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. He 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 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, three draws, and 12 defeats. After winning the 11th Naval District Championship in 1944, he returned to civilian life.
Carona later turned Professional, and between May 11, 1945, and October 7, 1947, he had 25 professional fights, winning 15. He is a member of the Museum of the Gulf Coast, Sports Hall of Fame.