Name: Bo Hogberg
Died: 2005-11-07 (Age:66)
Hometown: Gothenburg, Sweden
Height: 5′ 11″ / 180cm
Boxing Record: click
Bo Hogberg learned to box while growing up in a working-class neighborhood in Gothenburg, Sweden. Winning his first national amateur championship at the age of eighteen, while compiling an amateur record of 60-12 (45 KO's). During his professional career, Hogberg, would hold the European Light Middleweight Title, and compile a career record 36-6-1 (24 KOs). Hogberg was a controversial figure outside of the ring, known for his flamboyant lifestyle, which included fast cars, liquor, and women. His career would end, temporarilly, in 1967, after a prison sentence. He would return in 1970, and lose all three of his comeback fights. His unsavory reputation, may have played apart in politicians decision to ban professional boxing in Sweden in 1970. Hogberg died of cancer, after having suffered a stroke, a few years before.
This article borrows from an article that appeared in IBRO Journal #88, as written by Christer Franzen.
TV-Documentary on Hogberg
Swedish TV-journalist Tom Alandh presented a documentary on Hogberg in 2004. His TV- team followed Hogberg in his small appartment in Gothenburg and on holiday in Spain. He lived together with Liz Öberg, a former fiancèe from the early 1960's. Although suffering from afasia after a stroke in the late 1980's, Hogberg understood every question and eagerly responded with finger-language and phrases in English. (Liz Öberg speculated: As a 17-year old, Hogberg had hitch-hiked for a year in the US. Besides he loved American movies. He was sort of "home" in the English language). The documentary was most of all a moving portrait of a basically extrovert persona, happy to talk, but frustrated in not being able to.
Excerpts from his great losing fight against Sandro Mazzinghi were shown. After his career, when his turbulent life had calmed down, Hogberg often went to fights. The paradox in his fighting life was that the common man who stopped him on the arena or the street to shake hands, only had seen his two big losing fights against Yolande Leveque and Mazzinghi. When confronted with this by an old fan in 2004, Hogberg smilingly accepted this paradox.