Rocky Lockridge

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Rick "Rocky" Lockridge
Statistics
Nickname(s)Rocky
Weight(s)Super featherweight
Featherweight
Height5 ft 6+12 in (169 cm)
Reach68 in (173 cm)
NationalityAmerican
BornRick Lockridge
(1959-01-10)January 10, 1959
Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
DiedFebruary 7, 2019(2019-02-07) (aged 60)
Gloucester City, New Jersey[1]
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights53
Wins44
Wins by KO36
Losses9

Rick "Rocky" Lockridge (January 10, 1959 – February 7, 2019) was an American professional boxer.[2] He is perhaps best known for having handed Roger Mayweather his first defeat—a first-round knockout in just 98 seconds—earning him the WBA and lineal super featherweight titles.[3] He later won the IBF super featherweight title. He is also known from his 2010 appearance on the A&E television series Intervention.

Early life and career[edit]

Rocky Lockridge was born on January 10, 1959 in Tacoma, Washington. After relocating to Paterson, New Jersey at 19 years old in 1978,[4] he made his debut fight in the professional ring on August 9, defeating Tony Reed by TKO. On September 18, 1979, he defeated Gerald Hayes via unanimous decision to win the New Jersey State Featherweight Championship, and on February 19, 1980, he won by TKO against Fel Clemente to win the USA Featherweight Champion title.

On October 4, 1980, he fought for the WBA World Featherweight title against Eusebio Pedroza, losing by a majority decision; this defeat was Lockridge's first in the professional ring. On April 6, 1981, he retained the New Jersey featherweight title by defeating Ernesto Gonzalez by unanimous decision. On August 22, 1981, in a fight for the US featherweight title, he was knocked out by Juan Laporte. On April 24, 1983, he met Pedroza again in the fight for the WBA featherweight title, losing by unanimous decision.

On February 26, 1984, he knocked out the undefeated Roger Mayweather in round one and won the WBA junior-lightweight world championship. After defeating Mayweather, Lockridge and his wife Carolyn moved to Mount Laurel, New Jersey, where they gave birth to twin sons Ricky and Lamar on August 23, 1984.[4] Lockridge made two successful title defenses: on June 12, 1984, he won by TKO in round eleven against Tae Jin Moon, and on January 27, 1985, he won by TKO in round six against Kamel Bou-Ali, a future WBO world junior-lightweight champion himself. However, on May 15 of the same year, he lost the title by majority decision to Wilfredo Gómez.

On August 3, 1986, he lost by majority decision in the fight for the WBC world junior-lightweight title to the undefeated Julio César Chávez. On August 9, 1987, Lockridge defeated Barry Michael after Michael refused to continue the fight after the 8th round and won the IBF world junior-lightweight championship. On October 25, 1987, he defeated Johnny de la Rosa and defended the title, and on April 2, 1988, by unanimous decision, he defeated Harold Knight and again defended his title. On July 23, 1988, he lost by unanimous decision to Tony Lopez and lost his title to the Mexican-American. On March 5, 1989, a rematch took place between Lopez and Lockridge, which ended in the same way as the first fight. After the second defeat to Lopez, Lockridge retired following a victory against Mike Zena in 1989.[4]

Later years and death[edit]

Lockridge returned with his family to Tacoma in 1991 – 18 months following his retirement from boxing – and he and Carolyn separated shortly thereafter due to financial stress and Rocky's drug addiction. 30 months after his original retirement, Lockridge attempted a comeback under new management in Washington, but both his fights in this period ended in losses. In 1993, Lockridge moved to Camden, New Jersey alone, and he began working as a cleaner and painter for a drum and barrel company in January 1994. Shortly after, he was arrested for burglary and sentenced to five years probation. Three years later, he was arrested on a similar charge and served 27 months in prison before being released in July 1999. Lockridge spent the following years in homelessness, living on a monthly $140 and food stamps provided by the government, as well as pocket change from panhandling. He suffered a stroke in 2006, requiring him to use a cane.[4]

Lockridge was eventually brought by his family onto the A&E television series Intervention in 2010.[5] A scene from the episode, in which an emotional Lockridge loudly wails, became an internet meme titled "best cry ever". Following this appearance, Lockridge spent 90 days in a facility, and had remained sober since. Lockridge died on February 7, 2019 at the age of 60, after being placed on home hospice care following multiple strokes. He was removed from life support about one week prior to his death. In the weeks preceding his death, he was hooked to a feeding tube due to an inability to swallow, and suffered from aspiration pneumonia. His caretaker had set up a GoFundMe to help cover his medical expenses.[1][2]

