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Introducing Jack Duggan


Born in the Steel City in 1920, Jack Duggan began his boxing career at the Monarch Athletic Club at the tender age of 15. Too light for football, too short for basketball, boxing was something he was good at, and for a poor Irish kid growing up during the depression; it beat hanging around with nothing to do.

After high school, graduation, Jack enlisted with the Canadian Army in 1939, finding himself in England just three months later with the Canadian First Division. It was as an army physical instructor that he began sparring with Dave McCleave, a former British welterweight champion. It paid off when Jack won the Canadian Army Overseas Welterweight Championship in both 1945 and 1946. Duggan remained in Europe until 1948, earning the distinction of providing the longest continuous service overseas with the Canadian Army.

After returning home, at the age of 28, Jack embarked on his professional career. For the next three years Jack tore up the canvas at a fast and furious pace. On his 31st birthday, Jack, decided to hang up his gloves, with an impressive record of 29 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses, Jack returned to the Canadian Army and was finally discharged as Captain in 1964.

After his retirement, Jack's love of the sport kept him in boxing as a manager and trainer of professional boxers. He spent eleven years as a physical instructor with the Region of Peel's Cadet Organization Police School (COPS), two years as a recreational instructor for the Ontario School for the Deaf in Milton, and ten years with the Shamrock Boy's Town Athletic Club.

His professional associations include being president of the Ontario Boxing Association, trainer of the Canadian Junior Olympic team and president of the Canadian Boxing Hall of Fame. Not surprisingly, Jack was inducted himself in 1973.

On a personal note, Jack has been a devoted and loving father to John, Joe, Mary, Jane and Penny. The children remember Dad outside at the end of a long, sixteen hour, winter work day, flooding the family's back yard for a skating rink. An Oakville resident for 45 years, Jack is a member of Hopedale Bible Chapel and was recently made a Life Member of the Royal Canadian Legion.

As a writer, Jack has contributed regularly to the Boxing Newsletter and The Ring. He's also written two books, Fighting for Glory and Hamilton's Other Tigers. His one opportunity for a weekly column ended quickly when Jack found his first article cut in half. The editor didn't feel Jack understood newspaper writing. Jack responded this way in his book, Hamilton's Other Tigers:

"I am not a gifted writer, but I tell it like it is. I have a knowledge of boxing, having boxed as an amateur and professional, coached and trained boxing for thirty or more years, trained the Canadian Army and Canadian Olympic teams, refereed, judged, also managed and trained professionals. Being Irish and thick headed, I did not intend to change anything."


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