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Post by TRUSSMAN66 on Tue 06 May 2014, 8:24 pm

Of Alzheimer's.................Beat Chuvalo, Bonavena and Quarry to win the WBA Heavyweight title before losing a unification to Frazier....

Lost to Ali also so unfortunately is probably more known for his defeats than his victories.........Probably immortalized for the famous Ali quote.."If Jimmy Ellis even dreams of beating me he should apologise"...

A gifted fighter and a respected one....

In the usual tradition of honoring former Heavyweight champions on here when they pass as in Dokes, Frazier et al.....

 Whisky  Here is to you Jimmy..........Thanks for the memories and rest in peace...........

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Post by Steffan on Tue 06 May 2014, 8:26 pm

R.I.P. Jimmy

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Post by John Bloody Wayne on Tue 06 May 2014, 8:30 pm

Rest In Peace. If I'm not mistaken the only time Angelo Dundee wasn't in Ali's corner was when he was in Jimmy's. Was never really a full heavyweight, but he mixed with the best.

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Post by 3fingers on Tue 06 May 2014, 8:57 pm

I doubt he died of alzheimers, did he forget to breath? Bad taste, I know, but there's seriousness in my question.

A brave man whos record reads like a whos who of heavyweight boxings golden era. Rest in Peace, your history makes you immortal.

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Post by 88Chris05 on Tue 06 May 2014, 9:03 pm

A tough man, for sure. Regardless of what you think about the decision, Patterson broke this guy's nose in round two - and Ellis' response was to come right back and stagger Patterson in the very next round. Still there another twelve rounds after that, of course.

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Post by Hammersmith harrier on Tue 06 May 2014, 9:10 pm

Amazing really Chris when you think he was fighting at middleweight a few years earlier.

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Post by Strongback on Tue 06 May 2014, 9:47 pm

3fingers wrote: I doubt he died of alzheimers, did he forget to breath? Bad taste, I know, but there's seriousness in my question.

A brave man whos record reads like a whos who of heavyweight boxings golden era. Rest in Peace, your history makes you immortal.


I don't think Alzheimer's is a cause of death in sufferers. Old people with Alzheimer's can live on for decades.

The link between head trauma and Alzheimer's seems to be becoming more understood. Lots of sports are having to face up to this issue.


RIP Jimmy

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Post by kingraf on Tue 06 May 2014, 9:49 pm

It's a real shame, The actor Jimmy Ellis died only two months ago. Uncanny.
May he RIP
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Post by rapidringsroad on Tue 06 May 2014, 10:13 pm

Jimmy Ellis accomponied Ali when Ali brought a bunch of Olympic hopefulls over to New Zealand.Ali did a bit of showboating in the ring with Jimmy Ellis and Joe Bugner. I remember seeing Jimmy running down the road on my way to work.RIP Jimmy.

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Post by TRUSSMAN66 on Tue 06 May 2014, 10:14 pm

Some good memories you have rapid..........

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Post by ONETWOFOREVER on Wed 07 May 2014, 1:29 pm

Watched his bout with childhood friend Ali a couple of weeks ago.


Paterson, Frazier, Lyle, Quarry, Norton, Williams, Cooper and now Ellis RIP to another piece of a great era.

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Post by 3fingers on Wed 07 May 2014, 2:48 pm

You're friends with Ali?

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Post by TRUSSMAN66 on Wed 07 May 2014, 2:50 pm

3fingers wrote:You're friends with Ali?

When ONETWO was a female poster Ali fancied him.. Jimmy Ellis -  Former WBA Heavyweight champion died today at 74 !! 3559488474 

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Post by Atila on Wed 07 May 2014, 5:06 pm

RIP Jimmy.

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