Scottish boxing nice Ken Buchanan has died on the age of 77.
Buchanan turned 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 we have now 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 top-of-the-line champions we’ll ever see.”
Buchanan’s son revealed final 12 months that he was affected by dementia and dwelling in a care house.
The boxer received the WBA light-weight title in 1970 by defeating Ismael Laguna in a well-known combat in Puerto Rico and added the WBC crown the next 12 months with victory over Ruben Navarro.
He was stripped of the WBC title for failing to defend it in opposition to Pedro Carrasco after which misplaced the WBA belt when he controversially suffered only a second defeat in opposition to the good 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 traditional British title combat, claiming the European belt and racking up wins all over the world.
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 fantastic snicker,” he stated. “I drew an imaginary line in the midst of the room and stated: ‘Do not cross that or there might be bother’.”
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 house metropolis of Edinburgh was unveiled final 12 months.
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 turned an undisputed world champion in 2021, stated on Twitter: “I am saddened to listen to the information of the passing of my hero and Scotland’s biggest ever champ, whom I take such inspiration from.
“RIP Ken Buchanan, God bless your soul.”