Davis, an Olympic gold medalist who was regarded as one of the greatest amateur boxers of all-time, died Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015 at the age of 59, following a 10-month battle with lung cancer. He was 59 Photo Credit: Newsday / Sheehan
The Glen Cove Boxing Club will be named after the late Olympic gold-medal boxer Howard Davis Jr. under a proposal the City Council is expected to consider at its Tuesday meeting.
Frank Pena, who heads the boxing club, proposed the renaming to honor Davis, who was born and raised in Glen Cove.
“I think it’s a great idea,” Mayor Reginald Spinello said at Tuesday night’s pre-council meeting.
Spinello had announced the proposal during Saturday’s tribute to Davis at the Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club. Davis died Dec. 30 of lung cancer at his Florida home.
Spinello said the city is planning another tribute to Davis on July 31, the 40th anniversary of him winning the gold medal at the 1976 Montreal Olympics.
Councilwoman Pamela Panzenbeck said at Tuesday’s meeting that she supports the renaming.
“I don’t know why it took so long for it to happen,” she said.
The boxing club tribute would be the latest honor in Glen Cove for Davis. The Glen Cove Housing Authority on Friday renamed the buildings where Davis grew up the Howard Davis Jr. Complex. In 2009, city officials dedicated the street in front of the complex to Davis and unveiled a mural there of Davis and his late father and trainer, Howard Davis Sr.