Final Bell June 2017

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LUIS FOLLEDO –  The former 1960s Madrid, Spain  world rated welterweight and middleweight contender died on May 21, 2017 at the age of 79. He was born in Madrid, Spain on October 10, 1937 and fought professionally from 1958-1969. He compiled a record of 128-6-1-1 no decision (KOs 59) and was only stopped four times. Between February 1962 and March 1968 he was ranked as high as # 3 in the world by The Ring magazine.  Folledo was also a professional bullfighter who made his debut on February 2nd, 1964 at the Barbastra Bullring in Huesca, Spain. The Spanish Boxing Federation threatened to take away his boxing license because of this. He held the Spanish welterweight title from March 5, 1960 until May 19, 1962 and the Spanish middleweight title from May 19, 1962 until his retirement in 1969. He was unsuccessful in three tries at the European middleweight title, losing to Laszlo Papp in 1963 (tko 8); Nino Benvenuti in 1965 (ko 6); and Juan Carlos Duran in 1967 (tko 12). During his career he defeated such fighters as Fred Galiana, Marcel Pigou, Abdelkader Ben Buker, Michel Diouf, Hector Constance, Sugar Boy Nando, Jean Ruellet, Souleymane Diallo, Jose Ungidos,  Diego Infantes,  Boswell St Louis, Armand Vanucci, Richard Bouchez, Tony Smith, Yoland Leveque, Francisco Fiori, and Milo Calhoun. His six losses were to Nino Benvenuti, Laszlo Papp, Brian Curvis, Juan Carlos Duran, Chris Christensen and Sugar Boy Nando.    

TOMMY HARRISON – The former 1950s light-heavyweight and heavyweight contender died April 14, 2017 at the age of 85. Harrison, a homeless ex-boxer known on the streets of Santa Ana as “Champ,” was the subject of a Pulitzer Prize-finalist story and subsequent theatrical movie. Harrison’s colorful past was clouded by a conviction for a lewd act involving a minor, something he denied happened, and his use of another, more-accomplished, boxer’s name. But none of that dimmed the affection afforded him by locals in the southwest Santa Ana neighborhood that he frequented, including that of police, who at times tried to help him get off the streets. “I know that Santa Ana, the community as a whole, really looked out for him,” said his daughter, Arnetha Booth, one of three surviving children from Harrison’s brood of five. Booth said her father died peacefully in his sleep at a San Bernardino nursing home on April 14. He had been bedridden the past few years, unable to walk and suffering from lung disease. Harrison, who had a drinking problem, also had been diagnosed with dementia more than 10 years ago. Typically dressed in layers of grimy clothing, Harrison roamed the neighborhood around Southwest Community Center for decades, dragging along a mini-train of shopping carts filled with all manner of what-not that he’d collected from the sidewalk, the street and people’s yards. Harrison always had a broom and rake handy, cleaning the sidewalks where he slept and searched for the trash he alone treasured. Harrison once resided in homes on Center Street and Diamond Street, but was estranged from Booth’s mother, the second of two women who bore his children. Family still lived there during Harrison’s homeless days in Santa Ana. He preferred life on the streets, Booth said. “He was out there, but that was what he wanted.” He liked to be able to roam. Harrison was known for his willingness to chat with anyone who would listen, often greeting people with a “Hey-hey” and calling them “Champ” in turn. “Yes he smelled and he had all those old, old clothes on but he was still a perfect gentleman,” said Tyrone Tripp, whose grandmother Annie Mae Tripp founded the soup kitchen that grew into the Southwest Community Center. He’d strike a familiar boxing pose, ready to deliver a playful right-left combo with his legendary large hands – described by writer J.R. Moehringer in the 1997 Los Angeles Times magazine story “Resurrecting The Champ” as “each one so heavy and unwieldy that he held it at his side like a bowling ball.” Tripp remembers the lingering power of Harrison’s hands into his old age. “When he was 70 years old and he shook my hand, I felt like a 2-year-old kid,” said Tripp, who is 68 and knew Harrison since childhood days haunting a Santa Ana boxing club on Fourth and Hesperian streets. “He had huge hands.” Those hands laced up gloves against the likes of Floyd Patterson and Ezzard Charles, two losing bouts in his record of 22-13-2 from 1951 to 1958. Among his victories, Harrison won the vacant California State Light Heavyweight title with a unanimous decision in 1952 at Legion Stadium in Hollywood. He also claimed to have broken the nose of one-time world heavyweight champ Rocky Marciano as a sparring partner. An obituary posted on epassing.org, includes photos from his boxing days and tells how Tommy Harrison was the third in a family of 12 children, born not in Kingston, Jamaica, as some versions of his life have related, but in Philadelphia. Booth said she thought he was born in South Carolina, but a surviving older sister of Harrison’s said it was in Philadelphia. According to the obituary, he was educated in Washington, D.C., and joined the Army at a young age, serving in Korea and Japan. He learned to box while in the Army. When his boxing career ended, he worked in construction. Portions of this report are from an article written by Theresa Walker, The Orange County Register, May 5, 2017

