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Grave Matters

A German proverb apropos to legendary boxing figures who have passed away is, "Nothing is as new as something which has been long forgotten." Few sports can match the history and tradition which boxing has produced over the last two centuries, although some long-held customs are falling out of fashion. For instance, it was commonplace for promoters to invite retired champions to their shows for a round of applause and fond remembrance before the main event. Those were joyful scenes as old warriors climbed up the ring steps and ducked under the ropes one last time to accept a deserved ovation. Now, many leave without hearing a final cheer before bowing out.

It seems boxing is forgetting the men who made the sport great, especially sad since the old warhorses held sway over a much larger portion of the sporting audience than today’s pugilists. These men should not be forgotten, even in death. Scattered around the world are the gravesites (some neglected) of some of the greatest boxers to ever don a pair of gloves for the entertainment of an audience. These men, never mind their profession really, would surely appreciate a final visitor. In a sense, they live on as long as they are not forgotten.

With those thoughts in mind, I have accumulated a list of resting places of former boxing greats. Perhaps, some of Maxboxing’s readers would like to take the time to visit these graves before the summer slips away for another year. One note, if you are visiting some of the older boxers’ (pre-1950s) final resting places, be sure to arm yourself with their birth names, as many took on ring names with which they were not buried. If the resting places are in a state of disarray, a return trip to tidy up would of course be greatly appreciated.

Lou Ambers (Luigi Guiseppe D’Ambrosio) – One of the most exciting boxers of the 1930s, Ambers engaged in classic wars with Henry Armstrong (splitting a pair of fights) and Tony Canzoneri. A classic pressure fighter, Ambers would wear opponents out without knocking them out only scoring 28 stoppages in 106 bouts.
Burial site: Saint Francis Cemetery, Phoenix, AZ

Fred Apostoli – A classic American success story, the orphaned Apostoli (childhood friend of Joe DiMaggio) fought his way out of poverty to win the world middleweight title. Also served in the Navy during World War II and was awarded the Bronze Star for heroism.

Burial site: Italian Cemetery, Colma, CA

Alexis Arguello – A true champion in and out of the ring, the elegant Arguello was one of the most popular boxers of the 1980s, engaging in legendary clashes with Aaron Pryor and Ruben Olivares. Lost much of his wealth in the aftermath of the Nicaraguan civil war but always maintained his decorum and even served as vice mayor of the capital city. His death, a reported suicide, is still considered suspicious and shrouded in mystery.

Burial site: Cementerio Jardines del Recuerdo, Managua, Nicaragua

Henry Armstrong (Henry Melody Jackson) - The great champion who held the featherweight, lightweight, and welterweight titles at the same time...when there were only eight weight divisions! Found the rest he never gave opponents in 1988.

Burial site: Angelus Rosedale Cemetery, Los Angeles, CA

Abe Attell - World Featherweight Champion from 1901 to 1912 and famously accused of helping fix the 1919 baseball world series. Mike Tyson said he often went to visit Attell’s grave to speak with one of his favorite champions.

Burial site: Beaverkill Cemetery, Rockland, NY

Max Baer - It is shameful how Baer was disrespected in his portrayal in the movie “Cinderella Man”; the good-natured World Heavyweight Champion deserved better. His son played “Jethro” on “The Beverly Hillbillies.” Fun-loving to the end, Baer called the front desk of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel (where he was staying) at the onset of his fatal heart attack. The clerk told him "A house doctor would be right up." Baer’s reply, "A house doctor? No, dummy, I need a people doctor." Baer’s last words were, reportedly, “Oh, God. Here I go.”

Burial site: Saint Mary’s Mausoleum, Sacramento, CA

Oscar Bonavena - A top contender during the most competitive era of the heavyweight division. Gave Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, and Floyd Patterson tough fights. Famously shot outside a Las Vegas brothel. The murderer was never found and thousands lined the streets of Buenos Aires to view his body as it passed on its way to the cemetery.

