News

Ex-boxing champion Jimmy Ellis dies

Ex-boxing champion Jimmy Ellis dies

Referee Jay Edson, left, rushes in to halt the fight between Muhammad Ali and Jimmy Ellis in the 12th round of their heavyweight fight in Houston on July 27, 1971. Ellis, left, was practically helpless in the final minutes of the fight. Photo: Associated Press/AP Photo

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Former heavyweight boxing champion Jimmy Ellis, who trained with fellow Louisville fighter Muhammad Ali and squared off against some of his era’s best fighters, has died in his hometown. He was 74.

Ellis’ brother, Jerry, said the ex-champion died at a Louisville hospital Tuesday after suffering from Alzheimer’s disease in recent years.

Ellis defeated Jerry Quarry to win the WBA crown in 1968. Ellis defended the title by defeating Floyd Patterson, but was stopped by Joe Frazier in a fight to unify the world heavyweight championship in 1970.

He was stopped by Ali in the 12th round of their bout in 1971.

Ellis, the son of a preacher, retired from boxing in 1975. He spent years training fighters and later worked for the Louisville parks department.
Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Recent Headlines

in Viral Videos

WATCH: Chris Farley in ‘Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation’

13-overlay19

This mashup is both hilarious and impressive.

in Sports

This weekend’s sports schedule

votto

Here's a look at some of the major sporting events happening this weekend.

in Sports

WWE legend Rowdy Roddy Piper dead at 61

Rowdy Roddy Piper with Doug Lange and Mark Scholten

Piper, born Roderick Toombs, was the second WWE Hall of Famer to die this summer following the June death of Dusty Rhodes.

in Sports

This week’s best sports shots

AP_525787848997

A look back at some of this week's biggest plays and best moments in sports.

in Sports

No surprise: Jameis Winston named Buccaneers starting QB

bucscamp

Coach Lovie Smith officially named the first overall pick in the NFL draft his starting quarterback on Friday, saying the 2013 Heisman Trophy is ready for the role.

Bellingham Traffic