DANNY (BANG BANG) WOMBER – The former 1950s welterweight contender from Medina, N.Y., passed away on March 26, 2017 at Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo at the age of 90. Born Daniel H. Womber on January 5, 1927 in Chicago, Ill., he was the son of the late Jessie and Beatrice (Moore) Womber. Daniel served in the U.S. Army from 1946-1948 and fought on the Army Boxing Team and on returning home, continued his boxing career while working as a Private Investigator in Bronx, N.Y. Womber fought professionally from 1948 – 1953 and compiled a record of 43-23-11-1 (KOs 10). He was stopped only once. Between June 1952 and February 1954 he was ranked as high as the # 8 welterweight in the world by The Ring magazine. During his career he beat such fighters as Kid Gavilan, Wallace Bud Smith, Kid Dussart, Gus Mell, Wilbur Wilson, Honeychile Johnson, Kid Charolito Spirituano, Lloyd Tate, Dave Marsh, Billy Andy, Jose Alberto Diaz, Roger Baour, Bob Frost and Emmanuel Clavel. He also fought such fighters as Joe Brown, Luther Rawlings, Joey Giambra, Ralph Tiger Jones, Johnny Saxton, Chico Verona, Pierre Langlois, Art Aragon, Arthur Persley, Charley Cotton, Cliff Curvis, Ramon Fuentes, Carmine Fiore, Jimmy Sherrer, Bobby Rosado and Wally Thom. The Batavia Daily News ran an article about Danny five weeks after his passing. Danny Womber wasn’t “just an” old veteran. At 90, he had no family anyone could find, so spent his final years in Orchard Manor Nursing Home in Medina. Staff members there came to love him as a polite, kind man who sometimes would bring out an album filled with old clippings and photos of himself that helped tell his story. “Bang Bang,” as he preferred to be called, had become a boxer after serving in the U.S. Army. Nor was he “just a” boxer. He was a boxer who won a unanimous decision against the welterweight champion of the world, Kid Gavilan, on May 2, 1953. Known for throwing punch after punch – that’s where his nickname comes from – he wasn’t favored to win, and his victory was an upset that brought the crowd to its feet. “He’d reminisce about the good old days,” said Desiree Braham, a nurse at Orchard Manor. “He was so proud. He’d tell you about all the people that he’d met, but you really had to ask him about it, he wouldn’t just offer it up … you had to dig for it.” Batavia Daily News (courtesy of Mark Irwin) and BoxRec

RODRIGO VALDES – Former world middleweight champion Rodrigo Valdes passed away at the age of 70 on March 15, 2017 from a massive heart attack complicated by diabetes. Valdes captured the WBC portion of the middleweight title by stopping Bennie Briscoe in Monaco on May 25, 1974. He successfully defended his title four times before losing his portion of the title in a unification fight against lineal middleweight champion Carlos Monzon in Monaco on June 26, 1976.  Monzon also won a rematch in Monaco on July 30, 1977. Valdes captured the vacant world middleweight title by defeating Bennie Briscoe by fifteen round decision in  Italy on November 5, 1977. Hugo Corro defeated Valdes in Italy to capture the title in 1978, then beat him again in Argentina seven months later. Valdes ended his career with a record of 63-8-2 with 43 KOs. During his career Rodrigo defeated such men as Bennie Briscoe, Gratien Tonna, Vinnie Curto, Joey Durelle, Bobby Cassidy, Antonio Aguilar, Rudy Robles, Ramon Mendez, Max Cohen, Edmundo Leite, Eugenio Espinoza, Mario Rositto and Raul Rodriguez. Herb Goldman ranked Valdez as the #25 All-Time Middleweight.

