Deaths in 2006

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Deaths of boxing-related people occurring in 2006.

December 2006

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  • Kemal Kolenovic, 28, Light Middleweight with a 10-6-2 record, was run down outside a restaurant in the Bronx a few moments after he had tried to break up an altercation inside the restaurant.
19
  • Enrique Palau, 27, Light Middleweight boxer, compiled a 7-0 record in a career which began in November 2005, died in a car accident in Worchester, Massachusetts.
16
  • Tally Disoloane, South African Super Featherweight, died of injuries sustained in an October 1, 2006 bout with Thompson Mokwana in Seshego, South Africa.
10
  • Gary Barker, 19, British amateur boxer, died in a car accident near Luton, Bedfordshire, England.

November 2006

29
  • Ralph Zannelli, 91, New England Welterweight and Middleweight champion compiled a record of 92-48-7 (31 KO) in career from 1936 to 1952.
23
  • Willie Pep, 84, twice held the World Feathweight title (1942-48 and 1949-50), complications from Alzheimer's Disease.
12
  • Alphonse Halimi, 74, twice held the World Bantamweight (1957-59 and 1960-61) while compiling a record of 42-8-1 (21 KO), complications from Alzheimer's Disease.[1] (In French)
10
  • Jack Palance, 87, actor, fought as a Heavyweight under the name "Jack Brazzo".
5
  • LaMar Clark, 72, Cedar City, Utah Heavyweight, best known for scoring 44 consecutive knockouts to begin his career, compiled a 47-3-1 (45 KO) record.

October 2006

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  • Curtis Leach, long-time Washington state (USA) timekeeper and inspector.
28
  • Trevor Berbick, 52, held WBC Heavyweight championship in 1986, died from a wound to the head in Norwich village, 146 miles east of Kingston, Jamaica.
  • Hearn Marler, 36, cruiserweight who complied a 9-3 (5 KO) record, died in an automobile accident.
20
16
  • Don (Bronco) Johnson, Australian Middleweight boxed from 1950 to 1964, compiling a record of 28-16-2 (22 KO), challenged unsuccessfully for the Australian titles at middleweight and light heavyweight.
15
  • Eddie Blay, 63, Bronze Medalist in the 1964 Olympics.
12
3
  • Herman Marques, 72, Stockton, California bantamweight contender, compiled a 20-10-1 (6 KO) record between 1957 and 1962, unsuccessfully challenging Eder Jofre for the World Bantamweight title in 1962.

September 2006

23
  • Shelby Walker, 31, American Lightweight boxer who composed a record of 7-6-1 (6 KO), apparent overdose of pain medication[2].
15
  • Brunon Bendig, 67, Polish amateur boxer, captured Bronze Medal as a Bantamweight at 1960 Olympic Games.
9
  • Jimmy Lester, 62, American Middleweight contender from San Francisco, California, compiled a 41-20-3 (31 KO) record in a career that spanned from 1963 to 1973, heart attack.
8
  • Dick Wagner, 79, American Light Heavyweight boxer, boxed between 1945 and 1953, compiling a record of 33-20-5 (22 KO).
3
  • Steve Vincent, 24, shot and killed while allegedly attempting to rob a liquor store in his hometown of St. Louis, Missouri[3].

August 2006

20
  • Roger Donoghue, 75, Yonkers, New York welterweight, boxed between 1948 and 1952.
13
  • Al Hostak, 90, Seattle, Washington Middleweight twice held the NBA Middleweight title between 1938 and 1940, complications from a stroke suffered on August 2nd.
  • Payao Poontarat, 49, Thailand's first Olympic Games Medalist (1976 bronze) and former World Boxing Council champion, of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).
11
  • Vic Patrick, 86, Sydney, Australia boxer, held Australian Lightweight and Welterweight titles in career which spanned between 1942 and 1948.

July 2006

28
  • Rogerio Lobo, 35, Brazilian Heavyweight boxer, shot to death by a robber as he was closing his restaurant.
26
  • Steve Mamakos, 88, American boxer from Washington, DC boxed professionally from 1937 to 1947, challenging Tony Zale for the NBA Middleweight title in 1941, complications from Alzheimer's disease.
19
  • Jack Warden, 85, ex-boxer better known as an Emmy-winning and Academy Award-nominated movie actor, of heart and kidney failure and other medical problems.
7
  • Paul Kennedy, 81, Pacific Northwest Welterweight and Middleweight, boxed professionally between 1947 and 1960.
6
  • Harko Kokmeijer, 71, Dutch Middleweight, boxed professionally between 1955 and 1967.

