It was with much sadness that Boxing News learned today of the passing of noted boxing historian and Hall of Fame member Hank Kaplan.
Mr. Kaplan was 88. His death at his home in Kendall, FL this morning certainly leaves a void in boxing, not only in Florida, but around the country and the world.
Mr. Kaplan was a friend to all. He was one of the rare good guys of boxing.
We’re thankful to have gotten to know him in the short time Boxing News has been in business. The last time we saw him was after a show in Hollywood, FL. He was standing outside one of the lounges, quietly taking in the sweet sounds of the music from the piano.
An unassuming man, Mr. Kaplan always flashed that smile of his with a pat on the back and offered us words of encouragement.
For that we are forever grateful.
Thank you, Mr. Kaplan. You sir, will indeed be missed.
On behalf of promoters, trainers and gyms in the state, Boxing News would like to send its condolences to Mr. Kaplan’s family and his many friends in and out of the boxing industry.