Ernie Terrell was an American professional boxer. He was born in Belzoni, Mississippi, U.S. on April 4, 1939. Terrell made his professional boxing debut at the age of 18 against Norman Bolden on May 15, 1957. He was a heavyweight world champion. Terrell died on December 16, 2014 at the age of 75 years.
In a career spanning 16 years and 3 months, Ernie Terrell fought 55 times with 46 wins and 9 losses. By his last professional fight on September 10, 1973, Terrell's record stood at 46-9 (21 KOs). In total, he fought 377 rounds of professional boxing in 55 bouts.
|Total Title Wins||1|
|Title-Fight KO Wins||0|
|Losses via KO||2|
|55||Sep 10, 1973||34||Jeff Merritt||Loss||TKO1|
|54||Jun 23, 1973||34||Chuck Wepner||Loss||PTS|
|53||Feb 19, 1973||33||Bill Drover||Win||TKO1|
|52||Oct 23, 1972||33||Jose Luis Garcia||Win||KO6|
|51||Jul 24, 1971||32||Roberto Davila||Win||UD|
|50||May 10, 1971||32||Luis Faustino Pires||Win||UD|
|49||Apr 28, 1971||32||Vic Brown||Win||UD|
|48||Apr 3, 1971||31||John Hudgins||Win||TKO1|
|47||Dec 15, 1970||31||Sonny Moore||Win||UD|
|46||Oct 14, 1967||28||Manuel Ramos||Loss||UD|
|45||Aug 5, 1967||28||Thad Spencer||Loss||UD|
|44||Feb 6, 1967||27||Muhammad Ali||Loss||UD|
|43||Jun 28, 1966||27||Doug Jones||Win||UD|
|42||Nov 1, 1965||26||George Chuvalo||Win||UD|
|41||Mar 5, 1965||25||Eddie Machen||Win||UD|
|40||Oct 23, 1964||25||Henry Wallitsch||Win||RTD6|
|39||Jul 10, 1964||25||Bob Foster||Win||TKO7|
|38||Jun 17, 1964||25||Jefferson Davis||Win||UD|
|37||Mar 6, 1964||24||Gerhard Zech||Win||UD|
|36||Jul 27, 1963||24||Zora Folley||Win||UD|
|35||Apr 13, 1963||24||Cleveland Williams||Win||SD|
|34||Mar 7, 1963||23||Herb Siler||Win||TKO3|
|33||Jan 5, 1963||23||Young Jack Johnson||Win||UD|
|32||Dec 14, 1962||23||Young Jack Johnson||Win||UD|
|31||Sep 25, 1962||23||Reiniero Rey Lopez||Win||KO3|
|30||Aug 24, 1962||23||Eddie Jackson||Win||TKO2|
|29||Jun 9, 1962||23||Amos Lincoln||Win||UD|
|28||Apr 3, 1962||22||Cleveland Williams||Loss||TKO7|
|27||Feb 28, 1962||22||Herb Siler||Win||PTS|
|26||Dec 4, 1961||22||Ernie Cab||Win||RTD3|
|25||May 15, 1961||22||Chuck Garrett||Win||UD|
|24||Apr 17, 1961||22||Willie Coleman||Win||KO1|
|23||Feb 6, 1961||21||Ernie Cab||Win||TKO8|
|22||Dec 5, 1960||21||Wayne Bethea||Loss||SD|
|21||Jul 20, 1960||21||Joe Hemphill||Win||UD|
|20||May 18, 1960||21||Frankie Daniels||Win||KO7|
|19||Mar 30, 1960||20||Lee Williams||Win||UD|
|18||Jan 6, 1960||20||Clay Thomas||Win||KO1|
|17||Nov 11, 1959||20||Chuck Garrett||Win||PTS|
|16||Jul 24, 1959||20||Tunney Hunsaker||Win||PTS|
|15||Feb 25, 1959||19||Johnny Gray||Loss||SD|
|14||Jan 14, 1959||19||Willie Coleman||Win||PTS|
|13||Nov 3, 1958||19||Sid Peaks||Win||UD|
|12||Oct 7, 1958||19||John Hobart||Win||KO1|
|11||Sep 24, 1958||19||Joe Hemphill||Win||TKO1|
|10||Jul 1, 1958||19||Billy Pickett||Win||KO2|
|9||Apr 30, 1958||19||Johnny Gray||Loss||SD|
|8||Mar 11, 1958||18||Johnny Harper||Win||TKO1|
|7||Feb 4, 1958||18||Emil Brtko||Win||TKO2|
|6||Jan 8, 1958||18||Calvin Butler||Win||SD|
|5||Oct 30, 1957||18||Ted Poole||Win||TKO1|
|4||Aug 21, 1957||18||Neal Welch||Win||UD|
|3||Jul 24, 1957||18||Ray Griggs||Win||KO1|
|2||Jun 26, 1957||18||Andy Bond||Win||TKO1|
|1||May 15, 1957||18||Norman Bolden||Win||UD|
Ernie Terrell was active from from 1957 to 1973. He started boxing professionally at 18 years of age; Terrell debuted against Norman Bolden on May 15, 1957, and defeated Bolden via 4 round unanimous decision.
He had his first world title fight at the age of 25 on March 5, 1965 after 40 professional fights against Eddie Machen for the heavyweight WBA (vacant) title. Terrell defeated Machen via 15 round unanimous decision to become the new heavyweight champion of the world.
Terrell's notable victories include wins over Doug Jones, George Chuvalo, Bob Foster, Cleveland Williams, Amos Lincoln, and Eddie Machen. For a complete list of Terrell's best performances refer to Ernie Terrell's best fights.
His last professional fight was a non-title bout against Jeff Merritt at 34 years of age, on September 10, 1973. Terrell lost the fight via 1st round TKO.
Ernie Terrell fought for a world title in one fight and won. He won one belt at heavyweight (WBA).
|Mar 5, 1965||Eddie Machen||HV||WBA (vacant)|
Terrell knocked out 21 of his 55 opponents. By his last fight, his KO ratio was at 38.2%. Of his total 46 wins, 21 of them were via KO (45.7%).
Ernie Terrell had a total of nine losses in 55 fights — one of them in a title bout and eight in non-title bouts. He suffered his first loss against Johnny Gray via 8 round SD in his 9th fight. He was stopped two times and lost seven times via decision.