Archie Moore

John Beach


Archie Moore is a watercolor painting by John Beach (United Kingdom). The art size measures 3 1/2″ x  2 3/4″ and the frame is 5 3/4″ x  4 1/4″. 


Archie Moore (born Archibald Lee Wright; December 13, 1913 – December 9, 1998) was an American professional boxer and the longest reigning World Light Heavyweight Champion of all time (1952 – 1962). He had one of the longest professional careers in the history of the sport, competing from 1935 to 1963. Nicknamed "The Mongoose", and then "The Old Mongoose" in the latter half of his career, Moore was a highly strategic and defensive boxer. As of December 2020, BoxRec ranks Moore as the third greatest pound-for-pound boxer of all time. He also ranks fourth on The Ring's list of "100 greatest punchers of all time". Moore was also a trainer for a short time after retirement, training Muhammad AliGeorge ForemanBob FosterEddie Mustafa MuhammadEarnie Shavers and James Tillis.

A native of Benoit, Mississippi, Moore was raised in St. Louis, Missouri, and grew up in poverty. Moore was denied a shot at the world title for 15 years, and spent many of those years fighting on the road with little to show for it. An important figure in the American Black community, he became involved in African American causes once his days as a fighter were over. He also established himself as a successful character actor in television and film. In 1998, Moore died of heart failure in his adopted home of San Diego, California; he was 84 years old. He was cremated and is interred in a niche at Cypress View Mausoleum and Crematory, in San Diego.


Archie Moore had three daughters, Reena, J'Marie and Elizabeth Moore-Stump, and four sons, Archie Jr., Hardy, Anthony and D'Angelo. In 1997, J'Marie Moore became the first daughter of a famous boxer to herself become a professional boxer. Ref: Wikipedia

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