Rocky Lockridge

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Name: Rocky Lockridge
Birth Name: Rick Lockridge
Hometown: Tacoma, Washington, USA
Birthplace: Tacoma, Washington, USA
Died: 2019-02-07 (Age:60)
Stance: Orthodox
Height: 169cm
Reach: 170cm
Pro Boxer: Record
Amateur Boxer: Record

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Rocky Lockridge started boxing as an amateur out of the Tacoma Boys Club in Tacoma, Washington. He was one of four world champions to originate from Tacoma: Freddie Steele, Leo Randolph and Johnny Bumphus were the others.

Professional Record

Record

Amateur Achievements

1977

  • Bantamweight finalist at the National Golden Gloves Tournament in Honolulu, Hawaii. Lost to Wayne Lynun on points.
  • Bantamweight champion at the National AAU Tournament in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Defeated David Douglas of the U.S. Army by a second-round RSC in the final.

1978

  • Bantamweight finalist at the National Golden Gloves Tournament in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Lost to Jackie Beard on points.
  • Bantamweight finalist at the National AAU Tournament in Biloxi, Mississippi. Lost to Jackie Beard on points.
  • Bantamweight quarter-finalist at the World Amateur Championships in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. Lost to Fazlija Sacirovic of Yugoslavia on points (3-2).

Notes

Highlights

  • Fought Eusebio Pedroza for the WBA Featherweight Championship on October 4, 1980, and lost by a controversial 15-round split decision. In the March 1990 issue of The Ring, the decision was called the worst of the decade in a featherweight fight.
  • Suffered the only knockout loss of his 53-fight professional career on August 22, 1981, when he was knocked out in the second round by Juan La Porte.
  • Fought Eusebio Pedroza for the WBA Featherweight Championship on April 24, 1983, and lost by a 15-round unanimous decision
  • Knocked out Roger Mayweather in one round to win the WBA Super Featherweight Championship on February 26, 1984.
  • Lost the WBA Super Featherweight Championship to Wilfredo Gomez by a controversial 15-round majority decision on May 19, 1985. In the March 1990 issue of The Ring, the decision was called the worst decision of the decade in a junior lightweight fight.
  • Fought Julio Cesar Chavez for the WBC Super Featherweight Championship on August 3, 1986, and lost by a 12-round majority decision.
  • Stopped Barry Michael after eight rounds to win the IBF Junior Lightweight Championship on August 9, 1987.
  • Lost the IBF Junior Lightweight Championship to Tony Lopez by a 12-round unanimous decision on July 23, 1988. The bout was named Fight of the Year by The Ring.
  • Fought Tony Lopez for the IBF Junior Lightweight Championship on March 5, 1989, and lost by a 12-round unanimous decision.
  • Inducted into the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame in 2000.

Post-Boxing Career

Lockridge signed with New Jersey-based promotion company Main Events when he turned professional in 1978 and moved from Tacoma to New Jersey. He returned to Tacoma with his wife and twin sons in 1991, two years after his first retirement. Following an unsuccessful two-fight comeback and a divorce, Lockridge returned to New Jersey in 1993, settling in Camden.

In January 1994, Lockridge took a job working for William Jones & Son, Inc., a drum and barrel company, where he cleaned and painted barrels for $8 per hour. Shortly thereafter, he was arrested for burglary and sentenced to five years probation. Three years later, he was arrested again for burglary and served 27 months in prison.

Following his release from prison in July 1999, Lockridge returned to drugs and alcohol, which he started abusing in the 1980s, and ended up homeless.

In 2006, Lockridge suffered a stroke while living on the streets. He was left with paralysis in one of his legs and was forced to walk with a cane thereafter.

Lockridge's struggles with addiction were profiled on an episode of the A&E TV show Intervention, which aired on April 5, 2010. A scene in which Lockridge has an emotional breakdown became a popular source for parody videos on YouTube. One of the videos, titled "Best Cry Ever," has over 51 million views.

Following the intervention, Lockridge was admitted to the Palmetto Addiction Recovery Center in Rayville, Louisiana, where he spent three months as a patient.

References


Preceded by:
Bernard Taylor
National AAU Bantamweight Champion
1977
Succeeded by:
Jackie Beard



Preceded by:
Roger Mayweather
WBA Super Featherweight Champion
1984 Feb 26 – 1985 May 19
Succeeded by:
Wilfredo Gomez
Preceded by:
Barry Michael
IBF Super Featherweight Champion
1987 Aug 9 – 1988 Jul 23
Succeeded by:
Tony Lopez