News | Mar 08 2017

Lou Duva passes away at 94

One of the most influential figures of 80s and 90s boxing, Lou Duva, dies of natural causes
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LEGENDARY Hall of Fame boxing manager and trainer Lou Duva, the patriarch of one of the most influential families in the sport, passed away today at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Paterson, New Jersey. He was 94. He died of natural causes, according to his son Dino Duva. A fiery and charismatic character, Lou Duva’s career spanned seven decades in the corners of boxing champions.

Duva handled the careers of 19 world champions, and most notably trained heavyweight titlist Evander Holyfield, and welterweight kingpins Pernell Whitaker and Meldrick Taylor – all U.S.A. Olympic medalists –  just to name a few. Duva’s first world champion was middleweight Joe Giardiello, who won the title in 1963.

Duva was also involved in the infamous brawl that erupted after Andrew Golota’s disqualification loss to Riddick Bowe.

 

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