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Boxing Promoter Dan Goossen Passes Away at Age 64

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By. BrotherJR

September 30, 2014

 

You could not talk boxing over the last 25-30 years without mentioning the name Dan Goossen, for he has been an instrumental figure in the sport as promoter and one of the major players in the sport. Well, it came to us boxing fans as a major shock to learn to learn that Goossen passed away early Monday morning due to complications from liver cancer. And the reason it was a shock to so many was that most didn’t even know that Goosen was suffering from liver cancer. Goossen was 64 years of age.

Upon news of his passing, the Goossen family released a statement saying “It is with overwhelming regret that we announce the passing of Dan Goossen, 64, from complications relating to liver cancer. The sudden news of his diagnosis was very much a private matter and his final days were spent surrounded by his family and closest friends. Sadness is difficult to escape as we grieve his passing, however we are filled with pride by the fact that Dan Goossen battled this aggressive illness with boundless strength and the last days of his life were fought and lived with unflinching bravery, pure love and grace beyond measure.”

Goossen came into prominence back in the late 1980’s guiding Michael Nunn to the IBF Middleweight title. His success continued with the likes of Terry Norris, Gabe and Rafael Ruelas, James Toney, Paul Williams and others. Recently Goossen served as the promoter of Heavyweight contender Chris Arreola and current Super Middleweight king Andre Ward. Ward, who was actually in the middle of a contract dispute with Goossen said upon learning of Goossen’s death “I was deeply saddened to learn the news of Dan Goossen’s passing early this morning,” he said. “My thoughts and prayers have been with Dan and his family since I received the news of his illness last week. While Dan and I recently had our professional struggles, he was a great man, father and husband. He will be greatly missed by the boxing community. I will continue to keep the Goossen family in my prayers.”

My heartfelt condolences goes out to the family and friends of Dan Goossen, who is survived by his wife and their two sons, Max and Rex, as well as two sons from a previous marriage, Craig and Chris. He is also survived by eight of his brothers and sisters, including top boxing trainer Joe Goossen. Dan Goossen was a force within the boxing community over the past 30 years and he will be sorely missed.

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