TUESDAY October 10, 2017
LEGENDARY Thomas Hearns talks to the Detroit Free Press after arriving at the site of the famous Kronk Gym which burned down on Saturday night.
The “Hitman” was one of great coach Emanuel Steward’s famous pupils there, and he stands and stares at the wreckage.
“I hope it meant to Detroit almost as much as it meant to me,” Hearns says. “This was a safe haven for me. “What this building brought for me was a chance at life. I got a chance to become somebody out of this building right here.
“To see it like this is pitiful — it’s really pitiful.”
The gym was disused and the building had been shut down. The fire is thought to be suspicious.
LARRY PAUL, REST IN PEACE
BOXING NEWS are sorry to hear about the death of former British 154lb champion, Larry Paul.
The 65-year-old, who retired in 1978 with a record of 30-9-1 (16), passed away in hospital on Monday October 9.
Paul won the title in 1973, defeating Bobby Arthur in 10 rounds before losing it to future world champion Maurice Hope the following year.
Our thoughts are with his family.