Best Fights of Carmen Basilio
Monday was marked by the funeral of Carmen Basilio, the famed welterweight and middleweight warrior of the 1950s who defined "will to win" for many boxing fans of that generation. Fight fans loved Basilio for his crowd-pleasing style, and for those who have watched the old footage and seen the man fight, it's no wonder why. Basilio, or "The Upstate Onion Farmer" (go figure that one), was one of those guys who was so tough it seemed he was impervious to pain. He would come in crouching and relentlessly swarm his opponent, and was especially noted for his sharp uppercut and vicious body attack.
The Onion Farmer was also a participant in four consecutive fights of the year, from 1955 to 1958, the longest run for any boxer in history. Basilio's heyday was truly something to behold. Basilio was also the first of 15 world champions that legendary trainer Angelo Dundee would guide to the top.
Basilio was more than just a fearsome brawler, and was no...