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Memorial tribute to boxer Howard Davis Jr. in Glen Cove

Howard Davis, left, battles Angel Cruz at the

Howard Davis, left, battles Angel Cruz at the Felt Forum in 1982. Credit: Newsday / Ozier Muhammad

A two-hour memorial tribute to former Olympic gold medal boxer Howard Davis Jr. will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Glen Cove Boys and Girls Club. The City of Glen Cove is staging the “Celebration of Life” service to honor Davis, who grew up there and died of lung cancer on Dec. 30, 2015.

Davis made the 1976 U.S. Olympic team and was named outstanding boxer of the Montreal Games over other gold medalists, including Sugar Ray Leonard and Cuban heavyweight Teofilo Stevenson. “Howard stands tall in the history of our city,” Glen Cove mayor Reggie Spinello said in a statement. “He will always be remembered as a champion, a gentleman and the greatest amateur boxer.”

After the memorial ceremony at the Boys and Girls Club, located at 113 Glen St., a reception sponsored by the Glen Cove Housing Authority will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at The View Grill, located at 111 Lattingtown Rd. in Glen Cove. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the Howard Davis Jr. Foundation at

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