Lou Duva

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  1. Levook

    Levook Active Member Full Member

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    Duva doesn't get much talked about anymore.

    Any thoughts on the man at all? I don't know all that much about him, was certainly a feisty and outrageous character!
     
  2. mr. magoo

    mr. magoo Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    Awesome trainer and manager. Didn’t care for the guy’s public persona though.
     
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  3. Levook

    Levook Active Member Full Member

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    He was pretty easy to irritate it seems lol. I almost never hear his name come up when great trainers are discussed, was just wondering why.
     
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  4. mr. magoo

    mr. magoo Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    I haven’t noticed that. He was certainly in the corners of a LOT of good fighters
     
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  5. Seamus

    Seamus Proud Kulak Full Member

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    The apex of his career was being in Rowdy Roddy Piper's corner in WM2.
     
  6. Levook

    Levook Active Member Full Member

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    Yeah I guess he's mostly remembered for his work with the '84 Olympics guys & maybe Vinny Paz? I usually see Georgie Benton get his props as a trainer & he worked closely with Duva for years.
     
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  7. The Professor

    The Professor Socialist Ring Leader Staff Member

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    Duva was more of a cheerleader than a technically proficient boxing trainer. That's what he had George Benton for, who really does deserve the lion's share of the credit for the success of Duva's fighters.
     
  8. AngryBirds

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    He nearly got Golata killed in the Tyson fight.
     
  9. clinikill

    clinikill Active Member Full Member

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    That was Al Certo, not Lou Duva.
     
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  10. scartissue

    scartissue Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    I agree with this. Duva was a cornerman not a trainer. He was a motivator in that corner and he fought for his fighters, which I will give him props for. I laugh now when I was watching an old fight from MSG on youtube. It was between Florentino Fernandez and Stefan Redl. Fernandez stopped Redl - the ref intervening - and everyone was good with it because Redl was taking a hammering, except one guy in Redl's corner. The dude is screaming and hopping around and as I'm watching it I realize it was a young Lou Duva. You gotta give him credit, even back in the early 60s he was still the rambunctious cornerman fighting for his man.
     
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  11. Saintpat

    Saintpat Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    Wasn’t he also a manager?
     
  12. Bronze Tiger

    Bronze Tiger Boxing Addict Full Member

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    If you watch any of those old fights of Pernell Whitaker and Evander Holyfield…you can see who’s really the brains
     
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  13. scartissue

    scartissue Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    Yes he was. I heard several fighters were dropped the minute a world title was no longer viable for the company. So there may be a few out there harboring a grudge with his managerial skills
     
  14. Bronze Tiger

    Bronze Tiger Boxing Addict Full Member

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    And not just George Benton …Ronnie Shields…Tommy Brooks …Roger Bloodworth
     
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  15. BoB Box

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    If im not mistaken didn't lou Duva get body slammed in the ring by Frazier?