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Name: Jimmy Young
Died: 2005-02-20 (Age:56)
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Height: 6′ 2″ / 188cm
Boxing Record: click
Trainers: Slim Perkins, George Benton
- Jimmy Young was a top-rated heavyweight contender during the 1970s.
- Early in his career, Young was a sparring partner for Joe Frazier, Ken Norton and Jerry Quarry.
- Defeated Ron Lyle twice, winning by a 10-round unanimous decision in 1975 and by a 12-round unanimous decision in 1976.
- Fought Muhammad Ali for the World Heavyweight Championship on April 30, 1976. Ali won by a disputed 15-round unanimous decision. The Associated Press had Young winning by three points.
- Defeated heavily favored George Foreman by a 12-round unanimous decision on March 17, 1977. It was named Fight of the Year by The Ring Magazine.
- Lost to Ken Norton by a 15-round split decision on November 5, 1977. The fight was sanctioned by the World Boxing Council as a title eliminator. After the fight, referee Carlos Padilla said, "If I had had a vote, I would have voted for Young."
- After losing to Norton, Young went 3-4 over the next three years. Young went 5-0 in 1981 and was named the Comeback of the Year fighter by The Ring Magazine.
- Named the 37th greatest heavyweight of all-time by The Ring Magazine in 1998.
- On February 20, 2005, Young died of heart disease after a six-day hospitalization.