European Heavyweight Champion Jürgen Blin Dies at 79, Fought Muhammad Ali in 1971


European Heavyweight Champion Jürgen Blin Dies at 79, Fought Muhammad Ali in 1971

By Robert Brizel, Head Actual Fight Media Boxing Correspondent

 Hamburg, Germany (Could ninth,2022)– Former European Heavyweight champion  Jurgen Blin of Germany, who fought Joe Bugner twice, Muhammad Ali, received the European Heavyweight championship after combating Ali, and fought his final bout in opposition to primary heavyweight contender Ron Lyle, has died of Kidney illness in his native Hamburg, Germany at age 79. Blin’s dying was confirmed by his son Jorg Blin. Blin is survived by his two sons and his longtime girlfriend.

 A butcher by commerce, Blin turned professional at Sporthalle in Cologne, Germany, in October 1964 with a 4 spherical resolution win over Klaus Krueger. Throughout his 9 12 months skilled profession between 1964 and 1973, Blin fought 48 instances, successful 30, dropping 12, and drawing six bouts. Blin received the European Heavyweight champion in Madrid, Spain, by successful a 15 spherical resolution in a rematch over Jose Manuel Urtain in June 1972, again within the previous 15 spherical period. In Could 1972, Blin had misplaced a 15 spherical break up resolution to Joe Bugner at Wembley in London for the European Heavyweight title. In his rematch with rematch with Bugner, Blin was knocked by Bugner within the eighth spherical at Royal Albert Corridor in London, United Kingdom in October 1972.

 After knocking out Danny Machado in Kiel, Germany, in February 1973, Blin made his closing ring look in October 1973, getting knocked out within the second spherical by heavyweight contender Ron Lyle in Denver, Colorado, Blin’s solely look in the US. Blin fought his whole profession inside Germany, apart from his two bouts with Bugner in London, and his two bouts with Urtain in Catalonia and Madrid, Spain, his bout with Ali in Switzerland, and the bout with Lyle.

 Blin grew to become well-known when he fought Muhammad Ali at Hallenstadion in Zurich, Switzerland, in December 1971, placing up a brave however dropping effort to Ali, getting knocked out by Ali within the seventh spherical. Blin co-wrote the guide “Dealing with Ali” with Stephen Brunt in 2002, documenting his journey into the bout with Ali, earlier than Ali regained the heavyweight title in opposition to George Foreman. After his retirement, Blin remained within the public eye in Germany, as he owned and ran a tavern pub and a number of other snack bar cafes for a few years in downtown Hamburg.




Robert Brizel - Head Boxing Correspondent

Robert Brizel – Head Boxing Correspondent

Robert is the Head Boxing Correspondent for Actual Fight Media Boxing since 2013. Robert can be a photographer and ringside reporter for the RCM Tri State area which incorporates NJ, NY and PA. Robert conducts unique interviews, gives historic boxing articles and gives editorial ringside protection of main boxing occasions. You possibly can contact or observe Robert on Fb and by e mail at [email protected].

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