Originally written on Pro Boxing Fans  |  Last updated 8/29/14
Ali-era puncher Ron Lyle passed away over Thanksgiving weekend, although his obituary did not attract as much attention as the earlier passing of Joe Frazier. Yet in his own way, Ron Lyle was a legendary banger, and a participant in one of the greatest non-title heavyweight clashes of all-time. Lyle died in Denver on November 26th, and his funeral is scheduled there for 11 am this morning. While Lyle was not the hardest or most explosive puncher of the early-to-mid 1970s, designations belonging to George Foreman and Earnie Shavers, I like to think of him as the era's premier knockout artist. To say Lyle came from a tough background is an understatement; he was imprisoned in his teens for killing a man in a gang fight, and almost stabbed to death in prison. Lyle learned to box in prison, and similar to Bernard Hopkins, emerged from his experiences forged into a tough and determined customer. After a 7 1/2-year prison stint, Lyle was a latecomer to boxing. He started his ...
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