Former Middleweight Contender Antwun Echols Passes Away At The Age Of 52

Antwun Echols, a former middleweight and super-middleweight boxer, passed away at the age of 52.

He was discovered deceased at his residence on July 2nd, 2023. Echols retired from boxing in 2016, and his record stood at 32–22-4.

Echols came closest to winning a world title when he faced Bernard Hopkins for the IBF middleweight title. However, on both occasions, Echols fell short.

Meanwhile, another attempt for a world title failed against Anthony Mundine for the WBA super-middleweight title. And yet, after his career, Echols left a legacy behind that has impacted many.

The star had fought under Banner Promotions, as the president of the organisation (Artie Pelullo) had this to say.


“To say I was shocked is understatement. I just spoke to Antwun a couple weeks before he passed. He was doing well. He went back to school and got his degree.

“He would call the office a handful of times a year and we would have some great conversations. Antwun was a great guy and had a terrific sense of humor.

“He was a terrific fighter who had an outstanding career. Bernard Hopkins told me that Antwun was the hardest puncher that he had fought, and Antwun gave Bernard two excellent fights. I just want to give condolences to his family,” Pelullo

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