Boxing promoter Goossen dies at 64

Boxing promoter Dan Goossen, who handled some of the biggest names in the sport including Mike Tyson, Floyd Mayweather and Bernard Hopkins, died from liver cancer on Monday. He was 64.

AFP| Last Updated: Sep 30, 2014, 06:13 AM IST

Washington: Boxing promoter Dan Goossen, who handled some of the biggest names in the sport including Mike Tyson, Floyd Mayweather and Bernard Hopkins, died from liver cancer on Monday. He was 64.

"The sudden news of his diagnosis was very much a private matter and his final days were spent surrounded by his family and closest friends," the Goossen family said in a statement.

"Sadness is difficult to escape as we grieve his passing. However, we are filled with pride by the fact that Dan Goossen battled this aggressive illness with boundless strength and the last days of his life were fought and lived with unflinching bravery, pure love and grace beyond measure."

For the past several years, Goossen had been handling Chris Arreola, hoping to make the Los Angeles-based boxer the first heavyweight champion of Mexican ancestry.

Canada`s Bermane Stiverne easily defeated Arreola in May for the vacant world heavyweight title at the University of South California. Arreola also lost a world title fight to Vitali Klitschko in 2009 at Staples Center Arena.

Goossen also handled world super-middleweight champ Andre Ward, who is 27-0.