Ernie Terrell

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Ernie Terrell
World Boxing Hall of Fame Inductee

Name: Ernie Terrell
Born: 1939-04-04
Birthplace: Belzoni, Mississippi, USA
Died: 2014-12-16 (Age:75)
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Stance: Orthodox
Height: 6′ 6″   /   198cm
Reach: 82″   /   208cm
Boxing Record: click

Trainer: Freddie Brown

Ernie Terrell Gallery

IMDb: Acting Credits

Amateur Career

  • Made the final of the 1956 Chicago Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions at light heavyweight, losing on points to James Boyd of Montgomery, AL.
  • Won the 1957 Chicago Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions at light heavyweight, scoring a first-round knockout over Larry Vignaroli of Des Moines, IA.
  • Won the 1957 Intercity Golden Gloves Championship at light heavyweight, outpointing Eddie Bramlett of New York, NY.


Preceded by:
James Boyd
Chicago Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions
Light Heavyweight Champion

1957
Succeeded by:
Kent Green
Preceded by:
Alonzo Johnson
Intercity Golden Gloves
Light Heavyweight Champion

1957
Succeeded by:
James Hargett


Professional Career

  • Defeated Eddie Machen by a fifteen-round unanimous decision to win the vacant WBA Heavyweight Championship on March 3, 1965. The WBA stripped Muhammad Ali of the title for signing to fight Sonny Liston in a rematch.
  • In his first title defense, Terrell defeated George Chuvalo by a fifteen-round unanimous decision on November 1, 1965.
  • In his second title defense, Terrell defeated Doug Jones by a fifteen-round unanimous decision on June 28, 1966.
  • Lost the WBA title in a unification match with Muhammad Ali on February 6, 1967. Before the fight, Terrell insisted on calling Ali by his old name, Cassius Clay. An infuriated Ali punished Terrell throughout the fight. In the eighth round, Ali started to taunt Terrell, asking him repeatedly, "What's my name?" Ali won by a lopsided fifteen-round unanimous decision.
  • When Ali was stripped of the championship in April 1967 for refusing to enter the U.S. Army, Terrell took part in the WBA's eight-man elimination tournament to fill the vacancy. Terrell lost in the first round of the tournament. Thad Spencer defeated Terrell by a twelve-round unanimous decision on August 5, 1967.


Preceded by:
Muhammad Ali
Stripped
WBA Heavyweight Champion
1965 Mar 5 – 1967 Feb 6
Succeeded by:
Muhammad Ali