Boxer McNeeley dead at 74

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Boxing great Tom McNeeley, who had small roles in films like The Brinks Job and Gone Baby Gone, has died at the age of 74.

The fighter quit college, where he played football with movie star James Caan, to become a professional in the ring.

A heavyweight contender in the 1960s, he was knocked down 11 times during a title fight with Floyd Patterson in 1961 -- but he refused to stay on the canvas.

He retired from boxing in 1966 with a 37-14 record.

McNeeley suffered a stroke recently, and was on life support in a Massachusetts hospital when he died on Tuesday.

His son Peter fought Mike Tyson in 1995.


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