JERALD CORTES – The Binangonan, Rizal, Philippines featherweight, born in Masbate City, Masbate, Philippines on February 26, 1993, died on May 23, 2017 at age 24. He fought professionally from 2011-2013 and compiled a record of 3-8-4 (KOs 2). His was stopped 4 times.  No further details are available. BoxRec

NICOLA ALOE  – The 1980s Italian Light-Heavyweight, born in San Salvo, Abruzzo, Italy on November 30, 1957 died on May 20, 2017 at the age of 59. He fought professionally from 1981-1983 and compiled a record of 3-0-0 (KOs 1). BoxRec 

ROBERT TROTT – Trott who fought as a junior-lightweight from February 1967 to June 1970 passed away on May 19, 2017 in Primrose, Germiston, South Africa. He was 73. Born Robert Stanley Trott in Cape Town on April 9 1944 he had a short amateur career before turning professional. Trott finished with a record of 3-18-2-2 no decisions (KOs 1). However, his record is not a true reflection of his ability as he met six South African champions and a future world champion, on a number of occasions, and at times held his own despite coming out on the losing side. One of the highlights of Trott’s career was his four round exhibition bout against future South African bantamweight and flyweight champion and WBA bantamweight champion Arnold Taylor, which was refereed by former world heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano. Marciano was on a visit to South Africa and he was invited to step in as the third man on the night Willie Ludick met Italian Carmelo Bossi in the main fight which promoter Dave Levine billed as for the world welterweight title. Robert was a member of the East Rand Veteran’s Boxing Association for many years and never missed the monthly meetings held at the Primrose Bowling Club in Blueberry Avenue in Primrose, Germiston before he became too ill to attend. Ron Jackson, Fightnews

DAVID “TORANADO” SANCHEZ The former WBA interim WBA super flyweight champion and his brother Jonathan Sanchez were killed in an automobile accident in Sonora, Mexico on May 19, 2017. Their vehicle collided with a trailer on the Hermosillo-Kino Coastal Highway. Rafael Soto (Sanchez manager) has confirmed the tragedy to the media. Sánchez, just 25, last fought on April 7, 2017 in Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, and there was talk of a possible rematch against former world champion Luis Concepción. He had a professional record of 31-4-2, 23 KOs.   Henry Hascup

JOHNATHAN  SANCHEZ CANTU- Jonathan, also deceased in the accident, made his pro debut in 2010 and accumulated a professional record of 18-3, 11 knockouts. They called him ‘Lefty’ and he was 23 years old. He last fought on April 28, 2017 losing a split decision to David Reyes in Sonora, Mexico.  Henry Hascup

ROBERTO ACEVEDO  – The Costa Rican flyweight, age unknown, died on May 14, 2017. He fought professionally from 1969-1970 and compiled a record of 1-0-1.  BoxRec 

BEN CERVANTES – The former 1940s lightweight, born Benjamin Rodney Cervantes in Brawley, CA on January 10, 1929, died on May 8, 2017 at the age of 88. He fought professionally at the Ocean Park Arena, Santa Monica, CA in 1949 and compiled a record of 1-2-0. BoxRec

JULIO CESAR SEGURA- The 1960s-70s Durango Mexico flyweight who later became a judge and referee died May 5, 2017, age unknown. Segura fought professionally from 1964 – 1973 and compiled a record of 14-10-1 (KOs 7). He was stopped 5 times. During his career he fought such fighters as Roberto Alvarez, Salvador Martinez Carillo, Antonio Gomez and Cesar Deciga. His last assignment as a referee and judge was January 1, 2017 in Durango, Mexico. BoxRec

