in search of the best BC Boxers of all-time: by brian zelley
There are many yardsticks that can be used to measure achievements and performance. Sometimes, we must rely on our own experiences and also
reliable sources such as sports reporters, the experiences and stories of others
and documentation from a wide variety of sources such as newspapers, books,
scrapbooks and even the many web sites.
In July, some former members of boxing in BC started a journey to select
boxers and builders for a
BRITISH COLUMBIA AMATEUR BOXING HALL OF FAME.
After various steps, ten boxers are being considered for permanent recognition
as the elite of BOXING in BRITISH COLUMBIA.
The select ten are:
FRED DESROSIERS, DICK FINDLAY, FREDDY FULLER,
EDDIE HADDAD, CHRIS IUS, HAROLD MANN, FRANK SCOTT,
MANNY SOBRAL, DALE WALTERS and JIMMY WALTERS.
This list of ten is an interesting mix of some of the best boxers that have competed in and for British Columbia in a variety of club shows, tournaments,
Golden Gloves tournaments in places like Tacoma, Portland
and Seattle, and of course International tournaments from the
1948 Olympic Games to the 1988 Olympic Games, and various other ones such as the British Empire Games, Commonwealth Games and Pan American
in fairness to the many other boxers there are others that could be in a list of ten top boxers from one of the first Golden Gloves champions such as
KENNY LINDSAY, or 2000 Olympic boxer DONNIE ORR, or some of the many other Golden Boys such as Jack Straza, Alan Curtis, Bill (Curly) Adams, and many more.