BC boxing pioneer
THE TOMMY PAONESSA BOXING STORY: by brian zelley
(special thanks to JOHN PAONESSA for his support and contributions)
Travelling through the pages of the boxing history
in British Columbia
TOMMY PAONESSA stands out as a boxing icon and a pioneer and
an inductee to a number of sports halls of fame including the
BRITISH COLUMBIA SPORTS HALL OF FAME - 2001 and
BOXING CANADA. In 2009, he earned another level of recognition
- Italian Cultural Society - HALL OF FAME - SPORTS.
This is a part of his boxing story.
LAYING A FOUNDATION
The boxing story of one is a thread on the tapestry of the sport
of boxing. But, the story of one also touches on the boxing story
of many others. As a coach. TOMMY PAONESSA would
influence the story of many boxers such as
BILL BREMNER, ELIO IUS, DENIS LABOSSIERE and PHIL PALMER.
NORTH WEST EAGLES - THE BEGINNINGS
AN EARLY BOXING CARD - NORTH SHORE - 1961
COACH - TOMMY PAONESSAOne of the boxers to become a boxing start was Brian Bremner
Stan Smith presents the Harold Mann Award
to Tommy Paonessa