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{{Infobox_Boxer
name = Joe Bugner
nationality =



realname = József Kreul Bugner
nickname = Aussie Joe
weight = Heavyweight
birth_date =
birth_place = SzŇĎregmarker, Hungarymarker
home = Gold Coast, Queenslandmarker
reach =
height = 6′ 4″ {1.93m)
style = Orthodox
total = 83
wins = 69
KO = 43
losses = 13
draws = 1
no contests = 0}}József Kreul "Joe" Bugner (born 13 March 1950) is a Hungarian-born Britishmarker/Australian former heavyweight boxer. He holds triple nationality, being a citizen of Hungarymarker and a naturalized citizen of both Australia and the United Kingdommarker.

Born in SzŇĎregmarker, a southeastern suburb of Szegedmarker in southern Hungarymarker, Bugner and his family fled after the 1956 Soviet invasion and settled in Englandmarker. During the 1970s, the 240 pound (108kg) Bugner twice held the British and British Commonwealth heavyweight titles and he was a three time European heavyweight champion. He was ranked among the world's top ten heavyweights during the 1970s, fighting such opponents as Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, Ron Lyle, Jimmy Ellis and Henry Cooper. He fought for the world heavyweight championship in 1975, losing on points in a second bout with Ali.

Bugner retired from boxing in 1976, but over the next two decades he made sporadic comebacks with varying success. He relocated to Australia in 1986, adopting the nickname "Aussie Joe", before retiring again after a TKO loss to Frank Bruno in 1987. He made a final comeback during the 1990s, winning the Australian heavyweight title in 1995 and the lightly regarded WBF heavyweight championship in 1998 at the age of 48. He retired in 1999 with a final record of 69-13-1, including 43 wins by knockout.

Early years

Joe and his family fled to the United Kingdom in the late 1950s because of the Soviet Union's invasion of Hungary in 1956 after the Hungarian uprising of that year. They settled in the Cambridgeshire town of St Ivesmarker. At school Bugner excelled in sports and was the national junior discus champion in 1964. Joe lived and trained in Bedford during his early boxing years, he was a regular at Bedford Boys Club.Joe went to Goldington Road School Bedford.

Boxing career

Professional debut

Bugner fought sixteen times as an amateur boxer, winning thirteen bouts. He turned professional in 1967 (at the age of seventeen) on the advice of his then trainer and friend Andy Smith. Smith was unhappy with the choice of Bugner's opponents and Smith believed that he could better control the quality of Bugner's opponents in the professional game. He had a losing debut against Paul Brown on the 20 December 1967 at the London Hiltonmarker, where he was knocked out in the third round. After his debut he went on to stop twelve of his next thirteen opponents. This included four one-round wins, and two knockouts over Brown in rematches.

In 1970 Bugner emerged internationally as an outstanding young prospect, and by the end of the year he was on the fringe of the world ratings. He won nine consecutive bouts that year, including victories over well known boxers such as Chuck Wepner, and Brian London. Bugner was now positioned to challenge world rated Englishman Henry Cooper for Cooper's British, British Commonwealth and European titles. However, because Bugner was still too young to fight for the British Commonwealth title (the minimum age was twenty-one years old at the time), this much anticipated bout had to be postponed until the next year.

Starting in his early years as a professional and continuing for the rest of his career, Bugner earned a reputation as an exceptionally defensive and cautious boxer. He was criticized often for lacking natural aggression in the ring. Some observers argued that Bugner's heart was never in boxing after an early opponent, Ulric Regis, died from brain injuries soon after being outpointed by Bugner at Londonmarker's Shoreditch Town Hallmarker.

Defeat of Henry Cooper

In March 1971, Bugner finally met Cooper, and defeated him by a fifteen-round decision. This bout was very closely contested, and the outcome remains one of the most controversial decisions in British boxing history. There were no judges and the fight was scored by the referee, Harry Gibbs. Bugner won by ¬ľ point. The British sporting public and press were deeply divided as to which boxer deserved the verdict.

Nonetheless, Bugner was now the British, British Commonwealth, and European champion, and for the first time he was ranked among the world's top ten heavyweights. Bugner would remain in the world ratings for most of the rest of the decade.

