Stan Gallup, New Mexico's "Mr. Boxing" died Saturday night, according to a report on nmboxing.com. He was 86.
Gallup, who was born on the San Juan Pueblo and settled in Roswell, started the Golden Gloves of America Tournament in 1964.
The Chicago Tribune had created and sponsored the Golden Gloves for 36 years, but decided in 1963 to discard it.
Gallup was at the meeting, and recalled it in an interview last year with the Grand Rapids Press:
"I was shocked," Gallup said, "and I was the guy who stood up and said, 'To hell with you guys then, we'll take it over and move it someplace else.'"
Joe Louis, Muhammad Ali, Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson are among those who competed in the Golden Gloves.
Gallup, who served with the Flying Tigers in World War II, died in Kentucky, where he had recently retired.
He is to be buried in Roswell. Funeral services were pending as of Sunday afternoon.