Thursday, February 24, 2011

BOYCE FAMILY of Boxing


  THE BOYCE FAMILY BOXING STORY:  by Brian Zelley



                           FOUR ACES OF BC BOXING 
                                THE BOYCE FAMILY

Earle Couper has done some excellent boxing reports over
the years and the TOMMY BOYCE story is another one
that could be considered a flashback
to the Bridge of  Golden Memories for some of us.

The story also touches on the Hastings Boxing Club
 and the Astoria Boxing Club and the likes of  PAT O'REILLY, 
WALTER and WAYNE  BOYCE,  and  DICK FINDLAY.

It also mentions the time ROCKY MARCIANO  was in 
Greater Vancouver.

That was in 1967 for the Diamond Belt Tournament which by many 
could be considered to be one of the best all-time tournaments
in British Columbia.

TOMMY BOYCE -  THE BLOND TIGER
(A Canadian Boxing champion and multi-term
Golden Gloves champion in various location).


                                        TOMMY BOYCE                             

A Tommy Boyce story by Earl Couper

- Takes us from his days in the boxing ring to his retirement.

http://www.bclocalnews.com/sports/116875558.html

Looking back many of us that were involved in amateur boxing
during the Sixties and beyond would have some involvement with
and experiences with one or more members of the BOYCE 
family.

I remember Tommy in the 1966 BC Golden Gloves perform so well.
But, I also had the opportunity to fight WAYNE BOYCE three times 
in 1967 and 1968.

WAYNE BOYCE - 1967 CANADIAN
 FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPION
***The first recipient of the special "Jimmy Symes Award"***


          Wayne Boyce showcases the awards of Tommy and Wayne


GERALD BOYCE  
 Gerald known as "Tubby"  Boyce is one of the Boyce Family 
nominated for the BC AMATEUR BOXING HALL OF FAME.


WALTER BOYCE  -  COACH AND ADMINISTRATOR
- Founder of the Astoria Boxing Club in 1966 
- a  Boxing BC ***president***  mid- Seventies. 


  STANLEY F. SMITH  -  WALTER BOYCE  -  TOMMY PAONESSA
it is of great interest that all three are being considered for
induction into the British Columbia Amateur Boxing Hall of Fame

WALTER BOYCE  approved the
 appointment of HOWARD CURLING as a
 Vancouver Island amateur Boxing Commissioner.
this would help with 12 years of growth and achievement 
 on Vancouver Island between 1974 and 1985.

ASTORIA BOXING CLUB - 1966 and BEYOND

GOLDEN MEMORIES and SILVER MOMENTS
-  From the memories of Tommy Boyce and other
Friends of Boxing in British Columbia.
"The east end of Vancouver has a lot to be proud of
The Boyces were born there and I'm sure that the
name will long be remembered in the amateur boxing world,
as far away as Tacoma, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco
and Edmonton, Alberta.  Here in Vancouver, we know them as
the 'Golden Boys' (Wayne and Tommy)...


AL PRINCIPE on TOMMY and WAYNE BOYCE

"Tommy's open senior tenure
 included garnering the Triple
 Crown (Tacoma, Portland, 
Seattle  Golden Gloves),
 representing Canada at the
AAU Nationals and a Canadian title..."

"In Canada's Centennial Year, 
Wayne brought  honor  to BC 
amateur boxing from Golden Gloves 
Tournaments.  Gold was also Wayne's in the 
Canadian Championships in 1967."

GLENN MCGEE and RICK FLECK

Two former Astoria boxers  Glenn McGee and Rick Fleck
remember THE BOYCE Family and their contribution to
amateur boxing and the East End community.

A look back at 1967 and 1968, Wayne also prevailed in
the 1967 and 1968 Diamond Belt tournaments.

GORDY RACETTE speaks-up


Gordy was an outstanding professional boxer that fought out of
Port Alberni, Nanaimo and Vancouver and faced the likes of 
Jimmy Young and Champion Trevor Berbick.  
The above comments are a few highlights
 of a message about the BOYCE FAMILY.
 


Flashbacks -
BOYCE WINS BOXING AWARD
(reprint from page 3 - BC AMATEUR BOXING NEWS - May 1984)

WAYNE BOYCE was named BC's outstanding boxer
for 1967 Tuesday night by the BC Boxing Commission.

Boyce who battles for the Astoria club coached by his
father WALTER BOYCE, was the unanimous choice
of the five-man committee and will receive  the first
annual JIMMY SYMES MEMORIAL TROPHY at
the Bronze Gloves November 17 - 18.

Boyce fights at 125 lbs., the featherweight division
in amateur boxing.  He had an outstanding year
that included titles in the Tacoma, Seattle and
Vancouver Golden Gloves and the Diamond Belt award.