RENATO GALLI- The former 1960s Italian Featherweight champion known as Marcellino died on May 4, 2017 at the age of 79. He was born in Milan, Italy on July 19, 1937 and fought professionally from 1960-1972. He compiled a record of 24-34-10 (KOs 7) and was stopped four times. During his career he fought such fighters as Jose Legra, Willie Quatuor, Wally Taylor, Felix Said Brami, Yves Desmarets, Ugo Poli, Michel Houdeau, Les McLean, Les Dunn, Mario Sitri, Carmelo Corsica, Giovanni Girgenti, Nevio Carbi, Jose Arranz, and Ould Marloufi.  BoxRec

MIGUEL CEA – The former 1980s-90s Chilean cruiserweight and heavyweight champion, born in Osorno, Chile on September 29, 1955, died April 29, 2017 at age 61. He fought professionally from 1980 to 1997 and compiled a record of 33-14-0 (KOs 31). He was stopped 7 times. During his career he fought such fighters as Adilson Rodrigues, Carlos Flores Burlon, Tomas Polo Ruiz, Jorge Salgado, Nestor Hipolito Giovannin, Candido Barrera, and  Jorge Dascola. BoxRec

HERBERT NKABITI – The Kanye, Botswana junior welterweight, born in the same city on March 27, 1981, died on April 29, 2017 at age 36 from injuries sustained in a knockout loss to Willis Baloyi in Gauteng, South Africa on April 28, 2017. He turned professional in 2009 and compiled a record of 10-3-1 (KOs 10). He was stopped 3 times.  BoxRec

WILLIE CRAWFORD  – The Indianapolis, Indiana 1950s heavyweight died on April 22, 2017 at the age of 84. He fought professionally from 1954-1964 and compiled a record of 201-0 9KOs 1). According to BoxRec he engaged in his last fight after a nine year hiatus. His only loss was to Alvin Williams (L KO 5) in 1955. BoxRec

WES ROCKETT  – The former 1980s middleweight, born Wesley Dale Rockett in Barton City, Michigan on April 9, 1963, died on April 23, 2017 at the age of 54. He fought professionally from 1981-1982 and compiled a record of 3-1-0 (KOs 2). BoxRec

CRAIG PAYNE – Popular former heavyweight Craig Payne has recently passed away in Westland, Michigan. Payne, who died on April 7th, was 55 years old. Payne was one of the most accomplished American amateur boxers in the 1980s, having defeated Teofilo Stevenson and Mike Tyson in 1983. He also came close to defeating Tyrell Biggs in the final match of the 1984 Olympic boxing trials, losing a razor thin decision that sent Biggs to the Olympics where we would go on to win a gold medal. As a professional Payne amassed a record of 11-20-2, 8 KOs in a career that spanned just shy of 16 years. However, although his record was less than stellar, he earned a reputation in the sport of being one of the most durable heavyweight journeymen in the sport in the 1990s. Payne had gone the distance with such notable fighters as Shannon Briggs, Iran Barkley, James Tillis, Pinklon Thomas, John Bray and Mike “The Bounty” Hunter. He also had gritty, albeit losing, performances against Francois Botha, Fres Oquendo and Lionel Butler. James Finger, Fightnews

ENRIQUE HIGGINS – The former Monteria, Colombia world junior lightweight contender died on April 1, 2017 at the age of 73. Between July 1967 and September 1967 he was ranked as high as the # 7 junior lightweight in the world by The Ring magazine. Higgins’s record is considered incomplete as he reportedly had a 30-2-0 record with 23 KOs when he fought Raul Rojas for the W.B.A. version of the featherweight title. Most of his fights prior to that date took place in his home country Colombia and Latin America. During his career he beat such fighters as Freddie Rengifo, Getulio Bruges and Adalides Munoz; fought a draw with Eugenio Hurtado; and lost to such fighters as Raul Rojas, Pedro Gomez, Alfredo Marcano, Paul Mora, Leonel Hernandez, Clemente Rojas, Zenon Silgado and Pedro Acosta. His reported record is 50-14-2 (KOs 38). His record in BoxRec is 20-12-2 (KOs 15). He was stopped 5 times. BoxRec

