Victor R. "Vic" Brown, 56, of Buffalo, a highly regarded heavyweight boxer in the 1960s and 1970s, died Friday (Oct. 11, 1996) while jogging.
Brown, a left-hander, turned professional in 1965 after an amateur career in which he won 127 fights, lost 31 and won divisional titles in the Golden Gloves and the All-Army-Navy-Marine Championships. He also was the 1963 National Amateur Athletic Union heavyweight champion.
His professional opponents included George Chuvalo, Ken Norton and Floyd Patterson, with whom he fought in a televised match in the Peace Bridge Exhibition Center in 1972.
He had a two-round exhibition bout against Muhammad Ali in Cleveland in 1972. He also worked as a sparring partner for many fighters and as a referee. He ended his professional career in 1989 but continued to work out and encourage other boxers.
Born in Buffalo, he attended high school in Detroit and was an Army veteran. He worked for the City of Buffalo for many years in the Street Sanitation and Recreation departments and the Sewer Authority. He recently retired.
Surviving are his longtime companion, Beverly Brown; two sons, Victor Randolph Jr. and Vincent; eight daughters, Tanya, Louise Hill, Dolores, Venita, Lenray Harris, Victoria Rhonda, Monica and Victoria Ann; his mother, Dolores Z.; and 15 grandchildren.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in Durham Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Church, 174 E. Eagle St. at Michigan Avenue. Interment will be in St. Matthew's Cemetery, Gardenville.[dndrsn]