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SERGIO LUCIANO DeOLIVEIRA -The former Brazilian light middleweight champion died October 15, 2017 at the age of 47. De Oliveira whose alias was Jofrinho was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil on February 2, 1970 and fought professionally from 1994-2006 (inactive 2000, 2002-2005). His finished with a career record of 13-5-0-1 (KO 5/KO by 3). BoxRec  

LEONARDO PAREDES  – The former Panamanian light flyweight champion died October 14, 2017 at the age of 62. Peredes was born in Panama on May 7, 1955 and fought professionally from 1980-1990, compiling a record of 10-18-2 (KO 3/KO by 7). During his career he fought such fighters as Leo Gamez, Fidel Bassa, Francisco Tejedor and Robinson Cuesta. BoxRec

KOKKIE OLIVIER – Former South African lightweight champion Kokkie Olivier, who fought as a professional from 1968 to 1977, died in Boksburg recently. He was 69. Born Jacobus Andries Olivier on 18 April, 1948, he was a promising amateur and won the lightweight class at the 1966 South African championships. He made his pro debut on 19 February, 1968 with a first round stoppage win over Willie Gerber, who fought under the name of Frankie Bettz. Trained by Alan Toweel Snr, Kokkie was a rugged, rough and tough come-forward fighter, and he won his next 12 fights before winning the vacant South African lightweight title with a points victory over Henry Brooks on 30 April, 1970 in Cape Town. He made a successful defence of the title in a rematch with Brooks before losing the title to Andries Steyn on 8 May, 1971. Kokkie had three fights with Steyn, one of the finest boxers produced in South Africa. Even though he lost all three fights to Steyn, he made him work hard for victory on each occasion. Known for his body punching, Olivier beat local rivals like Harry Barbaries, Jimmy Carroll, Chris du Plessis and Dirk van der Westhuizen. Fighting mostly under the banner of the Toweel family’s Springbok Promotions, he also beat quality overseas fighters like Tony Riley, Willie Reilly, Giacomo Gulino, George O’Neill, Roger Zami, and lost on points to future world lightweight champion southpaw Jim Watt. He finished with a record of 36-10-3-1nc (KO 11/KO by 1). Ron Jackson, Fightnews

