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Ken Buchanan dead at 77: Cause of Death

BY Salman Ahmed Apr 01, 2023. 07:27 pm UPDATED: Apr 01, 2023. 07:27 pm

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BOXING legend Ken Buchanan has passed at the age of 77.

The former uncontested lightweight world champion has received numerous tributes.

Buchanan, also known as the Fighting Carpenter, is generally considered as one of Scotland’s best fighters of all time.

He quit in 1982 with a 61-9 record and a total of 27 knockouts.

Fans have been saddened by the news, with one saying, “R.I.P Champ.”

Fans have been left devastated by news, one said: “R.I.P Champ.”

Another reacted: “Sad news, gotta be one of the best British fighters of all-time.”

A third commented: “May he rest in peace. Great fighter and great man.”

Light-welterweight champion Josh Taylor tweeted: “I’m saddened to hear the news of the passing of my hero and Scotland’s greatest ever champ, whom I take such inspiration from.”

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In the 1970s, Buchanan dominated his division, capturing the WBC and The Ring championships at the start of the decade with a victory over Ismael Laguna.

The Scottish champion defended his crown twice against Ruben Navarro before defeating Laguna again the following year.

In the event, he was defeated by Roberto Duran at Madison Square Garden in New York in 1972, and the Panamanian was awarded the titles.

In 1975, the Edinburgh-born legend had a second chance to capture the WBC lightweight championship, but he was beaten by Guts Ishimatsu.

Buchanan also won the European lightweight championship in 1974, defeating Antonio Puddu.

He would go on to win the title twice more, defeating Leonard Tavarez later that year and Giancarlo Usai in 1975.

Buchanan held the European title for five years before falling to Charlie Nash in 1979.

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