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Boxing – 1984 – Al Bernstein Interviews Livingstone Bramble Prior WBA Lightwt Title With Ray Mancini

Livingstone Bramble is a former professional lightweight boxer….who was raised on Saint Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands that became the first world champion from Saint Kitts and Nevis….and although his last recorded fight occurred on June 26, 2003….he has never officially announced his retirement….and constantly hints that he wishes to fight on. His current record stands at 40–26–3 (25 KOs).

Bramble was given a shot at a world title when the WBA pitted him and Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini for the Lightweight title on June 1, 1984…..when he entered the ring sporting a record of 20 wins and only one loss with 13 KO’s….but was a heavy underdog to Mancini….who had recently gone 14 rounds with the legendary Alexis Argüello….and was also coming off a successful title defense on January 14th….with a 3rd round KO of two time world champion Bobby Chacon. Furthermore, talks about a super-fight between Mancini and IBF world Jr. Welterweight champion Aaron Pryor were already under way…..nevertheless, Bramble cut Mancini in the 1st rnd and went on to become the WBA world Lightweight champion by a 14th round knockout in Buffalo, New York. After this, The Ring published a cover of Bramble, WBA Jr. Lightweight world champion Rocky Lockridge, and their trainer Lou Duva. The cover read: The Championship Season.

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