Friday, September 21, 2018

The Remarkable Story Of Kenny Lane



In this corner... Fighting out of Muskegon, Michigan comes a legend in boxing history... Kenny Lane. A crafty southpaw in the lightweight division. On August 19, 1963 he won the Michigan version of World Lightweight Title, which gave him the chance to fight for the world lightweight title against Carlos Ortiz on April 11, 1964 losing to a close 15 round decision. He fought Ortiz three times in his career and winning one out of the trilogy.

Lane also fought for the world lightweight title against his claim to fame bout against Joe Brown. He lost to a controversial one point, 15-round decision that many observers thought that he clearly won. And calls for a rematch were ignored. He was also known for his unorthodox style, which is why many top boxers of the day avoided fights with him. In the picture is Kenny Lane with his manager/friend for over 60 years, Pete Petroskey, who was a professional fighter from 1923-1939. After losing to Eddie Perkins on October 25, 1965 at age 33 years old, he decided to quit boxing.

Here is where the story begins...

Kenny Lane during his retirement days had remained active in the sport of boxing and had dedicated his time and his boxing skills at the Muskegon Recreation Center and often sparred with the fighters that he trained for the last 40 years.

In 1982 he was weighing in about 200 pounds and at the age of 50 he started training and got down to his fighting weight of 135 pounds. He came out of retirement and fought four fights and winning three to younger opponents. History was made and as a result he became the oldest professional fighter to appear in his 100th bout.

July 17, 1982, is the year he came of out retirement at age 50 and won a 8 round decision over Bobby Plegge.

April 16, 1983, Lane scores a second round K.O. over Paul Lewis.

June 18, 1983, a K.O. victory in the 8th round over Willie Floyd McIntosh.

November 2, 1985, Dave Guerra beats Lane by a split decision in the 8th round. At 53 years of age he hangs up the gloves for the final time.

His career record is 82 wins(19 of those by knockout)/16 loses/2 draws and if you do the math that is one hundred professional fights.  

He was born on April 9, 1932 and died of a heart attack on August 5, 2008 at age 76. He was inducted into the Muskegon Area Sports Hall of Fame's second class in 1988 and the World Boxing Hall of Fame in 2004.

The point I'm trying to make here is don't use an excuse that you're old and can't accomplish your dreams or goals. If you want to lose weight, get Sara Lee and Jenny Craig out of the menu and be active in a gym and eat the right kinds of food. Good O' fashion diet and exercise never hurt anybody. There is no quick fix! You got to do the work if you want the results that you dream about. Exercise is good for the mind, body, and soul. Your body is your temple. Be good to it, and don't abuse it. If you don't believe me now just look at Kenny's story for motivation, and keep reading it until it sinks in. Make a poster or a banner of it or something to remind you that health is wealth.

Along with Kenny Lane, here are the names of fighters that have died this year starting from the present down to the month of May. Pay your respects:

2008-08-04 : Ray Hawkins
2008-08-02 : Baby Vasquez
2008-08-01 : Jake Betz
2008-07-29 : Mate Parlov
2008-07-27 : Bashiru Thompson
2008-07-25 : Pat Valentino
2008-07-20 : Manie Van Tonder
2008-07-19 : Mike Holt
2008-07-19 : Joe Miceli
2008-07-18 : Brian Bwantu
2008-07-14 : Mike Schutte
2008-07-13 : Zwelakhe Chisane
2008-07-12 : Sam Hughes
2008-07-11 : Hope Sole
2008-07-11 : Johnny Shields
2008-07-10 : Godfrey Nkate
2008-07-07 : Justin English
2008-07-06 : Mando Ramos
2008-07-01 : Hy Meltzer
2008-06-30 : Samora Msophi
2008-06-30 : Mario De Persio
2008-06-29 : Franz Szuzina
2008-06-28 : Jackie Ryan
2008-06-27 : Luis Lugo
2008-06-25 : Esau Ferdinand
2008-06-24 : Ricardo Moreno
2008-06-22 : Eddie VanKirk
2008-06-17 : Vitaly Shkraba
2008-06-15 : Jonas Hernandez
2008-06-14 : Maurice Harper
2008-06-14 : Olivier Schaeffer
2008-06-09 : Don Jasper
2008-06-07 : Roque Montoya
2008-06-06 : Mitsunori Seki
2008-05-31 : Robin Smith
2008-05-29 : Carmine Fatta
2008-05-29 : Tibor Richter
2008-05-25 : Dommy Ursua
2008-05-25 : Jackie McGill
2008-05-25 : Clem Florio
2008-05-23 : Mickey Forrester
2008-05-22 : Tony Licata
2008-05-22 : Pieter Karpau
2008-05-18 : Cho Hi
2008-05-17 : Jerry Celestine
2008-05-14 : Gordon Lott
2008-05-12 : Jim Stump Buffo
2008-05-09 : Joey DeJohn
2008-05-06 : Charm Chiteule

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6 comments on The Remarkable Story Of Kenny Lane

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By icanluvulongtime on August 09, 2008 at 03:54 am

total respect.  everyone should be as passionate about something as you are about boxing.  i have learned a lot from you.

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By Steven Lane on August 09, 2008 at 11:56 pm

Maybe I am related, lol. I agree with Ican, I have learned a lot from your articles too. I am especially interested in the fights you wrote about in Compton, it would be great to see fighters that basically are unknown.....I think one might follow a career. Good job Mike

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By 'Mean' Mike Duffau on August 10, 2008 at 12:40 am

you guys are the best! i'm glad that you learn something from me! that means alot! thank you.

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By 'Mean' Mike Duffau on August 12, 2008 at 07:43 pm

wow! hell of a compliment there, champ! i really dont interview people...i just talk to them like a pal does in a bar having a few drinks. an interview is scary! its like a job interview. i like to hear about marty's story!

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By Lila M. on August 13, 2008 at 07:36 pm

Very inspiring!  It's great that you always give props to those elders or people who paved the way.

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By 'Mean' Mike Duffau on August 16, 2008 at 01:28 am

ladies, thanks for the kind words!

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