Ellis, James A. "Jimmy"(born: 1940 - died: 2014)
Born in Louisville, KY, Jimmy Ellis trained with Mohammad Ali, he was World Heavyweight Boxing Champion from 1968-1970, but lost the title to Joe Frazier. One of the lightest heavyweight fighters, Ellis was inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame in 2004. He was inducted into the Kentucky Hall of Fame in 1989. His career began in 1961 in Louisville; he retired from boxing in 1975. James "Jimmy" Ellis died May 5, 2014. For more see the Kentucky Encyclopedia 2000; and B. Brianstaff, "Louisville's forgotten champ," The Courier-Journal, 10/05/2004, Sports section, p. 01C. See photo image of Jimmy Ellis at cyberboxingzone.com. See R. Goldstein, "Jimmy Ellis, a boxer long in Ali's shadow, dies at 74," The New York Times, 05/06/2014 [online].