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I was a fan of the man and the boxer. RIP Carmen.

Posted November 8, 2012 3:25 pm 

no clue


Posted November 8, 2012 9:37 am 


When fighters were REAL fighters, this man didnt duck or run from anyone, these guys are legends.

Posted November 8, 2012 5:08 am 

Gonzo the Dragonborn

Frank… Thanks. It’s the done thing to say a fighter was very brave or as tough as they come when they’ve passed. However, Basilio literally was about as tough and as brave as is humanly possible. srminimo, the comment below this was written by me by the way.

Posted November 8, 2012 3:19 am 


srminimo.. Yeah, he was funny with it too. I love those old school guys, they really were as hard as nails, totally fearless, and more often than not they were really classy they way they conducted themselves outside of the ring too, and Basilio epitomized these qualities as well as anyone.

Posted November 8, 2012 3:13 am 


Rest In Peace CHAMP. I watched many of his fights. What a warrior. Thanks for the HISTORY you left behind!!!!!!

Posted November 8, 2012 2:13 am 

Jack Dempsey

What a tough fighter Carmen was ,,,guys in the U.S.A. are not born anymore like Basilio ,stark tough,,,The 40’s and 50’s there was a bunch of tough men fighting in the ring ,,guys like, Basilio,,,Tony Zale ,,,Fuller,,,Lamotta,,,Marciano,,,Walcott,,,etc..just to name a few,,,this guys could really take it and dish it out …

Posted November 8, 2012 1:58 am 


Lord Jesus Christ have mercy on Carmen Basilio’s soul!!

A legendary warrior, tough as a human can get.

Posted November 8, 2012 12:38 am 


Gonzo- Agree. I always marveled at how sharp Basilio’s mind was all the way to the end. One of my all time favorites. Rest in peace champ.

Posted November 7, 2012 7:24 pm 


R.I.P Carmen Basilio ….

Posted November 7, 2012 7:05 pm 

Brazilian Boxing Fan

Basilio was a great man, a great Champion… not only in boxing, but also in life. He is (and always will be) deeply missed. R.I.P Champ,

Posted November 7, 2012 6:26 pm 


Man those fighters were tough. Now we have a ducker in FMJ and quitters like Ortiz with no heart.

Posted November 7, 2012 5:50 pm 

Gonzo the Dragonborn

What an awful last few months. First Steward, then Sanders, and now Basilio. I’m a huge, huge fan of all three of them. Granted, Basilio had a great innings and he lived a full and plentiful life. However, the guy was an absolute legend in the truest sense of the word and it’s very sad to see another of the old guard leave us. What a truly great fighter he was in his prime too. He was as tough as any man who ever stepped foot in the ring and he had a heart the size of an ocean. He was an absolutely fantastic character as well, full of charisma and as sharp as tack right up until the end. RIP champ. :(

Posted November 7, 2012 5:30 pm 


Oh man what a loss. RIP champ!

Posted November 7, 2012 4:43 pm 


One of the toughest ever. R.I.P. Champ.

Posted November 7, 2012 2:57 pm 



Posted November 7, 2012 2:51 pm 


That’s a great story tark! R.I.P champ!

Posted November 7, 2012 2:49 pm 


Basilio hated Robinson… Basilio wasn’t doing well and was ready to quit boxing—when he saw Robinson walking down the street. The Canastota Clouter quickly walked up to the nattily attired Robinson to meet a fellow boxer and have a few words with him. He said, “Mr. Robinson, I’m a great fan of yours. I don’t know if you’ve seen me fight, I’m Carmen Basilio.” … Robinson shook Basilio’s hand without looking at him, said “Ay man” quickly changed directions and hurried off as if ditching a pesky pan handler. Basilio felt like 2 cents and vowed he would one day beat Robinson if he never accomplished anything else. He went into training with renewed purpose and turned his career around sharply … Shows what passion can do.

Posted November 7, 2012 2:29 pm 


R.I.P. This was a time in America when boxing was loved..when people talked about it in public places..unlike today.

Posted November 7, 2012 2:22 pm 


Goodbye hardcase………Half a stone lighter,5 inches shorter,still went 30 rounds with the great sugar man and beat him in one title……I’ll give a silent toast to you tonight at dinner Carmine…Salud…

Posted November 7, 2012 1:24 pm 


We lost a great one, thats for sure…RIP Champ.

Posted November 7, 2012 1:08 pm 

It’s Me, Ernie

RIP Champ.

Posted November 7, 2012 12:18 pm 

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