Greg Page

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Name: Greg Page
Born: 1958-10-25
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Died: 2009-04-27 (Age:50)
Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Stance: Orthodox
Height: 6′ 2″   /   188cm
Reach: 81″   /   206cm
Boxing Record: click

Trainers: Leroy "Baby Leroy" Edmerson, Janks Morton, Richie Giachetti
Greg Page Photo Gallery

Amateur Career

Amateur Record: 94-11

  • 1975 National Golden Gloves Heavyweight Quarterfinalist, losing to John Tate.
  • 1976 National Golden Gloves Heavyweight Semifinalist, losing to Michael Dokes.
  • 1976 Ohio State Fair Heavyweight Champion, defeating Marvin Stinson.
  • 1977 National Golden Gloves Heavyweight Finalist, losing to Jimmy Clark.
  • 1977 National AAU Heavyweight Champion, defeating Woody Clark. Page was voted the tournament's outstanding boxer.
  • 1978 National Golden Gloves Heavyweight Champion, defeating William Hosea.
  • 1978 National AAU Heavyweight Champion, defeating Tony Tubbs.


Preceded by:
Marvin Stinson
National AAU Heavyweight Champion
1977-1978
Succeeded by:
Tony Tubbs
Preceded by:
Jimmy Clark
National Golden Gloves Heavyweight Champion
1978
Succeeded by:
Marvis Frazier


Notes

  • Page was one of four World Heavyweight Champions from Louisville, Kentucky. The other three are Marvin Hart, Muhammad Ali and Jimmy Ellis.
  • At the age of 16, Page boxed an exhibition with Muhammad Ali at Louisville Gardens. After the exhibition, Ali said, "That boy hit me so hard, it jarred my kinfolks in Africa."
  • On December 1, 1984, Page won the WBA Heavyweight Championship with an 8th-round knockout of Gerrie Coetzee in Sun City, South Africa. He lost the title five months later, dropping a 15-round unanimous decision to Tony Tubbs in Buffalo, New York.
  • Page was a sparring partner for Mike Tyson. He once knocked Tyson down in training. It occurred while Tyson was preparing for his fight against James (Buster) Douglas in 1990.
  • On March 9, 2001, Page was knocked out in the 10th round by Dale Crowe in Erlanger, Kentucky. Reports stated that Page was down for 45 minutes before finally being taken to the hospital. He suffered a traumatic brain injury and had a massive stroke during post-fight surgery, which resulted in permanent paralysis to the left side of his body. Page was confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life. Crowe helped organize fundraisers for Page, and the two remained friends for the rest of Page's life. Page even attended one of Crowe's bouts in 2002.
  • The Kentucky Athletic Commission came under a great deal of criticism for not having sufficient ringside medical assistance and not having an ambulance on site. Page filed a lawsuit against the state of Kentucky, which was settled out of court in 2007. Page received $1.2 million and the state agreed to support a move to call changes in Kentucky's boxing regulations the "Greg Page Boxing Safety Initiative." State officials also agreed to establish a medical review panel to check the health conditions of athletes who may be at risk for injury.
  • Page died April 26, 2009. "He had a hospital bed at home, and he slid out, which he has done before," said Jim Wesley, a Jefferson County deputy coroner. "His head was lodged between the rail and the bed itself." Page's death was consistent with positional asphyxia, an inability to breathe because of body position.

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Preceded by:
Gerrie Coetzee
WBA Heavyweight Champion
1984 Dec 1 – 1985 Apr 29
Succeeded by:
Tony Tubbs