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Sending Love To Lee Samuels and Family



Sending Love To Lee Samuels and Family

Boxing has way, way more good guys involved in the sport than you might think if you just listened to the legion of cynics who wail about all the wretches who exploit the low barrier to entry into the sweet science.

Among all those good folks, Top Rank publicist Lee Samuels is top of the heap caliber.

He's a gentle soul, faithfully and cheerily performing his duties in a manner which is, if not nearing extinction, then heading that way. Samuels does his thing in an artful way, ever decent, never overbearing, or condescending, or making himself a focal point. He's a pros pro.

So I find myself thinking about Lee and his family while I'm on vacation, in Bermuda. Paradise surrounds me, and yet I get distracted by the sad news, beyond sad, which visited the Samuels family. Son Eddie, age 30, passed away. And such an occurrence shouldn't happen in a fair existence and especially not to a kind soul like Samuels and wife Mary.

Really and truly, my thoughts are with Lee and family during this unimaginably difficult period. May time soothe the pain and may joyful memories buoy spirits dampened by darkness.

Here is information on arrangements:


The details for Eddie's funeral are as follows:

THURSDAY, AUGUST 11 – 4 to 7 P.M. PT
Palm Northwest Mortuary
6701 North Jones Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89131

Our Lady of Las Vegas Catholic Church
3050 Alta Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89107

· Flowers may be sent to Palm Northwest Mortuary.

· The Samuels Family has designated Keep Memory Alive, which supports the mission of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, for donations in Eddie's (Edward James Samuels) memory.

Keep Memory Alive
888 West Bonneville Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89106
(checks payable to Keep Memory Alive)

DONATE ONLINE BY CREDIT CARD (Click “Memorial” under Gift Option)

Editor/publisher Michael Woods got addicted to boxing in 1990, when Buster Douglas shocked the world with his demolition of the thought to be impregnable Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-based journalist Woods has covered the sport since then, for ESPN The Magazine,, ESPN New York, RING, and he was editor of from 2007-2015. Woods is also an accomplished blow by blow and color man, having done work for Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, EPIX, and for Facebook Fightnight Live since 2017. He now does work for PROBOX TV, the first truly global boxing network.