Skip to comments.Former heavyweight boxing contender Ron Lyle, dies in Denver.
Posted on 11/26/2011 1:16:43 PM PST by PallMal
DENVER Heavyweight contender Ron Lyle, who fought Muhammad Ali for the title in 1975 and later battled George Foreman, has died in Denver at age 70.
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I remember him as a good man.
Rest in Peace, Mr. Lyle.
I remember the tv did an intro on him prior to fighting Ali. Lyle said he ‘died’ from something (I cant remember) and the doctors brought him back. He wasnt scared of fighting Ali because of this. He seemed a sincere man.
IIRC, Lyle was the one who learned boxing while in a Colorado prison. He was that perpetual underdog you tended to root for. He lived longer than Joe Frazier.
Yes, that was a great fight!
Lyle said in prison when he had nothing to do he would do push ups. He got to where he did 1000 in an hour.
He was a much more likeable personality than the Louisville Lip. The ref stopped his match against Clay whith Lyle on his feet and not in such serious trouble compared to what he triumphed over in other fights.
Wow, now there’s a name you don’t hear much anymore. R.I.P.
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