During a distinguished career as a boxing manager and promoter, Mickey Duff has been associated with all the best fighters of the last 50 years. Muhammad Ali, Sonny Liston, Mike Tyson, Sugar Ray Robinson – Duff has worked with them all.
In that time he has guided 19 boxers to world championship successes and he will retire after ha has witnessed his only remaining fighter, Billy Schwer, win the world lightweight title and become his 20th and last world champion.
Born and raised in Poland, Duff escaped the clutches of Nazi Germany and the concentration camps in which many of his family perished, when his father took the family to England. As a teenager in London’s East End, he found his vocation – boxing.
Although an undistinguished fighter, his record of eight defeats in 69 contests belied a greater talent for matchmaking. He had become adept at choosing his own opponents to get the most from his modest accomplishments.