ROCKY LOCKRIDGE

Inducted on November 9, 2000

Rocky Lockridge (born January 30, 1959) is an American former boxer. As a professional, he is best known for handing Roger Mayweather his first defeat—a first-round knockout after just 98 seconds—earning him the WBA JR. Lightweight championship.

Amateur career

Lockridge started boxing as an amateur out of the Tacoma Boys Club. Being one of four world champions to originate from Tacoma (including Freddie Steele, Leo Randolph and Johnny Bumphus), his highlights as an amateur include:

References

  1. “Rocky”. Intervention. Season 8. Episode 14. 2010-04-05. A&E Network. Retrieved 2011-09-06.
  2. “Guy Picks Fight With Retired Boxer”.

Trainer: George Benton
Manager: Lou Duva

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

Amateur Achievements

  • 1977 National AAU bantamweight champion, stopping David Douglas of the U.S. Army in the 2nd round of the final.
  • 1978 made the final of the National Golden Gloves in the bantamweight class, being reported as dropping a close decision to Jackie Beard.
  • 1978 Runner Up in National AAU Championships in bantamweight class, losing to Jackie Beard in Biloxi, MS
  • Defeated in Quarterfinals of World Amateur Championships in Belgrade, Yugoslavia by Fazlija Sacirovic of Yugoslavia (3-2)

Career Factoids

Post-Boxing career

By his own admission, Lockridge has abused drugs and alcohol for more than two decades. Lockridge relocated to Tacoma, Washington in 1990, prior to the end of his boxing career. After he divorced his wife in 1993, Lockridge returned to Camden, New Jersey. Lockridge was able to find an 8$/per hour job in Camden, but ran into legal problems, as he was convicted twice of burglary, and served 27 months in prison, until his release in July 1999. Unable to find employment, Lockridge returned to drugs and became homeless on the streets of Camden. Lockridge’s struggles with addiction were profiled on the April 5, 2010 episode of American cable TV show Intervention. Lockridge accepted treatment, and according to the episode has been sober since December 2009.

References

  • “Former boxing champ Rocky Lockridge living on streets of Camden, estranged from family, abusing drugs and alcohol”, Newark Star-Ledger, June 28, 2009: [1]

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