post comment

close comments


R.I.P. Matthew. You and your family are in my prayers and your great talent and courage will NEVER be forgotten.

Posted May 27, 2014 7:37 pm 


Rest in Peace, Matthew.

Posted May 27, 2014 4:00 pm 


R.I.P. Matthew, you were a real Champion.

Posted May 27, 2014 2:07 pm 

Lucas McCain

Should have said: “Ben Franklin Parkway!”

Posted May 27, 2014 12:36 pm 

Elijah Sawa

A great Champion with a great heart.


Posted May 27, 2014 11:27 am 

Lucas McCain

An amazing life story with misery at both ends but greatness along the way. He was not “born” Matthew Franklin; that’s the name given to him when found as an abandoned child on Ben Franklin Blvd. He was astonishingly courageous (though I think Hopkins, however much one may dislike his style, would have been too cagy for him), and belongs among the greats. And I agree–when young he looked (facially) a lot like Ray Robinson. With the right luck and management, he should have been a celebrity beyond the sport.

Posted May 27, 2014 11:21 am 


a real fighter unlike that muppet hopkins.

Posted May 27, 2014 10:40 am 


Rest in peace, Champ. I don’t think I ever saw anyone come back from the verge of a knockout loss, to, eventually, win. It was against good fighters, too, Conteh, Kates, Yaqui Lopez, and Marvin Johnson. It is too bad he took so much punishment and stayed in the game too long. A great fighter though, and one of the most exciting.

Posted May 27, 2014 7:56 am 


Tough dude man, he would knock guys out after round 7.

Posted May 27, 2014 2:15 am 


it wasn’t his look, but he looks strangely like Ray Robinson in this photo.

Posted May 27, 2014 12:28 am 


One of my favorite fighters growing up. Rest in peace champ.

Posted May 27, 2014 12:02 am 


His best fight was against John Conte… Destroyed him.

Posted May 26, 2014 11:52 pm 

Ty Linston

RIP, Champ.

Posted May 26, 2014 11:28 pm 


RIP champ

Posted May 26, 2014 10:59 pm 


Saad was a true warrior. Saad fought with his heart and gave it his all. No paper champion here like Bhop. The real deal indeed.

Posted May 26, 2014 10:46 pm 


Very sad news! True warrior who fought hard all the time. After all the wars his face was still intact and he seem to be a fighter and Man at peace! R.I.P Champ!

Posted May 26, 2014 9:43 pm 

Tomato Can

Back in the day I use to watch him fight on NBC. He was a gifted boxer. I’m sorry to see him pass so soon.

Posted May 26, 2014 9:04 pm 

B Red

RIP Champ

Posted May 26, 2014 7:25 pm 

Brazilian Boxing Fan to James Slater

Matthew Saad Muhammad was not 47 years old when he last fought, he was 37 years old.

Posted May 26, 2014 6:40 pm 

Brazilian Boxing Fan to James Slater

Matthew Saad Muhammad died due to Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)—also referred to as motor neurone disease (MND), Charcot disease, and, in the United States, Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Posted May 26, 2014 6:37 pm 


Mathew Saad Muhammad was a true warrior. His fighting style was very pleasing to the fans, and he gave 100% each time out. They don’t make fighters like that any longer. He may not have been the best light heavyweight of all time, but this was a fighter you always enjoyed watching. Every time you thought he was done in a fight, he found it in him to come back and win. May you rest in peace champ.

Posted May 26, 2014 6:05 pm 


rest in peace champ, i remember thoes 2 great fights agianst yaqui lopez. man, thoes were great days in boxing in the 1970’s.

Posted May 26, 2014 5:14 pm 


RIP Champ. Great Philly fighter that win or lose never disappointed the fans

Posted May 26, 2014 4:36 pm 


I remember some of the Champ’s bouts in the late 70’s, early 80’s. Exciting fighter, true warrior. R.I.P.

Posted May 26, 2014 3:08 pm 


So young . . .hate to hear this. R.I.P.

