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Vice President

Golden Gloves Hall of Fame
Local Address: Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
Golden Gloves
1503 Linda Lane
Hutchinson, Kansas 67502
United States

Company Description: Since the first Golden Gloves tournament in 1923, the Golden Gloves of America, Inc. and its member franchises have provided an opportunity and environment for...   more
Background

Employment History

  • President
    Golden Gloves
  • Executive Director
    Mid-South Golden Gloves
  • Chairman
    Golden Gloves of America Inc.
  • President
    Golden Gloves of America Inc.
  • Little Rock Amateur Coach

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member
    Golden Gloves
  • Board Member
    Mid-South Golden Gloves
  • Member
    Silver Star Saloon
22 Total References
Web References
Official Golden Gloves of America Website
www.goldengloves.com, 20 Jan 2014 [cached]
Ray Rodgers
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Sean Clerkin, Harley Cooper, John Hardin, Ray Rodgers, Don Patterson
Sports - Little Rock Lands National Golden Gloves Boxing Tournament
www.katv.com, 12 June 2003 [cached]
Little Rock boxing coach and trainer Ray Rodgers says the organization is excited to come back.Rodgers was recently elected vice president of the Golden Gloves Hall of Fame and has planned two of the tournaments before.
Boxing News -- 24 hours/day - Reload often.
www.fightnews.com, 15 July 2005 [cached]
Ray Rodgers, Jermain's cutman!
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When undefeated middleweight contender Jermain Taylor faces undisputed middleweight champion Bernard Hopkins on Saturday night July 16th, Taylor will have one of the best cutman in the sport - Ray Rodgers.
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Equally well known as a legend in amateur boxing circles, Rodgers has lived and breathed the sport of boxing for about 50 years.A member of the Silver and Golden Gloves Halls of Fame, he has also worked at the highest echelons of professional boxing.
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In each fight, Rodgers practiced his craft in the corner and the cuts were no longer factors as Taylor went on to victory in both contests.
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Taylor's trainer Pat Burns feels confident with Rodgers as the cutman in his fighter's corner.
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"He is the best in the world bar none," says Burns, a longtime friend of Rodgers who has worked with him for more than 25 years.
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Burns's sentiments of Rodgers' abilities as a cutman are shared by many others learned in the Sweet Science.
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"There are some great cutmen who learned their trade from Ray Rodgers."
"I used Ray as a cutman when I trained and managed Tommy Morrison," says John Brown, owner of Ringside Inc.
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You get 2 for 1 with Ray - a top-level cutman and comedian."
Rodgers possesses a quick mind and the ability to spout off witticisms at the drop of a hat.
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Rodgers learned his craft in the amateur ranks and soaked up knowledge from people like Biff Holstein and Percy Richardson.
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"You need to know what to do, when to do it and remember not to get too excited," Rodgers instructs."I always assure the fighter that a cut is nothing but a scratch even if you can see their bone."
Rodgers doesn't boast of his accomplishments but admits that he's never had a fighter lose on cuts.
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"I guess I preserved the decision for him," Rodgers says.Miller, McGroom's manager at the time, is more direct in his assessment: "He saved the fighter, period; Ray Rodgers won that fight for us."
Rodgers worked miracles in June of 1992 when Morrison fought rugged Joe Hipp in Reno, Nevado.
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Rodgers realizes he's part of a dying breed, as many topflight cutmen have passed in the last year or two.
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Rodgers shows no signs of slowing down and, indeed, has picked up far more responsibility in amateur boxing.
Amateur Boxing
Rodgers was a good amateur boxer who first laced on the gloves in his home state of Oklahoma in 1947.His family moved to Arkansas when his father got a job transfer with Mobil Oil Company.Rodgers has worked with young kids in boxing for years in his Ray Rodgers Boxing Gym in Little Rock, Arkansas.Ray Rodgers has had a boxing gym in Arkansas for the last 40 years.Jermain Taylor, Terry Smith and Dominick Guinn all boxed in the amateurs in the Little Rock area and fought at amateur events run by Rodgers.
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"It means a lot," Rodgers says of his hall-of-fame inductions.
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"Ray Rodgers made Silver Gloves a major force in amateur boxing," Miller says."If Ray Rodgers had not been made the director of that tournament, the Silver Gloves would not have been what it is today.He took it from its infancy and turned it into one of the most dominant amateur boxing programs in the country."
"Ray Rodgers is the epitome of an astute Golden Gloves persona, says Miller, who himself is a supervisor of Golden Gloves charities boxing program in Knoxville and is a past president of the Golden Gloves."He has nothing but the best interest of the program and its kids at heart."
Helping Kids
Rodgers likes amateur boxing not because he's achieved great levels of success and personal accomplishments in the Silver and Golden Gloves.He likes it because he loves the sport and loves helping young kids."I'm most proud of the fact that I've helped many, many kids," he says.
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"Arthur's father was all for it but his mother nixed the idea," Rodgers remembers.
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"Race, color, creed, ethnicity … none of that means anything to me," Rodgers explains.
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When asked about more pending federal legislation, such as the most recent legislation proposed by Senator John McCain, Rodgers responds: "Certainly, something needs to be done."
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"Arkansas is the most pitiful in terms of professional boxing," Rodgers says.
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"I plan to continue in the sport till the undertaker throws the last shovel of dirt on me," Rodgers says."I'm just a kid."
To others, however, Rodgers is far more than a kid.He is a close friend, a mentor, and a father-figure.
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If Jermain Taylor pulls off the upset on Saturday night and walks into the promised land of boxing, it's partly because of men like Pat Burns and Ray Rodgers.
"At 17, to me, they don't ...
www.washingtonpost.com [cached]
"At 17, to me, they don't have their man strength," said Ray Rodgers, president of Golden Gloves.
NWAnews.com :: Northwest Arkansas' News Source
www.nwanews.com, 6 April 2006 [cached]
It has Ray Rodgers, executive director of the Mid-South Golden Gloves, excited.
"I'm encouraged, as much as I have been in years," Rodgers said.
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"We've had a wealth of winners from the Mid-South," Rodgers said.
Now Rodgers has a wealth of competitors, which he said leads to winners.
New boxing clubs have been established in Arkansas in Pottsville, Bald Knob and Searcy, and old ones have been reformed in Pine Bluff, Sheridan and Augusta.
"I'm excited.I really am," Rodgers said.
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Rodgers said Arkansas has an excellent chance to win several national bids.
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"It's been a process of reestablishing the structure of amateur boxing, and these boys are ready to make a run," Rodgers said.
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