The Boxer, 19, who KO’d his own father in professional bout when giving away 76 POUNDS in weight

WBN 19/02/2018

Harry Duiven Jr. became an infamous name in the world of boxing after the Dutchman was struggling for an opponent for a contest in Germany twelve years ago.

Just 19 years of age at the time, Duiven Jr. had been a professional for some two years, losing one fight from his six bouts against a young Carlos Takam that same year.

Booked to appear at the Box-Tempel in Weissensee, Duiven was let down by his scheduled foe and his team, which included father Harry Sr., didn’t want it to be a wasted journey.

As it happened, Senior, 39, had dipped his toes into the pro ranks for a one-off showdown the year previously, so instead of sending his boy home disappointed, decided to put himself forward to officials to face him in the ring just three days before Christmas.


Weighing in at 304 pounds, amazingly Harry Sr. was given clearance to battle his 228 pound son and was subsequently knocked out by his own flesh and blood in what is thought to have been a one-off occurrence in the sport.

Whilst Senior would never fight again after taking a beating from his child, Junior went on to fight 16 more times as a prizefighter, facing and losing to the likes of Andrzej Wawrzyk, Odlanier Solis and Mike Perez.

Retiring in 2011 with a first round KO victory, Duiven – who also tried his hand at MMA – had already secured his place in history, which unfortunately came at the expense of a beatdown for his dad.

Losing twice in the octagon, Duiven Jr. was slated for a comeback against Rob Broughton in 2015 but the encounter was cancelled and never rearranged.

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