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Howard Davis Jr Dies, 59

 

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Howard Davis Jr., a boxer from Long Island who in 1976 won an Olympic gold medal and also received the Val Barker Trophy, awarded to the most outstanding Olympic fighter, over his teammates and fellow gold medalists Michael and Leon Spinks and Sugar Ray Leonard, died on Wednesday at his home in Plantation, Fla. He was 59.

The cause was lung cancer, according to an announcement on Facebook by the Howard Davis Jr. Foundation, which raises money to fight cancer.

Davis, who was a lightweight for most of his career and had a blistering left jab, was only 20 and was in mourning at the 1976 Games in Montreal. Days earlier, his mother, Catherine, had died of a heart attack at 37.

 

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1987-05-02 Hector Camacho Sr. vs Howard Davis Jr.

 

 

Look at a VERY young Jim Lampley at the start of this!!

 

 

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Howard's Career Thread revised and Updated

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Re: Howard Davis Jr Dies, 59

 

Very sorry for him. Just a really unlucky guy, being the only one from the U.S team that did not win a world title, despite being voted outstanding boxer of the olympics. I know Ray Leonard will be sad. He was a good friend of his.

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