Former world champion boxer Ken Buchanan dies
Scottish boxing legend passes away at age 77
Ken Buchanan, a former world champion boxer from Scotland, has died at the age of 77. The Ken Buchanan Foundation announced that he passed away peacefully in his sleep. The boxing star won his first 33 fights and ended his career with a record of 61-8. In 1970, he won the WBA lightweight title and added the WBC crown the following year.
Buchanan was stripped of the WBC title for failing to defend it against Pedro Carrasco, and he lost the WBA belt when he controversially suffered his second defeat against Roberto Duran. He was awarded an MBE in 1972 and last year it was revealed that he had dementia and was living in a care home.
Boxing stars and enthusiasts have been paying tribute to him on social media. Josh Taylor, the current undisputed light-welterweight world champion, called Buchanan “Scotland’s greatest ever champ.” Former WBA lightweight champion Ray Mancini said he was a “lovely, lovely man and one great Champion,” while Boxing UK called him “one of the very best these isles has produced.”