Bunce Diaries: A macabre series of events

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The fate of Johnny Nelson opponents is truly bizarre, writes Steve Bunce

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LAST week I sat with Ron Gray – fighter, promoter, gentleman and matchmaker – talking about his three fights on two Muhammad Ali undercards. We agreed it was a fun oddity.

He mentioned that most of the men on the two bills were now dead, and that reminded me of the bizarre number of men that met Johnny Nelson, a pro for 19-years and veteran of 59 fights, who have since died.

The deaths have
been natural, odd, suspicious and bloody. I have checked and no contemporary
fighter has a record of dead opponents to compare with Nelson – he is
untouchable.

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