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Matthew Saad Muhammad, boxer and homeless advocate, dies at 59
Matthew Saad Muhammad, boxer and homeless advocate, dies at 59

Former light-heavyweight champion Matthew Saad Muhammad, who was abandoned as a child and rose to become "one of the most exciting boxers of all time" and later an advocate for the homeless after a stay in a shelter himself, has died. He was 59. Saad Muhammad died Sunday at a Philadelphia hospital, said Kevin Roberts of the nonprofit Resources for Human Development which Saad Muhammad had worked with in recent years. The cause was not given. "He had a lot of ups and downs — like life," longtime friend Mustafa Ameen said. In 1977, in his 21st pro fight, Matthew knocked out veteran Marvin Johnson in the 12th round to win the North American Boxing Federation...

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