Tuesday, December 4, 2012

The 2 Rivers Boxing Club ready for action


(This report prepared by Brian Zelley with the assistance of Dan Mott)

2 Rivers Boxer

December 15th

Bouchie Lake Hall,
Centennial Road
Quesnel, BC

Host Head Coach:
Wally Doern.

Background Information:

*Since it's revival several years ago, the 2 Rivers Boxing Club
has been an active and positive force in amateur boxing 
with numerous hosted boxing cards and the hosting of one
of the annual tournaments and being ready, willing and
able to travel to other boxing cards and tournaments.

Special consideration should
 also be given to boxer
 served as one of the volunteer
administrators for the BC Amateur 
Boxing Hall of Fame
since it's beginning in 2010.

*There will be various clubs that will take part in this show including
Betty Clarke's  Shaolin Boxing Club of Prince George.  Also expected
to be part of the action is the Revelstoke Boxing Club.  As a special part of 
the event Canadian champion KEN LALLY is expected to appear from
Prince George to put on an exhibition with  his club mate JAG SEEHRA.

The first story has appeared in the Quesnel Cariboo Observor

Wally is interviewed and some of the novice first time boxers are mentioned including:

Erin Dale, Zayd Jaffi and Devon Star along with a couple of others with
experience such as Dan Mott and Kyle Tessier. 

Ring Officials:
One of the ring officials that is expected to be in attendance is
Vicky McLellan of Williams Lake.  A likely referee should be Ian Gibson.


Every boxing club has a story and a beginning, for the original and
early members of the club they should be recognized and praised
for being there to start the never ending journey down the
twisting and turning boxing highway.

*Remember when, the club hosted a show in May of  2011 which would be in
memory of KELLY MOONEY and three of the stars of the show from 2 Rivers  

would be Dan Mott, Devin Mooney and Ray Beaulieu with competition from  
such places as Prince George, Williams Lake and the Queensborough club
of New Westminster (that is an old club that was started by the late
Frankie Scott, 1966 bronze medal winner of the Commonwealth Games.

Recent Flashbacks - A Moment of Glory

From the rich treasure chest of Golden Moments
and threads of silver, will be a few moments of 
glory for the 2 Rivers boxing.  In recent times,
see the boxer and his own piece of glory that
can be added to the deep places of the
"2 Rivers Boxing Club's Treasure Chest.

WALLY DOERN, the Head Coach

Wlally Doern, the head coach of 
the boxing club arrived back
in Quesnel a couple of years
ago to revive his old club
the 2 Rivers Boxing Club.

Prior to the revival, Wally had
had many excellent achievements
as a coach in Quesnel and some 
of the former boxers would return
to the club to be part of the great revival.  And it did not take long for
the lads from 2 Rivers to be an active part of amateur boxing in 
British Columbia, and would be part of the return to boxing for 
Victoria, BC when the Capital City boxing club hosted the 
2010 Golden Gloves.  (photo at the Golden Gloves includes
BOB PEGUES, a former Nanaimo boxer of the Seventies and
now a Prince George coach who trains top ranked boxers
Kenny Lally and Jag Seehra, and 2 Rivers Coach WALLY DOERN).

Boxers and Builders On A Journey 

*As the club prepares to perform on December 15th, there is always time to smile

The line-up
of gym moments
as they prepare
for the big day.

Participants Scheduled to see action

*British Columbia Amateur Boxing Hall of Fame. 

The Set-up Crew

* According to Cleo Stromquist, the set-up crew did
an excellent with the pre-event readiness  for chairs

Fight of the Night:

* Dan Mott was victorious in his bout that was named
Fight of the Night.

It is expected that the "2 Rivers Boxing Club"
will host another boxing show in March 2013.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Men's Welter (69kg) Athletes - Olympic Boxing | London 2012

Men's Welter (69kg) Athletes - Olympic Boxing | London 2012

Some names to follow:
Custio Clayton, Team Canada
Fred Evans, Welsh member of Team Great Britain.

Monday, July 16, 2012


(The names are from issues of the BC Amateur Boxing News, and news articles)

Some of the many - 466 names:

A - Abe Seriani, Al Duval,   Al Harper, Al Ranger,  Al Young,  Alan Brown, Alan Curtis, 
Alan Dunn, Alan Toth,  Alan Stockdale,  Alan Tummon, Alan Windecker,  Alex Angelomatis, 
Alex Bankier,  Alex Crabbe, Alex Riley, Alf Cool, Allan Bayne, Andrew Peters, Andrew Swim,
Andy Patterson,Arnold McEwan, Arnold Smith  Art Burgess,  Art Hodkisson, Art Shiels, 
Art Smith, Augusto dos Reis   

