Rose Byrd

1997 Community Service Award

While it is not unusual to find a father in his son’s corner during a fight, it is quite a different story when it comes to the fighter’s mom. This may seem odd to some people, but to the Byrd’s it just illustrates how close the family is and how much love each has for the other – they wouldn’t have it any other way.

Mrs. Byrd received her coaching license 25 years ago. Slowly she started to get involved with her husband and the boys. Ever since then she has been an active role in her sons’ training. She said that helps the apprehension out of watching them in the ring. Rose has adjusted over the years. That adjustment also started early as she helped Joe Sr. train while he fought professionally. But Rose said her connection with the sport began even before she and her husband met. It began with her grandfather who would listen to Joe Louis on the radio. She never dreamed of having a family full of boxers. Mrs. Byrd has been there for her boxing family mentally, physically and spiritually throughout their boxing days. All in all, the sport of boxing is a big part of her life.