Inducted on November 8, 2001

Jimmy Young was born on November 14, 1948. He grew up boxing in the Philadelphia gyms and he learned his trade well. He made is professional debut in June of 1969, winning a four round decision over Jim Gilmore in San Diego.

In his first 11 pro bouts, he lost four times, including a 10- rounder to N.J. Hall of Famer Randy Neumann, and a knockout at the hands of one of the hardest hitters of any era, Ernie Shavers. For the next several years, he would not lose again, beating such top contenders as Richard Dunn, Jose Luis Garcia, hard hitting Ron Lyle, Jose Roman and a draw against Shavers.

On April 30, 1976, he fought Muhammad Ali for the heavyweight championship of the world. He was a big underdog, but after 15 rounds almost everyone had Young winning going away. Everyone but the three judges. Ali came away still holding onto the title.

Jimmy fought and won three more bouts in 1976, including a 12 round win over Ron Lyle once again. His first bout in 1977 was against the former heavyweight champion of the world, Big George Foreman. Jimmy came into the bout as a big underdog again, as Foreman had a record of 45-1 with 42 KOs, with his only loss coming at the hands of Ali. Not only did Young outbox Foreman for 12 rounds, leaving no doubt who was the winner, but Foreman wouldn’t box again for 10 years.

After beating N.J. Hall of Famer Jodie Ballard, he would lose a close 15 round decision to Ken Norton in Las Vegas on November 5, 1977. Young would box another 10 years, but he would never again reach star status. He would still box some of the top heavyweights, including Ossie Ocasio twice, Michael Dokes, Gerry Cooney, Greg Page, Tony Tubbs and Tony Tucker.

Trainers: Slim Perkins, George Benton

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