File - Nov. 28, 1980 , Matthew Saad Muhammad holds up his light heavyweight title belt as he is carried around the ring after knocking out challenger Lotie Mwale in their title fight in San Diego. (AP Photo)
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Hall of Fame boxer and former light heavyweight champion Matthew Saad Muhammad, who was abandoned as a child and rose to become "one of the most exciting boxers of all time" and later an advocate for the homeless after a stay in a shelter himself, has died.Saad Muhammad died Sunday at a Philadelphia hospital, said Kevin Roberts of the nonprofit Resources for Human Development, which Saad Muhammad worked with in recent years."He had a lot of ups and downs -- like life," said longtime friend Mustafa Ameen.In 1977, in just his 21st pro fight, Matthew knocked out veteran Marvin Johnson in the 12th round to win the North American Boxing Federation light heavyweight crown.
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