- Karl Mildenberger
Karl Mildenberger (born
Kaiserslautern, 23 November 1937) is a retired German heavyweightboxer. He was the European Heavyweight Champion from 1964 to 1968 (retained the Title 6 times). Mildenberger fought Muhammad Alifor the World Heavyweight Titlein September 1966. Mildenberger, a lefthander, frustrated the champ for most of the fight, but ultimately lost by TKO when the referee stopped the fight at 1:28 of the twelfth round following a flurry of punches by Ali.
Karl Mildenberger lost his first fight for the European Heavyweight title when he was knocked out by Dick Richardson, the Welsh boxer, in one round in April 1962. Karl rebounded with wins over Joe Erskine and
Archie McBrideand got a draw with highly ranked Zora Folleyin April 1964. Later that year Mildenberger scored a first round knockout over Sante Amonteto capture the European title. He defeated Eddie Machenover ten rounds in 1966. In 1967, Mildenberger participated in a tournament staged by the World Boxing Associationto determine the new heavyweight champion after Ali was stripped of the title for refusing induction into the draft. In the first round, he lost to Oscar Bonavenain what was proclaimed the Ring Magazine upset of the year. Mildenberger was not the same afterwards, and subsequently lost the European Heavyweigh title to Henry Cooperon an eight round disqualification.
Mildenberger was the first
southpawto fight for the Heavyweight World Title since James J. Corbett in 1892.
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