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Charity event raises money for area boxing icon

March 26, 2017 01:27 PM

SARATOGA SPRINGS - Bob Miller has spent decades managing and coaching hundreds of boxers, including Mike Tyson.

Prior to that, he danced in the ring himself.

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“I started boxing in 1958 as a 13-year-old and I've been in it since,” Miller said.

He spent his life in other people’s corner and now the boxing community is united behind Miller, who is in the biggest fight of his life.

Hundreds gathered at a charity boxing event at the Saratoga Springs City Center Saturday night to raise money for Miller's medical expenses after a tragic car accident last October left the 71-year-old paralyzed.

“I'm fighting to get better,” Miller said. “Because so many people are supporting me,” he said.

“Bob's best therapy right now is boxing helping put that matches together like he did today,” said Miller’s best friend, David Woicicki

Amateur boxers from throughout the northeast and even Canada drew a packed house as they duked it out.

“Bob has opened a lot of doors for me he got opportunities for me to spar with world champions in different states,” said Pat Cavanaugh, who Miller once trained.

After months of rehab at a VA hospital, Miller now uses a motorized wheelchair and desperately needs a specialized van.

“This changed his career. My dad was a famous cut man. He was in the ring with some really big people,” said Miller’s daughter Melissa.

All of the people rooting for Miller Saturday night was enough to make even the tough guy teary-eyed.

However, Miller is a fighter.

“Winners never quit and quitters never win,” Miller said.

Miller was inducted into the New York State boxing hall of fame in 2015.

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Nia Hamm

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