Andy Ganigan has died

May 2nd, 2012

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.

14 Responses to “Andy Ganigan has died”

  1. Derrick:

    Dave, well put. I feel about Ganigan the same way you do. I had the chance to meet him in high school when he spoke in our classroom. We talked and he even let me hold his title belt. Today I still have his autographed photo from that day. Nice guy and great boxer. You can still youtube videos of his fights with Sean O’Grady (when he won his world title) and the great Alexis Arguello. Always had a lasting impression with me.

  2. Bolo Punch:

    Sad day for Hawaii boxing. Ganigan was one of the great ones! Still remember hearing his named introduced by Jimmy Lennon in L.A., “from the Island in Hawaii, the Hawaiian Punch, Andy Ganigan!” From the boxing era of Sad Sam Ichinose, Hawaii had some great fighters in the likes of Ganigan, Ben Villaflor, Ralph Aviles, Dado Marino, Rolando, Navarrete, etc.

  3. Boxing fan:

    great fighter. will be missed.

  4. Bigislandkurt:

    Bolo……no forget Mark Ibanez from Waianae.


  5. sportstan:

    Memories of Andy back in the day…gave us people in HAWAII hope that someday we all can make it if we give our all and just keep trying and trying and give up with excuses
    Big Punch Big Heart

  6. hosssana:

    I agree with all the comments….Andy Ganigan will be missed as a sports hero and legend and an inspiration to ALL fans not just the Filipino community in Waipahu……he was soft-spoken, humble, and possessed tremendous character esp. when he conversed with youths as he did in my classroom many long years ago….such a super nice person….he will be sorely missed…my heart goes out to his daughter, sons, and the rest of his family etc……..what a tragic loss to boxing and the community.

  7. Mark Samson:

    As a neighborhood childhood friend, and fellow highschool Classmate; Andy was spunky, quick on his feet, physically, and funny as heck. I knew Andy since 5th grade; I remember playing street football against his team at Harbor View Park Waipahu; Andy was the running back, on one running play he took a QB handoff, and gosh, I hit him on the hips as hard as I could, as he streaked across the line of scrimmage. I bounced off his body, and he kept on running like their was no tomorrow. Then later in life, I ran into Andy again figuratively speaking at Waipahu boxing gym sparing with Terry Texidor (sparing partner). Gosh Andy was all over Terry, then the round ended, as he stood in his corner, he turned towards the front entrance of the gym; he spotted me standing next to the open door and in excitement Andy waved hi and invited me to join him in a round of boxing. Of course I said “no” because my spilt blood on the mat was not my idea of spending the rest of a perfectly good day in pain and bruises. Later after his workout, he invited me to run with him around the field for 5 miles. Again I said no. I was 20 pounds overweight and puking on the grassfield was not my normal self. Andy laughed at me, not a ridicule, but rather a sense of knowing he has friends that appreciate relationships and also friends appreciated his journey to boxing fame that benefited the community and himself. We parted ways in good fellowship, and that was the last time I saw Andy in person, later years , I saw him rise to victory in fighting the notable world champions on television. Yes he is Waipahu’s hero, Hawaii’s Hawaiian Punch and the World’s reminder that good things come out of a tiny island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Aloha & Blessings Andy your an excellent compadre..miss you already…Take Care Mark…

  8. Black Bean Chow Fun:

    That Alexis Arguello fight was legendary. Ganigan was a natural talent who had dyanamite in his hands. I think he would have won that fight and would have been world champ for a long time if he had a better training camp. He definitely was one the most exciting fighters to watch of all time. Ever!!!
    RIP “Sugar Man”

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    Swietna strona. Dawno takiej nie widziałem Cecylian

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