Ernest (Whitey) Esneault (born: September 13, 1891) was a successful boxing trainer based out of New Orleans, operating out of St. Mary's Italian Gym in the French Quarter. Esneault started his training career after World War I; he developed most of the top fighters produced out of New Orleans from the 1930s until his death. His fighters were usually known for their outstanding footwork. Esneault died in New Orleans January 20, 1968.
Notable Fighters Esneault Trained
- Freddie Little
- Ralph Dupas
- Willie Pastrano
- Bernard Docusen
- Maxie Docusen
- Tony Licata (worked with Esneault as an amateur)
- Ralph Chong
- Keith Hamilton
- Esneault had only one leg.
- Served in the United States Navy during World War One.