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For the singer and actor, see Frankie Randall (singer).
Frankie Randall
Real name Frankie Billy Randall
Nickname(s) The Surgeon
Rated at Welterweight
Light Welterweight
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Reach 72 in (183 cm)
Nationality American
Born (1961-09-25) September 25, 1961 (age 54)
Birmingham, Alabama, USA
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 77
Wins 58
Wins by KO 42
Losses 18
Draws 1
No contests 0

Frankie Billy Randall (born September 25, 1961 in Birmingham, Alabama) is a three-time world champion boxer. Randall was the first to defeat Julio César Chávez in a professional match.

Pro career[edit]

Randall, was born in Birmingham, Alabama and grew up in Morristown, Tennessee. He turned pro in 1981 after a career as an amateur boxer. He won his pro debut in June of that year, but was inactive in 1982 and did not fight again until February 1983.

Randall fought and won 23 times between 1983 and June 1985, when he fought former and future champ Edwin Rosario and lost a unanimous decision over 10 rounds.

On July 4, 1986, Randall drew with Freddie Pendleton for the USBA regional lightweight title, then watched Pendleton get a title shot instead of him. In October 1987, Randall was knocked out by Mexican lightweight champion Primo Ramos for the NABF regional belt.

Randall then signed with promoter Don King and spent the next six and a half years fighting on the undercards of various championship fights promoted by King. He won all 17 of those fights, and on January 30, 1993, earned another title shot when he knocked out Rosario in the seventh round of a rematch.

Title Shot against Julio César Chávez[edit]

On January 29, 1994 Randall fought for the title against champion Julio César Chávez, in the grand opening of the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. Chávez came into the fight with an 89-0-1 record and was an 18-to-1 favorite.[citation needed] Randall won the early rounds, and in the middle of the fight began to build a large lead on the scorecards. Chávez then rallied, and by the 10th round, Randall held a narrow lead. Chávez made an illegal low blow that cost Chávez a point. In the 11th round, Randall knocked Chávez down for the first time in his career.[citation needed] Randall was named WBC light welterweight championship on a split decision. Chavez disputed the decision and demanded a rematch. Chávez blamed his loss on a referee, who deducted two points from Chávez for low blows, including one in the eleventh round that made the difference on judge Angel Guzman's card, making the ultimate difference on the scorecards. (Guzman scored the bout 114-113 for Randall, meaning that the fight would have ended in a draw as Chuck Giampa had Randall winning by a 116-111 margin and Abraham Chavarria scored it 114-113 for Chavez.)[1]

Rematch with Chavez[edit]

Chávez got a rematch on May 7 of the same year and regained the title from Randall on an eight-round technical split decision.[2] As before, a deducted point played in the outcome of the fight. Chavez was injured in an accidental clash of heads and unable to continue. Randall was docked a point for the incident. Judge Dalby Shirley's scorecard read 76-75 for Chavez; with judge Ray Solis having Chavez winning by a 77-74 margin on his card and judge Tamotsu Tomihara had the fight 76-75 in Randall's favor.

On September 17, Randall was given a shot at the WBA version of the light welterweight title held by Juan Martin Coggi. He beat Coggi, defended his title twice, then lost a rematch to Coggi in January 1996 in a four-round decision in a fight ended early by a clash of heads.

Seven months later, Randall regained the WBA title, beating Coggi by unanimous decision in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He lost it in his first defense, against Khalid Rahilou on January 11, 1997.

After taking 18 months off, Randall came back in an attempt to become a four-time world champ. He won a pair of tune-up fights, then faced contender Oba Carr in February 1999 where Carr beat him on a 10-round unanimous decision.

Third fight against Chavez[edit]

On May 22, 2004, Chávez chose Randall for his last fight before going into retirement. Randall lost a 10-round decision to Chávez in Mexico City.

PED allegations[edit]

Frankie Randall tested positive for drugs after his fight against Argentine boxer Juan Martin Coggi. The Argentine Boxing Federation claimed that Randall tested positive for multiple drugs, some of the drugs included cocaine and theophylline.[3][4]


Randall announced his retirement on January 1, 2005 after losing a fight to light-middleweight Marco Antonio Rubio. He lost a bout the following month to Mauro Lucero, and another bout later in the year. Randall's final career record is 58 wins, 18 losses and one draw, with 42 wins by way of knockout.[5]

See also[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Julio César Chávez
WBC Light Welterweight Champion
January 29, 1994 – May 7, 1994
Succeeded by
Julio César Chávez
Preceded by
Juan Martin Coggi
WBA Light Welterweight Champion
September 17, 1994 – January 13, 1996
Succeeded by
Juan Martin Coggi
WBA Light Welterweight Champion
August 16, 1996 – January 11, 1997
Succeeded by
Khalid Rahilou


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ [2]
  3. ^ "Randall Positive in Drug Test". nytimes.com. Retrieved 25 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "Frankie Randall tests positive for drugs". apnewsarchive.com. Retrieved 25 February 2015. 
  5. ^ Randall retires from boxing from eastsideboxing.com

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