San Francisco Golden Gloves returns
75-year tradition not without controversy
in multi-night run at Civic Cuditorium
Victor Piceno (right) and Carlos Torres go at it
during the Gloden Gloves Wednesday night
at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
Photo(s) by Stephen
By Stephen Dorian Miner
March 27, 2006
The 75th annual Golden Gloves boxing tournament kicked off Tuesday
at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. Despite the event's storied
tradition in San Francisco, the well-attended amateur boxing match
was not without controversy of its own.
Wednesday night's battles were plentiful and competitive, but
the most contentious fight was not an 'official bout.' After a
particularly violent blow-by-blow between David Douglass and Ryan
Kotey, Kotey was declared the winner due to excessive injuries
to Douglass, which amounted to nearly a knockout.
With Douglass laid out, nose bloodied and barely coherent, the
referee called the fight. While medics checked the young boxer's
condition, his coach argued vehemently that his boxer should be
allowed to continue.
A bloddied David Douglass was knocked out - almost literally -
in his bout against opponent Ryan Kotey during the Golden Gloves
amateur boxing tournament at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
Going nose to nose with the ref, Douglass' coach would not take
no for an answer, cursing and threatening him, both verbally and
While it looked as though there would be a completely different
kind of fight in the ring, San Francisco police officers and security
stormed the ring, ending the altercation.
David Douglass' coach had to be escorted from the ring by the
after he picked a fight with the referee when the ref called the
The coach was escorted from the ring - and the arena - by the
SFPD to boos and jeers from the audience such as "nice way
to respect the game coach."
A bloddied David Douglass watches as SFPD take away his coach.
The fight was called after Douglas was knocked and his coach,
disagreeing with the call, started getting violent with the referee
At press time, it was unclear whether charges were