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By Marisela Burgos - emailPosted By Mike Dever - emailLOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) -�Greg Page was an up and coming boxer from Louisville when he won the WBA heavyweight title in 1984 with an eighth-round knockout of South Africa's Gerrie Coetzee.

Page died early Monday at age 50, and although Kentuckiana may have lost a champ, his family says his legacy will survive.�Page, who many thought would follow in the footsteps of Muhammad Ali, was past his prime when Mike Tyson (who was then undefeated) hired him as a sparring partner in 1990.

Page ended up hitting the champ with a right that knocked him off his feet.

Page's family wants him remembered as a fighter - not just in the ring - but in his battle against a paralyzing brain injury.

In a March 2001 fight against Dale Crowe, Page took a blow to the head in the 10th round that left him paralyzed on his left side.

He remained confined to a wheelchair until he died at from positional asphyxiation on April 27.

Page's family says there should have been oxygen and medical staff at ringside during the 2001 fight, and there was a long delay before medical treatment began.

Page later underwent brain surgery but never regained his mobility.

His family later filed a lawsuit against the owners of the venue - Peel's Palace - as well as fight promoter Terry O'Brien, ringside physician Dr.

Manuel Mediodia Jr.

and the Kentucky Athletic Commission.

Boxing officials reportedly settled out of court for $1.2 million.

Dennis Page later started the Greg Page Foundation in his brother's honor to help locate services for people with brain injuries and other disabilities.

Now the champ's family wants to raise awareness about brain injuries, and their hope is that Greg will be remembered as a loving, caring individual.

His wife, Patricia Love Page, wants to make sure her former husband becomes the face of brain injury.

"Greg will be the first one to tell you he never thought it would happen to him - they never do," Patricia said.

"I didn't think it was because he was too old to be in the ring.

I think it was - in Greg's words - everything happens for a reason.

God used me for this purpose."Patricia and other family members are inviting the entire community to his visitation and funeral for "a celebration of the Champ's life."Visitation:Visitation is set for Saturday, May 2nd, from 5 to 8 p.m.

at Ratterman Funeral Home, 7336 Southside Drive, and Sunday, Sunday May 3rd, from 2 to 8 p.m.

Funeral Service:Monday, May 4th, at 11 a.m.

at Our Lady of Mount Carmel, at 5505 New Cut Road.

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