Ron Lyle

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Name: Ron Lyle
Born: 1941-02-12
Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio, USA
Died: 2011-11-26 (Age:70)
Hometown: Denver, Colorado, USA
Stance: Orthodox
Height: 6′ 3″   /   191cm
Reach: 76″   /   193cm
Boxing Record: click

Trainer: Bobby Lewis

Career Review

  • Lyle is one of 19 children.
  • His parents were William and Nellie Lyle.
  • Lyle was arrested and charged with first degree murder in the shooting death of 21 year old Douglas Byrd.
  • Lyle was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 15-25 years at Canon City State Penitentiary.
  • While in prison, Lyle was knifed and underwent a 7 hour operation; twice pronounced dead on the operating dead, he needed 35-pints of blood to keep him alive.
  • Credited Lt. Cliff Mattax the athletic director at the prison with getting him interested in boxing and changing his life.
  • In prison excelled in baseball, basketball, and football.
  • In prison, Lyle was defeated by Texas Johnson; Lyle never lost a prison boxing match again.
  • Served 7 and a half years in prison.
  • Lyle was paroled on Sunday, November 22, 1969.
  • Joined the Denver Elks Gym and started boxing for Bill Daniels.
  • Lyle's first amateur victory was a third round knockout over Fred Hope.
  • Lyle's amateur career lasted 14 months. He compiled a record of 25-4 with 17 knockouts.
  • 1970 National AAU Heavyweight Champion.
  • 1970 North American Amateur Heavyweight Champion.
  • 1970 International Boxing League Heavyweight Champion.
  • Fought on the U.S. Boxing Team.
  • Lost to Russian Ivan Alexi.
  • Knockedout Russian heavyweight Kamo Saroyan on ABC's Wide World of Sports.
  • Turned professional under Bill Daniels.
  • His professional trainer was Bobby Lewis.