JOHNNY DEUTSCH – The Allentown, Pennsylvania heavyweight born in the same city in 1941, died April 7, 2017 at age 76. He fought professionally from 1963 to 1970 and compiled a record of 10-7-0 (KOs 9). He was stopped 6 times. During his career he fought such fighters as Chuck Wepner, Tommy Kost, Jerry Tomasetti and Jimmy McClain. BoxRec

AL NEVAREZ  – The former Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico world ranked lightweight contender died on March 24, 2017 at the age of 85. He was born Alfredo Nevárez López in Chihuahua, Mexico on July 12, 1931 and fought professionally from 1952-1959. Between May 1957 and February 1959 he was ranked as high as the # 8 lightweight in the world by The Ring magazine. He compiled a record of 36-9-3 (KOs 14) and was only stopped twice. During his career he defeated such fighters as Don Jordan, Wallace (Bud) Smith, Jimmy Carter, Orlando Zulueta, Johnny Gonsalves (split 2 fights), Baby Ortiz (split 2 fights), Baby Vasquez (split 2 fights), Teddy Davis, Buddy Evatt, Cesar Saavedra, Enrique Esqueda, and Zorrito Ramirez. He also fought such fighters as Duilio Loi, Alfredo Urbina, Willie Toweel, and Kenny Davis. BoxRec

Lenny Bickford – The Portland, Maine welterweight, born Leonard Edward Bickford
in Brookton, Maine on July 10, 1928, died April 2, 2017 at age 88. He fought professionally from 1945 to 1950 and compiled a record of 25-6-3 (KOs 11). He was stopped 3 times. He served in the U.S. Navy from June 1946 to April 1947. BoxRec

JOE CASCELLA – The Staten Island, New York middleweight, born Joseph P. Cascella in the same city on November 11, 1925, died March 29, 2017 at age 91. He fought professionally in 1948 and compiled a record of 7-1-0 (KOs 0). BoxRec

SANDOR BALOGH – The  Budapest, Hungary heavyweight born in the same city on March 8, 1985 died April 13, 2017 at age 32. He fought professionally from 2012-2016 and compiled a record of 7-11-0 (KOs 4). He was stopped eight times. BoxRec

ZOLTAN KISS – The Veszprem, Hungary heavyweight, born in Zirc, Hungary on July 22, 1972, died March 27, 2017 at age 44. He fought professionally in 2002 and compiled a record of 2-0-0 (KOs 1). BoxRec 

RAUL CELESTINO VENERDINI – The former Argentina and South American lightweight champion died March 25, 2017 at age 70. Raul was born in Marquesado, San Juan, Argentina on October 4, 1946. He fought professionally from 1967-1979 and compiled a record of 41-14-7 (KOs 16). He was stopped 6 times. Between March 1972 and January 1973 he was ranked as high as the # 8 lightweight in the world by The Ring magazine. During his career he defeated such fighters as Carlos Aro (split 4 fights), Juan Carlos Salinas, Cirilio Pausa, Hector Jorge Pace and Antonio Chiodoni (split 2 fights). He also fought such fighters as Bruno Aracri, Juan Domingo Corradi, Hugo Gutierrez, Ramiro Jorge Barcia and Ramiro Bolanos. BoxRec 

CESAR SAAVEDRA – The Torreon, Coahuila de Zaragoza, Mexico featherweight born César Saavedra López in the same city in 1932 died on March 22, 2017 at the age of 85. Known as El Chino, he fought professionally from 1948-1960 and compiled a record of 77-42-6 (KOs 36) and was stopped 16 times. On July 6, 1954 he won the Texas State featherweight title by 12 round decision over Doug Medley. He vacated the title on October 12, 1954 when he won the Texas State lightweight title by 15 round decision over Jackie Blair. He held onto the title until August 22, 1955 when he lost it to Ray Riojas by 12 round decision. Besides Medley and Blair, his biggest wins were over Humberto Carrillo whom he fought 10 times (3-6-1), Domingo Hidalgo (5-1), Modesto Torres (1-0-1), Emilio de la Rosa (2-0), Julio Escobedo (1-2), Felipe Sosa (1-1), Memo Valero, Ralph Capone, Zurdo Mondoz and Henry Luera. He also fought such fighters as Raymundo “Battling” Torres, Al Nevarez, Rudy Garcia, Juan Leanos, Enrique Esqueda, Kid Anahuac, Damaso Collazo, Claudio Adame and Felipe Sosa. BoxRec 

