Jody Ganes was born on Nov. 8, 1949 in Hemingway, S.C. He graduated from Kingstree High School and attended FDTC. Ganes and his brother Gusta fought in many amateur tournaments in several states. He won 200 amateur matches and lost 14 and was 45-1 as a professional. Ganes was a classic boxer with power. He scored many knockouts, including a match in the Carolinas Golden Gloves when the only punch thrown was a crunching right which knocked his opponent out in the first round. Ganes has remained connected with boxing all his adult life. He served with the S.C. National Guard in Desert Storm. Ganes won championships in both Carolinas and Tennessee. He won the Southern Golden Gloves in Knoxville in 1968 and was the open 139 title winner at the Carolinas Golden Gloves in 1970.
Today he coaches and trains young boxers in Cades, S.C. Ganes has been recognized as volunteer of the year at Anderson primary school and by the Kingstree High School football team. He has coached Dixie Youth baseball and has umpired baseball and softball games. He maintains his Cades Boxing Team with very little outside help. He and his wife Pam are the parents of three children.