At 80, Carmen Basilio struggles to recall his 1950s boxing feats

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Snug under a blanket in his basement shrine, Carmen Basilio watches himself clobber Sugar Ray Robinson with 34 straight punches in the 11th round of their classic middleweight title duel in 1957. Full Story
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john rossi

Coram, NY

#24 Jul 15, 2010
I was just a kid when Carmen fought Gene Fullmer, we cried when he lost that match. My dad was a boxer & close friends w/ the trainer, Russ Mangicaro. Anyone have news of Russ?
best bars

Houston, TX

#25 Jul 16, 2010
i wanna fight
Wow

Saint Johnsville, NY

#26 Jul 16, 2010
Wow
720 TIME LINE_______

Syracuse, NY

#27 Jul 16, 2010
tally
john rossi

Rochester, NY

#28 Jul 16, 2010
Me and my dad went to see him fight when I was a kid. My dad hated him and wanted the other fighter to win, so while they were fighting my dad pulled a few raw eggs out of his pocket and shot them at him.
Anyone remember the fight when he had egg yolk all running down his face??

“Get out of MY country!!”

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HopBotton in Pennsyltucky....

#29 Jul 16, 2010
IT is all just fake like the WWF wrestling is.. NOT hero's or anything to do qith being a sport figure, you guys suck!

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HopBotton in Pennsyltucky....

#30 Jul 16, 2010
"with*"
Bless

Syracuse, NY

#31 Jul 17, 2010
Wrestling is so fake and people who watch it defend it like its not. It is very funny
penj

Beloit, WI

#32 Sep 22, 2010
Snottpuppy wrote:
Would if I could. How? Will definitely buy his bio.
I know Chuck Davis, he lives in our building
the neice

Rome, NY

#33 Mar 25, 2011
Snottpuppy wrote:
Yeah. The second fight was when Robinson stuck his thumb in Carman's eye. Back then if that happened, you faught anyway and that's what Basilio did. Went the distance. Robinson refused to fight a third time because he knew that Carman would have destroyed him.
When i was a small kid my Dad took me down to the Syracuse War Memorial to see him fight. I think the guy was Chuck Davies. Davies was a boxer who would hit and run. What Carman did was tie him up and pound away at his left side until around abour round 7, Davies dide looked like raw beef steak. Out come round eight, Catrman throws a right to the side and Daves drops his guard. Next thing Davies is on his ass, Out cold from a beautiful left hook. A thing of beauty. This was before Basilio became Welter Weight Champion.
My dream is to some day meet the man.


Hello, just a quick thing, Uncle Carmen is having a very difficult time remembering things, he barely remembers me and I'm his neice. I dont see him that often but if it has been a dream of yours, I am sure i could work something out so that you could atleast shake his hand.
Stacker41

Telford, UK

#34 Jul 3, 2011
WHEN I WAS A BOY CARMEN WAS MY HERO, ONE OF THE ALL TIME GREATS OF THE RING, MY GOD BLESS HIM.WHEN I SAW GUYS LIKE HIM I THREW MY GLOVES IN THE GARBAGE...
Stacker41

Telford, UK

#35 Jul 3, 2011
I AM A DODDERING OLD FART NOW IN MY 70'S BUT MY ADVICE TO ANY OF KNUCKLE BOSUNS OUT THERE KEEP TRAINING AND YOU'LL FEEL THE BENEFIT AND MAKE THAT BIG HUNDRED YEAR PARTY, AFTER ALL WE STILL DON'T TOLERATE CRAPP.....GOD BLESS ,STACKER41
Darwin Award Winner

Rochester, NY

#36 Jul 3, 2011
Savage wrote:
My Father is in the Boxing Hall of Fame too and lives in Irondequoit also. His name is Clifford Williams. I know he met Carmen many times along with many others that belong. My Dad is now 92 and has Alzheimers pretty bad, BUT, he still remember when he used to box, at least some of it.
I can't get him to go to the annual anymore, too bad.
are you sure YOU dont have Alzheimers? there is no Clifford Williams in the boxing HOF

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