Before the weekend wraps up I’d like to say a final farewell to my old press row buddy Jack Obermayer, who passed away on June 25, 2016 at the age of 72 after a long bout with cancer. I liked KO-JO because he was an old school boxing writer with a passion for traveling to new and obscure places.
Unlike many boxing press who get “in” by kissing up to promoters and fluffing stories to get close to fighters – Jack was a true professional who was valued because he was not afraid to give an honest opinion. JO’s work was so well-regarded, he was honored with two Hall of Fame plaques (from New Jersey and Pennsylvania) over the course of his 50 year career, a rare feat for a writer.
I first met Jack in 2005 while ringside at the Blue Horizon. The old-timer was holding court at the press table between fights, telling us young bucks how Emile Griffith would beat anyone out there today.