TERRY DOWNES – The former world middleweight champion passed away of bladder cancer on October 6, 2017 at the age of 81. The Londoner’s nickname was “Dashing, Bashing, Crashing” – and no one would ever sue Downes under the Trades Descriptions Act. With his aggressive hard-hitting style, the Paddington battler thrilled crowds in the late 1950s and early 1960s. His rough and ready, blunt-talking Cockney persona also earned him followers at a time when television was just taking off. Two years in the US Marines had toughened him up and early setbacks – he lost to future two-weight world champ Dick Tiger in a 1957 prelim – merely delayed Downes’ rise to the top, which culminated in a trilogy with Paul Pender. Terry lost the first encounter in Pender’s Boston backyard on cuts (seven rounds) in January 1961. But he would get revenge six months later in London. “The Paddington Express” didn’t have it easy though, and even in the build-up to his famous victory his notorious nose – which he labelled “My bleedin’ hooter” – threatened to scupper his triumph. “Just my luck,” Downes would explain many years later, “on the very last day of sparring, about four days before the fight, I cracked heads in a clinch with [sparring partner] Wally Swift and tore the skin off my nose!” Downes put a patch on the injury and faced the press; “I told them I’d been given a special prescription to keep on my nose for a few days because it hardened the skin. It was some special jollop made up in Harvey Street at a pound an ounce, I told them… “Luckily, come fight time, we managed to clean up the skin and powder the ol’ nose like a pansy.” The hooter survived and Downes, with skill and an unbreakable will to win, snatched the title in nine rounds when Pender retired on his stool. Back in Boston, he would lose their final fight – and the championship – on points in April 1962. Five months later at Wembley’s Empire Pool, he clashed with another former world champion, the fading Sugar Ray Robinson. Downes took the verdict after 10 rounds. Afterwards he said, “I didn’t beat Sugar Ray. I beat his ghost.”  Downes – an underrated fighter in his day – went very close to a world title at light-heavy, troubling Willie Pastrano in 1964 before suffering an 11th-round stoppage. The loss took his record to 35-9 (28).  Terry, a savvy operator, retired following that defeat at the age of just 28 to concentrate on his investments in high street betting shops. “I never thought of making a comeback,” he told The Independent’s Alan Hubbard in 2011. “That was as good as I could do. When you’ve been on top of the mountain, the only way is down.” In later years – when he also found time for a 25-year acting career – he could always be relied upon for an acerbic take on the latest boxing action. Downes remained immensely popular figure in boxing circles, and in 2011 referee and former fighter Bob Williams – alongside several others – campaigned for Downes to be knighted following the 50-year anniversary of winning the world title. After some tremendous work by the campaign team, Downes was awarded the BEM the following year. Brilliant trainer Howard Rainey said of Downes during the campaign: “I spent some time with Terry Downes in the 80s, just one lovely man. He would help any worthy cause, and must have raised thousands for charity. “I will always remember a weekend away with him in the Lakes, for charity. We were going up the M6 and we stopped at a services. As we were going for a drink we were stopped by a guy from the AA who said, ‘Terry Downes, you gave me a lot of pleasure watching you fight.’ To which Terry replied, ‘You have given me a lot of pleasure too, when I’ve been broken down on the motorway and been sat there in the p*****g rain waiting for you.’ The look on the AA guy’s face was a classic.” The final paragraph of Downes’ 1989 autobiography – My Bleeding Business – perhaps says it best. “I’ve lived the life I wanted, been blessed with a good family, done all the things I ever dreamed of, from birds to booze. I haven’t got a lot of money but I haven’t got to go out and get any. I’m too old to alter. Accept me as I am.” Terry Downes, one of a kind, is already sorely missed. Matt Christie and Daniel Herbert, Boxing News

TONY HUGHES -The 1950s-60s Cleveland, Ohio heavyweight died October 5, 2017 at the age of 82. He was born Anthony J. Hughes on May 17, 1935 and fought professionally from 1956-1963, compiling a record of 26-4-0 (KO 10/KO by 3). Hughes won his first 24 fights before dropping his first fight to Alonzo Johnson by a split decision at the Civic Center in Pittsburgh on December 8, 1961. During his career he defeated such fighters as Bill Nielsen, Jackie Richards, Claude Chapman, Rodolfo Diaz, Herb Siler and Bob Biehler. Besides Alonzo Johnson he also fought such fighters as Henry Cooper, Bob Cleroux and Franco DePiccoli. BoxRec

KEITH HENDRYX – BoxRec reports that the Battle Creek, Michigan Cruiserweight died of injuries sustained in a car accident on October 1, 2017 at the age of 41. He was born Keith Levern Hendryx in Jackson, Michigan on January 21, 1976 and fought professionally from 2004-2007, compiling a record of 2-3-0 (KO 2/KO by 3). BoxRec

JOEL BISHOP –  BoxRec reports that Cruiserweight Joel Bishop of Clinton, Maine died October 1, 2017 at the age of 31. He was born in Skowhegan, Maine on April 11, 1986. Known as the “The Baby Bull” he fought professionally from 2014-2016 and compiled a record of 0-0-2. No further details available. BoxRec

JOSE PEYRE  – The Charleroi, Hainaut, Belgium heavyweight died September 25, 2017 at age 84. He was born Josef Perkovic in the same city on March 26, 1933 and fought professionally from 1953-1970, compiling a record of 21-25-1 (KO 10/KO by 13). During his career he defeated such fighters as Jean Serres, Maurice Robensyn, Hennie Quentemeijer, Alain Cherville (1-2), Al Bernard, Willi Fanzlau, Al Bernard, and Jean-Paul Schiller. He also fought such fighters as Brian London, Erich Schoppner, Werner Wiegand, Pat Stapleton, Plinio Scarabellin, Gerhard Zech, Giacomo Bozzano, Billy Walker, Thoerner Ahsman, Ivan Prebeg, Jose Manuel Urtain, Paul Roux, Lion Ven, Bernard Thebault and Jan Lubbers. BoxRec     

