Ralph DupasBoxing, 1950-66

Inducted: 1978

  • The light middleweight champion of the world in 1963 who fought 135 times in his career, winning 106 times.
  • Defeated Denny Moyer in a 15-round unanimous decision in New Orleans on April 29, 1963 to win the light middleweight title, but lost the title in September to Italina Sandro Mazzinghi.
  • Began his professional career in 1950 at the age of 14 after Hall of Fame trainer Angelo Dundee saw him fight and opted to train him.
  • Was a top-ranked contender in the lightweight division but lost a title bout to Joe Brown, another New Orleans product, in May of 1957.
  • Moved up to the welterweight division and earned another title bout, this time losing to Emile Griffith in 1962.
  • Also dropped a welterweight fight in a controversial 1963 decision against Sugar Ray Robinson.
  • Born Oct. 14, 1935 and died on Jan. 25, 2008 at the age of 72.
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