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Sonny Banks boxer

Sonny Banks image
Status inactive
Age 24
Division heavyweight
Height 6′ 2″/188cm
Debut 1960-05-19
Born 1940-06-29
Death 1965-05-13
Nationality USA
Residence Detroit, Michigan, USA
bouts
25
won
18
lost
7
draw
0
bouts
25
won
18
lost
7
draw
0
Status inactive
Age 24
Division heavyweight
Height 6′ 2″/188cm
Debut 1960-05-19
Born 1940-06-29
Death 1965-05-13
Nationality USA
Residence Detroit, Michigan, USA

Banks was from Lee County in northeast Mississippi, near Tupelo. He was born in the farming community Birmingham Ridge, about halfway between Tupelo and Saltillo. (Source: Rick Cleveland column)Banks fought Clay in 1962 and knocked him down for a count, although he lost the match. Banks at the age of 24, died in 1965 from injuries sustained in a 9-round bout against Leotis Martin.

Banks was from Lee County in northeast Mississippi, near Tupelo. He was born in the farming community Birmingham Ridge, about halfway between Tupelo and Saltillo. (Source: Rick Cleveland column)Banks fought Clay in 1962 and knocked him down for a count, although he lost the match. Banks at the age of 24, died in 1965 from injuries sustained in a 9-round bout against Leotis Martin.

Date Opponent Last Opponents' Results Place Titles Result
May 10, 1965 Leotis Martin LWWWWW Arena, Philadelphia LOSS
KO
July 21, 1964 Cleveland Williams WWLWWW Houston LOSS
Technical knockout
May 18, 1964 Don Warner WDLLLL Arena, Philadelphia WIN
KO
March 16, 1964 Lee Batts WWWWWW Arena, Philadelphia WIN
KO
Nov. 29, 1963 Lee Batts WWWWWW Central High Field House, Battle Creek LOSS
Split-decision
Oct. 18, 1963 Dave Bailey LWWWLD Cobo Arena, Detroit WIN
Split-decision
July 6, 1963 Jim Jones WWWWWW Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
Unanimous decision
June 5, 1963 Freddie Mack LWWD Graystone Ballroom, Detroit WIN
Split-decision
March 15, 1963 Leroy Roker WWLWWL Graystone Ballroom, Detroit WIN
Technical knockout
Feb. 9, 1963 Lou Bailey WLWWLL Graystone Ballroom, Detroit WIN
KO
July 28, 1962 Gene Jackson WWWLWW Graystone Ballroom, Detroit WIN
KO
May 26, 1962 Young Jack Johnson LWLLWL State Fair Coliseum, Detroit LOSS
KO
Feb. 10, 1962 Muhammad Ali WWWWWW Madison Square Garden, New York LOSS
Technical knockout
Jan. 27, 1962 Clay Thomas LWDLWW Graystone Ballroom, Detroit WIN
Technical knockout
Oct. 16, 1961 Tunney Hunsaker LLLLWL Graystone Ballroom, Detroit WIN
KO
Aug. 7, 1961 Willie Coleman WLWLWL Graystone Ballroom, Detroit USA Michigan State Heavyweight

WIN
Technical knockout
June 6, 1961 Joe Shelton LDWWLL Graystone Ballroom, Detroit USA Michigan State Heavyweight

WIN
KO
April 25, 1961 Herman Wilson Graystone Ballroom, Detroit USA Michigan State Heavyweight

WIN
KO
Feb. 6, 1961 Chuck Garrett LWLWLL Marigold Gardens, Chicago USA Michigan State Heavyweight

LOSS
Points
Oct. 11, 1960 Joe Shelton LLDW Graystone Ballroom, Detroit LOSS
KO
Sept. 23, 1960 Rufus Handsome LWW Olympia Stadium, Detroit WIN
KO
Aug. 31, 1960 Chico Gardner Chicago Stadium, Chicago WIN
Technical knockout
Aug. 18, 1960 Ted Davis LLLW Graystone Ballroom, Detroit WIN
KO
July 12, 1960 Lloyd Washington Fort Erie Arena, Fort Erie WIN
KO
May 19, 1960 Ernie Berthet Jr WDL Graystone Ballroom, Detroit WIN
Unanimous decision