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Rest in Peace, Jerry Hoffman, Boxing legend passes

It is with a heavy heart, (Lukie) would like to write that we lost a friend of ours, Jerry Hoffman.

Jerry was a boxing promoter, a sports personality and much more, he promoted some of the best Northern California cards known to man which were entitled “The Riot in the Hyatt” and was one of the first if not only at the time to promote women’s boxing fights. Hoffman advocated for equity in the sport until his last days as he was a ring announcer for the “Beautiful Brawlers” yearly, all-women amateur boxing events.

I never knew Hoffman prior to when I met him roughly five years ago and have trouble talking about all of the great things he did in television and the boxing world, but I can speak to his character. When I was lost and didn’t know much about boxing, he was kind and showed me the ropes.

It is hard to see someone who was handed a terminal handle it with such class and grace.

I normally am better at writing things, but this one is a bit different and someone who truly mentored me in the sport.

I just know I, along with a lot of other people miss, Jerry already and that his contribution to the world should never be understated.

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