Dennis Porter, the longtime head coach of the Alexandria Boxing Club, passed away on Jan. 7, 2020.
“He was a demanding guy. He had that force behind him, like a drill instructor. You listened to him, because you could hear him all over the building,” said Alexandria Boxing Coach Jeffrey “Steady” Johnson. “He was one heck of a guy, to give this much of his life to a program. It doesn’t happen often when a guy can do it for 30 years.”
Porter is survived by his wife, Crystel, children Dennis, Jr. and Timothy, and a number of grandchildren. He was memorialized by his fighters in the gym the day after his passing.
“There were guys I hadn’t seen since the ’80s,” Johnson said. “It made me tear up, because around here it’s all about family. It was a beautiful thing to see.”
Iesha Kenney became a national amateur champion under Porter.
“He always pushed me further than I thought possible,” Kenney said. “He was an all-around good guy and he was always here.”
Porter’s funeral will be held on Saturday, Jan. 18, at 11 a.m. at Antioch Church of Christ (1120 Queen Street).
Photos courtesy Alexandria Boxing Club
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