Boxer Manfred Wolke Dies At 81

Former welterweight boxer Manfred Wolke has died at 81 after a long battle with dementia.

According to Die Stimme Berlins, Wolke passed away last month. It is claimed Wolke spent his last days in a care facility in Frankfurt, during which his wife Brigitte would visit him. Since Wolke’s condition worsened, Brigitte reduced the number of visits he had. Wolke was chosen for the 1968 Olympic team for East Germany.

Wolke would take gold in the Mexican Games following a win over Cameroon’s Joseph Bessala at 147. He then became a trainer for three-time IBF heavyweight title challenger Axel Schulz, who most notably shared the ring with Michael Morer, George Foreman and Wladimir Klitschko. Wolke guided Maske to the IBF belt, which he defended ten times. The last fighter he trained was Francesco Pianeta, who lost to Tyson Fury in 2018. Numerous tributes have poured him for Wolke.

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