(note this has been prepared by brian zelley, but it is through the efforts of many folks including past and present members of the BC amateur Boxing Hall of Fame, members of the Ontario amateur Boxing Hall of Fame, members of the various committees, and members of the support group for a Canadian amateur Boxing Wall of Fame and History and through the communications with some of the inductees) The women in boxing builders: *** Alison Arsenault *** Ginnie Brown *** *** Marg O'Reilly *** Rosemary Page ***
THE CANADIAN AMATEUR BOXING WALL OF FAME
This wall of fame is an attempt to recognize the many folks that have been
involved in the sport of amateur boxing in Canada over many decades. It includes
boxers and builders that were engaged prior to the formation of the
Canadian Amateur Boxing Association (Boxing Canada) in 1969
and the many that have been a part of Boxing Canada and the
various Provincial organizations and in some cases folks involved in
the sport that may be connected to associations and groups that are not
sanctioned by Boxing Canada and the Provincial organizations.
The Four Region:
To ensure a fair representation across Canada, the process has been divided into
four regions including Western Canada comprised of British Columbia,
Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba then Ontario, Quebec and
For British Columbia the names primarily were selected from the
list of inductees of the British Columbia Amateur Boxing Hall of Fame
and the Ontario selection came from the lists of inductees and nominees
from the Ontario Amateur Boxing Hall of Fame. For Quebec and the Maritimes
the names were entered from the regional support sites.
ASIF DAR BILL ARSENAULT BILLY IRWIN
BRYAN GIBSON CAMILLE HUARD CHRIS CLARKE
CHRIS JOHNSON DALE BROWN DAVE HILTON Sr. DICK FINDLAY
DOMENIC FIGLIOMENI DONATO PADUANO
ED BLANCHARD EGERTON MARCUS FRANK SCOTT FREDDY FULLER GABY MANCINI HAROLD MANN IAN CLYDE
JEAN PASCAL JEAN-FRANCOIS BERGERON JERRY SHEARS JOE SANDULO JOHN KAHLBHENN KAI YIP KIRK JOHNSON LENNOX LEWIS MARC LEDUC MARK ADAMS MARTY O'DONNELL MICHAEL STRANGE PAT O'REILLY PAUL COLLETTE PETER BRITT RAY DOWNEY RICKEY ANDERSON ROGER ADOLPH SCOTT MACINTOSH SCOTTY OLSON SHAWN O'SULLIVAN STEPHEN NOLAN TAYLOR GORDON VERNON LINKLATER WALTER HENRY WAYNE GORDON WESLEY SUNSHINE WILLIE DEWITT YVES ULYSSES jr. ALISON ARSENAULT GINNIE BROWN MARG O'REILLY ROSEMARY PAGE
part of the boxing scene of British Columbia and over the years, up to the early 2000 to 2009 period, he had been recognized by many as being a caring and excellent boxing coach and the teacher of life skills to his many boxers. As expected, Wally had earned his share of awards and recognition along with the boxers of 2 Rivers in Quesnel, British Columbia, Canada.
The New Beginning - 2009
Through the desire of former boxers and trainees of the club,
a new journey would begin for Wally with the revival of 2 Rivers
in 2009 thus beginning a fresh new journey along with past boxers
and a new family of new trainees that would start their own
boxing journey with the help of Wally and the dedicated and
caring members of the club.
The Next Bend In The Road
Beyond today, the next stop along the boxing highway will be
the hosting of a boxing card in a few days at the Bouchie Lake Hall.
Back To The Beginning Years of 2 Rivers
*This part of the story will take us back in time pre-2009 through the records and the golden memories of those that were there for the journey that would
change all of their lives forever. *Part of any great coach and club is the time and effort of hosting a major Provincial tournament. Over the years in the early years in after the start of the new beginning, Wally and 2 Rivers would host many a tournament from Bronze Gloves, to Silver Gloves and Buckskin Gloves. But, their basic contribution was those many club shows that were well appreciated by fans, friends, officials and through the voices of other boxing clubs scattered throughout the Province.
Victory at the end of the match:
BC Team In the calm before the storm:
The Here and Now between 2009 to 2012
This part of the story looks an the New Beginning and the journey
from the revival to the December 2012 boxing show, The Coach in Action: In The Gym - Wally shows them the way:
In The Dressing Room Drama - demonstrating a move or two
In The Ring: Between Rounds
At the tournament between the bouts:
From The Treasure Chest Of Golden Memories
This part of the story is an opportunity for the many to reach back
to their own treasure chest of golden memories with a focus on
the role Wally Doern has played in their boxing journey and life skills. FROM THE WORDS OF A FORMER PRESIDENT OF BOXING BC and BOXING CANADA:
BRITISH COLUMBIA AMATEUR BOXING HALL OF FAME:
Round One of the Hall of Fame Journey - the 2013 Nominees:
Wally Doern is one of 29
listed nominees for 2013
There are no guarantees
that he will be picked.
