The first fighter in history to fight for the world heavyweight championship in his first professional bout.
He won the 1949, 1951, 1952, and 1953 Seattle Golden Gloves titles as well as an Olympic gold medal in 1956 before turning professional in 1957.
He compiled a career record of 15-7-1.
He and his daughters carried the Olympic Torch down the streets of Cleveland, Ohio.
He fought Heavyweight champion Floyd Patterson in his first professional fight.