Burial site: Cementerio de la Chacarita, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

James J. Braddock - Heavyweight World Champion from 1935 to 1937, famously captured for prosperity by Russell Crowe in the movie “Cinderella Man.” A prime example of how hard, honest work pays off.

Burial site: Mount Carmel Cemetery, Tenafly, NJ

Jack Broughton - The man responsible for setting the rules of boxing in the bare-knuckle era. Also known as the father of English boxing and reigned as its champion from 1729 to 1750.

Burial site: Westminster Abbey, London, England.

Lou Brouillard – Born in Canada, he moved to Worcester, Massachusetts while still in his youth, defeated Hall of Famers Mickey Walker, Jimmy McLarnin, and Young Corbett. Not very stylish in the ring, Brouillard might be the first converted southpaw, doing so after breaking his ribs and finding it to his advantage to fight in an awkward manner.

Burial site: Central Cemetery, Halifax, MA

James Burke – Nicknamed “Deaf”, he was the first English bare-knuckle champion to travel to America for a fight. Took part in vicious battles that often lasted two or three hours, where throws and elbows were not uncommon occurrences. Died a pauper, only two years after his last fight, of tuberculosis.

Burial site: St John-at-Hackney Churchyard, London (Hackney), England

Tommy Burns (Noah Brusso) - Canada’s only world heavyweight champion (no, Lennox Lewis does not count) who reigned from 1906 to 1908. Takes too much criticism for not fighting Jack Johnson earlier and held the record for most consecutive heavyweight title defenses via kayo. Displayed courage in losing title to Johnson, outweighed by over 20 pounds, invested his purses well and eventually became an evangelist preacher, dying at age 73.

Burial site: Ocean View Cemetery, Burnaby, Canada.

Tony Canzoneri – If there were a “Pound-for-Pound” category in the 1920s, Canzoneri could have laid claim to it for a couple years. Was only stopped once in 137 bouts, his last fight, and held two world titles simultaneously when there were only eight weight classes. Often thought of as the quintessential Italian-American from New York City, Canzoneri was born in Louisiana and beat a total of 12 recognized world champions.

Burial site: Mount Olivet Cemetery, New York City, NY

Primo Carnera - Only world heavyweight champion born in Italy (Francesco Damiani could technically qualify with his WBO strap), who was maneuvered to the throne (unknowingly on his part) by the mafia in a series of fixed fights. By all accounts, was a good man caught up in a bad situation. At 6’5½” and weighing 260 solid pounds, he was a behemoth for his era and his story inspired Budd Schulberg’s “The Harder They Fall.”

Burial site: Carnera Family Plot, Fruili, Italy.

Georges Carpentier - The French matinee idol/champion, who held French titles from welterweight to heavyweight. Turned pro as a 14-year-old flyweight and during World War I was a decorated pilot. Took part in boxing’s first million-dollar gate, against Jack Dempsey, in front of 80,000 fans. One of France’s all-time sporting heroes.

Burial site: Cimetière de Vaires-sur Marne, Seine et Marne, France.

Marcel Cerdan - If Carpentier is not the most beloved French boxer of all time, then Cerdan certainly is. A charismatic fighter who is still on some people’s list of the greatest middleweights of all time because of his overwhelming physical strength. An icon who married one of France’s greatest entertainers in Edith Piaf, a comparison can be drawn to him and American Joe DiMaggio in that sense. Died at age 33 in a plane crash, on his way to fight Jake LaMotta for the world title.

Burial site: Cimetière du Sud, Perpignan, France.

Ezzard Charles - Probably the best light heavyweight of all time, though he never held the world title at 175 pounds. Held the world heavyweight title from 1950-1951, engaging in classic encounters with Jersey Joe Walcott, Joe Louis, and Rocky Marciano. Some of his best years were lost to service in World War II and died of Lou Gehrig’s disease at age 53.