B - Barnie Deslaurier, Barnie Grace,  Barry Blatter, Barry Cartwright,  Barry Creswell, 
 Barry Krangle, Barry Neufield, Bernie Brisch, Bernie Hamilton, Bert Lepitre,  Bert Lowes, Bert Wilkinson, Betty Clarke,  Bill (Curly) Adams,  Bill Cox, Bill Cowie, Bill Donnelly,
Bill Gariepy,  Bill Gurvich, Bill Long, Bill Pepper,  Bill Taylor, Bill Walker,   Billy Hardie, 
Billy MacDonald, Billy Oates, Billy Pinkus,   Billy Watson, Bob Chambers, Bob Decker, 
Bob Delrio, Bob Edwards,   Bob Hickie, Bob Kacer,  Bob Lewis, Bob Newbrook, Bob Pegues, 
Bob Perry, Bob Shires,  Bobby Bates,  Bobby Parker,  Boyd Bayne, Brent Lackie, 
Brian Barker,  Brian Gray,  Brian Jones, Brian O'Hare, Brian Ordano,   Brian Sacho, 
Brian Zelley, Britton Gillette, Bruce Baille, Bruce Zimmerman, Buck Delaronde,
Bus Lindsay

C - Cal Osmond,  Carson Samuels,  Charles John,  Chester Douglan, Chester Norton,  
Chester Orr,  Chris Balatti, Chris Ius,  Chris Jones, Chuck Cruickshank, Clark MacLellan, 
Cliff McNabb  Clint Dumais, Clint Page, Cody Redford,  Colin Coleridge, Corky Hamilton,  

D -  Dale Anderson, Dale Habib,  Dale Walters,  Dan Wright, Danny Crawford, 
Danny Daniels, Danny Thompson, Dano Everts,  Darren Lussier,  Darryl Olsen, 
Dave Allerdice,  Dave Brown,  Dave Thompson, Dave Way,   Dave Wylie,  David Ius, 
Deep Butter,  Dean Bohm,  Dean Bruckshaw, Dean Townsend, Dean Young,  
Del Deugau,  Derek Austin, Derrick Hoyt   Dick Cote,   Dick Coulson,  Dick Findlay, 
Dick Huber, Dick St. Louis, Don Gehring,   Don Preston, Don Roy, Donna Lemay, 
Dot Lowes,  Dusty Mair,  Dwayne Evenson, Dylan Bishop,   

E - Earl Cook,  Earl McLeay, Earl Pilgrim,  Earl Vance, Ed Duffin,   Ed Gilmore,
Ed Williams,  Eddie Haddad, Eddie McCaffrey,  Eddie Ostapovich, Eddie Robertson,   
Elio Ius,  Everett Biggs, Eugene Edwards,  

F - Frank Almond, Frank Bowers.  Frank Scott, Frank Seriani,  Fred Buckle,  Fred Curtis,  
Fred Desrosiers, Fred Fielding,   Fred Fuller,  Freddy Fuller,  Freddy Hughes, Freddy Steele, 

G - Gary Bridal,  Gary Oakden,   Gary Robinson, Gary Tatton, Gary Wallace, 
Gary Wood, Garry Sirko, Gene Tait, George Angelomatis, George Armson, George Nepper, 
George Pires,   George Shiels, Gerald Peters,  Gika Singh, Gillies Nepper, Glen O'Connor, 
Glen Quocksister,   Glen Tubbs,  Glenn McGee,  Glynn Jones, Gordie Jones, Gordie Lawson, Gordie McGaw, Gordie Rabey,  Gordon Grayson,  Gordon Woodhouse, Gary Van Buskirk,

H and I - Hail King,  Hamid ismail, Harold Handlin   Harold Mann, Harpal Talhan, 
Harry Clearsky, Harry Morris,  Harry Pollitt,  Harry Smith,  Henry Heggelund,  
Howard Abercrombie,  Howard Curling,  Howard Smith,  Hugh Lindsay, Ian Douglas,  
Ian Gibson, Ian Harding,  Ian Middleditch Ian Pye, Ian Weir, Isaac Gock,  Izzie Rubin, 

J - Jack Hamilton,  Jack Herwynen, Jack MacDonald, Jack Meda,Jack Mellor, 
Jack O'Hanley,  Jack Pidgeon,   Jack Snaith, Jack Turner, Jag Seehra, Jamie Ballard, 
Jamie Ollenberger, Jason Downie Jason Heit, Jason Trottier,  Jeff Yule,  Jerris Jamel,
Jerry Sorenon,  Jim Gallagher,  Jim Marshall,  Jim Miller,  Jim Stevenson,  Jimmy Crook,  
Jim Hills,    Jimmy McMillan,  Jimmy Walters,  Joe Ashenbrenner, Joe Cooke, Joe Martin, 
Joe Pendry,  Joe Preston Joe Swift, Joe Webb, John Carr,  John Casano,  John Cowan, 
John Gamble,  John Herman, John Hunter,  John Kovac, John O'Shea,   Johnny Phllips,  
John Pringle,  John Wilson,  Jolly Edwards,  Jordan Woods,  Jim Langston. Jules Nepper 
Jim Howie. 

