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Joey Maxim Record

Total Fights115
Title Wins4
Title Defenses2
Title-Fight KOs2
KO Wins21
KO Losses1
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      What is Joey Maxim's boxing record?

      In a professional boxing career spanning 17 years and four months, Joey Maxim fought 115 times with 82 wins, 29 losses, and 4 draws.

      Maxim retired from professional boxing with a record of 82-29-4, which included four light-heavyweight world-title wins and two successful title defense fights. He had a 18.3% knockouts-to-fights ratio with 21 of his total 115 fights being knockout wins, two of which were in title fights. The only knockout loss in Maxim's career was a 1st round KO loss to Curtis Sheppard, which was not a world title fight.

      His last fight was a 10 round PTS defeat to Ulli Ritter on May 17, 1958.

      Some of Maxim's best fights and notable victories include wins over four Hall-of-Famers (Floyd Patterson, Sugar Ray Robinson, Jimmy Bivins, and Jersey Joe Walcott), .

      115May 17, 195836Ulli RitterLossPTS
      114Apr 27, 195836Giacomo BozzanoLossPTS
      113Apr 12, 195836Heinz NeuhausLossPTS
      112Jun 18, 195735Bobo OlsonLossSD
      111May 3, 195735Eddie MachenLossUD
      110Jan 25, 195734Eddie MachenLossUD
      109Sep 29, 195634Edgardo RomeroWinPTS
      108Jun 28, 195533Willie PastranoLossUD
      107Apr 13, 195533Bobo OlsonLossUD
      106Nov 24, 195432Paul AndrewsWinUD
      105Jun 7, 195432Floyd PattersonWinUD
      104Jan 27, 195431Archie MooreLoss *UD
      103Jun 24, 195331Archie MooreLoss *UD
      102Mar 4, 195330Danny NardicoWinUD
      101Dec 17, 195230Archie MooreLoss *UD
      100Jun 25, 195230Sugar Ray RobinsonWin *RTD14
      99Mar 6, 195229Ted LowryWinUD
      98Dec 12, 195129Ezzard CharlesLossUD
      97Aug 22, 195129Irish Bob MurphyWin *UD
      96May 30, 195129Ezzard CharlesLoss *UD
      95Jan 27, 195128Hubert HoodWinKO3
      94Dec 11, 195028Dave WhitlockWinKO4
      93Nov 22, 195028Big Boy BrownWinUD
      92Oct 10, 195028Bill PetersenWinPTS
      91Sep 25, 195028Jackie SwansonWinKO3
      90May 12, 195028Bill PetersenWinKO6
      89Apr 19, 195028Joe DawsonWinKO2
      88Jan 24, 195027Freddie MillsWin *KO10
      87Dec 9, 194927Bill PetersenWinPTS
      86Nov 30, 194927Pat McCaffertyWinTKO4
      85Oct 25, 194927Joe KahutWinTKO5
      84May 23, 194927Gus LesnevichWin *UD
      83Feb 28, 194926Ezzard CharlesLossMD
      82Dec 7, 194826Jimmy BivinsWinSD
      81Nov 12, 194826Bob SatterfieldWinUD
      80Oct 19, 194826Joe KahutLossSD
      79Sep 28, 194826Bill PetersenWinUD
      78Jun 29, 194826Bill PetersenWinUD
      77Jun 22, 194826Joe KahutWinUD
      76Jun 7, 194826Pat ValentinoDrawPTS
      75May 27, 194826Roy HawkinsWinPTS
      74May 7, 194826Francisco de la CruzWinPTS
      73Apr 27, 194826Whitey BerlierWinPTS
      72Mar 22, 194825Pat ValentinoDrawPTS
      71Feb 13, 194825Tony BosnichWinUD
      70Feb 2, 194825Robert Lee Sikes, Jr.WinPTS
      69Jan 9, 194825Olle TandbergWinSD
      68Dec 8, 194725Billy ThompsonWinUD
      67Nov 12, 194725Bob FoxworthWinSD
      66Sep 17, 194725John ThomasWinPTS
      65Sep 8, 194725Clarence JonesWinKO5
      64Jun 23, 194725Jersey Joe WalcottLossSD
      63May 12, 194725Charley RothWinKO4
      62Jan 28, 194724Marty ClarkWinTKO7
      61Jan 6, 194724Jersey Joe WalcottLossMD
      60Dec 17, 194624Jack MarshallWinPTS
      59Dec 12, 194624Dolph QuijanoWinPTS
      58Dec 3, 194624Jimmy WebbWinTKO6
      57Nov 12, 194624Jimmy RichieDrawPTS
      56Oct 16, 194624Bearcat JonesWinKO5
      55Oct 10, 194624Clarence JonesWinPTS
      54Aug 28, 194624Jersey Joe WalcottWinPTS
      53Aug 14, 194624Henry CooperWinPTS
      52Aug 2, 194624Phil MuscatoWinUD
      51May 14, 194624Phil MuscatoWinSD
      50May 7, 194624Charley EagleDrawPTS
      49Apr 9, 194624Phil MuscatoLossUD
      48Apr 1, 194624Buddy WalkerWinUD
      47Mar 27, 194623Ralph DeJohnWinTKO1
      46Mar 11, 194623John ThomasLossPTS
      45Mar 4, 194623Panther WilliamsWinUD
      44Nov 26, 194523Cleo EverettWinUD
      43Apr 16, 194523Clarence BrownWinUD
      42Feb 2, 194522Johnny FlanaganWinPTS
      41Dec 19, 194422John KowalczykLossSD
      40Jul 27, 194422Lloyd MarshallLossUD
      39Jun 26, 194422Frank AndroffWinPTS
      38May 29, 194422Bob GarnerWinPTS
      37Apr 28, 194422Buddy WalkerWinUD
      36Jan 31, 194421George ParksWinPTS
      35Dec 1, 194321Claudio VillarWinTKO6
      34Oct 29, 194321Buddy ScottWinPTS
      33Aug 9, 194321Nate BoldenWinPTS
      32Apr 26, 194321Al JordanWinPTS
      31Mar 31, 194321Curtis SheppardWinUD
      30Mar 10, 194320Curtis SheppardLossKO1
      29Feb 15, 194320Clarence BrownWinPTS
      28Jan 18, 194320Clarence BrownWinPTS
      27Dec 1, 194220Ezzard CharlesLossUD
      26Oct 27, 194220Ezzard CharlesLossUD
      25Oct 13, 194220Larry LaneWinPTS
      24Oct 5, 194220Hubert HoodWinUD
      23Sep 22, 194220Shelton BellWinPTS
      22Aug 27, 194220Jack MarshallWinKO9
      21Aug 10, 194220Altus AllenLossMD
      20Jul 27, 194220Curtis SheppardWinPTS
      19Jul 10, 194220Lou BrooksWinSD
      18Jun 23, 194220Jimmy BivinsLossSD
      17Jun 1, 194220Charley RothWinKO4
      16May 11, 194220Charley RothLossDQ
      15Apr 20, 194220Frank GreeneWinKO2
      14Mar 23, 194219Lou BrooksWinSD
      13Mar 11, 194219Herbie KatzWinKO6
      12Jan 16, 194219Booker BeckwithLossUD
      11Dec 1, 194119Red BurmanWinPTS
      10Oct 27, 194119Oliver ShanksWinKO5
      9Oct 6, 194119Bill PetersenWinUD
      8Sep 15, 194119Nate BoldenWinUD
      7Aug 11, 194119Lee OmaWinPTS
      6Jul 28, 194119Johnny TrotterWinPTS
      5Jul 11, 194119Tony PaoliWinPTS
      4Apr 29, 194119Bobby BerryWinPTS
      3Feb 17, 194118Orlando TrotterLossSD
      2Jan 27, 194118Frank McBrideWinUD
      1Jan 13, 194118Bobby BerryWinPTS

