Tuesday, June 22, 2010

BC BOXING - 1940 to 1949

BOXING in BC - The Forties: By Brian Zelley

The importance of amateur boxing in British Columbia during the Forties can never
be under estimated.In many ways it laid the foundation for future decades and carried
the traditions of the Golden Gloves beyond the initial year of 1939.

A look back at some of the early clubs gives us names like

ALBERNI BOXING with folks like EVERETT BIGGS

AMBASSADOR which got it's name from the Ambassador Hotel
operated by F M Crowther and Abe Weston at 773 Seymour, Vancouver, BC
some of the boxers were JACK CROOK and JIMMY CROOK and BUS LINDSAY

BLUEBIRDS with such boxers as JACK BROOKE

Cumberland Boxing Club with such boxers as BUDDY WELSH.

EAGLETIME BOXING CLUB with many boxers such as
Len and Ray Walters, Don Harrison,
Reg Simpson, Chester Orr and Stan Zokol

KIMOUNT BOXING with Ken McPhee, Lyle Kehoe, and Russ Gurniak

WALLACES with the likes of Jack Hamilton, Jerris Jamel, and Eric Dmith

WESTERN SPORTS CENTRE directed by Johnny Tutte and Tommy Gann
at 135 East Hastings. Vancouver with some of the boxers
Terry Doyle, Wes Burnell, Chester Norton, Billy and Rod MacDonald

VICTORIA BOXING with Vic Murdoch, Fraser Clark and Art Burgess,

BURNABY BOXING




There have been a few boxing clubs in Burnaby with one of the first be the
South Burnaby Boxing club operated by HARRY TWIST with such well known
 boxers as Johnny Phillips, Frank and Keith Scott, Freddy Fuller and Brian Gray.

Monday, June 21, 2010

FLASHBACKS - FIREFIGHTERS BOXING CLUB - 1968





FIREFIGHTER BOXING CLUB - 1968

Some interesting names with a rich history of boxing in British Columbia.
Two of the many include Frank Scott and Freddy Fuller.
The two main coaches in 1968 were Bert Lowes an Pat West.
Then we have the 1967 BC Diamond Boy - Dave Wylie.

Not all competition was Golden Gloves tournaments, but a generous number of club shows
such as the one in Seattle where Five boxers from the Firefighters competed against the likes of
Fraser Scott, Neil Knight, and Billy Gray and others.

Photos - Includes Zelley & Knight, Scott, Wylie & Fuller

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

GETTING STARTED - bc boxing hall of fame

WHY A BC BOXING HALL OF FAME - bY brian W. Zelley

Before an actual BC Amateur Boxing Hall of fame is introduced, the question why
needs to be asked with some logical and reasonable answers given as to why.

If we were to focus just on the period from 1939, thia would cover the history of the GOLDEN GLOVES in British Columbia. Past Golden Gloves boxers would be obvious
candidates to be considered for induction, but the important objective would not to consider Golden Boy staus. Logic would require a broad focus on past boxers
including their involvement as coaches and officials and/or directors of a Provincial or Regional Boxing organization such as BOXING BC or the Greater Victoria Amateur Boxing Association, or as a zone or regional representative.

FORMER MEMBERS in other Halls of Fame -

A reasonable source of obtaining potential names of members from decades ago would be the inductees of various other Halls of Fame, but it should not be the only source as some towns or regions do not have local sports halls of fame unlike
Burnaby, Greater Victoria, Prince George and Nanaimno.

In some cases, some former members of boxing have been inducted into several halls
such as EDDIE HADDAD and HAROLD MANN, but sadly there are many that have made an outstanding contribution to the sport, but have been overlooked in a variety of locations. Two late members that made a significant contribution on
Vancouver Island are HOWARD CURLING and RICK BROUGH. One person of significance
in the Prince Rupert area is the late Dick St. Louis. In the Cranbrook area, an important name is Mike Moore.

LIFE MEMBERS OF BCABA (bOXING BC)

There is list of life members of BCABA, but an important limitation in the list
is the names are primarily the names of folks that have been involved in boxing in the Greater Vancouver and Lower Mainland. Even Harold Mann of Prince George
was a vancouver based boxer in the Fifties. Sadly, missing is at least one or two names from Vancouver Island such as NICK LYSTAR or BERT WILKINSON Or SKIMP WILLIAMS.

Added years after the above story to highlight some positive results.