The 1950s

Bengal Bouts: 1950s

In many ways the 1950’s were renaissance years for the Bengal Bouts. Nappy, then in his 40’s, was now a veteran administrator in the Athletic Department; but he was known to all as the Coach and Director of the Bengal Bouts.

To name a few outstanding boxers is to leave out many, but there were many outstanding champions. Berry Baute, Sal Fiorella, Lee Getschow, Larry Ash, Joe Brown, Tom Chrisholm, Gus Cifelli, Brendan Cryan, Leo Hickey, Dick Windishar, Joe and Jack Bush, Tom Magill, Alex McAngus, Sal Profaci, Vic Roblez, Al Ireland, Pat Cannon, Hary Higa, Ed Sarna, Frank Reilly, Sars Brennan, John Palumbo, Ed Riccuti, Leighton Young, Carman Abood, Roger Kiley, Dick Lynch and Dick DeLamiellure are only a few of the names of true champions that grace the walls of the Boxing Room in tribute to all the outstanding Bengal Bouters of the 1950’s.

Boxers doing jumping jacks


In 1952, Rocky Marciano made a visit to campus to accept the Bengal Bout Award. The following year Chuck Davey accepted the award and was the honorary referee for the 147 lb championship bout between Alex McAgnus and Vic Roblez.