K  - Kalman Santosi, Keith Hunter, Keith Scott, Kelly Ricketts, Kelly Sumra, Ken Alexander, 
Ken Doll,  Ken Henderson,  Ken MacDonald, Ken McPhee, Ken Marjoram.  Ken Stant,
Kenny Lally, Kenny Lindsay, Kerry Gallagher, Kevin Lincoln,  Kevin Lyons
Kevin "Booper" Maughan, Kit Munro,  Kurt Max, 

L - Lanny Thom, Larry Cardinal, Larry Carney,Larry Hay, Larry Krangle, Larry Sinitsin, 
Laurence Baker,Laurie Mann,  Laurie Rorixk,  Lee Campbell, Lee Gauthier,  Lee Gibson, 
Lee Ranger,   Len Barker, Len Lightfoot,  Len Robertson, Lennie Walters, Leo Logan, 
Leo Rock,  Leon Chambers, Les Hamilton,  Les Vegas,  Lief Albrechtsen,  
Lindy Lindmoser,  Lorne  Daigneault,   Lorne Turner,  Lorne Hammer - Jackson,
Lou Bujdoso,    Lloyd Anderson, Lou Cooke,  LLoyd Tahouney, Lyle Jack, 
Lyle Kehoe,   Lyle Wold,

M - Mandy Lapointe,  Marg O'Reilly, Michael Olajide, Mickey McMillan, Micky Todson, 
Mickey Griffin, Mike Caird, Mike Carlson,  Mike Cleary, Mike Kennedy, Mike Lazare, 
Mike Moore, Mike Murray,   Mike Nicks,  Mike O'Connell,   Mike O'Reilly,  
Mike Sartori,  Mike Wood,  Monty Brown,  Murray Glover, 

N to P - Neil Austin, Neil Melrose,    Nick MacDonald, Niel Garda, Noel Hornby,   
Norm Dawson,    Norm Delaire,  Orland Ralph, Pat O'Reilly, Pat West, Paul Bottomley, 
Paul Calve,   Paul DiBenedeto,  Paul Deluca, Paul Dodd, Paul Lemay, Perry Demosten, 
Pete Seggie,    Peter Blair,   Peter Murray-Driver, Peter Paskie,  Phil Vickery, Pickey Lee, 

R - Ralph Galloway,   Ray Abraham, Ray Baxter,  Richard Uche, Rick Albrechtsen, 
Rick Brough  Rick Eedy, Rick Fleck, Rick Funk,  Rick Tait,  Rickey Evenson, 
Richard Watts,  Rifleman Walsh, Rob Findlay,   Roddy MacDonald,  Roger Adolph, 
Roger Nepper,  Roman Grimard,  Ron Elgie,  Ron Ogden,  Ron Paskie, Ron Reiter, 
Ron Trainor,    Ron Whalley,  Ron Williams,  Ron Wilson, Roy Harris,  Roy Maycock,
Rudy Bianco, Russ Lyon, 

S - Sammy May, Sandy Caldwell,  Scott Bannink, Scott Cessford,   Scott Galloway, 
Scotty McQueen,  Scotty Scott,  Sid Knopp, Sid McKnight, Sheldon Samuels, 
Shirley Hibbert,    Shirley Knopp,  Sid Beech,  Sid Douglas, Sid Greenwood,  
Skimp Williams, Sonny Mullis,   Stan Richardson, Stan Smith, Stefan Melideo,   
Steve Barnes, Steve Bellis, Steve Noel, Steve Venuti,   Steve Wood, 

T - Ted Balatti, Ted Beales,   Terry Cooke, Terry Copeland, Terry Doyle, Terry Eastman, 
Terry Lewis, Thorky Larsen, Tim Cessford,  Tim Howey, Tom Coady,   Tom Crabbe, 
Tom Key,Tom McGaw,  Tom McMurchie,  Tom Turnbull,   Tommy Black, Tommy Boyce, Tommy Cruise, Tommy Duncan, Tommy Gunn, Tommy Hibbert, Tommy Paonessa,  
Tommy Yule, Tony Duffy, Tony James, Tony Lilach, Tracy Peters, Trent Ketchenson, 
Terry Dermott, Todd Alain, Tim Hunter, Tyler Piddocke,

U to Z - Wade Ricketts,     Wally Doern,  Wally Hill, Walter Austin  Walter Boyce, 
Walter Brownlow,  Wayne Peace,    Ward Walker, Wayne Barnes,  Wayne Blatter, 
Wayne Boyce,  Wayne Crowe,  Wayne Powell, Wayne Morgan,  Wayne Welsh, 
Willie Benallie,  Winnie Schelt,  Zack  McKay,  Wally Doern 


For some of the boxers, more can be found in some of the
following links:

*2010 Inductee, the British Columbia Amateur Boxing
Hall of Fame:




Tuesday, June 19, 2012


WOMEN IN BOXING: 2012 Nominees for
HALL of FAME:  By Brian Zelley, administrator

*What began in 2010 has expanded in 2010 to include a category
for women in boxing.  For 2012, the first ever women nominees
are builder MARGARET O'REILLY and

Although the selection process is taking place in June 2012
it is expected that both Marg and Mandy will be the first
two women in boxers to be recognized as inductees.
Marg's husband, the late Pat O'Reilly was the founder
of the Hasting's Community Centtre boxing club which
operated for a few decades in Vancouver.  Mandy LaPointe
is a former amateur boxer and current professional boxer
from Prince George.

