ack in the middle of the last century it was common for club show
promoters to tuck a few amateur bouts onto the undercards of their pro
fights. They filled out the evening at minimal cost to the promoter, and
gave the amateurs some exposure and experience. In some cases the amateur
winner got a watch or some such trophy which was easily pawnable for
actual cash, but the proprieties were observed.
What with scandal and snootiness, the national amateur association shut
down this cozy arrangement and it was forbidden for many a long year. Now,
the national organizing body, U.S. Amateur Boxing, Inc. has changed its
rules and, with specific requirements, permits combined shows with
professional and amateur bouts on the same card.
Friday night, Oct. 6, at the Seattle Eagles Club, promoter Bob Oleson
of Beaverton, OR staged the first pro-am event in the Northwest in
In the pro main event, Tim Shocks (165 1/2 lbs) of Seattle stopped Brock
Stodden (167 lbs) of Bremerton in a TKO at 1:36 of the fourth round in a
scheduled ten. Ref Ron Rall called the halt because Stodden was soaking up
punches without answering back. Shocks took home the decorative Canadian
American Mexican (C.A.M.) title belt with this win. Not coincidentally,
C.A.M. was founded by promoter Bob Oleson.
On the undercard:
In an 8 rounder, Alfonso "Scooter" Meza (147 1/4 lbs) of Zilla, WA won a
unanimous decision over slower slugger Chris Huntwork (147 1/4 lbs) of
Tim Tully (169 1/4 lbs) of Bremerton, WA stopped Dominic Rivera (166 1/2
lbs) of Portland, OR with a TKO at 2:07 of the 2nd round in a scheduled
Heavyweight Cody Lee Gray (219 1/2 lbs lbs) of Seattle moved up to 3-0, 3
KO's with a first round stoppage of John Flewin (207 lbs) of Burnaby, B.C.
In a re-match, Billy Kirwin (157 3/4 lbs) of London, England via Portland,
OR won a four round unanimous decision over Amaury Bandera (154 1/2 lbs)
of Forest Grove, Oregon, reversing the result in the pairs' first
Pro Referees: Ron Rall and Bobby Howard
Pro Judges: Joe Macaluso, Tom McDonough, Morris McCullum
Ringside Physician: Dr. John Nees
After the professional bouts came an intermission followed by the four
amateur bouts. Amateur officials replaced the pro refs and judges and the
bouts were coordinated by Coach Bob Jarvis of the Hillman City Boxing Club
in Seattle, began.
In a Special Senior match of three two-minute rounds, Chris Hammaker (205
lbs) of Seattle's 10th Avenue Boxing Gym stopped A.J. Johnson (233 lbs) of
South Park Boxing Club in Seattle when the ref stopped the contest in the
Special Senior Tim Scache (146 lbs) of the Hillman City Boxing Club in
Seattle won a 3 round decision over Jesse Rodriguez (144 lbs) of the
Columbia Basin Boxing Club in Kennewick, WA.
Sixteen year-old Jose Alejo (156 lbs) of the Hillman City Boxing Club won
a three round decision over 17 year-old Jesse Kawoosh (165 lbs) of Queets
Boxing Club near Tahola, WA.
In an Open Senior match of four two-minute rounds, Jody Hill (177 lbs) of
Hillman City Boxing KO'd Dave Reeves (173 lbs) of Port Kells, British
Columbia in the first round of a scheduled four round bout with two-minute
rounds. Reeves is the Western Canadian champion in the division.