Greg Page was the World Boxing Association Heavyweight champion in 1984 for one year. His professional record after his retirement in 2001 was 58-17-1 with 48 Knockouts. He started fighting while growing up in Louisville and was sparring with Muhammad Ali by the time he was 15. He became the National Golden Gloves heavyweight champion in 1978 at age 20.
As an amateur, the Louisville, Kentucky native was noticed for defeating Igor Vysotsky, a Russian champion who had fought and won against an Olympic Gold Medalist. He turned pro three years later in 1979.
After Page turned to professional boxing, he lost his first shot at the WBA heavyweight championship in 1984 to Tim Witherspoon. But in redemption, he went to South Africa to fight Gerrie Coetzee when the original fighter, David Bey, refused to fight Coetzee in South Africa because of apartheid. Page knocked out Gerrie Coetzee in the eighth round and claimed the title.
Only a few months after the big Coetzee win, things changed for Page. In a match against Tony Tubbs, a fighter who he had beat numerous times before, Page lost in a unanimous decision. And when he returned to his hotel room, someone had stolen his championship belt, a $13,000 watch, and his road cook’s $10,000 mink.
In the 1980’s Page was on the map as Mike Tyson’s sparring partner. The word was that Page was being set up for a match against Tyson, but after losing a fight against Mark Wills, the talk of a Tyson match stopped. Over the next few years, Page fought several matches, once against James “Bonecrusher” Smith and Donovan “Razor Ruddock.”
After a two-year break, Page fought again in 1996. He was 42 years old and had a 58-16-1 career record going into the $1,500 fight against Dale Crowe. Crowe was a rising, strong, 24-year-old boxer. Page went down and stayed down after 10 rounds. Against regulation, there was no ambulance or medic near the ring. Shortly after the match, Page complained to friends of complications. He was admitted to the hospital where doctors found a bleeding mass in his head. During surgery, Page suffered a stroke and fell into a coma for one week.
Though he recovered from his stroke, Page had several medical complications afterward, including pneumonia and seizures. He sued the state of Kentucky, and won. As a result, the boxing federation now carries the Greg Page Safety Initiative to assist boxers with safety conditions and provide ring regulations.
Page passed away April 27, 2009.
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This Week’s Celebrity Instagrams (10/15-10/21)
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1. Just a NY girl with BIG dreams....
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2. HAPPY CHILDREN=QUALITY PARENTING. We don't always see eye to eye on everything and that's normal. We're human beings. But we come together and do it right for what's important, the kids. We are not enemies, we are parents. And we are parents 1st. S/O to @monyettashaw for making Mason's bday memorable. S/O to @itscrystalsmith at home taking care of our other lil' Prince. ❤️❤️❤️ THIS IS WHAT CO-PARENTING LOOKS LIKE. #Blessed #Happy #AboveTheDrama #BiggerThanUs
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3. So happy to finally be able to share with you all that I’m the new Global Brand Ambassador for @Revlon! Follow my day on RevlonSnaps. Yay! Choose Love, Everybody! #RevlonXCiara #chooselove #ad
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4. Glam on point!!!@makeupbymotoko & @shaylinjoneshair #easybreezy @lifetimetv #beachesmovie #january2017 😘
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5. ✨True love ✨📸: @jessiemarrerophotography
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7. Today was not easy..but by the grace of God we all got through it. Words cannot express our gratitude for all of your Prayers, Positive thoughts and Support for us throughout the years. Tommy will be missed but most certainly never forgotten...And PLEASE don't ask "Where's Martin?.." he was there too...just not in this picture. Lol! God bless you all.. #LoveConquersAll #MartinShow
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9. West coast get ready for #RockyHorror. I will be live tweeting again. #letsdothetimewarpagain
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10. #THEKEYS pre order yours now ... Available everywhere #NOV22 #WeTheBest 🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑
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11. We about to ROCK at #KCABlackBall!! All for our life-changing effort to end 🌎 AIDS.
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12. Today's #SNAPJACK is brought to you by @yazzthegreatest 😂😂😂💋💋💋
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13. Damn girl you kinda old to be headed to the Go Go. You coming in at the age they leaving. LMAO
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14. Daddy daycare B-Boxin with @acewellstucker @shopraisingace
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15. #FBF Naviyd & URV "LIL MONSTERS"
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16. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ONE OF THE BIGGEST LEGENDS IN OUR HIPHOP HISTORY! @snoopdogg CONTINUED BLESSING AND LOVE FAMILY!!!!! REAL OG!
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17. Thank you for a beautiful night VSU! Let's do it again! #HOMECOMING
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18. Had a great time this morning with my familia Erica, Griff & Truth!!
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19. Check out my interview on @essence facebook live. #inmyownwords #nycpromo #day2
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20. #She💋 #tbt #TheCoveAtTheAtlantis #DawgPawsAndAll
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21. Bae #retailtherapy
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22. Why me and @coryhardrict got the same pose... and notee... new mouth #naked
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23. When my husband is my personal 'hype-man'! it kills me every time! 💜😂 #WHATNOW #lostfiles📷
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24. Diggy Simmons
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25. Hand full of @jacquieaiche 💙💎💍 @esnail_la 💅🏾
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26. SuperSoulers! You can watch my interview with Carl Lentz live from my Facebook page, tomorrow at 11a ET| 8a PT. #SuperSoulSunday
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27. 💋 .. When the friendship is easy like Sunday morning. ☀️
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28. Sunday mornings are the best........... hugs and cuddles with my angel
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29. #huggar16 #hellohuggars
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30. My gym is everywhere!.. #RnBMoney #TheGeneral 📸: @twelvepastseven
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31. Nothing I would rather be doing... Rocko setting up our movie, Romelō working on a puzzle & Laiyah singing and sharing all she's learning at school... I'm so grateful for the joy they've brought into my life ... Praying for peace , joy & love in the home of EVERY family ♥️ #HeadScarfPJSunday LOL 😂
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