      * World-title fight

      Boxing career

      Joey Maxim was an American professional boxer. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. on March 28, 1922. He was a light-heavyweight world champion. He died on June 2, 2001 at the age of 79 years. Maxim was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame (IBHOF) in 1994. His professional boxing career spanned more than 17 years — from 1941 to 1958.

      Maxim made his professional boxing debut against Bobby Berry at the age of 18 on January 13, 1941, defeating Berry via 4 round PTS.

      He had his first world title fight at the age of 27 on May 23, 1949 after 83 professional fights, against Gus Lesnevich for the light-heavyweight NBA title. He defeated Lesnevich via 15 round unanimous decision to become the light-heavyweight champion of the world.

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

      Maxim had a total of 29 losses in his professional boxing career.

      His last professional fight was a non-title bout against Ulli Ritter at 36 years of age, on May 17, 1958. Maxim lost the fight via 10 round PTS.


      Maxim had a total of eight world-title fights, which includes winning four world titles and two successful title defenses. He won four of these fights and lost four.

      Title Wins

      Joey Maxim fought for a light-heavyweight world title in five fights and won two of these fights, winning one of them via way of stoppage. He won one light-heavyweight belt.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles WonMethod
      Jan 24, 1950Freddie MillsLight-heavyweightNBA, NYSAC, The RingKO
      May 23, 1949Gus LesnevichLight-heavyweightNBAUD

      Title Defenses

      Joey Maxim had three light-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 25, 1952Sugar Ray RobinsonLight-heavyweightNBA, NYSAC, The RingRTD
      Aug 22, 1951Irish Bob MurphyLight-heavyweightNBA, NYSAC, The RingUD

      Title Losses

      Joey Maxim lost one world-title defense fight, and lost three titles in the fight.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles LostMethod
      Dec 17, 1952Archie MooreLight-heavyweightNBA, NYSAC, The RingUD


      Maxim fought a total of 115 times during his professional career, which includes 8 world-title fights at two weight divisions. He was among the very best of his generation and was known for his great performances in his fights. These three fights are the highlight of his career.

      • August 28, 1946: Joey Maxim puts on the first remarkable performance of his career, defeating Jersey Joe Walcott via 10th round PTS.

      • May 23, 1949: Maxim wins his first world title by defeating Gus Lesnevich via 15 round unanimous decision. He is now the NBA light-heavyweight world champion.

      • June 25, 1952: Maxim successfully defends the NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring light-heavyweight titles against Sugar Ray Robinson, winning the fight via 14th round RTD.


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