Ralph Belk, fighting under the name of Tommy McGovern, enjoyed a successful boxing career beginning in the 1920s and ending in 1941. He won 257 of over 300 matches. Belk was never knocked out. He held several titles including the Carolinas Junior Lightweight Championship of Virginia. He and his brother Battling Belk fought all over the South during the depression making good money when money was hard to come by. Belk was a spare 130 pounder who moved well and hit hard. He boxed many of the best in his weight class, fighters such as Jack Ryan, Young Altis, Wade and Bob Allison, Terry Roberts, and Charlie Jacobs.
Belk passed away on November 8, 1987.