Scottish boxing nice Ken Buchanan has died on the age of 77.
Buchanan grew to become the undisputed world light-weight champion in 1971 and is amongst a handful of British names to adorn the Worldwide Boxing Corridor of Fame.
He received his first 33 fights, ending his profession with a 61-8 document.
His loss of life was introduced in a Fb put up from the Ken Buchanan Basis, which learn: “It is with nice disappointment that now we have to tell you that Ken Buchanan handed away peacefully in his sleep this morning.
“Additional bulletins will come and please give the household a while to course of this unhappy information. RIP Ken, all the time a gentleman and among the finest champions we’ll ever see.”
Buchanan’s son revealed final yr that he was affected by dementia and dwelling in a care dwelling.
The boxer received the WBA light-weight title in 1970 by defeating Ismael Laguna in a well-known battle in Puerto Rico and added the WBC crown the next yr with victory over Ruben Navarro.
He was stripped of the WBC title for failing to defend it towards Pedro Carrasco after which misplaced the WBA belt when he controversially suffered only a second defeat towards the nice Roberto Duran.
Duran was controversially awarded victory after flooring the Scotsman with a low blow.
Duran’s supervisor promised a rematch and Buchanan pressed his case by producing two extra spectacular wins at Madison Sq. Backyard, beating Jim Watt in a basic British title battle, claiming the European belt and racking up wins world wide.
Buchanan as soon as topped the invoice above Muhammad Ali at boxing’s most exalted venue, Madison Sq. Backyard in New York, and shared his dressing room with Ali.
“We had a terrific snigger,” he mentioned. “I drew an imaginary line in the course of the room and mentioned: ‘Do not cross that or there might be hassle’.”
Buchanan fought for the ultimate time in 1982.
He was made an MBE in 1972 and was inducted into each the Worldwide Boxing Corridor of Fame and the Scottish Sport Corridor of Fame, whereas a statue of him in his dwelling metropolis of Edinburgh was unveiled final yr.
Scotland’s First Minister Humza Yousaf tweeted: “Unhappy to listen to Scotland’s first undisputed champion of the world Ken Buchanan has died.
“He impressed and mentored a technology of boxing expertise right here in Scotland and past. Relaxation in peace Champ.”
Scotland’s Josh Taylor, who emulated Buchanan when he grew to become an undisputed world champion in 2021, mentioned on Twitter: “I am saddened to listen to the information of the passing of my hero and Scotland’s best ever champ, whom I take such inspiration from.
“RIP Ken Buchanan, God bless your soul.”