An Original Rocky: The Fall and Rise of Rocky Lockridge

RCM Historical Boxing

By Robert Brizel, Real Combat Media Correspondent


An original Rocky, Ricky ‘Rocky’ Lockridge was the National AAU Bantamweight champion, and a finalist at bantamweight in the National Golden Gloves. Lockridge came into boxing as a member of the Tacoma Boys Club which also produced world champions Freddie Steele, Leo Randolph, and Johnny Bumphus. Lockridge turned pro with a second round knockout of Tony Reed at the Seattle Center Arena.


Lockridge won the New Jersey State featherweight title by 12 round decision is his eighth pro fight against Gerald Hayes, who later beat Juan LaPorte and Carmelo Negron.  Lockridge won his first 16 pro bouts before losing a 15 round split decision to Eusebio Pedroza for the WBA World Featherweight title in New Jersey in 1980.


Lockridge won 13 of his next 15 bouts, getting taken out by Juan LaPorte in the second round of a USBA featherweight title bout in 1981, and losing a 15 round decision again to Eusebio Pedroza for the WBA World Featherweight title in San Remo, Italy in 1983.


After three more wins, including coming off the canvas in the first round to decision former WBC Super Featherweight champion Cornelius Boza-Edwards over ten rounds, Lockridge knocked out Roger Mayweather in the first round in 1984 to win the World Boxing Association World Super Featherweight / Junior Lightweight title in his third attempt. After stopping Tae-Jin Moon and Kamel Bou-Ali to win his first two title defenses in Italy in 1984 and 1985, Lockridge lost his title by 15 round majority decision to Wilfredo Gomez in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in 1985.


Lockridge Kayos Mayweather http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxcYHe4Xj4I


After losing a majority 12 round decision to 52-0 Julio Cesar Chavez for the WBC Super Featherweight title in Monte Carlo in 1986, Lockridge decisioned Barry Michael in 1987 in the United Kingdom to win the International Boxing Federation Super Featherweight title, which he defended against Johnny De La Rosa in 1987, and Harold Knight in 1988.  After two IBF world title fight 12 round decision losses to Tony Lopez in 1988 and 1989, and ten round decision losses to Rafael Ruelas and 27-0 Sharmba Mitchell in 1992, Lockridge retired at age 33.


Lockridge wound up broke and homeless living for over a decade on the streets of Camden, New Jersey, due to a 20 year alcohol and crack cocaine addiction, a stroke victim with a gray beard and a cane whose body tilted to one side as walked with a shuffle. He abandoned his wife and twin sons in Tacoma, Washington, due to his addictions.


Ricky Rocky Lockridge on A & E http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uKnrBSlILs


Thanks to the ‘Intervention’ program on Arts & Entertainment, Ricky ‘Rocky’ Lockridge remains sober after completing treatment, and now has a relationship with his sons Lamar and Ricky Jr. Lockridge now lives in Louisiana (where he went through rehab) with his friend Bobby Toney. Lockridge trains amateur boxers.

Other than the occasional cigarette, Rocky Lockridge is clean. From the abyss of addiction homelessness hell, the two-time champ, a fallen Rocky, has risen again.


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