TSD readers have been following the adventures of Wilmingtonians Murray Sawyer, John Riley and Kevin Reilly who, along with boxer Henry Milligan, formed a management company to promote Henry’s career in the ’80s. [Read the series here.] The series’ denouement, some thoughts from Henry himself, appears below.
“My thanks to my boxing manager John Riley (that statement sounded like an oxymoron) for making this story come to life again for those of us that lived it, but also for the everyday person who could experience it through John’s eyes! John’s recall is spot on, and most of this happened almost 30 years ago!
Today I am an adjunct professor both at Wilmington University and Goldey-Beacom College in their graduate business programs, and also keep my hand in boxing by giving personal fitness training lessons, using boxing as the aerobic part of a personalized workout. While admittedly not as exciting as my days in South Philly, it is a lot safer!
I am also in the midst of an entrepreneurial venture, having filed a patent pending application for a new way to buy lottery tickets called ‘The Milligan’ (not surprisingly). What I have found from my athletic days is that once you get to the top, you always want to get back there – always, always, always – in whatever you do, because the view from the top is pretty sweet.
As I look back on all of our trials and tribulations (and there were many of them), I am so lucky that I had amazingly diverse people along for the ride. John, Kevin Reilly, Murray Sawyer, my brother Mike and even ‘Mountain’ all played huge parts in making my dreams come true (or close to it). I can’t go anywhere in this immediate area without somebody recognizing me and shouting out ‘The Hammer’ even 30 years later, and I am extremely thankful for that. The dreams of champions from years past die very hard, and in fact never really do die. Aren’t we all always 25 and in our prime – in our minds!
Thank you John, for helping me to relive the craziest and most exciting times of my life!”
–Henry Milligan – 1983 National Heavyweight Boxing Champion