Willie Herenton holds public training for Frazier bout - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Janice Broach

Willie Herenton holds public training for Frazier bout

Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton
Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton
Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton

Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton spent the afternoon sparring with a police Lieutenant. The former Golden Gloves champ tried to make his 66-year-old body move like it used to, decades ago.

"I feel like I'm an old man trying to do something a 20-year-old should be doing," he said.

The mayor knows Smokin' Joe Frazier has an awesome left, one he doesn't want to meet.

"Let me just say this to you, I have great admiration for Joe Frazier," he said. "Joe Frazier was one of world's greatest heavy weight champions."

For the past month the Mayor has been mixing it up in the ring and remembering what he used to be like when he was champ. "I want my boxing fans to know if they see me at this age, imagine what I was like when I was a teen. I was awesome. Awesome," he said.

Action News 5's Janice Broach got a punching lesson from the Mayor herself (see video). "If you just did it from here. Don't pivot there. These are some people I know," he said.

Are you scared now? The mayor is getting in the ring with Frazier to raise money for the drug court. He's hoping to raise $100,000.

"I'm doing this for the drug court. Had I known it was going to get all this attention I probably would have you guys put pressure on me," he joked.

The Mayor says he hopes to go three rounds with Smokin' Joe.

The fight between Herenton and Joe Frazier is scheduled for next week.

 

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