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Remembering Rocky Lockridge vs. Roger Mayweather Fight

By Gerardo Granados: Back in February 26 of 1984 at Beaumont,Texas; contender Rocky Lockridge defeated by KO1 the undefeated champion Roger Mayweather, who got caught with a solid right hand being unable to pick the count to lose his WBA super feather championship belt. During Lockridge long boxing career he fought some of the very best and on times fight fans thought that the score cards unjustly didn’t favor him. Some boxing fans even argue that he defeated Julio Cesar Chavez Sr back in 1986 in a close competitive bout; I bet Lockridge trainer Lou Duva is one of those who think the score cards were wrong.

Many young fight fans might not remember him, but the veterans must be aware of a good technically gifted boxer who fought against solid competition. Some could criticize him for having so many loses on title bouts but now a day many boxing big names would not dare to engage such competition. I think that Lockridge can be an example of how the boxing skills and the will to fight against dangerous contenders might now have become overlooked by the current big names in order to have exclusively a financial gain, also how a couple of boxing divas now try to avoid risky fights and exclusively hand pick opponents.

Lockridge ended his boxing career with a total fight record of W44(36)-9L-D0 and a title bout record of W6(5)-L6-D0 Winning the WBA – IBF super feather Championship. His notables wins came against: Cornelius Boza-Edwards WBC super feather W2(1)-L4-D0; Roger Mayweather WBA super feather WBC super lightweight W8(7)-L4-D0 and Barry Michael IBF super feather W4(2)-L1-D0.

His notable loses came against: Eusebio Pedroza WBA feather W19(12)-L2-D1 twice SD15 – UD15; Juan LaPorte WBC feather W3(1)-L8-D0 by KO2; Wilfredo Gomez WBC super bantam & feather WBA super feather W20(18)-L3-D0 by MD15; Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. WBC – IBF light welterweight, WBC – WBA World lightweight, WBC super featherweight W 31 (23) – L4 (3) – D2, by MD12; Tony Tiger Lopez IBF super feather WBA lightweight W9(3)-L4-D1 twice by UD12 (1988 Ring Magazine Fight of the Year); Rafael Ruelas IBF lightweight W3(2)-L1-D0 by UD10 and Sharma Mitchel WBA super lightweight W5(0)-L2-D0 by UD10. *Only title bout records

Do the readers think that Rocky Lockridge would have vacated his belt or avoided any of the current top super feather contenders?

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