While serving a hitch in the United States Marine Corps, Hammond boxed in a smoker at Camp LeJeune in 1946. He has been hooked on the sport ever since. Born on September 20th,1929 in Binghampton, NY, he moved to Rock Hill, SC in 1980. He was elected Chief Official for South Carolina Amateur Boxing a year later, an office he still holds.
Hammond has been involved with professional boxing as a referee, judge and timekeeper for the last 30 years. He worked the 1988 Olympic Trials as a judge and referee. He also worked the glove table at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, GA. Hammond was a trainer and cut man for Cedric Mingo’s successful title bout in Lancaster, SC a few years ago. He has also trained amateur fighters as well as professionals and can usually be found anywhere in the Carolinas a boxing event is being held.
Since 1983, Hammond has owned Perm-Ex Roofing and Siding in Rock Hill. He has been a member of the Carolinas Boxing Hall of Fame Board of Directors for several years now.