Wednesday, November 25, 2009
BRITISH COLUMBIA AMATEUR BOXING
At the present time there is no official Amateur Boxing Hall of Fame in British Columbia, This blog looks at the history of amateur boxing in British Columbia to attempt to uncover the many individuals, clubs and organizations that have contributed to the success of "AMATEUR BOXING in BRITISH COLUMBIA.
As we look through the decades of Golden Gloves boxing in BC from 1939 to 2009, there have been many Golden Boys.
It all began with the 1939 tournament with Phil Vickery. Due to WW II, there was no 1943 tournament. The next five
Golden Boys were Terry Doyle, Bob Hickey, Jack Hamilton, Harry Smith and Chester Orr.
The 1946 BC Golden Gloves was titled: "Vancouver Sun Golden Gloves" and was held at the Hastings Park Forum
on February 14th. - 15th., 1946. It was under the sanction of "The AAU Of Canada" and the BC Amateur Boxing Association.
It was hosted by the "Vancouver Active Club". The Committee was comprised of:
W J FINDLAY (The Sun), C W GOODRICH (Active Club) and ART HODGINSON (BCABA).
Some of the early supporters of the Golden Gloves were SID BEECH, BILLY OATES, CY & REG PAXTON and many more.
A long term announcer of the event was TOMMY CRUISE while BERT MURRAY and WALTER BROWN did the timekeeping duties.
Over the decades many other boxers would win the Golden Boy award such as two time winner Vancouver's own DICK FINDLAY and three-time Junior BC Golden Boy CLIFF BALLENDINE of the Victoria Athletic Association. Of course, Vancouver Island boxers did not always compete in the BC Golden Gloves, but some from the Sixties were Al Curtis, Tommy Black,
Skimp Williams, Larry Cardinal, Danny Daniels, Mike Caird, Les Vegas, Ken Alexander, Billy Taylor, Brian Zelley.
Tony James and 1964 Olympic boxer Fred Desrosiers.