The boxing world truly lost one of its own on December 30th, 2015 with the passing of Howard Davis Jr.
Howard was best remembered for his 1976 Olympic Gold Medal in the Lightweight division at the games in Montreal. He was named the outstanding boxer of the Olympics as a member of an American team that included the likes of Sugar Ray Leonard.
Davis turned professional shortly after the Olympics making his professional debut on January 15th, 1977. Davis retired with a fine professional record of (36-6-1) and though he never attained a world title as a pro, he was able to challenge for world belts on three separate occasions.
Davis would never be far from the sport he loved. The Glen Cove, New York native, who has a street named in his honor in the town of his birth, relocated in the 1990's to south Florida. There he became a fixture of the boxing scene, applying himself to passing on the craft. Davis was also a boxing pioneer, as he was one of the first pure boxers to cross over and train and assist Mixed Martial Artists through his association with the American Top Team.
Davis was revered by fighters from both disciplines, and he also touched many lives through his public speaking and music. Davis was a master of multiple instruments and music was also a part of his life until the end.
Rest in Peace, Howard Davis Jr.