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Posted: 10:59 AM- Nearly 47 years after Utah native LaMar Clark set professional boxing's all-time record for consecutive knockouts, he still received fan mail from around the world.
"It would come from all over," said Nicole Clark-Romano, his oldest daughter. "Germany, England, the United States, everywhere. People would still write him and want a picture or an autograph. That was so exciting for him, and it was so much fun for us kids."
Clark, 72, died Sunday.
Funeral services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at the River Oaks First Ward, 8825 South 1095 West. Interment will be in the West Jordan City Cemetery.
Born in Cedar City on Dec. 1, 1933, Clark began his boxing career in 1955, according to boxrec.com.
In 1958, Clark made his first imprint on boxing history by knocking out six opponents in one night during a fight card at Bingham, Utah.
In those bouts, Clark stopped John Lowd, Del Randall, Dick Pierce, Jack Read, Wayne Ennis and Tom Kidd. Only Ennis got out of the first round, and Clark knocked him out in the second. Clark capped his record-setting streak of 44 straight knockouts on Jan. 11, 1960, when he defeated Kenneth Hayden in the first round at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Bartolo Soni ended the consecutive knockout streak on April 8, 1960, when he stopped Clark in the ninth round of a fight in Ogden.
A year later, Clark fought 19-year-old Cassius Clay, a rising heavyweight who would later change his name to Muhammad Ali.
It was the sixth fight of Ali's pro career and - for the first time - he predicted the outcome.
In what would become one his career trademarks, Ali declared that he would stop Clark in the second round, which is precisely what happened.
Early in the second round at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Ali broke Clark's nose with a straight right hand. In the next minute, Clark was knocked down twice before the referee halted the bout.
It was Clark's last fight. He finished with a career record of 47-3-1, including 45 knockouts.
Clark's most famous opponent - besides Ali - turned out to be a California-based boxer named Tony Burton.
On April 4, 1959 in Palm Springs, Clark scored his 39th straight knockout by Burton in the sixth round.
Burton retired with a record of 16-3 and went on to relative fame as an actor. He played the corner man in all six "Rocky" movies - first on the side of fictitious heavyweight champion Apollo Creed and then for title character Rocky Balboa.
Clark is survived by his wife of 46 years, Brenda. He is also survived by daughters Nicole Clark-Romano, Cherese Jones and Theresa Clark as well as son-in-laws Tony Romano and Brent Jones and grandson, Dillen LaMar Clark.