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Boxing Ref Pete Podgorski Elected to Illinois State Martial Arts Hall of Fame

by on Apr.03, 2014, under Boxing News

Pete Podgorski at ringside (photo by Juan C. Ayllon)

Pete Podgorski at ringside (photo by Juan C. Ayllon)

CHICAGO — According to Boxing.com, boxing referee Pete Podgorksi was inducted into the 10th Annual Illinois State Martial Arts Hall of Fame on March 29th in Homewood, Illinois.  Sam Colonna, a longtime trainer from the Windy City, was recognized by the organization last year when it decided to include boxing in its roster. 

Fred Degerberg

Fred Degerberg

According to the site, Podgorski had won three amateur titles and Midwest USA title strap as a pro boxer, eventually going on to serve as a well-traveled boxing referee and judge.

Commenting on the titles via email, Podgorski wrote that his first title “was the CYO Novice City Title, back in 1972 when the CYO was big.  I had to win four bouts total.” His second was the “Wisconsin Golden Gloves in a State Tourney in 1973 representing Fox Valley and the Chicago Park District Open Division” and his third was in March 1977 for the CPD Open Title at 156 lbs. versus one Allen “Mule Man” Alexander.  Recalling, he says, ”

The last amateur bout was March 31st for the CPD Open Jr. Middleweight title but at 156 lbs. vs. Allen ‘ Mule man’ Alexander.

“It was on TV and I won,” he recalls, “back in  the good old Edmund Kelly days when the CPD had Novice and Open, just like the GG and the Finals were on TV.”

Reflecting on his experience being inducted to the Illinois State Martial Arts Hall of Fame, Podgorski said, “I saw Jonny Lira’s old friend, Fred Degerberg.   Any of you know Fred Degerberg? Fred was one of the if the the best known MMA guys at the event.”

He concluded, “It’s a good group. Sam Colonna is in the club, so I am glad to have become a HOF member of their fraternity.”

Pete Podgorski in his amateur days bouncing a right hand off the jaw of Johnny Lira

Pete Podgorski in his amateur days bouncing a right hand off the jaw of Johnny Lira

 

 

 

 

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