|Gil Clancy was best known for training Emile Griffith (left). (New York Times)|
LYNBROOK, New York — Trainer Gil Clancy, who helped lead Emile Griffith to world welterweight and middleweight titles in the 1960s, has died. He was 88.
Mr. Clancy died early yesterday at an assisted living facility on Long Island, N.Y., according to his daughter, Patricia Houlahan.
Born in Rockaway Beach, Queens, Mr. Clancy boxed in college and in the US Army.
He earned a master’s degree in teaching at New York University and paid tuition by training fighters.
Eventually, he rose to prominence as a corner man.
Mr. Clancy also worked with Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, George Foreman, Oscar De La Hoya, and Ken Buchanan.
But he was best known for his 20-year association with Griffith.
Mr. Clancy leaves five children, 18 grandchildren, and 19 great grandchildren.
His wife, Nancy, died 16 months ago.