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|Died||7 May 2022 (aged 79)|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Wins by KO||8|
Jürgen Blin (24 April 1943 – 7 May 2022) was a mid-20th century German boxer, who was the Heavyweight Champion of Germany, and European Heavyweight Champion in 1972, and internationally represented the state of West Germany.
Blin was born on the Baltic Sea island of Fehmarn on 24 April 1943 during World War II, and was a native of the North German city of Hamburg. While living in Hamburg he was a butcher before his boxing career.
Blin's record in the ring was 30–12–6 with eight knockouts. He was greatly admired by German boxing fans for his toughness and stamina in the ring. He was briefly Heavyweight Champion of Germany after defeating Gerhard Zech for the title (he had two draws with him previously).
His first professional bout came against Klaus Krüger in October 1964. Blin won this bout, as well as the next five bouts against domestic opponents, and lost his first professional bout in June 1965 to Ray Patterson in Jordal Amfi.
Blin lost a decision to Joe Bugner in May 1971 when fighting for the European Heavyweight title. Blin later won the title in June 1972, his greatest triumph in the ring, when he beat Jose Urtain (who had beaten Blin for the same title in June 1970). However, in October 1972, Blin once again faced Bugner who regained the title by knocking the German out in the eighth round.
Blin was co-author with Stephen Brunt of a chapter in a book titled Facing Ali (2002), about his 1971 contest with the United States champion boxer. He died of kidney failure at a hospital in Hamburg on 6 May 2022, aged 79.
Professional boxing record
- Jurgen Blin record at boxrec.com
- Schuetze, Christopher F. (16 May 2022). "Jürgen Blin, Who Went 7 Rounds Against Ali, Dies at 79". The New York Times. Retrieved 16 May 2022.
- Er kämpfte gegen Ali - Trauer um Ex-Boxer Jürgen Blin (in German)
- "BoxRec". boxrec.com.