October 10, 2001
Professional Boxing Trainer
Eddie Futch was born in Hillsboro, Mississippi moving to Detroit with his family at age five. Futch started Boxing at an early age winning the Detroit Athletic Association Lightweight Championship in 1932 and the Detroit Golden Glove Championship in 1933. A heart murmur prevented Futch from continuing his pursuit of a boxing career, so he turned to training boxers. He prepared fighters to perform at the highest levels of the sport for several decades quickly earning a reputation as championship trainer. He trained Joe Frazier, Ken Norton, Larry Holmes and Trevor Berbick who are four of the five fighters to have defeated Muhammad Ali. Many of Futch’s fighters went on to win world championships under his tutelage. Eddie Futch was inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in 1997. He passed away on October 10, 2001 at 90 years of age.