, American Lightweight, compiled a 70-18-6 (30KO's) record between 1939 and 1947
25
  • Clem Florio, 78, Ozone Park, New York boxer, pancreatic cancer
  • Dommy Ursua, 72, Filipino boxer, challenged for the world bantamweight and flyweight titles
22
  • Pieter Karpau, 34, Indonesian boxer, motorcycle accident
  • Tony Licata, 56, American middleweight boxer from New Orleans, challenged for the WBA middleweight title in 1975, heart attack.
18
17
  • Jerry Celestine, 59, American Light heavyweight boxer out of New Orleans, challenged for the WBA Light heavyweight title in 1982.
14
  • Gordon Lott, 67, Savannah Georgia welterweight compiled a 36-6 record.
9
  • Joey DeJohn, 81, Middleweight contender out of Syracuse, New York in the 1940s and 1950s.
6
  • Charm Chiteule, 54, Zambian featherweight champion, malaria.
  • Gino Gelormino, 47, American Featherweight, compiled a 31-3 record between 1981 and 1990, accident while working construction.

April 2008

unknown
28
25
21
  • Jesse Corona, 35, American Cruiserweight, compiled an 8-16-1 record between 1997 and 2007.
22
  • Ricardas Tamulis, 69, Lithuanian boxer won a silver medal at welterweight for the Soviet Union at 1964 Olympic games.
16
  • Dan Bucceroni, 80, American heavyweight contender of the early 1950s, heart attack.
1
  • Scott Brookes, 20, British Cruiserweight, compiled a 4-0 record between 2006 and 2007, car accident.

March 2008

28
25
  • Art Aragon, 80, top American lightweight contender of the 1950s
  • Rafael Ortiz, 30, Mexican-American Light welterweight, compiled a 14-14-2 record between 2001 and 2008.
11
  • Ted Garcia, 91, Las Vegas, New Mexico lightweight of the 1930s and 1940s
8

February 2008

27
  • W.C. Heinz, 93, hall of fame American sportswriter.
23
  • Jackie Horseman, 86, British featherweight, boxed professionally from 1940 to 1956.
19
  • Frank Jennings, unknown, California Welterweight of the 1950s and 1960s

January 2008

25
  • Ralph Dupas, 72, American boxer, was world Light middleweight champion in 1963, dementia pugilistica[1]
20
  • Duilio Loi, 78, Italian boxer, two time WBA Light Welterweight champion between 1961 and 1962.
2
  • Yo-Sam Choi, 35, Korean Flyweight and former WBC Light Flyweight Champion. Died of brain injuries after winning a bout against Heri Amol in Seoul, South Korea.

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