International Boxing Hall of Fame remembers Ron Lyle

27 Nov

On The Beak – Admin

The International Boxing Hall of Fame, based in Canastota, New York, joins the worldwide boxing community in mourning the loss of 1970s heavyweight contender Ron Lyle, who passed away yesterday in Denver, Colorado at age 70 from complications from a sudden stomach ailment.

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“Ron was an tough fighter who added so much excitement to the dynamic heavyweight scene of the 1970s,” said Hall director Ed Brophy. “We were saddened to learn the news of his passing and we offer our condolences to the entire Lyle family.”

Lyle was born on February 12, 1941. Following a 29-4 amateur career that included the 1970 National AAU Heavyweight Championship, he turned pro in 1971 in Denver. During his career he posted a 43-7-1, 31ko record that included wins over Vicente Rondon, Buster Mathis, Oscar Bonavena, Jimmy Ellis, Earnie Shavers, Joe Bugner and Scott LeDoux. He lost to Muhammad Ali in a 1975 world title shot. Lyle’s 1976 bout with George Foreman (ko by 5) was one of the most exciting in heavyweight history and was The Ring magazine’s Fight of the Year.

Lyle was a frequent visitor to Canastota for the annual Hall of Fame Weekend: “Whenever he came to the Hall, he was so great with fans, always willing to talk about his career and recall the many ring battles his fans remember so well,” said Brophy.

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