Born July 11, 1928 in Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaiian Islands.
Olson turned pro in 1944 and in 1950 was KO'd by Ray Robinson in the 12th round for the Pennsylvania world middleweight title. Robinson again defeated him in 1952, this time for the world middleweight title. Olson decisioned Paddy Young on June 19, 1953 for the vacant American middleweight title and then on October 21, 1953, he decisioned Randy Turpin for the vacant world middleweight title.
Olson successfully defended against Kid Gavilan, Rocky Castellani, and Pierre Langlois. Olson lost a 1955 light heavyweight title bid to Archie Moore via 3rd round KO. Olson lost the middleweight belt to his nemesis Robinson on December 9, 1955 and was unsuccessful in a return match the following May.
He boxed for another ten years, however, never receiving another world title shot. Olson retired in 1966 with a 98-16-2 (48KOs) record and wins over such notables as Joey Maxim, Walter Cartier, Robert Villemain, Lloyd Marshall, Tiger Jones, and Joey Giambra.
Olson died on January 16, 2002.
Born: July 11, 1928
Died: Jan. 16, 2002