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Jamison, Harold P. "Candy"

(born: 1931) Harold P. "Candy" Jamison was a champion amateur boxer in Ohio, and he was later a boxing trainer in Cincinnati and Chicago. Harold Jamison said that he was born in Lexington, KY. He boxed in the flyweight division (108-112 pounds), many times against much younger opponents.

Pete Rose, baseball player, says that he was 14 years old when he lost a boxing bout against Candy Jamison in 1955 at the Finlay Street Neighborhood House in Cincinnati [source: Play Hungry by Pete Rose, p.20]. Candy Jamison would have been about 24 years old. In 1957, Candy Jamison, a flyweight contender, fought as a member of the Ohio A.A.U. Tournament in Dayton. Jamison won his bout against Joe Geoger with a TKO in the 2nd round [source: "3 local fighters in AAU defeats, "The Zanesville Signal, 03/30/1957, p.10]. Candy Jamison fought at 112 pounds. In 1959, at Cincinnati Gardens, the national intercity boxing championship was held between Cincinnati and Chicago. Candy Jamison won the opening bout against Al Basques in the 112 pound division [source: W. Barkley, "Looking at sports," The Ohio Sentinel, 06/20/1959, section 2, p.6]. In 1960, at the AAU Boxing Tournament in Toledo, OH, Jamison lost on points to Wayman Gray from Monroe, MI [source: "In 5 different divisions in National AAU Boxing Tourney," The Cincinnati Enquirer, 04/09/1960, p.33].

In 1961, Candy Jamison was the Ohio Amateur Flyweight Boxing Champion. The following year, he was arrested by postal agents for mailing obscene materials [source: "Ex-boxing champ to face federal charges," The Newark Advocate, 01/31/1962, p.12]. In some reports about his arrest, Jamison was said to be the oldest amateur boxer in Cincinnati. A picture of Candy Jamison in his training gear in the 1950s was published on p.16 of CityBeat, 01/25/2017. He was a boxer and trainer at the West End Boy's Club in Cincinnati, OH.

In 1970, Candy Jamison listed Chicago, ILL, as his home location on the Wisconsin trainer's license application [in Ancestry]. He also listed Lexington, KY as his birth location.

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