At the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin by the officials of AIBA was made the decision to honoured the best athlete of the boxing tournament with the trophy called after British heavyweight and former secretary of AIBA, Val Barker. The very first winner of this Trophy became The American, Lou Laurie!

 Louis Daniel Laurie was born to an Italian father and a Slovak mother in Cleveland, Ohio, at the November 19, 1917. He was acrobatic champion of Cleveland for two years.  Although he competed in only 22 amateur bouts, Laurie accomplished a great deal during that time. He went to Berlin with the Olympic team where he won three out of his four bouts, earning the bronze medal at the flyweight (51 Kilo) division. Laurie was one of five athletes from Cleveland's East Technical High School to compete in the 1936 Olympics. Teammate Jesse Owens won four gold medals in track events, also Laurie, at 18 was the youngest member of the U.S. boxing team at Berlin. At the semies Lou lost to Gavino Matta of Italy. By those days both losers of the semi-finals should to fight for the Bronze medal and Lou beat Alfredo Carlomagno of Argentina. So impressive was Laurie's boxing style that he was requested to give an exhibition. He remained in Germany two months and was presented with the Val Barker trophy for being the most scientific boxer in all classes that year.

When Laurie came back home in 1937, he turned pro, but had very limited success. He retired in 1941 after a relatively unsuccessful career, having won 5, lost 8, and drawn 1. Laurie returned to Europe and re-entered the ring briefly while serving in the Army during World War II. After the war, Laurie worked as a machinist. He was inducted into the Greater Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame in 1984. Four years later, the Ohio State Former Boxers and Associates gave him a similar honor. 

Laurie, 85, died December 26, 2002, at Beachwood Nursing and Health Care Center. Survivors included one son, Joseph. This year, November 19, the talanted youngster from Ohio would celebrate his 100 Anniversary!


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His 70-th Anniversary is celebrating the well-known Cuban light-middleweight, Rolando Garbey. Garbey was triple Panamerican Games winner in 1967, 71 and 75-th at the 71 Kilo division. In 1974 he was the winner of the innaugural amateur World Championships in Havana. Also, Rolando three times represented Cuba on the Olympic Games. He was the runner-up in Mexico in 1968, losing the final bout to the Russian, Boris Lagutin. At the Munich Olympics in 1972, he reached the quarterfinals. But in Montreal' 76, Garbey won the Bronze medal. After his fighter's carier, Rolando started working as a coach in his hometown Santiago-de-Cuba. Garbey's the most recognizable student is the two-time Olympic Champion and world pro-champion, Guillermo Rigondeaux!

55 years, on this day, will celebrate two-time IBF light-flyweight and flyweight world champion, Diosdado Jumaran Penalosa, or best known as Dodie Boy. In 1983, Penalosa won his first belt beating Satoshi Shingaki of Japan. The second title came to Dodie Boy in 1987. During the seventeen-years-long pro carier, the brave Philippino brings out the record of 31(13 KO)-7(1 KO)-3.



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