Hall of Fame boxing champion who fought frequently in the heavyweight division and earned titles in all three different weight divisions.
As an amateur boxer in the featherweight divisions, he had a perfect 42-0 record, and started his pro career defeating the Future Hall of Famer Archie Moore.
He had a classic match against the heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano - going the distance, a full 15 rounds.
He had three children.
He was close friend of Rocky Marciano as well as a one-time neighbor of Muhammad Ali.