Johnny Tocco, a boxing trainer known for his work with former heavyweight champions Sonny Liston, Larry Holmes and Michael Dokes died Friday in his Las Vegas home following a lengthy illness. He was 87.
Tocco was considered an expert trainer and worked with numerous world champions during his seven decades in the sport. He operated the Ringside Gym in Las Vegas for 41 years, and got involved in boxing in his native St. Louis at the age of 12.
Holmes said Tocco belongs in the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
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