In the Builders category
there are some quality names: Boyd Bayne Dick St. Louis Ed Williams George Nepper Ian Gibson Jim Gallagher Jim Howie Ralph Galloway Ron Whalley Stan Smith Todd Alain Vic Murdoch Wally Doern
friends of 2 Rivers boxing past and present.
BEYOND THE SELECTION PROCESS:
*** THANKS TO ALL THOSE THAT HAVE BEEN A PART OF THE BOXING STORY AND JOURNEY OF 2013 INDUCTEE *** WALLY DOERN, a worthy Builder of Amateur Boxing, and a worthy inductee in 2013 of our own BRITISH COLUMBIA AMATEUR BOXING HALL OF FAME.
Nicky had an interesting pro boxing journey that lasted from 1976 to 1984 with some Canadian, North American and word titles on the line. Furlano made his pro debut on October 23, 1976 with a victory over Danny Stokes, and closed out in 1984 with a stoppage of boxer Rick Spencer at the Varsity Stadium in Toronto, Ontario. In the interim, Nicky fought his share of world class bouts against some of Canada's and the world's best boxers. Some names that must be mentioned include: Al Ford, Gaetan Hart, Davey Lee Armstrong and Aaron Pryor. * when another boxer things so much of one of the all time greats such as Willie Pep, it is likely they would produce some of the same skills. And, by all accounts, Nicky Furlano was one of Canada's technically skilled champions who understood the importance of effective movement.
When we look through the long history of amateur boxing
in British Columbia an important figure was that of
Stanley F. Smith who was always there on the front lines,
or behind the scenes getting things done, organizing and
recognizing the many others in the form of nominations,
presentation of awards or assisting a boxing team.
Stan was involved in the pre-Boxing Canada era that
began in 1969 and continued to volunteer in the
new era of 1969 and beyond. He had even served on the
Board of Directors of the BC Amateur Boxing Association
in the eighties, and stayed in contact with many ex-boxers
and builders long after his active years.
Stan Smith in 1971.
(original photo courtesy of Freddy Fuller at one of the
Golden Glove tournaments: Stan Smith with Freddy Fuller,
Elio Ius, Clint Page and Bert Lowes.)
In the sixties, he was not only involved with the East Vancouver Optimists Boxing Club but would also travel to some of those Golden Glove tournaments in Washington state such as the Tacoma Golden Gloves or the Seattle Golden Gloves.
STAN still rocking in the Seventies
*Following the formation of Boxing Canada, and
the revision of the British Columbia Amateur
Boxing Association, Stan was still active in
many areas and could always be seen at
ringside at the many boxing tournaments
while serving in some capacity.
This routine followed into the Eighties.
Honorary Life Member of The BCABA:
*With his long and outstanding service to amateur boxing,
Stan Smith would become a life honorary member along
with some others such as:
*Pat West, Joe Magri, Al Decarie, Don Cowan, Dave Brown and Harry Twist.
*Stanley F. S;mith takes the role of
announcer with the presentation of
a special award to the pioneer of
BC amateur boxing
Tommy is also a honorary
life member of Boxing BC.
2013 NOMINEE FOR THE BC AMATEUR BOXING HALL *A well deserved nominee for 2013, Stan smith is one of 30 nominees that will be considered for selection. For many years, Stan was involved in recognizing and praising boxers, coaches and officials and presenting them awards or recommendations for some special award of selection process/
BOXING BC Boxers Plan for 2014 Tacoma Golden Gloves Boxing BC has been invited to attend the 2O14 tournæment/ Boxer KENNY LALLY is expected to be one of the team boxers. BC AMATEUR BOXING IN 1969: by brian zelley Over the decades, BC boxers have competed in the Tacoma golden gloves, Oriegon golden gloves and the Seattle golden gloves. 1969 TACOMA GOLDEN GLOVES The Tacoma Golden Gloves was always a good tournament to kick-off the serious boxing period between January and May of each year. Often BC boxers would have a good showing with a reasonable share of boxers in the finals. The year 1969 was no different. At the end of the tournament eight BC boxers would compete for the various titles with four winning titles. The four were:
Firefighters boxing club: Frank Scott and Kenny MacDonald. Prince George - Paul DiBenedetto, North West Eagles - Earl McLeay. Earl was training in Calgary but would compete for the North West Eagles in the 1969 tournament. Four boxers would compete in the finals but would not win titles. They would include Buzz Montour, Chester Douglas, Joe Cooke and Norm DesLauriers (photo of the 1973 tournament to recognize the silver anniversary of the Tacoma Golden Gloves organzied by the Tacoma Athletic Commission)
The 23rd Annual tournament in 1971.
Alumni of the Tacoma Golden Gloves. Brian Zelley, Ray Lampkin Wayne Boyce, Frank Scott Many boxers over the history of the Tacoma Golden Gloves have been from BC clubs. Two standout boxers that faced each other in the finals of the 1967 Diamond Belt were Dave Wylie and Fred Fuller. And, in 1970 Gordie Lawson would enter the tournament