Following the completion of the process that is expected
to be complete on or before July 1, 2012 the appropriate
announcement will be made.

The importance of this will coincide with another historical
moment for Women in Boxing when women boxers will
compete in the 2012 London summer olympic games.
The Canadian boxer MARY SPENCER is the lone
woman boxer to compete in London and one of her
toughest competitors will be the English boxer but
the USA boxer Clarissa Shields with a victory over Mary will also
be a medal threat. In the other weight divisions, one of the
expected medal winners is Ireland's Katie Taylor.

Women in Boxing in British Columbia
In decades past, many women involved with boxing were often in 
various volunteer roles such as the women's auxiliary or helping
out at boxing shows.  Over time some would serve as a board 
member for Boxing BC such as Marg O'Reilly, Shirley Knopp
Jean Bayne and many others.  And, in the Nineties there would be
women's boxing in amateur bouts.

Some of the names of women involved in the auxiliary were
Jean Bayne, Nadine Bayne, Audrey Wilson, Stella Fuller,
Carole Brown and ida Smith.


(as published in the "Sportcaster" on January 9, 1980)
-story by Brian Zelley, boxing coach and VAA director)

(note: this story was to look back at the boxing scene in 
Victoria, BC, Canada and document some of the changes
However, it was not intended to be an in-depth history of
every club show and tournament.  One important change
was when Nanaimo Boxing Club co-founders Dan Wright
and Britan Zelley joined with the local Victoria boxing 
community to begin a re-building of the sport of amateur

"Amateur boxing in Victoria started the Seventies in a 
decade of doubt, but closes out the 1970's with a record 
of growth and achievement.

In the early years, boxing was on the ropes with limited
activity and public exposure.    In the last six years,
amateur boxing in Victoria has made a strong comeback
and has created a new wave of interest.  Prior to this 
period, boxing was in a rebuilding stage as a result of the
decline in top level boxers in British Columbia after the 
1968 Olympics. 

From 1970 to 1973, boxing was kept alive through the 
efforts of Gordie McGaw, Larry Montgomery and
Mike Caird.  At this time, the local boxers were 
competing in club shows on the Island and several
boxers entering tournaments in Vancouver.

   (Reprint from "The Victorian", November 22, 1974)
      The revival of boxing:  Ian Weir, Mike Caird, Brian Zelley)

In 1974, three veteran boxers moved to Victoria to be part of the rebuilding
program.  With the arrival of Brian Zelley, Dan Wright and Ian Weir, Caird
was able to expand the boxing program.

The first local boxer to achieve National attention was Wayne Crowe who
was a silver medalist in the 1974 Canadian Amateur Boxing Championships.

in 1975, the boxing program received a boost when the London Boxing Club
helped with financial assistance ...On June 6, 1976, boxing back with the LBC
hosted an English Schoolboy vs BC Junior Selects tournament, and on
August 31, 1976 the Victoria Athletic Association  was formed at took over 
sponsorship of the boxing program.  Due to increased help provided by the
directors and other members and improved training facility  at the 
Quadra Recreation Centre, the coaches (Mike Caird, Brian Zelley
and Mike Sartori) were able to develop better qualified and more
experienced  boxers.  As a result Victoria boxers won many 
provincial tournament championships. 

The top three junior boxers to emerge were Gary Robinson,  
Cliff Ballendine and Matt Montgomery. 
(note the story listed some of championships won by the boxers)

Boxing in Victoria expanded when Lou Bujdoso left the VAA
to form his own club which became the Victoria Jaycees.
(Quadra Recreation Centre)

The combined boxing programs in Victoria joined together 
to sponsor the revived 1980 Diamond Belt Championship
in February. "

End of Story, or will the story be repeated in a town or village
somewhere at some future date, or will some critical points
be found that can begin a new journey for one or many.

Monday, June 18, 2012



This article is a story that appeared in the Sportcaster
on June 7, 1977 as was the end of the season for 
the Victoria Athletic Association.

Amateur boxing  for the 1976/77 season came to an official
end recently when the Annual Awards were presented at the
first annual awards ceremony for the VICTORIA ATHLETICS
ASSOCIATION.   Sharing awards for the boxing program were
Malcolm Montgomery, Matt Montgomery, Gary Robinson and 
Tom Turnbull.

