Sam Baroudi 11 losses - just one by ko = Death
The night Sam Baroudi died began with anticipation and excitement. Before the curtain opener, many fans in the mezzazine of the Chicago Stadium were talking about Ezzard Charles who, after six years as a professional, was making his first Chicago appearance since winning the golden gloves. Make no mistake about it. Charles may have been underrated after he retired, but on February 20, 1948, he was considered one of the best boxers in the world and the uncrowned light-heavyweight champion. After all, this was a man who regularly beat up the cream of three divisions. That he was facing a relatively unknown middleweight from Akron was of no concern, especially among those who had seen Baroudi fight a local favorite, Bob Satterfield, the previous month.
It was generally accepted that Sam Baroudi had been invited to the windy city for a December showcase before serving as fodder for the cannons of Bob Satterfield. In the grand plan of Chicago boxing, Satterfield--after dispensing with Baroudi-would go on to meet Ezzard Charles and, hopefully, look good enough to demand bigger paydays and prettier dance partners.
Sam Baroudi, a veteran of 46 fights, did his part by winning an easy decision over one Albert Johnson before Christmas, and was immediately rewarded with a contract to meet Satterfield on January 24 as part of the Beau Jack-Johnny Bratton card.The plan unraveled, however, when Baroudi, climbing off the canvas twice, dropped Satterfield at least six times before put-ting him away inside of two rounds! Based on that performance, Baroudi would now face the great Ezzard Charles.
The first nine rounds were hard fought. Although there were no knockdowns, Baroudi took considerable punishment from the ever steady, stalking Charles. In the tenth and final round, Ezzard Charles finally caught up with his lighter opponent.Absorbing a flurry of punches, the Akron boxer slumped to the canvas in a sitting position. With his left arm limp across thebottom rope, Sam Baroudi began to flay his right arm and glove against the ring floor in meter with the timekeeper as if count-ing himself out! At the count of ten he fell back and collapsed into a coma.
There was no "Good Night, Ladies" played on the Stadium pipe organ. There was only an uneasy quiet that seemed to spreadrand taken immediately to Cook County Hospital. Ezzard Charles and his manager, Jake Mintz, soon followed to spend an al night vigil outside of Baroudi's room. The crowd, stunned and somber, waited until the ring was cleared of officials and thenfiled quietly out of the arena and, like my father and me, went home to wait for the morning paper to read about what we had witnessed on the night Sam Baroudi died.
He was just 22 years old.
For some reason I've had it in my head for years that Baroudi himself had once killed a fighter in the ring, but it isn't in his record and I can't find confirmation so I must be wrong.
Found it ..
Newton Smith (age 23) was killed in a fight with Baroudi.