Name: Luther Burgess
Hometown: Detroit, Michigan, USA
Pro Boxer: Record
Almost every boxing fan has heard of the legendary boxing trainer Eddie Futch, who trained 21 world champions, including five heavyweight champions. But many fans do not recognize the name Luther Burgess. Burgess, who fought as a featherweight from 1946 to 1949, was Futch's first fighter.
In Burgess's eighth, ninth and 10th professional fights, he faced a top featherweight contender and two future hall-of-fame world champions. All of these fights occurred within a span of just four months. On April 4th, 1948, Burgess faced top featherweight contender Jock Leslie, whom he defeated in a 10-round decision. Two months later on June 25th, Luther faced the great featherweight world champion Willie Pep, whose record at the time was an astounding 126-1. Burgess went the distance, losing on a 10-round decision. One month later he and Eddie Futch arrived in New Orleans where Burgess would hold future world lightweight champion Joe Brown to a respectable draw.
After retiring from boxing Burgess became a world-class boxing trainer. He was one of the great trainers under Emanuel Steward at the famed Kronk Gym in Detroit, Michigan, until his death in 1998. In his book, Fight The Good Fight: Getting Up After Life Knocks You Down, author Kerry Pharr writes "A Tribute To Luther Burgess." The book is available at - www.fightthegoodfight.info