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Boxing: 'They Came to Fight' available at Book World

"They Came to Fight," the story of Upper Midwest Golden Gloves, is now available at Book World in Baxter. The book was compiled and written by former Brainerd Dispatch editor Les Sellnow. Graphic design was by Jan Finger of the Dispatch. The book...

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"They Came to Fight," the story of Upper Midwest Golden Gloves, is now available at Book World in Baxter.

The book was compiled and written by former Brainerd Dispatch editor Les Sellnow. Graphic design was by Jan Finger of the Dispatch. The book was printed by Bang Printing of Brainerd.

It features 150-some pages of information about boxers from the Brainerd lakes area and the Upper Midwest.

Among those featured are Crosby-Ironton's Tony Bonsante; Tom Herron, who took over as coach of the Brainerd program in 1954; and Herrons sons and nephews.

Other notable area individuals mentioned include Scott LeDoux of C-I; Duane Bobick of Bowlus and Little Falls; Tom Hall, the man who started the Brainerd Golden Gloves program in 1939; and Bob Tubandt, who has coached the Wadena team for 45 years and serves as the Region 4 director.

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One of the interesting anecdotes that Sellnow provides include the fact that at the first tournament in Brainerd more than 1,000 fans were turned away from a sold-out National Guard Armory.

"Of course the fact that Jack Dempsey was the referee had something to do with that," Sellnow said in a news release.

Former Minnesota Attorney General Miles Lord of C-I, who later became a federal judge, won a championship at that first Brainerd tournament.

Book World is located at 15528 Edgewood Drive, Baxter. Phone is 218-855-0054.

Store hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Website is www.bookworldstores.com .

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