Jimmy Young (boxer)Jimmy Young
was a Philadelphian
who had his greatest succes during the 1970s
. He made his name when fighting Muhammad Ali
in Landover, Maryland
in 1976 for the World Heavyweight Title. The fight went the full 15 rounds with the judges'decision going to Muhammad Ali in the end. The result however was very controversial. Many viewers in the audience that night and watching the fight at home on television thought Young clearly outfought the slower Ali that night and should have been crowned the new Champion at the end.
That didn't happen and Jimmy Young had to fight his way back to a new shot at the World Title. He chose to fight one of the most feared fighters in the world at he time; George Foreman
, who had begun a comeback after losing the title to Muhammad Ali in the "Rumble In The Jungle". The fight between Foreman and Young was held in Puerto Rico
and Young surprised many boxing
fans by handling George Foreman that night, even knocking him down in the 12th and final round. This time there was no controversy about the judges' decision when Jimmy Young was named the winner. Now Jimmy Young had to fight Ken Norton
for the right to challenge for the World Title again. The fight was staged in Las Vegas, Nevada in November 1977. Norton and Young fought for 15 close rounds and in the end Jimmy Young was the unluckier of the two, losing the fight by a spilt decision.
Jimmy Young kept fighting, with mixed results, until, at the age of 39, he finally announced his retirement in 1988.