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    NOVEMBER 27, 2011 - The International Boxing Hall of Fame joins the worldwide boxing community in mourning the loss of 1970s heavyweight contender Ron Lyle, who passed away yesterday in Denver, CO at age 70 from complications from a sudden stomach ailment. 

“Ron was an tough fighter who added so much excitement to the dynamic heavyweight scene of the 1970s,” said Hall director Ed Brophy. “We were saddened to learn the news of his passing and we offer our condolences to the entire Lyle family.”

Lyle was born on February 12, 1941. Following a 29-4 amateur career that included the 1970 National AAU Heavyweight Championship, he turned pro in 1971 in Denver. During his career he posted a 43-7-1 (31 KOs) record that includes wins over Vicente Rondon, Buster Mathis, Oscar Bonavena, Jimmy Ellis, Earnie Shavers, Joe Bugner and Scott LeDoux. He lost to Muhammad Ali in a 1975 world title shot.  Lyle’s 1976 bout with George Foreman  (KO by 5) was one of the most exciting in heavyweight history and was The Ring's “Fight of the Year.”

Lyle was a frequent visitor to Canastota for the annual Hall of Fame Weekend.

“Whenever he came to the Hall, he was so great with fans, always willing to talk about his career and recall the many ring battles his fans remember so well,” said Brophy.

Below are a few snapshots of Lyle during his many visits to “Boxing’s Hometown."

Entertaining fans with a story from his career at the Banquet of ChampionsWith fellow heavyweight star George Chuvalo in Hall of Fame Museum.Enjoying the Hall of Fame's exhibits on boxing history.Lyle points to the poster and ticket from his 1975 title fight with Muhammad Ali.Putting a fist up to the statue on display in the Hall.