Eckhard Dagge

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Eckhard Dagge

Name: Eckhard Dagge
Born: 1948-02-27
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: 2006-04-04 (Age:58)
Hometown: Hamburg, Germany
Stance: Orthodox
Height: 5′ 11½″   /   182cm
Boxing Record: click

Trainer: Gerhard Dieter
Eckhard Dagge was Germany's second world champion, after Max Schmeling, holding the WBC light middleweight title from 1976 to 1977. Dagge also held German National and European titles, during his ten-year career.

Dagge was born in Probsteinhagen, Germany, near Kiel in 1946. He learned to fight in the bars and taverns of Hamburg. He would later embark on an amateur career, in which he won 66 out of 80 bouts, before falling short of making the 1972 Olympic Team. Dagge would win the German middleweight title, in his 6th bout. Dagge would follow up with wins over notable, but faded fighters Denny Moyer and Manuel Gonzalez. In 1974, Dagge challenged Jose Manuel Duran for the European light middleweight title, losing by 11th round TKO. He came back the next year however, and stopped Duran in the 9th round, to win the title. He would defend this title once, before he lost it by decision to Vito Antuofermo.

Dagge earned a title shot against WBC light middleweight champion Elisha Obed on June 18, 1976. Dagge pulled off a stunning upset of Obed, winning by 10th round TKO, to win the title in Berlin. Dagge then succesfully defended his title against faded former champion Emile Griffith, winning a majority decision. He followed this up with a draw over England's Maurice Hope, a future world champion. Dagge then faced Australia-based Italian Rocky Mattioli on August 6, 1977, and was knocked out in the 5th round. Dagge would win six more bouts over lesser opposition until he was stopped by Brian Anderson in 1981.

Dagge had a repuatation as a wild man during his career and afterwards, as he struggled with alcoholism. Dagge worked with Universum Box-Promotion after his pro career ended, training Dariusz Michalczewski, Michael Loewe, and Mario Schiesser. However, he was fired from his job as a manager in 1994, due to absenteeism and his problems with alcoholism. Dagge died on April 4, 2006 in Hamburg, Germany, after a battle with cancer.


Preceded by:
Elisha Obed
WBC Light Middleweight Champion
1976 Jun 18 – 1977 Aug 6
Succeeded by:
Rocky Mattioli