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Boxer’s who could have had promising careers but tragedy struck?

I thought I have to ask this question to see the responses I recieve. This should be for the true fans of the sport. Can you name any boxer in history that you thought would have been the elite boxing attraction for fans to see and tragedy struck which dampin their career. It can be a promising pro or promising amateur groomed to become pro.

My pick would have to be the G-MAN Gerald McClellan. He was a two time champion. He was trained by Manny Steward early in his career and was favored to fight a young Roy Jones Jr. in the late 1990’s, but his fight with Nigel Been changed all of that. Now he is partially deaf, blind and needs 24 hour care. A hard punching fighter who’s career got cut short while in his prime. Any other fighters or thoughts?

Back in the day when Emanuel Steward was working with promising kids, he found three at about the same time, two who grew up together in Pennsylvania together. All three were talented to the point of being gifted. They were Michael Moorer, Gerald McClellan and Chuck Arnold. Very early on in their careers they lived with Emanuel.

Truth be told the most talented of the three was Chuck Arnold although without a doubt the other two would argue that they were the best of the three. Chuck had an armature record of 84-0 with 82 knockouts. Great amateur, he would have had a spectacular pro career, but a car accident and subsequent injuries incurred in it ended Chuck’s pro career before it ever started. Mike and Gerald went on to successful pro careers. Chuck went to work for Chrysler, here in the Detroit area. We still work together to this day.

Last time I was in Canasota at the boxing hall of fame, I spoke to an old man who worked in their archives, and he was telling me some old Philly gym war stories. I shared one from Detroit about Mike and Chuck on Emanuel’s front lawn, and we had some chuckles. I liked the idea of getting Chuck’s name mentioned in the Hall, I felt it was necessary, because believe me, without the accident he would have earned a spot there.

Moorer was Chuck’s best man at his wedding, and Gerald’s accident with Benn is a point of heartbreak for all of us, but the tragedy that struck Gerald happened after Gerald realized a measure of success. Chuck never went pro, never made a dime boxing. Damn shame. It’s not as horrible as what happened to Gerald, but it is still a story of unfulfilled potential, and a small tragedy in it’s own right.

I figured it was worth mentioning, your question struck a sore spot with me.

Champion Boxer Short

Champion Boxer Short