Kure Beach, N.C.
Ivey boxed in the first bout in Charlotte, N.C. with Bobby Hearlen in 1953 at Park Center. Before entering the U.S. Navy in 1954, Ivey won the Greensboro and Durham championships. He continued boxing in the Navy, winning the 11th Naval District Bantamweight Championship, defeating all-Navy champion Gerald Mathis in 1954. In the same year, Ivey also won the Los Angeles and San Diego Golden Gloves, the all-Navy West Coast title and the world-wide all-Navy title. In 1958, Ivey boxed several professional bouts in Philadelphia. One memorable bout saw Ivey defeat Johnnie “Ace” Hand on the Waban Thomas vs. Charlie Norbus card at Camp Lejeune. Ivey earned an Associate of Arts degree from Rowan-Cabarrus Technical College. He served as a poloce officer in Burlington, N.C. from 1960 to 1965. He was also a special agent for the Southern Railway.