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Doyle Ready To Move Into Contender's Role

By Gene Courtney
Inquirer Boxing Writer

Tony Doyle, the handsome Irishman from Salt Lake City, Utah, believes that his apprenticeship in boxing is over and that he is ready for a promotion into the ranks of the top 10 contenders in the heavyweight division.
The polite young man, who dresses in Ivy League fashion and looks like an executive trainee, began boxing as an amateur at the age of 15 under the guidance of his present manager, Angelo Curley, a bald-headed optimist who learned the boxing business in tough Greenwich Village before moving west 12 years ago.
Curley analyzed the tall, skinny youngster's potential - speed, maneuverability and intelligence - and decided that a perfect blend of these ingredients could form a champion with the boxing artistry of Billy Conn and the punching ability of Jack Dempsey.
Doyle was taught the basic fundamentals - the left jab, left hook, right cross and the combinations that could result when these punches were thrown properly. At the same time, defense was not neglected. The boy was taught to slip punches, block, cover and spin an opponent.
When Curley decided that the boy had mastered all these rudiments, he permitted him to start his amateur career in which he won 53 of 56 fights. And it is Doyle's contention that he defeated Joe Frazier in teh National AAU tournament in Utica, N.Y., in 1963.
Doyle lost in the final of the tournament to Vic Brown because he had to fight the last two of the three rounds with a separation of his left shoulder.
Frazier admitted that he was in that tournament but said he couldn't remember whether he had lost to Doyle or to some other boxer.
After the shoulder had healed, Doyle and Curley decided that it was time for the boy to turn professional. He made his debut on June 24, 1963, by knocking out Bill Mercier in the second round at Salt Lake City.
The long range program for Doyle, who is now 23 years old, was that Doyle was to be matched with opponents of equal or slightly better caliber.
"We didn't want quick knockouts," Curley said. "There are plenty of stiffs around, but knocking them out would not have accomplished our purpose.
"We were not interested in won-lost records. I wanted Tony to get experience with different fighters and different styles. He fought tough guys and lost a few (four bouts, all on split decisions) but he learned something from every fight.
"There were no easy ones like the stiffs they fed to Buster Mathis, who, by the way, ducked Tony three different times."
After winning his first seven pro bouts, Doyle lost a 10-round decision to James J. Woody, who, at that time, was considered the brightest heavyweight prospect in New York.
That loss - and three subsequent defeats - did not shatter Doyle's confidence or cause him to deviate in any way from his plan of total conquest - the heavyweight championship.
Strangely, the only anguish and bitterness that the young man felt came as the result of a draw, not a defeat.
The draw was with Jerry Quarry, who is now one of the contestants in the World Boxing Association tournament, in Quarry's home town of Los Angeles.
Doyle broke Quarry's nose, inflicted cuts over both eyes that required 17 stitches and had him reeling at the finish. Yet the officials termed the bout a draw.
"I won that fight," Doyle said, "and I should have gotten the decision. We tried hard for a rematch but Quarry won't get back in the ring with me."

[[image - Joe Frazier, Herman Taylor, Hal Freeman, and Tony Doyle]]
Joe Frazier (left), No. 1 ranked heavyweight for world title, signs contract for fight with Tony Doyle (right) at The Spectrum in Philadelphia. In center is Herman Taylor, veteran Philadelphia promoter, who is staging 10-rounder jointly with Madison Square Garden in association with Spectrum, whose president Hal Freeman looks on in rear.

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