Posted May 26, 2014 3:06 pm 

Raider Rudy

I saw those fight with Johnson & many more. He was the ultimate champion, warrior & also had the kind of class that Hopkins, Mayweather & Broner will never have! Rest in peace champ.

Posted May 26, 2014 2:26 pm 


RIP champ. Seems like yesterday watching you fight….yesterdays eventually catch up to all of us.

Posted May 26, 2014 12:48 pm 

Devon UK

That is a big loss .. one of the most exciting post war boxers, period.

Posted May 26, 2014 12:47 pm 

david d.

A true champion in the ring in every sense!

Posted May 26, 2014 12:41 pm 


always on the brink
taking shot after shot
then coming back.
His prime was short
but those nights when he
dared defeat to not be his
will live in the memory
of those who saw them

Posted May 26, 2014 11:46 am 


Saad was what you call a true Philadelphia fighter. Watch the Lopez 2 fight 8th round were you see the warrior come out of Saad. Bernard Hopkins is a disgrace. I have never seen a fighter clinch as much and non fight as he does. This is the problem today there is no more Saad’s in the sport if there are there very few. Today we have cautious fighters like Floyd and Hopkins who put out non fights. Dance and hold. Some people today don’t know better and call these people great but the ones that been around know who was great like Saad.

Posted May 26, 2014 11:21 am 


Matthew Saad Muhammad, a THRILLING fighter! I have many of his fights in my collection. I had the honor of meeting him in Atlantic City and later we shared a bit at a HOF induction ceremony in Canasota. RIP Champ!

Posted May 26, 2014 11:05 am 


Hopkins couldn’t touch Saad. Saad was a very nice repectable person. RIP

Posted May 26, 2014 11:00 am 


when I see Bhop wearing the alien mask a fighter who is a bore to watch I think if he only knew what a mockery he is making for the sport. This is not WWE.

Posted May 26, 2014 10:59 am 


Hopkins is a glorified overated fighter who got beat by Jones, Calzaghe and Dawson and more. He calls himself legend everytime he beats a average fighter.

Saad was the real deal he would put himself out there for war. Hopkins doesn’t. Runs, hold, and holds.

Posted May 26, 2014 10:58 am 


if Matthew Saad Muhammad was fighting today we wouldn’t have bums like “superman” and popkins around

Posted May 26, 2014 10:35 am 


R.I.P Saad ,your passing away is Sad.

Posted May 26, 2014 10:10 am 


was a true warrior,R.I.P

Posted May 26, 2014 10:07 am 

The Pinoy Pikey

RIP Champ! Those great fights seem like yesterday.

Posted May 26, 2014 10:05 am 

Mr. D

RIP Miracle Matt. Defended his title frequently in a time of great light heavyweight fighters, always gave his all.

Posted May 26, 2014 9:39 am 

Jack Jones

Hands down the most exciting boxer on TV for free on Saturday afternoons. I used to watch when I was a kid every time he fought. Not my dad but only me. I guess I knew a real champion back then. RIP SAAD

Posted May 26, 2014 9:18 am 


Rip legend.

Posted May 26, 2014 9:03 am 


i didn’t know he was still alive.

Posted May 26, 2014 8:48 am 


R.I.P. Champ…I recall watching his fights,and he was a true warrior always gave 100%…

Posted May 26, 2014 7:39 am 



Remember his fights, unbelievable ability to weather the storm and come back.

Posted May 26, 2014 6:53 am 


Rest in peace to the champ. Will be watching his fights again this week

Posted May 26, 2014 6:43 am 

Bo Bo Olson

A hell of a fighter in an era of great fighters. Win or lose, he came to fight and did. RIP

Posted May 26, 2014 6:11 am 

Kareem Abdul-Jabaar

One of the nicest men you could ever want to meet.At the H.O.F he would speak to you on a one to one basis, have his photo with you, and would always ask where you were from and if you were ok.Such a great man RIP Champ.

Posted May 26, 2014 5:49 am 

Leave a comment on

R.I.P Matthew Saad Muhammad – 1954-2014

Back To Top

Close this window.