It's called the gentlemanly art of self-defense, no mention of gentlewomen. Yet, there stands Rock Hill's Marge Hammond, an inductee into the Carolinas Boxing Hall of Fame.
Ham-mond, who with Charlie, her husband of 50 years, has been a fixture in the local boxing scene for decades, was elected unanimously on the first ballot for this year's Hall of Fame class. Although she hasn't fought in the ring herself, she has coached, cajoled, comforted and cared for several generations of young pugilists.
Charlie, who has trained fighters since boxing in the Marines, already is in the Hall of Fame, elected two years ago. Marge is the first woman to earn that honor.
It is well deserved. Since moving to Rock Hill in 1980, the Hammonds have been involved in just about every aspect of local boxing.
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As many as four nights a week for the past 20 years, she has been at the Rock Hill Boxing Club at Rock Hill's Emmett Scott community center helping bring young fighters along. The Hammonds have promoted the boxing matches for the city's annual Come-See-Me festival for the past 18 years. And Marge has participated in matches up and down the East Coast, doing everything from training to promoting to timekeeping and even refereeing.
On March 1, her 72nd birthday, she will judge a Golden Gloves bouts in Charlotte. We doubt she'd want to be doing anything else.
Congratulations to her on the induction into the Hall of Fame. She's a champ.