Burial site: Burr Oak Cemetery, Chicago, IL

Billy Conn - A great light heavyweight who is most remembered for a loss instead of a win. All but had Joe Louis beaten, for the World Heavyweight Title, boxing circles around the slugger before Conn got cocky and started to look for a kayo. Joe Louis quickly turned the tables when Conn changed strategies and knocked out Conn in the 13th round. Said of his loss to Louis, “I guess I got too much Irish in me. I lost my head.”

Burial site: Calvary Cemetery, Pittsburgh, PA

James Corbett – “Gentleman Jim” is how this World Heavyweight Champion is most refered to, reigning as the undisputed king of boxing from 1892 to 1897. One of the first champions to have attended a college; Corbett brought an air of respect to the title that it had not seen before.

Burial site: Cypress Hills Cemetery, New York City (Brooklyn), NY

Young Corbett II (William J. Rothwell)– Defeated two of the most feared boxers of his time in George Dixon and Terry McGovern (who was seen as the Mike Tyson of his day) and one was one of the first boxers to use mental warfare. Enraged McGovern with ethnic slurs and taunts of an impending knockout, which Corbett delivered, upon thanks to McGovern losing his temper.

Burial site: Littleton Cemetery, Littleton, CO

Tom Cribb - A man who took prizefighting seriously, becoming a tactician in an age of drunken brawlers and toughmen. One of the first pugilists to actually train for a bout, he set the stage for the sport to be accepted in higher social classes.

Burial site: Saint Mary’s Churchyard, London, England

Eugene Criqui – Frenchman literally had a chin of iron. Held a world title despite steel plate that was inserted in his jaw after being shot by a sniper in World War I.

Burial site: Cimetière de Pantin, Pantin, France

Cus D’Amato - Legendary trainer most known for his last boxing prodigy, which of course was Mike Tyson. Before that, trained and managed world champions Floyd Patterson and Jose Torres. A fatherly figure who protected his fighters until the bitter end.

Burial site: Saint Patrick’s Cemetery, Catskill, NY

Les Darcy (James Leslie Darcy)– Australian was considered a legend in the making, who was for a short time viewed as a draft dodger (in World War I) but later celebrated as an hero after his death at age 21. A mercurial talent whose mother refused to grant him permission to join the military on religious grounds, he stowed away to America where he ultimately died of blood poisoning from an impacted tooth.
Burial site: East Maitland Cemetary, Maitland, Australia

Al "Bummy" Davis (Abraham Davidoff) - There remains debate as to whether Davis was a good or bad guy. However, there is no doubt that he was the World Welterweight Champion and had an exciting style.

Burial site: Montefiore Cemetery, Saint Albans, NY

Jack Dempsey (William Harrison Dempsey) - The legendary World Heavyweight Champion who really needs no introduction for followers of the sport. Defies adjectives but “ferocious” is the one most people associate with him.

Burial site: Southampton Cemetery, Southampton, NY

Nonpareil Jack Dempsey (John Edward Kelly) – The man after whom the aforementioned Jack Dempsey named himself, nicknamed “Nonpareil”- without equal or unbeatable. Was knocked down 13 times in 13 rounds by murderous punching Bob Fitzsimmons but got up every time, stating, “A champion never quits.” The last punch of the fight landed on Dempsey’s throat, forever altering his speech.

Burial site: Mount Calvary Cemetery, Portland, OR

George Dixon - The first African-American boxer to win a world title. A master boxer who is also credited with inventing shadowboxing, a man ahead of his times to be sure.

Burial site: Mount Hope Cemetery, Mattapan, MA.

Don Dunphy – One of boxing’s greatest voices, Dunphy did more to provide ambiance than the three-man crews who followed him ever could.

Burial site: Holy Rood Cemetery, Westbury, NY

James Figg - Recognized as the first bare-knuckle champion. Did much to establish the sport through his popularity and later, boxing schools. Considered the father of boxing by many.

