Milt Bailey

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Bailey was born in Norfolk, Virginia in 1910, and moved to Philadelphia as a child. He attended Lincoln University on a football scholarship, and also played pro baseball in the Negro Leagues (earning $7 a game), in addition to having a brief amateur boxing career. He went on to work as a cut man with several Philadelphia-based fighters, including Bennie Briscoe, Matthew Saad Muhammad, and Rodney Moore, in addition to world heavyweight champions Sonny Liston, Joe Frazier, Muhammad Ali and George Foreman.

Bailey also worked with:

  • George Benton
  • Eugene "Cyclone" Hart
  • Jerry Martin
  • Leotis Martin
  • Willie "The Worm" Monroe
  • Curtis Parker
  • Charley Scott
  • Ernie Terrell

Bailey died in 2002, at the age of 91.


Nigel Collins, "Milt Bailey, 1910-2002," The Ring Magazine, June 2002, p. 11.