Malcolm Montgomery who showed steady improvement 
throughout the year, received the award for 
The Most Improved Boxer.  

Matt Montgomery went from a novice boxer to an open
junior contender.  His most important bouts were against
top rated Dale Walters from Burnaby.  For his effort over 

over the year, Matt received the award for the 
Most Sportsmanlike Boxer.  In all his bouts< Matt showed
compassion for lesser foes and courage against the likes 
of Walters and John Herman of Richmond.

Gary Robinson was selected  as the best VAA boxer.
Throughout the year Robinson faced the best boxers 
in his weight division.  Many of the toughest bouts ended
in split decisions.  Having faced the best in many close 
bouts Robinson was top choice for VAA Boxer of the Year.

Tom Turnbull who boxed in the novice welterweight division
was the first recipient  of a perpetual trophy dedicated to
the late Nick Lystar.  Tom won the best left hand  trophy
for his excellent use of the left jab and left hook in all of
his bouts.

In the words of former flyweight champion Jimmy Wilde:
"The young boxer must develop punching power with the 
left.  Learn to use it swiftly, powerfully and accurately".

Aside from the individual awards, the VAA boxing 
program has resulted in renewed interest  in the 
sport of amateur boxing in Victoria.  Many persons
including the boxers, coaches, parents, officials and
fans contributed to this success.  The key persons 
involved - coaches: Mike Caird, Brian Zelley and 
Lou Bujdoso, manager Ian Duddy, and Jack Dillon, 
Bob Perry and Don Shaw.

Saturday, June 16, 2012


The following story was prepared by me  for the sports paper 
the "Sportcaster"  and was published October 26, 1983
with a Vancouver Island focus.

*Victoria Jaycees boxer Mike Kennedy defeated two opponents
to win the 147 lb. senior novice championships  in the 1983'"
"S.I.N. Tournament" for senior and intermediate novice
boxers at Burnaby's Development Training Centre on
October 22.  Other Greater Victoria participants were
Augusto dos Reis, Lyle Ritchie, Paul Wade and Ian Middleditch.
Parksville boxers were Tim Cessford, Darryl Gurrier, 
Glenn McMillan and Darryl Clarke.   Island coaches were
Mike Sartori, Art Shiels and Brian Sacho.  The lone Island
official was Brian Zelley (Victoria).

KENNEDY stopped Mike Parsons of Prince George in the 
third round of a prelim bout and decisioned Eddie Lee of 
Vancouver to win the title.  Augusto dos Reis was declared 
uncontested in the 106 lb. intermediate novice division.

In an all Island bout Parksville's Tim Cessford won a decision
over Victoria's Paul Wade in the 139 lb. intermediate class.
In the first round , Cessford edged Wade.  In round two
Wade bounced back midway through the round to 
knock Cessford into the ropes with a well times left hook
and right cross combination.  Tim weathered the storm to
hear the bell.  In the third round both boxers showed good
boxing basics.  But, a couple of well placed jabs by Cessford
earned the round for him.  The final decision was a 4-1
majority decision for Cessford.  In the finals, Cessford 
dropped a 4-1 majority decision to Todd Hartley of Prince George.

In other matches featuring Island boxers, Ray Abraham of
Vancouver defeated Lyle Ritchie, Duncan Murdoch (Carnegie)
edged Ian Middleditch, Brent Kollen (Vancouver) defeated 
Gurrier, Peter Martin (Williams Lake) over McMillan, 

Jim Cumberland (Shamrock) edged Darryl Clarke.

In other competition JASON TROTTIER defeated Ray Abraham to 
win the 132 lb. intermediate title, and was named  
Hastings Community Centre outclassed Tonka Young of Shamrock
and Duncan Murdoch of Cargegie to win the 139b senior title
and be named best senior boxer 

Other participants included:
Brent Lackie, Bob Steeves Leonard Starr, Jessie Kaelus, 
Khiem Lawlor, Mark Smith, Darryl Starzuk, Ed Beaucage,
Ted Kinna, Vincent Schryver, Richard Orozco, Terry Dermott,
Greg Singh and Werner Kirschner.

Head official was Bert Lowes, and other officials were 
Fred Fuller, Sid Knopp, Rudy Bianco, Larry Krangle,
Jack Mellor, Brian Zelley, Lindy Lindmoser, Bill Gurvich,
Alan Young and Vic Murdoch.  Ring announcer was
Larry Carney, head timekeeper was George Armson,
registration was handled by Shirley Knopp and Marg
O'Reilly, and gloving dutiies were handled by 
Tommy Yule and Gordon Miller. 

Other News:
Victoria boxers Kirk Ranneris, Paul Deluca and Kit Munro
are slated for activity in Campbell River on October 29th.
There will also be a rematch between GARY WOOD 
(1983 Canada Games silver medalist) and DAVE
HENDRICKSON  (1983 BC Winter Games gold medalist)
Other Island boxers will compete in the 1983 Bronze Gloves
championships on November 5th.

