Jackie Kallen: Bill Miller: Another great loss in boxing
- July 15th, 2012
By Jackie Kallen
Where would I be without Bill “Pops” Miller? He single-handedly changed my life when he agreed to come on board and train my young middleweight James Toney back in 1989. He was training at the legendary Kronk Gym back then and he was kind enough to see my vision and share it. He joined my Galaxy Boxing Team and did wonders for all the guys.
I had known Bill Miller since 1978 when I started working with Emanuel Steward and the Kronk team. Originally from Cincinnati, Bill had been a a champion amatuer boxer. He learned his craft from former world champion Joe Carter and the great Whitey Bimstein (trainer of 25 world champions including Jack Dempsey, Rocky Marciano and Jake LaMotta.) At the age of seventeen, Miller turned professional and achieved world status as a welterweight with a record of 26 wins and only 4 loses.
In 1950 Miller began training boxers including Alvin Hayes, Darnell Knox, Greg Coverson, Caveman Lee, Willie Edwards, Darryl Cunningham, Rickey Womack and even a young man named Emanuel Steward (when Steward was a National Golden Glove Champion.)
He was also a boxing historian who knew everything there was to know about the sport he so deeply loved. He was as much a teacher as he was a coach. He believed in teaching a young fighter the basics before anything else and instilling a sense of discipline, decency, and honor in all the boxers he trained.
His beloved wife Beverly was always at his side, helping to cook for the fighters and attending all the fights with him. She lovingly cared for Bill since he retired from the sport.
When very few saw James Toney’s potential, Bill Miller did. He worked tirelessly with him to perfect his amazing defense and sharpen his strength and fearlessness. He did the same for Bronco McKart, who earned his championship title thanks to Miller’s excellent training.
I wish there were more trainers like Bill Miller today, but the new breed is not quite like the Eddie Futches, Georgie Bentons and Bill Millers. I know he is with all of them now and I am sure they are sharing a treasure chest full of wonderful boxing stories.
Bill Miller will be in my heart forever.
Jackie Kallen is a boxing manager who has been in the business for over three decades. Her life inspired the Meg Ryan film “Against the Ropes” and she was a part of the NBC series “The Contender.” www.JackieKallen.com, www.facebook.com/JackieKallen
©2012 BoxingInsider LLC. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed with out written permission.
- Boxing Insider Notebook: Pacquiao, Ricky Hatton, 50 Cent, and more….
- The King of the Borough: Malignaggi Gives Judah a Boxing Clinic
- HBO Results: Kirkland and Tapia Steal Show, Rigondeaux Wins a Bore
- Floyd Mayweather’s TMT Crew Takes Care of Business on ShoBox
- HBO Boxing Preview: Rigondeaux vs. Agbeko, Tapia vs. Kirkland, Macklin vs. Russ
- David Price Drops British and Commonwealth Titles; Dereck Chisora Calls Out Deontay Wilder
- Boxing Insider Notebook: Chisora, Barker vs. Sturm, Pacquiao, Mansour, and more…
- Monte Barrett Rips David Tua’s Promoters: “They Stole From Him, Destroyed His Career!”
- WBC Champ Vitali Klitschko Reported Turning Back Huge Ukrainian Mob
- Dana White Returns To Boxing With New Reality TV Show “The Fighters”
- Must We Disdain Excitement & Rally to Snore-Mongering Guillermo Rigondeaux?
- WBC Should Sanction an Interim Champion; Vitali Klitschko has Bigger Fights Ahead
- Boxing’s Biggest Battle: HBO vs Showtime
- Adrien Broner and the Anatomy of Creating a Superstar
- Still Think Paulie Malignaggi Is An Old Man?
- Sticking Guillermo Rigondeaux in Main Event Is like Selling Tickets to Smallpox
- Jackie Kallen: Go Paulie (Malignaggi) Go!
- Paulie Malignaggi vs. Zab Judah fight in the Battle for Brooklyn Tonight
- ‘Brooklyn in the House’: Zab Judah vs. Paul Malignaggi
- Guillermo Rigondeaux Just Needs To Be Himself