Later in 1971, Bugner lost decisions to underdogs Jack Bodell and Larry Middleton. The Bodell fight was particularly costly, depriving Bugner of his British, British Commonwealth and European championships. Bugner's relative inexperience (his youth and lack of an extensive amateur background) was the chief cause of these defeats.

In 1972 Bugner won eight consecutive fights, including a knockout over Jurgen Blin for the European championship. By the end of this year Bugner had acquired sufficient seasoning as a boxer that his manager began seeking matches against the world's very best heavyweights.

Prime years

In 1973 Bugner lost twelve-round decisions to Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. Although the scorecards in these fights were lopsided, Bugner fought well in both bouts and he won the respect of the boxing media and public alike. After their bout, Ali declared that Bugner was capable of being world champion. Ali's trainer Angelo Dundee later echoed that sentiment. The fight with Smokin' Joe in July 1973 at Earls Courtmarker in London was deemed a classic. After being knocked down by a tremendous left hook in the tenth round, Bugner arose and hurt Frazier to close the round. Many regard the Frazier bout as being Bugner's best career performance.

After the Ali and Frazier fights, Bugner won eight matches in a row, his most notable victories being over Jimmy Ellis, Mac Foster, and Jose Luis Garcia. By the end of 1974 Bugner was rated among the top five heavyweight contenders in the world.

Bugner challenged Muhammad Ali for the world championship in June 1975, the bout being held in Kuala Lumpurmarker. This fight has been described as one of the most boring championship bouts of all time, with Ali winning a one-sided fifteen-round decision. Bugner maintained a strictly defensive posture throughout this fight, and as a result he was widely scorned by the media and public. In an interview during an April 2008 reunion with Henry Cooper, Bugner defended his tactics in the Ali fight as having been necessary due to the extreme temperature and humidity of the outside venue. Nevertheless, Bugner had fought 27 rounds against arguably the greatest boxer in history without having ever being seriously troubled.

Early in 1976, Bugner announced his retirement from boxing, stating that he no longer felt motivated to fight professionally. Within months however he returned to the ring, and in October he knocked out Richard Dunn to reclaim the British, British Commonwealth, and European championships.

In 1977, Bugner lost a close twelve-round decision to top contender Ron Lyle. After this bout, Bugner again retired, making only sporadic comebacks to the ring over the next decades.

Comebacks

Bugner returned to the ring for brief periods in the 1980s and 1990s, but due to the effects of age and inactivity, he was never again as effective as he had been during his prime.

After a three year absence from the ring, Bugner returned in May 1980, knocking out journeyman Gilberto Acuna, before retiring again. In 1982 he fought the hard-hitting contender Earnie Shavers, but was stopped in the second round due to a cut eye. Two years later he lost a decision to Marvis Frazier, son of Joe Frazier.

In 1986 he moved to Australia, where he adopted the nickname Aussie Joe. In Australia, Bugner launched a moderately successful comeback, earning victories over James Tillis, David Bey and former WBA heavyweight champion Greg Page, after which he spoke of challenging reigning heavyweight champion Mike Tyson. However, in 1987 he suffered an eighth round TKO loss to Frank Bruno for the Commonwealth championship at White Hart Lanemarker and retired again.

Inspired by the 45-year-old George Foreman's recapture of the heavyweight title, Bugner made a final comeback in 1995, beating Vince Cervi to win the Australian heavyweight title. In 1998, he won the lightly regarded WBF version of the heavyweight crown in 1998, by defeating James "Bonecrusher" Smith. At the age of 49 years and a 110 days, it made him the oldest ever boxer to hold a world championship belt.

Fight record

His record for 83 professional fights is 69 wins (41 on knockouts), 13 Losses and 1 Draw. He last fought in June 1999 beating Levi Billups, who was disqualified for low blows.

In an interview in 2004, Bugner said that the hardest puncher he had ever faced was Earnie Shavers and the biggest beating he took was from Ron Lyle.

Life outside of boxing

On his move to Australia, Bugner and his wife Marlene opened a vineyard. It failed in 1989, and he estimated to having lost some one and a half million Australian dollars.

He now lives on the Gold Coast, Queenslandmarker.

Bugner has started to carve a career in the film industry, working with Bud Spencer in his movies in the eighties.

