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Carmen Basilio

Titles: welterweight champion 1955 and 1956, middleweight champion 
           from 1957 to 1958.

Record: 56-16-7 (27 K.O's)
   
Born: April 2, 1927 in Canastota, New York (USA)
   
Years active: 1948-1961
   
Nickname: The Onion Farmer

A fighter who didn't look like he didn't belonged in the ring. Small,
crouched over, battered face, and awkward Basilio didn't look like much. 
But the people who saw him up close, his opponents saw a great fighter. 
Basilio started as a 21 year old ex-marine who learned the boxing business 
as he went along and his early career featured quite a few defeats and 
draws. He won the welterweight crown twice, after loosing his first shot 
at the hands of Kid Gavilan but winning 2 years later by knocking out 
Toney Demarco in the 12th round. In his second defense he lost a decision 
to Johnny Saxton which many thought was a shockingly bad verdict. A 
rematch saw Basilio win by knockout. Basilio then moved up in weight to
go after the middleweight title. Beat Sugar Ray Robinson in a great battle
for the middleweight championship and then lost it to him in their second 
meeting. Both fights were thrilling encounters by any standards. Those 
two fights took a lot out of Basilio yet he still fought on and took three 
more shots at the middleweight crown. He lost twice to Gene Fullmer and 
once to Paul Pender. After the Pender defeat Basilio retired from the 
ring.

Carmen Basilio
Career record: 56 W, 16 L, 7 D (27 K.O's)

     1948

     24 Nov    Jimmy Evans         Binghamton,NY       KO 3
     29 Nov    Bruce Walters       Syracuse,NY         KO 1
     8 Dec     Eddie Thomas        Binghamton,NY       KO 2
     16 Dec    Rollie Johns        Syracuse,NY         W  6

     1949

     5 Jan     Johnny Cunningham   Binghamton,NY       D  6
     19 Jan    Jay Perlin          Binghamton,NY       D  6
     25 Jan    Ernie Hall          Syracuse,NY         KO 2
     19 Feb    Luke Jordan         Rochester,NY        W  6
     20 Apr    Elliott Throop      Syracuse,NY         KO 1
     2 May     Connie Thies        Rochester,NY        L  6
     8 May     Jerry Drain         Syracuse,NY         KO 3
     18 May    Johnny Clemons      Syracuse,NY         KO 3
     7 Jun     Johnny Cunningham   Syracuse,NY         KO 2
     12 Jul    Jesse Bradshaw      Syracuse,NY         KO 2
     21 Jul    Sammy Daniels       Utica,NY            W  8
     2 Aug     Johnny Cunningham   Utica,NY            L  8
     17 Aug    Johnny Cunningham   Syracuse,NY         W  8
     7 Sep     Tony DiPelino       Rochester,NY        W  8
     30 Sep    Jackie Parker       Syracuse,NY         KO 3

     1950

     10 Jan    Sonny Hampton       Buffalo,NY          W  8
     24 Jan    Cassill Tate        Buffalo,NY          W  8
     7 Feb     Adrien Mourguiart   Buffalo,NY          KO 7
     6 Mar     Lew Jenkins         Syracuse,NY         W 10
     27 Mar    Mike Koballa        Brooklyn,NY         L  8
     12 Apr    Gaby Ferland        New Orleans,LA      D 10
     5 May     Gaby Ferland        New Orleans,LA      KO 1
     21 Jun    Guillermo Giminez   New Orleans,LA      KO 8
     31 Jul    Guillermo Giminez   New Orleans,LA      KO 9
     28 Aug    Eddie Giosa         New Orleans,LA      L 10
     15 Dec    Vic Cardell         New York,NY         L 10

     1951

     9 Mar     Floro Hita          Syracuse,NY         W 8
     12 Apr    Eddie Giosa         Syracuse,NY         W 10
     29 May    Lester Felton       Syracuse,NY         L 10
     18 Jun    Johnny Cesario      Utica,NY            L 10
     17 Sep    Shamus McCray       Syracuse,NY         W  8
     26 Sep    Ross Virgo          New Orleans,LA      L 10

     1952

     4 Feb     Emmett Norris       Wilkes-Barre,PA     W 10
     28 Feb    Jimmy Cousins       Akron,OH            W  8
     31 Mar    Jackie O'Brien      Wilkes-Barre,PA     W 10
     29 May    Chuck Davey         Syracuse,NY         D 10
     16 Jul    Chuck Davey         Chicago,IL          L 10
     20 Aug    Billy Graham        Chicago,IL          L 10
     22 Sep    Baby Williams       Miami,FL            W 10
     20 Oct    Sammy Guiliani      Syracuse,NY         KO 3
     18 Nov    Chuck Foster        Buffalo,NY          KO 5

     1953

     12 Jan    Ike Williams        Syracuse,NY         W 10
     28 Feb    Vic Cardell         Toledo,OH           W 10
     11 Apr    Carmine Fiore       Syracuse,NY         KO 9
     6 Jun     Billy Graham        Syracuse,NY         W 12
     25 Jun    Billy Graham        Syracuse,NY         D 12
     18 Sep    Kid Gavilan         Syracuse,NY         L 15
               (For World Welterweight Championship)
     28 Nov    Johnny Cunnignham   Toledo,OH           KO 4
     19 Dec    Pierre Langlois     Syracuse,NY         D 10

     1954

     16 Jan    Italo Scortichini   Miami,FL            D 10
     17 Apr    Pierre Langlois     Syracuse,NY         W 10
     15 May    Italo Scortichini   Syracuse,NY         W 10
     26 Jun    Al Andrews          Syracuse,NY         W 10
     17 Aug    Ronnie Harper       Fort Wayne,IN       KO 2
     10 Sep    Carmine Fiore       New York,NY         W 10
     15 Oct    Allie Gronik        Syracuse,NY         W 10
     16 Dec    Ronnie Harper       Akron,OH            KO 4

     1955

     21 Jan    Peter Muller        Syracuse,NY         W 10
     10 Jun    Tony DeMarco        Syracuse,NY         KO 12
               (Won World Welterweight Championship)
     10 Aug    Italo Scortichini   New York,NY         W 10
     7 Sep     Gil Turner          Syracuse,NY         W 10
     30 Nov    Tony DeMarco        Boston              KO 12
               (Retained World Welterweight Championship)

     1956

     14 Mar    Johnny Saxton       Chicago,IL           L 15
               (Lost World Welterweight Championship)
     12 Sep    Johnny Saxton       Syracuse,NY          KO 9
               (Regained World Welterweight Championship)

     1957

     22 Feb    Johnny Saxton       Cleveland,OH          KO 2
               (Retained World Welterweight Championship)
     16 May    Harold Jones        Portland,OR           KO 4
     23 Sep    Ray Robinson        New York,NY           W 15
               (Won World Middleweight Championship)
               
     1958

     25 Mar    Ray Robinson        Chicago,IL            L 15
               (Lost World Middleweight Championship)
     5 Sep     Art Aragon          Los Angeles,CA        KO 8

     1959

     1 Apr     Arley Selfer        Augusta,GA            KO 3
     28 Aug    Gene Fullmer        San Francisco,CA      KO by 14
               (For NBA Middleweight Championship)

     1960

     29 Jun    Gene Fullmer        Salt Lake City        KO by 12
               (For NBA Middleweight Championship)

     1961

     7 Jan     Gasper Ortega       New York,NY           W 10
     11 Mar    Don Jordan          Syracuse,NY           W 10
     22 Apr    Paul Pender         Boston                L 10
               (For World Middleweight Championship)