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Sadly, none of the eight are still alive. Here we examine how their careers played out post-tournament and what became of them afterwards


HIS only two noteworthy victories after the tournament were a disputed 15-round decision over Patterson in his only successful title defence in 1968, and an impressive 10-rounder won on points against Chuvalo three years later. Frazier and Ali proved to be on a much higher level; Ellis would lose in five rounds to Frazier in 1970, in a bout to decide the new undisputed champion, and in 12 to Ali in 1971. Ellis eventually transitioned into the role of a gatekeeper. His final record was 40-12-1 (24). Although Ellis trained in Miami Beach, he lived in Louisville his whole life. Ellis died in 2014 at the age of 74, from complications caused by dementia.

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