2017 Nick Duganier

Nick Duganier honored with Life Time Achievement Award

As a dedicated member of the Ohio State Former Boxers and Associates Inc.Nick Duganier will be honored with the association’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Duganier was inducted into the association’s Hall of Fame in 2007. At an early age Duganier developed an interest in boxing as well as for billiards and basketball. Born in Cleveland, Duganier’s boxing career started with the late “Uncle John Giachetti“ from 1970 until 1973.  After several left shoulders separations Duganier decided to stop boxing competitively and started training boxers with “Uncle” John which he did until 1977. From 1977 to 1980 Duganier was the personal trainer, man- ager and friend to the late Paul Ramos and other boxers. His close friendship with Ramos continued until his death. In 1980, Don Myers, Parma Boxing Club founder, encouraged Duganier to manage and train his boxers for the Parma Boxing Club. In December 1983. the Cuyahoga County Commissioners designated Saturday. December 3. 1983 as “Nick Duganier Day“ in recognition and commendation for his active interest in physical fitness for today’s youths through boxing training. Duganier began a Boxing Program for the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department in 1984 to increase physical fitness and self- defense which continued until 1986. He also trained boxers for the Police Olympics where at the age of 40 he won a Gold Medal in the 156 pounds division for 33 years old and over and a Silver Medal in the 165 pounds division. From 1983 to 1990, he also trained boxers out of the West Park YMCA Duganier-Renhart Boxing Club. And from 1990 through 2001, he trained boxers, professional and amateur. He has worked with adult and juvenile offenders throughout his boxing career. Duganier was a Correction Officer from 1977 through the 80‘s and now dabbles in the antiques and collectibles market. Duganier and his wife, Deb, love to travel and spend time with their terrific children. John, (and Teri), Matt (and Cari),Jason, Jaime (and Glen) and their  wonderful grandchildren. Amanda, Nick, Nathan, JJ and Gunnar.