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Glen Cove’s Boxing History

It’s boxing season in Glen Cove, with the annual Golden Gloves tournament that took place on Thursday, March 27, and this city has a rich history with boxing, having produced several notable boxing greats, with more aspiring fighters training at the Glen Cove

Boxing Club. Boxing historian Christopher Shelton recently dug deep into the story of one of the one of our local boxing heroes, Allen “Junebug” Hudson, Jr., whose credits include fighting Muhammad Ali.

 

“I’m proud to tell this story...nobody’s ever really written about this guy,” says Shelton.

 

Shelton’s lengthy, 10,000-word piece,“The Army Boxer Who Knocked-Down Muhammad Ali (1960),” can be viewed on www.ringsideboxingshow.com/SheltonBLOGJunebugHudson.html; the article tells the story of Hudson, from his early life to his time spent in the

Army, from his fighting credits to his career with the Long Island Rail Road. Shelton spoke with a number of folks in the community to get his facts straight, including Junebug’s son, Allen Hudson III, assistant principal at Glen Cove High School, 1976 Olympic lightweight gold medal winner Howard Davis Jr., trainer Tommy Gallagher and Frank Pena of the Glen Cove Boxing Club.

 

“It’s more than a boxing story,” says Shelton. “It is also a military story: one chose to serve, one chose not to.” 

 

The two boxers were both compelled to military service, and while Hudson served, Ali declined.

 

Shelton says that Hudson probably hit Ali harder than anybody else; but when searching Junebug Hudson, the story “ultimately becomes about Ali.” Another problem with researching Junebug is that his first name is often misspelled as “Alan.” 

 

 Junebug, who died in 1996, was a member of the 3rd Army who won the heavyweight gold medal at the 1959 Pan-American games.  

 

“Junebug’s most famous Army bout was his last as an amateur losing to Cassius Clay/Muhammad Ali at the 1960 Olympic trials. During the bout, Junebug became one of only five boxers to knock Clay/Ali to the canvas,” says Shelton. 

 

Shelton says that when Hudson participated in an Olympic-qualifying fight, he switched divisions to help out a friend, a decision that Shelton speculates may have cost him his career. If he hadn’t switched, Shelton says, “he probably would’ve qualified and won.”

 

Though it is unfortunate that Hudson died before having a chance to tell his own story, Shelton is happy to be able to document the information he obtained.

 

“While Ali is the major supporting character, it is meant to be Junebug’s story,” he says.


News

In an unusual change of venue, the Glen Cove City Council held its Sept. 23 meeting at the Webb Institute instead of City Hall. Before the meeting, more than 100 residents and the council members were given a tour of the college. 

 

Mayor Reginald Spinello said,  “Keith Michel [Webb President] suggested we could use the venue for the city and I thought having a city council meeting there would be an ideal way to show off the city’s precious history. I am hoping that the Holocaust Center will also allow us the opportunity next year.” He added, “There are a few other notable places in Glen Cove to have meetings like this to showcase the city.”

It was a country flavor at Sea Cliff Beach on the evening of Sunday, Sept. 14 as the alternative/country group Antigone Rising played in front of hundreds of local residents underneath the fading sunlight. The concert, which was originally slated for Saturday but rescheduled due to inclement weather, went off without 

a hitch as the ladies played a lot of their popular songs from different records. 


Sports

Glen Cove Junior Soccer got off on the right foot with its annual parade through the city ending at City Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 13. The parade had boys and girls from kindergarten to 10th grade march along with coaches and parents in their colorful uniforms. At the parade terminus, Glen Cove elected officials cheered the children on as they sat down on the field lines to hear the opening comments.

Hundreds of supporters turned out on Monday, Sept. 8 to golf, socialize with friends and dine beach-side at the 25th anniversary of SCO Family 

 of Services’ Howard F. Treiber Memorial Golf Open, SCO’s major fall fundraiser benefiting the 60,000 children, teens, adults and families served each year. The event began with brunch and shotgun tee offs at Meadow Brook Club in Jericho and The Creek Club in Locust Valley and concluded with dinner beach-side at The Creek. 


Calendar

Live Music - September 24

Whiskey Tasting - September 25

Play Bingo - September 26


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com