A strong boxing advocate for more than 47 years, Bass was known as “Easy Ralph” and “Mr. Ever Ready.” Bass served the sport as a trainer, cornerman and even boxed to help fill out a fight card. A strong supporter of the YMCA and Charlotte Police Boxing Clubs, he ran a gym on North Tryon Street doing everything from trainer to custodial work. Though he worked the corner for many Carolina boxing greats, “Mr. Ever Ready” was well-known for his work with hall-of-famer, Ray Clark. Bass traveled to bouts throughout North and South Carolina, transporting many young boxers who later became hall-of-famers.