Sunday, 26 May 2013

The Footnotes of History

FOOTNOTES IN THE STORIES:

BY Brian Zelley

* Often lost in the story, of each of the boxers selected
in our group of 60, are the names of those boxers that
faced our boxing stars in the pro debut.  Who are they
and how did their journey go?

A sample of names include on Frankie Green aka
"Frankie The Pug", or one Walter Morris, and John Mason.
There was also a Terry Sorrell and a Joe Hogue.

And, how many can remember Moncton's Wayne Martin
who faced Trebor Berbic at the Festival Arena in Shediac

Monday, 20 May 2013

Willie de Wit - Boxer

Willie de Wit - Boxer

Gary Summerhays - Boxer

Canadian amateur and professional champion: Summerhays
Gary Summerhays - Boxer


Gary would have an interesting pro journey after his amateur day
with a Canadian amateur title in 1969, then turn pro in 1970 and
compete until 1983.

An important victory in 1972 was a win over Stewart Gray and in 1973
Gary would win the Canadian light-heavyweight tiutle with a win over
Al Sparks.  

The next big victory was over Commonwealth light-heavyweight
champion Tony Mundine in Australia.  And in the closing fights
of his journey, Gary Summerhays would have a couple of bouts
with popular Eddie Melo.

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Sammy Luftspring - Boxer

Sammy Luftspring - Boxer

Vic Foley - Boxer

Vic Foley - Boxer

Tyrone Gardner - Boxer

Tyrone Gardner - Boxer

Tommy Paonessa

Tommy Paonessa
* Tommy has done it all, from an amateur and pro boxer in the early years
to coaching and training boxers starting in the forties, starting the
North West Eagles boxing club in North Vancouver, serving as an official
for amateur boxing which includes serving as a judge on the 1972
Muhammad Ali vs George Chuvalo bout and much more.


Part of the long journey of Tommy Paonessa, a pioneer:


*Before his passing in
recent years, Tommy
was inducted into
Boxing Canada's 
Boxing Hall of Fame

* Tommy Paonessa is
also an inductee of the
BC Amateur Boxing
Hall of Fame.
 



























Rocky MacDougall - Boxer

Rocky MacDougall - Boxer

Richie Howard - Boxer

Richie Howard - Boxer

Leslie Borden - Boxer

Leslie Borden - Boxer

Jack Burke - Boxer

Jack Burke - Boxer

Herb Embuldeniya, boxing builder

Herb Embuldeniya


Lou Joshua Eisen, boxing media

Lou Joshua Eisen

Gregg Mac Ross, boxing media

Gregg Mac Ross, boxing media: by Brian Zelley

Yvon Durelle - Boxer

Yvon Durelle - Boxer

Wilf Greaves - Boxer

Wilf Greaves - Boxer

Troy Ross - Boxer

Troy Ross - Boxer

Trevor Berbick - Boxer

Trevor Berbick - Boxer

Tommy Burns - Boxer

The Tommy Burns story: by Brian Zelley


Tommy Burns - Boxer  The Tommy Burns boxing record

Hank Hartenberger

Henry "Hank" Hartenberger: by Brian Zelley
http://bzelley-canadianamateurboxing.blogspot.ca/2011_04_01_archive.html
*** the above link touches on Saskatchewan amateur boxing and includes
mention of Hank Hartenberger who is remembered by many across Canada
as the boxing coach of a boxing club in Weyburn, but his boxing story
is much more than that including his place in the Saskatchewan
Sports Hall of Fame.

Before his role in amateur boxing as a coach:
 

Hank, the boxing coach

This photo was published on May 9, 1974
in "The Weyburn Review"
photo by: Chuck McLaren
and republished June 1984 in the
"BC Amateur Boxing New"
The photo includes coach Harenberger with boxers
Kerry Fahlman, Morgan Williams and Ian Weir


Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame

Henry "Hank" Hartenberger was inducted
into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame
1995

Canadian Boxing Wall of Fame
In the year 2013
Hank Hartenberger 
is one of 100 that will be recognized 
on the wall of fame.



Saturday, 18 May 2013

SCOTTY OLSON journey by Brian Zelley


Introduction
* When it comes to Canadian amateur and professional boxing, there are
countless stories with a cast of characters that run the gamut from
great champions to just a volunteer at some club show. Then there
are some special people that made a difference to the way we view
champions through their dedication, desire and boxing spirit, looking
back to May 1984, a young junior boxer by thr name of Scotty had all
those important elements that spelled great champion and nice guy.
This piece on Scotty Olson for his selection to the new and special
Canadian Boxing Wall of Fame.  Without evasion, or the least trace of
uncertainty, I have no difficulty declaring Scotty Olson one of the
deserving members to be selected in 2013.  At the beginning of 2013
Olson was one of the few selected as a core member to the 
Canadian Amateur Boxing Wall of Fame.   As we march towards
the end of 2013, Scotty will be one of a hundred names to be part of 
the Canadian Boxing Wall of Fame.

Form the beginning to 1984 - The heart and soul of the story

*  To understand the complete story, the true heart and soul
of the Scotty Olson story was written on the wall of boxing history
during the period of May 25 to 27th, 1984.  at the Junior Nationals
held in Burnaby, BC.  It was a moment in time when a junior boxer
from Edmonton won the heart and minds of  Canadian boxers,
coaches, officials and many fans in the audience.  It was the 
moment when the curtains of greatness opened wide.  And, the
Bulldog from Edmonton would go on to many great  and 
outstanding moments.  But, May 1984 was when it all began.


Beyond '84 to the '88 Olympic Games


Scotty"The Bulldog" Olson - professional boxer


Golden memories, Tributes and Awards.


