Frankie Randall, the first man to defeat Julio Cesar Chavez, has died.
Randall’s former trainer, Aaron Snowell, delivered the news on his Facebook page. Snowell noted that he received the news from Randall’s son, DeMarcus. Randall was 59 years old.
Randall had been battling Parkinson’s as well as pugilistic dementia.
Here is Snowell’s post revealing the passing of Randall.
“I just got word from DeMarcus Randall son of Frankie Randall 3x Champion that the Lord has called him home. The Surgeon is operating in Heaven with his Lord. May God comfort the family thru this hard time. Peace and Blessing be with the Randall Family (RIP).”
Randall ended his pro boxing career back in July 2005. He had a warrior’s record of 58-18-1. He captured major championship gold along the way. Randall was the WBC, WBA, and Lineal Light-Welterweight Champion.
Randall began his career back in February 1983. He was able to amass a record of 23-0. Randall appeared to get back on track after suffering his first loss to Edwin Rosario. A second-round knockout loss to Primo Ramos, however, may have sent the average joe on a tailspin.
That’s not what happened with Randall, however. Instead, he went on a 17-fight winning streak and avenged his first career loss against Rosario. It all led to a world title fight where Randall stunned Chavez for the split decision win. At the time, Chavez was undefeated with a record of 89-0-1.
We here at FIGHT SPORTS send our condolences to the family and friends of Frankie Randall.