|Birth: ||Feb. 12, 1941|
|Death: ||Nov. 26, 2011|
Professional Boxer. He was a top-ranked heavyweight contender during the 1970s and fought some of the greatest names of that era. One of nineteen siblings, he was no stranger to being on the wrong side of law and at the age of twenty-one, was tried and convicted of second-degree murder which was gang related. While serving his sentence in prison, he nearly died from a serious knife wound and after surviving the ordeal, he occupied himself participating in baseball, basketball and football, as well as boxing. After he was paroled in 1969, Lyle wasted no time making a name for himself as a fighter and within a little over a year, he amassed an impressive amateur record, while earning the National AAU Heavyweight Title, North American Amateur Heavyweight Title and International Boxing League Heavyweight Title in 1970. After turning professional in 1971, he totaled 19 consecutive wins before suffering his first defeat at the hands of top contender Jerry Quarry in 1973. Following this, he put together a second impressive winning streak which included decision wins over Oscar Natalio Bonavena and former champion Jimmy Ellis, before receiving his second career loss to Jimmy Young in 1975. Lyle experienced a chance at Muhammad Ali's world championship belt on May 16th, 1975 and took the champ to 11-rounds before he was knocked out. In spite of the loss, he was still ranked highly in the division and following a defeat of contender Earnie Shavers, he was knocked out by George Foreman in the 5th round in 1976. A 1st-round knockout loss to Gerry Cooney in 1980 led to a 15-year absence from the ring. In 1995 at the age of 54, he returned and recorded four knockouts of lesser-known opponents, before retiring for good, compiling a 43 win (31 knockouts), 7 loss 1 draw record. Lyle never strayed away from the sport and was the co-proprietor of a gym, where he trained promising fighters in his adopted hometown of Denver. He appeared in the 2009 documentary film "Facing Ali". He died of complications from a stomach ailment. (bio by: C.S.)
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Record added: Nov 26, 2011
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