Check out this Yank Durham article from an old edition of Boxing Illustrated

I recent came across a bunch of old boxing magazines from the 1970’s. I cracked one open while eating lunch and found a short story on Philly trainer Yank Durham.

Good read (full article posted in the bottom of the page) but it left me wanted to know more about his work as a trainer. This article says he guided Joe Frazier from the amateurs to press time which was the lead up to the fight Ali fight.

Did they finish out together? Who else did he train during his career? I’ve heard about the man – but again – he is way before my day. Somebody give me the word on which mag was the best back in the day!

Click the photo full screen and you can read the printed article.

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54 thoughts on “Check out this Yank Durham article from an old edition of Boxing Illustrated”

  1. I’ve got a couple of old boxing Illistrated from the early 70’s or late 60’s. The article are cool but I don’t think there is much value in them. They are out of print now. The old Ring magazines used to command some money but Ring is sell old stock now. I think that you should just enjoy reading them and put them in your bookshelf. Funny that the old world boxing that I have don’t have ratings in them.

  2. Thanks Jeff – not looking to sell or anything like that. I wasn’t sure if Boxing Illustrated was a relevant read back in the day. I used to read Pro Wrestling Illustrated as a kid and that was the best of the bunch. I’m wondering if the two were made by the same company.

  3. Jeff Bollinger I just looked at the article you posted. Was there really a remote possibility of Ali vs. Wilt Chamberlain? Interesting concept though. That’s some modern day Klitschko fighting LeBron James talk.

      1. I bought both Boxing Illustrated and Ring Magazine. I got tired of reading about every time the editor was a referee in Lew Eskin who was far from good. I took a trip to Ring one year and handed in as usual hundreds of corrections to John Ort. He took them and said “at least you typed them.” I was told it cost money to make corrections. Ring is the best because they went into details of the fights but know it cost about $9.00 which is much too high. I’m not sure if Yank did some training with “Gypsy” Joe Harris or not. Yank only had a couple of amateur bouts Al Massey told me.

  4. For me, old boxing magazines or other sports publications are little glimpses back into the past like mini time machines. History books that have been out dated and cast aside .

    I’d suggest that any real fan or historian of the sweet science should be collecting these old pulp rags and reading what the pioneers of the sport were writing and what the boxing fans were actually reading to get it from the source. The horses mouth, so to speak.

    Some of the internet sites do a good job of re producing these articles, but just holding and smelling that paper from World Boxing, Boxing Illustrated or a newspaper from times gone by, puts you in a place that’s worth more than money can buy.

    There are many boxing writers today. And the art is a hard nut to crack. I’ve been there. Kudos to those that have achieved any success at all in this wacky 21st century of social media coverage of the sweet science. But if you haven’s read any articles by Bert Sugar, Lester Bromberg, Jimmy Cannon , Jim Murray and many others, your missing the proverbial fight coverage 101 boat.

    That’s my two cents. Take it for what ever you think it’s worth. It’s not all about selfies. You guys are recording history. It’s bigger than you think.

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