Mickey Duff

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Mickey Duff
Class of 1999
Non-Participant Category
Hall of Fame bio:click
World Boxing Hall of Fame Inductee

Name: Mickey Duff
Birth Name: Monek Prager
Born: 1929-06-07
Birthplace: Krakow, Poland
Died: 2014-03-22 (Age:84)
Hometown: Aldgate, London, United Kingdom
Boxing Record: click
Matchmaking Record: click
Promoting Record: click

British boxer, matchmaker and manager of Jewish extraction, Mickey Duff, whose real name was Monek Prager, was born June 7, 1929 in Krakow, Poland. His parents emigrated to England with him in the late 1930s to avoid the Nazis. At age 15, Duff turned pro (illegally -- the age requirement was 16) and retired when he was only 19. After a short stint as a sewing machine salesman, Duff returned to boxing and began making matches throughout England.

By the late-1950s, promoter Jack Solomons's ironclad control of British boxing began to loosen. Duff, as a matchmaker, along with manager Jarvis Astaire and promoter Harry Levine, became key players over the next few decades.

Duff has been involved with 16 world champions and many world class British fighters, including: Jim Watt, Alan Minter, Lloyd Honeyghan, John Conteh, Terry Downes, and Howard Winstone. He has also worked with champions Maurice Hope, John "The Beast" Mugabi and Cornelius Boza Edwards.