RIP Carmen Basilio
He was one of my favorite old time fights. Tough as nails, really knew how to stalk the proper way. He endd his career 56-16-7
Here's a highlight vid (remastered) Vs the greatest of all time, sugar ray Robinson, and winning. Everyone here needs to take the rme to appreciate a true fighter, I'm sure moat here have nev watched Carmen.
There second fight sugar really sits on his punches and just rips basilio up, even though basilio has a welt on his eye the size of a fist, he never stops trying.
Rip Carmen 1927-2012
“There was no one with more determination than Carmen,” his trainer Angelo Dundee, one of boxing’s most renowned cornermen, was once quoted by The Boston Globe as saying.
In September 1957, Basilio, holding the welterweight championship, stepped up a weight class when he challenged Robinson for his middleweight title before a crowd of 38,000 at Yankee Stadium.
Basilio had resented Robinson ever since their brief encounter four years earlier in Midtown Manhattan.
“He pulled up with his entourage with his big Cadillac,” Basilio recalled in an interview with the Cyber Boxing Zone Web site. “I was walking past, so I decided to go over and introduce myself. I said: ‘Hi, Ray, I just fought Billy Graham the week before, the No. 1 welterweight. I’m Carmen Basilio.’ He gave me the brushoff, and I felt about an inch high.”
Basilio won the middleweight title in a split decision over Robinson, who, pound for pound, was generally considered the best boxer in history. Robinson almost floored Basilio with a left hook near the end of the 13th round, and he delivered a right hand to the body near the close of the 14th round that left Basilio reeling. But Basilio, displaying his customary grit, pressed forward in the 15th round, punching away steadily.
Basilio’s craggy face was a mess when he met with reporters in the locker room. He had a heavy gauze bandage protecting a cut along the outer edge of his left eyebrow, and his eyes were slits from large welts on his cheek bones. He was rubbing a chunk of ice in a towel across his bruised lips.
Click below for the full article. Great read on a true warrior for those who don't know him.
wow awesome fighter, didnt know of him before.
Originally Posted by AddiX
Glad ya enjoyed it, those fights w sugar were vicious. At the time is was unheard of that a fighter could take the kinds of shots Carmen did from him. At around the 6:00 (1st video i posted) mark you start to see sugar really land bombs, Carmen doesn't even flinch and beats the heck out of sugar.
Here's a video of what usually happens when sugar hits someone.
I seen this on the headlines of Yahoo and was just immediately floored at the fact that he had still been alive. I would have thought he would have passed earlier at his age and profession.
Tough as nails fighter. That photo of him after the Ray Robinson fight has to be one of the most famous boxing photos of all time.
They don't make tough guys like Jake LaMotta or Carmen Basilio anymore.
Jake is still alve.
And you know Carmen is a bad man when mke Tyson calls him his favorite fighter.
Awesome tribute I found of basilio. Next to fighter in the dictionary should be a picture of him.
Oh yea I know. I saw a wonderful Ray Robinson documentary recently where they were interviewing fighters that were still alive to speak about Sugar's legacy and they had Jake on it.
Originally Posted by AddiX
He was the only guy to beat Robinson at his prime at WW, where Ray is considered the greatest fighter of any weight class. But Ray beat him 4 times I believe, and all of them at higher weights.
I love boxing of the 30's- 80's, to me that was truly the golden era of boxing. Sucks how weak it is now.