Monday, June 21, 2010

1948 News - Glovers Clash in Local Ring Monday Night

Miami's sixth annual Golden Gloves competition opens Monday night and runs through Jan. 20 and 22. Miami is a sub-district tournament of the Tulsa district meet and all winners will go to Tulsa.

Early entries point to one of the largest fields of fighters since the inauguration of the first tourney in 1940. It looks like 50 to 60 boys will be fighting for the nine championships and the jacket that goes with each.

The Northeastern A. and M. team and the National Guard squad will carry the colors of Miami while a team from Chelsea and two others have indicated they will be here. A large number of boys are fighting unattached.

Four winners of crowns last year have indicated they will defend their titles. Norvel Trask, at 160 pounds, is favored to retain his crown. Last week he went to Bartlesville and won the . 175-pound title, beating Charles Buchannan of Bartlesville by a fairly wide margin. Other winners who will be back arc J. E. Cook at 126; Pigeon Riley, 135, and Bob Witchcr at 147. All four boys represent the Northeastern A. and M. college.

Dave Surber, heavyweight finalist in the novice tourney, will fight at this weight. Surber also won the Bartlesville heavy title, beating Sears of Bartlesville easily.

Cook may run into trouble in defending his title against Ronnie McLemore of the Seneca Indian school. McLemore, a novice last year, has moved into the 126-pound class and was last year's 118 novice champion.

Pigeon Riley figures to have lots of competition from Floyd Rogers, Miami, and Richard Patton of Chelsea. Rogers won the novice championship held here last month and figures to be a better than average fighter. Patton, who was short on experience last year has gained in this respect and will give somebody a good fight before they beat him.

The welters have come up with a couple of good boys on Curtis Meyers of Miami and Bob Witcher, titlist last year. Meyers is back in competition this year for the first time since getting out of service. He lost one of the closest fights in the history of the Miami tournament to John (K.O.) Froman in 1940. The decision was Froman's by only the narrowest of margins.

The Seneca Indian school will have a couple of battlers in the 105 bracket who will he favored. One is Monkey Carey, a hard little puncher. His teammate, Leo Roach, lost a decision to Carey in the novice tournament in a free-swinging fight. The 112-pound class will be wide open, while in the 118 bracket Gene Flood of Chelsea, who was a finalist last year, will be back. Part of Flood's chief competition will come from Benny Bushyhead, who was a finalist at 112 last year.

There are a few choice seats left after a week's advance sale. Fans can obtain their tickets by calling or going to the Oklahoma Tire and Supply store. Tickets will remain on sale there until around 6 o'clock Monday night, when they will be moved to the A. & M. gym. Ringside ducats are selling for $l.50 and reserved seats for $1. General admission and students' tickets will not go on sale until the night of the fights at the gym.

Plans call for making Jan. 20 an appreciation night for the Seneca Indian school. Immediately after the intermission a plaque will be presented to school officials in appreciation of the help they, have been in making the Miami tournament a success through all the years. Every year since the first show they have had a bunch of scrappers in the running for crowns.

Weighing will start at 2 p. m. in College gym Monday. It is urged that all boys who can, weigh, in as early as possible in order to avoid confusion. All fights will start at 8 p. m. unless too many bouts appear on a night's card. Then it will be necessary to start at 7:30 p.m.

Source - Miami Daily News Record; Miami, OK; Sunday, January 18, 1948; p. 5.

Transcription by Polly's Granddaughter
copyright 2010, Polly's Granddaughter - TCB

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