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Boxing Club Building
State’s Amateur Champs
A boxing club which started out
with a half dozen boys and no equip
ment eight years ago is blossoming in
to one of the most outstanding ama
teur teams in the state.
Operated under the auspices of the
City Parks and Recreation Depart
ment, the High Point Boxing Club
now has a total membership of about
150 boys from age 11 to 21. It has
equipment worth about $13,000, in
cluding a building it can call its own
at the comer of Park Strett and E.
The boys, th emajority of whom are
Model Neighborhood residents, work
out from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday through
Thursday. A physical fitness program
offered at one time in addition to
boxing is even being crowded out in
favor of the constantly growing, more
popular sport in the ring.
As far as High Point is concerned,
it looks as if boxing is here to stay.
The going was rough in the old
days, remember head coach Jerry An
ders, who has been with the club as
a physical and spiritual leader since its
beginning. Founded by the late Jack
Smith, the club had $100 worth of
equipment, no sponsor, and no hopes
Anders himself volunteered his serv
ices. A fireman by profession, and a
former champion amateur fighter, he
worked with the boys in his spare
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A Model Cities grant of $3,500 last
winter for equipment gave the Boxing
Club — which had been taken under
the wing of the Parks and Recreation
Department — the boost it needed.
“The Boxing Club had been around
before, but it’s been within the last
year that it’s really blossomed,” says
Anders, who coaches with his brother
Donald Anders and Bill Salters.
Every night at least 25 to 30 boys
come to the club’s gym to train and
work out .In the ring that dominates
the room dance some of North Caro
lina’s most promising amateur boxers.
At a recent state-wide team match.
High Point’s boxers won eight out of
eight bouts, the best recor dat the
meet. Anders takes about 12 to 15
boys to each match or tournament,
although not all get to box every time.
High Point competes against teams
from Charlotte, Greensboro, Winston-
Salem, Gastonia, Mount Holly, Lenoir,
the Army at Ft. Bragg, the Navy at
Norfolk, Va., and the Marine Corps at
There are two criteria to decide
which boy boxes whom: age and
weight. Age is classified as sub-novice
(up to 16), novice (16 to 18), and open
(18 and over).
More important, however, is that
a boy fight against an opponent of
comparable weight. There are 10
weight classifications, each of which
are represented in the three age
A boy of sub-novice age, for ex
ample, can fight a novice only if he is
considered exceptionally good. High
JERRY ANDERS, right, and his brother DONALD ANDERS instruct
GUY LITTLE of 1228 Downing Street (background) and CALVIN SPEARS
of 504 E. Grimes Street (front).
Point has several such fighters.
“I don’t mean to brag, but our boys
are just that good,” says Anders.
“We’ve got a few who are not sup
posed to be doing what they’re do
ing now until they’re 18 years old.
And when a sub-novice fights a boy in
the open class and beats him, now
that’s something else!”
Competitors from the Army, Navy
and Marines, he explained, devote all
their time to the sport during boxing
season. For a High Point boxer to de
feat these full-time athletes is a par
ticular source for pride.
Anders, already looking forward to
sending some of his boys to the 1976
Summer Olympics, does not teach any
one to turn professional. “There’s too
many places to go with amateur box
ing,” he says. “And there’s no money
in pro unless you’re a good heavy
weight. Besides, it becomes just a job.
I don’t stress professional boxing at
Two of Anders’ boxers, Willie Davis
and James White, have already been
cited for the national AAU (Amer
ican Athletic Union) finals in April.
He hopes to take more as they pro
As a coach, Anders describes him
self as “rough.” “I’m real strong on
discipline,” he says. “And they respect
me for it. 1 couldn’t ask for a better
group of boys, either. I’ve never had
any trouble with any of my boys.
They’re real well-behaved, even when
we’re on a trip.”
Boxing, after all, builds character
and self-confidence, he added.
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