The Victoria Jaycees will host their first amateur boxing card
of the current season at the Gordon Head Recreation Centee
on Sunday November 13th.  at 2:00 pm  The card will 
feature twelve bouts  with Victoria boxers competing against
other Island boxers and competitors from the mainland.

Friday, June 8, 2012


EYES and EARS:  BY Brian Zelley

Starting in 1983, I determined that the story of amateur
boxing in British Columbia has not been told.  So 
starting with the "Vancouver Island Boxing News",
I began a journey to tell the story through my eyes and ears.

FROM 1939 to 2012: Or, from the journey of Kenny:
One could say it is the story of the many boxers from the
likes of KENNY LINDSAY in 1939 to 
boxer KENNY LALLY in 2012.  But, of course, there have 
been many more that have made an impact on the sport
and hundreds that participated with any International
or National recognition.

Following the production of two issues of the Island boxing news,
I became the editor of the "BC Amateur Boxing News".

*This story will attempt to cover some of the highlights of the stories.
(photo: Kenny Lindsay, 1940)

*A good starting point for the story is to touch base on the many coaches 
and officials of amateur boxing and some of theese are found in the 
flurry of stories under the title of "BOXING BC OIFFICIALS AND COACHES:
and can be found at http://zelley-boxing.blogspot.ca/
The first story in the above link was in 2009 and takes us back
to 1980 and the re-election of FRED FULLER as president of 

*Throughout the decades there have been many tournaments but 
the ultimate tournament on an bais is the GOLDEN GLOVES
that began in 1939 and was heldd in Vancouver.  Other tournaments
have been introduced along the way with a range of stories including
the various revivals from Silver Gloves to Buckskin Gloves and the
various lives of the Diamond Belt tournaments in the Fifties, Sixties
 and the 1980 revival in Victoria, BC.  Some of the history is found
on the LINK:  http://bzgloves.blogspot.ca/
The above link covers Golden Gloves and Diamond Belt action.
I have also documented some of the history in Wikipedia:
This includes reference to the first Golden Gloves
tournament called "The Sun Golden Gloves" of 1939,
also some early winners of the Seattle Golden Gloves
in the Forties such as Gordon Grayson, Jackie Turner
and Vic Murdoch.  Also, reference to the 1945
Golden Boy, Chester Orr.

*Based on the history of the sport and the many contributions
to the sport, more past members in boxing should have been
recognized in the BC SPORTS HALL of FAME.  But, alas
that as of 2012, it is just restricted to Seven members with a boxing
connection and for some of those seven it was not easy getting them inducted,

*One alternative to the various provincial and  regional halls of fame,
was for persons that have been involved in amateur boxing to take
the initiative and create a hall of fame.  Now, although it was firs
mentioned in the BC AMATEUR BOXING NEWS in 1985,
it would take 25 years to establish the British Columbia Amateur
Boxing Hall of Fame in 2010 and in the first two years there are
now 25 inductees which include the 1967 Diamond Belt 
tournament and the Campbell River Eagles Boxing Club
and various individuals and categories including  a Pioneer
section that has one inductee by the name of Tommy Paonessa.

Scattered Pages of BC Amateur Boxing History:
*There are many ways and 
methods to tell the story.
One such series of methods
is through the public pages
of news and views:

*If the boxing club is the classroom for boxers, then it is a must
that we tell the story of past and present clubs and retell a piece
of their history. Starting in the west, the logical beginning would
be Vancouver Island and one area for two clubs with a combined
history that begins in 1963 in Nanaimo Boxing history:
http://nanaimoboxing.blogspot.ca/ This link covers some
of the history of the Newcastle and Nanaimo Boxing Clubs.
But there have been many more clubs ins such places as
Golde River, Campbell River, Comox, Parksville, Port Alberni,
Ladysmith, Chemainus, Crofton, Sooke and Greater Victoria.
*A club that began in 1976
to replace the London Boxing Club
Other clubs have since replaced
the athletics boxing program
beginning with the Victoria 
Jaycees that began in the late
Seventies through Lou Bujdoso,
and a recent club is the 
Capital City Boxing Club.

Over the decades there have been many clubs, and over time they
pass into the history books.  Some of the long running clubs in
British Columbia still active include the Prince George club
the Spruce Capital Warriors Boxing Club with one of  the first
persons to be involved was Irving Mann, father of Harold and
grandfather of Laurie Mann.  Another club of long term
activity is the Cranbrook Eagles Boxing Club with one of the
early coaches being Michael Moore and one of the early stars
of the club being Derrick Hoyt, who now lives in Victoria and is
a ring official and at one time was a coach of the Sooke Amateur
Boxing Club which recently has been revived.

Cranbrook Boxing in the here and now

Starting with Vancouver Island, some of the boxing clubs
included the London Boxing Club in Victoria, the 
Newcastle Boxing Club in Nanaimo, and the 
Port Alberni Boxing Club in Port Alberni. In 1969,
a club in Campbell River was starting to take shape
but the Campbell River Eagles Boxing Club would
not be registered until 1970.

