Lou Duva passed away on Wednesday. The irony of the day did not escape me. 8 March 1971 was date of the “Fight of the Century” between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier in New York at Madison Square Garden. It is fitting that Lou left us on that day. There are many tributes and articles on him so I won’t repeat it all. Lou was born on 28 May 1922 and was involved with boxing his whole life, as a young man he boxed to help support his family during the Depression, he joined the U.S. Army and served during World War II as a Boxing Instructor in the South.In the late 1950- he started working corners, training ad managing. He was the Trainer or Manager for 19 World Champions, a list too long to name here – you can look it up.
Lou is from my home-town of Paterson, NJ. He knew Lou Costello (Abbott and Costello) and Rocky Marciano personally. He started “Main Events” who’s banner many of his champions fought under. Main Events promoted many cards at the Totowa Ice World (the former Gladiator Arena) in North Jersey. I attended many of those cards in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s and saw great fights involving Rocky Lockridge, James “Hard Rock” Green, Chuck (Bayonne Brawler) Wepner, Scott Frank, Tony”El Torito” Ayala, Leo Randolph, Diego Rosario and Bobby Czyz.
Lou lived a full and relevant life and did a lot for Boxing and for Boxers. Rest in Peace Lou.
Al Iannacone Sr.