Burial site: Old Parish Church of St. Marylebone, London, England.

Luis Firpo - Firpo earned his nickname of "The Wild Bull of The Pampas" with his aggressive style and intimidating looks. To this day, is only rivaled by Carlos Monzon as the most popular Argentine boxer of all time.

Burial site: Cementerio de la Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Bob Fitzsimmons - He did it before anyone else, winning the middleweight, light heavyweight, and heavyweight world titles. A dreadful physique hid one of the most devastating punchers of all time.

Burial site: Graceland Cemetery, Chicago, IL

Tiger Flowers (Theodore Flowers) - A devoutly religious man who became the first African-American middleweight champion. Unfortunately, died (during surgery to remove scar tissue over his eyes) while still close to his prime and on the verge of another world title shot.

Burial site: Lincoln Cemetery, Atlanta, GA

Vernon Forrest – A popular fighter (who ran homes for developmentally challenged people), Forrest was murdered after chasing down a man who had robbed him at gunpoint. His assailant was just sentenced to life in prison last week.

Burial site: Westview Cemetery, Atlanta, GA

Tony Galento (Domenico Antonio Galento) - Old "Two-Ton" was far from being a great boxer but he was a great character who famously exclaimed of Joe Louis, "I’ll moider da bum!" Then went to his training camp...a bar.

Burial site: Saint John’s Catholic Cemetery, Orange, NJ

Victor Galindez - Two-time WBA light heavyweight champion, who never took a backward step in the ring. Tragically, died soon after his retirement (because of a detached retina) in a race car accident.

Burial site: Cementerio de Morón, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Joe Gans (Joseph Gant) – Besides his tremendous boxing skills, is famous for creating the catchphrase "I’m bringing home the bacon." Another who won with scientific skills in an age of brawlers.

Burial site: Mount Auburn Cemetery, Baltimore, MD

Ceferino Garcia - One of the early Filipino boxing pioneers, who showed the way for others during his reign as World Middleweight Champion from 1939 to 1940.

Burial site: Pierce Brothers Valhalla Memorial Park, North Hollywood, CA

Arturo Gatti - Unquestionably one of the most exciting fighters to ever enter a ring. His legacy to the sport was to show all that follow him that it does not take a great champion to become an iconic boxer. Sadly, died only two years after his last fight under mysterious circumstances in Brazil.

Burial site: Cimetière de Laval, Laval, Canada

Kid Gavilan (Gerardo Gonzalez) – Local fundraising gave “The Keed” a proper tombstone to honor the World Welterweight Champion. One of Cuba’s greats, who thrilled crowds with his bolo punch and unceasing attacks.

Burial site: Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Cemetery, Miami, FL

Rocky Graziano (Thomas Rocco Barbella) - The man was New York City through and through, which is the greatest compliment that could be paid to the former World Middleweight Champ. Famously portrayed by Paul Newman in the autobiographical movie "Somebody Up There Likes Me".

Burial site: Locust Valley Cemetery, Locust Valley, NY

Harry Greb - "The Human Windmill" created a record that few can rival. His achievements are measured beyond the 261 wins, 20 losses, and 13 draws, since the names contained within that ledger are truly awe-inspiring.

Burial site: Calvary Cemetery, Pittsburgh, PA

Alphonse Halimi – A real dichotomy, an Algerian of French descent (when the country was a colony of France) who was also of the Jewish faith. Was the headliner of the first boxing card ever held in Israel, he won a world title before his 20th bout, which was nearly unheard of in the 1950s.

Burial site:  Cimetière de Pantin, Pantin, France

Marvin Hart - An oft-forgotten World Heavyweight Champion. While certainly not an all-time great, he was a legitimate World Heavyweight Champion when there was only one of those in the world.

