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Funeral Service Set for Pro Boxer Larry Middleton

The Turner Station native died Jan. 9 at the age of 71.

Photo by Marge Neal
Photo by Marge Neal
Funeral services for former professional boxer Larry Middleton will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Set the Captives Free Outreach Center, 7111 Windsor Mill Blvd. in Woodlawn.

Middleton, a Turner Station native, enjoyed a professional boxing career that ran from 1965 to 1978, according to fightnews.com. He finished with a career record of 23-10-2, with 14 knockouts, according to the website.

After starting 1-1-1 in his first three bouts, Middletown won 19 straight fights, including a 10-round, unanimous decision win over fellow heavyweight contender Joe Bugner, according to the fightnews.com report.

He fought "some legendary names," according to the report, including Jerry Quarry, Ron Lyle and Ken Norton. He lost to Norton by way of a tenth-round technical knockout.

Middleton trained with Baltimore-based Mack Lewis, who trained and managed many world-ranked boxers, including world champion junior middleweight Vincent Pettway.

Middleton will be buried Thursday at the Garrison Forest Veterans Cemetery, 11501 Garrison Forest Road, according to his daughter, Angela Middleton-Cornish.
runymede January 13, 2014 at 09:25 PM
In the 70s, I worked at a firm in the city. Every day I would depart from my house in Logan Village and I would drive down Dundalk Avenue to work. Occasionally I would see a man jogging on Dundalk Avenue from the direction of Turner's Station and he was wearing an athletic sweat suit. I often wondered who was this guy. Then one morning I figured it out....that's Larry Middleton. Rest In Peace, Mr. Middleton.
Larry Bannerman January 21, 2014 at 11:59 PM
Runymeade---Yes that was him. Most of us growing up in Turner Station in the 60's were in awe of him. Some even got to spar with him. Larry was an everyday person and if you met him, you liked him. Like a lot of young guys back then, he joined the Army. That is where he became a boxer. With 49 KO's he was All-Army Champ. When he got out of the service he turned pro. From Boxing magazine---Former heavyweight contender Larry Middleton died on Thursday, January 9. No word on the cause of death. Middleton reportedly was 68 years old. Mr. Middleton boxed out of the famous Mack Lewis Gym in Baltimore, MD and was a pro from 1965-1978. After going 1-1-1 in his first three bouts, Middleton reeled off 19 straight wins including a big 10-round unanimous decision victory over fellow contender Joe Bugner on November 24, 1971 in Nottinghamshire, England. Middleton would go on to face some legendary names in the heavyweight division including Jerry Quarry), Ron Lyle (twice), Jimmy Ellis, Oscar Bonavena, Duane Bobick and Scott LeDoux. While Middleton was a top 10 heavyweight, losses to this impressive type of competition in an extremely competitive division would keep him from gaining a world title shot. Middleton’s biggest bout may have been his contest against former world champ Ken Norton on July 10, 1976 in San Diego, CA. This could have been called the “Battle of the Jawbreakers” as Middleton broke Bugner’s jaw in his win and Norton broke Muhammad Ali’s jaw in 1973. Middleton would lose to Norton by a tenth-round TKO. Middleton would finish his career in 1978 with a record of 23-10-2, 14 KO’s. In later years, Middleton worked with young people training boxers. “Larry was a outstanding boxing trainer /person/father figure — he taught me so much about boxing and life I’m so glad that I had him in my life,” said Baltimore boxing coach and former pro boxer Marvin McDowell. “He was one of the reasons I started UMAR Boxing Program to help the children liked he helped me .He will be missed in the world boxing community.” Fightnews sends its deepest condolences to the Middleton Family. Thank you Marge Neal. This is important.

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