Mel Epstein

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Mike Nixon & Mel Epstein: Feb. 1975

Name: Mel Epstein
Promoter: Record

Mel Epstein was a boxing manager and promoter in the Western United States between the 1920s and 1970s. He originally started working with boxers in Butte, Montana, during the 1920s. While in Butte, he also promoted shows for the local American Legion. Amongst the notables he worked with out of Butte were Young Firpo, Hubert (Kid) Dennis, Tiger Ray Cote, and Ritchie Fontaine.

In the 1940s, Epstein would move his operations to Seattle, where he promoted in 1946 and 1947. After leaving Seattle, he resurfaced in Yakima, Washington, in the spring of 1948, where he worked briefly as George Chemeres's matchmaker. In 1959, Epstein would become the matchmaker for the Spokane Sportsmen's Club, most notably developing Kirk Barrow into a top-10 Light Heavyweight contender briefly. After leaving Spokane, Epstein, moved to Los Angeles, where he continued to handle fighters until his death in 1980, when he was about 80. Included amongst the fighters he managed in the 1970s while in Los Angeles were Mike Nixon, Rick Farris, and Randy De La O.