"He was a good boxing man, a friend to many and a guy who was as solid as they come. I was very sorry to hear of his passing."
By Bill Tibbs
Boxing lost a good man with the recent passing of long-time, mid-west cut man, and lifelong Knucklehead, “Captain” Dave Rogers.
Originally, Rogers got into boxing working with local Indiana fighter, and neighbor, Frank “Gator” Lux. (And, yes, Lux did get his nickname from wrestling alligators, true story - you gotta do what you gotta do to pay the bills). Lux, with Captain Dave in his corner, would go on to face the likes of Donny Lalonde, George Foreman and Randall “Tex” Cobb in a colorful, 57-fight career.
However, Dave would go on to work with many solid mid-west pros throughout the years. Later, he would promote some shows in the Iowa and Illinois areas. When the Captain wasn’t cornering fighters the world over, he was a career corrections officer, part-time musician and full-time fishermen. He was happiest when he was sitting with a line in the water at his home in Cordova, Illinois on the banks of the Mississippi River. His home on the water allowed him to watch the steamboats, tugboats and barges go up and down the river all year long.
Rogers earned a reputation as a good cut man, and cornerman, working with lots of mid-west fighters over the years. After a while, his reputation grew among promoters who would often use him to accompany fighters overseas for bouts all over the world.
Dave was a charming guy who could get along with anyone, take care of any situation that can arise in the crazy world of boxing and he always brought his fighters home healthy and paid.
In a recent conversation, long-time mid-west promoter Pete Susens reflected on working with Rogers over the years. “Dave was a real good guy and he was respected in boxing by the fighters. He was a good cornerman, he could take care of the cuts and he knew how to treat the fighters he worked with; he respected them, and they respected him,” said Susens. “He was great for boxing; he worked hard, was honest and was a good, reliable cornerman. He just loved boxing and loved being part of it. When he wasn’t in a boxing ring, he was happiest at home fishing. I’m not sure where they sent him after he passed because he was already in heaven on the riverbank,” said Susens with a chuckle. “He was a good boxing man, a friend to many and a guy who was as solid as they come. I was very sorry to hear of his passing”.
Rest in peace Captain.