Some well known clubs in the Greater Vancover and 
Lower Mainland includes the Richmond Boxing Club,
Ladner Boxing Club, Langley Boxing Club, the 
Vancouver Firefighters, Astoria Boxing Club, the
East Vancouver Optimists Boxing Club, the Hastings
Community Centre Boxing Club, the Surrey Club,
the South Burnaby Boxing Club and the North West
Eagles boxing club.  Then at one time there was a club
based in the Haney Correctional facility, and ones in 
such places as 100 Mile House and then a high profile
one was the Prince George based Spruce Capital Boxing

* AAC * Astoria * Chilliwac * Cloverdale * Coquitlam
* Cranbrook * Firefighters * Hastings * Ladner * Langley
* Mount Pleasant * MSA * Nanaimo * North West Eagles
* Police Coup Legion * Richmond * Simon Fraser *
* Spruce Capital (Prince George)  Surrey * Victoria Boy's Club.

The Vancouver Firefighters and the North Vancouver
North West Eagles were coming to the end of their life cycle,
but throughout the Seventies other clubs would appear
such as the revival of the London Boxing Club, but in 1976
it would be replaced by the Victoria Athletic Association.

*Astoria * Burnaby Eagles * Burns Lake 
* Campbell  River Eagles * Capital Hill 
* Cranbrook EE * Crofton * Douglas College
* Elk Valley * Gold River * Hastings 
* Invermere * Kelowna * Kamloops
* Kamloops Lions * Kimberley * Kingsway
* Comox Valley * Ladner * Falkland * Kermide 
* Lake Babine * Maple Ridge * Nanaimo 
* Olympus * Parksville-Qualicum * Pavilion
* Port Kells * Spruce Capitol * Prince Rupert
* Firt St, John * Queensborough * North Shore
* Point Grey * Revelstoke * Richmond * Seton Lake
* Shamrock * Squamish * Sunshine Coast * Trojan Horse
* Vernon * Victoria Jaycees * Williams Lake Boxing Club 


* Over time nothing stays the same, as the years rolled by    

many of these clubs would fade away, but some would remain
but even then the names of those in charge would change.  

By the mid-Seventies, two of the top two clubs would end
including the North West Eagles in North Vancouver and
the Firefighters in Vancouver.  One of the last warriors of 
the Firefighters boxing club was Gordie Lawson.

Also, the boxing club at the Victoria Boy's Club would
fold and be re-sponsored by the London Boxing Club
until 1976 when it was replaced by the
Victoria Athletic Association:

But, over time as we moved in the active years of the Eighties,
the Victoria Jaycees Boxing Club that was started by 
Lou Bujdoso would be the only club in the capital city.

THE EIGHTIES would be a good decade for boxing
on a local level,  a provincial level and on a National basis
along with International competition.

*The selection of 55 included some from British Columbia
including: Roger Adolph, Pat O'Reilly sn., Harold Mann,
Dick Findlay, Freddy Fuller and Frankie Scott.
for details for the first list of inductees for January 1, 2013

Monday, January 30, 2012

The brian zelley boxing story - Blogs - Boxing Forums

The brian zelley boxing story - Blogs - Boxing Forums
Every photo tells a story, and the one above is a story of folks
banding together to help revive the sport in Greater Victoria in 1974.
For a 12-year period 1974 to 1985, there were some very interesting
moments. But, beginning in 1989, there was a new story to begin,
and that related to the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria.

1984 - An interesting year.
photo: Alan Brown, Vic Murdoch and Brian Zelley
(At the Canadian Olympic Boxing Team Training Site)

The Saddo Boxing story only looks at the beginning in 1963
and the end in 1992. But, the story continues with

"Out Of The Shadows" relates to the ongoing story
of telling the many different stories that touches
of various aspects of amateur boxing from a local
level to some international areas.

It is an attempt to tell the Canadian Amateur Boxing
story past, present and future. It also tells of the
history of amateur boxing in British Columbia by
telling the stories of individuals, clubs and events.

Based on the long history, there have been many great
moments in amateur boxing in Canada. But, that promise
of a promising bright future can only be managed by the
boxers, coaches and officials of today and tomorrow.
At best, all the rest of us can only be the eyes and ears,
and the witnesses in future days.

BOXING CANADA, a new beginning and THE PROMISE

To reach a new level of excellence and growth, our friends
in BOXING CANDA are on a mission to pave the future
boxing highway with promise and action, but it begins with
a plan:

For many of us, we may not have been in that special circle
of the 40 planners, but we can still support the
organization with our effort, energy and enthusiasm.

Each Province has a history and each Province has a future
in amateur boxing. The question for all current members of each Provincial
is what can they do to improve the future of the sport. One important
starting point is to understand the best of the past and try to adopt their
own blueprint for the future.

