By Jim Amato / Senior Boxing Writer The city of Chicago has produced its share of outstanding professional fighters. One of them was a tough as nails lightweight who campaigned in the late 1970′s and early 1980′s. His name was Johnny Lira and he fought his way into the top echelon of the lightweight rankings. [...]
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By David Martinez Boxing Historian One of the biggest names in boxing has passed away at the age of 50 years old. Hector “Macho” Camacho died Saturday, November 24, 2012 in his hometown of Baymon, Puerto Rico after being shot in the face and neck by an unknown assailant in a passing car. [...]
By David Martinez Boxing Historian This week the boxing world lost a great champion. Carmen Basilio passed away on November 7, 2012. He was 85 years old. Basilio, who was known as the Upstate Onion Farmer because his Italian immigrant father worked in the onion fields near Syracuse, wanted to be a fighter since his [...]
By David Martinez / Boxing Historian This week the world lost a true icon and giant in the sport of boxing. Emanuel Steward passed away on October 25, 2012. Steward died after undergoing surgery for diverticulitis; he was 68 years old.
By Jim Amato / Senior Boxing Writer Cleveland’s Bivins Battled The Best. Although he was born in Dry Branch, Georgia it was from Cleveland, Ohio that Jimmy Bivins made history. He was a major player in putting Cleveland on the boxing map during the 1940′s and 50′s. He may well have been the best heavyweight [...]
By David Martinez / Boxing Historian On June 4, 2012, at the age of 87, Enrique Bolanos, top contender, passed away. I never saw him fight, but had the pleasure to meet him and his lovely wife Ruby at various boxing venues. According to people I know that saw him fight, he was a magnificent [...]
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(July 10, 1943 – April 7, 2009) By David Martinez It was three years ago that I tearfully, but honorably, delivered the eulogy at St Raphel’s church, in Santa Barbara, California, for one of my best friends, Frankie Rivas. The month of April now has a new meaning, as I annually pay him tribute [...]
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By David Martinez The boxing world lost a legendary historian and writer this past Sunday. Bert Randolph Sugar passed away in Chappaqua, New York from cardiac arrest, after a long battle with lung cancer. He was 74 years old. My conversations with Bert started many years ago as we both knew another boxing historian, the late [...]
By David Martinez I was absoulutely saddened to hear the recent news of the death of former WBC light heavyweight champion Julio Gonzalez, who passed away at the age of 35 after a motorcylce accident in Mexico. He was hit by a hit-and-run drunk driver near the area of his father’s ranch in Guerrero [...]
By David Martinez / Boxing Historian I am saddened to report that my friend, our friend, boxer Allen Syers passed away on December 6, 2011. Allen fought in the lightweight (135 lb.) division from 1964 to1967 and compiled a ring record of 8 wins, 3 losses, and 2 draws. Born in Liverpool, England, Allen lived in Mission [...]
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