Former world welterweight champion Frankie Randall is dead

American Frankie Randall died on December 23 at the age of fifty-nine. Suffering from pugilistic dementia and Parkinson’s disease, as his son revealed last April, he died in an asylum in Morristown (Tennessee). The Alabama native had a long career in the rings. After an intense amateur career (263 wins, 23 losses) where he won the Golden Gloves, he was professional from 1983 to 2005 (58 wins, including 42 before the limit, 1 draw, 18 losses).

Randall, given beaten at 18 to 1, created a surprise by inflicting his first defeat on the legendary Mexican Julio Cesar Chavez (89 wins, 1 draw), then WBC welterweight champion, dethroning him on points, January 29, 1994 in Las Vegas. In the rematch the following May, the American was beaten by a technical decision on points, with Chavez being cut above the right eye following a head clash. On September 17, still in 1994 in Las Vegas Randall dethroned the WBA champion, the Argentinian Juan Martin Coggi by points. In 1996, he lost the revenge against Coggi, but won the day. Finally, on January 11, 1997 in Nashville, he gave up his title (stop in the 11th round) against the French Khalid Rahilou.

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