Art Aragon was born on November 13, 1927 in Belen, NM. He died on March 25, 2008 in Northridge, CA at age 80 from a stroke. Despite never winning a world title, this former boxer was one of the sport’s biggest draws in the 1940s and 1950s.
Alexis Arguello was born on April 19, 1952 in Managua, Nicaragua. He died on July 1, 2009 at age 57 in Managua from a gunshot wound to the chest. Initial reports indicated the cause of death was suicide but some now believe foul play could have been involved. The investigation is ongoing. Inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
Trevor Berbick was born on August 1, 1955 in Jamaica. He died on October 28, 2006 at age 52. He was beat to death by two men, one being his nephew. Berbick was the last fighter to face Muhammad Ali. He briefly held the WBC heavyweight title before losing it to Mike Tyson in 1986.
Diego Corrales was born on August 25, 1977 in Columbia, South Carolina. He died on May 7, 2007 at age 29 in Las Vegas, Nevada in a motorcycle accident. While attempting to pass a vehicle at a high rate of speed, Corrales hit the back of the vehicle and was thrown from his bike.
Vernon “The Viper” Forrest
Vernon Forrest was born on February 12, 1971 in Augusta, Georgia. He died on July 25, 2009 at age 38 in Atlanta, Georgia from gunshot wounds. According to police, Forrest stopped at a gas station to put air in the tires of his Jaguar. He was approached by two men in an apparent carjacking attempt. Forrest was shot in the back about eight times.
Eddie Futch was born on August 9, 1911 in Hillsboro, Mississippi. He died on October 10, 2001 at age 90 from natural causes. Futch was a Hall of Fame boxing trainer who trained fighters including Joe Frazier, Ken Norton, Larry Holmes, Trevor Berbick, Michael Spinks, Alexis Arguello, and Riddick Bowe.
Kenneth Howard Norton, Sr. was born on August 9, 1943 in Jacksonville, IL. He died on September 18, 2013 at age 70 in Henderson, NV from a stroke. Norton was a Champion boxer, famous for his fights against Muhammad Ali and Larry Holmes. He was inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame in 1989, the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1992, the Breitbard Hall of Fame (San Diego) in 2001, the U.S. Marine Corps Sports Hall of Fame in 2004, the WBC Hall of Fame in 2008, and the California Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.
Ronney Vargas died on August 16, 2008 in Bronx, NY from a gunshot wound. Vargas, a promising undefeated boxer and three-time Daily News Golden Gloves champion, was shot to death after getting into a fight at a Bronx bodega.