Brad Rone was born on September 30, 1968. Brad was a veteran boxer out
of Cincinnati, Ohio, and did not have much success inside the ring,
losing 26 pro fights in a row. Rone had been banned from fighting in
Nevada for three years, being suspended in 2000. Rone's
professional boxing record was 7-43-3 (2KO). Regardless of his
record, Rone loved to box and he fought some heavy hitters in the sport
and did very well with some of them despite losing to many of them.
Marc Ratner, the Nevada Boxing Commissioner who is highly respected felt
that Rone was going to injured if he continued to box. The suspension
did not detour him though, and he fought out of the USA. It was amazing
that even though suspended, he was able to fight several times in
California, Idaho, Utah, and Texas.
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For just a lowly purse of $800, Rone took the risk to fight, driving to
Utah to earn money for his mother's funeral. Rone had taken the
fight only hours after learning about his mom's death.
According to news sources, "Rone was hit by a Zumbrun jab just before
the bell to end the first round. He turned around to walk to his corner
when he collapsed, dying instantly. " Later when he was autopsied they
determined that Rone had died of a heart attack, not a blow from Zumbrun.
On July 25, 2003, both Rone and his mother were