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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

Sea Cliff author Margaret Gay Malone is one of 11 authors whose short stories have been selected for publication in the Tuscany Press Anthology in 2015. 

 

The story, Jimmy’s Gift, centers around a boy whose generosity and selflessness put him in danger on a brutally cold and snowy day. Malone says it is based on a true story after reading a blurb in Reader’s Digest a few years ago about a 12-year-old boy who walked through the snow to help deliver food baskets to those in need; and it turned out that his family’s name was also on the list of those in need of help in the community.

Members of the Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club and their families will be treated to a scrumptious Thanksgiving meal on Tuesday, Nov. 25, an event that has become an annual tradition for local families. 

 

This will be the 14th year that Andrea Correale, the president of Elegant Affairs Caterers, has donated this festive dinner, which in the past has served more 250 adults and children with a full turkey with all the trimmings followed by the always-fun ice cream bar. 

 

I can’t even believe it’s been 14 years,” says Correale. “And so many of the same people come back year after year.”


Sports

The Glen Cove High School girls basketball team was invited to participate in the prestigious KSA Holiday Basketball Tournament that will be held in Orlando, FL, this December. The tournament brings to the court teams from all over the United States that would otherwise not be competing. It is held in the finest professional and amateur athletic venues around the nation with teams seeded into brackets that will provide an appropriate level of competition. 

The North Shore Women’s Cross Country Team won the Nassau County Class I Championship for the eighth consecutive year. They will be competing in the State Qualifier Competition at Bethpage State Park this month.


Calendar

Annual Shop Glen Cove Showcase - November 19

Native American Feast - November 22-23

NSHS Fall Musical - November 21-22 


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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