The Carolinas Boxing Hall of Fame Banquet will be held Friday, June 3rd at the Sheraton Charlotte Hotel Airport. The event will begin with a cocktail hour at 6:00 pm followed by dinner and induction ceremony at 7:00 pm.
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BRUCE HAYES WILL BE HONORED
AT CAROLINAS BOXING HALL OF FAME
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Prominent state businessman Bruce Hayes of Lexington, N.C., who has been active in NASCAR and boxing circles for decades, will receive the Floyd Patterson Lifetime Achievement Award by the Carolinas Boxing Hall of Fame at the Carolinas Boxing Hall of Fame Banquet on Friday, June 3rd at the Sheraton Charlotte Airport Hotel. This is an annual award, voted on by the board, for a person who has made a difference over a lifetime in boxing in the Carolinas and is given in honor of the heavyweight champion who was born in Waco, N.C.
Hayes, born in the textile village of Erlander, boxed all over the South but really made his mark as a coach, trainer and boxing philanthropist. In later years he was instrumental in helping the careers of many NASCAR drivers early in their careers and has been sponsoring modifieds at Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem for decades. He operates one of the largest retail diamond businesses in the South.
THIS YEARS INDUCTEES
Six boxers, headlined by the legendary “Bobcat” Montgomery of Sumter, will be inducted including Joe Lee Sill, Buffalo, S.C.; Bruce Cantrell, Spartanburg, S.C.; JoAnne Newman, one of the first female referees, North Augusta, SC.; Rick Russell of Gastonia and Larry Broyles, Cherryville, N.C.
Montgomery, an African American, who could find few fights in the Carolinas in the thirties, moved North and won 75 of his 97 fights highlighted by a fierce four fight rivalry with the legendary Beau Jack which they split. Montgomery became the world lightweight champion twice. He died in 1997 and has been inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame. He was a World War II veteran.
Sill was a prolific boxer with a 125-7 amateur and 37-6-1 professional record and fought many famous places including Madison Square Gardens. He died in 1972.
Cantrell was a southpaw and difficult to box. In 1971 he won the South Carolina pro title and had a terrific fight with “Bo Jack” Magnum which people today say was one of the best fights in Las Vegas history. He fought many top rank middleweights including world champion Vito Antuofermo the year prior to his winning the title.
JoAnne Newman distinguished herself as the first woman in USA to referee a national event and the first woman from USA to officiate international events. She worked in the office at the 1996 Olympics. She also is the administrator of the North Augusta, S.C., PAL Boxing Club.
Rick Russell, a Gastonia, N.C., contractor was an outstanding amateur from 1977 to 1983
where he won 92 and lost 12 and had one of the most devastating knockout records in Carolina history with over 50.
Larry Boyles, a member of the once vaunted Lincolnton Boxing Club, was a lightweight (75 – 14) and had one of the most stirring bouts in Carolina history with tough Allen Brown of Belmont. He owns an antique business in Lincolnton, N.C.
A former Army ranger of Columbia, Dominic Robinson-Neal, has been named “Contributor of the Year” for the Hall of Fame. Long time trainer at the White Rock Club in Columbia, he has helped numerous young boxers learn the so called “sweet science” including two national champions. He is a former All Army Champion and pro with a 10-0 record.