At the Canadian championships and Pan-Am Games
trials in Montreal, Boyce slashed his way through
three fights to take the title but he lost his
opening bout  in the Pan-Am Games in Winnipeg.


Boyce was recommended for the
honor by his high school TEMPLETON.



             THE FOUR CORNERS
                  - 1967 and 1968 -
                  Zelley - Lampkin - Boyce - Scott

Looking back to 1967 and 1968, we all had our individual
 stories, but each of our stories will touch on the
 boxing journeys of the others with a mixture of reasons
as competitors and/or team mates, and Alumni of the 
Golden Gloves. 

Update 2017: good news

 Wayne Boyce nominated for the 2018 selection of the
British Columbia Amateur Boxing Hall of Fame
along with Bob Decker, Brian Zelley,
Clarke McLellann and Dave Wylie

                              
                           Dave Wylie, 1967 Diamond Boy

                                           Brian Zelley, former boxer and builder





ALAN BROWN's boxing story

            ALAN BROWN - BC BOXER and CANADIAN CHAMPION


 THE ALAN BROWN BOXING STORY:  By Brian Zelley
(assisted by Alan Brown, and Steve Wood, and past members of
various BC boxing clubs and some non BC boxing champions)

INTRODUCTION

As  we look back through the history of amateur boxing in
British Columbia one  of the elite junior and youth boxers
 was Vancouver Island boxer - ALAN BROWN,  a member
 of the Campbell River Eagles Boxing Club and then the
 Gold River Boxing Club.  For a brief period he also trained in 
Vancouver at BOB DECKER's Shamrock Boxing Club along
with MANNY SOBRAL. Alan  would also be a member of the
 NANAIMO BOXING CLUB that was formed in 1971.





THE BEGINNING - CAMPBELL RIVER EAGLES 


                               The Eagles of  Campbell River 
                            (coaches George Shiels and Charles John)      
                                 (the Steve Wood collection)

Those early days in Campbell River was an important learning experience
in the basics of boxing skills.  Some of his Eagle team mates were
Jim Fiddler, Jim and Tim Hunter, Jita Nagra, Andrew Swim,
Cory Willcox and  Steve Wood.  The Campbell River  Eagles
have an interesting history beginning in the Seventies through the
efforts of JIM HOWIE and BILL WALKER, but other coaches like
GEORGE SHIELS and CHARLES JOHN would play a part or
add a few threads on the ALAN BROWN BOXING TAPESTRY.


The above video combines Alan's shots
with a random sample of other
Inductees
To add them all would be
a challenge, but elsewhere
We can see the full body of inductees.


In his early years in Campbell River, he quickly demonstrated the qualities of a champion.


(from the ALAN BROWN boxing treasure chest of Golden Memories)

THE GOLD RIVER AMATEUR BOXING CLUB

In the early Eighties, MONTY BROWN would form the
GOLD RIVER BOXING CLUB and Alan would be the shining
star.  Some of the other Gold River boxers were:
Kevin Archer, Wayne Hinchcliffe, Jason Adair, and Paddy Nelson

OTHER CLUBS -  GAINING EXPERIENCE

                             Manny Sobral - Alan Brown
                                 SHAMROCK BOXING CLUB
                                               (coach -  bob decker)

During the late Seventies and Eighties, Alan would train at various
clubs to expand his skills and experiences such as the club in
Victoria, Port Kells, and two  Vancouver clubs including
 the Shamrock Boxing Club and Astoria Boxing Club.
In 1987 Alan trained at the Nanaimo Boxing club.

SPECIAL AWARDS - THE JIMMY SYME AWARD

For junior boxers in British Columbia, one of the special awards
that stand above all the rest would be THE JIMMY SYMES AWARD.
The award was first presented in 1967 and over the years
 the best of the best have been recognized such as CHRIS IUS -
1970 and 1971, MICKEY GRIFFIN - 1974, JOHN HERMAN - 1977,
 CLIFF BALLENDINE - 1979.

Alan's turn to shine and be recognized as the outstanding
junior boxer of BC was  1982.

BEST INTERMEDIATE (YOUTH) BOXER - VANCOUVER ISLAND



In 1984, Alan became only one of twenty boxers between 1964
and 1984 to be declared a Vancouver Island Amateur Boxing
Champion.  Also, in the 1984 tournament held in Parksville
Brown earned the distinction of being named the
BEST INTERMEDIATE (Youth) BOXER of Vancouver Island.



                    Alan Brown - the man with the medal and the  award

CLUBS SHOW
- Serve as an important tune-up for Provincial and National action.

Over the years, Alan would participate in a number of club shows.
A sample of these were:

.October 30, 1982 - Campbell River - Alan  Brown wins over
Astoria  Boxing Club's   RAY ABRAHAM.

