Following his passing on Sunday to prostate cancer, the boxing world remains in mourning at the loss of former world middleweight title challenger Rubin Carter.
Fondly known around the world as ‘The Hurricane,’ Carter died during his sleep at the age of 76 in Toronto, Canada after suffering with the disease for some time.
Although he lost his world title fight to Joey Giardello in December 1964, Carter will always be remembered for the injustice pinned against him when three people were murdered in his home state of New Jersey in 1966.
Carter would subsequently serve 19 years in prison from until new evidence coming to light saw his release from jail in 1985, with his plight then immortalized in the 1999 hit movie starring Oscar winner Denzel Washington.
Washington gave a powerful performance in the role and was a big fan of the way Carter dealt with his situation with such grace and humility.
The World Boxing Council championed Carter towards the end of his time in prison and awarded him with an honorary WBC belt at their 30th annual convention in 1993, whilst the WBA did the same in April, 2000.
WBN would like to send our condolences to Carter’s loved ones at this sad time.
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