New York-based boxing columnist Catherine “Nails” Greene, 71, is fighting for her life at St. Luke’s / Roosevelt Hospital, on Manhattan’s Upper West Side as the Miguel Cotton and Yuri Foreman step into the ring for tonight’s historic fight at the new Yankee Stadium. Greene, known to her readers and friend’s as “Nails,” was admitted to St. Luke’s Hospital on Wednesday, May 12, a day after leaving a nursing home to attend her own birthday party. One of America’s first female boxing writer’s it is believed Greene was the first woman to ever apply for and receive a press pass issued by the boxing department of Madison Square Garden back in the late 1960′s.
Greene, penned the weekly GREENE: “On The Fistic Scene,” first with her flamboyant and popular husband “Broadway” Ben Greene, from the mid 1960′s and later with her son, Bronx-based photojournalist David Greene, until the Long Island-based paper “Sports Eye” decided to drop boxing in 2004. She also penned several feature stories for the old “Boxing Illustrated” magazine.
Since her retirement, Greene graduated from John Jay College with a degree in forensic psychology. Greene was one of the first outspoken opponents against Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s failed plan to bring the Yankee’s to Manhattan’s West Side. She was also a tireless advocate of the LifeShares organ donor program.
A pack-a-day smoker for 50-years until she quit six-months ago, Greene is suffering from numerous medical ailments, the most serious being heart and respiratory failure. David Greene is asking all boxing fans to keep her in their thoughts tonight as the fighter’s exchange leather. Greene is also asking fight fans to try and get one person in their lives to quit smoking this week, in honor of his mother. You may send your thoughts to David at Newsaddik@aol.com