He was the expert adviser on the Russell Crowe film, Cinderella Man, which was a film about the heavyweight boxer James J. Braddock. Bugner was dropped part way through the project, which prompted him to call Crowe, "a gutless worm and a fucking girl".

Joe suffers from a serious back injury which sustained from training for fights in his middle years. He also has financial problems. It was these financial problems which forced him back into the ring at such advanced age. A benefit was held for Joe in 2008 by Kevin Lueshing.

In November 2009 Joe replaced Camilla Dallerup on day 4 of the British TV show I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here!. He left the show on day 16 after losing a bushtucker trial called 'Jungle Jail' to fellow celebrity Stuart Manning.

Career record

69 Wins (41 knockouts, 26 decisions, 2 disqualifications), 13 Losses (4 knockouts, 9 decisions), 1 Draw
Res.
Opponent
Type
Rd., Time
Date
Location
Notes
Win
Levi Billups
Disqualification
9
1999-06-13
Broadbeach, Australia
Win
James Smith
TKO
1
1998-07-04
Carrara, Australia
Win
Bob Mirovic
Decision
12
1998-04-20
Carrara, Australia
Win
Colin Wilson
Decision
12
1998-01-13
Broadbeach, Australia
Win
Waisiki Ligaloa
TKO
7
1997-06-03
Southport, Australia
Win
Young Haumona
KO
5
1996-07-05
Carrara, Australia
Loss
Scott Welch
TKO
6
1996-03-16
Berlinmarker, Germanymarker
Win
West Turner
KO
3 , 2:36
1996-02-02
Perthmarker, Australia
Win
Vince Cervi
Decision
12
1995-09-22
Carrara, Australia
Loss
Frank Bruno
TKO
8
1987-10-24
White Hart Lanemarker, London
Win
Greg Page
Decision
10
1987-07-24
Sydney, Australia
Win
David Bey
Decision
10
1986-11-14
Sydney, Australia
Win
James Tillis
Decision
10
1986-09-15
Sydneymarker, Australia
Loss
Steffen Tangstad
Decision
10
1984-02-18
Copenhagen, Denmark
Win
Anders Eklund
Decision
10
1984-01-13
Randersmarker, Denmark
Loss
Marvis Frazier
Decision
10
1983-06-04
Atlantic Citymarker, New Jerseymarker
Win
Danny Sutton
TKO
9
1983-04-20
Muswell Hillmarker, London
Win
John Dino Denis
TKO
3
1983-02-16
Wood Greenmarker, London
Win
Eddie Neilson
TKO
5
1982-12-09
Bloomsbury, London
Win
Winston Allen
KO
3
1982-10-28
Bloomsburymarker, London
Loss
Earnie Shavers
TKO
2 , 2:14
1982-05-08
Reunion Arenamarker, Dallasmarker
Win
Gilberto Acuna
TKO
6
1980-08-23
Inglewood, Californiamarker
Loss
Ron Lyle
Decision
12
1977-03-20
Caesars Palacemarker, Nevadamarker
Won
Richard Dunn
KO
1
1976-10-12
Wembley, London
Loss
Muhammad Ali
Decision
15
1975-06-30
Merdeka Stadiummarker, Kuala Lumpurmarker
Win
Dante Cane
TKO
5
1975-02-28
Bolognamarker, Italymarker
Win
Santiago Alberto Lovell
TKO
2 , 2:15
1974-12-03
Royal Albert Hallmarker, London
Win
Jimmy Ellis
Decision
10
1974-11-12
Wembley, London
Win
Jose Luis Garcia
KO
2
1974-10-01
Wembley, London
Win
Piermario Baruzzi
TKO
10
1974-05-29
Copenhagenmarker, Denmarkmarker
Win
Pat Duncan
Decision
10
1974-03-12
Wembley, London
Win
Mac Foster
Decision
10
1973-11-13
Wembley, London
Win
Giuseppe Ros
Decision
15
1973-10-02
Royal Albert Hall, London
Loss
Joe Frazier
Decision
12
1973-07-02
