View Full Version : Greg Haugen

02-04-2010, 02:38 PM

Greg Haugen was one of the new breed of talented white boxers that emerged in the 80's. Alongside Ray Mancini and Vinny Pazienza, his archrival, he was the most promising white boxer in the lightweight division. Greg Lee Haugen was born in Seattle on 31st of August 1960. After his amateur career (over 325 fights, 20 losses), he shortly moved to Alaska and started taking part in toughman fights. He ended up with a 24-0 record, winning the Alaskan toughman challenge in 1982. One of the opponents he beat outweighed him by 105 pounds. He turned pro same year and won his first 19 fights, including the IBF lightweight title with a majority decision over Jimmy Paul in 1986. He lost the title in his first defense to Vinny Pazienza, with a decision that many thought was robbery. He won the title back in a rematch with Pazienza with a clear decision in 1988 and defended the title twice successfully.

He then lost the title to Pernell Whitaker in 1989 by decision. Haugen himself said that he didn't make much of an effort as a protest against his bad management. In 1991 he did what nobody had previously done-dealt Hector "Macho" Camacho (38-0) his first defeat by split decision and captured the WBO LWW title. Camacho was deducted one point in the final round for refusing to touch gloves with him. Years later, Haugen admitted it was he who had refused to touch gloves and that he had said some derogatory stuff during the fight to Camacho, which made Camacho attack him and try to sucker punch him. Later that year Camacho won the rematch by another SD. In 1992 Haugen beat the former WBA LW champion Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini by 7th round TKO in a fight for the vacant NABF LWW title. In 1993 he challenged Julio Cesar Chavez for WBC LWW title and insulted him before the fight by saying he beat a bunch of Tijuana cab drivers. Enraged Chavez gave him a beating in front of 132,000 Mexicans and stopped him in the 5th. After the fight was over, Chavez walked over to him and said "Now you know I don't fight taxi drivers!" Haugen responded "They must have been some tough taxi drivers!"

Of his later notable fights can be mentioned a 10th round TKO loss to Tony "Tiger" Lopez in 1994, a decision win against Grover Wiley, the man who would retire Julio Cesar Chavez, and a TKO6 loss to then undefeated Thomas Damgaard, both in 1999. His last fight that same year ended as a NC after originally being called a draw, because Haugen failed the drug test. He retired after that with a record of 40 wins (19 by KO), 10 losses, 1 draw and 1 NC. He was inducted in the World Boxing Hall of Fame in 2008.

Today Haugen is busy with his charity organization, Greg Haugen Foundation, that works to help kids with autism. It was founded in 1997.

Notable wins:
Hector Camacho
Ray Mancini *past prime/shot
Vinny Pazienza
Jimmy Paul
Freddie Roach
Gert Bo Jacobsen
Miguel Santana
Grover Wiley
Charlie Brown
Jeff Bumpus
Billy Young

Notable losses:
Hector Camacho II
Vinny Pazienza III
Julio Cesar Chavez *past prime
*Pernell Whitaker loss doesn't count, because Haugen by his own admission "threw" that fight as a protest against his manager.

A level wins:
Hector Camacho
A- level wins:
Vinny Pazienza
B level wins:
Jimmy Paul, Gert Bo Jacobsen, Miguel Santana, Freddie Roach
B- level wins:
Ray Mancini, Charlie Brown, Grover Wiley, Jeff Bumpus, Billy Young

Points score: 2+1.5+4+2.5-6=4

02-04-2010, 06:00 PM
Top 5 LW of his era. Solid fighter, but no "wow" factor. He won't be remembered more than either of the two best fighters he beat, fair or not.

02-04-2010, 06:09 PM
I also read that he is part Native American and related to Sitting Bull even!