View Full Version : R.I.P. Stanley Levin, Roy Jones' Attorney

04-14-2009, 10:31 AM
Just dropping you --and your publication a little note on something sad that seems to have flown under the radar in the boxing world. I am in Mexico right now but I unfortunately just got word from one of my friends down in Pensacola that Roy's former Attorney Stanley Levin passed away a few days ago after some long battles with several different ailments (I am sure you can get all the details online).

I think there are many, many people in the boxing game out there who do not realize this happened but would like to know...Stanley Levin was a very, very, very well respected boxing person (he handled much more from the very beginning of Roy's pro career than just his fight contracts)...Stan the Man (that's what RJ always called him) was a friend on the business and the personal side to many, many fighters in the boxing game and I am sure they will all tell you that Stanley Levin was DEFINITELY one of the most honest and friendly people in the boxing game...In my opinion, Stanley was TOO GOOD for the boxing game. Ask John Hornewer about him, he knew Stanley very well. I stayed at Stan's house on several different occasions when John and his wife were guests at the same time. As a matter of fact, even though I only briefly (early in my career) was affiliated with Square Ring, it was a thing where Stanley had me over his house for vacations on many, many occasions over the years including relatively recently and he always went out his way to make sure I had tickets and accommodations to Roy's fights, wherever they happened to be (20 live RJ fights in all).

Anyway, I cannot say enough good things about Stanley Levin and I hope a mention of his passing is something deemed worthwhile.

Thanks a lot.



04-14-2009, 04:35 PM
Stanley Levin's boxing legacy will endure

Bill Vilona

Stanley Levin used to love swimming with the sharks of boxing.

He always did it with a smile.

As he's laid to rest today, it should be an enduring legacy.

Levin's love of boxing, his belief in Roy Jones Jr., his desire to see the sport grow in Pensacola, counter-punched against all the unsavory elements the sport fosters.

When he managed Jones' early professional career through the mid-1990s, Stanley Levin looked out for the fighters, not the promoters.

In boxing, it's usually the other way around. That's why the sport is in such a sad state.

"I'll never forget the night Bob Arum wanted to kill him," said Levin's older brother, Fred, recounting an exchange with one of boxing's heavyweight promoters. "All the key promoters, the Arums, Lou Duva, Don King ... they all hated Stanley, because Stanley was such a stickler for doing things right and looking out for the fighters' best interests."

After battling a lengthy illness, Stanley Levin, 70, a former partner with the Levin Pappantonio law firm died Friday night. Services are at 1 p.m. today at Waters & Hibbert Funeral Home.

Roy Jones is expected to attend. Levin did so much for him.

Jones was so disgusted with the sport in 1988 that he nearly quit, following the fiasco in Seoul, Korea, when he was robbed of the Olympic Gold Medal in one of the infamous judging decisions.

Once he got back to Pensacola, it was Stanley Levin who helped coax him into becoming a superstar pro.

At the time, Levin's son, Sherrod, was active in the youth boxing program with the Escambia County Boys and Girls Club. The gym where Jones once trained was located off Palafox Street with no air conditioning and the barest of resources.

"The program had no money," Fred Levin said. "Stanley paid for the gas, transportation, food, everything."

Stanley Levin didn't want the attention. He preferred that Fred Levin be the one on TV or in photographs.

"Stanley did all the hard work," Fred Levin lamented Saturday. "And I got all the publicity."

Fortunately, the national boxing media recognized Stanley Levin's involvement. He won the 1994 Rocky Marciano Boxing Manager of the Year. In 1995, he and Fred were chosen as co-managers of the year by the Boxing Writers Association of America.

Jones and Stanley Levin parted ways years ago, after Stanley's health began to fail him. But as late as this week, Stanley called his brother Fred to discuss a potential boxing arrangement in Dubai. Billionaire investors needed someone who knew boxing.

Stanley was smiling again, knowing someone respected his reputation.

In boxing, that is something few can claim.