Monday, February 1, 2010

1967 and 1968 BC GOLDEN GLOVES & DIAMOND BELT TOURNAMENTS





1967 & 1968 TOURNaMENTS for BC BOXERS

Some interesting tournaments in 1967 including the Diamond Belt Tournament and the
 1967 BC Golden Gloves. Of special interest, the 1967 BC Golden Gloves were titled the 1967 Centennial BC Golden Gloves with boxers receiving
a 1967 Centennial certificate of participation.

As I flash back to 1967 BC Golden Gloves, I fought three opponents Vern FOUTH, Steve FLAJOLE and Wayne BOYCE.
The four boxers from Vancouver Island were KEN ALEXANDER, BILLY TAYLOR, LES VEGAS and BRIAN ZELLEY.
At the end of the tournament, the 1967 BC GOLDEN BOY went to Vancouver's DICK FINDLAY. In 1968 and 1969,
the special award went to RAY LAMPKIN and NEIL KNIGHT.....

Photos: Fred Fuller & Dave Wylie, Frankie Scott, Brian Zelley and 1967 BC Diamond Belt tournament....

1968 DIAMOND BELT
                              (photo courtesy of John Paonessa)

1968 BOXERS IN THE OPENING ROUND
Gary Ferrari, Robbie Grant, Dave Allerdice, John Carr, Billy Gray,
Ron McEachern, Brian Zelley, Wayne Boyce, Dick Findlay,
Larry Houseman, Eddie Mullins, George Mankins, Rick Fleck,
Darryl Olson,  Freddy Fuller, Mike Fisher,  Pat O;Reilly,
Fred Hatfield,  Les Vegas and Greg Gumfer.

A quote from reporter Dave Empey:
"Les Vegas bruised Greg Gumfer  of California with fierce
body shots before winning on a TKO."


1968 BC GOLDEN GLOVES THE FINALS
(as reported by Dave Empey of the Vancouver Sun newspaper in February 1968
As they appeared:

Mike Colbert, Les Vegas, Joe Cooke, Robbie Grant, John Howard, Ted Kellenger,
Neil Austin, Lee Thode, Frankie Scott, Brian Zelley, George Perez, Denis Rorick,
Ray Lampkin, Wayne Boyce, Bill Taylor, Rick Fleck, Dave Allerdice, John Carr,
Dick Findlay, Nicky MacDonald, Earl McLeay, Jack Meda.


Other competitors in the semi-finals:
Dave Johnson, Brian Gray, Stephen Flajole, George Mankins, Sammy Johnson,
Dave Codville, Mike Fisher, Larry Davidson, Howard Hewitt.

One of the prelim boxers was Nanaimo's Tony James.


RAY LAMPKIN
1968 BC GOLDEN BOY

3 comments:

  1. Steve Flajole died in Seattle, Wa July 29, 2016.

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  2. Steve Flajole died in Seattle, Wa July 29, 2016.

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  3. Steve "Punchy" Flajole was a local hero on Capitol Hill in Seattle and a fighter to the end. He was a great example to all of us and that life has value no matter what our circumstances, past or present.- JQ

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