Ronnie Harris

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameRonald Woodson "Ronnie"•Harris
Used nameRonnie•Harris
Other namesRonald Mazel Harris
Born3 September 1948 in Canton, Ohio (USA)
Measurements178 cm / 60 kg
AffiliationsKent State Golden Flashes, Kent, Ohio (USA)
NOC United States


No relation to the other American boxer, Ronnie Allen Harris, this Ronnie Harris also fought as a lightweight, and achieved the rare feat of winning the National AAU title three consecutive years – 1966-1968. Harris twice won the Golden Gloves title and was a bronze medalist at the 1967 Pan American Games. Harris attended Kent State University, where he initially studied pre-med. He later embraced Judaism and changed his name to Ronald Mazel Harris. Harris did this after an accident in which he was struck by a car while doing roadwork, and later spoke of a religious awakening he had while in the hospital recovering.

Harris fought as a professional from 1971-82, with a career record of 35 wins (14 by knockout) and 2 losses (1 by knockout). On 5 August 1978 he fought Hugo Corro for the WBA and WBC Middleweight titles, but lost a unanimous decision over 15 rounds in Corro’s hometown of Buenos Aires, Harris’ first loss after 28 victories. Harris won the NABF Middleweight championship in 1979 with a unanimous decision over Edgar Wallace, but lost that title one year later, when he suffered his only career loss by knockout against Sammy NeSmith.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1968 Summer Olympics Boxing USA Ronnie Harris
Lightweight, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold

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