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Boxing – 1984 Junior Lightweight Bout – Rocky Lockridge VS Dennis Cruz


Rick “Rocky” Lockridge (born January 30, 1959) is an American former professional boxer….who is known for handing world champion super featherweight champion Roger Mayweather his first defeat….which was a first-round knockout in just 98 seconds….earning him the WBA and Lineal super featherweight titles.  Rocky later won the IBF super featherweight title from Barry Michael.

Lockridge started boxing as an amateur out of the Tacoma Boys Club….as he became one of four world champions to originate from Tacoma along with Freddie Steele, Leo Randolph and Johnny Bumphus., His highlights as an amateur included the 1977 National AAU Bantamweight Championship by stopping David Douglas of the U.S. Army in the second round of the final….the 1978 National Golden Gloves Runner Up in Bantamweight Class….the 1978 Runner Up in National AAU Championships in Bantamweight Class after losing to Jackie Beard in Biloxi, MS….and he was defeated in the quarter-finals of the World Amateur Boxing Championships in Belgrade, Yugoslavia by Fazlija Šaćirović (2-3).

Rocky Lockridge ended his professional career with 44 wins and 9 losses record with 36 KO’s….and hold three (3) different world titles.  For the past two decades, Lockridge has suffered drug problems….as he became homeless and suffered a stroke that forced him to walk with a cane. He was featured on A&E’s Intervention TV series, claiming that the intervention and the help of his sons saved his life….as his appearance on the show is noted for a famous moment where his son Lamar says, “Somewhere deep down in my heart, I still love you,”….which caused Lockridge to break down crying hard enough to the point where he was screaming at the top of his lungs. This spawned the internet meme “Best Cry Ever”.  He was also caught on video defending himself by knocking out a bully with a single one-two jab-cross combination near a convenience store.  In interviews, he has expressed a desire to be drug-free by stating that he had never been this clean….even in his fighting days….saying “I feel so good today that if I hadn’t suffered the stroke I would go for a title shot,”

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