Tuesday, November 03, 2009

History - BOXING BC

In understanding the history of amateur boxing, a good place to start is the history of the Golden Gloves in places like Vancouver from 1939 to 2009.

The first Golden Gloves tournament in British Columbia was in 1939.
At the end of the action PHIL VICKERY was named Golden Boy,
and the rest is history.

Sadly,  Radio Officer Philip Arthur Vane Vickery died on
June 22, 1943.
His name can be found on the Ottawa Memorial and in the 
Commonwealth War Graves records.

Throughout the decades, other boxers would be declared Golden Boy
such as Ray Lampkin, Neil Knight, Sammy May, Harold Mann,
Al Curtis, Kalman Santosi, Dick Findlay and many more.

In the Junior Golden Gloves activity, one boxer stands alone.
CLIFF BALLENDINE was declared BC Junior Golden Boy for
three straight years in 1979, 1980 and 1981.

5 comments:

  1. VANCOUVER ISLAND AMTEUR BOXING

    Vancouver Island has had some interesting moments in boxing history.

    During the Fifties there were many exciting moments
    in the various Vancouver Island Amateur Boxing Golden Gloves
    tournaments and other tournaments and club cards.

    Some names to remember from the Fifties include boxer
    BERT WILKINSON, and one of the key officials with the
    Greater Victoria Amateur Boxing Association was HOWARD CURLING.

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  2. UNSUNG & OVERLOOKED in the BC SPORTS HALL of FAME

    Despite the decades of activity, when one turns to the pages of
    the British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame, there are only seven
    names under boxers of builders. Of these seven JIMMY MCLARNIN
    was neither born in British Columbia or fought his major bouts
    in British Columbia or other parts of Canada.

    Despite the thousands of names, years of activity of boxers, coachers, officials and other builders, the amateur boxing
    community has been left on the outside looking in when it
    comes time for recognition in BC Sports.

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  3. My father won the Golden Gloves in late 40's or early 50's. Where would I go to find out more about this?

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    1. What was his name and where did he fight from?

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  4. Kalman santosi...Vancouver please contact me at dmdebray@hotmail.com

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