History | Oct 03 2019

On This Day: Heavyweight contender Young Stribling dies aged 28

Nick Bond tells the tragic story of Young Stribling, a fighter cruelly cut down in his prime
Young Stribling
Young Stribling

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. His pelvis was also crushed in the collision.


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