As tributes continue to pour in for the dearly departed British promoter Mickey Duff, the British Boxing Board of Control and the WBO have both released a statement following his death on Saturday.
Duff, who was one of the most prominent figures in British boxing through the 80’s and 90’s, was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and passed away at the age of 84.
‘The British Boxing Board of Control are saddened to hear of the death of Mickey Duff. Mickey played a major role within Boxing in Great Britain and the World, dealing with many of Britain’s World, European, Commonwealth and domestic Champions.
‘His knowledge of the Sport was incredible and he was one of the Sports great names throughout the World.’ – read the release.
The WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel added his condolences: ‘Hall of Famer, Promoter and Manager Mickey Duff passed away on March 22, 2014 at the age of 84 in England. Boxing equaled Mickey Duff and Mickey Duff equaled boxing in England. He was involved with 19 World Champions including our own undefeated world champion, Joe Calzaghe. His legacy will live on forever in the World of Boxing.
Rest in Peace, Mickey!’
Polish-born Duff, who was a former boxer himself, worked with the likes of Joe Calzaghe, Franko Bruno, John Conteh and Alan Minter during his long stint in the sport.
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