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Subject: Ex-world champion boxer & actor Terry Downes

Dies at 81
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Date Posted: Friday, October 06, 08:52:12am

Britainís oldest living ex-world champion Terry Downes dies aged 81 after incredible fighting career in which he beat ring legend Sugar Ray Robinson

He passed away peacefully in his sleep this morning after an incredible fighting career throughout the 1950s and 60s.

Downes - who was given the British Empire Medal - is survived by his five children and eight grandchildren.

A statement from his family read: "Terry Downes BEM, the former world middleweight champion, has died aged 81.

"Terry passed away peacefully on the morning of 6th October. At the time of his death he was Britainís oldest living world champion.

"Terry was a beloved husband, father and grandfather to his wife Barbara, his five children and eight grandchildren, and will be enormously missed.

"The family ask for their privacy to be respected at this time."

Downes was born in London and won the world title in 1961 by defeating Paul Pender at the Empire Pool in Wembley.

One of the highlights of his career was beating the 41-year-old ring legend Sugar Ray Robinson in 1962.


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IMDb-Friday, October 06, 08:52:33am
Here's a pic of Downes with Sharon Tate on the set of "The Fearless Vampire Killers"RussFriday, October 06, 10:24:44am

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