Our Own Personal Boxing Story
All of us that have been involved in amateur boxing have a story to tell.
In many cased it is a combination of many bits and pieces of good times,
setbacks and bad times. Looking back, one of the things that stands out
in my boxing journey was being a co-founder of the Nanaimo Boxing Club
in 1971 along with Dan Wright. But, that club also gave me
regret and sadness in 1979. At that time I was involved in boxing
in Victoria so I was just another forgotten member of the Nanaimo Boxing Club.
From the start of the Campbell River club in 1970, the Nanaimo club in 1972
and the revival of boxing in the early Seventies in Victoria, it would be
a mini-Golden Age for boxing on Vancouver Island that would also see a lot
of activity in the Eighties and the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria.

The Moment Of Despair
The moment of upset and despair came some time in the early Eighties,
when I received a scrapbook of the Nanaimo Boxing Club following the
death of my aunt Dorothy Runacres who was a regular supporter of the
club with nuerous trophies throughout the Seventie. It was nice
looking through the scrapbook until I read the May 1979 article
that appeared in the NANAIMO TIMES. with the headline
Boxing Club Gets New Home.

Now, the story was about the club changing locations form the theb
basement of the Queen's Hotel to new premises by Harewood and Howard,
So far so good, but the first incorrect fact was that the story
claimed the current coach of the club was instrumental in forming
the Nanaimo Boxing Club in 1971 which was not true. The real truth
is in the summer or late spring of 1969 a number of former boxers
and BOB PEGUES asked me about reviving boxing after the Newcastle
Boxing Club had folded following the 1968 season. Although it was
not possible to get a club active in 1969, I began to work on the
idea with a boxing friend that was also a member of Vancouver's
Firefighters Boxing Club and that was Dan Wright who was a NDSS
Grad in 1967, the same year I completed Grade 13 before going to
UBC in September 1968. From that initial idea or suggestion in 1969,
two years later, Dan and I were ready and able to start the new club
which we called the NANAIMO BOXING CLUB. Help to begin the club
came from a variety of sources in Ucluelet with Myrt Saxton to the
Nanaimo Recreation body, to individuals including the former coach
and founder of the Newcastle Club and John Ormandy. Many of the
discussions and planning took place in the home of John Ormandy
during 1970 and 1971.

The second area of regret came from that Nanaimo Times article that
touched on the folks involved in the Nanaimo Boxing Club from the
beginning to 1979, and missing from the list of names were
Brian Zelley and Dan Wright. Twelve boxers were mentioned but of the
original six to participate in the first boxing card in 1972 only
the following two were mentioned in the article and that was

In any journey, we all have highlights and setbacks, we learn to
get over the bad decision in a bout we may have won but lost the decision,
We may be upset with not getting picked for a team but there is always
another opportunity. But there is no comeback of second chance when you
and others have been eliminated from the history of a club.

1964 - A Beginning of my boxing story:
As we trip through the years, the photo is my first boxing
photo which is part of a group photo of members of the
Nanaimo's Newcastle Boxing Club in 1964. One of the
boxers that was not in the photo but was one of our
standouts in the following season is Mike Lazare.
There would be many others such as Ken Stant and
Murray Glover, Jules Nepper and Tony James.

Those that appeared in the photo were:
Leo Rock, Chris Balatti, Golles Nepper
Leon Nepper, Roger Nepper and Brian Zelley.

Over the years, there would be other photos
including those for other clubs such as my
last fight:

During our days of active boxing two
of the outstanding boxers that I faced
were Ray Lampkin from Porland
and Neil Knight from Seattle.
****** 1968 ******

My last official bout took place
in Nanaimo, BC
Brian Zelley vs Clark McClellan
a post fight photo 
Looking back photos:  1973 to 1966
(photos of Brian Zelley, boxing moments)

This show took place six days after a show
in Seattle, Washington and included
ones that were in that Seattle show
Freddy Fuller and Brian Zelley

Remembered in May 1974

Saturday, January 28, 2012



Over the last year< I have managed to connect with former club mates
and/or team mates of the past - including Mike Lazare and Gordie Lawson.
Looking back, Mike and I trained in Nanaimo at the old
Newcastle Boxing Club in the mid-Sixties and
Gordie and I trained at Vancouver's Firefighters Boxing Club
in the late Sixties.

Both Mike and Gordie became champions in various
Provincial tournaments and one thing both could
do very well was throw effective body punches.

Both Mike and Gord have been mentioned many times
in various stories, but when you connect with those you
hadn't seen for many decades, it makes for an interesting story.

Over the last several years, I have reconnected with many more
from the past days of boxing in the Sixties and Seventies

such as
Freddy Fuller,  Glenn McGee, Jack Snaith,
Dan Wright, Mike Caird, Ian Weir, Bob Lewis
 Jim McFadden, Clark MacLellan

(photo shot: Brian Zelley and Clark MacLellan)

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