MEMO
Sam Dehne, Lt Col, USAF (ret)

IF NEVADA WANTS A REAL HONEST BOXING HALL OF FAME 

HERE ARE TWO LEADERS WHO MUST BE INDUCTED IMMEDIATELY IF THIS
IS TO BE A CREDIBLE HALL OF FAME. IN THE FIRST ROUND!
 


1. Doctor Ed Dehne has to be inducted with the first group. He was the person who almost single
handedly saved boxing from nationwide extinction when the American Medical Association (AMA)
was hell-bent on having boxing banned back in the 1980s.
"Doc" Dehne traveled the nation at his own expense and gave innumerable lectures expounding
upon the many qualities of the sport.
This was often to the chagrin of his medical associates; most of whom thought boxing was too brutal
to be considered a sport.
(From Physicians' Journal: Neurologists first called for boxing to be banned in 1983. "There is
absolutely no way you can make boxing safe," said Nelson Richards, MD, a delegate from the
American Academy of Neurology who proposed the original resolution to ban the sport in 1983). 

Just as importantly "Doc" Dehne was the only ring-side physician in Northern Nevada for that long period of time.
He officiated from ringside for more than 3,000 professional and amateur fights during those many years.
The boxers he oversaw as the ring doctor is a plethora of famous pugilists.. from Sugar Ray
Leonard to Teofilo Stevenson to Larry Holmes to Evander Holyfield.. and myriad pros and amateurs
in between.
"Doc" Dehne, himself, was a world-class boxer in the 1930s; having had fights with a Who's Who of famous
boxers and holding his own all the time; while working his way through Medical School at Oregon University.


Here's more on "Doc" Dehne (click):
http://www.renocitizen.com/drdehne.htm 

The Physicians and Experts at "Immortality Medicine" Headquarters
Recognize Doc Dehne's Contribution to the Sport of Boxing (click)



2. Al Monticelli also has to be inducted in the first group.
It was Al who, virtually all by himself, oversaw all of Northern Nevada boxing operations as
THE go-to-guy in the 1970s and 1980s; up until his untimely death.
He traveled with "Doc" Dehne to more boxing tournaments than a person can count.
And he also joined "Doc" Dehne at many of those "Ban-Boxing" Hearings.
Al was "Doc" Dehne's right hand man. Or maybe it was vice versa.
Anyway you look at it, they were one heck of a 2-man team. And essentially they WERE boxing
in Northern Nevada during those dark years. Along with the boxers.
Nobody has been more important to Nevada boxing than these two boxing pioneers.
PS
For some bizarre reason these pioneers have never been given the credit and honor they deserve f
or their noble aspirations and accomplishments.

Note:
Sam Dehne, a pretty up and walking good boxer himself and a 1960
Air Force Academy champion, was also a boxing ringside announcer
in Reno, Nevada.
World Hall of Fame referee and announcer, Arthur Mercante, once
asked Sam if he could join him at ringside.
Sam's erudite and extemporaneous understanding and reporting of the
actions in the ring left Arthur astounded. All he could say was,
"Sam you belong in Hollywood!"


 

6,500 CHEERS FOR RENO BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB!

Colonel "Doc" Dehne and Al Monticelle also deserve everlasting Thanks and Credit for helping create the
Reno Boys and Girls Club back in the late '70s and early '80s.

This wonderful operation owes a great debt of gratitude to Doctor "Doc" Ed Dehne and Al Monticelli.
In the early days the main focus of the Boys (and now Girls) Club was Boxing.
Monticelli was instrumental in putting hundreds of boxing events together, and "Doc" Dehne volunteered
as the (mandatory required) ringside physician. THE ONLY PHYSICIAN IN RENO WITH THE BOXING SKILLS,
MEDICAL EXPERTISE, AND GUMPTION TO HELP THE YOUNG BOYS!
This volunteer work by these original pioneers were the critical foundation and groundwork Chapters for what
eventually morphed into the extremely popular and successful Reno Boys and Girls Club.
Between the 2 of them they administrated more than 6,500 boxing matches throughout those early years
and into the 1980s prior to Monticelli's untimely death. These endeavors created a huge and loyal membership that provided
the basis for rapid increases in Club membership.
The dedicated volunteering by these 2 Pioneers, combined with fantastic support and logistics from the Reviglios of
Western Nevada Supply
, is what created the wonderful operation we have today.
Many people deserve a lot of credit for this praiseworthy venture.. ESPECIALLY these Dehne, Monticelle, and the Reviglios!

Thanks to all!

(Note) These 2 leaders were also simultaneously The Driving Forces that saved boxing throughout the nation; when one of
the American Medical Association's top priorities was to ban boxing.

Sam DEHNE

Letter to editor:

On a similar note "Doc" Dehne and Monticelle deserve credit for helping create the
Reno Boys and Girls Club back in the late '70s and early '80s.

SHAME ON THE RENO MEDIA AMATEURS! 
Reno Gazette REFUSED TO RECOGNIZE  2 IMPORTANT LEADERS!

This wonderful operation owes a great debt of gratitude
to Doctor "Doc" Ed Dehne and Al Monticelli.
1. In the early days the main focus of the Boys (and now Girls)
Club was Boxing.
2. Monticelli was instrumental in putting hundreds of Boxing events
together, and "Doc" Dehne volunteered as the (mandatory required)
ringside physician.
3. Between the 2 of them they administrated more than 2,500 boxing matches
throughout those early years and into the late 1980s prior to Monticelli's
untimely death.
4. The dedicated volunteering by these 2 Pioneers, along with fantastic
support from local business leaders like the Reviglios of Western Nevada
Supply and others, is what created the wonderful operation we have today.
5. These 2 leaders were also simultaneously instrumental in saving boxing
throughout the nation; when one of the American Medical Association's
top priorities was to ban boxing.
6. Many people deserve a lot of credit for this praiseworthy venture..
including these 2 Pioneers.

For Shame, RGJ!

 

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