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Old 10-21-2010, 06:25 PM   #121
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not sure how 'tragic' this is, as he simply pissed everything he had up against the wall, and made himself homeless and penniless...he made a fortune outside of boxing too...

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Old 10-21-2010, 07:32 PM   #122
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I remember coming across this somewhere - all these are former Kronk fighters
Eight went to prison
Nathanial “Gator” Akbar – sentenced 10 to 20 years for arson in 1984; denied parole 5 times so far; next parole hearing June 2002.
Darrell Chambers – sentenced to life for drug conspiracy in 1994; has appeals pending; in prison at Terre Haute, Ind.
Alvin Hayes – sentenced to 5-to-20 in 1987 for armed robbery, released, committed three more armed robberies, sentenced in 1994 to three terms of 612 to 40 years. At Detroit’s Ryan Correctional Facility, possibly until December 2040.
John Johnson – retail fraud, served less than two years, released in 1999.
William “Caveman” Lee – went to prison three times for bank robberies, the last time July 2000, when he began a 7-to-15-year federal sentence; first parole date December 2006.
William “Stanley” Longstreet – sentenced for drug conspiracy with Chambers in 1994, released August 1997.
Rickey Womack – armed robberies, assault, did 15 years in prison, paroled last fall.
John Yopp, promoter – sentenced to 30 years in 1994 for drug conspiracy, later reduced to 15 years; in Milan federal penitentiary.

10 have died
Wilson Bell – murdered, 1989
Collier Bishop – killed in car-jacking incident, 1994
Johnny Compo – died in a car crash at 42 last October
Leslie “Lemonade“ Gardner – Drug overdose in 1983, age 26
J.L. Ivey – Murdered by drug dealer, 1990, age 26
DuJuan Johnson – murdered, age 28, over $200 debt, 1984
Bernard “Superbad” Mays – died of alcoholism at 33, 1994
Steve McCrory – dead, age 36, undisclosed illness, 2000
Duane Thomas – shot and killed at 39 in drug dispute, 2000
Darius “Dollbaby” Wilson – shot to death, age unknown, early 1980s

its well outdated but thats one unlucky gym man
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Old 10-21-2010, 07:37 PM   #123
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On a side note to that wasnt Bernard 'Superbad' Mays meant to have been one of the most talented guys to box - ive heard his amateur record was amazing and remember reading that a lot of people though he was much better than SRL at the time. Obviously even if he had stayed on the straight and narrow he may not have fulfilled his potential but we'll never know how good he could have been.

I suppose Hearns taking his place as the top Kronk fighter at the time was a good enough substitute though
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Old 10-22-2010, 06:08 AM   #124
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paul sykes from yorkshire.

i have read a lot obout him, including his own book.

he was a prick - a horrible bastard....but the way he ended up was tragic, homeless on streets of wakefield and getting beat up regular, last serious beating he took was by a gang of 15 year olds who left him for dead....again, he was a bastard by all accounts in the prime of his life, but a near 60 year old former boxer, underweight, no strength left, very sick, sleeping in doorways getting beat up by kids on a regular basis is pretty tragic..

as he was...

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as he ended up...

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Old 12-12-2010, 03:49 PM   #125
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LOOKING BACK

1980 or 2009 - The most tragic year
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Old 12-12-2010, 04:49 PM   #126
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Rocky Lockridge, two junior lightweight champion. Became a homeless crack head. Suffered a stroke. Walked with a cane. Featured on an episode of Intervention. Hopefully, it worked.
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Old 12-12-2010, 05:19 PM   #127
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not sure how 'tragic' this is, as he simply pissed everything he had up against the wall, and made himself homeless and penniless...he made a fortune outside of boxing too...

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Dougie, every death caused by alcohol is tragic. But Jack Doyle could sing
" The Rose of Tralee ",and bring me to tears !
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Old 06-06-2011, 08:52 PM   #128
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GARLAND (Rip) RANDALL rememberd: by Brian Zelley

Stepping back to the Sixties, some may remember boxer Rip Randall from
Texas. Back in January 1968, BOXING ILLUSTRATED added
a In Memoriam Rip Randall piece to the contents page. And the phote
used was not Randall in the usual boxing stance, but with his military uniform on.

the piece spoke about his return from Vietnam and his visit to the
Texas Boxing Gym, then go down to telling the sad tragic story of
Silver and Bronze Star recipient SPC 4 Rip Randall "WILL FIGHT NO MORE".
On October 17, 1967 while manning a machine gun for Company C, 4st Battalion, 26th Infantry Diviision, Spc. Garland Randall was cut down by shrapnel.

On the boxing part of the story, it recalled how Randall was ranked
No. 3 by the World Boxing Association. but lost his
title shot following his defeat by Houston welterweight
MANNY GONZALEZ. Before Manny, Garland had defeated
such boxers as Kenny Lane and Virgil Akins.

fast forward four years later.

In 1972, I had an opportunity to meet Manny Gonzalez, and one of
the boxers that we discussed was war hero RIP RANDALL.

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Old 11-07-2012, 06:04 AM   #129
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Beautifully expressed, BZ. Just the right tone for a somber subject.
Just had another look at this site, and thanks for the nice words.
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Old 11-07-2012, 06:12 AM   #130
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Persons like those trashing Gerald McClellan are not welcome
on the site, and would get dumped faster than the execution of your average left hook.
The site on facebook is still active, but activity means more tragic stories
or lost warriors but correcting link:
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This site also has a link to Fallen Boxers

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Old 11-07-2012, 06:22 AM   #131
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paul williams was mentioned?
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Old 11-07-2012, 07:10 AM   #132
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I feel the tragedy that George Chuvalo suffered in his family life is an incredibly sad story. Three sons became heroin addicts, one committing suicide,the other two dying from OD's. Then to top that off, his wife commited suicide. Geoge now spends alot of his time touring Canada and speaking to young kids about the tragedy he endured in hopes he can save other people from what he had to go through. A incredibly tough man in and out of the ring.
Never knew any of that, sad story
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Old 11-22-2012, 11:06 PM   #133
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HECTOR CAMACHO
*another ex-boxer to be added to the tragic stories
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Old 11-23-2012, 07:37 AM   #134
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Eddie Machen was a tragic, sad story. He suffered from mental illness and died when he was "sleep walking" and fell from a 3rd story window to his death on the sidewalk below.
It may have been a suicide really. Zora Folley also died within days of Machen and it was written in BI that Folley my have not been ready for death, but Machen probably was.
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Old 11-23-2012, 07:45 AM   #135
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Ezzard Charles I don't think has been mentioned after being Heavyweight champ of the world he would later be fighting in High School Gyms for pittance and had Lou Gherigs disease which really crippled him. There's a pic i've seen of him in a wheelchair near the end and it just breaks the heart.

Tony Galento although a bit of a prick had to have both of his legs amputated due to diabetes which would later kill him.
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