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Ron Lyle, former heavyweight boxer, dead at 70

 

Ron Lyle at Canon City State Penitentiary in 1967 (photo by June & Cliff Mattax via wikipedia commons)

Former heavyweight boxing contender Ron Lyle, who fought Muhammad Ali for the title in 1975 and later took on George Foreman, died in Denver on Saturday at age 70.

The Dayton, Ohio native lost to both Ali and Foreman in the mid-1970′s.

Ron McKinney, a family friend, said that Lyle died from complications from a sudden stomach ailment.

McKinney hired Lyle to start the Salvation Army’s boxing program in 2002.

After retiring from pro boxing, Lyle lived in Las Vegas where he trained young boxers and worked as a security guard.

Lyle, who was 6’3, made a brief comeback at age 54 but it was short-lived.

Lyle had a very impressive record: 51 fights, 43 wins, 31 wins by knockout, 7 losses and 1 draw.

 

Info compiled from Radio, TV & Boxing news reports

“Smokin Joe” dies of cancer at age 67

 

Joe Frazier September 2010 being given an award by his hometown of Beaufort, SC (photo by Akira Kouchiyama via wikipedia commons)

“Smokin’ Joe” Frazier had a very good boxing career, 32 wins, 27 by knockouts, only 4 losses, 1 draw, earned a gold medal for the United States in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. He was a boxing champion several times.

But he’ll forever be linked with Muhammed Ali, the people’s favorite boxer for the “Thrilla in Manila” where he was beat to almost death when he couldn’t see.

Frazier lost his last fight on Monday night after a brief battle with liver cancer at the age of 67.

Frazier became the first man to beat Ali at Madison Square Garden in March 1971, when he knocked him down in the 15th round.

Frazier had been bitter towards Ali for years due to public humiliation before, during and after their fights but came to terms with everything and had forgiven his nemesis over the years.

In their final fight in Manila back in 1975, they traded punches like champions should. Frazier battled for 14 rounds but his trainer Eddie Futch stopped him from coming out for the final round due to him not being able to see.

Frazier was slowed over the years and had slurred speech by the toll of punches taken as a boxer. But he still went to autograph shows and had fun meeting the many fans that he had.

Frazier was small for a heavyweight at 5’11 1/2 and 205 pounds.

Joe has taken pride over the years that his daughter, Jacqui Frazier-Lyde has become a boxer. She has a 13-1 record despite being 48 years old . And yes, he nemesis is Laila Ali, the daughter of Muhammed Ali. Jacqui started boxing at age 38 and boxes in-between being a lawyer in Philadelphia.

 

Info compiled from staff, Radio, TV & Boxing news

 

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS FOR MONDAY JANUARY 17, 2011, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday: Almanac & Celebrity Birthdays

Today is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. (clipart by Mohamed Ibrahim courtesy of clker.com)

DAILY ALMANAC

Today is Monday, January 17, the 17th day of 2011. There are 348 days left in the year. This the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. national holiday.

HIGHLIGHTS IN HISTORY

* On January 17, 1961, President Dwight D. Eisenhower delivered his farewell address.

* In 1893, the 19th president of the United States, Rutherford B. Hayes, died in Fremont, Ohio. He was 70.

* In 1950, the Great Brinks Robbery took place as seven masked men held up a Brinks garage in Boston, stealing $1.2 million in cash and $1.5 million in checks and money orders. (The entire 11-member gang was later caught, but only part of money was recovered.

* In 1977, convicted mass murderer Gary Gilmore, 36 at the time, was shot by a firing squad at Utah State Prison in the first U.S. execution in a decade.

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

89 BETTY WHITE, actress-comedian. Wife of the late Allen Ludden, the famous game show host of PASSWORD

83 VIDAL SASSOON, hairdresser

80 JAMES EARL JONES, actor

69 MUHAMMAD ALI, boxing legend

54 STEVE HARVEY, actor-comedian

49 JIM CARREY, actor-comedian

47 MICHELLE OBAMA, United States first lady

40 KID ROCK, rock musician

31 ZOOEY DESCHANEL, actress