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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.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 Entertainment

Oh no! ‘Bennifer’ are divorcing

bennifer

Actors Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck say they've decided to divorce after 10 years of marriage.

in Sports

Blatter not traveling to Women’s World Cup final in Canada

Fresh
FIFA President Sepp Blatter gestures after he was re-elected at the 65th FIFA Congress in Zurich, Switzerland, May 29, 2015.

Secretary General Jerome Valcke will also be absent from the biggest event in women's soccer.

in Sports

Federer, Murray and Nadal all winners on Day 2 at Wimbledon

Fresh
wimbledon

There were two upsets on the women's side of things

in Sports

Nike co-founder Phil Knight will step down as chairman

Nike founder and chairman of the board Phil Knight

Nike Chairman Phil Knight plans to step down, and says he wants President and CEO Mark Parker to succeed him.

in Sports

Florida State freshman De’Andre Johnson charged with battery

floridastatespringtraining

Assistant State Attorney Georgia Cappleman confirmed the misdemeanor battery charge in an email to The Associated Press. Cappleman declined further comment.

Bellingham Traffic