Jimmy Young (boxer)

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Jimmy Young (November 14, 1948 – February 20, 2005) was an American heavyweight professional boxer.wikipedia
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George Foreman

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He had his greatest success during the mid-1970s, most notably earning a victory over George Foreman in 1977 and losing a unanimous decision against Muhammad Ali.
Unable to secure another title opportunity, Foreman retired after a loss to Jimmy Young in 1977.

Earnie Shavers

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An inexperienced Young was matched against contender Earnie Shavers in what was only his 11th professional fight.
He never won a world title, but defeated former world champions Vicente Rondón, Jimmy Ellis and Ken Norton, as well as contenders Jimmy Young and Joe Bugner.

Muhammad Ali

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He had his greatest success during the mid-1970s, most notably earning a victory over George Foreman in 1977 and losing a unanimous decision against Muhammad Ali. Young achieved widespread public recognition when he fought Muhammad Ali in Landover, Maryland in April 1976 for the world heavyweight title, although boxing circles had already noted his ability.
Following the Manila bout, Ali fought Jean-Pierre Coopman, Jimmy Young, and Richard Dunn, winning the last by knockout.

Ken Norton

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Young fought many significant fighters of his era, including twice outpointing Ron Lyle and losing only by a split decision to then-number one contender Ken Norton in a title eliminator in late 1977.
Norton then defeated polished number two contender Jimmy Young (who himself had beaten George Foreman and Ron Lyle) via 15-round split decision in a WBC title-elimination bout, with the winner to face reigning WBC champion Ali.

Ossie Ocasio

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In June 1978 poor conditioning, an increasing problem, led to Young be outpointed by prospect Ossie Ocasio.
In 1978 on the undercard of the Larry Holmes/Ken Norton title fight Ocasio scored a major upset when he outpointed the highly regarded Jimmy Young, who'd outpointed George Foreman only a while back.

Ron Lyle

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Young fought many significant fighters of his era, including twice outpointing Ron Lyle and losing only by a split decision to then-number one contender Ken Norton in a title eliminator in late 1977.
Lyle then lost to Jimmy Young in 1975.

Gerry Cooney

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He was stopped due to cuts by new heavyweight contender Gerry Cooney after 4 rounds in a fight where he was dominated.
Stepping up, he beat one-time title challengers Jimmy Young and Ron Lyle, both by 'knockouts.' The Young fight was stopped because of cuts sustained by Young.

Michael Dokes

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He also lost on points to another rising prospect and future heavyweight champion Michael Dokes.
He came to real prominence in 1979 by defeating veteran contender Jimmy Young.

Larry Holmes

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While better in a direct rematch, in January 1979, Ocasio again earned the win and went on to fight the world champion Larry Holmes.
Early in his career he worked as a sparring partner for Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, Earnie Shavers, and Jimmy Young.

Greg Page (boxer)

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In 1982 however, Young's comeback was cut short when he was defeated on points by future champion Greg Page.
Page retained the USBA belt with a unanimous decision over Jimmy Young on May 2, 1982.

Tony Tucker

He became a "trial horse" for emerging contenders, dropping decisions to more future champions in Tony Tucker and Tony Tubbs.
In September 1984, he followed it up by outpointing Jimmy Young.

John L. Gardner (boxer)

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However Young was able to slim down for his fight against British champion John L. Gardner, occurring in December 1979.
Later that year, he vacanted the title and lost a points decision to top contender Jimmy Young over ten rounds.

Tony Tubbs

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He became a "trial horse" for emerging contenders, dropping decisions to more future champions in Tony Tucker and Tony Tubbs.
After out-pointing Jimmy Young (who had defeated George Foreman) on April 10, 1983, he was signed by Don King and began rising up the rankings while appearing on several King undercards.

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Richard Dunn (boxer)

Richard Dunn
Dunn was defeated by many top boxers of the time, losing to Muhammad Ali, Joe Bugner, Jimmy Young and Kallie Knoetze.

Randy Neumann

In his career, he faced the likes of Jimmy Young, Chuck Wepner, and Jerry Quarry.

Professional boxing

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Jimmy Young (November 14, 1948 – February 20, 2005) was an American heavyweight professional boxer.

Landover, Maryland

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Young achieved widespread public recognition when he fought Muhammad Ali in Landover, Maryland in April 1976 for the world heavyweight title, although boxing circles had already noted his ability.

Trevor Berbick

Ali weighed in at 230 pounds, the highest for any of his fights up to that point (he would weigh 236.25 pounds in his fight against Trevor Berbick), and was consequently slow and immobile throughout the bout.

Counterpunch (boxing)

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Seven years younger and 21 pounds lighter, Young adopted a strategy of fighting aggressively from a distance, landing numerous light blows while dodging and parrying Ali's counterpunches, and using his body blows, which had little power behind them but were effective at scoring points.

Rabbit punch

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In addition to retreating whenever possible, Young often kept his head ducked very low in order to prevent Ali from landing blows to his head, for fear of being called for rabbit punching.

The Ring (magazine)

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Former Ring magazine editor Lester Bromberg called the decision a "travesty".