Professional boxing record[edit]

53 fights 44 wins 9 losses
By knockout 36 1
By decision 8 8
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
53 Loss 44–9 Sharmba Mitchell UD 10 Apr 22, 1992 Meadowlands Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey, U.S.
52 Loss 44–8 Rafael Ruelas UD 10 Jan 30, 1992 Country Club, Reseda, California, U.S.
51 Win 44–7 Mike Zena KO 8 (10) Jun 18, 1989 Caesars Tahoe, Outdoor Arena, Stateline, Nevada, U.S.
50 Loss 43–7 Tony Lopez UD 12 Mar 5, 1989 Arco Arena, Sacramento, California, U.S. For IBF super-featherweight title
49 Loss 43–6 Tony Lopez UD 12 Jul 23, 1988 Arco Arena, Sacramento, California, U.S. Lost IBF super-featherweight title
48 Win 43–5 Harold Knight UD 15 Apr 2, 1988 Sands Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. Retained IBF super-featherweight title
47 Win 42–5 Johnny De La Rosa TKO 10 (15) Oct 25, 1987 Community Center, Tucson, Arizona, U.S. Retained IBF super-featherweight title
46 Win 41–5 Barry Michael RTD 8 (15) Aug 9, 1987 Blazers Night Club, Windsor, Berkshire, England, U.K. Won IBF super-featherweight title
45 Win 40–5 Dennis Cruz KO 7 (10) May 24, 1987 Memorial Coliseum, Corpus Christi, Texas, U.S.
44 Win 39–5 Felipe Orozco UD 10 Oct 22, 1986 Harrah's Marina Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
43 Loss 38–5 Julio César Chávez MD 12 Aug 3, 1986 Stade Louis II, Fontvieille, Monaco For WBC super-featherweight title
42 Win 38–4 Efrain Nieves TKO 3 (10) Mar 12, 1986 Harrah's Marina Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
41 Win 37–4 Fernando Segura TKO 4 (10) Dec 18, 1985 Harrah's Marina Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
40 Loss 36–4 Wilfredo Gómez MD 15 May 19, 1985 Coliseo Roberto Clemente, San Juan, Puerto Rico Lost WBA and The Ring super-featherweight titles
39 Win 36–3 Kamel Bou Ali TKO 6 (15) Jan 27, 1985 Palazzo del Congress, Riva del Garda, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy Retained WBA and The Ring super-featherweight titles
38 Win 35–3 Julio Llerena KO 6 (10) Jul 29, 1984 Castello Sforzesco, Milan, Lombardia, Italy
37 Win 34–3 Tae Jin Moon TKO 11 (15) Jun 12, 1984 Sullivan Arena, Anchorage, Alaska, U.S. Retained WBA and The Ring super-featherweight titles
36 Win 33–3 Roger Mayweather KO 1 (15) Feb 26, 1984 Civic Center, Beaumont, Texas, U.S. Won WBA and The Ring super-featherweight titles
35 Win 32–3 Jeff Goodwin TKO 3 (10) Nov 23, 1983 Sands Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
34 Win 31–3 Cornelius Boza-Edwards UD 10 Sep 9, 1983 Caesars Palace, Outdoor Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
33 Win 30–3 Danny Cruz TKO 1 (10) Jul 14, 1983 Ice World, Totowa, New Jersey, U.S.
32 Loss 29–3 Eusebio Pedroza UD 15 Apr 24, 1983 San Remo, Liguria, Italy For WBA and The Ring featherweight title
31 Win 29–2 Alberto Collazo TKO 9 (10) Nov 24, 1982 Resorts International, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
30 Win 28–2 Angel Lira TKO 6 (10) Sep 25, 1982 Great Gorge Resort, McAfee, New Jersey, U.S.
29 Win 27–2 Miguel Angel Hernandez TKO 3 (10) Aug 22, 1982 Great Gorge Resort, McAfee, New Jersey, U.S.
28 Win 26–2 Daniel Felizardo KO 2 (10) Jun 24, 1982 Resorts International, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
27 Win 25–2 Jose Nieto TKO 8 (10) May 23, 1982 Tropicana Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
26 Win 24–2 Robert Mullins TKO 5 (10) Apr 10, 1982 Sands Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
25 Win 23–2 Jose Resendez TKO 5 (10) Mar 14, 1982 Tropicana Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
24 Win 22–2 Tony Tris UD 10 Dec 10, 1981 Ice World, Totowa, New Jersey, U.S.
