Joe Turner 18 February 1947 Washington DC
Washington DC Promoter, matched up many of the era’s greatest competitors in his Turner’s
Arena, died Tuesday at the age of 62. Boxing and wrestling promoter and former world
middleweight champion. He had been confined to Doctors Hospital for the most part of several
months and underwent an operations a week earlier. Became a promoter in 1931. In 1936, Joe
opened Turner’s Arena which became the regular home for his shows.
Turner was buried on February 21, 1947 at Cedar Hill Cemetery and the Washington Post
stated that "one of the biggest funerals for any sports figure in Washington history is expected."
Among those to be on hand were Joe "Toots" Mondt, Rudy Miller, and wrestling champion Frank
Sexton. Mondt and Miller had been connected with Turner for "more than 30 years," which was
overstating the truth, but they had been working together for closer to 20 years. Turner had
been battling an illness for six months before losing the fight.
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