29 Apr 2009

Former world heavywight boxing champion dies

6:23 am on 29 April 2009

The former world heavyweight boxing champion Greg Page has died at his Kentucky home, as a result of complications from a severe brain injury incurred during a world title fight eight years ago.

Page suffered the injury at a World Boxing Association title fight in Louisville in 2001 and was in a coma for a week following the incident.

The 50 year old suffered a stroke during post-fight surgery and was paralysed on his left side.

Page hit the canvas after 10 rounds against 24-year-old Dale Crowe and didn't get up.

He won a $NZ3.1 million lawsuit two years ago over the lack of medical help at the match.

The former sparring partner of Muhammad Ali turned pro at age 20 and knocked out South African Gerrie Coetzee in 1984 to win the world championship title, before losing the belt five months later to Tony Tubbs.