My dad called last night with news that Tony Thornton, aka "The Punching Postman," had died. Tony worked with my dad, uncles, cousins in Bellmawr but was better known to me as the postal carrier who started each day at an unGodly hour to train for his upcoming fights, including one against Roy Jones Jr. Wrote about him for my college paper way back when. The Jones fight went as fights against Jones went in his heyday but still, what an accomplishment to work a full-time gig and then train to end up with a title shot. On top of it all, he was a great guy.
Details are sketchy. More when I know it.
RIP, Punching Postman. You'll be missed.
Update: Inky has an obit today. So does Eastsideboxing.com.