Boxing community coming together in Saratoga Springs to support paralyzed icon

March 20, 2017 05:59 PM

SARATOGA SPRINGS - He's been a cornerstone of the Capital Region boxing community for decades as a trainer, manager and promoter, and now Bob Miller finds himself on the ropes.

Miller, who worked in the corner of hundreds of boxers through the years, including the likes of Mike Tyson and Kevin Pompey, now has the fight game squarely in his corner.

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Burly boxing guys get choked up just thinking about him.

"It kind of keeps Bob's family still together, even though he's uh..." Dave Wojcicki's voice trails off and he wipes tears from his eyes as he talks about the plight of his best friend.

Friends say Miller always has the biggest personality in the room, so they get choked up now picturing him in his wheelchair.

Miller was involved in a horrible car crash in October.

"My father is paralyzed from the chest down," said Melissa Miller, the third of Bob's 6 children.

So here they were Monday, members of a fraternity that rarely sees eye to eye, focused on one thing: Improving the life of a man who needs a motorized wheelchair and a specialized van.

They're raising the money the way they know how---putting on a boxing show Saturday night at the City Center. 

It'll feature West Point's team versus the Canadian boxing team, plus as with any show involving Bob Miller, local fighters.

And the 71-year-old Miller, who is now home after being at a VA Rehab Center in Massachusetts for months, trying to regain use of his arms, will be ringside Saturday night as a sport know for combat, surrounds him in love.

"I think it's going to be hard for everybody. They're not used to seeing my dad this way and he's not used to being this way," said Melissa. "No matter what we do, it's going to be emotional."

Ticket cost $20 in advance or $25 at the door.


Mark Mulholland

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