Dan Duva, who was raised in boxing’s buccaneering world, left it to become a lawyer and then returned as one of its major promoters, died Tuesday in New York. He was 44.
Duva had undergone surgery for brain cancer in 1994, but the illness recurred last November.
Duva, whose father, Lou, is a trainer who has been part of the sport’s fabric for 60 years, often described himself as “incorrigibly optimistic,” observing, “I’m a Jets fan, too.”
His company, Main Events, successfully competed with other major promoters in the sport like Don King and Bob Arum.
Among the 12 heavyweight title fights Duva promoted was the 1994 meeting of Evander Holyfield and Michael Moorer. To bring some added excitement out of it, Duva arranged for Moorer, the challenger, to smash the podium at one of the pre-fight rituals.