Cedric “Mean Man” Mingo spent most of his U.S. Army career in the boxing ring. Entering the service in 1980, the southpaw featherweight won 151 matches and lost just nine. He knocked out 75 opponents. Mingo traveled all over Europe with his military team and took on all comers. In 1983, American boxers participated in the Italian Torneo, an elite European boxing tournament, for the first time. Mingo was asked by President Reagan to go and bring home the gold, which he did. After his release from service, Mingo launched a highly successful professional career which resulted in a 28-9-1 record and two titles. In 1990 he fought Ed Pollard for the IBF Intercontinental Featherweight crown in his hometown of Lancaster, S.C. Mingo knocked Pollard out in the 11th round. Five years later he won the WBF version of the featherweight title with a 12-round unanimous decision over Felipe Garcia in Johnson City, TN. After that win, Mingo was ranked the number two featherweight in the world.
Mingo is a local hero in Lancaster, where February 17 is Cedric Mingo Day. Cedric and Linda Mingo have been married for 21 years. He is now forming a boxing school where he hopes to train young men in the sport.