Los Angeles Athletic Club
Los Angeles, CA, USA
The Los Angeles Athletic Club was founded circa 1884 and would be an important force in local boxing for many decades. A number of their boxing instructors were some prominent figures in the boxing world, including Billy Gallagher, DeWitt Van Court, and George Blake. Many top amateur boxers learned their skills while being affiliated with the club.
Besides being a venue for amateur bouts for many decades, the LAAC also was one of the most important professional boxing venues in Los Angeles during the decade before 1901. During the middle 1890s, Jim Jeffries was affiliated with the club when starting his career on the way to becoming World Heavyweight Champion. His first manager was a Los Angeles Athletic Club instructor, Billy Gallagher.
- The LAAC perhaps was located on Mercury Street. Clarification is needed.
- Amateur cards generally were held on Thursdays, monthly, in the early 1920s. Then semi-monthly for a while.
- Promoter: Charles Keppen during the 1920s, if not longer.
- 1924 Olympic Gold Medalist and World Flyweight Champion Fidel LaBarba started his amateur career here under the tutelage of matchmaker (and his future manager) George Blake.
- 1924 Olympic Gold Medalist and World Welterweight Champion Jackie Fields also boxed as an amateur at the LAAC while being trained by Blake.
- 1924 Olympic Silver Medalist Joe Salas also came from here.
Source: Los Angeles Times
In 2005, the World Boxing Hall of Fame partnered with the 121-year-old LAAC to establish its permanent home at the site of the venerable facility. The WBHOF plans to open a "Walk of Fame" museum in early 2006.