O'Hara, circa 1945, first to last a boxing man
Jim O’Hara was a Minnesota boxing legend long before I came to know him. At my first pro fight as a member of the Board of Boxing in February 1992, Jim put his arm around my neck and marched me to the middle of the arena. “See that ring? That’s the only thing square about boxing.” So said Jim on the need for vigilance, and with that he went back to his pre-fight duties as the Executive Secretary of the Board, leaving me alone to ponder what I had gotten myself into.
Over the next 10 years I had the time of my life working with and learning from one of boxing’s greatest gentlemen, scholars and teller of tales.