Carmen Basilio

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Carmen Basilio (Born Carmine Basilio, April 2, 1927 in Canastota, NY – November 7, 2012) was an American professional boxer who was the world champion in both the welterweight and middleweight divisions.wikipedia
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He is also famous for defeating Sugar Ray Robinson to win the middleweight title.
He then became the first boxer in history to win a divisional world championship five times (a feat he accomplished by defeating Carmen Basilio in 1958 to regain the middleweight championship).

The Ring magazine Fighter of the Year

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The Ring magazine named him Fighter of the Year in 1957, while the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) named him Fighter of the Year in 1955 and 1957.

Sugar Ray Robinson Award

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The Ring magazine named him Fighter of the Year in 1957, while the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) named him Fighter of the Year in 1955 and 1957.

Professional boxing

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Basilio began his professional boxing career by meeting Jimmy Evans on 24 November 1948 in Binghamton, New York.
His notable rivals included Jake LaMotta, Gene Fullmer, and Carmen Basilio.

Charles Pierce Davey

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He beat Jimmy Cousins among others that year, but he lost to Chuck Davey and Billy Graham.
Some of his more notable opponents included Rocky Graziano, Ike Williams, and Carmen Basilio.

Gene Fullmer

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From that moment, and until his retirement in 1961, he fought only sporadically, but 3 of his last fights were attempts to recover the world's Middleweight title, losing twice to Gene Fullmer; by a TKO knockout in 14 at San Francisco; and by a TKO knockout in 12, in Fullmer's home state of Utah (in Salt Lake City), and then also later, when he lost a 10-round decision to defending world champion Paul Pender.
Fullmer and fellow former middleweight champion Carmen Basilio fought for the vacant NBA title on August 28, 1959, and Fullmer won the crown when he TKOed Basilio in the 14th round.

Hickok Belt

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In 1957 Basilio won the Hickok Belt as top professional athlete of the year.

Tony DeMarco

After that, Basilio was once again the number one challenger, and on June 10 of that year, he received his second world title try, against world Welterweight champion Tony DeMarco.
Despite winning many bouts to become champion, he is best remembered for his two championship matches with hall of famer Carmen Basilio in 1955.

International Boxing Hall of Fame

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Basilio was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990. In 1990, Ed Brophy decided to build the International Boxing Hall Of Fame in Canastota, New York to honor the two world champions who were born there: Basilio and his nephew.
The IBHOF started as a 1990 initiative by Ed Brophy to honor Canastota's world boxing champions, Carmen Basilio and Basilio's nephew, Billy Backus; the village of Canastota inaugurated the new museum, which showcases boxing's rich history.

Billy Graham (boxer)

Billy Graham
He beat Jimmy Cousins among others that year, but he lost to Chuck Davey and Billy Graham.
Billy Graham also fought Carmen Basilio three times in his career.

Kid Gavilán

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Soon, he found himself in his first world title fight, against Cuba's Kid Gavilán for Gavilán's world welterweight championship.
In 1953, Gavilan retained the title by a knockout in ten against Chuck Davey, by a decision in 15 against Carmen Basilio and by a decision in 15 against Bratton.

Billy Backus

During the 1970s, his nephew Billy Backus became world's welterweight champion after having a shaky start to his own boxing career, and Basilio declared on the day that Backus became champion, that to him, Billy winning the title was better than when he won it himself.
Backus, who is the nephew of boxing legend and former world champion Carmen Basilio, started his career by winning only 7 of his first 19 bouts.

Art Aragon

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In between those fights, he was able to beat Art Aragon, by knockout in eight, and former world Welterweight champion Don Jordan, by decision in ten.
Aragon faced ever-tougher competition as his career progressed, eventually facing many of the great names from his era, including Tommy Campbell, Jesse Flores, Redtop Davis, Jimmy Carter and Carmen Basilio.

Frankie Carbo

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His manager, mafioso Frank "Blinky" Palermo", was later jailed along with his partner Frankie Carbo for fixing fights. Basilio said of losing his title to the referees' decision, "It was like being robbed in a dark alley." In an immediate rematch that was fought in Syracuse, Basilio regained the crown with a nine-round knockout, and then, in a rubber match, Basilio kept the belt, by a knockout in two.
After losing his title to Tony DeMarco in 1955, he would regain it in a 1955 title match against welterweight champ Carmen Basilio, another fight considered to be fixed.

Johnny Saxton

For his next fight, in 1956, Basilio lost the title in Chicago to Johnny Saxton by a decision in 15.
In 1956 he won the title again with an upset win over Carmen Basilio, but lost the title in a rematch with Basilio later in the year.

Frank Palermo

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His manager, mafioso Frank "Blinky" Palermo", was later jailed along with his partner Frankie Carbo for fixing fights. Basilio said of losing his title to the referees' decision, "It was like being robbed in a dark alley." In an immediate rematch that was fought in Syracuse, Basilio regained the crown with a nine-round knockout, and then, in a rubber match, Basilio kept the belt, by a knockout in two.
Saxton lost his title the following year via technical knockout to Tony DeMarco, then won it back in 1956 with an upset win over Carmen Basilio, another fight that was thought to be fixed.

Canastota, New York

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In 1990, Ed Brophy decided to build the International Boxing Hall Of Fame in Canastota, New York to honor the two world champions who were born there: Basilio and his nephew.
Having produced two world champions in Carmen Basilio and Billy Backus, Canastota was a natural choice as a site for the museum and outdoor stage.

List of world welterweight boxing champions

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List of world middleweight boxing champions

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Paul Pender

From that moment, and until his retirement in 1961, he fought only sporadically, but 3 of his last fights were attempts to recover the world's Middleweight title, losing twice to Gene Fullmer; by a TKO knockout in 14 at San Francisco; and by a TKO knockout in 12, in Fullmer's home state of Utah (in Salt Lake City), and then also later, when he lost a 10-round decision to defending world champion Paul Pender.
Gene Fullmer and Carmen Basilio fought for the vacant NBA title, and Fullmer won.

Welterweight

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Carmen Basilio (Born Carmine Basilio, April 2, 1927 in Canastota, NY – November 7, 2012) was an American professional boxer who was the world champion in both the welterweight and middleweight divisions.

Middleweight

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Carmen Basilio (Born Carmine Basilio, April 2, 1927 in Canastota, NY – November 7, 2012) was an American professional boxer who was the world champion in both the welterweight and middleweight divisions.

The Ring (magazine)

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The Ring magazine named him Fighter of the Year in 1957, while the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) named him Fighter of the Year in 1955 and 1957.

Boxing Writers Association of America

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The Ring magazine named him Fighter of the Year in 1957, while the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) named him Fighter of the Year in 1955 and 1957.