Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Boxing History: On This Day: Pat Ford Remembered

By Peter Silkov

Pat Ford was a clever and strong featherweight, with a rangy style that made full use of his height of 5' feet 10” inches. Born, Patrick Forde, on December 17, 1955, in Georgetown, Guyana, Ford turned professional in 1976. He would become known as one of Guyana's greatest fighters of all-time.

Ford quickly moved up the world rankings, winning the Guyanese featherweight title on February 4, 1978, by out-pointing Tony Greene over 15 rounds. On May 20, 1979, he added the WBC Fecarbox Featherweight title by out-pointing Enrique Solis over 12 rounds. Then on August 1, 1980, Ford won the Commonwealth featherweight title, by stopping Eddie Ndukwu in 8 rounds.

On September 13, 1980, Ford challenged Salvador Sanchez for the WBC world featherweight title, and gave the great Sanchez one of his toughest fights, before being defeated by a close point's decision after 15 rounds.

Five months later, Ford challenged Eusebio Pedrosa for the WBA world featherweight championship, and was knocked out in the 13th round, after another tough fight. After the fight, Ford said he had difficulties making the weight in the build up to the bout.

After his brave challenges for the world title, against two all time greats, Ford’s form dipped and he lost his next two fights, losing over 10 rounds on points to David Brown on April 17, 1982. One month later he was stopped in 3 rounds by Isidro Perez.

Ford stayed out of the ring for 3 years, then returned and had three fights from 1985 to 1987, winning all three, but then retired from the ring, with a final record of (19-4, 12koes).

After his retirement from fighting, Ford, who by how had moved permanently to America, became a trainer at the renowned Gleasons Gym in Dumbo, Brooklyn, New York, where he was highly respected for his knowledge and his humble demeanor.

Pat Ford died on November 13, 2011, aged 55 years old, after suffering a heart attack as a result of complications arising from diabetes. 

Salvador Sanchez Vs. Pat Ford fight:

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