Howard Davis: Boxer passed from cancer at age 59

Updated: January 1, 2016
Howard Davis: Boxer passed from cancer at age 59

Howard Davis Jr., an Olympic boxing gold medalist who would go on to become the boxing coach at American Top Team, has succumbed to inoperable lung cancer.

Howard Davis not only won gold at the Montreal games, he also took home the Val Barker award, which goes to the most outstanding boxer of the Olympics.

He did this in an Olympics where the USA boxing team fielded its best lineup ever, including the likes of Sugar Ray Leonard and Michael Spinks, while the Cuban contingent sent Teofilo Stevenson. But it was Howard Davis Jr. who was the most outstanding boxer of the 1976 Olympic games. Other amateur highlights included wins over Thomas Hearns and Aaron Pryor.

Howard Davis was never able to win a championship in the professional ranks, coming up short in several title bids. While his amateur record stood at at a stellar 125-5, he finished his professional career with a 36-6-1 record. Surely, in today’s boxing landscape with four or more titles per division and watered down competition, Davis would have won one or multiple titles with ease.

Howard Davis was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer this summer after never having smoked. Yet, he fought to the end, hosting fundraisers and events, signing autographs, and sending out positive messages through his social media channels and various stories which were released about him.

Howard Davis Jr. was just 59 years old.

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