TUES­DAY Oc­to­ber 10, 2017

Boxing News - - The Week -

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.


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.

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