Legendary, Dickie Cole


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It is with an incredibly heavy heart that I pass along the news that our dear friend Dickie Cole has passed today July 18, 2020.

Dickie devoted his life to boxing and, in so doing, touched countless lives. Dickie shared his father’s deep love of boxing and attended North Texas University on a boxing scholarship. After working as a referee and judge for 29 years, Dickiebecame the Executive Director of the Combative Sports Division of the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, a role in which he served for 21 years and for which he was revered. 

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Dickie also proudly served as the President of the North American Boxing Federation along with serving as an Executive Board member of the NABF along with serving as a member of the Board of Governors for the World Boxing Council.

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Like so many of you, I owe a debt of gratitude to Dickie that I could never truly express with mortal words. The NABF has always been like a family to me, and that is due in large part to the leadership of “Uncle Dickie” and his partner-in-crime, Sammy Macias. As I reflect today, I can’t help but think of countless GREAT times and memories that we shared over the years, but also that Dickie and Sammy are together again along with their dear friends Spider Bynum and Gale Van Hoy. One can only imagine the joy and laughter of these four together again on the other side.

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Rest in Peace, our dear friend. I do not have the words to express how much you will be missed however your fingerprints are all over the sport of Boxing.

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Our love and sympathy to Dickies dear wife, Jo Ann and his entire family.

Duane Ford

President NABF

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