Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Boxing: The Legend of Boom Boom Mancini, 25 Years Later

Posted By on Tue, Nov 13, 2007 at 5:27 PM

Twenty-five years before Youngstown produced middleweight champ Kelly "the Ghost" Pavlik, there was another, perhaps even more promising fighter to rise from that city: Boom Boom Mancini. For all practical purposes, Mancini's career prematurely ended on this day in 1982. During a fierce bout in Vegas, he pummeled unknown Korean Duk Koo Kim into the 13th round before the fight was called. Little did Mancini know that while he was celebrating his victory, Kim lay crumpled in the ring, soon to be declared legally dead. Yahoo Sports writer Kevin Iole recreates that night -- and the lasting damage it would cause to Mancini -- in a wonderful retrospective piece you can find here. -- Pete Kotz

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