WILLIAM LAWRENCE “YOUNG” STRIBLING JNR had a tragically short life – died aged 28 in a motorcycle accident in his native Georgia – but he contested more fights than any heavyweight in history (289).
Stribling was on his way to hospital to visit his convalescing wife and new born baby when he was struck by a car travelling in the opposite direction.
The car hit Stribling on his motorcycle and the damage to his left leg was so bad that his foot had to be amputated in Macon Hospital a half hour after the accident.
The brave “King of the Canebrakes” sadly succumbed to his injuries after clinging to life for two days.
Twenty-five thousand mourners walked past his coffin in the town’s auditorium and another 10,000 attended the service at Riverside Cemetery.
He was still going strong at the time of the accident, beating Maxie Rosenbloom a month previously in Texas. He amassed an amazing 128 knockouts in his career – a feat bettered only by “Ageless” Archie Moore.
Managed, promoted and trained by his parents “Ma” and “Pa” Stribling (pictured above), he came up short in his biggest battles – notably to Max Schmeling in his heavyweight title tilt.