Boxing has lost another great man. Arizona boxing legend Al Fenn, 89, passed away after losing his battle with cancer, Sunday, Feb. 22. Before WW II, Fenn fought, both, as an amateur and pro. During the war, he fought at Guadalcanal, Iwo Jima and Pearl Harbor. After military service, Fenn pursued journalism – and continued filling many roles in boxing. He is credited with saving amateur boxing in Arizona, and preserving the state Golden Gloves tournament for years. Fenn was also the trainer for many outstanding fighters, including Zora Folley and Manny Elias. For decades, he was also a matchmaker and promoter across Arizona.
A service for Al will be held at the LDS Stake Center (36th St. & Shea Blvd.) in Phoenix, at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 26. In lieu of flowers, his family is requesting that donations be sent to the Phoenix Boys and Girls Center, 2116 W. Buckeye Rd., Phoenix, Ariz., 85009. For more details call 602.264.6372.