A BRIEF HISTORY OF GA. AMATEUR BOXING ASSN. INC.
Lakewood Jaycees, a young mans civic organization, was organized
and chartered in 1956. Very early on, the club chose as its
number one project to be "youth assistance". A goal was set to
help raise funds to build and equip a new boys club in the
neighborhood. All of the boys clubs in the Metro Atlanta area
had very large and active boxing teams. Members of the Jaycee
club became very active in support of amateur boxing in Georgia
with continuous involvement in The Joseph B. Whitehaed Boys
An annual Golden Gloves state championship was held each year at
the Larry Bell Auditorium in Marietta. The tournament was
conducted by chairman Al Bishop and chief official Frankie
Allen. Numerous Jaycee club members began serving as officials
in support of this tournament. When the auditorium was destroyed
by fire, the tournament was without a suitable venue. The Jaycee
club was approached and agreed to host the State Golden Gloves
at the Lakewood fairgrounds. The tournament was successful and
repeated for several years at this arrangement. The Georgia
Amateur Boxing Assn. was incorporated with the State in the mid
sixties as a not for profit Corp.
Mr. Al Bishop decided to retire and turn over the Golden Gloves
to GABA. Boxing, as well as most Olympic sports, was under the
umbrella organization of The Amateur Athletic Union (AAU). When
Mr. Bishop retired, J. B. "Buddy" Davis was elected to serve as
Georgia boxing chairman with the AAU. Approximately three years
later congress passed the Ted Stephens Sports Act that mandated
all Olympic sports must independent and self governing.
USA-ABF, (Amateur Boxing Federation) was formed in 1980 and
Buddy served the first four years on its board of directors
Loring Baker , of Atlanta, served as the first president. The
constitution and by-laws of GABA was used as a guild line for
other states to incorporate under the new governing body. A few
years later the name was changed to the present USA Boxing, Inc.
Buddy, along with his wife Bo,. has served as president of GABA
since its inception. They have also been totally involved on the
regional, national and international levels for over fifty
Buddy & Bo Davis
Founder of The Georgia Amateur Boxing Association
with Evander Holyfield &Vernon Forest
GABA is proud of its accomplishments, having
produced four Olympians( Evander Holyfield, Romallis Ellis,
Vernon Forest and Roshi Wells) as well as hundreds of regional
and national champions. These accomplishments must be attributed
to the thousands of volunteer coaches and officials that work in
the organization. Male and Female athletes involved in boxing
are among the best conditioned of any sport.
They also acquire self confidence and self discipline that will
be needed throughout life..
As proud as we are of our many champions, we are equally proud
of our alumni that have become good productive citizens and many
of them have returned to work and coach in GABA; giving back to
the sport that they love.