History | Apr 02 2018

On This Day: The hard-boiled Carmen Basilio was born

Carmen Basilio had heart and guts by the bucket load
Carmen basilio
Carmen basilio

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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