The worst part about sports blogging is reporting on the deaths of athletes. While the majority of what we write about is current events based, the current events we absolutely hate discussing is the passing of people we looked up to as a child.
The boxing world suffered a big loss on May 29th. Dubbed the “Brooklyn Assassin” Keith Mullings, the former WBC 154 pound champion, has passed away at the young age of 53.
Mullings turned pro in 1993 and challenged Raúl Márquez for the IBF Light Middleweight Title in 1997, but lost a split decision. Later that year, Mullings shocked the world with a 9th round TKO over WBC and Lineal Light Middleweight Champion Terry Norris. After one defense, he lost the belt to Javier Castillejo in 1999 via majority decision. Later that year he took on former Olympian David Reid for the WBA Light Middleweight Title, but lost a decision. In 2000 he lost a decision to Winky Wright, and retired in 2001.
At this time, Mullings cause of death is unknown.
In other boxing news, after his most recent fight with YouTube Logan Paul, Floyd Mayweather commented on why he changed his name from “Pretty Boy Floyd” to “Money Mayweather.” In the video below, he discusses “legalized bank robbery” and why he’s the best at it.