February 16, 2013

Former Muhammad Ali Training Partner Killed in Kentucky Accident

Credit: Mayfield Boxing
An accident in Kentucky claimed the life of Mayfield Pennington, formerly one of the training partners of Muhammad Ali.

Mayfield, 62-years-old, died when the 1977 Corvette he was driving was hit by a tractor trailer in eastern Kentucky near Stanville. He was a resident of Pikeville, Kentucky.

Pennington also fought professionally, with his most notable victory being his defeat of former World Welterweight and Middleweight Champion Emile Griffith in 1977. His professional record was 48-16.

Ali's former trainer Bud Bruner also trained Pennington.
On his website - Mayfield's Boxing Gym - this was included as part of his obituary:
Along with his mother, he is survived by one son, Lewis Pennington of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and three daughters, Nicole Davis of Columbus, Ohio, Monica Hill and her husband, Cedric of Cincinnati, Ohio and Kelly Pennington of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
He is also survived by two brothers, Jeffery Pennington of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Michael Ely of Frankfort, Kentucky and two sisters, Elizabeth "DeeDee" Christensen of Colebrook, Connecticut and Gina Hawkins of Louisville, Kentucky. He is also survived by five grandchildren.

Pennington was laid to rest on February 16.

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