Dwight Thomas Renouf Ritchie (29 February 1992 – 9 November 2019) was an Indigenous Australian professional boxer. He held the Australian middleweight title from 2014 to 2015[4] and the IBF Youth junior middleweight title in 2017.[5]

Dwight Ritchie
Statistics
Nickname(s)The Fighting Cowboy
Weight(s)
BornDwight Thomas Renouf Ritchie
(1992-02-29)29 February 1992
Shepparton, Victoria, Australia[1]
Died9 November 2019(2019-11-09) (aged 27)
Keilor East, Victoria, Australia[2]
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record[3]
Total fights25
Wins19
Wins by KO2
Losses2
No contests4

Boxing careerEdit

Ritchie, nicknamed "The Fighting Cowboy", boxed professionally as a junior middleweight and middleweight for ten years between 2009 and 2019, compiling a professional record of 19–2 (two knockouts) and 4 no contests. Titles held by Ritchie during his career include the Victoria State middleweight title, the Australian middleweight title, the OPBF middleweight title, the WBF Asia Pacific middleweight title, the IBF Youth junior middleweight title and the IBF Australasian junior middleweight titles.[6] In his last ring appearance on 14 August 2019, Ritchie lost his IBF Australasian title via ten-round unanimous decision to 14–0 Tim Tszyu at the ICC Exhibition Centre in Sydney, Australia.[7]

Professional boxing recordEdit

Professional record summary
25 fights 19 wins 2 losses
By knockout 2 0
By decision 17 2
No contests 4
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
25 Loss 19–2 (4)   Tim Tszyu UD 10 14 Aug 2019   ICC Exhibition Centre, Sydney, Australia Lost IBF Australasian junior middleweight title
24 Win 19–1 (4)   Jung Hoon Yang UD 8 27 Apr 2019   Whitehorse Club, Melbourne, Australia
23 Win 18–1 (4)   Joel Camilleri UD 10 3 Aug 2018   The Melbourne Pavilion, Melbourne, Australia Won vacant IBF Australasian junior middleweight title
22 Win 17–1 (4)   Emmanuel Carlos UD 8 13 Apr 2018   The Melbourne Pavilion, Melbourne, Australia
21 Win 16–1 (4)   Shay Brock UD 10 8 Dec 2018   The Melbourne Pavilion, Melbourne, Australia Won vacant IBF Youth junior middleweight title
20 Win 15–1 (4)   Peter Orlik TKO 2 (8) 22 Apr 2017   The Melbourne Pavilion, Melbourne, Australia
19 Loss 14–1 (4)   Koki Tyson UD 12 23 Nov 2016   Sumiyoshi SportsCenter, Osaka, Japan Lost OPBF middleweight title
18 Win 14–0 (4)   Hikaru Nishida UD 12 7 Jun 2016   Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan Won OPBF middleweight title
17 Win 13–0 (4)   Ryan Waters UD 10 21 Nov 2015   Cronulla Sutherland Leagues Club, Sydney, Australia Retained Australian middleweight title
16 Win 12–0 (4)   Mark Dalby UD 6 14 Aug 2015   The Melbourne Pavilion, Melbourne, Australia
15 Win 11–0 (4)   Joe Rea UD 6 8 May 2015   La Mirage Receptions & Convention Centre, Melbourne, Australia
14 Win 10–0 (4)   Dean Mikelj UD 10 17 Oct 2014   La Mirage Receptions & Convention Centre, Melbourne, Australia Won vacant Australian middleweight title
13 Win 9–0 (4)   Dean Mikelj MD 8 21 May 2014   Eatons Hill Hotel, Moreton Bay Region, Australia
12 Win 8–0 (4)   Mohamed Labari UD 8 30 Aug 2013   Club Italia, Melbourne, Australia
11 Win 7–0 (4)   Athit Praditphon MD 10 3 May 2013   Grand Star Receptions, Melbourne, Australia Won vacant WBF Asia Pacific middleweight title
10 Win 6–0 (4)   Suwicha Ratidet UD 8 1 Mar 2013   Grand Star Receptions, Melbourne, Australia
9 Win 5–0 (4)   Jody Allen TKO 4 (6) 30 Nov 2012   Grand Star Receptions, Melbourne, Australia
8 Win 4–0 (4)   Michael Hermann UD 6 18 May 2012   The Melbourne Pavilion, Melbourne, Australia
7 Win 3–0 (4)   Leroy Brown UD 8 22 Jul 2011   Sunshine Roller Skating Centre, Melbourne, Australia
6 Win 2–0 (4)   Ben Costello UD 8 18 Mar 2011   Sunshine Roller Skating Club, Melbourne, Australia Won vacant Victoria State middleweight title
5 Win 1–0 (4)   Jakkirt Suwunnalirt UD 8 17 Apr 2010   Yoogali Club, Griffith, Australia
4 NC 0–0 (4)   Andy Colgrave NC 6 13 Nov 2009   Veneto Club, Melbourne, Australia Originally UD win for Ritchie, later ruled NC due to Ritchie being underage
3 NC 0–0 (3)   Tomas Vysokai NC 6 30 Oct 2009   The Roundhouse, Sydney, Australia Originally SD win for Ritchie, later ruled NC due to Ritchie being underage
2 NC 0–0 (2)   Geoff Frazer NC 4 25 Sep 2009   Prestige Warehouse, Melbourne, Australia Originally UD win for Ritchie, later ruled NC due to Ritchie being underage
1 NC 0–0 (1)   Wayne Martin NC 4 16 Jul 2009   Melbourne Town Hall, Melbourne, Australia Originally UD win for Ritchie, later ruled NC due to Ritchie being underage

DeathEdit

On 9 November 2019, during a sparring session with Michael Zerafa in preparation for Zerafa's rematch against Jeff Horn the following month in Australia, Ritchie took a body shot, retreated to his own corner and collapsed. Despite attempts to save him, he could not be revived and died. He was 27 years old and left behind a wife and three children.[8][9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Australian boxer Dwight Ritchie dies in a training accident aged 27". ABC News. 9 November 2019. Retrieved 11 November 2019.
  2. ^ Davison, Katherine (11 November 2019). "Dwight Ritchie's sparring partner tells of moment boxer died". 7 News. Retrieved 11 November 2019.
  3. ^ "Boxing record for Dwight Ritchie". BoxRec.
  4. ^ "BoxRec: Title". boxrec.com. Retrieved 2019-11-09.
  5. ^ "BoxRec: Title". boxrec.com. Retrieved 2019-11-09.
  6. ^ "BoxRec: Dwight Ritchie". boxrec.com. Retrieved 2019-11-09.
  7. ^ "Tim Tszyu vs Dwight Ritchie results, full card, Tayla Harris vs Renee Gartner | FOX SPORTS". www.foxsports.com.au. 2019-08-14. Retrieved 2019-11-09.
  8. ^ "Dwight Ritchie Dies: Freak Accident While Sparring with Zerafa".
  9. ^ "Australian boxer Dwight Ritchie dies aged 27 after tragic sparring blow". 7NEWS.com.au. 2019-11-09. Retrieved 2019-11-09.

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