LEGENDARY Hall of Fame boxing manager and trainer Lou Duva, passed away at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Paterson, New Jersey. He died of natural causes.
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
Lou was no stranger to Florida.
Back in the 90's he could easily be spotted in Vero Beach at Gus' House of Champions or possibly in West Palm at Lewters Gym.
I (Jim Gomes) was fortunate to have met him thru the introduction from Gary Gregory at the 1994 National PAL in Dallas Texas.
Lou had an investment in one of Gary's fighters, a boxer by the name of Edward Slatter.
Good-bye Lou, you will be missed!
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The University Boxing Club began in August 1995 at its present location at 1415 East University Boulevard in Melbourne. The building was a warehouse for Glover Oil Company. Located in a section of the city housing a high concentration of at-risk young people, UBC soon attracted a growing number of these youths who were interested in boxing. Open six days a week from 12:00 P. M. to 6:00 P. M., the club provides a safe, structured environment for alternative leisure activity, as well as serious training in the sport of Olympic-style amateur boxing.
The purpose of University Boxing Club is to provide an array of opportunities for the improvement of life management skills for at-risk young people, with training and participation in Olympic-style amateur boxing as a core program, and to help them direct their lives along productive lines, while avoiding self-destructive behavior, such as abuse of drugs, alcohol and tobacco and engaging in crime and promiscuity.
The University Boxing Club philosophy: We love to win and hate to lose, so we work to win. But win or lose we practice sportsmanship, not bragging about victory or blaming for defeat. We measure success not just by bouts won and championships, but also by the development of character and caring behavior.
We believe that training in boxing and opportunities to engage in sponsored boxing events in it’s self has great potential for the promotion of personal growth and prevention of crime among at-risk young people. Training requires self-discipline and obedience to the instructions and authority of coaches. There is a sense of accomplishment and improvement of self-esteem simply through an improvement in physical conditioning. Effective anger management is a vital part of training - one learns to control emotions and to channel them productively in order to achieve personal goals. Once one is involved in boxing events, there is a strong reinforcement of the rewards of obeying the rules and the penalties for not obeying the rules. You do as the referee instructs and compete according to the rules, and you have the best chance to win. You disobey instructions and rules, and you lose. The feedback is immediate and effective.