Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 10, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta
24 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Monday, February 10, 1975 Boxing cited as good conditioner Mouthpiece in place Alvin Mills of the Alberta boxing team opens his mouth Cliff Young is about to insert his protective mouthpiece that must be worn during every bout. Manager Tjny Smallface, centre, offers some words of advice to his boxer. One of the top spectator sports at past Winter Games has been the boxing events. And this edition of the Games should be no different as the boxing will be staged in an area where amateur boxing has a long history of success. Southern Albertans have often gained national prominence and sometimes international recognition through their boxing skills. Men like Kai Yip and Carmen Rinke has represented this area in international competitions and others like Max Gibb, Charlie Small Face, Eddie First Rider, Ed French, the Sloan family and the Bogusky boys have made their name known throughout the dominion. Going back to 1922 when Alvin Kesler of New Dayton won a Canadian amateur boxing title and following through to Carmen Rinke's win in i973, Southern Alberta has always'been represented in the upper echelons of amateur boxing throughout the country. Representing this area at the boxing in the Canada Winter. Games, slated for Claresholm and Lethbridge, are two fighters from the Blood In- dian Reserve, Hugh Calf Robe in the 156 pound class and Alvin Mills in the 100 pound category. Also on the 11 man Alberta team will be Brad Hortie, 112 pounds; Frank Pruden, 119 pounds; Gary Larson, 126 pounds; Rick BOXING BOXING SCHEDULE Tuesday, Feb. 18 1 p ra -ClaresHolm-All weight 7p.m.-ClareshoIm-All weight classcs-167 Wednesday, Feb. 19 1 p m weight classes-ISO 7 p.m.-Claresholm-AU weight classes-191 Thursday, Feb. 20 A travel day as boxing moves into Lethbndge Tp m -Exhibition Pavilion-All weight classes-230 7 p.m.-Exhibition Pavilion-All weight classes-231 Saturday, Feb. 12 Clark, 132 pounds; Mike Young, 139 pounds; Randy Jackson, 147 pounds; Ray Duperon, 165 pounds; Gordon DeBetour, 178 pounds; Stan Dingman, heavyweight. The Alberta team stands an excellent chance of picking up a number of medals during the Games, and a few of the boys could come away with Gold Medals. Randy Jackson- and Mike Young look like good bets to win a Gold. Both boys are good boxers and can also punch with authority. The equipment used at the Games will all be brand new. The ring is one of the most modern around today and comes complete with attached stools that swing into the ring for the boxers to rest on. The canvas is a deep blue and the ropes are white felt. The boys will have the best gloves, headgear, and training bags to work with as well. For those interested in the safety aspects of the sport, the rules governing the boxers at the Winter Games are the same as those laid down by the Canadian Amateur Boxing Association. All boxers will undergo stringent medical- checkups prior to their entering the ring and must wear protective headgear during the bouts and use 10 ounce gloves. The examining doctor checks each young boxer's chest measurement, his personal medical history, his blood pressure, heart beat, his ears, eyes, and co ordination. The boxer also has a urine test taken, gets weighed, and has any past illnesses or injuries check- ed out. Once the boxer has left the medical check-up room he is not free of the doc- tor's watchful eye. Every bout that takes place will not start until, there is a doctor seated at ringside. The ringside doctor may be called into the ring dur- ing a match to check out a cut and his decision whether the cut is bad or not is the criteria the referee uses as to whether the bout continues. There are seldom any knockouts in amateur box- ing today, but if one happens to occur the doc- tor is there to give im- mediate attention to the downed boxer. Boxing is one of the world's oldest sports and can trace its history back to the days of the Roman gladiators and the days of ancient Greece. Amateur boxing first gained recognition in 1880 when the Amateur Athletic Union came into being in the United States. The Claresholm High School will seat peo- ple for the boxing while the Exhibition Pavilion in Lethbridge can handle Boxing action will get un- der way Tuesday, Feb. 18 at Claresholm and run through to the final touts in Lethbridge Saturday, Feb. Protective headgear Charlie Prongua, left, has just missed a looping left to the head of Carmen Rinke. Note the protective headgear the boxers must wear during their bouts.