Kid Gavilan vs. Carmen Basilio

By Boxing News on September 17, 2018
Kid Gavilan vs. Carmen Basilio
To keep the Cuban Hawk from flying high was no easy task, even for Carmen Basilio.

On September 18, 1953 at the War Memorial Auditorium in Syracuse, New York, Kid Gavilan , the Cuban Hawk from Havana, Cuba, fought Carmen Basilio for the welterweight title. Gavilan was 94-13-4 at the time. Basilio was 35-10-5. Basilio dropped Gavilan for a count of nine, only the second knockdown in the Cuban sensation’s long and illustrious career. But to keep the Cuban Hawk from flying high was no easy task, even for an hombre as tough as Carmen Basilio…

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  1. Roy Allen 09:59am, 09/20/2014

    That’s all very interesting Ed but what’s that got to do with the Basilio-Gavilan fight? sorry, but I don’t get it…

  2. Edward "Ace" Starker 11:35am, 09/19/2014

    Rudell Stitch was not only a world class welterweight contender, but a very fine young man as well. He once jumped from the banks of the Ohio River to swim to a drowning man and bring him back to shore, saving his life. Ironically - and tragically - Stitch drowned himself while attempting to save another man’s life under the same exact circumstances only a year or so from the same Ohio River.

    As to whether or not Rudell Stitch would have become a world welterweight champion is something none will ever know. There were a number of highly talented fighters in that weight division back then, including the superb Emile Griffith.

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