Catherine “Nails” Greene


Catherine “Nails” Greene a Boxing columnist died Saturday evening June 5th at 5:12 p.m. at St. Luke’s/ Roosevelt Hospital located on Amsterdam Avenue in Manhattan. Greene had been in and out of hospitals and nursing homes since Thanksgiving, and was most recently hospitalized on May 14, three days after going AWOL from a nursing home, in order to celebrate her birthday with friends. Nails who received her moniker from her long nails that she kept, was a habitual smoker. The 71 year old Mrs. Greene suffered from various medical ailments with the most prominent being heart and respiratory issues. Catherine is the widow of famed boxing columnist “Broadway” Ben Greene. Ben’s unique persona and distinctive writing style made him a colorful character of his era. Ben even served as a boxing judge in the 1960’s. Ben is best known for his weekly Fistic Scene column which was featured in the horse racing publication the Sports Eye. Upon their marriage “Broadway” and “Nails” became fixtures on the New York fight scene. Ben passed away 20 years ago in 1990 at the age of 84. Still after his death his bride kept his name and the longest running boxing column alive, before the Sports Eye dropped its boxing coverage in 2004. According to renowned historian Bert Sugar Catherine might have possibly been the first female to ever cover boxing inside of Madison Square Garden, in 1967. Catherine dedicated 30 plus years of her life to writing about the sweet science.  During this time she attained a degree in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College. She was also a very civically minded person who protested New York City’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s whimsical idea of a west side sports stadium. In the past few years before being slowed down by health issues she joined a group called Life Sharers which is devoted to organ donning.