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Tom Lovgren
Tom Lovgren

The man who did the research for this report is Thomas W. Lovgren. He became a boxing fan while watching TV fights in the early 1950's in Sheldon, Iowa. He fought in the Golden Gloves in Sioux City, Iowa in 1956. He graduated from Omaha Central High School in January of 1957 and graduated from the University of Denver in 1961.

In 1963 he became the Nebraska correspondent for RING magazine. He moved to Ohio and in 1969 he started promoting professional boxing in Lima, Ohio. In 1970 Dick Nolan invited him to come back to Omaha and be part of the Cornhusker Boxing Club and act as matchmaker.

Tom promoted pro boxing in Nebraska from 1970 to 1983. He promoted professional fights in North Platte, Norfolk, Elgin, Lincoln, and Omaha. He also helped promote fights in Iowa, Minnesota and Oklahoma.

Tom Lovgren was very active in the promotion of amateur boxing. He was one of the driving forces that led the Omaha Amateur Boxing Coaches Association to run the Omaha City Golden Gloves tournament.

Tom has written two booklets about boxers. One titled "The Bluffs Butcher" and the second titled "The Fightin Hernandez Clan". In 1970 he wrote a story in Boxing Illustrated titled "So You Want To Be A Promoter?"

Tom is married to Jeaninne, who is a former schoolteacher, as they have four sons. They are William, Brian, Bart, and Bruce. In the 1970's and 1980's the whole family was very much involved with the sport of boxing.