Rocky Lockridge

Rick "Rocky" Lockridge (January 10, 1959 – February 7, 2019) was an American professional boxer.[2] He is perhaps best known for having handed Roger Mayweather his first defeat—a first-round knockout in just 98 seconds—earning him the WBA and lineal super featherweight titles.[3] He later won the IBF super featherweight title. He is also known from his 2010 appearance on the A&E television series Intervention.

Rocky Lockridge
Statistics
Nickname(s)Rocky
Weight(s)Super featherweight
Featherweight
Height5 ft 6 12 in (169 cm)
Reach68 in (173 cm)
NationalityAmerican
BornRick Lockridge
(1959-01-10)January 10, 1959
Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
DiedFebruary 7, 2019(2019-02-07) (aged 60)
Gloucester City, New Jersey[1]
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights53
Wins44
Wins by KO36
Losses9

Amateur careerEdit

Lockridge started boxing as an amateur out of the Tacoma Boys Club. Being one of four world champions to originate from Tacoma (including Freddie Steele, Leo Randolph and Johnny Bumphus), his highlights as an amateur include:

Later years and deathEdit

For the last two decades of his life, Lockridge had drug problems. He became homeless and suffered a stroke which forced him to walk with a cane. He was featured on A&E's Intervention TV series, on which he claimed that the intervention and the help of his sons saved his life.[4] His appearance on the show is noted for a moment where his son Lamar says, "Because I know, 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 almost yelling. This spawned the internet meme "Best Cry Ever".[5][2] 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.[6] In interviews, he expressed a desire to be drug-free, having stated that he had never been this clean, even in his fighting days. "I feel so good today that if I hadn't suffered the stroke I would go for a title shot," he stated. He was also interested in becoming a boxing trainer.[citation needed]

Lockridge died on February 7, 2019 at the age of 60, after being placed on home hospice care following another series of strokes. He was removed from life support about one week prior to his death.[1] Lockridge is survived by his three sons Lamar Lockridge, Raymond Dixon, and Ricky Lockridge Jr.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Boxer Rocky Lockridge, Famous for 'Intervention' Scream, Dies at 60". MSN.
  2. ^ a b "'Intervention' Viral Star Rocky Lockridge Dies, Boxing Legend Remembered". TMZ. February 7, 2019. Retrieved February 10, 2019.
  3. ^ "Rocky Lockridge - Lineal Jr. Lightweight Champion". The Cyber Boxing Zone Encyclopedia.
  4. ^ "Rocky". Intervention. Season 8. Episode 14. 2010-04-05. A&E Network. Archived from the original on 2011-09-08. Retrieved 2011-09-06. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Best Cry Ever on YouTube
  6. ^ Guy Picks Fight with Retired Boxer on YouTube

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Achievements
Preceded by
Roger Mayweather
WBA super featherweight champion
26 Feb 1984– 19 May 1985
Succeeded by
Wilfredo Gómez
Preceded by
Barry Michael
IBF super featherweight champion
9 Aug 1987– 23 Jul 1988
Succeeded by
Tony Lopez