Howard Davis Jr.
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Name: Howard Davis Jr
Birthplace: Glen Cove, New York, USA
Nationality: US American
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 final.
- 1973 North American Champion (125 lbs) - Defeated Dale Anderson of Canada in the final.
- 1974 National AAU Champion (125 lbs) - Defeated Mike Hess of Albany, OR in the final.
- 1974 World Champion (125 lbs) Competition in Havana, Cuba.
World Championship Results:
- 1976 National AAU Champion (132 lbs) - defeated Thomas Hearns of Detroit, MI in the final.
- 1976 Olympic Trials & Box-Offs (132 lbs) - defeated Aaron Pryor of Cincinnati, OH twice to qualify.
- 1976 Olympic Gold Medalist (132 lbs) in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Awarded the Val Barker Trophy as the outstanding boxer of the Olympics.
Davis dedicated his gold medal to his mother, who passed away from a heart attack three days before his first Olympic bout.
- 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.
- Davis fought for a world title three times. All three title shots were in Olympic years.
- Lost a fifteen-round unanimous decision to Jim Watt for the WBC Lightweight Title on June 7, 1980.
- Lost a twelve-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 served as Boxing Director at American Top Team, a mixed martial arts academy in Florida, for eight years. He's now the CEO of Fight Time Promotions, the leader in MMA pro fights in South Florida.