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Frankie Randall, three-time light welterweight champion, passed away at 59

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Retired American boxer and former WBA, WBC, and lineal light welterweight champion of the world Frankie Randall has breathed his last on 23rd December.

Throughout his professional career spanning more than two decades, Frankie Randall (58–18–1, 42 KOs) made history in 1994 for breaking Mexican boxing virtuoso Julio César Chávez’s astounding 89-win streak.

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Frankie Randall was the first boxer to defeat Julio César Chávez. (Image Courtesy: Getty)

Frankie Randall was dealing with pugilistic dementia, Parkinson’s

The unfortunate news of Randall’s death was made public by his former trainer Aaron Snowell on Facebook, where he revealed that he heard about Randall’s death from his son DeMarcus Randall.

“I just got word from DeMarcus Randall son of Frankie Randall 3x Champion that the Lord has call him home. The Surgeon is operating in Heaven with his Lord. May God comfort the family thru this hard time. Peace and Blessing be with the Randall Family,” Snowell, who has also worked with Mike Tyson, Julian Jackson Tim Witherspoon and Tim Austin, wrote.

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Later, DeMarcus himself opened up to The Ring on the sad passing of his father, who was suffering from both Parkinson’s and pugilistic dementia, who was receiving treatment at a Tennessee nursing home.

“My dad has pugilistic dementia and Parkinson’s,” DeMarcus said, “a frontal lobe brain injury that affects his speech, motor skills, and mental stability.”

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“Due to his condition, my family and I made the decision to place my dad in a nursing home in Tennessee. We wish to keep the location private at this time,” Randall junior added.

Frankie Randall
Frankie Randall with his son and ex-wife. (Image Courtesy: Marcus Randall/The Ring)

Nicknamed “The Surgeon”, Randall clinched the WBC light welterweight belt from Chávez via split decision on 29th January 1994, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Paradise, Nevada.

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The same year, Randall became the WBA light welterweight champion by defeating Argentine boxer Juan Martin Coggi in September via unanimous decision. In 1996, Randall had tested positive for drugs, including cocaine and theophylline.

Randall had the final fight of his career on 15th July 2005 against Craig Weber, losing the match by a 6th round TKO.

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Saikat Banerjee
Saikat Banerjee
A wordsmith who indulges in the world of combat sports, Saikat is an MMA, boxing, and arm wrestling content writer at The MMA India Show and The Sports Room. Apart from combat sports, he also engages in Indian sports content at The Sports India Show. Currently pursuing an MBA from Jadavpur University, Saikat's other interests lie in motorcycling, working out, and travelling.


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