MONROE COUNTY, N.Y. – It’s a sad day for boxing fans. The International Boxing Hall of Fame confirms boxing legend Carmen Basilio died this morning.
Basilio grew up in Canastota, in Central New York, but spent the last several decades living in Irondequoit. He won his first world title in Syracuse in 1955 in the welterweight class.
Two years later, Basilio moved up in weight to challenge an aging Sugar Ray Robinson, claiming the world championship at middle-weight.
Overall, he won 56 out of 79 bouts. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990.
He was 85 years old.