Percy Price, Jr.

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full namePercy Joseph•Price, Jr.
Used namePercy•Price, Jr.
Born19 May 1936 in Salem, New Jersey (USA)
Died12 January 1989 in Jacksonville, North Carolina (USA)
Measurements191 cm / 95 kg
AffiliationsUS Marine Corps, (USA)
NOC United States


Percy Price entered the US Marine Corps in 1955 and joined the Marine boxing team. He made the 1960 Olympic team, and defeated Cassius Clay/Muhammad Ali in trial matches to earn the position as the US heavyweight at Roma. Price won one match in Roma but lost in the quarter-finals. He is the last American heavyweight Olympian to not become a professional boxer. He remained in the Marines as a career military man, but he continued to box. He would later win three All-Marine Championships, two Interservice Titles, and won one title at the Conseil Internationale du Sport Militarie (CISM) meet. Price served two tours in Vietnam as a staff sergeant. He retired from the Marines in 1976 but settled in Jacksonville, North Carolina, where he had been stationed at Camp Lejeune. He died rather young from a kidney infection.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1960 Summer Olympics Boxing USA Percy Price, Jr.
Heavyweight, Men (Olympic) =5