SINETHEMBA MAGIBISELA – A day after chalking up a points win over six rounds against Mbulelo Nxazonke in Willowvale in the Eastern Cape‚ light flyweight Sinethemba Magibisela was stabbed to death in his hometown of King Williams Town on September 24, 2017. Matchmaker Luyanda Kana broke the news to TimesLIVE and said the 30-year-old Magibisela was with his friends at the time of the attack. “Then as he was walking back home‚ he was attacked and stabbed. He died on the spot‚” Kana said. He turned professional on July 6, 2008 and fought such fighters as Vuyani Kheswa (D 8), Jetly Purisima (W PTS 10), and Nkosinathi Joyi (L TKO 5). The win on September 23rd brought his career record to 10-7-2 (KO 1/KO by 2). TimesLive

MARIO MOLO – The former Panama City, Panama featherweight died September 21, 2017 at the age of 70. He was born Mario Felix Molo Gomez in the same city on August 18, 1947 and fought professionally from 1965-1975, compiling a record of 16-15-5 (KO 7/KO by 7). The biggest win of his career occurred on March 26, 1971 when he defeated Bernardo Caraballo on points in Barranquilla, Columbia. Caraballo exacted revenge on Molo by fifth round kayo in their return bout in Barranquilla, Columbia on January 28, 1972. During his career he also fought such fighters as Ernesto Marcel, Ramiro Bolanos, Jose Isaac Marin and Miguel Riasco. BoxRec

JAKE LaMOTTA – the former middleweight champion whose life in and out of the ring was depicted in the film “Raging Bull,” for which Robert De Niro won an Academy Award, died on September 19, 2017. He was 95. LaMotta died at a Miami-area hospital from complications of pneumonia, according to fiancee Denise Baker. “Rest in Peace, Champ,” De Niro said in a statement. The Bronx Bull, as he was known in his fighting days, compiled an 83-19-4 record with 30 knockouts, in a career that began in 1941 and ended in 1954. LaMotta fought the great Sugar Ray Robinson six times, handing Robinson the first defeat of his career and losing the middleweight title to him in a storied match. In the fight before he lost the title, LaMotta saved the championship in movie-script fashion against Laurent Dauthuille. Trailing badly on all three scorecards, LaMotta knocked out the challenger with 13 seconds left in the fight. LaMotta threw a fight against Billy Fox, which he admitted in testimony before the Kefauver Committee, a U.S. Senate committee investigating organized crime in 1960. “I purposely lost a fight to Billy Fox because they promised me that I would get a shot to fight for the title if I did,” LaMotta said in 1970 interview printed in Peter Heller’s 1973 book “In This Corner: 40 World Champions Tell Their Stories.” LaMotta was “stopped” by Fox in the fourth round on Nov. 14, 1947, in Madison Square Garden. He didn’t get a title shot until 10 fights later. On June 16, 1949, in Detroit, he became middleweight champion when the Frenchman Marcel Cerdan couldn’t continue after the 10th round. Of the claim that Cerdan had to quit because of a shoulder injury, LaMotta said in 1970: “Something’s bound to happen to you in a tough fight, cut eye, broken nose or broken hand or something like that. So you could make excuses out of anything, you know, but you got to keep on going if you’re a champ or you’re a contender.” Renowned for his strong chin, and the punishment he could take, and dish out, LaMotta was knocked down only once — in a 1952 loss to light-heavyweight Danny Nardico — in his 106 fights. LaMotta’s first defense was supposed to be a rematch with Cerdan, but the Frenchman was killed when a plane en route to the United States crashed in the Azores in 1949. So in his first defense, LaMotta outpointed Tiberio Mitri on July 12, 1950, in New York, then on Sept. 13, he rallied to knock out Dauthuille at Detroit. LaMotta’s title reign ended on Feb. 14, 1951, when Robinson stopped him in the 13th round in Chicago. In a fight that became known as the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, LaMotta gave as good as he got in the early rounds, then took tremendous punishment. He would not go down. In their second match, on Feb. 5, 1943, in New York, LaMotta won a 10-round decision, giving Robinson his first defeat in the 41st fight of his illustrious career. LaMotta was born July 10, 1922, on New York City’s Lower East Side but was raised in the Bronx. After retiring from boxing in 1954, he owned a nightclub for a time in Miami, then dabbled in show business and commercials. He also made personal appearances and for a while in the 1970s he was a host at a topless nightclub in New York. The 1980 film “Raging Bull,” based on LaMotta’s memoir written 10 years earlier, was nominated for eight Academy Awards. Though director Martin Scorsese was passed over, De Niro, who gained 50 pounds to portray the older, heavier LaMotta, won the best actor award. In 1998, LaMotta, who had four daughters, lost both of his sons. Jake LaMotta Jr., 51, to cancer and Joe LaMotta, 49, was killed in a plane crash off Nova Scotia. LaMotta was inducted into The Ring Boxing Hall of Fame in 1985; the World Boxing Hall of Fame in 1986; and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990. Associated Press

