Eddie Surrett to enter Ala. Boxing Hall of Fame
"IT WAS A LADY THAT CALLED AND IT WAS ABOUT NINE O'CLOCK AT NIGHT. SHE SAID... YOU WON! I SAID UH-OH TELEMARKETER. SHE SAID, NO, YOU WON. YOU'RE GOING INTO THE ALABAMA BOXING HALL OF FAME.
Eddie Surrett will be a part of the hall's inaugural class. Joining the likes of WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and the legendary Joe Louis. he trained and managed several boxers who fought for world titles. And goes into the hall for those contributions as well as a promoter.
Jack Tillman, a former Mobile County sheriff and professionalfighter himself says, Surrett was able toput together intriguing matchups."
"EVERY PRMOTER HAS GOTTA HAVE A MATCHMAKER. AND EDDIE WAS REAL GOOD AT MATCHNIG FIGHTERS."
Surrett got into the sport looking for an outlet for his eldest son, who was getting into too many unsanctioned bouts at sschool. He stayed in the ring for the purest of reasons."
I GUESS I JUST FELL IN LOVE WITH IT. WE HAD SOME GREAT TIMES HERE. WE ENTERTAINED A LOT OF PEOPLE IN MOBILE FOR A LOT OF YEARS.
But the fun ended in 2009 when Surrett's fighter Bobby O'Bannon gought Francisco Moncivais in bay St. Louis.
THE THIRD ROUND IS WHEN IT HAPPENED. BOBBY CAUGHT HIM WITH A LEFT HOOK TO THEBODY, THEN A LEFT HOOK TO THE HEAD. HE WENT BACK AGAINST THE ROPES AND BOBBY MET HIM WITH A RIGHT HAND. AND THE BOY NEVER GOT UP.
Moncivais was rushed to the hospital, but died the next day.
I FOUGHT HIM SOME AFTER THAT, BUT HE WAS NEVER THE SAME. AND I WASN'T THE SAME AND SO THAT'S HOW IT ENDED.