The Coronavirus claimed one more victim, famed coach Nelson Cuevas, whose dedication to boxing spanned almost six decades.
Cuevas from New York was a professional welterweight from 1964-70, before the late legend Cus D’Amato convinced him to start training boxers. Cuevas opened his own gym, the Apollo Boxing Club, in 1976 in the Bronx, where a young Mike Tyson worked with Cuevas at one point.
During the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, Cuevas worked in countless corners as a coach and as a cut man.
Cuevas continued working in his later years at Mendez Boxing, gym in Manhattan. A native of Puerto Rico, Cuevas was inducted into the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame on November 14 at The Venetian in Garfield, New Jersey.
The World Boxing Council and its President, Mauricio Sulaimán Saldívar, send the family and friends of Nelson, their deepest condolences.