By Jim Amato / Senior Boxing Writer
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Clyde Gray was one of the finest boxers to come out of Canada in the 70’s. He gave the great Napoles one of his hardest fights but lost a decision in his first title challenge. Later he would meet Angel Espada for the WBA version of the title and again lose a decision. In his third and final attempt, Clyde was kayoed by Pipino Cuevas. Two other fine welterweights challenged Napoles on two different occasions but could not overcome this outstanding champion. They were Hedgemon Lewis and Ernie ” Red ” Lopez.
Edwin Viruet gave Roberto Duran absolute fits in their two fights, one of which was for Duran’s lightweight title.
Philadelphia’s slick Tyrone Everett came within an eyelash of winning the WBC junior lightweight title from the colorful Alfredo Escalera. This was one of the most debated verdicts of the decade.
All these fine fighters would have surely won a ” title ” under today’s rules, regulations and politics. They were top class fighters and should be remembered as such.