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Old 01-04-2013, 09:30 AM   #1
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Who had the best / most fitting send off of past champs ?

Joe Louis must be right up there , along with Jack Dempsey i should imagine as well as Rocky.

I can remember when SRR passing was announced in the UK and tbh i expected far more from the tabloids over here regarding it...god know's the man deserved it.

Anyone here attend any such event ? , would be good to hear your story if you would be willing to share.

I know we all have our own favourites in this sport and this obviously effects our emotions when they leave us but i know damn well it will knock the stuffing out of me when Ali leaves this world.

Which passing effected / will effect you guys the most ?

Sorry if this thread appears morbid, i assure you that is not the intention.
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Old 01-04-2013, 11:15 AM   #2
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Hopefully Hascup will see this, he's been to a few.
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Old 01-04-2013, 01:33 PM   #3
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Joe Frazier, Rocky Marciano, and Joe Louis all had huge, star studded funerals.

As did Emanuel Steward, who wasn't even a professional fighter.
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When it comes, hopefully in many decades time, I doubt nothing will top Ali's...
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Old 01-04-2013, 05:20 PM   #5
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When it comes, hopefully in many decades time, I doubt nothing will top Ali's...
i hope the decades part is right....but....it seems like the Parkinson is getting pretty bad. But regardless of whether he dies a second from now or 30 years from now, I am sure his funeral will be huge.
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Old 01-04-2013, 05:45 PM   #6
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An estimated 100,000 people lined the streets of Cardiff for Jim Driscoll's funeral.

There is footage of it on the British Pathe site
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Old 01-04-2013, 05:46 PM   #7
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I went to Jack Dempsey's viewing at a funeral home in midtown Manhattan on June 2, 1983. I had to wait in line for a while until they let us all in. The casket was closed, and flag-draped. There was a modest display of floral arrangements - one in the shape of a boxing glove, but without the sender's name. Aside from his wife, Deanna, and daughters, I saw Jose Torres and Daily News sports cartoonist/columnist Bill Gallo. In the time I was there, I did not see as many celebrities as I might have expected, unless they came in later that evening. Most in attendance were people who worked at his restaurant, friends, and fans. As written by Bill Gallo in an article Goodinght, Champ, his funeral was private, attended only by family and special close friends, such as Judge John Sirica (of Watergate fame).
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When it comes, hopefully in many decades time, I doubt nothing will top Ali's...

I would have to agree!...But what a sad day it will be...just saw footage of him from the College football weekend at Louisville...doesnt look so good
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Camachos funeral gained lots of attention.
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In the book "The fearless Harry Greb", there is a photo that touches me greatly.
It is a photo of Harry Greb lying in repose in his casket at his wake...So,so sad for me
to see hyper fighter so still only in death...The best description of Harry Greb was uttered by Ring Lardner, " Harry Greb in the ring resembled a man who had just burst
loose from his strait jacket "! Pittsburgh was in a state of mourning for it's greatest
fighting son...
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Is it this one or a different one Burt? I know what you mean its sad seeing him like this

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Who had the best / most fitting send off of past champs ?

Joe Louis must be right up there , along with Jack Dempsey i should imagine as well as Rocky.

I can remember when SRR passing was announced in the UK and tbh i expected far more from the tabloids over here regarding it...god know's the man deserved it.

Anyone here attend any such event ? , would be good to hear your story if you would be willing to share.

I know we all have our own favourites in this sport and this obviously effects our emotions when they leave us but i know damn well it will knock the stuffing out of me when Ali leaves this world.

Which passing effected / will effect you guys the most ?

Sorry if this thread appears morbid, i assure you that is not the intention.
Jack Johnson's

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Ketchel's send off.

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Old 01-10-2013, 11:02 AM   #15
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Is it this one or a different one Burt? I know what you mean its sad seeing him like this

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Thanks T. Damn death, it is so FINAL...
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