Bout with Moore made Durelle famous in Canada

1/6/2007 - Boxing

MONCTON, New Brunswick -- Yvon Durelle, a former British
Empire boxing champion whose 1958 fight against boxing great Archie
Moore made him a Canadian star, has died. He was 77.

Family members said Durelle, who suffered a stroke on Christmas
Day and also had Parkinson's disease, died in a hospital here on

Durelle grew up in a small New Brunswick fishing village and was
dubbed the Fighting Fisherman.

His light-heavyweight championship fight against Moore on Dec.
10, 1958, at the Forum in Montreal, gave him a passionate following
-- even though he lost the bout in the 11th round.

He entered the fight as a 4-1 underdog, and knocked Moore down
three times in the first round. Under today's boxing rules -- except
those of the World Boxing Council -- the fight would have been
stopped after three knockdowns in one round and Durelle would have
been world champion.

Durelle was later inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame,
the Canadian Boxing Hall of Fame and the New Brunswick Sports Hall
of Fame. He once estimated he fought 295 professional fights during
his 14-year career.

Durelle opened a nightclub, The Fighting Fishermen, in 1975. Two
years later, Durelle became involved in a dispute with a customer
and ended up fatally shooting the man.

He was charged with murder but his lawyer successfully argued
self-defense. After the shooting, Durelle closed the club and