Burial site: Resthaven Memorial Park, Louisville, KY

John Jackson - "Gentleman" John Jackson was the English champion from 1795 to 1803 but more well known for bringing pugilism to the masses through his boxing academy.

Burial site: Brompton Cemetery, London, England.

Peter Jackson - Should have been the heavyweight champion of the world but racial prejudices of the 1800s prevented this Virgin Islands-born (raised in Australia) man from reaching the heights his skill undoubtedly demanded.

Burial site: Toowong Cemetery, Brisbane, Australia.

James J. Jeffries - Should have been the first World Heavyweight Champion to retire undefeated but a racist American public demanded he come out of retirement to challenge Jack Johnson. That famously ended with a horribly beaten Jeffries rescued by the police in the 15th round, ruining his pristine legacy in the process.

Burial site: Inglewood Park Cemetery, Inglewood, CA

Lew Jenkins - A hero out of the ring and a good fighter within it. "The Sweetwater Slinger" turned his partying life style around after joining the Army, earning a Silver Star in Korea. Won the World Lightweight Title by defeating Lou Ambers, many thought Jenkins could been an all-time great had he ever trained properly.

Burial site: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA

Ingemar Johansson – Engaged in a thrilling series of fights with Floyd Patterson and became one of the few European heavyweight champions before the recent trend that started in the 1990s.

Burial site: Västra Kyrkogården (Western Cemetery), Gothenburg, Sweden

Jack Johnson (John Arthur Johnson)- Has received much publicity and respect after the great PBS documentary on his life and is rightly considered a historic American figure. Will always be remembered as the first African-American to hold the World Heavyweight Title and maybe the best defensive heavyweight of all time. Is an all-time great in and out of the boxing ring.

Burial site: Graceland Cemetery, Chicago, IL

Thomas Johnson - The man who coached up the now legendary 1976 U.S. Olympic boxing team. Was killed with the tragic 1980 U.S. National Boxing team crash in Poland.

Burial site: Lincoln Memory Gardens Cemetery, Whitestown, IN

Stanley Ketchel (Stanislaus Kiecal) – Maybe the hardest hitting middleweight to ever don boxing gloves and whose life and death (killed by a jealous husband with a rifle blast to the back) is the stuff movies are made of. An iron-willed man created by tough times.

Burial site: Holy Cross Cemetery, Grand Rapids, MI

Johnny Kilbane - World Featherweight Champion from 1912 to 1923. Still the longest reign in featherweight division history, even though it has to be noted he sat on the crown for long periods of time. Had a great rivalry with Abe Attell.

Burial site: Calvary Cemetery, Cleveland, OH

Duk Koo Kim (Deukoo Kim, Kim Duk-Koo or Kim Deuk-Gu)- The ill-fated Koran boxer who lost his life after challenging WBA lightweight champion Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini. While not a great fighter, his death lead to safety improvements (such as shortening fights from 15 to 12 rounds) in boxing that has arguably saved lives.
Burial site: Kojin Village Cemetery, Kangwon-do, South Korea.

Sam Langford - A true great who is the best boxer to never win a world title; of course, race played a large role in that. Fought from lightweight to heavyweight and was avoided and feared in all of those divisions.

Burial site: Cambridge Cemetery, Cambridge, MA

Benny Leonard (Benjamin Leiner) - One of the greatest lightweights in history and a defensive genius who could punch better than given credit for. Famously entered the ring with slicked back hair and became upset if his coiffure did not look perfect and unruffled after the fight. A marvel of the canvas to be sure, who died inside the ring while refereeing a bout at age 51.

Burial site: Mount Carmel Cemetery, Glendale, NY

A.J. Liebling – Considered one of the greatest sports writers, boxing in particular. He lent events nuance and an eye for pivotal turning points.

Burial site: Green River Cemetery, East Hampton, NY

Sonny Liston (Charles Liston)- The most enigmatic heavyweight champion of all time, whose life, career, and death are surrounded by mystery. In a span of two fights with Muhammad Ali, went from one of the most feared to underappreciated heavyweights ever.

