- Name: Howard Brooks
- Nationality: U.S. American
- Birthdate: ?/?/1961
- Birthplace: Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania
- Hometown: Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania
- Death: March 2, 1985
- Age: 24
- Height: 6 feet 4 inches
- Weight: 228lbs.
- Amateur Record: 9-2 (6 knockouts)
24 year old Howard Brooks was a promising amateur heavyweight from Pennsylvania, who came to South Florida to make his mark in the ring.
The 6 feet 4 inch., 228 pound, former high-school football player, had compiled a 9-1 record, prior to coming to Florida, for his match at the 1985 South Florida Golden Gloves Championships in North Miami, Florida.
On February 28, 1985, 700 fans saw Brooks fight veteran Hank Williams in a scheduled 3-round Super-Heavyweight match. All five judges had Brooks ahead on points going into the 3rd and last round. Suddenly, Brooks was sent to the canvas, when a "light left" thrown by Hank Williams caught him on the chin.
Brooks attempted to rise, but collapsed. Brooks was in a coma and was rushed Thursday night to Miami General Hospital.
Two days later, on Saturday, March 2nd, the 24 year old college graduate, with a degree in chemical engineering was dead.
Miami General Hospital spokeswoman Lynne Farber reported that Brooks had been in a coma since his Thursday night fight, and had died late Friday evening (Saturday morning).
- Miami Herald, March 2, 1985, Sports, page 1C: BOXER COMATOSE AFTER FREAK ACCIDENT.
- Miami Herald, March 3, 1985, Front Page 1A: AMATEUR BOXER DIES AFTER BOUT IN MIAMI RING.
- Miami Herald, March 3, 1985: COMATOSE BOXER DIES IN MIAMI.
- Miami Herald, March 14, 1985, page 14 BNW: FIGHTER'S DEATH STUNS BOXING COMMUNITY.