Only 59. Shit. ---- 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. ---- 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. --- 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.