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Eddie Futch (August 9, 1911 – October 10, 2001) was a boxing trainer who trained a number of legendary champions. The incredible list of fighters he trained includes Joe Frazier, Ken Norton, Larry Holmes, and Trevor Berbick, four of the five men to defeat Muhammad Ali.

Futch was born in Hillsboro, Mississippimarker, but moved with his family to Detroit, Michiganmarker when he was five years old. They lived in the Black Bottom section of the town. When Futch was a teenager he played semi-professional basketball with the Moreland YMCA Flashes. He planned to attended the YMCA College School at the University of Chicago, but when the Great Depression happened, he was forced to continue his job at the Wolverine Hotel to support his family.

In 1932, Futch won the Detroit Athletic Association Lightweight Championship, and in 1933, he won the Detroit Golden Gloves Championship. He trained at the same gym as Joe Louis, the Brewster Recreation Center Gym, and often sparred with the future champion.

A heart murmur prevented Futch from turning professional, and he began training boxers. His first world champion was Don Jordan, who won the world welterweight championship in 1958. Other world champions Futch worked in the corner with included Bob Foster, Mike McCallum, Alexis Arguello, Michael Spinks, Marlon Starling, Montell Griffin, and Riddick Bowe.

He also trained founder of the Motown record label Berry Gordy as an amateur boxer.

Eddie Futch also trained Don Arnott, who has his own boxing club in Nananimo,BC, Canada. Don runs a Competition in Town.

Freddie Roach trained as a pro under Futch and later became his assistant. From under his tutelage Roach has emerged to become one of the most respected coaches in boxing. Roach describes Futch as "the greatest trainer in the world".


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