He died on Sunday, the 26. July at the age of 85 years. Savannah is primarily a "Local Hero" in Houston, Texas, however, was also the discoverer of the "Baby Bull" Juan Diaz (42-4, 21 K. o.). He led the lightweight to the WBA world champion title in light-weight in the 2004 to the 2007, the WBO and IBF Gürteö came before the Three-time Champ on 8. March 2008 against Nate Campbell (37-11-1, 26 K. o.), lost.
Savannah's wife, Clara announced the death of her husband on Facebook. His former protégé, Diaz told the Portal "BoxingScene.com" that Savannah had problems with the lungs and the kidneys. For several years he had to go three Times a week for dialysis, and decided two weeks before his death, to discontinue the treatment. In the process, Diaz informed to Savannah is also a personal story about his relationship. "I was eight years old, a little fat Boy and Mr. Savannah was in front of it, the boxes to give up. He told me the story all the time. They were ready to give up and close the Gym. He had 15 professional fighters,“ recalled the 36-Year-old. "He said to Clara: I'm through. But then I came to the Gym and he said: We will give you a Start. And then he said that he would close the Gym, as soon as the thickness was Young, and I'm not gone. I trained and listened to him and we are stuck in the game. I had in young years of success in the Amateurs.“ Diaz his Mentor owes very much: "If he hadn't been, I wouldn't have become world champion. I would not have become the man I am today. He gave this little boy at the time, a Chance. He has taught me so much about Boxing and the life.“
Text: Nils Bothmann
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Updated Date: 28 July 2020, 06:27