Légende de la boxe et propriétaire du Jimmy's Corner Bar à Times Square qui a formé Muhammad Ali décède d'un coronavirus à 89 ans
mai 9, 2020 Par sexe2 0

Légende de la boxe et propriétaire du Jimmy’s Corner Bar à Times Square qui a formé Muhammad Ali décède d’un coronavirus à 89 ans

La légende de la boxe et propriétaire de longue date du bar Jimmy Glenn est décédée à la suite d’une bataille contre le coronavirus à l’âge de 89 ans.

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L’icône de la boxe bien-aimée a été hospitalisée avec COVID-19 depuis la mi-avril et a tragiquement disparu tôt jeudi matin, a annoncé sa famille.

« C’est avec la plus grande tristesse que je dis à tout le monde que mon père Jimmy Glenn est décédé tôt ce matin », a déclaré le fils cadet Adam.

Glenn était connu pour sa carrière d’entraîneur de longue date qui a travaillé avec des grands comme Muhammad Ali, Floyd Patterson, Bobby Cassidy, Ralph Correa, Terrence AlIi et Mark McPherson.

Il a fondé le célèbre gymnase de boxe de Times Square dans les années 70, où il entraînait Muhammad Ali chaque fois qu’il s’arrêtait dans la ville, et a été présenté au Temple de la renommée du New Jersey en 2002.

Il a également ouvert le point de repère de Times Square, le bar Jimmy’s Corner, sur la 44e rue en 1971, où il a souvent été vu en train de parler aux combattants qui se sont arrêtés pour lui rendre visite.

La scène de clôture de la boxe classique de Robert De Niro « Raging Bull » a été filmée dans Jimmy’s Corner.

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His iconic bar is plastered with boxing memorabilia, photos of fighters Glenn knew, and framed picture of Muhammad Ali overlooking over the room.

Adam revealed he and his father were diagnosed with COVID-19 around the same time last month. Adam was able to recover but his father, who also suffered with kidney disease, worsened each day.

‘My dad is a vibrant 89-year-old who went to work five days a week,’ Glenn, 39, said to ABC News.

Glenn was admitted to NYU Langone Medical Center over two weeks ago. On Wednesday his family learned he was going to receive a convalescent plasma treatment after other medications didn’t work.

‘His condition rapidly worsened overnight, and finally his body just did not have the strength to continue fighting,’ Adam said.

‘I’m heartbroken that I had to fight for this treatment, and my dad wasn’t able to see if it worked for him. There just wasn’t enough time left. Going forward, I hope families get to have this treatment and are able to bring their loved ones back home,’ Adam Glenn said.

Glenn was born in South Carolina and moved to New York in the 1940s where he started his own career in the ring as an amateur and faced off with future heavyweight champion Floyd Patterson, before later becoming his cornerman.

He then got into training in Harlem by opening his gym.

Glenn is survived by seven children, nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Tributes poured in on Thursday for the beloved boxing figure.

‘A legend of boxing has heard his final bell,’ World Boxing Council Mauricio Sulaiman said in a moving Twitter tribute. ‘One of the first things I will do, whenever it is possible, will be to visit Jimmy’s corner in New York City and pay tribute to such a great human being.’

‘My heart is broken right now. Jimmy Glenn was more than a friend to me, he was my family. Along with my late Dad, Jimmy was the best man I have ever known. He was a source of unconditional love and support in my life for 30 years,’ Hall of Fame boxing promoter Lou DiBella said.

‘Today we lost one of the best human beings in the world. Adam and I are have been communicating everyday for the past month on Jimmy’s progress and we thought he would come out of this. But God’s plan and purpose is always bigger and better then we’ll ever know. I love you Jimmy,’ one of his fighters Monte Barrett said Thursday.

‘What a sweetheart of a man. An icon in the sport,’ New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame president Bob Duffy said.

The family hopes to hold a public memorial for Glenn in August, when he would have turned 90.

The cornerman’s wife Swietlana died nearly five years ago.

The family says they intend to reopen Jimmy’s Corner and operate it indefinitely when the pandemic passes.