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George Russo
Trainer from Hartford

There is perhaps no higher compliment that can be paid to the late George Russo than when he is referred to as the "Johnny Duke" of Southern Connecticut. Duke, part of the CBHOF Class of 2006, was a Hartford-based Trainer who was nationally known. Russo is a legend in Bridgeport, where he became well-known for running gyms like Red Man's Hall, The Acorn Club, and East Washington Avenue. Russo produced many fine amateurs, and in 1992, brought boxing back after a decade-long absence to the old Police Athletic League building in Bridgeport. Russo was considered one of the finest amateur trainers in New England. Russo was also a fighter from 1922-34. He had 85 pro bouts, winning roughly 60. He was born in Springfield, Mass, but moved to Bridgeport when he was 6. Springfield's loss turned out to be Bridgeport's gain.


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