The boxing world was dealt a blow today with the passing of the hard-punching heavyweight contender, Ron Lyle at the age of 70. Lyle had a record of 43-7-1, 31 KO’s, and was known for his amazing punch and courage in the ring.
Lyle may be remembered most for his up and down brawl with George Foreman in 1976, where both men hit the floor on numerous occasions. Lyle would come up short, but he would make quite the impression with boxing fans. He was a fighter, plain and simple.
On May 16th, 1975, greatness was around the corner for the powerful heavyweight. Ahead on the cards, Lyle was stunned slightly against Muhammad Ali in the 11th round of the title fight. A very quick stoppage prevented Lyle from capturing heavyweight gold.
The list of great heavyweights that Lyle has fights is a who’s who of boxing at the time, including Ali, Foreman, Earnie Shavers, Jimmy Young, Jerry Quarry, Jimmy Ellis, and Gerry Cooney.
A stomach ailment is being blamed for the passing. RSR sends our condolences to the family and friends of Ron Lyle.