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Eugene Hairston, who defeated two world champions in non-title bouts, was forced to retire from the ring at the age of 22 because of a bad gash above his eye that couldn’t stop bleeding. Because of his deafness, the ring promoters installed lights at the corners that would flash, indicating the end of the round. After Hairston retired, the flashing lights became part of the boxing landscape. He fought in late forties.