ALBERTO MORA – The Los Cabos, Baja California, Mexico featherweight died on September 15, 2017 after being shot in the head on September 11th. He was 22. He was born Alberto Mora Zúniga in Mexico City, Mexico on October 14, 1994 and fought professionally from 2012-2017. His only stoppage loss was to former IBF super featherweight titlist Gervonta Davis in Atlanta City, New Jersey on May 22, 2015. His last fight occurred on August 22, 2017, where he lost a six round decision to Ahmed Majed Mahmood, which brought his career record to 12-8-0 (KO 6/KO by 1). Robert Padilla, BoxRec

DAVID BEY – The former heavyweight contender was killed on September 13, 2017 in an industrial accident at the Camden Towers when he was reportedly hit by a steel sheet Pyle. He was working as a Pyle driver with Local Carpenters’ 179 in Camden, New Jersey. Bey is perhaps best remembered by boxing fans for his 1985 IBF world title fight against Larry Holmes. Holmes beat the then-undefeated Bey by way of tenth round TKO. But many boxing fans nonetheless remembered the gritty performance from Bey, who rocked Holmes in the second round. Holmes was later quoted by Sports Illustrated as saying Bey “got my attention” in the second round of the fight. But Bey’s legacy in boxing went beyond the fight with Holmes. Bey’s career would ultimately mimic another famous, albeit fictional, Philadelphia boxer. Having been brought in as the sacrificial lamb in his professional debut in 1981 Bey stunned the boxing world when he knocked out an undefeated prospect with a 5-0 record from Columbus, Ohio in the second round. That fighter’s name was James “Buster” Douglas. After stopping Douglas, Bey would go on to string together another twelve wins before he was again brought in as an “opponent”, this time against another future world champion named Greg Page in August of 1984. Bey would score a stunning upset over Page, winning the USBA heavyweight title by way of twelve round decision. Bey also earned the admiration of boxing fans the world over when he declined a $750,000 offer to fight then WBA champion Gerrie Coetzee in 1985. The offer came with an important caveat: Bey would have to fight Coetzee in the champion’s home country of South Africa. At the time South Africa was ruled by a pro-apartheid regime and Bey, worried that fighting Coetzee in South Africa would give the apartheid regime legitimacy, refused the offer. Bey would ultimately fight six heavyweight champions in his career as well as an undefeated Olympic gold medalist named Tyrell Biggs. His final fight was a TKO over Dave Jaco in 1994, which brought his professional career to a close with a record of 18-11-1 (KO 14/KO by 6). He was 60-years old. David Finger, Fightnews

DAVE CLARK – Dave Clark passed away on September 1, 2017, at the age of 85. He was a boxing teacher, trainer and youth development professional of the highest ranking. Dave was inducted into the Florida Boxing Hall of Fame in 2013. Among many of the world-ranked professionals he worked with are James Warring, Uriah Grant, Robert Daniels, Freddie Pendleton and Jose Ribalta. Don Cogswell

MAY THEY ALL REST IN PEACE!

 

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

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