Finnish Boxing Coach Olli Maki, Who Fought Davey Moore For World Title, Dies at 82

By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent

Kirkkonummi, Finland (April 11th, 2019)–   Noted Finnish boxing coach Olli Maki, who won the European Amateur Lightweight title in 1957, turned pro in 1960, fought the late Davey Moore for the World Featherweight title in 1962, and won the European Super Lightweight title as a professional in 1964, has died at the age of 82 in his native Kirkkonummi, Finland.

After turning pro in 1960, Maki compiled a professional record of 28-14-8 with five knockouts. He fought Davey Moore for the undisputed World Featherweight title in Helsinki Finland in 1962, but was knocked down three times and stopped in the second round in his only world title opportunity. Maki did not get a rematch with Moore, as bout with Moore became a footnote in boxing history. Moore’s title defense victory over Maki was the last title bout victory for Moore, who tragically died two days after getting stopped by Sugar Ramos in the tenth round of his next and final title bout at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California, in March 1963.

After losing his European title in a rematch, and winning only four of his last 12 bouts, Maki wisely chose to retire after a knockout loss to Juan Flores in Palma de Mallorca, Spain in 1973. The 2016 feature film ‘The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki’ is based on his life. His son Pekki Maeki followed in his father’s footsteps and is today a noted boxing trainer in Finland.

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Robert Brizel - Head Boxing Correspondent
Robert Brizel - Head Boxing Correspondent
Robert is the Head Boxing Correspondent for Real Combat Media Boxing since 2013. Robert is also a photographer and ringside reporter for the RCM Tri State region which includes NJ, NY and PA. Robert conducts exclusive interviews, provides historical boxing articles and provides editorial ringside coverage of major boxing events. You can contact or follow Robert on Facebook and by email at robertbrizel@realcombatmedia.com.