Louisville, Kentucky (PressExposure) April 27, 2009 -- The former WBA heavyweight champion Greg Page passed away today in Louisville, Kentucky at the age of Fifty.
Apparently his death came about after health complications related to a 2001 fight where he was brutally beaten and ended up in a coma. When he came out of the coma he suffered a stroke which left him partially paralyzed and just a shell of himself.
Page started boxing at a young age and even sparred with Muhammad Ali at the age of fifteen. He was talented and seemed to have everything going for him, including a Golden Gloves National Championship win in 1978 when he was just twenty years old.
His boxing career was long and full of ups and downs, he won the heavyweight crown in 1984 when he defeated Gerrie Coetzee in an eight round technical knockout. Unfortunately he lost the heavyweight belt in his very next fight when he defended the championship against Tony Tubbs.
In 2001 the former champ fought the fight which changed his life for ever as he was pummeled by Dale Crowe a heavyweight prospect who was twenty four years old. Crowe dropped Greg in the tenth round and the former champ was unable to get up and remained down until taken to the hospital. The saddest part about this was that he was fighting for $1,500.
In 2007 the champ won a settlement of 2.1 million dollars against the Kentucky Boxing and Wrestling association. The settlement was reached when it was proven that there was inadequate medical personnel at the facilities where his last bout took place and also where his live was changed for ever.
Rest in Peace Greg Page!