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Letters: Carmen Basilio, boxing great

November 10, 2012

Re “Carmen Basilio: Middleweight boxing champion beat Robinson,” Obituary, Nov. 9

So sorry to learn of Carmen Basilio's passing. He was a true sportsman and gentleman.

Thanks for publishing a real sports photo. Basilio and Sugar Ray in the middle of the ring — it doesn't get any better than that. The skill, effort and dedication to the craft is palpable.

Over the last few years, so many “sports” photos depict “celebrations” and other non-athletic activities. And this one was doubly sweet for me, because my dad and I would never miss the TV fights, with the likes of Kid Gavilan, Gene Fulmer, Art Aragon and, of course, Gasper Ortega. It really took me back. Thanks again.

Kerry Burnside
La Habra

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