Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Tourney Lands Blow for Gender Equity

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Tourney Lands Blow for Gender Equity

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Let's go eight rounds on the local boxing scene:

Round 1: The Budweiser Golden Gloves will be a battle of the sexes.

The event, back in the city from Queeny Park for the first time in the '90s, plans to stage its first bout between female sluggers.

Tammie Dyer, 23, of South Broadway will fight Allison MacLean, 21, of the South County Eagles in the new 115-pound Female Novice Class.

The historic bout will grace, if that's the word, the finals on April 2 at the Cervantes Convention Center.

MacLean, daughter of Eagles coach Doug MacLean, and Dyer were among three females who joined 263 males at the weigh-in.

Organizer Steve Holley said a match could not be made for the other female pugilist.

"We had an unbelievable weigh-in," Holley said. "We've been right at 200 guys the past four years."

That's 200 guys and zero girls.

Round 2: Here is the Golden Gloves tale of the tape:

PRELIMS: Monday through Wednesday, March 15-17, at St. Mary Magdalen Gym, 4354 S. Kingshighway. Lineup: 50 fights nightly, two rings. Tickets: $5 adults, $3 children.

FINALS: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 2, Cervantes Convention Center. Lineup: 15 fights (Open and Novice). Tickets: $15, $10, $8.

For details, call Holley at 957-9395 or 638-7987.

Round 3: "Star Bouts: The Next Generation" is coming to the first night of the Gloves prelims. Local fight fans may feel a tad old.

In the 50-pound bantam class for ages 8-9 are Ray Lathon Jr., Steve Young Jr. and Jessie Davison Jr.

Lathon's father is unbeaten light-heavyweight Ray Lathon Sr.

Young, who got a first-round bye, is the son of veteran featherweight "Little" Stevie Young Sr.

And Davison is the son of veteran coach Jessie Davison of Cherokee.

Local boxing sage Myrl Taylor was philosophic. "Well, I've had their daddies," he said. "I even had some of their daddies' daddies."

Round 4: Don't look for Antoine Bonnett from Cochran at the Gloves.

Bonnett, ranked third nationally at 156 pounds, was a no-show at the weigh-in. …

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