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Dick Tiger : biography

August 14, 1929 – December 14, 1971

Dick Tiger CBE (born Richard Ihetu August 14, 1929 – December 14, 1971) was a boxer from Ubahu village, Amaigbo, Nigeria, who emigrated to Liverpool and later to the United States of America. Tiger was a member of the Igbo ethnic group. Tiger was a talented boxer, commercial venturer, and Biafran rebel.

Fiction

  • A fictional August 29, 1963 Madison Square Garden bout in which a heavily favored Dick Tiger loses to Tom "The Hammer" Case of Dallas, Texas comes near the end of Stephen King’s time-travel novel 11/22/63.

TV

  • Appeared as a guest on an episode of the American television series What’s My Line?. The panel correctly guessed his occupation.

Professional career

Dick Tiger was one of the greatest fighters to come out of Africa. He became a two-time undisputed world middleweight titlist and helped keep boxing alive during the 1950s boxing industry recession. Tiger earned an undisputed Light-Heavyweight world championship. In 1962, Tiger won the world middleweight boxing championship.

On May 20, 1965, Tiger floored Rubin "Hurricane" Carter three times and won a unanimous 10-round decision. Tiger took on Gene Fullmer and won the world’s Middleweight title by decision in fifteen. Later in a rematch he drew in fifteen and in the rubber match won by knockout in seven rounds.

Tiger was an "in-house fighter" at New York City’s Madison Square Garden.

Retirement and death

After retiring from boxing, Tiger worked as a guard at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. One day, he felt a strong pain in his back. Tested by doctors, he was diagnosed with liver cancer. Tiger had been banned by the Nigerian government in his country because of his involvement in the Biafran movement; however, the ban was lifted immediately after news about his condition arrived in Nigeria.

He died of liver cancer on December 14, 1971; he was 42 years old.

Biafran rebel cause

Tiger developed a portfolio of investments before the outbreak of the Nigerian Civil War. Tiger was appointed CBE by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, but he returned his insignia as a protest for what he perceived as a lack of support by Great Britain to the Biafran cause.