June 2006

21
  • Preston Hartzog, 29, American Heavyweight boxer, complied a record of 15-1-1 , found dead in his apartment after an apparent heart attack.
19
  • Fadly Kasim, 22, Indonesian boxer died of injuries sustained in a 6th round TKO loss to Jibril Soamole on June 19th.
  • Henk de Voogd, 77, Dutch heavyweight of the 1950s.
13
  • Dennis Shepherd, 79, British amateur boxer was the Olympic Featherweight Silver Medalist at the 1948 London Olympics, in Johannesburg, South Africa.
11
  • Jonatas Dos Santos, 35, Brazilian Cruiserweight and Heavyweight compiled a 6-10 record between 1999 and 2005, of complications from diabetes mellitus.
  • Mike Quarry, 55, American Light Heavyweight contender of the early 1970s, compiled a record of 63-13-6 in career between 1969 and 1982, compilations from dementia pugilistica.
  • George Washington, 79, former African-American heavyweight boxer, and later volunteer trainer of such boxers as Riddick Bowe and Mark Breland, of congestive heart failure, in Brooklyn, NY.
3
  • Angelo Rogers, 83, San Jose, California boxer of the 1940s and trainer, of heart and respiratory ailments.
2
  • Kitione Lave, 72, Tongan Heavyweight boxed between 1951 and 1964, lost in a 1956 bid for the British Empire Heavyweight title.
1
  • Gene Tortorice, 72, Niagara Falls, New York Welterweight, compiled a professional record of 18-7 between 1954 and 1960.

May 2006

31
  • Bobby Dykes, 77, Welterweight contender during the early 1950s, compiling a career record 115-23-8, lost a majority decision to Welterweight champion Kid Gavilan in a 1952 title fight in Miami, complications of Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS).
24
  • Tommy Yamaoka, 77, American bantamweight-featherweight boxer of the 1940s and 1950s
19
  • Tee Jay, 42, originally from Ghana, held the British Cruiserweight title, compiling a record of 14-4-1 between 1985 and 1991.
16
  • Kid Pascualito (real name: Valentin Galeano), 64, Paraguayan boxer fought in the Bantamweight and Featherweight divisons, compiling a record of 85-26-20 (59 KO), while winning South American titles in both of those weight classes
11
  • Floyd Patterson, 71, Brooklyn, NY, boxer twice held the World Heavyweight title between 1956 and 1962, compiling a 55-8-1 record, at his New Paltz, New York home after suffering from Alzheimers disease and prostate cancer.

April 2006

28
  • Tommy Gomez, 86, Tampa, FL Heavyweight boxer between 1939 and 1950, in Austell, GA, after a brief illness.
23
  • Tue Bjorn Thomsen, 33, Varde, Denmark Heavyweight boxer, compiled a 22-1-1 record between 1997 and 2002, stabbed to death after a nightclub fight.
21
  • William Boggs, 19, Philadelphia, PA; Light Middleweight boxer, compiled a 3-0 record in a career which began in September 2005, shot dead in Philadelphia.
20
9
  • Hector Leyva, 24, Ciudad Obregon, Mexico; Lightweight boxer, compiled a verified 9-3 record between 2001 and 2006, stabbed to death in a street fight in Ciudad Obregon.
4
  • Eckhard Dagge, 58, Hamburg, Germany; boxer who held the WBC Light Middleweight Title between 1976 and 1977, compiled a 26-5-1 record between 1973 and 1981; of cancer.

March 2006

29
  • Bassam Chami, 26, Sydney, Australia Middleweight, compiled a 3-0 record in career which began in December 2005, shot dead in Sydney suburb of Granville.
25
  • Tommy Yarosz, 85, Rochester, PA, 1940s contender for the world light-heavyweight title, and brother of World Middleweight Champion Teddy Yarosz, of pneumonia.
19
  • Kevin Payne, 34, Evansville, Indiana, Welterweight, compiled a 14-5-1 professional record between 1995 and 2006, of injuries sustained in a bout the day before in Evansville, against Ryan Maraldo.
12
  • Davey Pearl, 88, Hall of Fame boxing judge and referee of over 70 world title bouts.
  • Nick Barone, 79, Light Heavyweight and Heavyweight contender of the late 1940s and early 1950s, unsuccessfully challenged Ezzard Charles for the World Heavyeight title in 1950.
11
  • Jeff Bowman, 42, journeyman Light Heavyweight through Heavyweight boxer who compiled an 8-37-1 record between 1990 and 2005, worked as firefighter for his regular job.
9
  • Johnny Kidd, 69, Scottish featherweight boxer, former ABA lightweight champion compiled a professional record of 24-16-1 (14 KO)
5

February 2006

12
  • Wayne Parker Jr., 81, former 1940s boxer of Tacoma, WA, USA, of complications following a stroke.
8
  • Mike Hunter, 46, early-to-mid 1990s Heavyweight contender, shot to death by undercover police officers after a scuffle during a drug sting operation.
6

January 2006

30
24
  • Jack Fiske, 88, boxing writer for the San Francisco Chronicle from 1947 to 1993.
21
  • Jack Quarry, 83, patriarch of Quarry boxing family, which included sons Jerry and Mike, who were top rated contenders at Heavyweight and Light Heavyweight, respectively.
20
  • Johnny Fuller, 62, British welterweight who turned to bodybuilding after his boxing career, dies of leukemia.
15
  • Morris Leviege, 75, Oakland, California Welterweight, boxed between 1948 and 1958.
7
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