CHICAGO -- Hall of Fame junior welterweight Eddie Perkins, a two-time champion who fought in more than 20 countries, has died. He was 75.
Perkins, who suffered from dementia and diabetes, died at home in the arms of his son Lawrence on Thursday night, according to the family. Annie Perkins said her husband had just come home from the hospital.
Born March 3, 1937, in Clarksdale, Miss., Eddie Perkins compiled a 26-10 amateur record before turning pro in 1956.
Under the managerial eye of Hall of Famer Johnny Coulon, Perkins developed a crafty style. He fought Italy's Duilio Loi three times in the early 1960s, the first bout ending in a draw. Perkins won the rematch and the junior welterweight title, then lost it in the third bout.
Perkins regained the title in 1963 with a 15-round decision over Roberto Cruz of the Philippines and defended his title twice before losing a disputed decision to Carlos Hernandez.
He retired in 1975 with a 74-20-2 record, including 21 knockouts, and was elected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2008.