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Prize fighter dies in wreck

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PIKE COUNTY, KY (WAVE) - A crash in Pike County killed a former prize fighter.

Mayfield Pennington won 50 prize fights in his day and even trained along side Muhammed Ali.

Police said the 62-year-old pulled out on to U.S. 32 in Floyd County Tuesday morning, lost control of his car, slid in front of a semi and crashed.

Investigators said Pennington died at the scene.

Pennington's niece, Brandi Ely, said of her uncle, "He was a great guy and he had the biggest heart of anybody I've ever seen. He would go out of his way to help anybody out."

He opened his own gym to give kids in Pikeville something to do to stay out of trouble.

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