Tore Magnussen

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Name: Tore Magnussen
Born: 1938-07-12
Birthplace: Oslo, Norway
Died: 2013-05-05 (Age:74)
Hometown: Oslo, Norway
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Tore Magnussen was born in Oslo, Norway. He learned boxing at the Oslo Club Pugilist, under the guidance of the legendary figure Gunnar Hansen, who had fought in the London Olympics 1948 as a welterweight. Magnussen became the Norwegian National Junior Champion in 1957. As a senior he won the National title every year from 1958 to 1965. He was the Scandinavian Champion in 1965, and turned professional the same year after 249 amateur bouts (193 wins and 56 losses). As amateur he had wins over later pro stars Harri Piitulainen of Finland and EBU champ Svein Erik Paulsen. He lost to Jurgen Voss and Borge Krogh.

During and after his pro career (1965-1972) he invested his money in trucks. In the 1970s he assisted in his old amateur club and was a quiet and wise cornerman and sparring partner to many a young fighter. By the late 1980s he was working as a prison guard in Moss, an institution with a reformed "open structure " where the great Norwegian bantam star Pete Sanstol also worked during his few years in Norway at the end of the 1950s. Magnussen held this job until illness forced him to retire in 2005.

Since the spring of 2006, Tore Magnussen lives in a nursing home outside Oslo, suffering from an Alzheimer-like disease.