Pelullo comments on Mickey Duff passing

From Dan Rafael of

Mickey Duff, one of England’s most famed promoters, managers and matchmakers, died on Saturday. He was 84.

Duff, whose reputation as an honest dealmaker was his hallmark, worked with more than a dozen world champions during his career, including Frank Bruno, Joe Calzaghe, Jim Watt, Maurice Hope, John “The Beast” Mugabi, Lloyd Honeyghan, Alan Minter, John Conteh, Terry Downes and Cornelius Boza Edwards.

“He was a great guy and a real good man,” said Banner Promotions owner Artie Pelullo, who knew Duff for 30 years. “If he gave you his word you could go to the bank on it. I did a lot of deals with Mickey and [he] always treated me like a gentleman.”