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It's that new college try
Robert H. Boyle
April 11, 1977
Knocked out as an NCAA sport back in 1960, boxing is getting up off the canvas with the help of some dedicated men like Al McChesney of West Chester State
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April 11, 1977

It's That New College Try

Knocked out as an NCAA sport back in 1960, boxing is getting up off the canvas with the help of some dedicated men like Al McChesney of West Chester State

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The first West Chester boxer on the card, Keith Refsnider, who had won the 139-pound Eastern title at South Carolina the week before, entered the ring to cheers. His opponent was Billy Sandoval of Cal. In the corner, McChesney told Refsnider to move, be straight with his punches and get off the first good left and the first good right. "Sandoval's a classic boxer when he's in the middle of the ring," McChesney said later, "and we wanted Keith to get good position by getting him in the corner." The crowd roared with delight when Refsnider won the decision.

Steve Zembsch of Cal dampened the enthusiasm by defeating Terry Coyne of West Chester, a replacement for the injured Eastern champion, Billy McNulty of South Carolina, for the 147-pound title, but almost immediately Timmy Murphy had the field house fans chanting his name as he went against Doug Paul of Nevada in the 156-pound class. "When I heard the crowd, it really got me up," said Murphy. After the first round, McChesney told Murphy to cut off the ring. The strategy worked as Murphy staggered Paul in the second round for a stand-up knockdown and then stopped him in 1:56 of the third on a TKO.

Given the success of the two NCBA championships and the enthusiasm of the boxers and coaches involved, more schools are expected to take up the sport next year. "There's no question college boxing is coming back," said Phil Nimir, the bearded Cal coach, "but we have to keep our eye on it and avoid overemphasis on winning. If you talk to the young men we work with, they're what it's all about. They're students."

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