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Ernie Terrell dies at 75; boxer lost title to Muhammad Ali in 1967
Ernie Terrell dies at 75; boxer lost title to Muhammad Ali in 1967

Ernie Terrell, whose brief reign as heavyweight champion ended with a punishing loss to Muhammad Ali in a 1967 grudge match, died Tuesday in Chicago of complications from Alzheimer's disease, his family said. He was 75. The son of Mississippi sharecroppers and a longtime Chicago resident, Terrell worked as a fight promoter after his boxing career ended. He also twice ran unsuccessfully for alderman of his far South Side neighborhood and built a janitorial company that eventually employed 100 people. Terrell's big break came in 1965, when he met Eddie Machen for the World Boxing Assn. title that was declared vacant after Ali insisted on a rematch with Sonny Liston before...

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