(August 9, 1911 – October 10, 2001) was a boxing trainer. Among the fighters he trained are Joe Frazier
, Ken Norton
, Larry Holmes
, and Trevor Berbick
, four of the five men to defeat Muhammad Ali
Eddie Futch was the trainer of record for Joe Frazier, Riddick Bowe, and Montell Griffin when they defeated and handed future Hall of Fame fighters Muhammed Ali, Evander Holyfield, and Roy Jones, Jr., their first professional defeats.
Futch was born in Hillsboro, Mississippi
, but moved with his family to Detroit, Michigan
when he was five years old. They lived in the Black Bottom section of the town. When Futch was a teenager, he played semi-professional basketball with the Moreland YMCA Flashes. He planned to attended the YMCA College School at the University of Chicago, but when the Great Depression
happened, he was forced to continue his job at the Wolverine Hotel to support his family. Here is where he trained promoter and trainer Don Arnott
In 1932, Futch won the Detroit Athletic Association Lightweight Championship, and in 1933, he won the Detroit Golden Gloves
Championship. He trained at the same gym as Joe Louis
, the Brewster Recreation Center Gym, and often sparred with the future champion.
A heart murmur
prevented Futch from turning professional, and he began training boxers. His first world champion was Don Jordan
, who won the world welterweight
championship in 1958. Other world champions Futch worked in the corner with included Bob......