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Old 06-18-2007, 06:18 AM   #19
JohnThomas1
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Default Re: Sugar Ray Seales

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Originally Posted by salsanchezfan
I knew Ray fairly well, actually. He hung around the gym a lot in Tacoma when I fought. It's been 20 years since I've seen him, so I have no idea what he's up to now, but at the time, he was a bit down on his luck, selling Amway products in order to make ends meet, an inglorious end for anyone. Really bad cataracts, could hardly see at all.

Basically, he just hung out at the gym encouraging the fighters; you could tell the trainers and older fighters were kind of embarrassed at his presence, because he was never really included in the "inner circle" of trainers and top fighters there, just hung out with us kids and lesser guys.

I did get to meet Hagler through him, indirectly. There was a benefit in Seales' honor in '86, and I got to briefly meet the champ, my big hero at the time. Nice memory.
The poorguy was still fighting when he was almost blind, apparently he knew the eye chrat test pattern off by heart.
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