“THE LEGACY OF LOUISVILLE BOXING”:
TRAINER JAMES DOOLIN TO LEAD FREE PANEL DISCUSSION
AT THE ALI CENTER
LOUISVILLE, KY (October 5, 2011) … This Sunday, Oct. 9th, from 2:00-4:00 p.m., the Ali Center will be presenting a FREE panel discussion focusing on “The Legacy of Louisville Boxing,” featuring Louisville boxing staple James Doolin and others. The panelists, who have approximately 135 years of combined experience boxing, training, and promoting, will discuss Louisville boxing’s past, present, and future. Topics will include memories of Ali, the process of making a champion, Golden Glove competitions, the state of community boxing, and how Ali’s six “core values” are related to the panelists’ experiences within the world of boxing.
James Doolin and Louisville boxing are inextricably linked. He began boxing in 1955, at the age of nine in the basement of local trainer Ray Harmon. The next year he went to Columbia Gym, where 15 year old Cassius Marcellus Clay (Muhammad Ali) was training with Joe Martin. According to Doolin, “Cassius Clay (Ali) was a prankster.”
While serving in the Army, Doolin boxed for the 7th Army Boxing Team. In 1974, he met famed Louisville boxer Greg Page at the 919 Baxter Gym. For a time, Doolin was one of Page’s trainers. Subsequently, Doolin started a boxing program at St. George Community Center, where he helped to produce an impressive 16 national champions.
Mr. Doolin currently trains boxers at Louisville Legends Gym, where his top prospect is Tiffanie Hearn, a 5 time National Champion and 2 time Amateur World Champion. Hearn is the #1 ranked Olympic hopeful for the 165 lb. Women’s U.S. Olympic team.
Doolin will be joined on the panel by Emmitt Igo and Troy Eskeridge. Igo is the trainer for 2 National Champions, and operates Igo’s Boxing in Richmond, KY. Troy Eskeridge is a 7-time Kentucky Golden Glove Champion and boxing promoter. Doolin, Igo, and Eskeridge’s combined involvement in boxing is sure to yield some compelling conversations. Audience members will be given the opportunity to ask panelists questions.
Sunday’s presentation was borne out of the new photo exhibition, The Brutal Aesthetic, in which photographer John Ranard captures intensely personal and unexpected moments of the “sweet science.” The exhibit, which is included in the Center’s admission price, is on display through November 30th. The Ali Center is located at 144 North Sixth Street in downtown Louisville.
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