Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Philly trainer Rob Murray Sr. dies
By Dan Rafael
Rob Murray Sr., a fixture on the Philadelphia boxing scene for decades as a trainer, manager and promoter, died Sunday after a battle with cancer. He was 67.
Murray, who served as a mentor for many young boxers, helping get youngsters off the streets and into the gym, managed several fighters over the years, most recently heavyweight contender Eddie Chambers.
Murray and his son, Rob Murray Jr., also co-trained Chambers, who is getting ready for a June 16 fight with fellow contender and former cruiserweight and light heavyweight champion Tomasz Adamek.
Murray Sr. also served as manager for former middleweight and light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins early in his career as well as Steve Little, who won a super middleweight world title in 1994. Murray also trained middleweight Bennie Briscoe for a short time and managed former light heavyweight title challenger Will Taylor.
"I had a very close relationship with him. He was a man's man," said promoter Dan Goossen, who worked with Murray on the careers of Chambers and Taylor, among others. "You could rely on his word and his follow through."
Murray helped lead Chambers to a world title shot against Wladimir Klitschko in March 2010 in Dusseldorf, Germany, but Chambers was knocked out with five seconds left in the 12th and final round.
Murray also was the director of boxing at the famed Blue Horizon in Philadelphia and hosted a boxing radio show in Philadelphia.
He is survived by wife, Denise Blocker Murray, and his two sons, Rob Jr. and Raheem.
A funeral service is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Sister Clara Muhammad School at 4700 Wyalusing Ave. in Philadelphia.