Herbert Coonan Boxing - Harrisburg Telegraph (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) 12 April 1939 Page 14
A. A. U. Meet Opens Today Country's Best Get Together San Francisco, April 12. (IP). A miscellaneous gathering rang ing from laborers to college stu dents, combining the pick of the country's amateur boxing talent, marked time here yesterday for today's opening of the National A. A. U. championships. I For aart of one day and for three nights leather gloves will be pounding in the most varied pugilistic show for Simon Pures the Nation has to offer. The 50th year of the tourna ment vill bring together 182 fighters, some national and some sectional champions, and practically practically all the others topnotchers in their districts. Preliminaries begin at 3 p. m. today and continue until midnight. Three champions will be on hand to defend their crowns. They include Bill Speary of Philadel phia, Bantamweight titleholder the pat two years; Bill Eddy, Flint, Mich., Featherweight, and Bradley Bradley Lewis, Albany, N. Y., Negro Middleweight, winners in 1938. The three - round bouts, in which decisions must be rendered, will conclude Friday night with eight champions determined from a starting entry list representing 60 cities in 26 states and the territory of Hawaii. Among the standouts is Jimmy Reeves, Cleveland Negro. Picked by many to straddle the light heavyweight division, Reeves already already holds titles from Golden Gloves tournaments in Cleveland and Chicsgo and Intercity competition competition between Chicago and New York. The heavyweight class has attracted attracted such formidable entrants as Tonj Novak, Chicago; Frank Gelecki, Omaha; Charles Williams, St. Louis Negro; Herbert Coonan, Rockdale, Mass.; Antone Ferry, Boston; Gene Robertson, Price, Utah; Jack Townsend, Los Angeles, Angeles, and Austin O'Jibway, an Indian from Bacone, Okla.