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Ernie Terrell Record

Total Fights55
Title Wins1
Title Defenses2
Title-Fight KOs0
KO Wins21
KO Losses2
Ernie Terrell Record & Stats
Ernie Terrell's Record
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      What is Ernie Terrell's boxing record?

      In a professional boxing career spanning 16 years and three months, Ernie Terrell fought 55 times with 46 wins and 9 losses.

      Terrell retired from professional boxing with a record of 46-9, which included one heavyweight world-title win and two successful title defense fights. He had a 38.2% knockouts-to-fights ratio with 21 of his total 55 fights being knockout wins. Terrell suffered two knockout losses, both of which were in non-title fights.

      His last fight was a 1st round TKO defeat to Jeff Merritt on September 10, 1973.

      Some of Terrell's best fights and notable victories include wins over Hall-of-Famer Bob Foster, George Chuvalo, Doug Jones, Eddie Machen, Cleveland Williams, Herb Siler, and Amos Lincoln.

      55Sep 10, 197334Jeff MerrittLossTKO1
      54Jun 23, 197334Chuck WepnerLossPTS
      53Feb 19, 197333Bill DroverWinTKO1
      52Oct 23, 197233Jose Luis GarciaWinKO6
      51Jul 24, 197132Roberto DavilaWinUD
      50May 10, 197132Luis Faustino PiresWinUD
      49Apr 28, 197132Vic BrownWinUD
      48Apr 3, 197131John HudginsWinTKO1
      47Dec 15, 197031Sonny MooreWinUD
      46Oct 14, 196728Manuel RamosLossUD
      45Aug 5, 196728Thad SpencerLossUD
      44Feb 6, 196727Muhammad AliLoss *UD
      43Jun 28, 196627Doug JonesWin *UD
      42Nov 1, 196526George ChuvaloWin *UD
      41Mar 5, 196525Eddie MachenWin *UD
      40Oct 23, 196425Henry WallitschWinRTD6
      39Jul 10, 196425Bob FosterWinTKO7
      38Jun 17, 196425Jefferson DavisWinUD
      37Mar 6, 196424Gerhard ZechWinUD
      36Jul 27, 196324Zora FolleyWinUD
      35Apr 13, 196324Cleveland WilliamsWinSD
      34Mar 7, 196323Herb SilerWinTKO3
      33Jan 5, 196323Young Jack JohnsonWinUD
      32Dec 14, 196223Young Jack JohnsonWinUD
      31Sep 25, 196223Reiniero Rey LopezWinKO3
      30Aug 24, 196223Eddie JacksonWinTKO2
      29Jun 9, 196223Amos LincolnWinUD
      28Apr 3, 196222Cleveland WilliamsLossTKO7
      27Feb 28, 196222Herb SilerWinPTS
      26Dec 4, 196122Ernie CabWinRTD3
      25May 15, 196122Chuck GarrettWinUD
      24Apr 17, 196122Willie ColemanWinKO1
      23Feb 6, 196121Ernie CabWinTKO8
      22Dec 5, 196021Wayne BetheaLossSD
      21Jul 20, 196021Joe HemphillWinUD
      20May 18, 196021Frankie DanielsWinKO7
      19Mar 30, 196020Lee WilliamsWinUD
      18Jan 6, 196020Clay ThomasWinKO1
      17Nov 11, 195920Chuck GarrettWinPTS
      16Jul 24, 195920Tunney HunsakerWinPTS
      15Feb 25, 195919Johnny GrayLossSD
      14Jan 14, 195919Willie ColemanWinPTS
      13Nov 3, 195819Sid PeaksWinUD
      12Oct 7, 195819John HobartWinKO1
      11Sep 24, 195819Joe HemphillWinTKO1
      10Jul 1, 195819Billy PickettWinKO2
      9Apr 30, 195819Johnny GrayLossSD
      8Mar 11, 195818Johnny HarperWinTKO1
      7Feb 4, 195818Emil BrtkoWinTKO2
      6Jan 8, 195818Calvin ButlerWinSD
      5Oct 30, 195718Ted PooleWinTKO1
      4Aug 21, 195718Neal WelchWinUD
      3Jul 24, 195718Ray GriggsWinKO1
      2Jun 26, 195718Andy BondWinTKO1
      1May 15, 195718Norman BoldenWinUD

      * World-title fight

      Boxing career

      Ernie Terrell was an American professional boxer. He was born in Belzoni, Mississippi, U.S. on April 4, 1939. He was a heavyweight world champion. Terrell died on December 16, 2014 at the age of 75 years. His professional boxing career spanned more than 16 years — from 1957 to 1973.

      Terrell made his professional boxing debut against Norman Bolden at the age of 18 on May 15, 1957, defeating Bolden via 4 round unanimous decision. He went on to win 7 more consecutive fights after the debut, which included 5 wins via stoppage.

      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. He defeated Machen via 15 round unanimous decision to become the heavyweight champion of the world.

      Terrell won one world title at heavyweight. For all the details about Terrell's world title wins and defenses refer to the "Championships" section below.

      Terrell had a total of nine losses in his professional boxing career.

      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.


      Terrell had a total of four world-title fights, which includes winning one world title and two successful title defenses. He won three of these fights and lost one.

      Title Wins

      Ernie Terrell fought for a heavyweight world title once, which he won via unanimous decision. He won one heavyweight belt.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles WonMethod
      Mar 5, 1965Eddie MachenHeavyweightWBA*UD
      * Vacant title

      Title Defenses

      Ernie Terrell had three heavyweight world-title defense fights. He won two of them and lost once.

      Following is the table of his successful title defense fights, the next section has the fights where he lost his titles.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles DefendedMethod
      Jun 28, 1966Doug JonesHeavyweightWBAUD
      Nov 1, 1965George ChuvaloHeavyweightWBAUD

      Title Losses

      Ernie Terrell lost one world-title defense fight, and lost one title in the fight.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles LostMethod
      Feb 6, 1967Muhammad AliHeavyweightWBAUD


      Terrell fought a total of 55 times during his professional career, which includes 4 world-title fights at the heavyweight division. These three fights are the highlight of his career.

      • April 13, 1963: Ernie Terrell puts on the first remarkable performance of his career, defeating Cleveland Williams via 10th round split decision.

      • March 5, 1965: Terrell wins his first world title by defeating Eddie Machen via 15 round unanimous decision. He is now the WBA heavyweight world champion.

      • November 1, 1965: Terrell successfully defends the WBA heavyweight title against George Chuvalo, winning the fight via 15 round unanimous decision.


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