Chicago Illinois. Eddie Perkins a former two time junior welterweight boxing champion died Thursday evening in his home just after he was released from the hospital where he had been battling dementia and diabetes according to his family members. He was 75 years of age.
Perkins was born on March 3, 1937 in Clarksdale Mississippi. He began his professional boxing career in 1956.
Perkins was managed by Hall of Fame manager Johnny Coulon. Perkins had three boxing matches against Italian boxer Duilio Loi in 1961. The first bout ended in a draw, the rematch Perkins won the boxing title and in the third bout he lost the title back to Loi.
After Loi retired from boxing, Perkins regained the boxing title with a round decision over Roberto Cruz of the Philippines and he defended his boxing title twice before losing to Venezuelan Carlos Hernandez in a disputed decision.
Perkins retired from boxing in 1975 and his final boxing record of 74 wins, 20 defeats and 2 draws with 21 wins by knockout. He was elected into the International Boxing Hall Of Fame in 2008.
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