Young Doc Snell

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Young Doc Snell (left) & Doc Snell

Name: Young Doc Snell
Birth Name: Lou Hastings
Hometown: Tacoma, Washington, USA
Pro Boxer: Record

Division: Bantamweight

Young Doc Snell's true name was Lou Hastings, according to the Feb. 9, 1931 and May 16, 1933 Wenatchee Daily World newspaper. He was sometimes reported by local papers early in his boxing career as "Doc Snell, Jr." (He is not to be confused with the Doc Snell--his boxing mentor.)

Early on, Young Doc Snell engaged in a number of amateur smokers, while also fighting professionally, such as during 1928/1929 at Chet McIntyre's Smelter A.C. in Tacoma, WA. (See also, Snell D-3 Sailor Dobie, Oct. 22, 1929, at the Northwest A.C., Tacoma, WA, USA. as reported by the Tacoma News Tribune.)

At this time, prize-fighting--professional boxing--was illegal under Washington state law. State law did permit "Sparring or fencing amongst members of private clubs for exercise only or for the enjoyment of their fraternal brothers." Thus, virtually all bouts in the state were usually held in the various American Legion posts, Eagles, Elks, Knights of Columbus, and other private athletic clubs for their "members." Anyone wishing to witness a match was required to obtain a membership card and levied an assessment for the seat. The boxers were paid "training expenses." The authorities generally turned a blind eye to these bouts. When pressed, the promoters termed these bouts "amateur." But most of those fights are generally included in the boxers' official fight records. Prizefighting in Washington state was legalized June 8, 1933. Therefore, some of Snell's early so-called amateur bouts may be included in his professional career total. (Note also: The linked fight record may be a combination of two or more "Young Doc Snells." The Bremerton, Washington, Daily News Searchlight newspaper--in an article leading up to the Doc Snell's one and only Bremerton bout: June 3, 1932 vs. Billy Wells--mentioned that there were some three Young Doc Snells fighting in the area.)

Young Doc Snell's usual fighting style was described as "wild-swinging" by the local newspapers.

(Record researched primarily by Ric Kilmer: BoxRec Editor, & Member of the International Boxing Research Organization (IBRO)).