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The Greatest College Boxer in NCAA History

Chuck Davey is arguably the greatest college boxer in NCAA history. Using a southpaw style that often confused and frustrated opponents, Davey won the NCAA boxing title as a freshman at Michigan State University. After four years of duty in World War II, he returned to Michigan State University and won three more NCAA championships. He finished his amateur career with 93 victories in 94 fights.

In the 1950s, after compiling a record of 30-0-1 as a pro, Davey was finally signed to fight in a series of televised bouts in which he went undefeated. His first TV fight was with former lightweight champion Ike Williams. Eventually, he was matched with champion Kid Gavilan in 1953 (see video) and was soundly defeated. He also fought, and beat Rocky Graziano.

Davey’s official record as a pro was 42 wins (including 26 knockouts), 5 losses (2 knockouts), and 2 draws.
Davey died in 2002 at age 77 of complications resulting from a surfing accident.

Chuck Davey vs. Kid Gavilan (1953)  

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