.March 12, 1983 - Campbell River - Alan Brown wins over
USA boxer SCOTT BELINC of Evertett, Washington.

.May 7, 1983 - Gold River - Alan Brown wins over  Shamrock
Boxing Club's MANNY SOBRAL.

.October 29, 1983 - Campbell River - Alan Brown wins  over USA
boxer MIKE PAINTER.

.December 3, 1983 - Gold River - Alan Brown wins over
Parksville Boxing Club's SCOTT CESSFORD.

Spring of 1984   - Gold River Invitational Show

ALAN BROWN (Gold River) over JIM HUNTER (CR Eagles).
In the awards process - Alan was declared "Best Boxer".
Some other boxers represented various Island clubs and one
boxer from Vancouver was Manny Sobral - he dropped a decision
to Tim Cessford.  Some other boxers were Steve Lincoln,
Paddy Nelson and Wayne Hinchcliffe.  Head official was
RICK BROUGH.




PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIPS and BC TOURNAMENTS

Over the years Alan has won his share of Provincial titles.

In 1984, as an Intermediate boxer in the featherweight division,
Alan Brown demonstrated his excellence with a significant 
victory over a Jimmy Symes award winner JAMIE BALLARD
of the noted Cranbrook Eagles Boxing Club in Burnaby, BC
at the BOXING BC Training Centre.


                  1984 - Brown - Murdoch - Zelley

1984 Provincial intermediate/Youth Featherweight Champion
ALAN BROWN in attendance at the BC boxing
training centre in July 1984 having a photo  with other
BC Golden Gloves Alumni -
 VIC MURDOCH and BRIAN ZELLEY
during the training of Canada's 1984 Olympic  Boxing Team. 

  

NATIONAL ACTION:

1980  JUNIOR NATIONALS

"SIX EXCELLED  AT PEI" - By Brian Zelley,
(as published in   the "Sportcaster,  July 2, 1980)

A team of six  junior boxers including
ALAN BROWN of Gold River, and
CLIFF BALLENDINE of Victoria
excelled at the Canadian junior boxing championships at
O'Leary, PEI June 26-28th.

 BROWN was one of three gold medal winners in the three day
tournament.  Other champions included GREG LABOUCAN 
and RANDY GALLER.  Ballendine was one of three silver
medalists along with GORDON JONES and LARRY ADAMS. 

Team coaches coaches were Mike Caird and Gary Oakden
while JOHN O'SHEA was team manager. An  Official from
BC was BCABA President FRED FULLER. 
(balance of article not included as it touches on "tough guy" bouts in Nanaimo).

1983 JUNIOR NATIONALS

Coaches  Wally Hill and John Kovac

Boxers:  alan brown, willy curry, deep butter,
manny sobral, paul deluca, aaron wolfe,
mike wood, tony francis, and scott bannink

1983 Champions from BC - BROWN and CURRY.

1982 JUNIOR NATIONALS
bc team -
 coaches - Tommy Hibbert and Ralph Galloway
team manager - Jim Gallagher
boxers - alan brown, gordon jones, willy curry,
jamie ballard, paul simpson, blaine downie, scott bannink.
 

GOLDEN MEMORIES

Alan became the first selection in 2011
for the Junio/Youth category for the
BC Anateur Boxing Hall of Fame










Saturday, February 19, 2011

TOMMY PAONESSA, boxing pioneer

TOMMY  PAONESSA
BC boxing pioneer

THE TOMMY PAONESSA BOXING STORY:  by brian zelley
(special thanks to JOHN PAONESSA for his support and contributions)


Travelling through the pages of the boxing history
                       in British Columbia
TOMMY PAONESSA  stands out as a boxing icon and a pioneer and
an inductee to a number of sports halls of fame including the
BRITISH COLUMBIA SPORTS HALL OF FAME - 2001 and
 BOXING CANADA. In 2009, he earned another level of recognition
 - Italian Cultural Society - HALL OF FAME - SPORTS.



This is a part of his boxing story.

LAYING A FOUNDATION

The boxing story of one is a thread on the tapestry of the sport
 of boxing. But, the story of one also touches on the boxing story
 of many others.  As a coach. TOMMY PAONESSA would
influence the story of many boxers such as
 BILL BREMNER, ELIO IUS, DENIS LABOSSIERE and PHIL PALMER.


NORTH WEST EAGLES - THE BEGINNINGS




                  AN EARLY BOXING CARD - NORTH SHORE - 1961
COACH - TOMMY PAONESSA
    One of the boxers to become a boxing start was Brian Bremner


Stan Smith presents the Harold Mann Award
to Tommy Paonessa