Joe Bugner

Great Britain

Boxing

B: March 13, 1950

WBF Champion

Bugner was born in Hungary and moved to Britain while still a boy. He won the 1964 national junior championship in the discus throw. Bugner turned professional in 1967 in a losing debut against Paul Brown. After his debut he went on to stop 12 of his next 13 opponents. This included four one-round wins. He alienated the majority of British boxing fans by his defensive boxing style and also by winning the British, Empire and European titles from the national favorite, Henry Cooper in a controversial victory in 1971. There were no judges and the fight was scored by the referee, Harry Gibbs. Bugner won by a 1/4 point. Bugner went against both Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, each time he lost on points. He also lost to Joe Frazier's son Marvis Frazier 13 years later, also on points. In 1986 he moved to Australia, and won the Australian heavyweight title by a points victory over Vince Cervi. He won the lightly regarded 'WBF' version of the heavyweight crown in 1998, by defeating James "Bonecrusher" Smith. At the age of 49 years and a 110 days, it made him the oldest ever boxer to hold a world championship belt. His record for 83 professional fights is 69 wins (41 on knockouts), 13 loses and 1 draw. He last fought in June 1999 beating Levi Billups, who was disqualified for low blows.

SUPERSTARS RECORD
EVENT

PLACE

POINTS

MONEY

EVENT WINS
1973 British Final

3

25

£750

Shooting, Weight Lifting
TOTALS  

25

£750

2


PERSONAL BESTS
Shooting

82

1973 British Final
Weight Lifting

220

1973 British Final
Gym Test - Squat Thrusts

68

1973 British Final
Points Scored

25

1973 British Final


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