Professional boxing record

| style="text-align:center;" colspan="8"|60 Wins (27 Knockouts), 16 Defeats (2 Knockouts), 3 Draws. BoxRec.com. Retrieved on 2011-10-22. |- style="text-align:center; background:#e3e3e3;" | style="border-style:none none solid solid; "|Res. | style="border-style:none none solid solid; "|Record | style="border-style:none none solid solid; "|Opponent | style="border-style:none none solid solid; "|Type | style="border-style:none none solid solid; "|Rd., Time | style="border-style:none none solid solid; "|Date | style="border-style:none none solid solid; "|Location | style="border-style:none none solid solid; "|Notes |- align=center |Loss |60-19-3 |align=left| Emile Griffith | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |60-18-3 |align=left| Andy Kendall | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |59-18-3 |align=left| Nino Benvenuti | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |58-18-3 |align=left| Frank DePaula | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Loss |57-18-3 |align=left| Bob Foster | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |57-17-3 |align=left| Roger Rouse | | | |align=left|{} |align=left| |- align=center |Win |56-17-3 |align=left| José Torres | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |55-17-3 |align=left| Abraham Tomica | | | |align=left|{} |align=left| |- align=center |Win |54-17-3 |align=left| José Torres | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Loss |53-17-3 |align=left| Emile Griffith | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |53-16-3 |align=left| Peter Mueller | | | |align=left|{} |align=left| |- align=center |Win |52-16-3 |align=left| Joey Giardello | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |51-16-3 |align=left| Rubin Carter | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |50-16-3 |align=left| Juan Carlos Rivero | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Loss |49-16-3 |align=left| Joey Archer | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |49-15-3 |align=left| Don Fullmer | | | |align=left|{} |align=left| |- align=center |Win |48-15-3 |align=left| Jose Monon Gonzalez | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Loss |47-15-3 |align=left| Joey Giardello | | | |align=left|{} |align=left| |- align=center |Win |47-14-3 |align=left| Gene Fullmer | | | |align=left|{} |align=left| |- align=center |style="background:#abcdef;"|Draw |46-14-3 |align=left| Gene Fullmer | | | |align=left|{} |align=left| |- align=center |Win |46-14-2 |align=left| Gene Fullmer | | | |align=left|{} |align=left| |- align=center |Win |45-14-2 |align=left| Henry Hank | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |44-14-2 |align=left| Florentino Fernández | | | |align=left|{} |align=left| |- align=center |Win |43-14-2 |align=left| William Pickett | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |42-14-2 |align=left| Hank Casey | | | |align=left|{} |align=left| |- align=center |Win |41-14-2 |align=left| Spider Webb | | | |align=left|{} |align=left| |- align=center |Win |40-14-2 |align=left| Gene Armstrong | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |39-14-2 |align=left| Wilf Greaves | | | |align=left|{} |align=left| |- align=center |Loss |38-14-2 |align=left| Wilf Greaves | | | |align=left|{} |align=left| |- align=center |Win |38-13-2 |align=left| Víctor Zalazar | | | |align=left|{} |align=left| |- align=center |Win |37-13-2 |align=left| Gene Armstrong | | | |align=left|{} |align=left| |- align=center |Win |36-13-2 |align=left| Holly Mims | | | |align=left|{} |align=left| |- align=center |Loss |35-13-2 |align=left| Joey Giardello | | | |align=left|{} |align=left| |- align=center |Win |35-12-2 |align=left| Joey Giardello | | | |align=left|{} |align=left| |- align=center |Win |34-12-2 |align=left| Gene Armstrong | | | |align=left|{} |align=left| |- align=center |Loss |33-12-2 |align=left| Rory Calhoun | | | |align=left|{} |align=left| |- align=center |style="background:#abcdef;"|Draw |33-12-2 |align=left| Rory Calhoun | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |33-12-1 |align=left| Randy Sandy | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Loss |32-11-1 |align=left| Randy Sandy | | | |align=left|{} |align=left| |- align=center |Win |32-10-1 |align=left| Yolande Pompey | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Loss |31-10-1 |align=left| Spider Webb | | | |align=left|{} |align=left| |- align=center |Win |31-9-1 |align=left| Billy Ellaway | | | |align=left|{} |align=left| |- align=center |Win |30-9-1 |align=left| Pat McAteer | | | |align=left|{} |align=left| |- align=center |Win |29-9-1 |align=left| Johnny Read | | | |align=left|{} |align=left| |- align=center |Win |28-9-1 |align=left| Jimmy Lynas | | | |align=left|{} |align=left| |- align=center |Win |27-9-1 |align=left| Jean Ruellet | | | |align=left|{} |align=left| |- align=center |Win |26-9-1 |align=left| Paddy Delargy | | | |align=left|{} |align=left| |- align=center |style="background:#abcdef;"|Draw |25-9-1 |align=left| Pat McAteer | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |25-9 |align=left| Jean Claude Poisson | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |24-9 |align=left| Phil Edwards | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |23-9 |align=left| Alan Dean | | | |align=left|{} |align=left| |- align=center |Loss |22-9 |align=left| Willie Armstrong | | | |align=left|{} |align=left| |- align=center |Win |22-8 |align=left| Marius Dori | | | |align=left|{} |align=left| |- align=center |Win |21-8 |align=left| Terry Downes | | | |align=left|{} |align=left| |- align=center |Win |20-8 |align=left| Johnny Read | | | |align=left|{} |align=left| |- align=center |Win |19-8 |align=left| Alan Dean | | | |align=left|{} |align=left| |- align=center |Loss |18-8 |align=left| Alan Dean | | | |align=left|{} |align=left| |- align=center |Win |18-7 |align=left| Jimmy Lynas | | | |align=left|{} |align=left| |- align=center |Win |17-7 |align=left| Wally Scott | | | |align=left|{} |align=left| |- align=center |Win |16-7 |align=left| Alan Dean | | | |align=left|{} |align=left| |- align=center |Win |15-7 |align=left| Dennis Rowley | | | |align=left|{} |align=left| |- align=center |Loss |14-7 |align=left| George Roe | | | |align=left|{} |align=left| |- align=center |Loss |14-6 |align=left| Jimmy Lynas | | | |align=left|{} |align=left| |- align=center |Loss |14-5 |align=left| Gerry McNally | | | |align=left|{} |align=left| |- align=center |Loss |14-4 |align=left| Alan Dean | | | |align=left|{} |align=left|