Deaths in 2008
Deaths of boxing-related people occurring in 2008.
- Toby Gibson, Referee for the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Age at death 61
- unknown (18-23)
- Kevin Finnegan, 60, British middleweight boxer, died between October 18-23
- Joey Giardello, 78, American middleweight boxer, held the World middleweight title from 1963 to 1965.
- 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.
- Rhoshii Wells, 31, American Light middleweight boxer and Olympian, murdered.
- Kenny Lane, 76, American lightweight boxer from Muskegon, Michigan was a contender during the 1950s and 1960s, heart attack.
- Ray Hawkins, unknown, American boxing judge from Texas.
- Bernabe (Baby) Vasquez, 76, Mexican lightweight boxer and contender of the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, automobile accident.
- Jake Betz, unknown, Minnesota boxer, of a hematoma suffered in a July 19 sparring session.
- Mate Parlov, 59, Croatian boxer won Olympic and World Light heavyweight championship, lung cancer.
- Bashiru Thompson, early 30s, Nigerian flyweight died of injuries sustained in a July 27 bout with Aruna Jinadu.
- Pat Valentino, 88, American heavyweight contender of the 1940s from San Francisco.
- 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.
- Mike Schutte, 57, South African heavyweight boxer, compiled a 38-9-2 record in pro career between 1971 and 1979, cancer.
- Sam Hughes, unknown, American welterweight from Michigan, boxed from 1942 to 1947.
- Justin English, 25, American boxer who compiled a 3-0 record, killed by a roadside bomb while serving in Iraq.
- Mando Ramos, 59, American boxer from Los Angeles, California, twice held the World lightweight title.
- Hy Meltzer, 79, New York welterweight who fought professionally from 1947 to 1953, at Los Angeles.
- Franz Szuzina, 77, German middleweight boxer from Bremen.
- 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.
- Samora Msophi, 22, South Africa Light flyweight, of injuries sustained in a South African title fight with Mfundo Gwayana.
- Esau Ferdinand, 78, San Francisco, California middleweight/Light heavyweight.
- Ricardo Moreno, 71, Mexican featherweight contender of the late 1950s, lost title bid against Hogan (Kid) Bassey
- Eddie Van Kirk, 45, American boxer, compiled a 27-9-2 record between 1982 and 1995.
- Vitaly Shkraba, 38, Belarussian boxer, compiled a 14-14-0 record between 1997 and 2007.
- Jonas Hernandez, 25, Puerto Rican super bantamweight, compiled a 9-1 record between 2005 to 2008, died in a shooting.
- Maurice Harper, 76, Oakland, California Welterweight compiled a 27-5 record from 1949 to 1957, was a 1949 National AAU champ.
- Don Jasper, 78, Duluth, Minnesota heavyweight boxer, boxed professionally from 1949 to 1959, respiratory failure.
- Roque Montoya, 47, Mexican boxer, died after injuries sustained from a May 21, 2008 shooting.
- Mitsunori Seki, 66, Japanese boxer, challenged for both flyweight and featherweight titles, brain hemorrhage.
- 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
- Clem Florio, 78, Ozone Park, New York boxer, pancreatic cancer
- Dommy Ursua, 72, Filipino boxer, challenged for the world bantamweight and flyweight titles
- 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.
- Jerry Celestine, 59, American Light heavyweight boxer out of New Orleans, challenged for the WBA Light heavyweight title in 1982.
- Gordon Lott, 67, Savannah Georgia welterweight compiled a 36-6 record.
- Joey DeJohn, 81, Middleweight contender out of Syracuse, New York in the 1940s and 1950s.
- 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.
- Vernon Allen, 62, Australian heavyweight, leukemia.
- Piet van Klaveren, 77 ,Dutch lightweight champion 1954.
- Richie Gonzales, 66, Elizabeth, New Jersey boxer, Alzheimers disease.
- Jesse Corona, 35, American Cruiserweight, compiled an 8-16-1 record between 1997 and 2007.
- Ricardas Tamulis, 69, Lithuanian boxer won a silver medal at welterweight for the Soviet Union at 1964 Olympic games.
- Dan Bucceroni, 80, American heavyweight contender of the early 1950s, heart attack.
- Scott Brookes, 20, British Cruiserweight, compiled a 4-0 record between 2006 and 2007, car accident.
- Luis Magana, 97, Hall of fame boxing publicist
- 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.
- Ted Garcia, 91, Las Vegas, New Mexico lightweight of the 1930s and 1940s
- Aryee Jackson, 74, Ghanaian boxer.
- W.C. Heinz, 93, hall of fame American sportswriter.
- Jackie Horseman, 86, British featherweight, boxed professionally from 1940 to 1956.
- Frank Jennings, unknown, California Welterweight of the 1950s and 1960s
- Ralph Dupas, 72, American boxer, was world Light middleweight champion in 1963, dementia pugilistica
- Duilio Loi, 78, Italian boxer, two time WBA Light Welterweight champion between 1961 and 1962.
- 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.