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RIP Matthew Saad Muhammad

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  1. Seano Hands of bone

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    Only 59. Shit.
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    Matthew Saad Muhammad was born Maxwell Antonio Loach in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His mother died when he was five. He was taken in by his aunt, but was soon abandoned. When he was found by police on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, he was taken to the Catholic Social Services, where the nuns gave him the first name Matthew, after the saint, and the last name Franklin, after the parkway on which he was found.
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    http://www.boxingnewsonline.net/lat...ght-champion-matthew-saad-muhammad-dead-at-59

    MATTHEW SAAD MUHAMMAD has passed away at the age of 59.

    Born Matthew Franklin in 1954, the Philadelphia fighter turned professional in 1974 before crafting one of the most exciting careers in the history of boxing. The blood and guts warrior won the WBC light-heavyweight title in 1979, halting Marvin Johnson in eight rounds, and defended it successfully eight times.

    Muhammad, the cornerstone of a glorious 175lb era, had a habit of rebounding from almost certain defeat to triumph. His wars against the likes of Richie Kates, Yaqui Lopez, and John Conteh, are among boxing's most thrilling.

    The titanic battles took their toll, though, and in 1981 he lost his title to Dwight Muhammad Qawi. His form declined after that and, like so many who live for the thrill of combat, he fought for far too long. He eventually retired in 1992, a shell of his former self, with a record of 49-16-3 (35).

    Life away from boxing was tough for Saad Muhammad and there were reports of him being homeless in 2010.

    He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1998.

    May he rest in peace.
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    the name may not be immediately recognizable to some casual fans but he was involved in some incredible fights.

    Sunfish and I always recommend the 2 fights with Lopez when people ask what fights they should watch.
     
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  2. Marc A Being broke is being dishonest

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    damn died young.. rip
     
  3. Seano Hands of bone

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    And for those with a shorter attention span-
     
  4. M o A Banned Banned

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    Rip brother.
     
  5. dbsh209 Brown Belt

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    Just read about this an hour ago. Not very familiar with him personally but it's always sad to see boxers die early. RIP.
     
  6. Seano Hands of bone

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    A great LHW fighter. Fought everyone. Qawi, Lopez, Eddie Mustafa Muhammad,Conteh, Marvin Johnson... a lot of solid 175 pounders.
     
  7. XThe GreatestX Silver Belt

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    rip great lhw. fought in a golden age of 175ers
     
  8. Confucamus Last of the V8s Platinum Member

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    RIP Champ. A true under appreciated gem of a fighter.
     
  9. Strychnine Titanium Belt

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    Rest well warrior...
     
  10. wu Green Belt

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    RIP
    he had some good fights
     
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    Seano, you ruined my day. Fuck that.
     
  13. Oxycodone Purple Belt

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    Shit. Best of luck to his family and RIP.
     
  14. Seano Hands of bone

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    you just mentioned him in the punchers thread too.
     
  15. Hagler Man of wealth and taste

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    RIP Champ.
     
  16. RR Step into the lab Banned

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    Man, this sucks. Dude was a bad ass.

    RIP
     
  17. PHATV Boss Belt Platinum Member

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    RIP, Champ.
     
  18. Cracky Fanny Pack

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    That guy was exciting to watch.. rip
     
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    Went too early. RIP, champ.
     
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    Not gonna lie, I expected something else.

    Never heard of him?
     

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