Earls Courtmarker, London
Loss
Muhammad Ali
Decision
12
1973-02-14
Las Vegasmarker, Nevadamarker
Win
Rudi Lubbers
Decision
15
1973-01-16
Royal Albert Hall, London
Win
Dante Cane
TKO
6
1972-11-28
Ice Rink, Nottingham
Win
Tony Doyle
TKO
8
1972-11-14
Wembley, London
Win
J√ľrgen Blin
KO
8
1972-10-10
Royal Albert Hall, London
Win
Paul Nielsen
TKO
6
1972-07-19
Croke Parkmarker, Dublinmarker
Win
Doug Kirk
TKO
5
1972-06-06
Royal Albert Hall, London
Win
Marc Hans
TKO
3
1972-05-09
Wembley, London
Win
Leroy Caldwell
Disqualification
5
1972-04-25
Royal Albert Hall, London
Win
Brian O'Melia
TKO
2 , 1:39
1972-03-28
Wembley, London
Loss
Larry Middleton
Decision
10
1971-11-24
Ice Rink, Nottingham
Win
Mike Boswell
Decision
10
1971-11-17
Houstonmarker, Texasmarker
Lost
Jack Bodell
Decision
15
1971-09-27
Wembley, London
Win
J√ľrgen Blin
Decision
15
1971-05-11
Wembley, London
Win
Henry Cooper
Decision
15
1971-03-16
Wembley, London
Draw
Bill Drover
Decision
10
1971-02-10
Bethnal Green, London
Win
Carl Gizzi
Decision
10
1971-01-19
Royal Albert Hall, London
Win
Miguel Angel Paez
TKO
3
1970-12-08
Royal Albert Hall, London
Win
George Johnson
Decision
10
1970-11-03
Royal Albert Hall, London
Win
Hector Eduardo Corletti
Decision
10
1970-10-06
Royal Albert Hall, London
Win
Chuck Wepner
TKO
3
1970-09-08
Wembley, London
Win
Brian London
TKO
5
1970-05-12
Wembley, London
Win
Ray Patterson
Decision
8
1970-04-21
Royal Albert Hall, London
Win
Manuel Ramos
Decision
4
1970-03-24
Wembley, London
Win
Roberto Davila
TKO
4
1970-02-10
Picadilly, London
Win
Johnny Prescott
Decision
8
1970-01-20
Royal Albert Hall, London
Win
Charley Polite
TKO
3
1969-12-09
Royal Albert Hall, London
Win
Eddie Talhami
TKO
4
1969-11-11
Royal Albert Hall, London
Win
Phil Smith
TKO
2
1969-10-14
Royal Albert Hall, London
Loss
Dick Hall
Decision
8
1969-08-04
Hotel Piccadilly, Manchester
Win
Moses Harrell
Decision
8
1969-06-09
Belle Vuemarker, Manchestermarker
Win
Tony Ventura
Decision
8
1969-05-20
Royal Albert Hall, London
Win
Jack O'Halloran
Decision
8
1969-04-15
Royal Albert Hall, London
Win
Lion Ven
TKO
5
1969-03-25
Wembley, London
Win
Ulric Regis
Decision
8
1969-03-11
Shoreditch, London
Win
Terry Feeley
TKO
1
1969-02-25
Royal Albert Hall, London
Win
Rudolph Vaughan
TKO
2
1969-01-21
Kensingtonmarker, London
Win
George Dulaire
TKO
4
1989-12-19
Bethnal Green, London
Win
Gene Innocent
TKO
3
1968-11-12
Wembley, London
Win
Paul Brown
TKO
3
1968-11-04
Connaught Rooms, London
Win
Vic Moore
TKO
1 , 2:15
1968-10-08
Royal Albert Hall, London
Win
Obe Hepburn
TKO
1
1968-08-18
Wembleymarker, London
Win
Paul Brown
TKO
4
1968-05-28
Royal Albert Hallmarker, London
Win
Billy Wynter
Decision
6
1968-05-21
Bethnal Green, London
Win
Mick Oliver
Retired
3
1968-05-06
Mayfair, London
Win
Bert Johnson
KO
3 , 0:40
1968-03-26
Bethnal Green, London
Win
Jim McIlvaney
TKO
2
1968-02-27
Bethnal Green, London
Win
Paul Cassidy
TKO
2 , 2:04
1968-01-30
Bethnal Greenmarker, London
Loss
Paul Brown
KO
3
1967-12-20
Mayfairmarker, Londonmarker


References

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