Fundraising Bouts to Benefit Local Boxing Figure

Bob Miller is a lot of things to a lot of people. His daughter Melissa Miller remembers growing up in a boxing household.

“The phones were ringing all the time. People were stopping by, and I remember Mike Tyson coming to our house,” said Miller.

Cody Zappone sees him as a man who helped launch his career.

“I've been to his house to box,” Zappone said. “I've sparred in his ring with pro fighters. I've fought on his cards.”

To Dave Wojcicki, he's been a friend for 40 years.

“We call him the "Bobfather" of boxing. He's the man,” Wojcicki said.

But all of that almost changed on October 15, 2016. Bob Miller's car veered off a Plattsburgh road, and the New York State Boxing Hall of Famer injured his spinal cord, leading to paralysis.

“You would think something like this that's life-changing would really knock you down, but it hasn't,” Melissa Miller said.

Miller will make his return to the boxing community this Saturday, at a benefit show planned for him. And while this hasn't knocked him down, it did temporarily shake him.

“One of Bob's fears [was] 'nobody wants to see Superman in a wheelchair,' and to us, it's 'you're still Bob. We don't care if you're in a wheelchair. You're still Bob,' ” Wojcicki said.

Money raised this Saturday at Saratoga Springs City Center will help continue his fight to regain use of his arms and upper body. Bouts begin at 7 p.m.

A GoFundMe page has also been collecting donations.

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