Miami, which has been called the mecca of boxing by promoter Tony Holden, has had a long history with the sport.
The April 21 card featuring the pro debut of Charles Conwell as well as Four State Franchise teammates Jarrett Rouse, Jesse Cook and Kenzie Morrison will be the 35th at Buffalo Run Casino & Resort since 2004.
But a look at the boxrec.com website shows that there have been at least 38 cards at various locations in Miami dating back to 1929.
The Civic Center was the Buffalo Run of its time. It was a venue that hosted professional fights as well as Golden Gloves amateur competition from its opening in the 1950s until 1991.
There’s a common thread between one of those last fight cards at the Civic Center (April 13, 1991) and current heavyweight contender Trey Lippe Morrison.
His uncle, Tim Morrison — brother of future heavyweight champ Tommy “The Duke” Morrison — scored a first-round TKO against Oscar Reed.
Tim Morrison lost twice to Jimmy Ellis, who later lost by TKO to Tommy Morrison.
Trey Lippe Morrison, the 16th ranked heavyweight in the United States and 50th in the world, is currently preparing for a June 9 fight in Verona, New York, that will be part of a special International Boxing Hall of Fame show that will be televised by Showtime.
Clarence McMinn, who died in 2012, had several fights at the Civic Center as well as his son, Tony.
I remember covering many of Tony’s fights, even venturing to St. Louis for a 1979 bout at the Checkerdome Annex.
Tony McMinn retired with a 47-8 record, with an impressive 42 knockouts.
Miami’s first pro fight card, according to boxrec.com, was May 14, 1929 at the Elks Hall.
Luke Dorsey of Joplin outpointed George Windham of Picher in a middleweight fight and bantamweight Frankie Lloyd of Treece battled Marty Bernard of Miami to a draw.
Thanks to info provided by Jane Osborn, the Elks Hall was located on the third floor of the Mabon Building on Main Street.
The ESPN2 “Friday Night Fights” show from in front of the Coleman in 2002 may have been the first in the modern era of the sport here, but it wasn’t a first for Miami at a movie palace.
A 1932 card featuring six fights was held at the Glory B Theatre, which was located at 23 South Main — site of the current Jeannie’s.
Among those on the card were Lefty Masters, the Ottawa Kid and Kid Smith.
There have also been five shows at the South Main Street Arena, five at the Legion Hall and two at the Fair Grounds Arena (sic).
After the card at the Elks Hall, there wouldn’t be another card here until Feb. 20, 1931 at the South Main Arena.
It looks like the first pro card in Ottawa County was on May 13, 1918, at Commerce, where Curley Smith won by disqualification over Al Alleger.
There have been a total of 10 cards at Commerce: three from the Spanish Village Arena, three from Commerce City Hall and four from sites not noted.
Picher was a popular site, with 49 fights being held there, the first on Aug. 7 1919, where Paul Roman won by disqualification over “KO” Smith.
There were 34 cards at the Picher Legion Hall, one at the skating rink and another 14 at sites not listed.
Tiger Jack Fox, a light heavyweight who fought an amazing 175 times — winning 140 of those with 91 knockouts — had at least eight fights at the Picher Legion Hall between 1930 and 1932.
A March 5, 1977 card at the Quapaw High School gym — the last of three held there — featured Tony McMinn and the late Bill Pearish, who won 20 Golden Gloves titles. It also marked the pro debut of Jim Pearish and Larry Mayes.
There also was a show at Quapaw Memorial Hall and two others from sites not listed.
Afton hosted a professional card on Feb. 10, 1932.