R.I.P. Mike Stafford: “A Great Trainer And An Even Greater Man”

Mike Stafford Leaves a Legacy of World Champions

Trainer Mike Stafford passes at age 67
Trainer Mike Stafford passes at age 67 | credit: Facebook, Harry How/Getty Images

Famed Trainer Mike Stafford Passes at Age 67

The boxing community is mourning the loss of one of its own, trainer Mike Stafford, who passed away at the age of 67. Stafford is a highly regarded figure in the world of boxing. He was celebrated for his exceptional work in the amateur circuit, where he dedicated himself to developing young fighters.

Stafford’s impact was profoundly felt in Cincinnati, Ohio. It was there he transformed the lives of numerous young men who walked through the doors of the Cincinnati Golden Gloves For Youth Boxing Center.


To this day, his program is esteemed as one of the premier platforms for young amateur boxers. In recognition of his contributions to the amateur ranks, Stafford received the prestigious title of U.S. National Coach of the Year in 2003 and 2005.

Stafford’s influence extended beyond the amateur level. He guided several fighters to world championships in the professional ranks. Names on this list include Rau’shee Warren, Robert Easter Jr., Jamel Herring, and Adrien Broner.

These very fighters turned to social media to pay their heartfelt tributes to their beloved mentor.

Boxers share memories of Mike Stafford

Stafford’s legacy was built on humility and allowing his work to do the talking. In addition to his work with aspiring boxers, he generously shared his knowledge with other trainers who brought their fighters to his gym.

As of the writing of this article, the details surrounding his untimely passing remain undisclosed. 3Kings Boxing extends its heartfelt condolences to the Stafford family and offers a ten-bell salute in recognition of his invaluable contributions to the sport.

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Garrisson Bland - Head of Public Relations/Senior Journalist. Garrisson is the Head of Public relations for 3kingsboxing.com as well as a senior writer. He is also the host of YouTube boxing show "Truth And Facts Sports Talk."