Remembering Those Who Said Goodbye In 2011

By James Slater: Boxing sadly lost a number of notable, unforgettable figures this year. We said goodbye to some truly great fighters, a legendary trainer/corner man, a flamboyant, unique promoter and a distinguished newspaper writer and a boxing broadcaster.

Gone but never to be forgotten, the following contributors to out great sport left us here in 2011.

Gary Mason, the former British and European heavyweight champion.

Gil Clancy, a superb trainer of champions, including George Foreman, Gerry Cooney, Lucien Rodriguez. Gil was also a fine boxing commentator.

Sir Henry Cooper, a British boxing treasure.

Bill Gallo, legendary boxing cartoonist and life-long fight fan.

Genaro Hernandez, the former WBA and WBC super-featherweight king.

Nick Charles, Show Time boxing commentator.

Billy Costello, the former WBC light-welterweight ruler.

Butch Lewis, incredible boxing promoter.

Scott LeDoux, former heavyweight contender.

George Benton, accomplished middleweight contender and trainer of champions, including Evander Holyfield, Pernell Whitaker, Meldrick Taylor.

Tom McNeeley, long-time heavyweight contender and former world title challenger.

“Smokin’” Joe Frazier, heavyweight immortal and former world champion. An inspiration to millions!

Ron Lyle, heavyweight contender and world title challenger.

May they all rest in peace.

Article posted on 26.12.2011

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