Death of Jimmy Ellis

February 24, 1940 - May 6, 2014
Louisville, Kentucky | Age 74

Ex-boxing champion dies at 74
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BRUCE SCHREINER, The Associated Press

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Jimmy Ellis, a heavyweight champion who sparred with an up-and-coming Muhammad Ali and later fought some of the era's best boxers, died Tuesday. He was 74.

Ellis died at a Louisville hospital, brother Jerry Ellis said. Jimmy Ellis had Alzheimer's disease in recent years.

Ellis, the son of a preacher who loved singing gospel music, held the WBA heavyweight title from 1968 to 1970. He lost to Joe Frazier in a fight to...

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