Burial site: Paradise Memorial Gardens, Las Vegas, NV

Nicolino Locche – Argentina is known for aggressive fighters but Locche was the opposite who earned the nickname “The Untouchable” for his defensive prowess. Still, he drew huge crowds, winning over fans accustomed to brawlers and maulers.

Burial site: Parque Jardín, Mendoza, Argentina

Tommy Loughran – A fighter who twice earned The Ring magazine’s “Fighter of the Year” award. Was at his best at light heavyweight but did well at heavyweight against the likes of Jack Sharkey, Max Baer and Paolino Uzcudun.

Burial site: Holy Cross Cemetery, Yeadon, PA

Joe Louis (Joseph Louis Barrow) - Maybe the greatest heavyweight of all time and surely the most important, historically, before Muhammad Ali came along to rival, if not surpass, him. A hero to Americans of every race, Louis gave us the phrase "He can run but he can’t hide." A legend in so many ways.

Burial site: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA

Bennie Lynch - Another great fighter of the early days, whose life was shortened by alcohol. With all due respect to Ken Buchanan, Lynch is Scotland’s greatest gift to boxing. Could do it all in the ring but control little outside of it.

Burial site: Saint Kentigerns, Glasgow, Scotland.

Rocky Marciano (Rocco Francis Marchegiano) – For many, the only real Rocky, whose legendary punching power does a lot to hide real gifts as a boxer. Is still the only heavyweight champion to retire without a loss on his record. A true legend who knew when to retire and he will be remembered for both.

Burial site: Forest Lawn Memorial Cemetery, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Jack McAuliffe - Was the lightweight World Champion from 1885 to 1893 and one of the very few men to ever retire undefeated.

Burial site: Albany Rural Cemetery, Menands, NY

Jimmy McLarnin – A man who should be the blueprint for every champion, retiring while still on top (defeating Hall-of-Famers Tony Canzoneri and Lou Ambers in his last two fights) and living comfortably from investments made from ring earnings.

Burial site: Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, CA

Daniel Mendoza – The man credited with bringing science to pugilism, back in the 1700s, incorporating jabs and footwork where it had rarely existed. The first prominent Jewish boxer, he was just as impactful after retiring as a fighter, opening boxing schools to teach his methods.

Burial site: Sephardi New Cemetery, London (Mile End), England

Carlos Monzon - My pick as the greatest middleweight of all time. Could do it all in the ring and lived the very definition of the 1970s playboy, jet-set lifestyle. Held the World Middleweight title for seven years, defending it against everyone, unlike Bernard Hopkins, who had the luxury of split titles. Never lost control of the situation in the ring but outside of the ring, it was different matter for Monzon, who was imprisoned for killing his wife.

Burial site: Cementerio Municipal de Santa Fe, Santa Fe, Argentina.

Archie Moore (Archibald Lee Wright) - Legendary light heavyweight champion whose life should be studied and mirrored by boxers of every generation. Still holds the all-time knockout record for boxing at 131, a record I have the confidence to say will never be broken.

Burial site: Cypress View Mausoleum and Crematory, San Diego, CA

Davey Moore - World Featherweight Champion from 1959 to 1963, who tragically died a couple days after he lost his title to Sugar Ramos.

Burial site: Ferncliff Cemetery, Springfield, OH

Battling Nelson (Oscar Mathæus Nielsen
) – To this day, rates as one of the toughest men to ever enter a ring; stories of his ability to soak up punishment are legion.

Burial site: Eden Memorial Park Cemetery, Schiller Park, IL

Laszlo Papp – One of the best amateur and Olympic champions ever (winning three consecutive Olympic gold medals), Papp was so good that the communist government of Hungary allowed him to turn professional. He was past his prime, at age 31, but still registered good wins and was on the verge of a title shot when Hungary withdrew its permission for Papp to fight.

