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Old 11-07-2012, 10:09 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Carmen Basilio has passed at 85. He was a great fighter and a champion, someone who was good enough to beat Ray Robinson. I always had a lot of respect for him as a fighter and a man. May he rest in peace.

Carmen Basilio passes at 85
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Old 11-07-2012, 11:35 PM
 
Location: Near Manito
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Carmen Basilio has passed at 85. He was a great fighter and a champion, someone who was good enough to beat Ray Robinson. I always had a lot of respect for him as a fighter and a man. May he rest in peace.

Carmen Basilio passes at 85
Second that. Basilio was courage personified. I remember watching some of his fights on a black and white TV sitting on a bar stool (and a couple of telephone books) next to my dad, back in the old days when kids could drink seven-up or Canada Dry while their folks drank seven and seven or bourbon and ginger ale.

Basilio was fearless in the ring, always willing to take a punch to land one. He later became quite a boxing coach, as well.
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Old 11-09-2012, 12:42 AM
 
Location: Nevada
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Very sad! Thanks for the awesome, classic memories! -RIP
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Old 11-09-2012, 06:35 PM
 
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my old friend Ralph Tiger Jones also beat Sugar Ray.His famous saying was WHAT YOU WANT TO DO SUCKER.I met him in a bowling alley in Jamaica Queens.
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Old 11-11-2012, 12:25 AM
 
Location: In the sticks, SC
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Carmen Basilio was the first too
defeat Sugar Ray, am I wrong?
Regardless, RIP to a great, great fighter the likes who whom come around only once in a great while
Ring the bell 10 times. We have lost quite a few Boxing greats over these past few years
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Old 11-11-2012, 12:47 AM
 
Location: Near Manito
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Actually, Sugar Ray had a few losses on his record before his two bouts with Basilio. He had lost to Jake LaMotta, Randy Turpin, Joey Maxim, Tiger Jones, and I Gene Fullmer.

The second Robinson-Basilio fight was a real war. Basilio fought the last ten rounds or so with one eye -- his left eye having been swollen closed into a huge black bulb. And a lot of ringsiders still think Basilio won the fight!

CARMEN BASILIO | syracuse.com
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Old 11-11-2012, 01:12 AM
 
Location: South FL
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Carmen Basilio was the first too
defeat Sugar Ray, am I wrong?
Regardless, RIP to a great, great fighter the likes who whom come around only once in a great while
Ring the bell 10 times. We have lost quite a few Boxing greats over these past few years
The first to defeat the great SRR was Lamotta in 1943, he was nearly knocked out.
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