BEE BEE WASHINGTON – The former 1940s Washington, DC world ranked middleweight contender died on March 20, 2017 at the age of 92 (although his obituary lists his death at age 95). He was born William A. Washington on June 10, 1924 or 1921 and fought professionally from 1941-1948.  Between September 1945 and April 1946 he was ranked as high as the # 5 middleweight in the world by The Ring magazine. He compiled a record of 39-19-7 (KOs 12) and was stopped 6 times. During his career he defeated such fighters as Vic Dellicurti, Smuggy Hursey (split 2 fights), Carmen DeJohn, Reuben Shank, Johnny Finazzo (2 wins and 2 draws), Frankie Terry, Jess Moraney (1 win and 1 draw), Billy White, Ray Rovelli (split 2 fights), and Charley Padalino. He also fought such fighters as Tommy Yarosz, Ossie Harris, Aaron Perry, Joe Curcio, Tommy Mollis, Frank Lacey and Frank Sweeney. BoxRec

DAVEY MILLS – The Miami, Florida lightweight, born David C. Mill in Honesdale, Pennsylvania on July 27, 1938, died March 20, 2017 at age 78. He fought professionally from 1958 to 1967 and compiled a record of 3-9-0 (KOs 1). He was stopped 5 times. BoxRec

CHUCK BOLLINGER – The New Kensington, Pennsylvania Light Heavyweight, born Charles Earl Bollinger in  the same city on November 5, 1936, died March 18, 2017 at age 80. He fought professionally from 1959 to 1969 and compiled a record of 8-1-0 (KOs 2). BoxRec

JOE JONES – The Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Light Heavyweight, born Joseph E. Jones in Aiken, South Carolina on June 1941, died March 18, 2017 at age 75. He fought professionally from 1967 to 1975 and compiled a record of 3-15-0 (KOs 2). He was stopped 12 times. During his career he fought such fighters as Matthew Saad Muhammad, Richie Kates, Eddie Owens, Bobby Cassidy, Joe DeNucci, Dennis McNamee, Jimmy McDermott, Pete Riccitelli, Bobby Covino, Paul Cardoza, Bobby Stewart and Paul Kasper. BoxRec

DON BRAITHWAITE The Caerphilly, Wales bantamweight, born on February 18, 1937, died March 16, 2017 at age 80. He fought professionally from 1959 to 1963 and compiled a record of 13-11-3 (KOs 3). He was stopped 4 times. BoxRec

FRANK BULLARDThe Toronto, Ontario, Canada light-heavyweight/heavyweight born Frank Dennis Bullard on June 26, 1943, died March 9, 2017 at age 73. He fought professionally from 1965 to 1978 and compiled a record of 9-15-0 (KOs 7). He was stopped 8 times. During his career he beat such fighters as Bob Felstein, Vic Brown, Sonny King and Ron Edwards. He also fought such fighters as Ted Wright, Ron Stander, Bill Drover, John Conteh, Ibar Arrington, Al Sparks and Eddie Melo. BoxRec

AL DUBLIN  The Brooklyn, NY lightweight, born Albert Dublin in Blackville, SC on December 8, 1937, died March 3, 2017 at age 79. As an amateur he won the 1959 New York Golden Gloves 126 lb Sub-Novice Championship. He fought professionally from 1959 to 1963 and compiled a record of 5-6-1 (KOs 1). During his career he defeated Anselmo Castillo twice, Bobby McLaurin and went 1-2 with Marcos Morales. He also fought such fighters as Chico Veliz and Tommy Nethercott. BoxRec

SYLVESTER MURPHEY – The Bristol, Tennessee heavyweight, born in Rich, Mississippi on January 19, 1951, died March 3, 2017 at age 66. He fought professionally from 1972 to 1975 and compiled a record of 3-4-0 (KOs 2). He was stopped 4 times. During his career he fought such fighters as Duane Bobick and Jimmy Cross. BoxRec

