Friday, 24 July 2009 00:00
Howard Davis, Jr., 1976 Olympic gold medalist, was honored over the weekend as a street was named after him in his hometown of Glen Cove.
The lightweight gold medal champ is one of the most decorated and successful amateurs in American boxing history.
Davis Jr. was also named the Outstanding Boxer of the 1976 Olympics and given the Val Barker Trophy, in an Olympics that included Sugar Ray Leonard, Michael Spinks and Leon Spinks.
Davis Jr. turned pro after winning the Olympics. He retired in 1994 with a professional record of 36-6-1 with 14 KOs.
His father, Howard Davis, Sr., was also honored by Mayor Ralph V. Souzzi for his services as a “Father of the Community.”
Howard Davis, Jr. is today better known for his training of top-rated Mixed Martial Arts fighters in their stand-up skills. He is also a promoter and president of Fight Time Promotions, LLC in Florida.