Tony Zale

Age: 83

middleweight champion from 1940–48, he battled Rocky Graziano for the world middleweight championship three times during the 1940's; Zale beat Graziano in the pair's first and last fights. Three months after recapturing the title in the final fight, Zale lost to French boxer Marcel Cerdan; he retired at the age of 35 and served with the U.S. Navy for four years; after struggles with Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases

Died: Portage, Ind., March 20, 1997

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