Morris Carona

Born: March 3, 1918 in Port Arthur, Texas

Died: April 18, 1997

     Morris Carona began his boxing career at a small gym in Port Arthur, Texas, but went on to accomplish an incredible amateur record that included: becoming a two time National Golden Glove Champion and five time Texas State Golden Glove Champion between 1939-1943; winning the Tournament of Chicago twice; and boxing in Chicago-New York intercity matches.


     Ten notable veterans of the State Golden Glove Tournament, when asked to name the best boxers to ever climb between the ring ropes at Will Rogers Memorial Stadium, selected Morris Carona as the Greatest Golden Glove of all time.


     Carona was also voted the Captain of the 1940 Olympic Boxing Team, but due to the war, the Olympics were canceled. His amateur record from March 12, 1936 to December 3, 1944 consisted of 72 fights won by decision, 43 won by knock out, 3 draws, and 12 defeats. After winning the 11th Naval District Championship in 1944 he returned to civilian life.


     Carona turned Professional and between May 11, 1945 and to October 7, 1947 he had 25 professional fights, winning 15.

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