23 Win 21–2 Refugio Rojas MD 10 Nov 12, 1981 Meadowlands Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey, U.S.
22 Loss 20–2 Juan Laporte KO 2 (12) Aug 22, 1981 Showboat Hotel & Casino, Sports Pavilion, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. Lost USA New Jersey State featherweight title
21 Win 20–1 Sergio Reyes TKO 3 (10) May 21, 1981 Ice World, Totowa, New Jersey, U.S.
20 Win 19–1 Ernesto Gonzalez UD 12 Apr 6, 1981 Caesars Boardwalk Regency, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. Retained USA New Jersey State featherweight title
19 Win 18–1 Ernesto Gonzalez KO 1 (10) Jan 22, 1981 Ice World, Totowa, New Jersey, U.S.
18 Win 17–1 Benny Marquez TKO 3 (10) Dec 18, 1980 Ice World, Totowa, New Jersey, U.S.
17 Loss 16–1 Eusebio Pedroza SD 15 Oct 4, 1980 Great Gorge Playboy Club, McAfee, New Jersey, U.S. For WBA featherweight title
16 Win 16–0 Livio Nolasco TKO 4 (10) Aug 21, 1980 Ice World, Totowa, New Jersey, U.S.
15 Win 15–0 Alfonso Evans TKO 5 (10) Jul 13, 1980 Great Gorge Playboy Club, McAfee, New Jersey, U.S.
14 Win 14–0 Marcial Santiago TKO 3 (8) Jun 19, 1980 Ice World, Totowa, New Jersey, U.S.
13 Win 13–0 Joey Mayes TKO 2 (10) Apr 1, 1980 Ice World, Totowa, New Jersey, U.S.
12 Win 12–0 Richard Rozelle KO 2 (10) Mar 8, 1980 Great Gorge Playboy Club, McAfee, New Jersey, U.S.
11 Win 11–0 Fel Clemente TKO 7 (12) Feb 19, 1980 Ice World, Totowa, New Jersey, U.S. Won vacant USBA featherweight title
10 Win 10–0 Sammy Goss TKO 5 (12) Jan 8, 1980 Ice World, Totowa, New Jersey, U.S.
9 Win 9–0 José Ortiz KO 2 (10) Oct 30, 1979 Ice World, Totowa, New Jersey, U.S.
8 Win 8–0 Gerald Hayes UD 12 Sep 18, 1979 Giant's Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey, U.S. Won USA New Jersey State featherweight title
7 Win 7–0 Ronnie Green KO 1 (6) May 31, 1979 Convention Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
6 Win 6–0 Francisco Maldonado KO 2 (6) Apr 27, 1979 Robert Treat Hotel, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
5 Win 5–0 Melvin Boynton KO 2 (6) Apr 17, 1979 Ice World, Totowa, New Jersey, U.S.
4 Win 4–0 Melvin Bethea KO 1 (6) Mar 13, 1979 Ice World, Totowa, New Jersey, U.S.
3 Win 3–0 Tony Hernandez TKO 1 (6) Nov 14, 1978 Ice World, Totowa, New Jersey, U.S.
2 Win 2–0 Jose Luis Lara UD 6 Oct 5, 1978 Seattle Center Arena, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
1 Win 1–0 Tony Reed TKO 2 (4) Aug 9, 1978 Seattle Center Arena, Seattle, Washington, U.S.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Trock, Gary; Walters, Mike (February 7, 2019). "Boxer Rocky Lockridge, Famous for Intervention Scream, Dies at 60". The Blast. Archived from the original on April 26, 2019. Retrieved September 14, 2021.
  2. ^ a b "Intervention Viral Star Rocky Lockridge Dies, Boxing Legend Remembered". TMZ. EHM Productions. February 7, 2019. Archived from the original on February 7, 2019. Retrieved February 10, 2019.
  3. ^ "Rocky Lockridge - Lineal Jr. Lightweight Champion". The Cyber Boxing Zone Encyclopedia.
  4. ^ a b c d Schmerler, Todd (June 28, 2009). "Former boxing champ Rocky Lockridge living on streets of Camden, estranged from family, abusing drugs and alcohol". New Jersey Sports. New Jersey On-Line. Archived from the original on July 1, 2009. Retrieved September 14, 2021.
  5. ^ "Rocky". Intervention. Season 8. Episode 14. April 5, 2010. A&E Network. Archived from the original on September 8, 2011. Retrieved September 6, 2011.

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Achievements
Preceded by WBA super featherweight champion
26 Feb 1984– 19 May 1985
Succeeded by
Preceded by IBF super featherweight champion
9 Aug 1987– 23 Jul 1988
Succeeded by