Originally Posted by Mr_Bill
Basilio was a great fighter with an even greater heart. Perhaps too great. He dealt out a lot of punishment, but took a lot in return, and was usually dripping blood from the scar tissue around his eyes long before a fight ended.
I always liked to watch his fights, and rooted for him every time.
Rest in peace, mighty warrior.
Much agreed. One of my favorite fighters to watch. Very intelligent and technically masterful in the ring, but he would just flat out fight guys. I know ABQ isn't trying to be mean or a contrarian, but he's a fighter that is in the HoF and every boxing expert believes he should be there. I just don't see somebody being in the HoF if they were a 'pretty good journeyman.'
On a meaningless side note, my 94 year old grandmother got to dance with him a few times.