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Buss made his mark in boxing, too

Visionary Lakers owner breathed life into L.A. fight scene in 1980s and '90s

Updated: February 20, 2013, 2:56 PM ET
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

Dr. Jerry Buss is best known for his long stewardship of the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers as the franchise's iconic owner. During his 34 years of ownership (1979-2013), a period that spanned the Magic Johnson-led "Showtime" dynasty and the current Kobe Bryant era, the team won 10 NBA titles.

But besides basketball, Buss, who died of cancer Monday at age 80, was an avid boxing fan who had a major impact on the sport as the head of the now-defunct promotional outfit Forum Boxing.

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