Trainer Willie Savannah passes at 85

Sad to report the passing of trainer Willie Savannah, who passed away at his home in Houston, Texas. He was 85. Savannah is best known for training former unified lightweight world champion Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz.

“We have lost a great one today,” Diaz tweeted. “Willie Savannah Taught me so much since I walked in that gym at the age of 8. We won four world titles and a lifetime of memories. Rest in Peace, Mr. Willie Savannah.”

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  • Been a while since hearing from Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz. Very entertaining fighter. A true throwback. RIP Mr. Willie Savannah

    • Agreed. Juan Diaz was a durable straight-in type fighter who always kept great pressure on an opponent. His first fight against Marquez was a barn-burner till the KO happened.

  • Willie and I were great coaching competitors in the amateurs and his experience showed could never out coach him he could take a guy with less talent and enhance his ability to get his guy the win . He had a witty way with words a great person and a great coach

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