SEVERIN OLOUBI – The Cotonou, Benin middleweight,  age unknown, died March 3, 2017. Oloubi fought professionally from 1997-2008 and compiled a record of 1-3-1, 1 no contest (KOs 1). He was stopped twice. BoxRec

BILLY DOLPHIN – The Dunmore, Pennsylvania middleweight, born William L. Dolphin
in the same city on December 8, 1941, died March 1, 2017 at age 75. He fought professionally from 1964 to 1971 and compiled a record of 13-3-1 (KOs 7). He was stopped 3 times. His father was a professional fighter in the 1940s. BoxRec

RUBEN DAVILA – The Seattle, Washington middleweight, born in Los Ramones, Nuevo León, Mexico on March 17, 1940, died March 1, 2017 at age 76. He fought professionally from 1967 to 1968 and compiled a record of 2-3-0 (KOs 2). He was stopped 2 times. During his career he fought such fighters as Doug Huntley and Mike Tunney. BoxRec

FRENCHIE GERMAINE – The Edmonton, Alberta, Canada featherweight, born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada on October 10, 1932, died February 11, 2017 at age 84. He fought professionally from 1952 to 1957 and compiled a record of 2-5-0 (KOs 2). All 5 of his losses were by decision. BoxRec

HARRY SMITH – The former 1950s Intercity Golden Gloves, National AAU, All-Air Force and All-Service Amateur Champion died February 8, 2017 at age 84. Smith, who was born in Danville, VA on August 23, 1932, represented the US Air Force in amateur competition from 1952-1956. In 1952 he made the finals of the New York Daily News Golden Gloves’ open championship, losing a decision to Carmelo Costa. In 1953 representing New York he won an Intercity Golden Gloves title at lightweight beating Timmie Jefferson. In 1954 Smith won the New York Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions at featherweight by decision vs. Stan Fitzgerald and representing New York he won the Intercity Golden Gloves’ championship at featherweight by decision vs. Joe Charles. In 1955 he won the Chicago Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions by decision vs. Bill White. He also participated in the 1955 Pan-American Games in Mexico City, losing in the opening round to the eventual medalist, Claudio Barrientos of Chile. In the 1956 National AAU Championships, Harry defeated Jim Pettaway in the semi-finals, and then went on to win the tournament by stopping Marvin McFarland of Philadelphia at 2:25 of the third round. He won the 1956 Olympic Trials and was supposed to represent the U.S. in Melbourne at featherweight, but barely failed the weigh-in and was ruled out of the Olympics. After his discharge from the US Air Force he turned professional as a lightweight and compiled a record of 9-2-0 (KOs 2). During his pro career (1957-1961) he defeated such fighters as Chico Velez, Ray Walk, David Camacho and Carl Baldwin. His two losses were to Rafiu King in Kensington, London, England (L PTS 8) and Chico Rollins in New York (L PTS 6). BoxRec

WAYNE DILLON – The East Liverpool, Ohio lightweight, born in the same city on June 29, 1923, died February 6, 2017 at age 93. He fought 2 profession fights in 1947 and compiled a record of 0-2-0. His pro debut was a six rounder. In his second pro fight he lost a 10 round decision to Teddy (Red Top) Davis. BoxRec

HUGH McGOWAN – The Normanton, Yorkshire, England middleweight, born in the same city in 1925, died in February 2017 at age 92. He fought professionally from 1949 to 1950 and compiled a record of 1-2-0. He was stopped once. BoxRec

TONY MEDINA – The Houston, Texas welterweight, born in Gonzales, Texas on June 5, 1932, died January 27, 2017 at age 84. He fought professionally from 1950-1952 and compiled a record of 7-18-4 (KOs 3) and was stopped 4 times. During his career he fought such fighters as Rocky Caballero, Joe Hartegan, and Billy Morgan.  BoxRec

JOE CORSO – The Hartford, Connecticut lightweight, born Joseph T. Corso in Bridgeport, Connecticut on December 2, 1923, died January 3, 2017 at age 93. He fought professionally from 1947-1956 and compiled a record of 2-5-3 (KOs 1) and was stopped once. During his career he fought such fighters as Bobby Pooler and Joey Costa.  BoxRec

 

MAY THEY ALL REST IN PEACE!