Don Elbaum

From BoxRec
Jump to navigation Jump to search
IBHoF Logo

Name: Don Elbaum
Hometown: New York, New York, USA
Birthplace: Erie, Pennsylvania, USA
Stance: Orthodox
Height: 170cm
Matchmaker: Record
Promoter: Record
Referee: Record
Inspector: Record
Pro Boxer: Record

Don Elbaum is a promoter, manager, and matchmaker based in the midwestern and eastern United States.

Career as promoter

Elbaum promoted his first fight at age eighteen, and has gone on to promote or co-promote over one thousand cards, including 196 shows at the Tropicana Casino over one five-year period alone. He promoted some of the final fights of Willie Pep and Sugar Ray Robinson, in addition to an early fight of world heavyweight titleholder Nikolay Valuev.

Elbaum is known for staging cards with unusual themes, such as one show that featured a match between winless heavyweights which was billed as an attempt to crown the "Worst Heavyweight in the World." He is also the source and subject of many anecdotes; for example, during his tenure as Robinson's promoter, he located two very old and well-used boxing gloves, and presented them to Robinson at a press conference as the gloves that Robinson had worn in his professional debut nearly twenty-five years earlier. Robinson became very emotional, and cradled the gloves in his arms, but when he attempted to put them on, it was discovered that Elbaum had given him two left gloves. Elbaum, in telling the story to journalist Thomas Hauser, claimed that promoter J Russell Peltz had once offered him $5000 for the gloves in question, and added that "I've got to find those gloves, or two gloves that look like them."

Elbaum also helped Don King get his start in the boxing business, by helping him stage a charity boxing event in Cleveland in the early 1970s. Elbaum later portrayed himself in an HBO-produced movie about King's life, released in 1997.

Career as manager

Elbaum has either managed or worked in an advisory capacity for a number of fighters, including Aaron Pryor, Tony Tubbs, Doyle Baird, Simon Brown, Maurice Blocker, and David Telesco.

Career as boxer

In addition to an amateur career, Elbaum had a number of pro fights in the 1960s. Many of them took place on shows that he promoted, where he filled in as a last-minute substitute when no other fighters were available.


Farhood, Steve. "Ripe for the Hype," Boxing Monthly, August 2001, p. 22.
Hauser, Thomas. "Don Elbaum," International Boxing Digest, February 1999, p. 64.
Newfield, Jack (1996). The Life and Crimes of Don King. ISBN 0863699847