Obituary: Lee Sala, Donora native who gained fame in boxing ring

May 26, 1926 - Dec. 3, 2012

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Lee Sala, an accomplished professional boxer from Donora, has died. He was 86.

Mr. Sala, who passed away Dec. 3, was a leading contender for the middleweight boxing title in the late 1940s and early 1950s. His boxing career spanned seven years, from 1946 to 1953. During his career Mr. Sala compiled a record of 76 wins and 7 losses, with 48 knockouts.

Before gaining fame in the boxing ring, Mr. Sala spent two years in the Navy on the battleship Iowa during World War II, serving most of his time in the South Pacific.

Mr. Sala started his boxing career after being honorably discharged by the Navy.

He had a 47-fight winning streak and faced numerous highly ranked fighters.

After Mr. Sala retired from boxing, he and his wife, Adeline, moved to Tampa, Fla.

Mr. Sala stayed involved with boxing, refereeing fights occasionally.

He later became a deputy sheriff in Hillsborough County.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a brother, Frederick; daughter, Jeannine; son, Leo; and three grandchildren.

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