The Remarkable Story Of Kenny Lane

In this corner… Fighting out of Muskegon, Michigan comes a legend in boxing history… Kenny Lane. A crafty southpaw in the lightweight division. On August 19, 1963 he won the Michigan version of World Lightweight Title, which gave him the chance to fight for the world lightweight title against Carlos Ortiz on April 11, 1964 losing to a close 15 round decision. He fought Ortiz three times in his career and winning one out of the trilogy.

Lane also fought for the world lightweight title against his claim to fame bout against Joe Brown. He lost to a controversial one point, 15-round decision that many observers thought that he clearly won. And calls for a rematch were ignored. He was also known for his unorthodox style, which is why many top boxers of the day avoided fights with him. In the picture is Kenny Lane with his manager/friend for over 60 years, Pete Petroskey, who was a professional fighter from 1923-1939. After losing to Eddie Perkins on October 25, 1965 at age 33 years old, he decided to quit boxing.

Here is where the story begins…

Kenny Lane during his retirement days had remained active in the sport of boxing and had dedicated his time and his boxing skills at the Muskegon Recreation Center and often sparred with the fighters that he trained for the last 40 years.

In 1982 he was weighing in about 200 pounds and at the age of 50 he started training and got down to his fighting weight of 135 pounds. He came out of retirement and fought four fights and winning three to younger opponents. Wiktionary ( History was made and as a result he became the oldest professional fighter to appear in his 100th bout.

July 17, 1982, is the year he came of out retirement at age 50 and won a 8 round decision over Bobby Plegge.

April 16, 1983, Lane scores a second round K.O. over Paul Lewis.

June 18, 1983, a K.O. Lih – read more – victory in the 8th round over Willie Floyd McIntosh.

November 2, 1985, Dave Guerra beats Lane by a split decision in the 8th round. At 53 years of age he hangs up the gloves for the final time.

His career record is 82 wins(19 of those by knockout)/16 loses/2 draws and if you do the math that is one hundred professional fights.

He was born on April 9, 1932 and died of a heart attack on August 5, 2008 at age 76. He was inducted into the Muskegon Area Sports Hall of Fame’s second class in 1988 and the World Boxing Hall of Fame in 2004.

The point I’m trying to make here is don’t use an excuse that you’re old and can’t accomplish your dreams or goals. If you want to lose weight, get Sara Lee and Jenny Craig out of the menu and be active in a gym and eat the right kinds of food. Good O’ fashion diet and exercise never hurt anybody. There is no quick fix! You got to do the work if you want the results that you dream about. Exercise is good for the mind, body, and soul. Your body is your temple. Be good to it, and don’t abuse it. If you don’t believe me now just look at Kenny’s story for motivation, and keep reading it until it sinks in. Make a poster or a banner of it or something to remind you that health is wealth.

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