Foreword By Jim Wells

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Editor's Note: A Golden Gloves champ, Jim Wells was a sportswriter at the St. Paul Pioneer … [Read More...]

Dignity & Sportsmanship

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Boxing is guts and inspiration, training and planning, footwork and execution.  … [Read More...]

The Boxer

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“The biggest steps you’ll ever climb,” Jim cautioned many times, “are the steps into … [Read More...]

Joe Louis

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Who's your favorite heavyweight? That's the question you grew up asking back in the day. … [Read More...]

The Storyteller

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Here's a story Jim wrote.  The story was published in the Saint Paul Area Downtowner … [Read More...]

Foreword By Charley Walters

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Editor’s note: After his career in professional baseball, Charley Walters became a sports … [Read More...]

The Unspeakable

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"The fight for survival," said Rocky Graziano, "is the fight." On Thursday July 17, … [Read More...]

Boxing Record

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It was 100 degrees f. ringside in Duluth the night of August 27, 1953.  Approaching … [Read More...]

Muhammad Ali

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Minnesota’s rich boxing history includes heavyweight contenders Billy Miske and Tommy … [Read More...]

Unselfish Purpose

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Jazz great Lionel Hampton said: "Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in … [Read More...]

Foreword By Dan Wall

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Editor’s note: An attorney and past Mayor of Roseville, Dan Wall served a decade as a … [Read More...]

The O’Hara Name

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  James John Ehrich, who became known as Jim O'Hara, entered the … [Read More...]

Honors & Awards

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It's official. The new, as of 2010, Minnesota Boxing Hall of Fame has … [Read More...]

Education

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If Jim didn't stick around in school to get a formal education, he came to know boxing … [Read More...]

Irish Cross & Boxing Gloves

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Earning a living since eighth grade, Jim went the distance in business as well as boxing. He … [Read More...]

The Boxing Board

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"The truest competition in all of sports still is two guys in a boxing ring," … [Read More...]

Ronald Reagan

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Born the 10th of 12 children and the sixth of seven boys, Jim enjoyed being part of a … [Read More...]

Husband & Father

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With his father’s blessing Jim changed his name legally from Ehrich to O’Hara in 1948 … [Read More...]

The Businessman

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    Minnesota's Scott LeDoux battled world heavyweight champion … [Read More...]

Afterword

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Is it possible to revitalize boxing to its former prominence? It’s clear that the allure … [Read More...]

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Foreword By Jim Wells

Editor's Note: A Golden Gloves champ, Jim Wells was a sportswriter at the St. Paul Pioneer Press for over 37 years, covering over 2,500 bouts. His body of work includes interviews with some of the … [Read More...]

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Foreword By Charley Walters

Editor’s note: After his career in professional baseball, Charley Walters became a sports journalist. His column in the St. Paul Pioneer Press is a daily must-read. What I know about Jim O’Hara … [Read More...]

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Foreword By Dan Wall

Editor’s note: An attorney and past Mayor of Roseville, Dan Wall served a decade as a Minnesota Boxing Commissioner. Jim O’Hara was a Minnesota boxing legend long before I came to know him. At … [Read More...]

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Chapter 1 – The Boxing Board

"The truest competition in all of sports still is two guys in a boxing ring," observed the famed football coach and analyst John Madden in 2012. (Dave Newhouse, Before Boxing Lost Its Punch, Foreword … [Read More...]

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Chapter 2 – Dignity & Sportsmanship

Boxing is guts and inspiration, training and planning, footwork and execution.  Practitioners are artists. "Boxing is sort of like jazz," said heavyweight champion George Foreman. "The better it is, … [Read More...]

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Chapter 3 – The Unspeakable

"The fight for survival," said Rocky Graziano, "is the fight." On Thursday July 17, 1947 in Chicago Graziano knocked out Tony Zale in the sixth for the world middleweight title. Born a southpaw 22 … [Read More...]

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Chapter 4 – The O’Hara Name & St. Paul

  James John Ehrich, who became known as Jim O'Hara, entered the world on December 23, 1925. His birth place was St. Paul, Minnesota. Destined to earn a Ph.D. in Street Smarts from … [Read More...]

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Chapter 5 – Ronald Reagan

Born the 10th of 12 children and the sixth of seven boys, Jim enjoyed being part of a boxing family. He particularly looked up to his brother John who boxed professionally from August 1929 … [Read More...]

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Chapter 6 – The Boxer

“The biggest steps you’ll ever climb,” Jim cautioned many times, “are the steps into the ring.” Every opponent is dangerous. You could literally get killed. Boxing takes guts but more … [Read More...]

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Chapter 7 – Boxing Record

It was 100 degrees f. ringside in Duluth the night of August 27, 1953.  Approaching his 28th birthday, Jim was putting on a boxing clinic against a hometown favorite four years his junior. His … [Read More...]

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Chapter 8 – Honors & Awards

It's official. The new, as of 2010, Minnesota Boxing Hall of Fame has announced its class of 2014. Jim will be inducted into the Hall on October 3, 2014. Hats off to the dedicated men and women who … [Read More...]

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Chapter 9 – Husband & Father

With his father’s blessing Jim changed his name legally from Ehrich to O’Hara in 1948 when he married the love of his life, Kathleen Muriel Ann Weimer. She answers to "Kay" as well as "Kitty." … [Read More...]

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Chapter 10 – Joe Louis

Who's your favorite heavyweight? That's the question you grew up asking back in the day. Here the question was asked by future Minnesota welterweight champion Don Weller, a third-generation … [Read More...]

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Chapter 11 – Muhammad Ali

Minnesota’s rich boxing history includes heavyweight contenders Billy Miske and Tommy Gibbons, who both had title fights with Jack Dempsey in the 1920s, Lee Savold, who fought Rocky Marciano in … [Read More...]

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Chapter 12 – Education

If Jim didn't stick around in school to get a formal education, he came to know boxing inside out from some of the best in the profession. He learned: 1.   To operate a gym from Billy Colbert … [Read More...]

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Chapter 13 – The Businessman

    Minnesota's Scott LeDoux battled world heavyweight champion Larry Holmes for the title in July 1980 in Bloomington, Minnesota. LeDoux didn't win except the … [Read More...]

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Chapter 14 – The Storyteller

Here's a story Jim wrote.  The story was published in the Saint Paul Area Downtowner April 17, 1980: It has been my privilege, since boyhood, to have met many of boxing's greats. But for the … [Read More...]

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Chapter 15 – Unselfish Purpose

Jazz great Lionel Hampton said: "Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in the mind." Jim was always grateful for the city of his birth, St. Paul, and its diverse people. They … [Read More...]

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Chapter 16 – Irish Cross & Boxing Gloves

Earning a living since eighth grade, Jim went the distance in business as well as boxing. He could have retired comfortably but chose not to. In the face of various health challenges throughout life, … [Read More...]

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Afterword & Bibliography

Is it possible to revitalize boxing to its former prominence? It’s clear that the allure of the NFL and NBA is drawing away would-be heavyweights. Nevertheless, for all weight divisions, Minnesota … [Read More...]