The Hurricane: Rubin Carter – Always remembered

Following his passing on Sunday to prostate cancer, the boxing world remains in mourning at the loss of former world middleweight title challenger Rubin Carter.

Fondly known around the world as ‘The Hurricane,’ Rubin Carter died during his sleep at the age of 76 in Toronto, Canada, after suffering from the disease for some time.

Although he lost his world title fight to Joey Giardello in December 1964, Carter will always be remembered for the injustice pinned against him when three people were murdered in his home state of New Jersey in 1966.

Carter would subsequently serve 19 years in prison until new evidence came to light and saw his release from jail in 1985. His plight then immortalized in the 1999 hit movie starring Oscar winner Denzel Washington.

Washington gave a powerful performance in the role and was a big fan of how Carter dealt with his situation with grace and humility.

The World Boxing Council championed Carter towards the end of his time in prison and awarded him an honorary WBC belt at their 30th annual convention in 1993. At the same time, the WBA did the same in April 2000.

The Hurricane


The movie starring Washington will forever be a symbol of reference for what Rubin Carter went through during his torrid years of incarceration.

Rotten Tomatoes wrote in their review of the movie: “Thanks in large part to one of Denzel Washington’s most powerful on-screen performances, The Hurricane is a moving, inspirational sports drama, even if it takes few risks in telling its story.”

Washington won a Golden Globe for his performance and was nominated for an Oscar in 2000.


Showing what a fighter he was until the end, Carter was diagnosed in 2012 with a three to six-month prognosis.

Carter lived over two years.

WBN would like to send our condolences to Carter’s loved ones at this sad time.

Phil Jay is Editor of WBN. An Auxiliary member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay.