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Paul Pender
Paul Pender 1960.jpg
Paul Pender in 1960
Born June 20, 1930
Brookline, Massachusetts
Died January 12, 2003(2003-01-12) (aged 72)
Bedford, Massachusetts
Nationality American
Style Orthodox
Height 5'10'
Weight 160 pounds (middleweight)

Paul Pender (June 20, 1930 – January 12, 2003), was an American boxer and fire-fighter from Massachusetts who held the World Middleweight Championship.[1][2]

Early lifeEdit

He was born in Brookline, Massachusetts, the son of William and Anna (Leicester) Pender. A 1949 graduate of Brookline High School, Pender was recruited as an all American football player at Michigan State University and Penn State, but instead, chose to enter professional boxing, while attending Staley College. Although a champion, he regarded boxing as his second job and being a Brookline fire fighter his first. As an amateur, he won the New England welterweight championship.

Pender was a member of the United States Marine Corps.

Professional careerEdit

In 1959, the National Boxing Association withdrew its recognition of Sugar Ray Robinson as middleweight champion. Gene Fullmer and Carmen Basilio fought for the vacant NBA title, and Fullmer won. Pender beat Robinson, one of the greatest fighters of all time, for the disputed middleweight championship title.[3] He won by split decision in 15 rounds. Pender fought Robinson once again to defend his title and went on to beat him by split decision.

He fought a set of three matches against English boxer Terry Downes, of which only the third (on April 7, 1962) went the full distance. He won the first and the third bout, but the last would prove to be the only fight of that year for Pender and the last of his career. The New York Boxing Commission stripped Pender of his title for not defending it against Dick Tiger. Pender sued and won on appeal.[4]

His career was hampered by his brittle hands.[5] He retired May 7, 1963 as the current world middleweight champion.[6]

His career record was 40 wins (20 by KO), 6 losses, and 2 draws.


He died in Bedford, Massachusetts on January 12, 2003, at the Veterans Administration (VA) Hospital.

See alsoEdit


Preceded by
Sugar Ray Robinson
World Middleweight Champion
January 2, 1960 – June 11, 1961
Succeeded by
Terry Downes
Preceded by
Terry Downes
World Middleweight Champion
April 7, 1962 – May 7, 1963
Succeeded by
Dick Tiger

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