Burial site: Farkasreti Cemetery, Budapest, Hungary

Floyd Patterson – Just as praised for his compassion as a man as his skill set inside the ring. An Olympic and professional champion, he probably could have won a title at light heavyweight but chose to bypass the division at the behest of Cus D’Amato. A wise choice in retrospect, as the 21-year-old became the youngest heavyweight champion ever, until Mike Tyson did so at 20.

Burial site: New Paltz Rural Cemetery, New Paltz, NY

Benny Paret (Bernardo Paret) - A boxer whose life was tragically lost in the ring, shocking a nationwide audience that was watching on television. A good welterweight, Paret rose to the world title by always advancing and outworking opponents in the ring.

Saint Raymond’s Cemetery, New York City (Bronx), NY

Willie Pep (Guglielmo Papaleo) – If anyone human had the defense to outsmart death itself, it was Pep. Though known for defense, Pep should be remembered for using that elusiveness to set up offense and not simply to avoid a punch. A World Featherweight Champion also known for winning a round without throwing a punch against Jackie Graves and his four-fight series with Sandy Saddler.

Burial site: Rose Hill Memorial Park, Rocky Hill, CT

Pascual Perez - Both an Olympic and professional world boxing champion, who held the World Flyweight Title for six impressive years. An all-around great who had few weaknesses on offense, or defense.

Burial site: Cementerio de la Chacarita, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Jerry Quarry - Another of the talented 1970s heavyweights whose rise to the top was derailed by legends Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, and George Foreman. In death, Quarry helped his fellow man, as it inspired the Jerry Quarry Foundation for Dementia Pugilistica.

Burial site: Shafter Memorial Park, Shafter, CA

George “Tex” Rickard – The promoter who gave rise to Don King and Bob Arum. Rickard was an innovator with a knack for finding or creating storylines that made money. The sport would not have matured into a million-dollar industry without his marketing skills.

Burial site: Woodlawn Cemetery, New York City (Bronx), NY

Sugar Ray Robinson (Walker Smith Jr.) - The man whose ring greatness called for a different category altogether. Was the inspiration for the term "pound-for-pound" and is the consensus choice as the greatest boxer of all time.

Burial site: Inglewood Park Cemetery, Inglewood, CA

Maxie Rosenbloom - Light heavyweight champion from 1930 to 1934, who gained nearly as much fame acting and operating a popular bar in Hollywood.

Burial site: Pierce Brothers Valhalla Memorial Park, North Hollywood, CA

Barney Ross (Beryl David Rosofsky) - A three-division champion who also distinguished himself through bravery during World War II. Did his best work at lightweight where he had thrilling battles with Jimmy McLarnin.

Burial site: Rosemont Park Cemetery, Chicago, IL

Salvador Sanchez - The Jimi Hendrix of boxing. A man who had unrepeatable moves and licks that were silenced way before his time in a tragic car accident.

Burial site: Santiago Tianguistenco Cementerio, Santiago Tianguistenco, Mexico.

Tom Sayers - One of England’s most popular bare-knuckle fighters, whose skills earned him the nickname of "The Napoleon of the Prize Ring," a nickname he got by often beating men much heavier than himself.

Burial site: Highgate Cemetery, London, England.

Max Schmeling - As great a person outside the ring as inside of it, Schmeling hid Jewish children during World War II and helped with funeral costs for Joe Louis. Gained renewed fame with the ascension of German boxing in the 1990s, celebrated for his sportsmanship as much as the career-defining knockout of Louis. Remains Germany’s most popular boxer, passing away a couple months short of his 100th birthday.

Burial site: Saint Andreas Friedhof, Hollenstedt, Germany.

Jack Sharkey (Joseph Paul Zukauskas) - Could have been a much better World Heavyweight Champion, had he been able to keep his emotions in check inside the ring. A stylish boxer for a big man, he was dramatically affected by the death of protégé Ernie Schaaf, even saying he saw a vision of Schaaf during his loss to Primo Carnera.

