Boxer Andy Ganigan, 59, one of the greatest sports figures in Hawaii history, died today in Las Vegas. As a world champion, he was an inspiration to many, many people in Hawaii … especially those in his hometown of Waipahu and those of Filipino heritage.
There have been many great boxers from Hawaii over the decades, including several other world champions. But something about Ganigan always set him apart for me. As I wrote two years ago, he was my generation’s B.J. Penn.