1976 Olympic champion boxer Howard Davis Jr. dies at 59

1976 Olympic champion boxer Howard Davis Jr. dies at 59
Updated 02 January 2016

1976 Olympic champion boxer Howard Davis Jr. dies at 59

1976 Olympic champion boxer Howard Davis Jr. dies at 59

MIAMI: Olympic champion boxer Howard Davis Jr. has died in Florida. He was 59.
His wife says his diagnosis of stage 4 lung cancer in February, just before his birthday, came as a shock, because Davis had never smoked.
Karla Guadamuz-Davis tells The Associated Press that her husband died Wednesday evening in her arms in their Plantation home.
In the 1976 Olympics, Davis was voted the outstanding boxer, out-polling such champions as Sugar Ray Leonard. His mother died three days before the Montreal Games began, and he considered withdrawing from competition. Instead he stayed, and he dedicated his gold medal to his mother’s memory.
Davis went on to train mixed martial arts fighters as a boxing coach, and he and his wife promoted mixed martial arts fights through their Florida-based company.