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One of the all-time greats, former welterweight and middleweight world champion Carmen Basilio, passed away from pneumonia on Wednesday morning . He was 85.
The last time I spoke with Carmen was five years ago at his 80th birthday. Known for his wit and charm, Carmen was never shy to punch anyone. After he called me over, he gave me a left jab to my shoulder, which put me in pain.
Basilio twice won the world welterweight title, from Tony DeMarco in 1955 and
Johnny Saxton in 1956. After 13 years in the ring, he retired with a career professional record of 56 wins in 79 professional fights, with 27 knockouts.
The boxer was among the Hall of Fame's first class of inductees, in 1990. Carmen was such a beloved figure in the our community. He is survived by his wife, four children, eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Following his retirement from boxing, he taught physical education at LeMoyne
College in Syracuse, N.Y., and worked in public relations for the Genesee Brewing Co.
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