The night 7’7″ Manute Bol fought 335lb Refrigerator Perry

Sunday, October 06, 2019

“The Dinka Dunker” Manute Bol was one of the most interesting figures in professional sports. The Sudanese born American basketball player was listed as 7 feet 7 inches tall (measured officially to be 7 feet 6 ¾ inches tall by the Guinness Book of World Records), and was one of the tallest men to ever play in the National Basketball Association. He was the son of a Dinka tribal elder who gave him the name “Manute”, which means “special blessing”.

Former National Football League defensive tackle and fullback William “Refrigerator” Perry was also a very interesting professional athlete who, like Bol, had a physique that was truly a sight to behold. Called “Refrigerator” due his enormous size, Perry stood 6 feet 2 inches and weighed 335lbs. during his days on the football field. Despite his incredible girth, The Fridge was known to be far more athletic and agile than his frame would suggest.

 

On May 22, 2002, the men faced each other in the square circle for a celebrity boxing match that was nothing less than a visually baffling affair. The pair standing beside each other resemble the number ten, with Manute Bol being the number one and Refrigerator Perry being the number zero.

The ensuing match is as bizarre and surreal as each man’s respective frame would lead one to guess, as Bol utilized his incredible reach advantage and spent the majority of the match launching slow and lazy jabs at Perry, who was unable to find a way to successfully get Bol in range of his strikes.

Boll passed away at age 47 on June 19, 2010, due to acute kidney failure and complications from Stevens–Johnson syndrome. His 16 year old, 6’11 son Bol Bol is one of the top high school basketball players in the country.