Member of first hall of fame class dies at 85
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Carmen Basilio who split two matches with Sugar Ray Robinson and was part of the first Hall of Fame class, died Wednesday. He was 85 and was hospitalized with pneumonia.
With a crouching style, the 5-foot-6½ slugger bored relentlessly into opponents, wearing them down with body blows in going 56-16-7 with 27 knockouts.
"I gave them action," Mr. Basilio said in 2007. "They loved to see action."
Reluctant to deal with mobsters, it took Mr. Basilio five years to get a title shot, losing by split decision. It took two more years to get his second, winning the welterweight title from Tony DeMarco in 1955 (the first of trainer Angelo Dundee's 15 world champions).
In Round 11 on Sept. 23, 1957, at Yankee Stadium, Mr. Basilio hit Robinson with 34 straight punches and won the middleweight title by split decision. Mr. Basilio lost the rematch in March 1958 by split decision, after which his eye swelled to the size of a baking potato.
In 1990, he entered the Hall of Fame with Robinson, Muhammad Ali, Rocky Marciano, Joe Louis and Jake LaMotta.
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Don Jensen, Times correspondent; Times wires