Tri-Cities boxing event example of good organization and competition

By Joe Bowling
STAR Correspondent

   The Tri-Cities boxing show was held this past Saturday night and proved to be a big success.
   The show featured boxers from Charlotte, North Wilkesboro, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Rock Hill, S.C.; Crossville, Nashville and the Johnson City boxing team. The matches were put on to give local fans a chance to see how the young fighters have improved.
   The matches were sponsored by the City of Johnson City and the Johnson City Housing Authority, and were held at the Carver Recreation Center. A total of 14 matches were held.
   It was impressing with how well the matches were organized. The matches began at 6 p.m. and ended about two hours later.
   I went to the show with a couple of friends, Troy Smith and Bob Presnell. Both were also impressed with the fights. Troy has been in boxing since he was a young man and helped out in the boxing program while he lived in Texas.
   Everybody knows Bob, who was Don Marshall's "right arm" when Don was handling the Elizabethton boxing team.
   During intermission time Raymond Bautista of Elizabethton was recognized for his boxing skills in the '20s and '30s.
   Raymond boxed professionally out of Los Angeles, New York (Madison Square Garden) and Tennessee. When Raymond quit the ring, he was undefeated with a 22-0 record.
   Ringside announcer Mike Riddle (Steele) did a outstanding job during the fights. He can be heard in the mornings on 95.9 V-Rock. He formerly was sports announcer and weatherman on ABC 19 WKPT-TV. Mike also was a Golden Glover in the Elizabethton program.
   The main bout of the evening was between Samuel Civirolo of North Wilkesboro and Joseph Washington, Johnson City.
   Young Washington is one of the best if not the best in the Johnson City program. The 160-pounder was ranked third in the U.S. Int 19-year-old division.
   Washington made quick work of the North Wilkesboro boxer. In the middle of the first round, Washington worked Cavirolo in the corner. Civirolo was moving to his right when Washington caught him with a solid right that sent Covirolo to the canvas for the 10 count.