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Montell ‘Ice’ Griffin Relives the Highs and Lows of a Former Light Heavyweight Champ

by on Jul.07, 2016, under Boxing News

By Juan C. Ayllon

 

Montell Griffin when he was champion and held the WBC Ligtht Heavyweight Title (photo courtesy of Montell Griffin).

Montell Griffin when he was champion and held the WBC Ligtht Heavyweight Title (photo courtesy of Montell Griffin).

 

CHICAGO — it was an inauspicious start, but oh what a ride — and, at times, what a heartache — it has been.

“My father and my brother, Tim, went to Johny Coulon’s Boxing Gym on the Southside to teach for 70 cents and ended up buying the gym,” Montell Griffin says.  ”And I just started boxing at the gym all the time.  I was two, three years old.”

Having reorganized Coulon’s Gym as Windy City Boxing Club, Inc. in 1973, his father, Clarence Griffin, gained a reputation as a solid trainer and often trained Muhammad Ali when he was in town.  In fact, Ali became such good friends that he regularly invited Clarence and little Montell over to his house. No doubt, this played a role in the young Griffin’s development as a fighter.

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