PHILADELPHIA -- Sgt. Steve Little Jr.'s voice was filled with the kind of pride befitting a United States Marine. But then, the 24-year-old son of the late former WBA super middleweight champion always sounds that way when speaking about his father, who was only 34 when he died of colon cancer on Jan. 30, 2000, leaving behind a grieving wife and six children.
"Obviously, I wasn't around, or was very young, when he was boxing," Steve Jr. said of his dad, whose professional career spanned from 1983 to '98. "But from what I've heard from people who knew him then, and seen for myself on DVDs of his fights I was able to obtain, he was a real technician in the ring. Opponents hated to fight him, because he gave everyone problems and he never quit.