Remebering Carmen Basilio

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Scott Pitoniak

Nov 8, 2012, 11:33:13 AM11/8/12
I’m sure somewhere up in heaven the late, two-time world boxing champion Carmen Basilio is making the rounds, regaling people with his salt-of-the-earth sense of humor – and impishly doling out a “friendly punch” or two.
Over the course of the 30-plus years I knew Carmen, I laughed often at his corny jokes and incurred a few bruises from those “friendly punches" - "love taps" he called them. (Even into his late 60s, early 70s the ex-Marine still packed a powerful punch. I can’t imagine what it must have been like to have been on the receiving end of his not-so-friendly punches during his boxing prime.)
Carmen always was so down-to-earth, so genuine, a true character. I never met a boxer or any other athlete as accomplished as him for that matter who was so perpetually jovial. He truly loved life and loved people.
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