Moore, Archie

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Moore, Archie,

1913–98, American boxer, b. Benoit, Miss., as Archie Lee Wright. He claimed to have been born in 1916 in Collinsville, Ill. He first boxed professionally as a middleweight in 1935 or 1936, winning his first 13 matches by knockouts. In a long and colorful career Moore, a clever boxer and dangerous puncher, engaged in 220 recorded bouts and scored 136 knockouts, a record in boxing history. In 1952 he won the light heavyweight title from Joey Maxim, holding it until 1962. Moore twice fought for the heavyweight championship—in 1955 he was beaten by Rocky MarcianoMarciano, Rocky
, 1924–69, American boxer, b. Brockton, Mass. His real name was Rocco Francis Marchegiano. Failing to become a professional baseball player, Marciano turned to boxing and won 27 of 30 amateur bouts before he turned professional in 1947.
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, and in 1956 he lost to Floyd PattersonPatterson, Floyd,
1935–2006, American boxer, b. Waco, N.C. He was brought up in Brooklyn, N.Y., and was sent to the Wiltwyck School at Esopus, N.Y., an institution for emotionally disturbed boys, where he first began to box.
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See his autobiography (1960).

Moore, Archie (b. Archibald Lee Wright)

(?1913–  ) boxer; born in Benoit, Wis., or Collinsville, Ill. He began boxing professionally in 1936, but it was 1952 before he gained a world title, the light heavyweight (1952–62). He twice fought for the heavyweight championship, losing to “Rocky” Marciano in 1955 and to Floyd Patterson in 1956. As articulate as he was clever, as colorful as he was tough, he fought until the age of 49, compiling one of the most astonishing records in boxing history, with 199 victories (145 knockouts), 26 losses, and 8 draws.