Friday, 17 May 2013

Gordon Wallace - Boxer

Gordon Wallace:
 Canadian welterweight champion: by brian zelley




Donnie Poole

DONNIE POOLE:

Introduction:
Donnie Poole will be one of 100 names that
will be placed on the wall of fame in 2013.
Part of his story was told on the site called
"Boxing Champions"

















































Golden Memories of others:



From and with the faces of others:



Donato Paduano

The Donato Paduano story

Chris Clarke - Boxer

Chris Clarke - Boxer

BURKE EMERY

BURKE EMERY boxing journey:
http://canboxbwz.blogspot.ca/2012/05/burke-emery.html



Blair Richardson - Boxer

Blair Richardson - Boxer

Al Foreman - Boxer

Al Foreman - Boxer

SIXTY BOXING NAMES



The other 20 to join the previous 40:


Al Foreman - Blair Richardson - Burke Emery
Chris Clarke - Donato Paduano - Donnie Poole
Rocky MacDougall - Gordon Wallace - Gregg Mac Ross
 Gary Summerhays -  Hank Hartenberger - Herb Embuldeniya - Jackie Burke
Lou Joshua Eisen - Leslie Borden - Ritchie Howard
Tommy Paonessa - Tyrone Gardiner - Vic Foley
and  Willie deWit.

The Other 40




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Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Nicky Furlano

The Nicky Furlano story: by Brian Zelley














Introduction
*  The Nicky Furlano boxing story is a classic story of a
Canadian boxer who fought his way to the top with many
interesting twists and turns as he travelled down the 
boxing highway.  Now, Nickey is one of the select 100 that will be 
recognized on the Canadian Boxing Wall of Fame.

There are many ways to tell the story, but the key moments will be
the same.  We can take it from the here and now and travel back in time
or we can start where it all began when a youngster by the name of 
Nicky found is way into into a  Toronto boxing gym called Sully's 

Michael Strange

MICHAEL STRANGE, the boxer:

Introduction: by brian zelley
The following is a link to a story that I did called
The Mike Strange Boxing Story:

































































































































































































































LOU BROUILLARD

Lou Brouillard, Champion: by Brian Zelley

Lennox Lewis - Olympic and World Boxing Champion

The Amateur and Professional Champion
THE LENNOX LEWIS BOXING Story: by Brian Zelley

Lennox Lewis - Boxer  The Pro Ring Record of Lewis

Larry Gains - Boxer

Larry Gains - Boxer

Johnny Greco - Boxer

Johnny Greco - Boxer

Johnny Coulon - Boxer

Johnny Coulon - Boxer

Jimmy McLarnin - Boxer

Jimmy McLarnin - Boxer

Jerry Shears

JERRY SHEARS - Boxer and Builder 

Jackie Callura - Boxer

Jackie Callura - Boxer

Jack "Bright Eyes" Delaney - Boxer

Jack Delaney - Boxer

IAN CLYDE, National Champion

Ian Clyde - Boxer

                                       The above photo is from Ian's own special
                                            web http://www.ianclydeboxing.com/




George Godfrey - Boxer

George Godfrey - Boxer

George Dixon - Boxer

George Dixon - Boxer

George Chuvalo - Boxer

George Chuvalo - Boxer

Donny Lalonde - Boxer

Donny Lalonde - Boxer

Clyde Gray - Boxer

Clyde Gray - Boxer

BOB EDGETT

BOB EDGETT, The Builder: by Brian Zelley

Bob Cleroux - Boxer

Bob Cleroux - Boxer

Billy Townsend - Boxer

The Billy Townsend story: by brian zelley

Ring record of:
Billy Townsend - Boxer

A list of some of the boxers that
Billy faced over the years - 110 bouts:

Johnny Woods - Ritchie King
Leo (Kid) Roy - Frankie Britt
Leslie (Wildcat) Carter - Doc Snell
Tod Morgan - Al Foreman
Joe Glick - Billy Petrolle
Benny Leonard - Bat Battalino
Freddy Steele - Tony Canzoneri
Tommy Bland - Gordon Wallace
Sammy Luftspring

An overview of the story of Billy Townsend:




Billy McGrandle - Boxer

Billy McGrandle - Boxer

Billy Irwin - Boxer

Billy Irwin - Boxer

Asif Dar - Boxer

ASIF DAR - Canadian Olympic boxer
Asif Dar - Boxer

















The Introduction of our own Asif Dar:
*  the importance of this photo for the Asif Dar boxing story has more
meaning than anyone can imagine when we travel back to how it all
began on the playground of a school where Asif was the outsider
looking in and receiving the taunts, and the slings and arrows of 
blind and ignorant racism.  Based on his desire and determination
and skills Asif Dar would become a great team member from
his early days as a junior boxer, to his two shots at Olympic
glory as part of a team.  And throughout the eighties the name
Asif Dar would be a name all Canadians could take pride in for
his determination, dedication, team spirit and achievements
from club shows to Provincial tournaments, from National
tournaments to great International moments in the sun and
under the bright lights and the sound of the bell Asif Dar is
one of our class acts to be on the Canadian Boxing Wall of Fame.

Arturo Gatti - Boxer

Arturo Gatti - Boxer

Arthur King - Boxer

Arthur King - Boxer


Art Hafey - Boxer

The Art Hafey story: by Brian Zelley
Introduction:
Art Hafey was one of 
Canada's great boxers
who  is one of the 
select 100 to be
recognized on the
"Wall of Fame"

Art is in a number of
halls of fame such as
the California State
Boxing Hall of Fame.

Art Hafey - Boxer The Art Hafey boxing rcord



The boxing record of Art Hafey outlines the final results
of the many professional fights, but it does not measure
the qualities that made Art Hafey a people's champion
and is one of the popular boxing heroes of Canada.