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Los Angeles scrapper lifted title, KO'd drugs in storied career

Southern California has seen its fair share of talented, charismatic lighter-weight fighters over the years. Sadly, it lost one of its most popular when Mando Ramos passed away Sunday at 59.

Originally Published: July 9, 2008
By Don Stradley | Special to ESPN.com

Mando Ramos peaked at a very young age and sadly, he died at a very young age, passing away in his San Pedro home last Sunday, July 6, of a heart attack. He was 59.

Troubled by physical problems since his late 20s, Ramos had been out of the limelight since his 1960s heyday.

In recent years, he'd stayed busy with the group he founded, Boxing Against Alcohol and Drugs (BAAD), and was active in visiting California schools to lecture about substance awareness. He would teach boxing, ...

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