At age 65 of heart failure, boxing promoter Ronald (Butch) Lewis, who played a critical role in fights ranging from the Thrilla in Manila in 1975, to Tyson-Spinks in '88. A former used-car salesman who befriended Joe Frazier and began doing p.r. for the future heavyweight champion in the late 1960s, Lewis signed his first fight—after months of hounding Muhammad Ali's manager—in '76, a heavyweight title bout between Ali and Richard Dunn. He later promoted and mentored Leon Spinks, who upset Ali for the heavyweight title in '78, as well as Leon's brother Michael, who earned a $13.5 million payday for his 91-second title fight with Mike Tyson in '88. A charismatic figure in the boxing world, Lewis is remembered largely for his litigious relationship with rival promoter Don King and for his signature shirtless tuxedos.