WHILE fighters today spit and sulk after losing their carefully constructed unbeaten records, Carmen Basilio rebounded from 11 defeats – learning a lesson from each reverse – before he dethroned world welterweight king Tony DeMarco in 1955’s Fight of the Year.
His robust spirit was shaped early in life. The Angelo Dundee-trained slugger worked in onion fields in Canastota with his nine brothers and sisters; after that anything that boxing threw at him was comparatively simple to catch.
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