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Boxing Promoter Dan Goossen Passes at 64

Dan-GoossenBoxing promoter Dan Goossen died early Monday after a short battle with liver cancer, the family announced  after a short battle with liver cancer.  Susan was diagnosed on Labor Day and much of the boxing community did not know that he was ill. He was 64.

“It is with overwhelming regret that we announce the passing of Dan Goossen, 64, from complications relating to liver cancer,” the family said in a statement. “The sudden news of his diagnosis was very much a private matter and his final days were spent surrounded by his family and closest friends.

“Dan Goossen was an absolute titan in the boxing industry and a great friend to ESPN,” said ESPN boxing programmer Brian Kweder, who worked on many shows with Goossen, including one of the network’s biggest fights in years, the May 10 heavyweight title bout between Bermane Stiverne and Chris Arreola. “He was the mastermind behind bringing the world heavyweight championship to the masses via ESPN back in May. He will be sorely missed.

Goossen promoted fighters such as Mike Tyson, David Tua, James Toney, Paul Williams, Bernard Hopkins, Lance Whitaker, Joel Casamayor and David Reid, the 1996 Olympic gold medalist who was the first big signing for America Presents and went on to win a junior middleweight world title in a career cut short by an eye injury.

Goossen is survived his wife and their two sons, Max and Rex, as well as two sons from a previous marriage, Craig and Chris. He is also survived by eight of his brothers and sisters, including famed boxing trainer Joe Goossen. Older brother Greg Goossen, who died in 2011, played Major League Baseball from 1965 to 1970, mainly for the New York Mets.

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