Through the years the Carolinas has produced many outstanding boxers; men such as Heavyweight Champions Joe Frazier, Floyd Patterson and James “Bonecrusher” Smith; Olympians Bernard Taylor and Calvin Brock and World Bantamweight Champion Kelvin Seabrooks; National Champions Billy Bridges and Pappy Gault to mention only a few.
But it is the garden variety of boxers, trainers, officials, promoters and managers that made the sport particularly in the forties and fifties, when literally hundreds of clubs abounded in such places as Belmont, where outstanding boxers were produced in a gym literally under the jail; Sumter, S.C.; Lou Kemp’s dark but feisty North Charlotte emporium on 36th street; Chick McCurry’s gym in the lower part of Lincolnton; the military bases at Ft. Bragg and Camp LeJeune as well as many other historic houses of toil in Charleston, Florence, Kingstree, Gaffney, Mt. Holly, Gastonia, High Point and others.
It was a day when poor textile workers’ sons went to war with those who picked cotton, dug ditches, shrimped, back hoed and pounded nails in such places that ranged from barns to armories to the fabled old Charlotte Coliseum where 11,000 filled every seat for the Carolinas Golden Gloves.
We are proud to announce that the fabulous memorabilia of the Hall of Fame will be moved to the greatest boxing shrine of the Carolinas… that very same old Charlotte Coliseum which has been renamed Bojangles Coliseum. We have Mike Crum and Eric Scott to thank for this.
Great thanks also go out to Brent Elmore, Glen Ivey, Carl Holt, Red Tillman and Mike Bivens for their help in the move.