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At age 70 after being hospitalized with a stomach abscess that turned septic, former heavyweight contender Ron Lyle. One of 19 children born in Denver to a preacher father and missionary mother, Lyle (left) took up boxing in his 20s while serving 7½ years in the Colorado state penitentiary for second-degree murder. Having turned pro at age 30, he ran up a record of 30-2-1 before losing to champion Muhammad Ali by an 11th-round TKO in 1975. Lyle's slugfest the following year with George Foreman (in which Lyle had Foreman down twice before being stopped in the fifth) is widely considered one of the most exciting heavyweight fights ever. Lyle retired in '80, then made a brief comeback in '95 before hanging up his gloves with a record of 43-7-1. In recent years Lyle worked with young boxers in Denver with the hope of someday training a heavyweight champion.