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Blaine Logsdon


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One of those cases of a fighter who was a journeyman but still managed to score a couple big wins against first class fighters, Blaine Logsdon was a hard-punching light heavyweight of the 80's. A chinny guy who was there to knock out or be knocked out, many of his fights were short but memorable. He is most famous for knocking out former IBF champion Slobodan Kacar and European champion Crawford Ashley. 

Blaine Allen Logsdon was born 30 October 1961 in Sacramento, California, but lived in Warrington, Cheshire, UK and fought from there whole of his career. His first pro fight was in May 1982 ended a draw. He lost many fights early on, mostly on points and some due to injuries. In 1985 however, he was stopped in the first round twice, against Eddie Smith and John Moody. Next year, he was stopped against Brian Schumacher, a solid fighter, by TKO2. After scoring three knockouts, he then lost to Lou Gent, a future world title challenger, on points in 8 rounds. He finally hit a good streak from November of '86, stopping the 3-1 Glazz Campbell (who held a win over Crawford Ashley) by KO3. After scoring a couple more knockouts, on 15 May 1987 he fought in Mestre, Italy for the first time against Slobodan Kacar, former IBF champion. Kacar was the superior boxer and at 6'1 taller than 5'9 Logsdon, but was caught and knocked out in the second round.

After scoring 6 knockouts in a row, Logsdon got a fight for the British title against Tony Wilson, then 11-1. The fight was at the National Sports Centre in Cardiff on 15 December 1987 and unfortunately, Logsdon suffered two cuts over the left eye which wouldn't stop bleeding and he had to give it up after the end of round 6. He started 1988 by stopping George Carmen and then fought the young up and comer Crawford Ashley, a dangerous puncher who stood 6'3, 28 March 1989 at the Kelvin Hall in Glasgow. Both guys were down in the first round, but in the second, Logsdon was victorious by TKO. He once again went to Italy to fight Yawe Davis on 11 August that year, but disastrously lost by KO1. He ended the year by fighting Victor Cordoba, future WBA super middle champion, in Ulster Hall in Belfast on Halloween Night and was stopped by KO2. After getting knocked out again by Tee Jay in 2 rounds on 20 February '90, at Millwall Arena, he retired. His record is 25(17)-22-2.

Sadly, Blaine Logsdon died on 14 April 2004, still aged 42. Judging by the pic below, he was fond of fishing. Cause of his death is unknown to me, but probably, getting knocked out so many times has something to do with it. Logsdon will be remembered as a fighter who brought excitement to the British boxing rings and despite not being too successful, he showed he was a dangerous opponent to anyone. May he rest in peace.

Blaine Logsdon boxer

 
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