Howard Davis Jr.
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Name: Howard Davis Jr
Birthplace: Glen Cove, New York, USA
Hometown: New York, New York, USA
Height: 5′ 8″ / 173cm
Reach: 72½″ / 184cm
Boxing Record: click
- Record: 125 wins, 5 losses
- 1973 National AAU Champion (125 lbs) - Defeated Leroy Veasley of Detroit, MI in the finals.
- 1974 National AAU Champion (125 lbs) - Defeated Mike Hess of Albany, OR in the finals.
- 1974 World Champion (125 lbs) Competition in Havana, Cuba. World Championship results:
- 1976 National AAU Champion (132 lbs), defeating Thomas Hearns.
- 1976 Olympic Trials & Box-Offs, defeated Aaron Pryor twice to qualify at 132 pounds.
- 1976 Olympic Gold Medalist (132 lbs) Competition in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Awarded the Val Barker Trophy as the outstanding boxer of the games. Davis's mother passed away from a heart attack three days before his first Olympic bout. He dedicated his gold medal to her. Olympic results:
- Named the Boxing Writers Association of America Fighter of the Year for 1976, along with his fellow U.S. Olympic Gold Medalists in boxing (Sugar Ray Leonard, Leon Spinks, Michael Spinks, and Leo Randolph).
- Record: 36 wins, 6 losses, 1 draw, 14 knockouts
- After winning the Olympics, Davis signed a $1.5 million contract with CBS television.
- Fought for a world title three times. All three title shots were in Olympic years. Results:
- Lost a 15-round unanimous decision to Jim Watt for the WBC Lightweight Title on June 7, 1980.
- Lost a 12-round split decision to Edwin Rosario for the WBC Lightweight Title on June 23, 1984.
- Knocked out in the first round by James (Buddy) McGirt for the IBF Junior Welterweight Title on July 31, 1988.
- Davis is a personal trainer and boxing trainer at American Top Team, a mixed martial arts academy in Florida.
- July 3, 2006 Sports Illustrated, "Lost & Found"