Mickey Goodwin

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March 5, 2009 – MELVINDALE, Mich. (AP) — Former boxer Mickey Goodwin, who trained under Emanuel Steward at the famed Kronk Gym, died of a stroke at his home near Detroit. He was 51. Melvindale police Lt. Chad Hayes said Goodwin’s body was found about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the home he shared with his mother and stepfather. An autopsy Wednesday revealed he died of a stroke. Police initially said Goodwin appeared to have been beaten to death. Hayes said Goodwin fell down the stairs after suffering the stroke, causing non-life-threatening injuries. Goodwin died after taking a shower and going to bed, Hayes said. The former contender worked with Steward at Detroit’s iconic gym, where the Hall of Fame trainer also molded Thomas Hearns and Hilmer Kenty. Goodwin compiled a 40-2-1 record with 28 knockouts, and Steward called him the “best natural puncher” he’d ever worked with. Steward said Goodwin, also called “Sneaky Pea,” lost some public affection by blowing off a St. Patrick’s Day fight in 1978 for a spring-break trip, and his career lost much of its momentum. Goodwin struggled with his weight in the early 1980s, Steward said, rising from a middleweight to a light-heavyweight, where he had trouble competing. Goodwin never won a championship. After a draw and a loss in 1985, he went eight years before his next fight, then won seven straight bouts, the last on Nov. 29, 1994. In recent years, Goodwin trained amateur boxers in River Rouge, Mich. “That had become his passion the last four, five years,” Steward said. “He was totally wrapped up in amateur boxing.”