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The Death of Kentucky Boxer, Ali Training Partner Mayfield Pennington

Mayfield Pennington


The boxing community suffered a huge blow last month when, at 62, Mayfield Pennington, prize boxer and one-time training partner of Muhammad Ali died in a car crash in Floyd County. Kentucky State Police reported that Pennington was hit by a tractor-trailer. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to police, Pennington was trying to pull onto the southbound lanes of U.S. 23 when he lost control of his car and started facing northbound in the southbound lanes. His 1997 Corvette ended up off the road and under the front right tire of the tractor-trailer.

Pennington competed in more than 50 professional matches. His professional boxing record was 48-16. He defeated US Olympian Sugar Ray Seals and former World Welterweight and Middleweight Champion Emile Griffith.

The legendary Bud Bruner of Louisville trained Pennington. Burner was the first professional trainer of Muhammad Ali. Pennington also had the chance to train alongside Ali.

When Pennington retired, he returned to Pikeville and opened Mayfield’s Boxing Gym. He considered the boxing gym as a place to give kids in the community something better to do with their time other than getting involved in trouble and drugs.

The whole boxing world was deeply saddened at the passing of a great boxer who had been admired not just because of his achievements, but also of his advocacy against drugs. The Schafer Law Office would like to send their sincerest sympathy to the family, relatives, friends, and colleagues of Mayfield Pennington.


When a vehicle ends up under a tractor-trailer, expect extensive damage. Because of the sheer size of trucks, 98% of the fatalities in such accidents happen to the people in the car, and only 2% to the truck driver.

In its 2011 Traffic Accidents in Kentucky Report, Kentucky State Police revealed that there were 8, 622 accidents involving trucks in the state, resulting in 86 fatal accidents, which killed 83 people and caused 1,832 injuries.

The Law

If you or someone you know is involved in a truck accident, it is important to consult a personal injury lawyer right away. You have to make sure that you get the proper legal assistance and care that you deserve.

In Kentucky, the statute of limitations for a truck accident is two (2) years from the date of the accident or two (2) years from the date of the last no fault payment, not to exceed a total of four years. The sooner you hire a lawyer who focuses on Kentucky truck accidents, the more likely it is that all responsible persons or entities will be identified and key evidence will be obtained.

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