Trainer Beau Williford passes

Sad to report the passing of trainer Beau Williford on Wednesday at his home in Lafayette, Louisiana. Beau lost his fight against lung cancer at the age of 69. Williford boxed professionally as a heavyweight for eleven years, including a bout against former world title challenger Ron Stander in 1976. After he hung up the gloves, Beau started the Ragin’ Cajun Boxing Club in Lafayette. He trained former world title challenger Jason Papillion and female world champ Deirdre Gogarty among others. R.I.P.

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  • Beau was well-liked in the industry, which is rare in boxing. He also was involved with training top-10 heavyweight contender James “Quick” Tillis.

  • Sorry to hear about Beau. He was one of the good guys. I have to smile remembering him calling me at 3:30 am from South Africa after his fighter Jame “Quick” Tillis had lost a ten rounder to Gerrie Coetzee. He didn’t want to tell me about Quick losing, he wanted to tell me he was in negotiations to fight Mike Tyson. There I was laying in bed at 3:30 in the morning discussing how to fight Tyson.—My wife laying next to me pissed to beat the band. I did manage to calm her down–eventually. And Beau took my advice on how to fight “Iron” Mike and Tillis became the first fighter to go the distance with Tyson stopping his KO streak at 19. I’m gonna miss you pal.
    A nod to Bruce Kielty, glad to see your still around.

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