Carmen Basilio, a welterweight and middleweight world champion in the 1950s known for two epic fights with Sugar Ray Robinson, died on Wednesday at the age of 85.

The International Boxing Hall of Fame, located in Basilio’s hometown of Canastota, New York, said Basilio died in hospital in Rochester, New York.

Basilio, who was born in Canastota on April 2, 1927, twice won the welterweight world title, first from Tony DeMarco in 1955 and then from Johnny Saxton in 1956.

He finished his pro career with a record of 56-16-7 with 27 knock-outs. — AFP

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