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Oscar Natalio "Ringo" Bonavena
Birth: Sep. 25, 1942
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Death: May 22, 1976
Washoe County
Nevada, USA

World Heavyweight Boxing's Top Contender Who Went 15 Rounds With Ali and Frazier. A vicious puncher ranked at the top of the professional heavyweight boxing division, Bonavena fought 3 famous champions: Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier and Floyd Patterson. Bonavena knocked down Joe Frazier twice but Frazier won a 10 round decision over Bonavena in New York City on September 1 1966. After winning seven consecutive fights Bonavena fought Frazier again,this time for the World Heavyweight Boxing Championship in Philadelphia on December 10 1968 but Frazier won a 15 round decision. After winning five consecutive fights by knockout,on December 7 1970 in New York City Bonavena fought 15 vicious rounds with Muhammad Ali. Late in the 15th round Ali knocked down Bonavena 3 times and finally knocked Bonavena out,the only time in 66 fights Bonavena was stopped. On February 11 1972 Bonavena fought a brutal war in New York City with former champ Floyd Patterson, but Patterson won the ten round decision. Bonavena won his last six bouts,his last victory coming with a ten round decision win over Billy Joiner in Reno Nevada on February 26,1976. Known as a hard partier and womanizer when he wasn't training,Bonavena was finally stopped for good. Oscar Bonavena was found murdered at the famed Mustang Ranch bordello and whorehouse on May 22 1976 just outside of Reno. Final professional boxing record of Oscar Bonavena: 56 wins,9 losses and 1 draw,with 42 kayos. He was 33 years old. 

Cause of death: Murdered
Cementerio de la Chacarita
Buenos Aires
Capital Federal, Argentina
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Record added: May 21, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 22433
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