United States

Ron Lyle

Ron Lyle

(1941 – 2011)

  • Light a candle
  • Place a gift
United States

Ron Lyle

Ron Lyle
(1941 – 2011)

In memory of

Ron Lyle

(1941 – 2011)
Proudly supporting
About Ron
This is an online obituary dedicated to the memory of Ron Lyle. Ron Lyle was an American professional boxer in the heavyweight division. He is considered to have been one of the best contenders of his era. He was a crowd-pleasing power puncher.
Ron Lyle was born to William and Nellie Lyle. He was one of 19 children, and the only one to get in trouble with the law. When he was in his teens, Ron Lyle was arrested and charged with second degree murder in the shooting death of 21-year-old Douglas Byrd in a gang fight. Ron Lyle was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 15–25 years at the Colorado State Penitentiary. While in prison, Ron Lyle was knifed and underwent a seven-hour operation; twice
Continued...
About Ron
pronounced dead on the operating table, he needed 35 pints of blood to keep him alive. Ron Lyle credited Lt. Cliff Mattax, the athletic director at the prison, with getting him interested in boxing and changing his life.
While in prison, Ron Lyle excelled in four sports: boxing, baseball, basketball, and football. Ron Lyle fought on his prison's boxing team. In his first match, Ron Lyle was defeated by Texas Johnson. However, Ron Lyle never lost a prison boxing match again. After serving seven-and-a-half years in prison, Ron Lyle was paroled.
Ron Lyle had a very late start in professional boxing. He turned professional under Bill Daniels, with trainer Bobby Lewis. His first fight was at the age of 30
Continued overleaf...
About Ron
in Denver, Colorado, against A.J Staples, which he won by knockout in the second round. Ron Lyle went on to post a 19-0-2 record with 17 knockouts, and became the 5th rated heavyweight contender. He scored impressive knockouts over notables Vicente Rondon, a light heavyweight champion; hulking Buster Mathis; and prospect Larry Middleton. Ron Lyle's undefeated streak ended on a one-sided decision to veteran Jerry Quarry: the latter gave one of his career best performances using a boxer/puncher style to create openings first, gaining the initiative using his greater experience very well. Ron Lyle then lost to skilled Jimmy Young in 1975. In a later rematch, Young again edged Ron Lyle and went on to outpoint George
Continued...
About Ron
Foreman in 1977.
On May 16, 1975 he was given an opportunity to face heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali, during Ali's second title defense in his second reign as champion. Ron Lyle was the more aggressive fighter in the early rounds, with Ali conserving his energy and covering up in the center of the ring allowing Ron Lyle to score. Ron Lyle also showed restraint and did not respond to Ali's attempts at the rope-a-dope ploy. Though in danger of falling too far behind on points, Ali appeared to be in control of the pace of the fight, and picked his moments to score. The fight was close going into the 11th round, with Ron Lyle winning on all three of the judges' score cards. Ali then hit Ron Lyle with a strong
Continued overleaf...
About Ron
right hand and followed up by hitting Ron Lyle with unanswered combinations to the head before the referee stopped the fight. Ron Lyle's corner was not happy with the referee’s decision. Ron Lyle was interviewed after the fight and had no visible signs of injury.
Ron Lyle is perhaps best known for a brawling fight in 1976 with Hall of Famer George Foreman. Foreman was making a comeback after suffering his first loss to Ali in the Rumble in the Jungle.
The fight is looked upon to this day as one of the most exciting and brutal in heavyweight history. Ron Lyle took the offensive against the former champion and won the opening round. At one point he hit Foreman with a staggering body punch that almost
Continued...
About Ron
made his trunks fall off. After almost being knocked out in Round Two, Ron Lyle amazed the crowd by flooring Foreman twice in the fourth round. Other than Muhammad Ali, Jimmy Young, Ron Lyle was the only boxer to have ever knocked down George Foreman during a professional boxing match. Foreman later wrote in his autobiography that Ron Lyle was the toughtest man he ever fought.
Ron Lyle died on the 26th November 2011. This is an online tribute dedicated to his life and his career. May he rest in peace.
Please write something below
(You can delete your comment at any time and edit it for 15 minutes after submission)
1
Gold tribute.

Please log in to upload galleries

Ron Lyle - tribute extract

Ron Lyle

This is an online obituary dedicated to the memory of Ron Lyle. Ron Lyle was an American professional boxer in the heavyweight division. He is considered to have been one of the best contenders of his era. He was a crowd-pleasing power puncher.
Ron Lyle was born to William and Nellie Lyle. He was one of 19 children, and the only one to get in trouble with the law. When he was in his teens, Ron Lyle was arrested and charged with second degree murder in the shooting death of 21-year-old Douglas Byrd in a gang fight. Ron Lyle was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 15–25 years at the Colorado State Penitentiary. While in prison, Ron Lyle was knifed and underwent a seven-hour operation; twice...

The tribute dedicated to Ron Lyle has yet to be contributed to.
X
X
X
X
(You can edit your entry for 15 minutes after submission and can delete your entry at any time)
Rest in peace Ron
I first met Ron at ****
My sincere condolences to all friends and family of Ron
My fondest memory of Ron was ****
Ron used to really enjoy ****
What I will miss the most about Ron is ****
Ron inspired me to ****
Ron changed my life by ****
If I had to sum up what Ron meant to me it would be ****
X