Burial site: Prospect Cemetery, Epping, NH

Young Stribling (William Lawrence Stribling Jr.) - Fought in an amazing 289 total bouts before his untimely death at age 28 while riding his motorcycle. Never held a world title but did defeat six world champions, just not when the title was at stake.

Burial site: Riverside Cemetery, Macon, GA

John L. Sullivan - A mythical figure in his own time. The man who proudly proclaimed he "could lick any man in the house" and did so if challenged. The first star of the gloved era of boxing and could be considered the Babe Ruth of boxing.

Burial site: New Calvary Cemetery, Mattapan, Massachusetts.

Lew Tendler - Good enough to be inducted into the boxing Hall of Fame, even though he never held a world title. One of the first southpaws to make a stir in American boxing circles and defeated some of the best lightweights of his era.
Burial site: Roosevelt Memorial Park, Trevose, PA

Gene Tunney (James Joseph Tunney)- An underappreciated World Heavyweight Champion, who also distinguished himself in combat during World War I. Only lost one fight as a pro and was considered a renaissance man of the period, often quoting Shakespeare in the run-up to fights. Twice defeated the legendary Jack Dempsey, for which he was never forgiven.

Burial site: Long Ridge Union Cemetery, Stamford, CT

Pancho Villa (Francisco Guilledo)– Before the dawn of Manny Pacquiao, Villa was considered the greatest Filipino boxer of all time. Consider that he amassed 108 fights by age 24, when he died from an infection after a botched procedure to remove a wisdom tooth. Won over American crowds from New York City to Oakland with his relentless pressure fighting, a true prequel to our “Pac-Man.”

Burial site: North Cemetery, Manila, The Philippines

Joe Walcott (Arnold Raymond Cream) – Was the oldest heavyweight champion, at age 37, before George Foreman eclipsed his record. If title fights were sanctioned for 12 rounds back in Jersey Joe’s days, he would have retained his title against Rocky Marciano instead of getting knocked out in the 13th round of their first (and Walcott’s penultimate) fight.

Burial site: Sunset Cemetery, Pennsauken, NJ

Jess Willard - Took the World Heavyweight Title from Jack Johnson in the oppressing Cuban heat. Not a great heavyweight champion but "The Pottawatomie Giant" had the heart of a champion. Took a savage beating from Jack Dempsey but boxed until his last drop energy left him.

Burial site: Forest Lawn-Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, CA

Harry Wills – If not for the legacy of Jack Johnson, Wills might have gotten a shot at the heavyweight title in the 1920s. The governor of New York voided Wills contract to fight Jack Dempsey, for fear of race riots, and other cities followed suit in the most egregious example of sports’ “Color Line.”

Burial site: Woodlawn Cemetery, New York City (Bronx), NY

Tony Zale (Anthony Florian Zaleski)- Before Superman, Zale was known as "The Man of Steel." A two-time middleweight champion, Zale grew up tough in the steel mills of Indiana and is best known for his unforgettable wars with Rocky Graziano.

Burial site: Calvary Cemetery, Portage, IN

Fritzie Zivic (Ferdinand Henry John Zivicic) - Any man who beat the great Henry Armstrong deserves praise. Zivic went on to become the World Welterweight Champion from 1940 to 1941. An all-around boxer who fought everyone in his era, giving the proverbial honest performance no matter the outcome.

Burial site: Saint Nicholas Cemetery, Millvale, PA
Diego Corrales – Though freakishly tall for a junior lightweight/lightweight, was a guts-first/no-quit two-division champion best known for his dramatic World Lightweight Championship win over Jose Luis Castillo in May 2005. Tragically died the same day two years later in a motorcycle accident.
Burial site: Palm Memorial Park (Green Valley), Las Vegas, NV
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