DERRICK HOYT: PRIDE OF CRANBROOK
( Golden Boy and Canadian Champion)
By: brian zelley
Looking back through the years, I remember watching Derrick
in two of his bouts with Jamie Ollenberger, they were
slam bang affairs in Victoria and Vancouver, BC in the late Seventies.
Fast forward to April 2011 and I was standing in the ring with
Derrick, Bob Pegues, Les Vegas and others at the 2010
BC Golden Gloves in which Derrick was serving as an official
while Pegues and Vegas were two of the many coaches that
were there for the tournament hosted by the Capital City
Boxing Club. Between those exciting bouts in the Seventies
and Eighties and his role in the Golden Gloves, Derrick also
served as a boxing coach and was part of the BC Team in a
Canada Games which had the likes of Canadian Champion
Ken Lally on the team.
Recently, DERRICK HOYT has been nominated for induction into
the BRITISH COLUMBIA AMATEUR BOXING HALL OF FAME
- based on his boxing performance coupled with his term as
a coach and an official, Derrick has the Right Stuff to be inducted.
AMATEUR BOXING - THE BOXER
One of the many highlights was Derrick twice winning a senior
national boxing championship in 1978 and 1979.
DERRICK HOHT - BOXING COACH
In the 2000 plus period Derrick served as a coach with the SOOKE BOXING CLUB
From the Sooke Boxing club web site: